I read this tale and it amazed me. It is a German tale but I read it in Russian and translated into English so as to share with you.

Mr. Korbes

Once upon a time there lived a hen and a rooster. One day they decided to go on a trip. The rooster made a beautiful carriage with four red wheels. He harnessed four mice instead of horses.

The rooster and the hen got into the carriages and went on their way. Soon they met a cat. The cat asked them ”Where are you going?”  The rooster answered “ We are hurrying to Mr. Korbes.”

“Oh, let me go with you”, asked the cat. “OK”, replied the rooster. And the cat got into the carriage.

After that they met a millstone, an egg, then a duck, a pin and a needle.They took all those with them and continued their travel.

When they arrived at their destination, Mr.Korbes didn’t happen to be at home.The mice drew the carriage into the shed, the hen and the rooster flew up on the perch, the cat climbed on the stove, the duck sat on the curb of the well, the egg wrapped itself in the towel, the pin stuck itself in the armchair, the needle jumped on the bed, and the millstone climbed on the door.

Mr. Korbes came back home . He approached the stove to make a fire but the cat threw cinders at his face. Mr. korbes ran to the well to wash his face but the duck splashed him with water from head to feet. He took a towel to dry his face but the egg rolled out and smashed into his eyes. After that Mr. Korbes  sat in the armchair but the pin pricked him. Now he really lost his temper and decided to rest on his bed. As soon as he touched the pillow, the needle pricked him. Mr.Korbes  gave a loud cry, jumped from the bed and ran from the house. As he was running to the door, the millstone jumped down – and killed him.

That Mr.Korbes must have been a horribly bad person!!!

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Comment by Inna on July 16, 2014 at 9:07

But, Saba, the tale doesn't tell of the previous deeds of that unlucky Mr. Korbes.

Comment by saba on July 16, 2014 at 7:47

But I felt so sorry for Mr. Korbes. They punished him unfairly.


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Comment by Stranger in the night on July 14, 2014 at 18:05

ordinary german story in russian translated into english

Comment by Inna on July 14, 2014 at 15:43

wow, allen, that friend should wear the sign I'm your karma" to warn other away lol

Comment by ∑Allen∑ on July 14, 2014 at 15:18

Karma

Comment by ∑Allen∑ on July 14, 2014 at 15:17

You reap what you sow...

Comment by Behgosh on July 14, 2014 at 10:32

Wow Ohnie, your moral is much better than the original one's. If we put this story with this moral than it makes sense.

Thanks for sharing Inna.


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Comment by noaslpls on July 14, 2014 at 1:36

What comes around comes around. That's karma for him. 

Comment by Inna on July 13, 2014 at 21:03

The moral of the story is in the last line : "That Mr.Korbes must have been a horribly bad person!!" It is the conclusion of the tale, not my opinion. He was so bad that all things turned against him.

Comment by Ohnie on July 13, 2014 at 20:05
How interesting, Inna. Thanks for sharing. I don't know if this is supposed to be a funny or tragic story. I felt bad for Mr. Korbes. I guess it's another reminder that when it's your time, you can't run away but can't hide. It will come and find you wherever you go.
Inna, please tell me the moral of the story.

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