An trustworthy farmer had as soon as an ass that had been a devoted servant to him an awesome a few years however was now rising previous and each day an increasing number of unfit for work. His grasp, subsequently, was bored with conserving him and started to consider placing an finish to him; however the ass, who noticed that some mischief was within the wind, took himself slyly off, and started his journey in direction of the good metropolis, ‘For there,’ thought he, ‘I’ll flip musician.’
After he had travelled somewhat method, he spied a canine mendacity by the roadside and panting as if he had been drained. ‘What makes you pant so, my buddy?’ mentioned the ass. ‘Alas!’ mentioned the canine, ‘my grasp was going to knock me on the top, as a result of I’m previous and weak, and may now not make myself helpful to him in searching; so I ran away; however what can I do to earn my livelihood?’ ‘Hark ye!’ mentioned the ass, ‘I’m going to the good metropolis to show musician: suppose you go along with me, and check out what you are able to do in the identical method?’ The canine mentioned he was prepared, and so they jogged on collectively.
That they had not gone far earlier than they noticed a cat sitting in the course of the street and making a most rueful face. ‘Pray, my good girl,’ mentioned the ass, ‘what’s the matter with you? You look fairly out of spirits!’ ‘Ah, me!’ mentioned the cat, ‘how can one be in good spirits when one’s life is at risk? As a result of I’m starting to develop previous, and had slightly lie at my ease by the fireplace than run about the home after the mice, my mistress laid maintain of me, and was going to drown me; and although I’ve been fortunate sufficient to get away from her, I have no idea what I’m to stay upon.’ ‘Oh,’ mentioned the ass, ‘by all means go along with us to the good metropolis; you’re a good night time singer, and should make your fortune as a musician.’ The cat was happy with the thought, and joined the occasion.
Quickly afterwards, as they had been passing by a farmyard, they noticed a cock perched upon a gate, and screaming out with all his would possibly and primary. ‘Bravo!’ mentioned the ass; ‘upon my phrase, you make a well-known noise; pray what’s all this about?’ ‘Why,’ mentioned the cock, ‘I used to be simply now saying that we must always have high quality climate for our washing day, and but my mistress and the cook dinner don’t thank me for my pains, however threaten to chop off my head tomorrow, and make broth of me for the company which can be approaching Sunday!’ ‘Heaven forbid!’ mentioned the ass, ‘include us Grasp Chanticleer; it will likely be higher, at any price, than staying right here to have your head reduce off! Apart from, who is aware of? If we care to sing in tune, we could rise up some type of a live performance; so come together with us.’ ‘With all my coronary heart,’ mentioned the cock: so all of them 4 went on jollily collectively.
They might not, nonetheless, attain the good metropolis the primary day; so when night time got here on, they went right into a wooden to sleep. The ass and the canine laid themselves down below an awesome tree, and the cat climbed up into the branches; whereas the cock, considering that the upper he sat the safer he must be, flew as much as the very high of the tree, after which, in keeping with his customized, earlier than he went to sleep, regarded out on all sides of him to see that every little thing was nicely. In doing this, he noticed afar off one thing vibrant and shining and calling to his companions mentioned, ‘There have to be a home no smart way off, for I see a light-weight.’ ‘If that be the case,’ mentioned the ass, ‘we had higher change our quarters, for our lodging isn’t the perfect on the earth!’ ‘Apart from,’ added the canine, ‘I shouldn’t be the more severe for a bone or two, or a little bit of meat.’ In order that they walked off collectively in direction of the spot the place Chanticleer had seen the sunshine, and as they drew close to it turned bigger and brighter, until they eventually got here near a home by which a gang of robbers lived.
The ass, being the tallest of the corporate, marched as much as the window and peeped in. ‘Nicely, Donkey,’ mentioned Chanticleer, ‘what do you see?’ ‘What do I see?’ replied the ass. ‘Why, I see a desk unfold with all types of excellent issues, and robbers sitting spherical it making merry.’ ‘That will be a noble lodging for us,’ mentioned the cock. ‘Sure,’ mentioned the ass, ‘if we may solely get in’; so that they consulted collectively how they need to contrive to get the robbers out; and eventually they come across a plan. The ass positioned himself upright on his hind legs, along with his forefeet resting in opposition to the window; the canine acquired upon his again; the cat scrambled as much as the canine’s shoulders, and the cock flew up and sat upon the cat’s head. When all was prepared a sign was given, and so they started their music. The ass brayed, the canine barked, the cat mewed, and the cock screamed; after which all of them broke by way of the window directly, and got here tumbling into the room, amongst the damaged glass, with a most hideous clatter! The robbers, who had been not somewhat frightened by the opening live performance, had now little doubt that some frightful hobgoblin had damaged in upon them, and scampered away as quick as they might.
The coast as soon as clear, our travellers quickly sat down and dispatched what the robbers had left, with as a lot eagerness as if they’d not anticipated to eat once more for a month. As quickly as they’d happy themselves, they put out the lights, and every as soon as extra sought out a resting place to his personal liking. The donkey laid himself down upon a heap of straw within the yard, the canine stretched himself upon a mat behind the door, the cat rolled herself up on the fireplace earlier than the nice and cozy ashes, and the cock perched upon a beam on the highest of the home; and, as they had been all slightly drained with their journey, they quickly fell asleep.
However about midnight, when the robbers noticed from afar that the lights had been out and that every one appeared quiet, they started to assume that they’d been in too nice a rush to run away; and considered one of them, who was bolder than the remaining, went to see what was occurring.
Discovering every little thing nonetheless, he marched into the kitchen, and groped about until he discovered a match with the intention to gentle a candle; after which, espying the glittering fiery eyes of the cat, he mistook them for stay coals, and held the match to them to gentle it.
However the cat, not understanding this joke, sprang at his face, and spat, and scratched at him.
This frightened him dreadfully, and away he ran to the again door, however there the canine jumped up and bit him within the leg, and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him; and the cock, who had been woke up by the noise, crowed with all his would possibly.
At this the robber ran again as quick as he may to his comrades, and informed the captain how a horrid witch had acquired into the home, and had spat at him and scratched his face together with her lengthy bony fingers; how a person with a knife in his hand had hidden himself behind the door, and stabbed him within the leg; how a black monster stood within the yard and struck him with a membership, and the way the satan had sat upon the highest of the home and cried out, ‘Throw the rascal up right here!’ After this the robbers by no means dared to return to the home, however the musicians had been so happy with their quarters that they took up their abode there; and there they’re, I dare say, at this very day.