The Mules and the Robbers


Two mules laden with packs were toiling along the road. One bore bags filled with money and the other sacks of wheat. The mule with the gold walked with his head held high, it was up and down, the clear-toned bells fastened to his neck. The other followed with quite easy steps. Suddenly robbers came out of hiding places and with a sword wounded the mule while seizing upon the money. Wailing loudly in his pain, the other replied, "I am indeed glad that I was thought so little of for I have lost neither my pack nor am I hurt by the greed of others."