The Ass and His Masters 驴和他的三任主人

   AN ASS, belonging to an herb-seller who gave him too little foodand too much work made a petition to Jupiter to be released fromhis present service and provided with another master. Jupiter,after warning him that he would repent his request, caused him tobe sold to a tile-maker. Shortly afterwards, finding that he hadheavier loads to carry and harder work in the brick-field, hepetitioned for another change of master. Jupiter, telling himthat it would be the last time that he could grant his request,ordained that he be sold to a tanner. The Ass found that he hadfallen into worse hands, and noting his master‘s occupation,said, groaning: “It would have been better for me to have beeneither starved by the one, or to have been overworked by theother of my former masters, than to have been bought by mypresent owner, who will even after I am dead tan my hide, andmake me useful to him.”

   He that finds discontentment in one place is not likely to find happiness in another




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