The Poor Man's Pot of Honey

As a poor man sat under his pot of honey hanging from the rafter, he daydreamed.
"I'll sell this honey and buy sheep. They'll have lambs, and with the profit from my flock, I'll buy land. As a wealthy landowner, I'll get myself a fine wife. We'll have a fine son. But if he ever disobeys me, that bad boy, I'll strike him with my cane…"
And as he lifted his cane to thrash the boy, he broke the pot of honey, and all the honey came pouring down upon him.
Thus the man ended up more poor than before.


Inspired by: The Tortoise and the Geese, and Other Fables of Bidpai by Maude Barrows Dutton.
Notes: Different versions of this famous story have oil in the pot or honey or rice, etc. For a collection, see: Air Castles.

Here is an illustration from a 15th-century Panchatantra:



And here is an illustration by John Batten: this man is spilling a pot of rice.





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