A Lazy Man's Plot





Upon a day a beggar, who was too lazy to work, but ever lived on the

bounty of the people, received a great quantity of rice. He put it in a

large jar and placed the jar at the foot of his bed, then he lay down on

the bed and thus reasoned:



"If there come a famine, I will sell the rice, and with the money, buy

me a pair of cows, and when the cows have a calf, I'll buy a pair of

buffaloes. Then, when they have a calf, I'll sell them, and with that

money, I'll make a wedding and take me a wife. And, when we have a child

large enough to sit alone, I'll take care of it, while my wife works the

rice fields. Should she say, 'I will not work,' I'll kick her after this

manner," and he struck out his foot, knocking the jar over, and broke

it. The rice ran through the slats of the floor, and the neighbors' pigs

ate it, leaving the lazy plotter but the broken jar.



15: The motive corresponds to that of the venerable story of the

Milkmaid.





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