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Indian Fables by  Ramaswami Raju
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THE FOOL AND HIS FEVER

A FOOL was once suffering from severe fever. As he sat near the fire, he put the poker into it, and, after it was red hot, dipped it into a basin of water close by, and it was instantly cool. He rang for his servant, and ordering a tub full of cold water, went into it, and remained long enough to get rid of the heat in his body, as he thought.


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THE FOOL AND HIS FEVER

When he came out, he was much worse. The doctor came and found him dying.

[72] The fool told him how he thought he would cool down like the poker, and how he treated himself accordingly.

"Alas!" said the doctor, "fools kill themselves by analogy!"


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