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The Miser In The Bush

By Itellyouastory

A farmer had a faithful and diligent servant, who had worked hard forhim three years, without having been paid any wages. At last it cameinto  the man’s head that he would not go on thus without pay anylonger; so he went to his master, and said, «I have worked  hard for youa long time, I  will trust to you to give me what I deserve to have formy trouble.» The farmer was a sad miser, and knew that his man was verysimple-hearted; so he took out threepence, and gave  him for everyyear’s  service a penny. The  poor fellow thought it was a great deal ofmoney to have, and said to  himself, «Why should I work hard, and livehere  on bad fare any longer? I can  now travel into the wide world, andmake  myself merry.» With that he put  his money into his purse, and setout, roaming over hill and valley.

As he jogged along  over the fields, singing  and dancing, a littledwarf met him, and asked him what made  him so merry. «Why, what shouldmake  me down-hearted?» said he;  «I am  sound in health  and rich  inpurse,  what should I care for? I  have saved up my three  years’earnings and have  it all safe in my pocket.»  «How much may it cometo?» said the little  man. «Full threepence,» replied the countryman. «Iwish you would give them  to me,» said the other; «I am very  poor.’Then the man pitied him, and  gave him all he had; and the little dwarfsaid in return, «As you have such  a kind honest heart, I will grantyou three wishes—one for every penny;  so choose whatever you like.’Then the countryman rejoiced at his good  luck, and said, «I like manythings better than money: first, I will have a  bow that will bring downeverything I  shoot at; secondly, a fiddle that  will set everyonedancing  that hears me  play upon it;  and thirdly, I  should like thateveryone should grant what I ask.» The dwarf said he should have histhree wishes; so he gave him the bow and fiddle, and went his way.


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