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The Three Wishes (1) [The Three Wishes]

The Three Wishes (1)

Once upon a time there was a poor Woodcutter and his wife who lived next to a great forest.

Every day, the Woodcutter went into the forest to cut timber.

One day, the Woodcutter was working in a clearing.
He had marked out a huge old oak tree, which looked like it would make many planks of wood.

He went up to the tree with his axe in his hand.
He swung the axe back as though he were about to fell the tree with one mighty stroke.

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But the Woodcutter hadn't even made one cut when he heard a small, pitiful voice calling to him.

There before him hovered a tiny Fairy, who prayed and begged him to spare the oak tree, as it was her home.

The Woodcutter was so astonished that he could not utter a word.

But at last he overcame his wonder and found his tongue.

" Well, " he said, " if it's your home then I can't cut it down. I'll do as you ask. "

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皆様、ご訪問ありがとうございます。

本日7月1日より再開させていただきます。
明日2日より、毎日午後5時(~7時)に更新の予定です。


本日午前1時同時公開の「西新井は洋書の名所?」にて、あれこれ言及しています。
何卒、宜しくお願い申し上げます。


The Three Wishes (2) [The Three Wishes]

The Three Wishes (2)

" You've done more for yourself than you know, " replied the Fairy.
" To show I'm not ungrateful, I'll grant you your next three wishes. "

Then the Fairy vanished, leaving the Woodcutter wondering if he had been dreaming.

He slung the axe over his shoulder and started for home.

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When he got there, he sat by the fire and called to his wife.

He told her what happened, and she began to formulate all sort of grand plans.

However, realizing they should act prudently, she said, " Let's not spoil anything by being impatient. We must think things over carefully. Let's put our first wish off until tomorrow and sleep on it. "

" You are right, " said the Woodcutter.

He sat back in his chair by the fire and warmed himself.
" What a fine blaze ! " the Woodcutter said.

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The Three Wishes (3) [The Three Wishes]

The Three Wishes (3)

" Indeed, " replied his wife.
" I wish we had some sausages. It would be nice to enjoy them by the fire. "

Scarcely had the Woodcutter's wife finished speaking when she and her husband saw a link of sausages appear down the chimney.

The Woodcutter cried out in alarm, but the realized that this was the result of the foolish wish that his wife had made.

He began to scold her.

" You fool ! " he cried.
" To think you might have wished for a kingdom, with gold, pearls, rubies, diamonds, fine clothes, whatever you desire ! And all you wish for a sausages ! "

" Alas, " replied the Woodcutter's wife. I've made a very bad choice. I'll do better next time. "

" Yes, you will ! " exclaimed the Woodcutter.
" You couldn't have done any worse ! Only a fool would have wished for a sausages. A curse on all sausages ! I wish a sausage was hanging from your nose ! "

In a flash, the wish was answered and sausage fastened itself on the end of her nose. 

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The Three Wishes (4) [The Three Wishes]

The Three Wishes (4)

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The Woodcutter's wife screamed an tried to pull it off, but it was stuck.

Then the Woodcutter tried to pull it off, but it was stuck fast.

Then they both tried but the sausage showed no sign of moving and they were in danger of pulling her nose off.

The Woodcutter's wife cried and sobbed.
" You make a wish, " she told her husband.

" No, you make a wish, " replied the Woodcutter, who also started to cry at the state of his poor wife's nose.

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They had one wish left.

What were they to wish for ?

They might wish for something very grand, but what use was all the finely in the world if the mistress of the house had a sausage stuck to the end of her nose ?

Then the Woodcutter decided he would make the best use he could of the last wish and said,
" I wish my wife was rid of the sausage from her nose. "

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The Three Wishes (5 完) [The Three Wishes]

The Three Wishes (5 完)

And the next moment the sausage fell off her nose and into a dish on the table !

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They were so relieved that they danced around the room for joy and then ate the sausage, which was the finest sausage anyone could wish for.

The Woodcutter and his wife didn't mind that they weren't going to ride around in a golden coach or dress in fine silk.

They realized that it is much better to enjoy eating sausage than to have one attached to your nose for the rest of your life.

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