127. The Dim-Witted Weaver

A weaver was chopping wood.
"I live here!" shouted a tree-fairy. "Stop, and I'll grant you a wish."
"I don't know what to wish for," the weaver said.
"I'll wait till you decide," replied the fairy.
The weaver's brother said, "Ask for a kingdom! You can be king!"
"No!" advised his wife. "Get two more arms and a second head so you can work two looms at once, weaving twice as much."
The weaver liked that idea, so he wished for extra arms and another head.
When the villagers saw him transformed, they screamed, "Monster!" and clubbed him to death.

Inspired byThe Panchatantra, translated by Arthur Ryder.
Notes: It is in Book 5, Story 7.

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