One fine day it occurred to the
Members of the Body that they were
doing all the work and the Belly was
having all the food.
So they held a meeting, and after a
long discussion, decided to strike
work till the Belly consented to
take its proper share of
So for a day or two, the Hands
refused to take the food, the Mouth
refused to receive it, and the Teeth
had no work to do.
But after a day or two the Members
began to find that they themselves
were not in a very active condition:
the Hands could hardly move, and the
Mouth was all parched and dry, while
the Legs were unable to support the
So thus they found that even the
Belly in its dull quiet way was
doing necessary work for the Body,
and that all must work together or
the Body will go to pieces.