First Spanish Reader
10. THE HORSESHOE AND THE CHERRIES
Don Arturo is walking to town with his son Antoņito. Suddenly, Don Arturo sees a horseshoe in the middle of the road and orders Antoņito to pick it up, but the latter says that it is not worthwhile to stoop down for such a trifle. Without saying anything more, Don Arturo stoops down, picks up the horseshoe and puts it in his pocket. In town Don Arturo sells the horseshoe to a blacksmith for fifteen centavos and with the money buys a pound of cherries. Then they continue walking. It is a very hot day. Everyone is thirsty, but neither houses nor fountains where one may drink are seen anywhere. Father and son are very hot and very thirsty, and they are very tired. But they continue on their way. Don Arturo lets fall, as though accidentally, a cherry. Antoņito hurries to pick it up and eats it. A little while later, Don Arturo drops another, and another, and another, until all the cherries are gone. Smiling, Don Arturo says to his son: Better to stoop once to pick up a horseshoe, than fifty times to pick up fifty cherries one by one.