A Farmer one day came to the stables
to see to his beasts of burden:
among them was his favourite Ass,
that was always well fed and often
carried his master.
With the Farmer came his Lapdog, who
danced about and licked his hand and
frisked about as happy as could be.
The Farmer felt in his pocket, gave
the Lapdog some dainty food, and sat
down while he gave his orders to his
The Lapdog jumped into his master's
lap, and lay there blinking while
the Farmer stroked his ears.
The Ass, seeing this, broke loose
from his halter and commenced
prancing about in imitation of the
The Farmer could not hold his sides
with laughter, so the Ass went up to
him, and putting his feet upon the
Farmer's shoulder attempted to climb
into his lap.
The Farmer's servants rushed up with
sticks and pitchforks and soon
taught the Ass that clumsy jesting
is no joke.