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What are proverbs?

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One summer an engineer spent his holiday in a little village called Trool. The people there told a story about a village which had been in the next valley. A long time ago, someone in that village had annoyed the local giant. He had taken a cloud and made it rain for forty days. At the end of that time the village had been completely covered and a lake had formed. There had been a church in the village, with a very high tower. The villagers argued about its height, but all agreed that it was not less than two hundred feet high. On dark nights they claimed that the church bell could be heard ringing at the bottom of the lake. All the villagers were afraid of going near the lake. When the visitor said that he had intended to go fishing there, they all warned him against it. The ghosts would pull him under.

He was interested in the story at first, but he soon discovered that it was the only thing they ever talked about. After he had heard the same story and the same warnings every night for two weeks, he came to a decision. He would ask a friend of his to lend him his equipment. He would come back as soon as he could and measure the depth of the lake. When he told some of the villagers, they laughed at him. You won't be able to find a rope anywhere in the country that's long enough to reach the bottom! He carried out his plan and a few months later he went back. He had borrowed a small boat and the necessary equipment. He rowed out to the middle of the lake and lowered the rope. Suddenly it stopped. He tried in another place, but it was even shallower there. Even in the centre, the lake was only ten feet deep!