~ 163. The Foolish Farmers and the Rabbit ~
Some foolish farmers owed rent to the landlord. They had the money, but they didn't know how to deliver the money in time.
"What can we do?" the foolish farmers wailed. "How will we get the money to our landlord in time?"
"I know!" one of them said. "Rabbits are fast. Let's tie the money-purse onto a rabbit and tell him to deliver the money."
So they caught a rabbit, tied the purse around his neck and said, "Take this to our landlord!"
The rabbit ran off and was never seen again, and so the fools lost all their money.
Inspired by: Mille 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 168 in the book, which is not in Perry's catalog; the story comes from Odo of Cheriton.