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Funny Fairy Tales by Ambrose Bierce

The Ants and the Grasshopper

SOME Members of a Legislature were making schedules of their wealth
at the end of the session, when an Honest Miner came along and
asked them to divide with him. The members of the Legislature
inquired:

'Why did you not acquire property of your own?'

'Because,' replied the Honest Miner, 'I was so busy digging out
gold that I had no leisure to lay up something worth while.'

Then the Members of the Legislature derided him, saying:

'If you waste your time in profitless amusement, you cannot, of
course, expect to share the rewards of industry.'

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