Mercury and the Sculptor (Greek Folk Tale)

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Mercury was very anxious to know in what estimation he was held by mankind; so he disguised himself as a man and walked into a Sculptor”s studio, where there were a number of statues finished and ready for sale. Seeing a statue of Jupiter among the rest, he inquired the price of it. “A crown,” said the Sculptor. “Is that all?” said he, laughing; “and” (pointing to one of Juno) “how much is that one?” “That,” was the reply, “is half a crown.” “And how much might you be wanting for that one over there, now?” he continued, pointing to a statue of himself. “That one?” said the Sculptor; “Oh, I'll throw him in for nothing if you”ll buy the other two.”

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