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Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Woodcutter And The Grateful Animals


The Woodcutter And The Grateful Animals

A poor woman had just one son, a woodcutter. Once, he saved a dog from being beaten by some children and another time, he rescued a cat. Both the animals became attached to him. He also rescued a snake once from a bush fire, who gifted him a magic ring that would grant any wish he made. Putting the ring under his tongue, he wished to be home with his mother. Instantly, his wish was granted! He asked his mother to go to the tsar and ask for his daughter's hand for him. The tsar said that if her son had a palace like his, he would consider her proposal. The boy wished for and got a palace just like the tsar's! And the youth married the princess. But she was unhappy.


The tsar's wicked courtier learned from the princess how her husband got his wishes fulfilled. He made her steal the magic ring and give it to him, and took over the woodcutter's palace. The woodcutter found himself alone in his old cottage! He set off with his dog and cat to get back his wife and palace. When they neared the palace, he sent the dog and cat ahead. The cat grabbed a mouse, dipped its tail in pepper, and told it to hold it under the courtier's nose. The pepper made the courtier sneeze, and out came the ring! The mouse gave it to the cat, who gave it to the woodcutter. The woodcutter got back his palace. Then, he called the tsar, who had the courtier's head cut off. He made the woodcutter the new tsar, and his daughter was now very happy.

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