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The Donkey and the Mule

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The Donkey and the Mule

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A Muleteer (Mule-Driver) set off on a journey, driving before him a Donkey and a Mule, both well laden with goods to trade and money.

The Donkey, as long as he traveled along the flatlands, carried his load easily, but when he began to ascend the steep path of the mountain, he felt his load to be more than he could bear.

The Donkey pleaded with the Mule to relieve him of a small portion of his load, that he might carry home the rest; but the Mule paid no attention to the request.

The Donkey shortly afterwards fell down dead under his burden. Not knowing what else to do in such a wild region, the Muleteer placed upon the Mule the load carried by the Donkey in addition to his own, and at the top of all placed the hide of the Donkey, after he had skinned him.

The Mule, groaning beneath his heavy burden, said to himself: “I am treated according to my deserts. If I had only been willing to assist the Donkey a little in his need, I should not now be bearing, together with his burden, himself as well.”

Moral: Help your friends in their need or you will carry the burden all by yourself.

There are currently 16 suggested morals for “The Donkey and the Mule”

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  1. 1 On November 22nd, 2008, fablelover said:

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto
    you.

  2. 2 On March 3rd, 2011, Anonymous said:

    :cool: its the sdtory im writing in tie and scratch

  3. 3 On March 19th, 2011, Anonymous said:

    do what you can for others :twisted: :evil:

  4. 4 On March 19th, 2011, rose said:

    help a friend while you can. :twisted: :evil:

  5. 5 On April 8th, 2011, fablelover said:

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

  6. 6 On May 10th, 2011, stacy moon said:

    always help your freinds :o :lol: :!: :!: ;-) :razz: :roll:

  7. 7 On May 10th, 2011, love star said:

    always LOVEEE your freinds!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :razz:

  8. 8 On May 12th, 2011, Anonymous said:

    :mrgreen: good good

  9. 9 On March 7th, 2012, Anonymous said:

    Help others if you are smart, carry the shame if you are selfish.

  10. 10 On July 15th, 2012, Wuhao said:

    Beware the greed of your emPloyers

  11. 11 On August 22nd, 2012, kai said:

    if you dont help you will sufer the concerquenses

  12. 12 On January 15th, 2014, Anonymous said:

    The mule learned a good lesson

  13. 13 On January 15th, 2014, Karelbishop said:

    I love your freinds.

  14. 14 On January 16th, 2014, Cameron said:

    Love,help and respect your friends

  15. 15 On January 16th, 2014, Donkey and the mule said:

    The donkey did learn a lesson

  16. 16 On January 16th, 2014, Shawn dowdy said:

    Do not be a bad freind

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