Aesop's Fables Edited by Charles Stikeney.

 
THE MAN, HIS SON, AND HIS ASS
 
A Man and his Son were once driving their
Ass along a country road, to sell him at the
fair. They soon passed some girls, who were
drawing water at a well.
   "Look,"  said  one  of the girls; "see  those
silly people trudging along in the dust,  while
their Ass walks at his ease."
   The Man heard what they said, and put his
boy   no  the Ass's back.  They  had  not  gone
far before they came to some old men.
   "See here, now," said one  of  them  to  the
others, "this shows that what I said is true.
Now-a-day the young take no care of the old.
See this boy riding while his poor old father
has to walk by his side."
   Hearing this,  the  Man told his Son  to  get
down, and he mounted the Ass himself.  In  a
little while,  they  met  three women with  chil-
dren  in their  arms.  "For  shame!"  said  the
women.   "How  can  you  let  that  poor  boy
walk when he looks so tired, and you ride like
a king?"
   The Man then took the boy up behind  him
on  the  saddle, and they rode on to the town.
Just before  they got there, some young men
stopped them, and said:
   "Is that Ass yours?"  "Yes," said the Man.
"One would not think so," said they, "by the
way you load him.  You look more fit to carry
him than he to carry you."
   So  the  Man and the Boy got off, tied the
Ass's legs with a rope, and fastened him to a
pole; and, each  taking one end of the  pole,
carried him along, while  everyone they met
laughed outright.  By  and by they came to a
bridge.  Then  the  Ass began  to  kick,  and,
breaking the rope, fell into the water, and was
drowned.
   The old Man took his Son,  and went home
as best he could, thinking to himself, "When
we try to please everybody, we please nobody."
 
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