THE ASS AND HIS DRIVER
 AN ASS was being driven
along a road leading down the
mountain side, when he suddenly
took it into his silly head to choose
his own path. He could see his
stall at the foot of the mountain,
and to him the quickest way down
seemed to be over the edge of the
nearest cliff. Just as he was about
to leap over, his master caught
him by the tail and tried to pull
him back, but the stubborn Ass
would not yield and pulled with
all his might.
"Very well," said his master,
"go your way, you willful beast,
and see where it leads you."
With that he let go, and the
foolish Ass tumbled head over
heels down the mountain side.
They who will not listen to reason but
stubbornly go their own way against the friendly advice of
those who are wiser than they,
are on the road to misfortune.
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