wild ass, who was wandering idly about, one day came upon a Pack Ass lying at full length in a sunny spot and thoroughly enjoying himself.
Going up to him, he said, "What a lucky beast you are! Your sleek coat shows how well you live: how I envy you!"
Not long after the Wild Ass saw his acquaintance again, but this time he was carrying a heavy load, and his driver was following behind and beating him with a thick stick.
"Ah, my friend," said the Wild Ass, "I don't envy you any more: for I see you pay dear for your comforts."
Moral: Advantages that are dearly bought are doubtful blessings.
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