Two men were traveling in company along the road when one of them picked up a well-filled purse.
“How lucky I am!” he said.
“I have found a purse judging by its weight it must be full of gold.”
“Do not say ‘I have found a purse,’” said his companion
“Say rather ‘we have found a purse’ and ‘how lucky we are travelers ought to share alike the fortunes or misfortunes of the road.”
“No, no,” replied the other angrily.
“I found it and I am going to keep it.”
Just then they heard a shout of “Stop, thief!” and looking around, saw a mob of people armed with clubs coming down the road.
The man who had found the purse fell into a panic.
“We are lost if they find the purse on us,” he cried.
“No, no,” replied the other, “You would not say ‘we’ before, so now stick.”