“The Two Peasants”, Fable by Ivan. A. Krylov

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The Two Peasants

” GOOD day, gossip Thaddeus!”

“Good day, gossip Egor!”

” Well, friend, how are you getting on ?”

” Oh, gossip, I see you don’t know about my misfortune.
God has afflicted me : I have burnt myself out of house and home, and have been obliged to go about begging ever since.”

” How ever did you manage that ? That was a poor joke, my friend.”

” Just so. On Christmas Day we had a feast. I went out to give the horses their food, candle in hand. I must confess there was a buzzing in my head. Well, I don’t know how it was, but I must have let a spark fall. I just managed to save myself; but my homestead was burnt, and all I had in it.
Now for your story.”

” Ah, Thaddeus, a sad piece of work ! With me, also, it seems, God has been angry. You see, I have no feet left. I think it ‘s a perfect miracle that I escaped with my life. I went to the cellar for beer. It was Christmas Day in my case too, and I, too, must confess that I had swallowed a little too much brandy along with my friends. Well, that I mightn’t set the house on fire in my drunkenness, 1 blew the candle right out. But the devil gave me such a fall down-stairs in the dark, that he made me a mere wreck of a man; and here I’ve been a cripple ever since.”

” Blame yourselves, friends,” said their kinsman Stefan.

” To tell the truth, I don’t think it a miracle that one of you has burnt his house down, and the other is on crutches. Things go ill with a drunken man, when he has a candle in his hand ; but he is even worse off when he is in the dark.”

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