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What are proverbs?

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I was somewhat surprised when the man opposite me in the train said he didn't smoke and that he could not give me a light. I had been admiring the fine lighter which he had on the table by the window and of course I expected it would work. But I did not give the matter a second thought for we were now rapidly approaching the frontier.

I was just trying to get some sleep when an official came into our compartment and asked for passports. He collected them wearily, stamped them mechanically, and handed them back to us. As soon as he left the customs officers entered. They were extremely polite, and much to our surprise did not seem too concerned about the goods we had with us. They asked each of us how much money we had with us and requested to see it. (I learned afterwards that large sums of money were being smuggled out of the country.)

The officers were quite satisfied that all was in order and were going to leave when one of them picked up the lighter to light his pipe. The man opposite me made an involuntary movement and checked himself, saying that the lighter was broken. He was so embarrassed that it was clear he was trying to hide something. The customs officer noticed this too, and offered to repair the man's lighter. He unscrewed the bottom of it and, to our amazement, began to draw out a thick roll of dollar bills of high value. A lighter like this was too valuable to be left lying around, the officer said, and he asked the man to follow him out of the compartment.