“And as he walked alone one evening over the hills surrounding the town called «The Pied Cow,» behold, there found he the youth sitting leaning against a tree, and gazing with wearied look into the valley. Zarathustra thereupon laid hold of the tree beside which the youth sat, and spake thus: «If I wished to shake this tree with my hands, I should not be able to do so.
But the wind, which we see not, troubleth and bendeth it as it listeth.
We are sorest bent and troubled by invisible hands.»
Thereupon the youth arose disconcerted, and said: «I hear Zarathustra, and just now was I thinking of him!» Zarathustra answered:
«Why art thou frightened on that account?—But it is the same with man as with the tree.”