The Two Monks

Two monks on a journey stopped by a ford across a swollen river. Standing helplessly by the river’s edge, unable to cross, was a very pretty young woman, who by her attire, was clearly a prostitute. One monk, without thinking, put her on his back, crossed the river, and put her down safely on the other side. The monks continued their journey, and after an hour of walking, the second monk could no longer contain his anger and exclaimed, “How could you have carried a woman like that on your back!” “Oh,” his partner replied, “I put her down an hour ago. Why are you still carrying her?”

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