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Золотая рыбка (THE GOLDEN FISH)
Once upon a time, in a land far far away lived a very poor
couple in a shack not far from the edge of the sea. Their only
means of food was the fish that the old man caught in the sea.
One morning, as was his usual routine, the fisherman took his
fishing net down to the sea. But on this day something unusual
happened, on this day the fisherman caught the Golden Fish. The
Golden Fish begged for the fisherman to spare his life, and
offered in return to grant the fisherman any wish he would like.
But the kindhearted fisherman asked for nothing, and returned
the Golden Fish to the sea. However, the fisherman's wife was
not so kindhearted, she became irate when he related the story
to her, and sent him back to the sea to catch the Golden Fish
and to wish for a loaf of bread. The fisherman did as he was
told, he caught the fish and wished for a loaf of bread. When he
returned home he found a fresh baked loaf of bread on the table.
The fisherman's wife then decided that she wanted more than just
a loaf of bread. The next morning she sent her husband to ask
for a new. He returned home to find his wife with a new washtub,
but she still wasn't satisfied.
The following day the husband was sent to the sea to find the
magic fish and to wish for a new house. This wish was, like the
ones before it, granted to the fisherman. But the fisherman was
sent back again the next day to wish that his wife would become
governor. This time he returned home to find his wife dressed in
riches and ordering about servants. But the woman was still
unhappy, and demanded to become Queen of all the land.
Eventually, even being Queen of all the land did not satisfy the
wife, and so she sent her husband once last time to the sea to
catch the Golden Fish and to wish that she would be ruler of the
sea and of all creatures who live in it. The fisherman caught
the fish, and made the wish. However, when he returned home his
wife was dressed in her old rags, standing by her old broken
washtub, inside the old shack, with not even a loaf of bread to