The Pope’s Mule
“The Pope’s Mule” by Alphonse Daudet is a short story set in a small French village. It revolves around the local priest and his stubborn mule, who is surprisingly favored by the Pope.
The mule’s unexpected papal blessing causes tension and rivalry among the villagers. It highlights human nature’s tendency to become envious and competitive over even the most unexpected blessings. Daudet’s story offers a satirical and humorous commentary on human behavior and the often irrational pursuit of status and recognition.