~ 17. The Donkey and the Horse's Barley ~
A donkey once asked a horse to share a little bit of his barley.
"I would do so gladly," replied the horse. "I'm a very noble creature after all! But I simply can't give you any barley at the moment. When we get to the manger this evening, though, I'll give you a full sack of wheat."
"Since you won't give me even a little bit of barley now," said the donkey, "why should I believe you'll give me a lot of wheat later?"
Beware of people who make big promises but don't really want to give you anything at all.
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 257 in the book, which is Perry 571.