The Ass and the Horse (fable)

AN ASS besought a Horse to spare him a small portion of his feed.

“Yes,” said the Horse; “if any remains out of what I am now eating I will give it you for the sake of my own superior dignity, and if you will come when I reach my own stall in the evening, I will give you a little sack full of barley.”

The Ass replied,

“Thank you. But I can’t think that you, who refuse me a little matter now, will by and by confer on me a greater benefit.”

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