英语故事 金马驹和火龙衣,智斗“铁公鸡”财主的故事-英语民间故事

the gold colt and the fire dragon shirt 金马驹和火龙衣,巧斗“铁公鸡”财主的故事

there once lived a landlord who loved money as he loved his own life. in his eyes the smallest coin seemed as large as a millstone. he was always on the lookout for some new way of making money and was very mean to his peasant tenants. they all called him "skinflint."

one year a long spell of drought devastated the area, ruining the entire crop. the peasants, who were used to living from year to year, and never had a reserve of grain to fall back on, were reduced to eating bark and roots to survive, and now even these were all consumed. starvation drove them to ask for a loan of grain from skinflint, whose granaries, big and small, were filled to overflowing. although the grain was sprouting and the flour was swarming with maggots, he was such a miser that he wouldn’t part with a single speck of either. his peasants went away seething with anger and resentment, and resolved to find some way to teach him a lesson.

they put their heads together and came up with rather a good plan. they collected together a few tiny silver ingots and also managed to procure a scraggy little horse. they stuffed the silver up the horse’s behind and bunged it up with a wad of cotton floss. then they selected one of their number, a peasant whose gift of gab had earned him the nickname "bigmouth" and who was credited with the power of talking the dead out of their graves. they sent him to skinflint with the horse. seeing them enter, skinflint flew into a rage. his whiskers bristled.

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