The allegory, “The Blue Stones,” tells a simple story of a sea captain and his wife. A sea
captain names his ship after his wife and has a figurehead carved to look like her. On a
trading trip, the captain helps a king who rewards the captain with two blue gemstones. He
places the stones in the eyes of the figurehead. The wife complains that the captain should
have made the gemstones into earrings for her. Secretly the wife has the stones removed from
the figurehead, replacing them with blue glass.
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