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10 SEC READING: the world as a mirror (ENG, PORT, ESPA)

Author: Paulo Coelho

EM PORTUGUES AQUI > O mundo é um espelho
EN ESPANOL AQUI > Cain y Abel
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Illustration by Ken Crane

Cain and Abel came to the banks of an enormous lake. They had never seen anything like it.

“There’s something inside it,” said Abel, looking into the water, not knowing that it was his reflection.

Cain noticed the same thing, and raised his staff. The image did the same thing. Cain stood waiting for the blow; his image did the same.

Abel studied the surface of the water. He smiled, and the image smiled. He laughed out loud, and saw the other imitating him.

As they walked away, Cain thought:

“How aggressive those creatures are who live in there.”

And Abel told himself:

“I’d like to return, for I met someone both handsome and in good humor.”
 
 

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