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The Golden Goose

By Itellyouastory

There was  a man  who had  three sons,  the youngest  of whom  was called Dummling, and was despised, mocked, and sneered at on every occasion.

It happened that the eldest wanted to go into the forest to hew wood,and before he went his mother gave him a beautiful sweet cake and abottle  of wine in order that he might not suffer from hunger or thirst.

When he entered the forest  he met a little  grey-haired old man whobade him good day, and said:  «Do give me a piece  of cake out of yourpocket, and let me have a draft of your  wine; I am so hungry andthirsty.»  But the clever son answered:  «If I give  you my cake andwine, I shall  have none for myself; be off with you,» and he left thelittle man standing and went on.

But when he began  to hew down a  tree, it was not  long before he madea false stroke, and the axe cut  him in the arm, so  that he had to gohome and have it bound up. And this was the little gray man’s doing.


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