THE TWIN BROTHERS
Once there was a fisherman who had plenty of money but no children. One day an old woman came to his wife and said: ' What use is all your prosperity to you when you have no children?'
' It is God's will,' answered the fisherman's wife.
' Nay, my child, it is not God's will, but the fault of your husband ; for if he would but catch the little goldfish you would surely have children. To-night, when he comes home, tell him he must go back and catch the little fish. He must then cut it in six pieces — one of these you must eat, and your husband the second, and soon after you will have two children. The third piece you must give to the dog, and she will have two puppies. The fourth piece give to the mare, and she will have two foals. The fifth piece bury on the right of the house door, and the sixth on the left, and two cypress trees will spring up there.'
When the fisherman came home at evening his wife told him all that the old woman had advised, and he promised to bring home the little gold-fish. Next morning, therefore, he went very early to the water, and caught the little fish. Then they did as the old woman had ordered, and in due time the fisherman's wife had two sons, so like each other that no one could tell the difference. The dog had two puppies exactly alike, the mare had two foals, and on each side of the front door there sprang up two cypress trees precisely similar.