THE ASS AND HIS SHADOW
 A TRAVELER had hired an Ass
to carry him to a distant part of
the country. The owner of the
Ass went with the Traveler,
walking beside him to drive the
Ass and point out the way.
The road led across a treeless
plain where the Sun beat down
fiercely. So intense did the heat
become, that the Traveler at last
decided to stop for a rest, and as
there was no other shade to be
found, the Traveler sat down in
the shadow of the Ass.
Now the heat had affected
the Driver as much as it had the
Traveler, and even more, for he
had been walking. Wishing also
to rest in the shade cast by the
Ass, he began to quarrel with the
Traveler, saying he had hired the
Ass and not the shadow it cast.
The two soon came to blows,
and while they were fighting, the
Ass took to its heels.
In quarreling about the shadow we often lose the substance.