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An apprentice of sage visited Gobdrum to ask him what were the secrets of wisdom. Gobdrum lived in a cave, an obscure place that very frequently was visited by the beings of the forest. A tunic was the only clothes he wore, and his long white hair contrasted with the darkness of his skin. The magician, free from all human weaknesses, was dedicated to answering the questions of everybody that visited him.

The apprentice of sage approached with fear to the master. The eyes of an owl shone in the darkness, and he thought those eyes were reading his thought. Gobdrum asked him:

“Who are you?”

“I am Sandrge, the youngest son of the blacksmith.”

“What do you want to know”?

“What are the secrets to achieving wisdom?”

“There are three: humility, prudence, and love of knowledge.”

“Master, how can I become humble?”

The owl stared at Sandrge, who suddenly felt a blow on her back. A huge toad clung to her shoulders, pulled out his long tongue and licked the nape of the apprentice.

Sandrge screamed desperately and wriggled hard to get rid of the toad.

You'll never be to sage. Nurseley, the toad, just got us out of doubt. You can go away now I am sorry. For the animals of the forest, there is nothing hidden; they are that direct the Universe. I will also tell you that these animals have once been human beings and have the experience of millennia.

Sandrge left the cave without giving credit to what had happened. Unable to assimilate it, he re-entered and ... surprisingly the cave was empty. No one was there to receive it, and judging by the state of the cave, no one had ever been there.

 

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