The Spendthrift and the
spendthrift, who had wasted his fortune, and had nothing left but the clothes in
which he stood, saw a swallow one fine day in early spring. Thinking that summer
had come, and that he could now do without his coat, he went and sold it for
what it would fetch.
change, however, took place in the weather, and there came a sharp frost which
killed the unfortunate swallow. When the spendthrift saw its dead body he cried,
"Miserable bird! Thanks to you I am perishing of cold myself."
swallow does not make summer.