Two travelers, walking in the hot sun, sought the shade of a large tree to rest. As they lay looking up among the pleasant leaves, they saw that it was a plane tree.
"How useless is the Plane!" said one of them, "it bears no fruit whatever, and only serves to litter the ground with leaves."
The plane tree interrupted him with quiet dignity, "Shame on you, ungrateful creatures. You come and take shelter under me from the scorching sun, and then, in the very act of enjoying the cool shade of my foliage, you call me good for nothing!"
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