The Charcoal-Burner and the Fuller

燒炭夫與漂布夫

 

A charcoal-burner carried on his trade in his own house. One day he met a friend, a fuller, and entreated him to come and live with him, saying that they should be far better neighbors and that their housekeeping expenses would be lessened.

有一個燒炭夫在他自己的房子裡作生意。有一天遇到一個朋友,是一個漂布夫,就請他來與他同住,說他們應該可以作更好的鄰居;他們的家用,也可以減省些。

 

The fuller replied, "The arrangement is impossible as far as I am concerned, for whatever I should whiten, you would immediately blacken again with your charcoal." 漂布夫回答說:「這個計畫就我而言,是不可行的,因為我所要漂白的東西,你會立刻用你的木炭把它弄黑。」

 

Like will draw like.

物以類聚