The Miser and the Tiger


An old woodcutter went to the mountain every day to cut wood. He was a miser who amassed his silver until it changed to gold. For him, the gold was the most important thing in the world. One day, a tiger sprang at him, and carried him off in its mouth. The woodcutter’s son saw his father in danger. He quickly picked up a long knife and rushed to save him. The old woodcutter saw his son about to stab the tiger.

He called out to him and said, “Don’t spoil the tiger’s skin! Kill the tiger without cutting holes in its skin. We can get many pieces of silver by selling it.” The son got distracted and started listening to his father’s instructions. Suddenly, the tiger dashed off into the forest, carrying the old man. The tiger killed the miser and the son could never find his father.

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