|17. The Mole And His Mother|
A Mole, a creature blind from its
birth, once said to his mother: "I am sure that I can see, mother!" In the desire to prove to him his mistake, his mother placed before him a few grains of frankincense, and asked, "What is it?" The young Mole said, "It is a pebble." His mother exclaimed: "My son, I am afraid that you are not only blind, but that you have lost your sense of smell."
一只生来便瞎眼的田鼠，有一次对它母亲说：「妈！我一定可以看见东西的！」它母亲为了要让它知道这是错误的，便放了一点有乳香的谷粒在它的面前，便问它说：「这是什么？」 田鼠说：「小石子。」 母亲叫着说：「孩子，我恐怕你不但瞎了眼睛，也许连嗅觉也失去了呢。」^#