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A long time ago, before the world was created and humans set foot on it for the first time, virtues and vices floated around and were bored, not knowing what to do.
One day, all the vices and virtues were gathered together and were more bored than ever.
All of them liked the idea and immediately Madness shouted: “I want to count, I want to count!”. And since nobody was crazy enough to want to seek Madness, all the others agreed.
As Madness coutned the vices and virtues went hiding.
Tenderness hung itself on the horn of the moon, Treason hid in a pile of garbage.
Lie said that it would hide under a stone but hid at the bottom of the lake, whilst Avarice entered a sack that he ended up breaking.
By this time, all the vices and virtues were already hidden - except Love. For undecided as Love is, he could not decide where to hide. And this should not surprise us, because we all know how difficult it is to hide Love.
Just when Madness got to one hundred, Love jumped into a rose bush where he hid. And Madness turned around and shouted: “I'm coming!, I'm coming!”.
Laziness was the first to be found, because Laziness had no energy to hide.
Lie at the bottom of the lake and
Passion at the centre of the earth.
Madness was getting desperate,
unable to find Love.
Madness grabbed a wooden pitch fork
and stabbed wildly at the rose bush.
Love appeared from the rose bush, covering his face with his hands. Between his fingers ran two trickles of blood from his eyes.
Madness, so anxious to find Love, had stabbed out Love's eyes with a pitch fork. “What have I done!, What have I done!” Madness shouted. “I have left you blind! How can I repair it?”.
And Love answered: “ You cannot repair my eyes. But if you want to do something for me, you can be my guide”.
Love is blind and is always accompanied by Madness.