STORY XXII – THE WIND AND THE SUN
- A dispute once arose between the Wind and the Sun, as to which was the stronger.
- To decide the matter, they agreed to try their power on a traveler. That party which should first strip him of his cloak, was to win the day.
- The Wind began. He blew a cutting blast, which tore up the mountain oaks by their roots, and made the whole forest look like a wreck.
- But the traveler, though at first he could scarcely keep his cloak on his back, ran under a hill for shelter, and buckled his mantle about him more closely.
- The Wind having thus tried his utmost power in vain, the Sun began.
- Bursting through a thick cloud, he darted his sultry beams so forcibly upon the traveler’s head, that the poor fellow was almost melted.
- “This,” said he, “is past all bearing. It is so hot, that one might as well be in an oven.”
- So he quickly threw off his cloak, and went into the shade of a tree to cool himself.
- This fable teaches us that gentle means will often succeed where forcible ones will fail.
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