The Fig (from the Fables of Mkhitar Gosh)
The fig tree was asked: "Why do you spread forth so many branches on the ground"? And it replied: "Because my enemies are numerous. I bend down so that my branches will not be broken. And before coming up to me, I satisfy them and they forget the evil." This fable teaches us to go before the enemy with humility, [laden] tables, and sweetness when we are unable to receive [what we want]. For thus are they turned from bitter behavior and forget evil.