The three languages

An aged count once lived in Switzerland, who had an only son, but he was stupid, and could learn nothing. Then said the father, Hark thee, my son, I can get nothing into thy head, let me try as I will. Thou must go from hence, I will give thee into the care of a celebrated master, who shall see what he can do with thee. The youth was sent into a strange town, and remained a whole year with the master. At the end of this time, he came home again, and his father asked, Now, my son, what hast thou learnt? Father, I have learnt what the dogs say when they bark. Lord have mercy on us! cried the father; is that all thou hast learnt? I will send thee into another town, to another master. The youth was taken thither, and stayed a year with this master likewise. When he came back the father again asked, My son, what hast thou learnt? He answered, Father, I have learnt what the birds say.
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