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Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

50 - The Thistles upon the Grave
The Sagacious Rat - 52

The Shadow of the Leader

A POLITICAL Leader was walking out one sunny day, when he observed his Shadow leaving him and walking rapidly away.

"Come back here, you scoundrel," he cried.

"If I had been a scoundrel," answered the Shadow, increasing its speed, "I should not have left you."

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50 - The Thistles upon the Grave
The Sagacious Rat - 52

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