Duncan mounted on the donkey, and Daniel the old man footing it along.
Stage 2: ‘Why, …,’ says another to Duncan, ‘ you lazy rogue, must you ride and let your old father go a-foot?’ Once Daniel heard this, he took down his son, Duncan, and mounted upon the donkey himself. Stage 2 ends with this sight: Daniel mounted on the donkey while his son, Duncan, walks along.
Stage 3: They met another set of people…Do you see,’ says a third, ‘how the lazy old knave rides himself, and the poor young fellow has much ado to creep after him?’ Once Daniel heard this, he took up his son behind him on the donkey. So, Stage 3 ends with this sight: Daniel and Duncan mounted upon the donkey.
Stage 4: The next set of people they met put them through agonising questions and answers time. The first one asked the old man whether the Donkey was his own or not? He said, ‘Yes.’ ‘There’s little sign that it’s yours’. The other one says, because both of you are too much load for the donkey. Once Daniel heard this, he said to himself: ‘Well, what am I to do now? For I’m laughed at, if either:
(i) the donkey has no rider or – (ii) if one of us rides, or both;’ And so, Daniel, the old man, came to the conclusion to bind the donkey’s legs together with a cord and a pole. Mounting the donkey upon their shoulders, between him and his son, they tried to carry the donkey to the market.
Now Stage 4 ends with this sight: A smiling Donkey enjoying a spectacular ride, carried by a pole, sitting comfortably on the shoulders of the old man and his son, Daniel and Duncan. What a bizarre sight!
This was much sport to onlookers, insomuch that the old man was in great wrath. He could take it no more. He’s had enough.
Stage 5: In his great rage, Daniel and his son headed down into a river… throwing down the donkey, they went their way home, with mission and purpose unaccomplished.
The Message: “The good man…. was willing to please everybody, but had the ill fortune to please nobody, and lost his donkey into the bargain.”
May I now turn attention to my dear readers/listeners, as I close: What’s your take on this…the old man, his son and his donkey?
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