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evile overbear

overheard at the jewelry-making table:

elisem: "Did you ever bend a paperclip until it breaks? That's an experiment in work-hardening metal. You're trading off flexibility for strength."

matociquala: "Brittleness."

truepenny: "You can't be brittle if you're not hard."

matociquala: "Well, there's a life-lesson."

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And this is why a good sword has a soft bendy core and a brittle, sharpen-able exterior.

(I'm not sure quite how you generalize from that to a life lesson, but I'm sure there's something in there.)