Traveller & A Purse – Story

Two men were traveling in company along the road when one of them picked up a well-filled purse.<>

“How lucky I am!” he said. “I have found a purse. Judging by its weight it must be full of gold.”<>

“Do not say ‘I have found a purse,’” said his companion. “Say rather ‘we have found a purse’ and ‘how lucky we are.’ Travellers ought to share alike the fortunes or misfortunes of the road.”<>

“No, no,” replied the other angrily. “I found it and I am going to keep it.”<>
Just then they heard a shout of “Stop, thief!” and looking around, saw a mob of people armed with clubs coming down the road.<>

The man who had found the purse fell into a panic.<>

“We are lost if they find the purse on us,” he cried.<>

“No, no,” replied the other, “You would not say ‘we’ before, so now stick to your ‘I’. Say ‘I am lost.’”<>

Moral: We cannot expect any one to share our misfortunes unless we are willing to share our good fortune also.<>

Aesop<>

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