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The Donkey and The Cotton Story
A salt merchant lived there. He had a monkey to help him. Every morning he loaded a sack of salt on a donkey and went to the nearby town to sell it. On the way they had to walk across a pond.
One day, while crossing the pond, the donkey thought, “Ooh! This burden is so heavy that I soon get tired. I wish I could take some of this burden off my back.” Then the donkey stumbled and fell into the water.
Luckily, the donkey was not hurt. But the sack of salt kept on the donkey’s back fell into the water. Both the donkey and the salt became wet. Some salt dissolved in the sack, which lightened the load on the donkey. The donkey was very happy because of the reduction in the weight of the sack of salt he was carrying on his back. The merchant tried his best to help the donkey get up and they continued on their journey.
From that day onwards, whenever the donkey crossed the pond to go to the market, it became a regular practice for the donkey to slip and fall into the pond. This will dissolve some of the salt in the sack, which will reduce the weight and give relief to the donkey from some of the burden. The businessman was not aware of the donkey’s cunningness. This continued for a few days.
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One day, the merchant noticed that the donkey was deliberately slipping and landing in the water along with the sack. “Oh! So this is how I am losing my salt every day” he thought. He decided to teach the donkey a lesson.
Next morning the merchant loaded a sack of cotton on the donkey’s back instead of a sack of salt. Like always, he had decided to cross the same pond and reach the market. While crossing the same pond, as usual, the donkey slipped and fell into the pond, in the hope that after some time the weight of the sack would reduce.
As usual, both the donkey and the cotton would get wet. But this time when he woke up, there was more weight on his back. “Oh! It seems the burden has become heavy,” thought the donkey. The donkey was surprised by what happened, contrary to the usual outcome.
The merchant looked at the donkey and said, “Dear friend, I have noticed that you used to deliberately fall into the pond water every day with the malicious intention of reducing the weight of the salt. So, I filled a bag of cotton today. When cotton gets wet, its weight increases and it becomes heavy.
Now you have to take it to the city.” The poor donkey had learned his lesson.
Moral story:- You can fool a person only a few times, not always
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