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“Congratulations, Tevye,” Shimon said. “You’ve dried up the swamp. Your bravery has saved many lives. On behalf of the whole settlement, I thank you.”

Smiling, Shimon extended his hand, but Tevye’s was like a swollen red ball. It was only then that Tevye realized that he was practically naked.

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“Where are my clothes?” he asked.

Quickly, hearing the laughter of the women and children, he ran back down the beach to hide in the waves of the ocean.

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