One nightfall a man travelling on
horseback toward the sea reached an inn
by the roadside. He dismounted, and
confident in man and night like all riders
toward the sea, he tied his horse to a tree
beside the door and entered into the inn.
At midnight, when all were asleep, a
thief came and stole the traveller's horse.
In the morning the man awoke, and discovered
that his horse was stolen. And he
grieved for his horse, and that a man had
found it in his heart to steal.
Then his fellow-lodgers came and stood
around him and began to talk.
And the first man said, "How foolish of
you to tie your horse outside the stable."
And the second said, "Still more foolish,
without even hobbling the horse!"
And the third man said, "It is stupid at
best to travel to the sea on horseback."
And the fourth said, "Only the indolent
and the slow of foot own horses."
Then the traveller was much astonished.
At last he cried, "My friends, because
my horse is stolen, you have hastened
one and all to tell me my faults and
my shortcomings. But strange, not one
word of reproach have you uttered about
the man who stole my horse."