The Charger and the Ass

A charger adorned with fine trappings came thundering along the road, exciting the envy of a poor ass who was trudging along the same way with a heavy load on his back. "Get out of my road!" said the proud horse, "or I shall trample you under my feet." The ass said nothing, but quietly moved on one side to let the horse pass.

Not long afterwards the charger was engaged in the wars and, being badly wounded in battle, was rendered unfit for military service and sent to work upon a farm. When the ass saw him dragging with great labor a heavy wagon, he understood how little reason he had had to envy one who, by his overbearing spirit in the time of his prosperity, had lost those friends who might have succored him in time of need.