Two men were walking down a dusty road. The elder looked down keenly to the ground as the younger one spoke of one thing then another.
Suddenly the elder man halted and put out a hand to silence the younger. His eyes were focused on something on the ground. He bent over and picked up a small bright piece of stone. The young man looked at the elder and said, “Hah! It’s just a piece of quartz!”
The elder man took out a mirror from his pocket and scratched it with the stone. “Diamond?” asked the younger. The elder smiled at him and gave the younger man the stone.
They were walking further down the road when suddenly the elder man stopped again. He was eyeing another piece of stone. This time, the younger man bent down to pick it first. He asked the elder for the mirror. “This time” he declared triumphantly, “it’s a quartz”. With that he stroke the stone against the mirror. No scratch.
The elder man took the stone from the younger and carefully placed it inside his wallet. Then he slid his wallet into his pocket.
The younger gave him a puzzled look.
“I was told to look for quartz, not diamond,” said the elder. And they continued their journey.