|110. The Three Tradesmen|
A great city was besieged, and its inhabi
tants were called together to consider the best means of protecting it from the enemy. A Bricklayer present earnestly recommended bricks, as affording the best materials for an effectual resistance. A Carpenter with eq
ual energy proposed timber, as providing a preferable method of defense. Upon which a Currier stood up, and said, "Sirs, I differ from you altogether there is no material for resistance equal to a covering of hides; and nothing so good
Every man for himself.
一座大城遭到了围困，城中的居民聚集在一起，商讨抗敌的妙策。 一个砌砖匠，立刻挺身而出，推荐用砖头来做是最有效力的抵御材料。 一个木匠也毅然提议，说用木头来抗敌是最可行的方法。 这时，一个制皮匠站起来说：「先生们，我的意见和你们不一样，没有一种抵御的材料会比皮革更好的。」