Saturday, March 22, 2014

Tale of the Angel and Devil (Reinterpreted)

An angel and the devil approach a poor farmer who only has one cow and offer him a choice. The angel says he will give the farmer one new cow, but if he does so he will gift two cows to his neighbor. The devil says he will kill the farmer's only cow, but in return he will kill two cows of his neighbor. The angel and farmer ask him to make a decision. The farmer thinks for a moment, turns to the devil and says 'do I get to eat the cow after you kill it?'

Some time passes and the angel and devil come back to the same impoverished farmer who has now is without his beloved cow. The angel says he will transform the farmer into a handsome man but in exchange his neighbor will be twice as good looking. The devil says that the farmer can pick something on his body to destroy and he will do twice the amount of punishment to his neighbor. The farmer turns to the devil and says 'take out my eye.'

Some time passes and the angel and devil come back to the same poor, half-blind farmer. The angel and devil offer him one final deal....to be continued....

(still figuring out the ending)

- trying to work through reinterpreting an old Slavic tale....

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