The Mule and his Purchaser


A man wished to purchase a mule and yielding to the suggestion of the owner that he should try him before he bought him, took him home and put him in straw-yard with the others. The mule left all the others and crossing the yard joined the most idle and greedy eater of them all. The man put a halter on him and led him back to his owner. On asking how in this little space of time he could have made up his mind about the mule, the man answered: "I don't need to keep him longer; I know that he will be just such another as the one whom worth respect he chose for company.