The Sun and the Wind once had a quarrel
as to which was the stronger. Each
believed himself to be the more powerful.
While they were arguing they saw a traveler
walking along the country highway,
wearing a great cloak.
"Here is a chance to test our strength,"
said the Wind; "let us see which of us is
strong enough to make that traveler take
off his cloak; the one who can do that shall
be acknowledged the more powerful."
"Agreed," said the Sun.
Instantly the Wind began to blow; he
puffed and tugged at the man's cloak, and
raised a storm of hail and rain, to beat at
it. But the colder it grew and the more it
stormed, the tighter the traveler held his
cloak around him. The Wind could not
get it off.
Now it was the Sun's turn. He shone
with all his beams on the man's shoulders.
As it grew hotter and hotter, the man
unfastened his cloak; then he threw it back;
at last he took it off! The Sun had won.