There were two high mountains,and on the very top of each mountain stood of castle. Down in the valley a dog was running. It sniffed along the ground as if, to stay its hunger, of the castles the trumpet sounded announcing that dinner was ready. At once the dog started running up the mountain to get a little, too. But just as it had come halfway, the trumpeter stopped blowing, and a trumpet from the other castle began. Then the dog thought, "They will have finished eating here before I come, but over there they will have just began." And so down it went and ran up the other mountain. But now the trumpet at the first castle started blowing again, whereas the other had stopped. Once more the dog ran down one mountainand up the other, and he kept on in this way until both trumpets were at last silent and the meal would be at an end no matter to which place the dog came.
Guess now what the sages of antiquity wish to imply by this fable and which of us it alludes to, who wears himself out in this fashion winning either here or there.