The Traveller and Fortune

A Traveller, wearied with a long journey, lay down overcome with fatigue on the very brink of a deep well. Being within an inch of falling into the water, Dame Fortune, it is said, appeared to him, and waking him from his slumber, thus addressed him; "Good sir, pray wake up: for had you fallen into the well, the blame would be thrown on me, and I should get an ill name among mortals; for I find that men are sure to charge their calamities to me, however much by their own folly they have really brought them on themselves." Every one is more or less master of his own fate.

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