The Two Pots

084. THE TWO POTS. As earthern pot, and one of brass, standing together upon the river's bank, were both carried away by the flowing of the tide. The earthern pot showed some uneasiness, as fearing he should be broken; but his companion of brass bid him be under no apprehensions, “for that he would take care of him.”
“O,” replies the other, “keep as far off as ever you can, I entreat you; it is you I am most afraid of: for whether the stream dashes you against me, or me against you, I am sure to be the sufferer, and therefore I beg of you, do not let us come near one another.” [more info]

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