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Buy me or No. Ay but tell me again says the Philosopher, Wo'nt you run away? Pray says Aesop, did you ever hear of a Bird in a Cage that told his Master he Intended to make his Escape? Xanthus was well enough pleased with the Turn and Quickness of his Wit; but says he, That Unlucky Shape of yours will set People a Hooting and Gaping at you whereever you go. A Philosopher says Aesop should Value a man for his Mind, Not for his body. This presence of Thought gave Xanthus a High Opinion of the Wisdom of the Man; and so he bad the Merchant set him his Lowest Price of That Miserable Creature. Why says he, you had as good Cheapen a Dunghill; but if you'l bid me like a Chapman for either of the Other Two, you shall have this Phantome into the Bargaine. Very good says the Philosopher; and without any more ado what's your selling Price? The Merchant speaks the Word, The Philosopher pays the Money, and takes Aesop away with him.

Cap. IV. Xanthus Presents Aesop to his Wife.

Xanthus had no sooner made his Purchase, and carry'd his Jewel home with him, but, having a kind of Nice Froward Piece to his Wife, the Great Difficulty was how to put her in humour for the Entertainment of his monster, without throwing the House out at the Window. My Dear, says he, You have been often complaining of Careless Servants; And I have bought you one Now that I am Confident will fit your Turn. Heshall Go and Come and Waite and do Every thing as you would have him; Oh, your Servant Sweet heart sasys she, but what did he Cost you? Why Truly very Reasonable; but at present He's a little Tann'd and out of case you must know, with his Journy, says the Husband, and so he Order'd him to be Call'd in. The Cunning Gipsy smoak'd the Matter presently. Some Monster says she, He be Hanged else. Wife, Wife, says Xanthus If you are a good Woman That that Pleases Me Must Please You too. While These Words were between his Lips, up comes Aesop towards them, she gave him a Fierce Look, and Immediately dischargd her Choler upon her Husband. Is this a Man, or a Beast? says she, and what Clearer Proofe in the World Could You have given