Jupiter, after warning him that if he would fulfill his request, then this may cause him to be sold to a tile-maker.
After a little time, finding that he had heavier loads to carry and harder work in the brick-field, he requested for another master.
Jupiter, telling him that it would be the last time that he could grant his request, but he would be be sold to a tanner.
The Ass found that he had fallen into worse
hands, and noting his master's occupation, said,
groaning: "It would have been better for me to
have been either starved by the one, or to have
been overworked by the other of my ex-masters, than to have been bought by my present
owner, who will even after I am dead tan my
hide, and make me useful to him."