Once upon a
time there lived a poor shoemaker. He
lived in misery because as he grew old he could not see all that well
any more and, consequently, he could not work like he used to.
he went to bed sad, without finishing a
repair job he had begun. In the morning he found the job done.
the day he set out all the tools and material necessary to make a new
pair of shoes for a rich customer.
morning, when it will be sunny and bright, I will begin working on
them," he thought.
morning after, instead of the leather he
had left the night before, the shoemaker was very surprised to find a
beautiful pair of brand new shoes. Later on in the day, the customer
went by the shop to see how his new shoes were coming along. When he
found a very nice pair of shoes ready, he was very happy and paid the
shoemaker twice the price they had agreed upon. The shoemaker was very
confused and wondered what had happened.
he left out some more leather and the
next morning he found another shiny and perfect pair of new shoes.
These shoes were sold at an even higher price. Now the shoemaker left
out leather and tools to his mysterious helper every night, and, every
morning, he found a new pair of shoes.
soon, the shoemaker was able to save a good
sum of money. When the shoemaker's wife noticed all the money the
shoemaker had saved, she grew suspicious and demanded an explanation.
When she was informed of the unusual nocturnal occurrences, she
wait until nightfall. We will hide and find out what's happening."
so the shoemaker and his wife hid and, around midnight, saw two elves
sneak into the shoemaker's shop.
and skilled elves made a new pair of
shoes in a flash. It was winter and the elves, dressed in ragged
clothes, shivered while they worked.
fellows! They must be very cold," the shoemaker's wife whispered to her
husband. "Tomorrow I will make them two heavy wool jackets. That way
they will be warmer and maybe, instead of one pair of shoes, they will
following midnight, next to the leather, the
two elves found two elegant red jackets with gold buttons. They put on
the jacketsand were very happy. They danced shouting:
beautiful jackets! We'll never be cold again." But when one of the
get to work now," the other answered:
What for? With two jackets like these we are rich. We will never have
to work again."
two elves left the shop of the astonished shoemaker and his even more
puzzled wife and were never seen again.