The Ass and His Burdens
pedlar who owned an ass one day bought a quantity of salt, and loaded up his
beast with as much as he could bear. On the way home the ass stumbled as he was
crossing a stream and fell into the water. The salt got thoroughly wetted and
much of it melted and drained away, so that, when he got on his legs again, the
ass found his load had become much less heavy.
master, however, drove him back to town and bought more salt, which he added to
what remained in the panniers and started out again. No sooner had they reached
a stream than the ass lay down in it, and rose, as before, with a much lighter
his master detected the trick, and turning back once more, bought a large number
of sponges, and piled them on the back of the ass. When they came to the stream
the ass again lay down; but this time, as the sponges soaked up large quantities
of water, he found, when he got up on his legs, that he had a bigger burden to
carry than ever.
may play a good card once too often.