Smart Son and The Thief Master
Robinson wished to put his son to learn a trade, so he went into the church and prayed to their Lord to know which would be the most suitable for him. Then the clerk got behind the altar, and said, thieving, thieving. On this Robinson went back to his son, and told him he was to learn thieving, and that the Lord had said so. So Robinson went with his son to seek a man who is acquainted with thieving.
They walked a long time and came into a great forest, where there stood a little house with an old woman in it. Robinson said, “Do you know of a man who is acquainted with thieving?” (Also read : An Owl and Dove)
“You can learn that here quite well. My son is a master of it.” Said the woman. Then Robinson spoke to the old woman’s son, and he asked if he knew thieving really well.
The thief master said, “I will teach him well. Come back when a year is over, and then if you recognize your son, I will take no payment at all for teaching him, but if you don’t know him, you must give me two hundred dollars. The father went home again, and the son learnt witchcraft and thieving, thoroughly.
When the year was out, the father was full of anxiety to know how he should recognize his son. As he was thus going about in his trouble, he met a little dwarf, who says, “Man, what ails you, that you are always in such trouble?”
“Oh,” said Robinson. “A year ago I placed my son with a thief master who told me I was to come back when the year was out, and that if I then did not know my son when I saw him, I was to pay two hundred dollars, but if I did know him I was to pay nothing, and now I am afraid of not knowing him and can’t tell where I am to get the money.”
Then the dwarf told him to take a crust of bread with him, and to stand beneath the chimney. There on the cross-beam was a basket, out of which a little bird was peeping, and that was his son. (Also read other article at : Effort Never Abuse Result)
Robinson went thither, and threw a crust of black bread in front of the basket with the bird in it, and the little bird came out, and looked up. “Hello, my son, are you here, said the father, and the son was delighted to see his father.
But the thief master said, “The devil must have prompted you, or how could you have known your son?”
“Father, let us go.” Said the youth. Then the father and son set out homeward. On the way a carriage came driving by. Hereupon the son said to his father, “I will change myself into a large greyhound, and then you can earn a great deal of money by me.”
Then the gentleman called from the carriage, “My man, will you sell your dog?
“Yes”, said the father.
“How much do you want for it? asked the gentleman.
“Thirty dollars.” Said the man.
“Well, man, that is a great deal, but as it is such a very fine dog I will have it.” The gentleman took it into his carriage, but when they had driven a little farther the dog sprang out of the carriage through the window, and went back to his father, and was no longer a greyhound. They went home together. (Also read other article in Indonesian version at : Pergi Jauh Membawa Cinta)
Next day there was a fair in the neighboring town, so the youth said to his father, “I will now change myself into a beautiful horse, and you can sell me, but when you have sold me, you must take off my bridle, or I cannot become a man again.”
Then the father went with the horse to the fair, and the thief master came and bought the horse for a hundred dollars, but the father forgot, and did not take off the bridle. So the man went home with the horse, and put it in the stable.
When the maid crossed the threshold, the horse says, “Take off my bridle, take off my bridle.”
Then the maid stood still, and said, “What? Can you speak? So she went and took the bridle off, and the horse became a sparrow, and flight out at the door, and the thief master also became a sparrow and flight after him.
Then they came together and cast lots again, and the thief master loose. So the master changed himself into a cock, and the youth became a fox, and bit the master’s head off, and he died and had remained dead to this day.
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