|Appears in||Words of Radiance|
Fleet ran quick and sure, taking an early lead. But mountains he encountered slowed his pace on the way up, yet his speed returned downside. However, he grew weaker as the end approached and the wind and storm caught him up as he again faced more mountains to climb and lost his lead on the way down again. Then there was a sunken land and that he crossed with grief, but there the storm also wilted. In Shinovar, the sea and the race beckoned, but Fleet never made it.
Kaladin learns a valuable lesson through the parable of Wit's lay.
|“||For glory lit, and life alive, for goals unreached and aims to strive. All men must try, the wind did see. It is the test, it is the dream.||”|
–Wit to Kaladin
The point of the story was that every man tries - and must keep trying - if he wants to achieve his goal. Even if he doesn't achieve his goal, it is more important that he tried with everything he had to do so, rather than giving up. Wit used this story to show Kaladin that he must try to do what he believes even when all might be lost. This point helped to change Kaladin's mind about Elhokar and save him.