The Coldest Season

One winter day a bear and a tiger began to dispute as to which is

the coldest season of the year; the bear said July and August, which

is the rainy season, and the tiger said December and January, which

is the winter season. They argued and argued but could not convince

each other; for the bear with his long coat did not feel the cold of

winter but when he got soaked through in the rain he felt chilly.

At last they saw a man coming that way and called on him to

decide--"but have a care"--said the tiger--"if you give an opinion

favourable to the bear, I will eat you;" and the bear said "If you

side with the tiger, I will eat you." At this the man was terror

stricken but an idea struck him and he made the tiger and the bear

promise not to eat him if he gave a fair decision and then he said

"It is not the winter which is the coldest, nor the rainy season which

is the coldest, but windy weather; if there is no wind no one feels

the cold much either in the winter or in the rainy season." And the

tiger and the bear said "You are right, we never thought of that"

and they let him go.


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