The Elves and the Shoemaker (1) [Elves and Shoemaker]

The Elves and the Shoemaker (1)

There was once a shoemaker who, through no fault of his own, had become poor.
Finally he had leather enough left to make only one more pair of shoes.

One night he cut out the shoes which he would sew the next morning.
Then he lay down, said his prayers, and fell asleep.

In the morning, after he had said his prayers and was ready to sit down to work, he found a fine pair of shoes standing finished on his table.

He was so astonished he did not know what to think !

He took the shoes in his hand to examine them closely.

They were beautifully polished, and so neatly sewn that not one stitch was out of place.
They were as good as the work of a master shoemaker.

Soon a customer came in.
He was so pleased with the shoes that he paid mouch more than the usual price for them.

Now the shoemaker had enough money to buy leather for two more pair of shoes.

The shoemaker cut these out that evening.

The next day, full of fresh courage, he was about to go to work.
But he did not need toーfor when he got to his table, he found the shoes finished !

Buyers were not lacking for these shoes, either.

The shoemaker received so much money that he was able to buy leather for four pairs of shoes this time. 

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