The Donkey and his shadow

 
Contributed by : Ravina Sewani   
The  Donkey and his shadow

This is a classic story from Vikas books.

This is a story of donkey.

Moral(s) of the story: foolishness

It was a hot summer day. A traveller hired a donkey to carry him across the dusty road to the next town. The donkey was lazy. He stopped every now and then.

So his master walked behind and flogged the animal to keep him moving on. At noon, they stopped on the way to rest. The traveller sat in the shadow of the donkey for there was no other shade.

It was very hot and the donkey's master was also very much tired. He too, wanted to sit in the shade of his donkey. So he said to the traveller, ''The donkey is mine and therefore his shadow, too, is mine. You only hired my donkey. You said nothing about his shadow. So let me sit in the shade of my donkey."

The traveller said, "I have hired the donkey for the day. It is my right to use his shadow, too, for the whole day. You can't separate the shadow from the donkey, can you?"

While the two men were engaged in quarrelling and fighting, the donkey ran away. He took away his shadow with him.


Moral:

You lose things of importance in petty fights.




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