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Aesop’s Fables, “The Man and His Two Wives”

In this lesson, we study Aesop’s fable of “The Man and His Two Wives”. To complete the objectives of this lesson, complete the following tasks:

  1. Read the fable aloud once.
  2. Watch the lesson Tutorial.
  3. Study the fable for mastery.
  4. Paraphrase the fable.
  5. Identify the moral of the fable.
  6. Reflect on an example of how this fable help you to live well.


In a country where men could have more than one wife, a certain man, whose head was fast becoming white, had two, one a little older than himself, and one much younger. The young Wife, being of a gay and lively turn, did not want people to think that she had an old man for a husband, and so used to pull out as many of his white hairs as she could. The old Wife, on the other hand, did not wish to seem older than her husband, and so used to pull out the brown hairs. This went on, until between them both, they made the poor man quite bald.


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