The Goat and the Ass

by Aesop

A MAN once kept a Goat and an Ass. The Goat, envying the Ass on account of his greater abundance of food, said: How shamefully you are treated; at one time grinding in the mill, and at another carrying heavy burdens; and he further advised him that he should pretend to be epileptic, and fall into a ditch and so obtain rest. The Ass gave credence to his words, and, falling into a ditch, was very much bruised. His master, sending for a leech, asked his advice. He bade him pour upon the wounds the blood of a Goat. They at once killed the Goat, and so healed the Ass.

In injuring others we are apt to receive greater injury.


Aesop's Fables
Copyright 1881
Translator: unknown
WM. L. Allison, New York
Illustrator: Harrison Weir, John Tenniel, Ernest Griset,
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