Wisdom of Aesop’s Fables
THE ASS AND THE WOLF
An ass, feedingin a meadow, saw a Wolf approaching to seize him, and immediately pretended to be lame.The Wolf, coming up, inquested the cause of his lameness.The ass said,the passing through a hedge he trod with his foot upon a sharp thorn, and requested the Wolf to pull it out, lest when he supped on him it should injure his throat.The Wolf consenting、and lifting up the foot、and giving his whole mind to the discovery of the thorn、the Ass with his heels kicked his teeth into his mouth、amdgalloped away.The Wolf、being thus fearfully mauled、said、"I am rightly served、for why did I attempt the art of healing、when my father only taught me the trade of a butcher?"
The Old Woman And The Physician
An old woman having lost the use of her eyes, called in a Physician to heal them, and made this bargain with him in the presence of witnesses: that if he should cure her blindness, he should receive from her a sum of money; but if her infirmity remained, she should give him nothing. This agreement being made, the Physician, time after time, applied his salve to her eyes, and on every visit took something away, stealing all her property little by little. And when he had got all she had, he healed her and demanded the promised payment. The Old Woman, when she recovered her sight and saw none of her goods in her house, would give him nothing. The Physician insisted on his claim, and. as she still refused, summoned her before the Judge. The Old Woman, standing up in the Court, argued: "This man here speaks the truth in what he says; for I did promise to give him a sum of money if I should recover my sight: but if I continued blind, I was to give him nothing. Now he declares that I am healed. I on the contrary affirm that I am still blind; for when I lost the use of my eyes, I saw in my house various chattels and valuable goods: but now, though he swears I am cured of my blindness, I am not able to see a single thing in it."