The Lucky Man and the Sea
men, one of whom was considered
lucky, and the other unlucky, went out
fishing in the sea. A storm arose, and
upset their frail craft. They swam for
their lives; but, as the shore was far, and
the sea rough, they gave up all hope of
seeing land again.
The man who believed himself specially
unlucky said to the other, "But for me,
you would be safe; it is my ill-luck that
has raised the tempest."
While the other was endeavouring to
reply, he felt a rock under the water, and
stood upon it, as if in water knee-deep,
and soon gave a helping hand to his
companion. "Behold," said the latter, "to
the lucky man the sea is knee-deep!"