The Ass and the Old Shepherd

1.15. THE ASS AND THE OLD SHEPHERD. In a change of government, the poor change nothing beyond the name of their master. That this is the fact this little Fable shows.
A timorous Old Man was feeding an Ass in a meadow. Frightened by a sudden alarm of the enemy, he tried to persuade the Ass to fly, lest they should be taken prisoners. But he leisurely replied: “Pray, do you suppose that the conqueror will place double panniers upon me?”
The Old Man said, “No.”
“Then what matters it to me, so long as I have to carry my panniers, whom I serve?” [more info]

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