Once upon a time, a washerman had a donkey. It was old and
skinny. Every day, the donkey was made to carry heavy loads of clothes. But
at night, it was free to go anywhere.
One night, the donkey met a wolf. Soon both of them became
friends. They wandered together at night looking for food.
On another night, they found a vegetable farm full of
cucumber. They wanted to eat the ripe cucumber.
The next night, they went to the vegetable farm again. They
ate until they could not eat anymore. They did this night after night. They
donkey grew fat.
One night, the donkey was in a cheerful mood after a heavy
dinner of cucumber. He said, "It's such a beautiful night. With the bright
moon and the nice breeze, I feel like singing."
"On Uncle, please don't. Your voice will only attract the
farmer's attention. As thieves, we should keep quite, if not we will end up
in trouble," said the wolf.
"Come on, Wolf," said the donkey. "Everything here seems
wonderful. I'm feeling great and want to express my feelings through songs."
"Not here, please Uncle. Also your voice isn't that sweet."
"just say that you're actually jealous. You don't know how
to enjoy good music," replied the Donkey.
"But it's true, Uncle. If you sing, the farmers will hear
your hoarse voice. And then they'll come here to give you a reward," the
wolf asked again the donkey not to sing.
"You're so stupid. You think I can't sing beautiful songs.
You better listen to this ...." And the donkey lifted his
head to sing.
"Well then uncle," said the Wolf. "You may sing as long as
you wish. But I shall wait for you outside the farm."
The donkey began to sing. The farmers heard him. Now they
knew a donkey was in the farm. So, they came out with long sticks. They saw
the donkey in the farm. They began to hit the donkey hard until he fell to
the ground. Then they tied a big, heavy wood round his neck and left him
They donkey lay still for a while. then he tried to rise on
his feet and began to walk slowly. The wolf was still waiting outside the
farm, saw the donkey dragging the wood.
"You see now uncle. The farmers had already given you the
reward I told you about. Congratulations then," said the Wolf.
"I regret for not having listened to your advice," the
donkey sadly said.