~ 22. The Two Donkeys ~



Two donkeys were going to town, one carrying bags of oats, and the other, bags of money.
The donkey carrying money was adorned with all sorts of foppish frippery, including bells that went jingle-jangle as he walked.
The other donkey was as plain as the load he was carrying.
Bandits fell upon them, and they attacked the donkey with the money, stripping him of his cargo and his fine adornments, thrashing him cruelly, but they paid no attention to the donkey with the oats.
"What a fine thing it is," thought the humble donkey, "not to have anything worth robbing."

Inspired by: Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists by Roger L'Estrange, 417.
Notes: This is Perry 491.

Here is an illustration by Grandville:



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