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MAN was complaining of his neighbors.
"I never saw such a wretched set of people," he said,
"as are in this village. They are mean, selfish, greedy
of gain, and careless of the needs of others. Worst of
all, they are forever speaking evil of one another."
"Is it really so?" asked an Angel who happened to be
walking with him.
"It is indeed!" said the man. "Why, only look
at this fellow coming towards us! I know his face,
though I cannot tell you his name. See his little sharp,
cruel eyes, darting here and there like a ferret's, and the
lines of covetousness about his mouth! The very droop of
his shoulders is mean and cringing, and he slinks along
instead of walking."
 "It is very clever of you to see all this," said the Angel;
"but there is one thing that you do not perceive."
"What is that?" asked the man.
"Why, that it is a looking-glass we are approaching!"
said the Angel.