By Robert Louis Stevenson

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VI. - The Penitent.

A MAN met a lad weeping. “What do you weep for?” he asked.

“I am weeping for my sins,” said the lad.

“You must have little to do,” said the man.

The next day they met again. Once more the lad was weeping. “Why do you weep now?” asked the man.

“I am weeping because I have nothing to eat,” said the lad.

“I thought it would come to that,” said the man.


I. - The Persons of the Tale,  •  II. - The Sinking Ship.  •  III - The Two Matches.  •  IV. - The Sick Man and the Fireman.  •  V. - The Devil and the Innkeeper.  •  VI. - The Penitent.  •  VII. - The Yellow Paint.  •  VIII. - The House of Eld.  •  IX - The Four Reformers.  •  XI. - The Reader.  •  XII. - The Citizen and the Traveller.  •  XIII. - The Distinguished Stranger.  •  XIV. - The Cart-Horses and the Saddle-Horse.  •  XV. - The Tadpole and the Frog.  •  XVI. - Something In It.  •  XVII. - Faith, Half Faith and No Faith At All.  •  XVIII. - The Touchstone.  •  XIX. - The Poor Thing.  •  XX. - The Song of the Morrow.

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