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"I hear," said the hospitable man, "that my friend has come from over seas. Now therefore let us do thus and so, for he is the man of all men whom I delight to honor."
So the hospitable man hurried to and fro all day, gathering this that was rich, and that that was costly, and the other that was delicate; and bidding his acquaintance come and help him do honor to his friend.
Next day he met another friend, who was a physician.
"Whither away so fast?" asked the hospitable man.
"Do not stay me!" said the physician. "The case is urgent. I am going to So-and-So." And he named the friend from over seas.
"You distress me infinitely!" cried the hospitable man. "Is So-and-So ill?"
"Some rascal poisoned him last night," said the physician. "A bad business. I doubt if he recovers."
"Good God!" cried the hospitable man. "He dined with me last night."
"Oh! was it you?" said the physician.
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