so that I can see you properly, and have a talk with you.'
The merchant thought that it was a lunatic who had made his way in to him, and thought it best to take things quietly.
'All right,' said he, 'I shall do so at once.' He got out of bed and made haste to dress himself.
' Ay,' said the peasant, ' now I can see how clever our clerk is. He has done well by you, for now you look just like a human being. If one did n't know it, one would never think that it was vou we got from the red cow; will you come home with me now?'
' No,' said the merchant, ' I can't find time just now. I have a big business to look after.'
' You could have the farm at once, you know,' said the peasant, ' and we old people would retire. But if you would rather stay in business, of course you may do so. Are you in want of anything?'
' Oh, yes,' said the merchant; ' I want nothing so much as money. A merchant has always a use for that.'
' I can well believe that,' said the peasant, ' for you had nothing at all to start with. I have brought some with me for that very end.' With that he emptied his bag of money out upon the table, so that it was all covered with bright dollars.
When the merchant saw what kind of man he had before him he began to speak him fair, and invited him to stay with him for some days, so that they might have some more talk together.
'Very well,' said the peasant, 'but you must call me "Father."'
' I have neither father nor mother alive,' said Peter Bull. -
' I know that,' said the man; 'your real father was sold at Hamburg last Michaelmas, and your real mother died while calving in spring; but my wife and I have adopted you as our own, and you are our only heir, so you must call me " Father." '