Once, there lived two brothers-the elder one was rich, while the
younger poor. The elder brother was very selfish and arrogant. But,
the younger brother was kind-hearted and generous. One day, the
younger brother's wife said," We don't have anything to eat, dear!
We have been starving for the past two days. How long can we survive
like this? Please go and ask your elder brother for some food." The
younger brother knew that his selfish elder brother would not offer
him anything, but he didn't have any other way out. So, he went to
his elder brother's house." Please give me some food, dear brother,"
he pleaded. The elder brother whispered to his wife," Give him the
goat's hoof which the demon wants." The wife went inside the kitchen
and brought the goat's hoof. Giving the hoof to the younger brother,
the elder brother said," Take this and go to the demon that has the
magical millstone; he will give you food." When the younger brother
left, he turned to his wife and said," When he goes to ask for the
millstone, the demon is sure to kill him." The younger brother took
the hoof, thanked his elder brother, and started walking towards the
forest where the demon with the magical millstone lived.
After a long
and tiring journey, the younger brother arrived at the demon's cave.
The demon was sitting right at the mouth of the cave. The poor
brother saluted the demon and said,"
I come from far away good
demon, and bring you this hoof." The demon was delighted to see the
hoof. "In return, I want that millstone," said the poor brother. "Oh
no! I can't part with that!" said the demon." Take silver, or gold,
or even diamonds! Ask for anything, but not this millstone."
"Well..." said the poor brother, "I don't want any of these. Give me
the millstone if you can or else I shall take your leave." The demon
wanted the hoof as it was magical. Finally, he agreed to give away
the millstone to the poor brother. "This is a magical millstone,"
said the demon." Make a wish and then say," Grind, my millstone!'
When you have enough and want the millstone to stop, say 'Enough,
the work is done!' Use it wisely." The poor brother thanked the
demon and carried the magical millstone home to his wife. "Give me
food! Grind, my millstone!" said the poor brother. In an instant,
the magical millstone laid out many delicious dishes. The poor
brother and his wife ate well that day. "Enough, the work is done!"
said the poor brother, and the millstone stopped girding. From that
day on, the younger brother and his wife were poor
No more. The magical millstone gave those good clothes, scrumptious
food, and a big house. One day, the elder brother secretly saw the
younger brother using the magical millstone.
Overcome with greed,
snatched the millstone away from the younger brother and ran to the
beach. He put the millstone in a boat, and rowed out to the sea
where the fisherman were catching fish and putting them in salt.
"Salt will sell well here," thought the greedy elder brother. So, he
recalled how his younger brother had commanded the millstone, and
said," Give me salt! Grind my millstone!" The millstone poured out
heaps of fine salt. How ever, in his excitement, the elder brother
forgot how to stop the millstone." Stop, my millstone!" he said. But
the millstone continued to produce salt and fill the boat. Suddenly,
with the weight of salt the boat turned upside down and the
millstone sank to the bottom of the sea. The greedy brother drowned.
As for the magical millstone, it is still grinding at the bottom of
the sea, pouring out salt, thus making the sea salty!
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