The Fool Carries the Plow

There was a peasant who had been plowing all day. By day's end both the peasant and his donkey were exhausted.
The peasant was a good-hearted fellow, so when he saw how tired his donkey was, he took pity on the poor beast. "I need you to carry me home, dear donkey," said the peasant, "but I don't want you to have to carry the plow too."
So, the good-hearted fool picked up the heavy plow, put it on his shoulders, and then mounted the donkey.
"I'll carry the plow," he said to the donkey, "and you can carry me."


Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 373.
Notes: This fable is not part of the classical Aesop tradition; find out more here. The same story is told of Nasruddin.



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