- No.22 DiaryLv 58 years agoFavorite Answer
The Devil and the Seamstress
2012-06-27 23:32:19 補充：
The Devil and the Seamstress A long time age there lived a woman who was so quick and so skilful with her needle that it would have been hard to find her equal. But she was conceited, and one day-half in jest and half in earnest – she rashly said that she would challenge the devil himself to a sewing contest. The devil hears a great deal more than we think, and our words and even our whispers carry right down to the depths of hell. So he heard what the woman said, and came to take her at her word. At first she was terrified and denied uttering the challenge, but the devil insisted, so they agreed to compete to see who could make a shirt first. If the woman lost the competition, however, the devil was to take her down with him to hell. The contest began with the cutting out, but neither of them had the advantage, for they both took exactly the same time. When it came to sewing, however, you would have been amazed at the devil’s ignorance! In order to avoid wasting time re-threading his needle later, he threaded a whole bobbin of cotton at once and that was not very clever, for at each stitch he had to run three times round the house in order to pull the thread through. And as he had forgotten to tie a knot in the end, he ran the first three times round in vain! The seamstress threaded her needle just as she always did, and remembered to tie a strong knot in the end, just as she always did. Then she sewed and sewed, without looking up, until the shirt was finished. And when it was ready she threw it at the devil as he came puffing round the house, with a face as black as thunder. He was so ashamed that he sank into the ground in a glow of flames, for he had not finished a single seam. That is how the devil lost his contest, and from that day to this he has never accepted another sewing challenge. You may still hear people say, when anyone has done a thoroughly clumsy job of work, ‘He is just like the devil, who had to run three times round the house for every stitch.’Source(s): My First Story Book
- chenLv 78 years ago
The topic is The Farmer and His Son.
. A farmer being on the natural death, and wishing to show
his sons the way to success in farming.
He said, " My children, I am now departing from this life,
but, all of things I have to leave you that you will find in the vineyard.
2012-06-28 12:30:41 補充：
. The sons, supposing that he refered to some hidden treasure,
as soon as the old man was dead, set to work with their spades
ploughs and every implement that was at hand,
and turned up the soil over and over again.
2012-06-28 12:31:25 補充：
. They found indeed not treasure,
but the vines strengthened and improved by this thorough tillage,
yielded a finer vintage than they had ever yielded before,
and more than rapid the young husbandmen for all their trouble.
So truly is industry in itself a treasure.
2012-06-28 12:36:11 補充：
. 兒子們以為在暗示葡萄園裡隱藏 一些財寶，
- prisoner26535Lv 78 years ago