Mercury And The Sculptor
ercury was very anxious to know in what estimation he was held by mankind; so he disguised himself as a man and walked into a Sculptor's studio, where there were a number of statues finished and ready for sale.
Seeing a statue of Jupiter among the rest, he inquired the price of it.
"A crown," said the Sculptor.
"Is that all?" said he, laughing; "and" (pointing to one of Juno) "how much is that one?"
"That," was the reply, "is half a crown."
"And how much might you be wanting for that one over there, now?" he continued, pointing to a statue of himself.
"That one?" said the Sculptor; "Oh, I'll throw him in for nothing if you'll buy the other two."