• The Other Wise Man

  • PREFACE

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    It is now some years since this little story was set afloat on the sea of books.

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  • It is not a man-of-war, nor even a high-sided merchantman;

  • only a small, peaceful sailing-vessel.

  • Yet it has had rather an adventurous voyage.

  • Twice it has fallen into the hands of pirates.

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    The tides have carried it to far countries.

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  • It has been passed through the translator's port of entry into German, French, Armenian, Turkish, and perhaps some other foreign regions.

  • Once I caught sight of it flying the outlandish flag of a brand-new phonetic language along the coasts of France;

  • and once it was claimed by a dealer in antiquities as a long-lost legend of the Orient.

  • Best of all, it has slipped quietly into many a far-away harbor that I have never seen, and found a kindly welcome, and brought back messages of good cheer from unknown friends.

  • Now it has turned home to be new-rigged and fitted for further voyaging.

  • Narrator

    Before it is sent out again I have been asked to tell where the story came from and what it means.

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  • I do not know where it came from—

  • out of the air, perhaps.

  • One thing is certain, it is not written in any other book, nor is it to be found among the ancient lore of the East.

  • And yet I have never felt as if it were my own.

  • It was a gift.

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    It was sent to me;

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