The Dog in the Manger

This entry is part 46 of 84 in the series Aesop's Fables

A Dog looking out for its afternoon nap jumped into the Manger of an Ox and lay there cosily upon the straw.

But soon the Ox, returning from its afternoon work, came up to the Manger and wanted to eat some of the straw.

The Dog in a rage, being awakened from its slumber, stood up and barked at the Ox, and whenever it came near attempted to bite it. At last the Ox had to give up the hope of getting at the straw, and went away muttering:
‘Ah, people often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.’

The Dog in the Manger

Aesop

Aesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE) was a Greek fabulist and storyteller credited with a number of fables now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. Although his existence remains unclear and no writings by him survive, numerous tales credited to him were gathered across the centuries and in many languages in a storytelling tradition that continues to this day.

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