Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
147. THE GOAT AND THE DONKEY
Perry 279 (Chambry
There was a man who kept a goat and a donkey. The goat was jealous of
the donkey because he was given more to eat, so she made a deceptive proposal
to the donkey, under the guise of giving him advice. 'Look,' said the
goat, 'you are always being punished, constantly having to turn the millstone
or carry burdens on your back. Why don't you pretend to have a seizure
and throw yourself into a ditch?' The donkey trusted the goat and did
what she told him to do. As a result of the fall, the donkey was badly
scraped and bruised. The donkey's owner summoned a doctor to recommend
a remedy. The doctor said that the donkey could be cured by a potion made
from the lungs of a goat. So they slaughtered the unfortunate goat, who
was thus trapped in her own snare while the donkey was saved.
People who lay traps for others bring about their own destruction.
Note: For a similar story about a wolf and a fox, see Fable
Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura
Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.