Fantastic Fables, Ambrose Bierce: The Dog and the Physician
The Dog and the Physician
A DOG that had seen a Physician attending the burial of a wealthy patient, said: "When do you expect to dig it up?"
"Why should I dig it up?" the Physician asked.
"When I bury a bone," said the Dog, "it is with an intention to uncover it later and pick it."
"The bones that I bury," said the Physician, "are those that I can no longer pick."