|283. The Viper And The File|
A Viper entering the workshop of a s
mith, sought from the tools the means of satisfying his hunger. He more particularly addressed himself to a File, and asked of him the favour of a meal. The File replied, "You must indeed be a simple-minded fellow if
you expect to get anything from me, who am accustomed to take from every one, and never to give anything in return."
The covetous are poor givers.
一条毒蛇钻进冶金的店铺里，从器具中找寻它可以充饥的东西，。 它很诚挚地告诉锉刀，请求赐予一饭之恩，。 锉刀回答说：「你真是一个头脑简单的家伙，你向我求食，我虽然常常接受人家的东西，却习惯于从来不还报别人任何事情。」