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The Two Travelers and the Ax

TWO MEN were journeying together. One of them picked up an ax that lay upon the path, and said, "I have found an ax."

"Nay, my friend," replied the other, "do not say 'I,' but 'We' have found an ax."

They had not gone far before they saw the owner of the ax pursuing them, and he who had picked up the ax said, "We are undone."

"Nay," replied the other, "keep to your first mode of speech, my friend; what you thought right then, think right now. Say 'I,' not 'We' are undone." As he finished this thought the ax came down where his neck and shoulder met, cleaving deeply into his body. All he could do was fall down bleeding, jerking about and trying to breath as the rightful owner of the ax reached them.

"You're lucky I cut down the scoundrel sir. Here is your ax back." He heard his friend say as all things faded.

Never mind the syntax.

The Two Travelers and the Axe (original fable)

TWO MEN were journeying together. One of them picked up an axe that lay upon the path, and said, "I have found an axe." "Nay, my friend," replied the other, "do not say "I," but "We" have found an axe." They had not gone far before they saw the owner of the axe pursuing them, and he who had picked up the axe said, "We are undone." "Nay," replied the other, "keep to your first mode of speech, my friend; what you thought right then, think right now. Say "I," not "We" are undone."

He who shares the danger ought to share the prize.

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