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Pearls before swine

Posted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:27 am
by Erik_Kowal
An eminent doctor successfully attended a sick child.

A few days later, the grateful mother called on the physician. After acknowledging that his services had been of a kind that mere cash could not fully recompense, she took an object out of her handbag and continued: "But I hope you will accept as a token of my gratitude this silk purse, which I have personally embroidered".

The physician coldly replied that the fees of the physician must nevertheless be paid in money, not merely in gratitude, adding: "Presents maintain friendships; they do not maintain a family".

"What is your fee?" the woman inquired.

"Two hundred dollars", came the reply.

The woman opened the purse and took from it five $100 bills. She returned three of them, put the purse back in her handbag, handed the two remaining bills to the discomfited physician, and took her departure.