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The Crooked Stick
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First Traveler: What’s that lying in the dust?
Second Traveler: A crooked stick.
First Traveler: What’s it worth, if you can trust
To arithmetic?
Second Traveler: Isn’t this a riddle?
First Traveler: No, a trick.
Second Traveler: It’s worthless. Leave it where it lies.
First Traveler: Wait; count ten;
Rub a little dust upon your eyes;
Now, look again.
Second Traveler: Well, and what the devil is it, then?
First Traveler: It’s the sort of crooked stick that shepherds know.
Second Traveler: Some one’s loss!
First Traveler: Bend it, and you make of it a bow.
Break it, a cross.
Second Traveler: But it’s all grown over with moss!