The Seller of Images

: Aesop's Fables

A CERTAIN MAN made a wooden image of Mercury and offered it for

sale. When no one appeared willing to buy it, in order to

attract purchasers, he cried out that he had the statue to sell

of a benefactor who bestowed wealth and helped to heap up riches.

One of the bystanders said to him, "My good fellow, why do you

sell him, being such a one as you describe, when you may yourself

enjoy the good things he has to give?' "Why," he replied, "I am

in need of immediate help, and he is wont to give his good gifts

very slowly."