Aesop's Fables, translated by Laura Gibbs (2002)
64. THE DONKEY AND THE MULE
Perry 263 (Chambry
A donkey and a mule were walking along together. When the donkey saw
that they were carrying equal loads, he got angry and complained that
the mule was awarded a double portion of food even though she carried
a load that was no bigger than his own. After they had journeyed a little
further down the road, the driver saw that the donkey could not hold up
under the weight, so he took part of the donkey's load and placed it on
the mule. Later, when the driver saw that the donkey had grown even more
tired, he again transferred some of the donkey's load to the mule, and
so on. Finally the driver took the entire load and shifted it from the
donkey to the mule. At that point the mule glanced over at the donkey
and said, 'What do you say now: don't I deserve a double portion of food?'
It is the same when we pass judgment on one another's situations: instead
of looking at how things start, we should look instead at how they turn
out in the end.
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.