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In Boeotia, after veiling the bride, they put on her head a chaplet of asparagus ; for this plant yields the finest flavoured fruit from the roughest thorns, and so the bride will provide for him who does not run away or feel annoyed at her first display of peevishness and unpleasantness a docile and sweet life together. Those who do not patiently put up with the early girlish disagreements are on a par with those who on account of the sourness of green grapes abandon the ripe clusters to others. Again, many of the newly married women because of their first experiences get annoyed at their husbands, and find [p. 303] themselves in like predicament with those who patiently submit to the bees' stings, but abandon the honeycomb.