A kind farmer told the forlorn lad whose load of hay had overturned in the road, to forget his troubles and come in and have dinner with his family.
“There will be time enough to clean up the load after a good meal.”
The boy demurred; said he didn’t think his father would like it. But the farmer persisted and won.
After the meal the boy said he felt better and expressed his appreciation for the hospitality.
At the same time, he was sure his father would not be happy.
“Nonsense!” said the host. “By the way,” he added, “Where is your father?”
“Under the hay,” was the response