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The Golden Windows by  Laura E. Richards





A YOUNG man came to an old one, and asked his advice on a certain matter.

"You are my friend," he said, "and my father's friend. 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 a pity!"

And he went and did the thing.

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