The Fool and the Donkey

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The Fool and the Donkey

An Iranian folk tale retold by David Heathfield


One morning, the fool woke up and he thought, ‘There is one thing I need, I need a donkey.’


So he left his home and walked until he came to the town. He came to the donkey stall. There were many donkeys. Some were big and some were small. Some had long ears and some very short. But among them there was one donkey that had long, floppy, silky ears.
‘This is the donkey for me.’
The fool paid the donkey stall holder and he led that donkey tied by a rope away from the stall and through the streets of the town, and there were two boys.