THE WIND AND THE SUN
 THE Wind and the Sun once had a dispute as to which
was the stronger of the two.
"Do you see that traveler plodding along the road?" said the Wind.
"Let us both try our strength on him,
and let the one who can first strip him of his cloak be the winner."
"Agreed," said the Sun.
The Wind began first. He blew a blast which sent the leaves
flying through air; he raised clouds of dust in the road,
bent the tops of the trees to the ground,
and even tore up one sturdy oak by the roots.
But the traveler only drew his cloak the
 more tightly around his shoulders, and kept on his way.
Then the Sun began. He burst out from behind a black cloud,
and, little by little, darted his sultry beams
upon the traveler's head and back.
The man did not notice this much at first,
but soon the heat was so great that he stopped
to wipe the sweat from his face.
"Ah!" he said, "I cannot stand this.
It is so hot that one might as well be in an oven!"
Then he threw off his cloak, and carried it under his arm;
and when he came to a tree by the roadside
he sat down under its shade to cool himself.
After that, the Wind never claimed to be stronger than the Sun.
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