Two travelers, worn out by the heat of the summer’s sun, laid themselves down at noon under the wide-spreading branches of a plane tree. As they rested under its shade, one of the travelers said to the other: “What a singularly useless tree is the plane. It bears no fruit, and is not of the least service to man.” The plane tree interrupting him said: “How ungrateful! Do you, while receiving benefits from me, and resting under my shade, dare to describe me as useless, and unprofitable?”

 

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