A man had an ass and a lapdog. The ass lived in the stable and had plenty of oats and hay. So, he had a very good life for an ass. The little dog was the man's pet. He often fondled him and let him lie on his lap. When he went out to dinner, he would bring the dog some food and give it to him when the dog ran to meet him on his way home. It is true that the ass had a lot of work to do such as carting, grinding the corn, or carrying burdens of the farm. Soon, the ass became jealous of the dog because the dog was always idle and had an easy life. One day he broke his halter, ran into the house when his master sat down to dinner. He jumped and played in the room, he was imitating the playful activities of the little dog. He hit the dinner table and broke the dishes with his clumsy efforts. He even tried to jump on his master's lap. The servants of the house saw that their master was in danger. They beat the stupid ass with sticks and cudgels and drove him out of the house back to his stable. The ass was half dead with beating. "Alas!" he cried, "What have I done to myself?! Why could I not be happy with my natural and honorable position? Why did I wish to imitate the stupid behavior of the little dog?"

= sakar

= taklit etmek

= efendi

= aylak

= kıskanç

= mesela

= kucak

= yatmak, uzanmak

= okşamak

= a lot





burden = load

A donkey is carrying load

grinding the corn



stable = horse house

lap dog

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There was once a man who had an Ass and a Lap-dog. The Ass was housed in the stable with plenty of oats and hay to eat and was as well off as an ass could be. The little Dog was made a great pet of by his master, who fondled him and often let him lie in his lap; and if he went out to dinner, he would bring back a tit-bit or two to give him when he ran to meet him on his return. The Ass had, it is true, a good deal of work to do, carting or grinding the corn, or carrying the burdens of the farm: and ere long he became very jealous, contrasting his own life of labour with the ease and idleness of the Lap-dog. At last one day he broke his halter, and frisking into the house just as his master sat down to dinner, he pranced and capered about, mimicking the frolics of the little favourite, upsetting the table and smashing the crockery with his clumsy efforts. Not content with that, he even tried to jump on his master's lap, as he had so often seen the dog allowed to do. At that the servants, seeing the danger their master was in, belaboured the silly Ass with sticks and cudgels, and drove him back to his stable half dead with his beating. "Alas!" he cried, "all this I have brought on myself. Why could I not be satisfied with my natural and honourable position, without wishing to imitate the ridiculous antics of that useless little Lap-dog?"