Aesop's Fables (Joseph Jacobs)
Jacobs 60. The Wind and the Sun (Perry
The Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger. Suddenly
they saw a traveller coming down the road, and the Sun said: "I see
a way to decide our dispute. Whichever of us can cause that traveller
to take off his cloak shall be regarded as the stronger. You begin."
So the Sun retired behind a cloud, and the Wind began to blow as hard
as it could upon the traveller. But the harder he blew the more closely
did the traveller wrap his cloak round him, till at last the Wind had
to give up in despair. Then the Sun came out and shone in all his glory
upon the traveller, who soon found it too hot to walk with his cloak on.
Kindness effects more than severity.
Fables of Aesop, by Joseph Jacobs with illustrations by
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