The Golden Goose
Once upon a time, in a small village, lived a woodcutter with his three sons. The youngest son, known as Simpleton, was often underestimated and ridiculed.
One day, the eldest son went to the forest to cut wood, hoping to receive something good in return. He met a little gray old man who asked for food, but the eldest son refused. When he began to swing his axe, he injured himself and was forced to return home.
The following day, the second son went to the woods with the same intention. He, too, encountered the old man and refused to share his food. The same misfortune befell him, and he was sent home.
Finally, Simpleton went to the forest. He met the old man and willingly shared his simple lunch. The old man, touched by his kindness, granted him a special tree. Upon cutting the tree, Simpleton discovered a goose with feathers made of gold.
Simpleton decided to go to an inn for the night, bringing along his golden goose. The innkeeper’s daughter tried to pluck a feather from the goose, but found herself stuck to it. Her two sisters tried to pull her away, but they got stuck as well.
In the morning, Simpleton paid his bill and walked away, unconcerned, with the girls still attached to the goose. Along the way, anyone who tried to interfere also got stuck.
When the news reached the king, he was amused. The king had a daughter who never laughed, and he promised that anyone who could make her laugh would marry her. When Simpleton and his comical procession passed by, she burst into laughter.
True to his word, the king allowed Simpleton to marry his daughter. In due course, Simpleton became king, and they all lived happily ever after.
Thus, the story of “The Golden Goose” emphasizes that those who are kind at heart are often rewarded.