Once upon a time there was a poor shoemaker who lived with his wife.
He made excellent shoes and worked quite diligently, but even so he
could not earn enough to support himself and his family. He became so
poor that he he could not even afford to buy the leather he needed to
make shoes; finally he had only enough to make one last pair. He cut
them out with great care and put the pieces on his workbench, so that he
could sew them together the following morning.
His wife asked,
“What will happen to us? The cupboards are bare, and we have no
firewood. Even our last candle has almost burned away.” She was very
“Don’t worry,” said the shoemaker. “Things will work out
for us. You’ll see, I will finish these shoes tomorrow, and someone will
He cut out the leather and then went to bed. The shoemaker would finish working first thing in the
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