The Heron, the Cat and the Bramble
Margaret D Jones
Once there was a heron and a cat and a bramble. The three were farming. And they gave up farming and shared the money between them - between the three.
And what did the heron do but put the money in a purse round its neck and saw its reflection in the river as he flew above it. And the string broke and it lost the purse. And ever since then the heron has been looking for the purse along the river.
And the cat bought wheat with its money, and the mice ate it all. And that's why the cat's ferociously hostile towards the mice ever since.
And the bramble lent its money to some stranger, and didn't know who he was. And that's where it is - taking hold of every man who passes it, thinking that that's the man it gave its money to.