The Mules and the Robbers

by Aesop

TWO MULES laden with packs were trudging along. One carried panniers filled with money, the other sacks of grain. The Mule carrying the treasure walked with head erect, and tossed up and down the bells fastened to his neck. His companion followed with quiet and easy step.

All of a sudden Robbers rushed from their hiding-places upon them, and in the scuffle with their owners, wounded the Mule carrying the treasure, which they greedily seized upon, while they took no notice of the grain. The Mule which had been wounded bewailed his misfortunes. The other replied: I am glad that I was thought so little of, for I have lost nothing, nor am I hurt with any wound.

The conspicuous run the greatest risk.


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