The Goat and the Ass (fable)

A MAN once kept a Goat and an Ass. The Goat, envying the Ass on account of his greater abundance of food, said,

“How shamefully you are treated: at one time grinding in the mill, and at another carrying heavy burdens;” and he further advised him to pretend to be epileptic and fall into a ditch and so obtain rest.

The Ass listened to his words, and falling into a ditch, was very much bruised.

His master, sending for a leech, asked his advice. He bade him pour upon the wounds the lungs of a Goat.

They at once killed the Goat, and so healed the Ass.


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