JAMES THE SIMPLETON
James was a good-natured simpleton. Once, he was having lunch at a friend’s house, when his parents and two brothers ate poisonous mushrooms by mistake and fell very sick. His father was unable to move, so he told James to go quickly to the pharmacy and get a strong medicine for stomach upsets, a dose for four people. He made James repeat his instructions, and then hurry. His parents and brothers kept waiting, but James did not turn up. His father was worried for James was quite silly. Feeling a bit better, he went to the pharmacy. On the way, he found James, doubling up in great pain and cradling his stomach. When he asked what had happened, James said that as told, he had got the four doses, and eaten them all!