The True Mirror

[Written Especially for Children]

A little girl, on her daily walk with her nurse, used occasionally to pass a certain eating house. This place had an odd attraction for the child, for on either side of the doorway mirrors were placed, and when she stood on tiptoe she could just see her reflection. They were not ordinary mirrors, because the first one made her face seem long, thin, and hungry looking, but when she peeped into the second she appeared broad and squat.

Now although the child knew that these mirrors did not show her real reflection, yet they always troubled her. She would say to herself, "Suppose this time one of them is true!" And when she got home she would rush to the nursery mirror, not satisfied until she saw her own usual face looking back at her. Once, she asked her nurse to lift her up so that she could see both of their faces in the mirrors, and the nurse's face looked wrong, too, so that the child turned round quickly to make sure that nurse still had her usual, kind face.

Unchanging Goodness
February 2, 1935

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