First Spanish Reader

 

 

1. BURIDAN’S DONKEY

 

 

One day the donkey belonging to a philosopher named John Buridán— and for this reason referred to as Buridán’s donkey— is perishing from hunger and thirst. Having on one side of him a great quantity of oats and on the other a bucket of water, the donkey is never able to figure out whether he is thirsty or hungry. The donkey can’t make up his mind whether to eat or drink. In this horrible predicament death surprises him.