The Plum, The Prune and The Apricot (from the Fables of Mkhitar Gosh)
Ի միասին սալոր եւ դամոն եւ ծիրան
The plum, prune, and apricot together were accused of setting the teeth on edge. In response they said: "You do not know it, but skilled physicians do know that we are harmful to the abdomen. If we do that and they continue to eat, what would they do if we did not set [teeth] on edge? We deserve thanks, not condemnation." This fable is explained as follows: bitter and corrupting is evil of the soul and painful as it first works. The diseased wish to be easy. For if they work with difficulty and are so appetizing, what would they do if easy. It is clear to the wise that the protector is to be thanked, not blamed.