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 Aesop's Fables
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     The Tree and the Reed


"Well, little one," said a Banyan Tree to a Reed that was growing at its foot, "why do you not put your feet deeply in the ground, and raise your head high in the air as I do?"

"I am contented with my lot," said the Reed. "I may not be so huge, but I think I am safer."

"Safe!" shouted the Tree. "Who shall pluck me up by the roots or bow my head to the ground?"

 But it soon had to repent of its boasting, for a hurricane arose which tore it up from its roots, and cast it a useless log on the ground, while the little Reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.

Moral: Obscurity often brings safety.
 

 

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