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.