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- The rose of Jericho - part 4 -
The stranger became more attentive and looked at the boy.
"I also want to give the boy a gift", he said eagerly and reached for a handful of withered grass behind him.
"This is the rose of Jericho. It got its name from the city of Jericho which lies as an oasis in the middle of a desert of stones. Jericho is fertile and gives life to many. I grew up there myself. There is a story about the rose. If you give it to a male child in the desert you can be certain that the child will have the same qualities as the rose."
The man then told them about the wonderful qualities of the rose, how it comes back to life with the slightest bit of water, that it never dies, and that it doesn’t need any soil.