3. The Wind and the Sun

sun wind


cloak: coat; robe (this word is not commonly used in the U.S.)

despair: sadness; hopelessness

dispute: disagreement; conflict

glory: power, honor, success

wrap: cover

sun and man


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 the Wind blew, the more closely did the traveller wrap his cloak around him, till at last the Wind had to give into 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, gentleness, and persuasion win where force fails.


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