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Fable Aesop
The Ass And The Lapdog
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A Man had an Ass, and a Maltese Lapdog, a very great beauty.
The Ass was left in a stable and had plenty of oats and hay to
eat, just as any other Ass would. The Lapdog knew many tricks
and was a great favorite with his master, who often fondled him
and seldom went out to dine without bringing him home some
tidbit to eat. The Ass, on the contrary, had much work to do in
grinding the corn-mill and in carrying wood from the forest or
burdens from the farm. He often lamented his own hard fate and
contrasted it with the luxury and idleness of the Lapdog, till at last
one day he broke his cords and halter, and galloped into his
master's house, kicking up his heels without measure, and frisking
and fawning as well as he could. He next tried to jump about his
master as he had seen the Lapdog do, but he broke the table and
smashed all the dishes upon it to atoms. He then attempted to lick
his master, and jumped upon his back. The servants, hearing the
strange hubbub and perceiving the danger of their master, quickly
relieved him, and drove out the Ass to his stable with kicks and
clubs and cuffs. The Ass, as he returned to his stall beaten nearly
to death, thus lamented: "I have brought it all on myself! Why
could I not have been contented to labor with my companions,
and not wish to be idle all the day like that useless little Lapdog!"

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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