~ 18. The Cruel Horse and the Donkey ~



"Get out of my way, stupid donkey!" shouted a horse, and when the donkey did not get out of the way fast enough, the horse kicked the donkey and wounded him badly.
As he did so, though, the horse brought about his own punishment: he dislocated his leg and, overcome by pain, he had to lie down on the ground, groaning in agony.
The donkey then stood over the horse and said, "Look at you there on the ground! I'm still in pain, it's true, but I feel better already, seeing you lying there, the victim of your own wickedness."

Inspired byMille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 259 in the book, which is not in Perry's catalog; it is a fable from Desbillons. This is an illustration from a different Aesop's fable about a horse and a donkey:

(illustration by Tenniel)


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