An Ass besought a Horse to spare him a small portion of his feed.
"Yes," said the Horse; "if any remains out of what I am now eating
I will give it you for the sake of my own superior dignity, and if you
will come when I reach my own stall in the evening, I will give you
a little sack full of barley."
The Ass replied, "Thank you. But I can't think that you, who refuse
me a little matter now, will by and by confer on me a greater benefit."
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)