Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
476. THE TRAVELLER AND HERMES
Perry 178 (Chambry
A traveller who needed to make a long journey vowed that if he found
anything, he would give half of it to Hermes. When he came across a bag
full of dates and almonds he grabbed the bag and ate the almonds and dates.
He then placed the pits of the dates and the shells of the almonds upon
an altar and said 'You have what was promised you, O Hermes: I have saved
the outsides and the insides for you!'
The fable can be used for a money-grubbing man who is so greedy that
he even tries to trick the gods.
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.