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THE MAID AND THE WISE MAN
A MAID in the East used to say, "Society
is like a dish."
A wise man once heard these words,
and said, "Fair maid, what do you mean?"
"Sir," said the maid, "if you wish to
know what I mean, you must have dinner
"Agreed," said the wise man.
The maid laid before the wise man
plates of salt, pepper, fish, and other
articles, each by itself. He could eat of
none of these. Last of all, the maid
brought a dish of curried fish, and the
sage had his dinner.
 "But where is the meaning of your
saying?" said the sage.
"I have explained it," said the maid.
"I don't see it," said the sage.
"Why," said the maid, "you would not
eat the salt, the pepper, the fish, each by
itself; but when they came together, you
had your dinner."
"You are quite right, fair maid," said
the philosopher?" the salt is the witty
man, the pepper the tart man, the fish the
dull man, and, all together, make the one
social man. There is philosophy in the