A Fisherman and A Fish Story

A Fisherman and A Fish

Long, long ago, there lived an old fisherman and his wife. They lived in a hut beside the sea. The fisherman used to catch fish with his net and his old wife used to make thread. Thus they were passing their life. One day, the fisherman went to the sea with his net. He threw the net and pulled it up. But there was some mud and nothing else in the net. The second time, came up some grass. The third time, a fish was caught. It was a nice golden fish. The fisherman was very glad to see the fish. But when he was about to touch it, it spoke out, "Oh good old man! please, set me free and let me go. I promise, I'll give you all, that you may ask for." The fisherman was astonished. He requested the fish to place him above want. After that he freed the fish and went home. When he reached home, he became wondered seeing a palatial building with all amenities for comforts. He told everything to his wife. But his wife was very greedy. He was not satisfied with the things they got. She told her husband to demand more to the fish. The old man went to sea-shore with trembling steps. With tears in his eyes, he called the fish again. The golden fish came to him and said, "Tell me, oh good old man." The old man tried to utter the words of his wife many times but he failed. So, the fish said again. "Oh good old man! Don't hesitate. Tell me what you want." "I don't want anything." said he. "My greedy wife has forced me to come to you once again. She wishes to be the empress of all the seas and you shall be her maid servant." This time, the fish said nothing in reply. With a strong lash of her tail on the water, she went down deep into the blue sea. The old man got up from the sea-shore and went home with slow steps. When he reached home, he found to his surprise that his old wife was sitting in front of the old hut with the broken wooden vessel beside her.

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