One day some villagers gathered together and began to discuss one of their friends. Several of them praised him for his good points. At last, one person said, “He is a fine fellow. There is no doubt about it. But he has two faults.”
“What are they?” the others asked him.
“He is too easily excitable, and when irritated, he is too rash.” Unfortunately, the man being discussed arrived in time to hear the last remark. At once, he flew at the critic, caught him by the throat and, grinding his teeth, said, “You worthless scoundrel! How dare you accuse me of irritability and rashness! I’ll wring your neck. “
The others interfered and made peace between them by saying, “Have you not amply demonstrated that you deserve the criticism?”