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Fable Aesop
The Ass And His Masters
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An Ass, belonging to an herb-seller who gave him too little food and
too much work, made a petition to Jupiter to be released from his
present service and provided with another master. Jupiter, after
warning him that he would repent his request, caused him to be
sold to a tile-maker. Shortly afterwards, finding that he had heavier
loads to carry and harder work in the brick-field, he petitioned for
another change of master. Jupiter, telling him that 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 had fallen into worse hands, and
noting his master's occupation, said, groaning: "It would have been
better for me to have been either starved by the one, or to have
been overworked by the other of my former masters, than to have
been bought by my present owner, who will even after I am dead
tan my hide, and make me useful to him."

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)

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