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THE TALISMAN

 

 A PRINCE and a princess were still celebrating their oneymoonThey were extremely happy only one houghtdisturbed them and that was how to retain their present appinessFor that reason they wished to own a talisman with which to protect themselves against any unhappiness intheir marriage

Now they had often been told about a man who livedout in the forestacclaimed by everybody for his wisdom and known for his good advice in every need and difficultySo the Prince and Princess called upon him and told him about their heart's desireAfter the wise man had listenedto them he said"Travel through every country in the worldand wherever you meet a completely happily married coupleask them for a small piece of the linen they wear close to the bodyand when you receive this you must always carry it on you That is a sure remedy"

The Prince and the Princess rode forth and on theirway they soon heard of a knight and his wife who were saidto be living the most happlly married lifeThey went to theknight's castle and asked him and his wife if their marriagewas truly as happy as was rumored

"Yes of course"was the answer"with the oneexception that we have no children"

Here then the talisman was not to be found and thePrince and Princess continued their journey in search of thecompletely happily married couple

As they traveled on they came to a country wherethey heard of an honest citizen who lived in perfect unity and happiness with his wifeSo to him they went and asked if he really was as happily married as people said

"YesI am"answered the man"My wife and I live in perfect harmony if only we didn' t have so many children for they give us a lot of worries and sorrows"

So neither with him was the talisman to be foundand the Prince and the Princess continued their journey through the country always inquiring about happily mar- ried couples but none presented themselves

One dayas they rode along fields and meadows they noticed a shepherd close by the road cheerfully playing his flute Just then a woman carrying a child in her arm and holding a little boy by the hand walked to- wards him As soon as the shepherd saw her he greeted her and took the little child whom he kissed and caressed The shepherd's dog ran to the boy licked his little handand barked and jumped with joyIn the mean time the woman arranged a meal she had brought alongand then said"Fathercome and eat now"The man sat down and took of the food but the first bite he gave to the little boy and the second he divided between the boy and the dog All this was observed by the Prince and the Princess who walked closer and spoke to them saying "You must be a truly happily married couple"

"Yesthat we are"said the man" God bepraised no prince or princess could be happier than we are"

"Now listen then"said the Prince

"Do us a favorand you shall never regret it Give usa small piece of the linen garment you wear close to yourbody"

As he spoke the shepherd and his wife looked strangely at each other and finally he said"God knowswe would be only too happy to give you not only a small piecebut the whole shirt or undergarment if we onlyhad thembut we own not as much as a rag"

So the Prince and the Princess journeyed on theirmission unaccomplished Finally their unsuccessful roaming discouraged them and they decided to return home Asthey passed the wise man's hut they stopped byrelatedall their travel experiencesand reproached him for givingthem such poor advice

At that the wise man smiled and said"Has your tripreally been all in vain Are you not returning richer inknowledge"

"Yes"answered the Prince"I have gained this knowledgethat contentment is a rare gift on this earth"

"And I have learned" said the Princess"that to becontentedone needs nothing more than simply to be contented"

Whereupon the Prince took the Princess' handtheylooked at each other with an expression of deepest loveAnd the wise man blessed them and said"In your ownhearts you have found the true talisman Guard it carefullyand the evil spirit of discontentment shall never in alleternity have any power over you"

 


 

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