~ 179. The Two Travelers and the Ax ~



Two men were traveling together.
Along the way, they saw an ax lying beside the road.
One of them grabbed the ax and shouted, "Look what I found!"
"No," said his companion, "look what WE found."
But the man who grabbed the ax disagreed. "It's mine," he said, "and I'm going to keep it!"
A little while later they realized people were chasing them and shouting angrily. It was the woodcutters, and they wanted their ax back.
"Uh-oh," said the man with the ax. "We're in trouble!"
"No," said his companion, "YOU are in trouble. It's your ax, not mine."

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 922 in the book, which is Perry 67.



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