14. To a friend who has failed in the S.S.C. final examination, giving him consolation.
IX/62, Model Town,
23rd August, 1985
My dear Ashraf,
The S.S.C. results were published in the news papers yesterday and I was pained to find that your name was missing from the list. It was really something unexpected, for all of us hoped that you would get through. Your school examinations results had been satisfactory; your teachers had always spoken well of you and you had put in hard work.
All these things would have insured your success, but your illness at the eleventh hour must be responsible for your misfortune.
But I think you should not lose heart. We all think you will do very well next time. Remember that failures are the pillars of success, and that some of the greatest men of the world have _______ reverses in their school days. It is never any __________ spilt milk, and I am sure you have already started working hard for the next year. I am confident that this failure has only paved the way for a better result next year.