Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Charger and the Glue Maker

A CHARGER, feeling the infirmities of age, was sent to work in a glue factory instead of going out to battle. But when he was compelled to grind his former friends into paste instead of serving in the wars, he bewailed his change of fortune and called to mind his former state, saying, "Ah! Glue Maker, I had indeed to go campaigning before, but I was barbed from counter to tail, a man went along to groom me and we killed many a scoundrel; and now I cannot understand what ailed me to work this death camp instead of the battle."

"Forbear," said the Glue Maker to him, "harping on what was of yore, for it is the common lot of mortals to either make glue or to become glue. It is simple economics."

The Charger and the Miller (original fable)

A CHARGER, feeling the infirmities of age, was sent to work in a mill instead of going out to battle. But when he was compelled to grind instead of serving in the wars, he bewailed his change of fortune and called to mind his former state, saying, "Ah! Miller, I had indeed to go campaigning before, but I was barbed from counter to tail, and a man went along to groom me; and now I cannot understand what ailed me to prefer the mill before the battle." "Forbear," said the Miller to him, "harping on what was of yore, for it is the common lot of mortals to sustain the ups and downs of fortune."

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