The Fisherman and His Wife: A Tale of Moderation
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I include this book because it belongs to a set including fables. In this version a contented fisherman catches a magic fish and at his request releases him. For that he is granted a wish. He has no wish, but when he tells his wife, she has a wish for a better house. He goes back and, in a move more from fairy tales than from fables, chants a rhyming line that brings back the fish. The wife wakes up the next day in their new home and wants a palace. The fish grants the request. The next day she wants to be queen. The fish, getting annoyed, grants the request. The next day she wants to turn off the sun. The fish reduces them back to their original house. Greed got the better of them. The fisherman in this version if imaged as a badger, I believe, or perhaps a wolverine? This story is not included in the earlier larger set of smaller "Stories to Grow On."
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