The Ass and the Load of Salt
A peddler once bought a large sack of salt from a town far away and loaded it onto the back of his Ass. On the way home the Ass suddenly stumbled as he was crossing a stream and fell into the water. Along with the animal the sack of salt too fell into the water, with most of it melting away. When the Ass got on to his legs again, he found that the load had become much lighter!
The Master, however, drove him back into town and bought some more salt, adding it to the rest of what remained, and started home again. No sooner had they reached the stream than the Ass lay down in the water, thinking that his load would get lighter. And it did! But the Assís trick didnít remain hidden from the Master for too long and he promptly decided to teach the animal a lesson.
Off to town went the peddler and the Ass for the third time. But not for more salt, but sponges! The Master loaded half a dozen sponges onto the animalís back and once again started off for home. Once more, they passed the stream and yet again the Ass lay down in the water to lighten his burden. But instead of getting lighter the sponges soaked in large amounts of water and got heavier and heavier!
The poor beast! He now carried double his burden!
Don't try to shirk your duty; it might cost you heavily.
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