The Man, The Boy & A Donkey – Aesop

A man and his son were once going with their donkey to market.<>

As they were walking along by his side a countryman passed them and said, <>

“You fools, what is a donkey for but to ride upon?” <>

So the man put the boy on the donkey, and they went on their way.<>

But soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said, “See that lazy youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides.”<>

So the man ordered his boy to get off, and got on himself.<>

But they hadn’t gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the other, <>

“Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge along.”<>

Well, the man didn’t know what to do, but at last he took his boy up before him on the donkey.<>

By this time they had come to the town, and the passersby began to jeer and point at them. <>

The man stopped and asked what they were scoffing at.<>

The men said, “Aren’t you ashamed of yourself for overloading that poor donkey of yours — you and your hulking son?”<>

The man and boy got off and tried to think what to do.<>

They thought and they thought, until at last they cut down a pole, tied the donkey’s feet to it, and raised the pole and the donkey to their shoulders.<>

 They went along amid the laughter of all who met them until they came to a bridge, when the donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked out and caused the boy to drop his end of the pole.<>

In the struggle the donkey fell over the bridge, and his forefeet being tied together, he was drowned.<>

Try to please everyone, and you will please no one.<>


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