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TINSEL AND LIGHTNING
 A PIECE of tinsel on a rock once said to a pebble, "You see
how bright I am! I am by birth related to the lightning."
"Indeed!" said the pebble; "then accept my humble respects."
Some time after, a flash of lightning struck the rock, and
the tinsel lost all its brilliancy by the scorching effects
of the flash.
"Where is your brilliancy now?" said the pebble.
"Oh, it is gone to the skies," said the tinsel, "for I have
lent it to the lightning that came down a moment ago to
borrow it of me."
"Dear me!" said the pebble; "how
many fibs doth good bragging need!"