Once there lived a greedy man in a small town. He was very rich, and he loved gold and all things fancy. But he loved his daughter more than anything. One day, he chanced upon a fairy. The fairy’s hair was caught in a few tree branches. He helped her out, but as his greediness took over, he realised that he had an opportunity to become richer by asking for a wish in return (by helping her out). The fairy granted him a wish. He said, “All that I touch should turn to gold.” And his wish was granted by the grateful fairy.
The greedy man rushed home to tell his wife and daughter about his wish, all the while touching stones and pebbles and watching them convert into gold. Once he got home, his daughter rushed to greet him. As soon as he bent down to scoop her up in his arms, she turned into a gold statue. He was devastated and started crying and trying to bring his daughter back to life. He realised his folly and spent the rest of his days searching for the fairy to take away his wish.
Moral of the Story
Greed will always lead to downfall.
a. Greedy (adjective) – having or showing an intense and selfish desire for wealth or power
b. Fancy (adjective) – of particular excellence or highest grade
c. Chanced upon (verb) -To find or meet accidentally
d. Fairy (noun) – a mythical being of folklore
e. Granted(verb) – to permit or to bestow a gift
f. Pebbles(noun) – a small stone made smooth and round by the action of water or sand
g. Convert(verb) – change the form, character, or function of something
h. Statue(noun) – a carved or cast figure of a person or animal
i. Devastated(verb) – severelyshocked or traumatized
j. Realised(verb) – become fully aware of (something) as a fact; understand clearly
k. Folly(noun) – lack of good sense; foolishness
l. Downfall(noun) – a loss of power, prosperity, or status
1. Who or what did the greedy man love the most?
Ans: The greedy man loved his daughter the most.
2. Where was the fairy’s hair caught?
Ans: The fairy’s hair was caught in a few tree branches.
3. What did the greedy man wish for?
Ans: The greedy man wished that ‘everything he touches should turn to gold’.
4. What happened to his daughter when he touched her?
Ans: His daughter turned into a gold statue when he touched her.