THE CUNNING SHOEMAKER}
Once upon a time there lived a shoemaker who could get no work to do, and was so poor that he and his wife nearly died of hunger. At last he said to her, ' It is no use waiting on here — I can find nothing; so I shall go down to Mascalucia, and perhaps there I shall be more lucky.'
So down he went to Mascalucia, and walked through the streets crying, ' Who wants some shoes ?' And very soon a window was pushed up, and a woman's head was thrust out of it.
'Here are a pair for you to patch,' she said. And he sat down on her doorstep and set about patching them.
' How much do I owe you? ' she asked when they were done.
' A shilling.'
' Here is eighteenpence, and good luck to you.' And he went his way. He turned into the next street and set up his cry again, and it was not long before another window was pushed up and another head appeared.
'Here are some shoes for you to patch.'
And the shoemaker sat down on the doorstep and patched them.
'How much do I owe you?' asked the woman when the shoes were finished.
i A florin.'
' Here is a crown piece, and good luck to you.' And she shut the window.
1 iSicilianische Mahrchen.