|159. The Hen And The Golden Eggs|
A Cottager and his wife had a Hen
, which laid every day a golden egg. They supposed that it must contain a great lump of gold in its inside, and killed it in order that they might get it, when to their surprise they found that the Hen differed in no respect from their
other hens. The foolish pair, thus hoping to become rich all at once, deprived themselves of the gain of which they were day by day assured.
有个人和他的妻子住在茅屋里，并且养了一只母鸡，这只鸡每天下一个金蛋。 于是他们便认为母鸡的肚子里，一定有一大块的金子，由于想得到这一块金子，他们便杀死母鸡。这时他们才知道那只鸡和其它的鸡丝毫没有什么两样，因而感到惊讶。 这一对愚笨的夫妇，为了想发横财，使得他们每天稳定的收入也丧失掉了。