The Ass and His Driver

An ass that was being driven along the road by his master started on ahead, leaving the beaten track, and headed as fast as he could for the edge of a precipice. When he was just on the point of falling over, his master ran up and, seizing him by the tail, endeavored to pull him back. Because the ass resisted and pulled the other way, the man let go of his hold, saying, "Well, Jack, if you will be master, I cannot help it. A willful beast must go his own way."