Covering One’s Ears While Stealing a Bell
Mr. Wang thinks he is clever, but he always does foolish things.
One day he sees a beautiful bell at the top of a door. “Oh! How nice! I will take it home.” He thinks, “What can I do?” After a while he has a “good” idea. “Aha! I have an idea now. I can plug my ears. Then I will not hear the ring when I take off the bell.”
Then he does so. But as soon as he takes off the bell, the owner opens the door. “What are you doing?” the owner says angrily.
Once there lived a man among the hills, who possessed a statue wrought by an ancient master,at lay at his door face downward and he was not mindful of it.
One day there passed by his house a man from the city, a man of knowledge, and seeing thestatue he inquired of the owner if he would sell it.
The owner laughed and said, "and pray who would want to buy that dull and dirty stone?"
The man from the city said, "I will give you this piece of silver for it." And the other man wasastonished and delighted.
The statue was removed to the city, upon the back of an elephant.
And after many months the man from the hills visited the city, and as he walked the streets hesaw a crowd before a shop, and a man with a loud voice was crying, "
Come in and behold the most beautiful, the most wonderful statue in all the world. Only twosilver pieces to look upon this most marvelous work of a master. "
There upon the man from the hills paid two silver pieces and entered the shop to see thestatue that he himself had sold for one piece of silver.
The Two Donkeys
A wild donkey once met a tame donkey feeding on a hillside. The wild donkey was thin andsmall.
He spent his life out of doors, sheltering as best he could in the cold weather and eating thesparse hill grass all the year around.
He sometimes had to walk miles to find fresh water and at night there was always danger fromprowling wolves.
The tame donkey was sleek and fat. During the summer he fed on the rich meadow grasswhile in winter he was given corn and hay to eat.
There was always a pail of fresh water for him to drink and at night he was shut safely in astable. "How lucky you are," said the wild donkey, "I wish I could live like you.'
A few days later the wild donkey was once more foraging on the hillside. Looking down he sawthe tame donkey walking slowly along the road, carrying a heavy load of wood.
As he watched, the tame donkey paused to enrich at a thistle growing by the roadside,immediately his driver began to shout and to beat him with a stick.
I've changed my mind about your way of life, thought the wild donkey" .I see that you have topay heavily for the corn and hay they gives you.'