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Aesop's fable


​Lesson 18


The donkey and the lap-dog




There was once a man who had a donkey and a lap dog. The donkey was housed in the stable with plenty of oats and hay to cat and was as well off as an ass could be. The little dog was made a great pet of by his master, who fondled him and often let him lie in his lap;and if he went out to dinner, he would bring back a tit-bit or two to give him when he ran to meet him on his return The donkey ha, it is true, a good deal of work to do,carting or grinding the corn,or carrying the burdens of the farm:and ere long he became very jealous contrasting his own life of labor with the ease and idleness of the Lap-dog. At last one day, he broke his halter,and frisking into the house just as his master sat down to dinner he pranced and capered about,mimicking the frolics of the little favorite upsetting the table and smashing the crockery with his clumsy efforts. Not content with that. He even tried to jump on his master’s lap,as he had so often seen the dog allowed to do At that the servants. Seeing the danger their master was in. belabored the silly donkey with sticks and cudgels,and drove him back to his stable half dead with his beating“Alas!” he cried.“all this I have brought on myself. Why could I not be satisfied with my natural and honorable position,without wishing to imitate the ridiculous antics of that useless little Lap-dog?”

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