The Dim-Witted Weaver

A weaver was chopping wood in the forest.
"This is my home!" yelled a tree-fairy. "Stop, and I'll grant you a wish."
"I don't know what to wish for," the weaver said.
"Well," said the fairy, "go ask for advice!"
The weaver's brother said, "Ask for a kingdom! You can be a king!"
But his wife said, "No! Ask for more arms and another head so you can weave 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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