The Hermit and the Bear





There was an old Hermit who lived in the forest. One day, a Bear came to him and said, “Hermit, please pull the thorn out from my paw! I am in much pain!”

The kind Hermit readily agreed and pulled out the thorn from the Bear’s paw.

The Bear was so grateful that he offered to work as servant for the Hermit.

The Hermit accepted the Bear as his companion. They stayed together in the same cell, ate together and worked together. One very hot day, the Hermit lay down on his mat to sleep. The loyal Bear sat next to the Hermit, driving away all the files from his face. But, there was one mischievous one, which sat on the Hermit’s nose. The Bear said to himself, ‘I will definitely get hold of you now’ Saying this, the Bear slapped the Hermit’s nose with the intention of killing the fly. But, by mistake, he bruised the Hermit’s face, too.

The Hermit woke up, terrified. Then, he drove the Bear away in anger.

A foolish friend can cause more harm than an enemy.

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