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Fair-Weather Friend


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A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
-Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)

Do you agree with Robert Frost? Based on the quote above, he must have considered banks to be fair-weather friends, i.e. people/organizations who are your friends when things are going well for you but are nowhere to be seen in times of hardship.
Fair-weather friends tend to be self-centered and unreliable. The opposite of a fair-weather friend is a true friend. How can you recognize a true friend? What characteristics does a true friend have?

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