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The man the boy and the donkey..
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A MAN and his son were once going with their Donkey to market. As they
were walking along by its side a countryman passed them and said: "You
fools, what is a Donkey for but to ride upon?"
So the Man put the Boy on the Donkey and they went on their way. But
soon they passed a group of men, one of whom said: "See that lazy
youngster, he lets his father walk while he rides."
So the Man ordered his Boy to get off, and got on himself. But they
hadn't gone far when they passed two women, one of whom said to the
other: "Shame on that lazy lout to let his poor little son trudge
Well, the Man didn't know what to do, but at last he took his Boy up
before him on the Donkey.
By this time they had come to the town, and
the passers-by began to jeer and point to them. The Man stopped and
asked what they were scoffing at. The men said: "Aren't you ashamed of
yourself for overloading that poor Donkey of yours-you and your hulking
The Man and Boy got off and tried to think what to do. They thought
and they thought, till at last they cut down a pole, tied the Donkey's
feet to it, and raised the pole and the Donkey to their shoulders.
They went along amid the laughter of all who met them till they came to
Market Bridge, when the Donkey, getting one of his feet loose, kicked
out and caused the Boy to drop his end of the pole. In the struggle
the Donkey fell over the bridge, and his fore-feet being tied together
he was drowned.
"That will teach you," said an old man who had followed them:
"PLEASE ALL, AND YOU WILL PLEASE