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EXTRACT ONE: AN INCORRECT ASSUMPTION LEADS TO A FALSE CONCLUSION

GUIDE:

Now it cameth to pass that a lover and his lass were walking through a wood one day. "Look" said the girl,"the branch of that tree is shaped like a high heel." The boy took out his little saw and cut down that part of the tree, and exactly like a high heel - but it was very PRIMITIVE.

He then took out his little knife and hollowed out part of the branch -in the manner of a dug-out canoe - so that it nearly accommodated his lover's foot but it was CLUMSY.

Along came the Industrial Revolution, and the shoemakers turned to iron for fashioning the sole of the show. They constructed a strong - a very strong shoe - but it was UNCOMFORTABLE.

In time, the use of timber was discontinued, and they produced an all-steel shoe. It was a very very very substantial shoe - but it LACKED REFINEMENT.

Time passed and contemporary designers have now given us the magnificent high-heeled shoe we see here. It is a wonderful tribute to ladies' feet

But . . . (Balloon which Assistant is blowing up burst by Guide with heel of shoe) IT CAUSES BUNIONS....

 

GUIDE:

High heels demonstrate a delightful lie in the process of being found out - teetering to extinction so to speak.

The teaching of this parable is that if we can fool ourselves with minor absurdities - how about the big league?

 

GUIDE and ASSISTANT:

An INCORRECT ASSUMPTION... leads to a FALSE CONCLUSION


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