The Fool and His Fever
was once suffering from severe
fever. As he sat near the fire, he put the
poker into it, and, after it was red hot,
dipped it into a basin of water close by,
and it was instantly cool. He rang for
his servant, and ordering a tub full of cold
water, went into it, and remained long
enough to get rid of the heat in his body,
as he thought.
The Fool and his Fever
When he came out, he was much worse.
The doctor came and found him dying.
The fool told him how he thought he
would cool down like the poker, and how
he treated himself accordingly.
"Alas!" said the doctor, "fools kill
themselves by analogy!"