Greed The Beanstalk's Bounty
There once lived a farmer who had the good fortune to own a goose who laid golden eggs. With every passing day, the man and his wife grew more and more prosperous. But they felt they were not getting rich fast enough. In order to increase their wealth at a more rapid pace, they decided to kill the bird so as to collect all the eggs at once. But when they cut open the bird, they discovered no eggs at all. Thus they not only lost the goose, but the source of all their riches.
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Publication information: Book title: The Witch Must Die:The Hidden Meaning of Fairy Tales. Contributors: Sheldon Cashdan - Author. Publisher: Basic Books. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 173.
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