YOUNG man came to an old one, and asked his advice on a
"You are my friend," he said, "and my father's
I think more of your judgment than
of almost any one else's, and I shall be largely guided by
it. This is a matter which affects my whole life. Shall I
do this thing, or shall I not? Give me your honest advice."
The old man gave it; and the young man thanked him and
went away. As he went he shook his head and sighed.
"What a pity!" he said. "His judgment, which used
to be so clear and vigorous, is now timorous and one-sided.
He is not the man he used to be; his mind is failing. What
And he went and did the thing.