Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
411. THE TWO MULES
Perry 491 (Phaedrus
Two mules were walking along, weighed down by two different loads: one
mule was laden with bags full of money, while the other mule was carrying
sacks stuffed with barley. The mule who was flush with money proudly lifted
his head, tossing the little bell on his neck back and forth, while his
companion simply followed along at a calm and quiet pace. All of a sudden,
the mules were set upon by robbers who attacked them from an ambush. In
the violent struggle, the rich mule was slashed with a sword and the robbers
stole his money, yet they paid no attention at all to the worthless barley.
When the mule who had lost all his riches began to complain, the other
mule declared, 'As for me, I am quite content to have been treated with
contempt: it means that I suffered no injury and lost none of my possessions!'
This fable proves that there is little risk in being poor, while being
rich can get you into trouble.
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.