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THE SUN AND THE WIND
NE day the sun and the wind had a quarrel. The wind said,
"I am stronger than you." "No," said the sun, "I am
stronger than you."
While they were disputing they saw a traveler coming
along the road. He wore a heavy coat.
"See that man!" cried the wind. "Let us see which of us
can take off his coat. The one who can do that is the
"Agreed," said the sun. "You may begin."
The wind blew and blew and blew. But the traveler only
drew his coat closer about him.
The wind now blew more fiercely than before. The trees
rocked, and the dust flew, but the traveler only
buttoned up his coat.
"What a gale this is!" cried he, and turned up his coat
collar to his ears.
"I give it up," said the wind.
Then the sun had his turn. He shone and shone and
"How the weather has changed," said the traveler, and
he unbuttoned his coat.
Still the sun shone, and presently the traveler wiped
the moisture from his face.
"This thick coat is too much for me; I will have to
take it off and carry it on my arm," said he, and he
took it off.
"You have won," said the wind. "I see now that
gentleness succeeds where rudeness fails."