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Alciato's Book of Emblems

Emblem 166

Something evil, from an evil neighbour

A flood carried away two jars, one of which was of metal, the other earthen, made by the hand of the potter. The former asked the latter if she wished to be borne along next to her, so that as one they could withstand the rushing waters. The clay jar replied: "Your concerns are of no consequence to me: let not closeness bring me much bad fortune. For whether a wave carries you against me or me against you, I, being fragile, will break, and you alone will survive."