Short Story on “Prosperity Gains Friends While Adversity Tries Them”
Once there was a rich merchant in a big city. He had many friends who often came to him. These friends praised him a lot. The merchant gave them parties and was very kind to them. The number of his friends went on increasing.
It so happened that the merchant’s two ships sank at sea. They were bringing his goods of trade. Now he did not have enough things in his shops to sell. He needed money to buy more goods. He went to his rich friends to borrow some money. Each of them refused to lend him any. They even did not like to talk to him now. Most of them asked their servants to tell him that they were not at home. He came to understand finally that they were his friends as long as he had a lot of money.
The story teaches us the lesson that prosperity gains friends while adversity or poverty tries them.