Aesop’s fable “The Miller, His son and Their Donkey” A miller and his son were driving their donkey to a neighboring town to sell him. They had not gone far when a crowd of women collected round a well, talking and laughing, "Look there" cried one of them, "Did you ever see such foolish people trudging along a road on foot when they might ride?" The old man, hearing this, made his son quickly mount the donkey and continued to walk along merrily by his side. Presently they came up to a group of old men talking earnestly. "There," said one of them, "It proves what I was saying. What respect is shown to old age these days? Do you see that idle lad riding while his old father has to walk? Get down. you young scamp, and let the old man rest his weary legs" Upon this the old man made his son dismount, and got up himself. In this manner, they had not gone far when they met a company of women and children "Why you lazy old fellow," cried several women at once "How can you ride upon the beast while that poor little lad there can hardly keep pace by your said? " The good natured miller immediately took up his son be hide him. By now they had almost searched the fair. "Pray, honest friend," said a passerby, "Is that donkey your own?" "Yes," said the old man. "Oh, one would not have thought so," said the other, "By the way you load him, Why you two fellows are better able to carry the poor beast" "Anything to please you," said the old man; "We can but try" So, alighting with his son, they tied the legs of the donkey together, and with the help of a pole tried to carry him on their shoulders over a bridge near the entrance of the town, The funny sight brought the people in crowds to laugh and jeer. The donkey, not liking the noise, or being slung upside-down broke the cords that bound him, tumbled off the pole, and fell into the river. The old man, disappointed and ashamed, made his way home again with his son, convinced that by trying to please everybody he had pleased nobody and lost his donkey into the bargain. Moral : “If you try to please all, you please none.”