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THE TWO POTS
 TWO POTS, one of brass and
the other of clay, stood together
on the hearthstone. One day the
Brass Pot proposed to the Earthen
Pot that they go out into the
world together. But the Earthen
Pot excused himself, saying that
it would be wiser for him to stay
in the corner by the fire.
"It would take so little to
break me," he said. "You know
how fragile I am. The least
shock is sure to shatter me!"
"Don't let that keep you at
home," urged the Brass Pot. "I
shall take very good care of you.
If we should happen to meet anything hard I will step between
and save you."
So the Earthen Pot at last
consented, and the two set out
side by side, jolting along on
three stubby legs first to this
side, then to that, and bumping
into each other at every step.
The Earthen Pot could not
survive that sort of companionship very long. They had not
gone ten paces before the Earthen
Pot cracked, and at the next jolt
he flew into a thousand pieces.
Equals make the best friends.