THE WELL-BRED AND THE ILL-BRED.
A MAN once stood up at a market-place in
the East and said, "I have been ordered
by the king to collect all the well-born and
well-bred and bring them before him, since
he wishes to reward them."
Everybody that heard him joined him,
and he went towards the palace, surrounded
by the whole town. Then he
suddenly turned round and said, "The
king has just sent me word that he means
to help only those that have been ill-born
and ill-bred to make up for their misfortunes."
The crowd lingered behind for a while,
and then one after another joined the man
as ill-born and ill-bred to merit the king's
The man said, "The world goes as the