The trumpeter taken prisoner
A trumpeter was captured by his enemy in a battle.
When they were about to kill him, he begged them to have mercy on him.
"I am not a warrior," said he. "I only blow the trumpet. It cannot harm you; then why should you kill me?"
"You may not fight with a weapon," said the others, "but you encourage and guide your men to the fight."
A hart was being pursued by some dogs. It ran into an ox-stall, and hid itself in a truss of hay. Only the tips of its horns could be seen.
Soon after the hunters came to the stable, and asked if anyone had seen the hart. The stable boys looked around, but could see nothing. So the hunters went away.
Later the master came in. He looked around, and saw that something unusual was there.
He pointed to the truss of hay, and asked, "What are those two strange things?" When the stable boys went to look, they discovered the hart.
A man wanted to buy an ass. He went to the market, and saw a likely one. But he wanted to test him first.
So he took the ass home, and put him into the stable with the other asses. The new ass looked around, and immediately went to choose a place next to the laziest ass in the stable.
When the man saw this he put a halter on the ass at once, and gave him back to his owner.
The owner felt quite surprised. He asked the man, "Why are you back so soon? Have you tested him already?" "I don't want to test him any more," replied the man, "From thecompanion he chose for himself, I could see what sort of animal he is."