The Six Blind Men and the Elephant.

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There were once six blind men who stood by the road-side every day, and begged from the people who passed. They had often heard of elephants, but they had never seen one; since they were blind.
So one day they begged a friend to take them to the zoo and to the place where the elephant was kept. When they were told that the great beast was before them, they were filled with great happiness. But since they could not see the elephant with their eyes they thought that by touching him they could learn just what kind of animal he was. Therefore, they begged the zoo-keeper to allow them inside the elephant’s pen and near the animal.
The first one happened to put his hand on the elephant's side. "Well, well!" he said, "Now I know all about this elephant. He is exactly like a wall."
The second felt only of the elephant's tusk. "My brother," he said, "You are mistaken. He is not at all like a wall. He is round and smooth and sharp. He is more like a spear than anything else."
The third happened to take hold of the elephant's trunk. "Both of you are wrong," he said. "Anybody who knows anything can see that this elephant is like a snake."
The fourth reached out his arms, and grasped one of the elephant's legs. "Oh, how blind you are!" he said. "It is very plain to me that he is round and tall like a tree."
The fifth was a very tall man, and he chanced to take hold of the elephant's ear. "The blindest man ought to know that this beast is not like any of the things that you name," he said. "He is exactly like a huge fan."
The sixth was very blind indeed, and it was some time before he could find the elephant at all. At last he seized the animal's tail.
"O foolish fellows!" he cried. "You surely have lost your senses. This elephant is not like a wall, or a spear, or a snake, or a tree; neither is he like a fan. But any man with any sense at all can see that he is exactly like a rope."
Then the elephant


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