Moral Stories For Kids - His Luck

 His Luck

In a certain village, there were two brothers. Both were married. The Elder's wife came from a poor family, while the Youner's came from a rich one. Naturally, they were always at loggerheads. "I am the Elder's wife," the poor girl would say. "You must obey me." "I am of a noble family," the younger brother's wife said. "I have the right to order you." There was no way of reconciling the two women. So the brothers separated. Gradually the elder brother's family grew in size, expenses increased, and he fell on evil ways. At the same time, the younger brother thrived and prospered. One day the Elder went to his younger brother and asked him for the loan of his oxen for a couple of days in order to till his land. "Go to my farm," the Younger said. "you will find my oxen there. Take one pair today, and another tomorrow. Don't tire them out. Tell the farmhands that I am permitting you to take the oxen." The Elder went to the younger's farm and was surprised to see a strange person tilling the field. "This field belongs to my brother," he told the stranger. "Who are you? Why are you working in this field?" "Don't you know me?" the other replied. "I am your brother's Luck. While your brother sits comfortably at home, I cultivate his farm for him." 

"Really?" the Elder exclaimed. "What about my Luck, then?" "Ah, he is a lazy lout!" the other replied. "Do you see that bush there? He lies behind that bush and sleeps all the time. That is why you are so poor. Go and wake him up, if you can." "How dare he do this to me?" the Elder said. He armed himself with a strong twig, went up to the bush, and saw his Luck sleeping like a log of wood. After a couple of strokes, the sleeper awoke and cried, "Don't chastise me for nothing! What harm have I done to you?" "Is it not enough that you waste your time in lazy sleep, while your brother there works in the field industriously?" the Elder shouted, threatening to thrash his Luck some more. "Stop, stop!" the other protested. "I am quite ignorant about this cultivation. If it were to be trade, I could show you what I am capable of!" "Trade?" the Elder asked, puzzled. "How can I trade? I have no capital. What am I to trade with?" "I am your capital!" the other replied. "I will get you huge profits, whatever you trade in. If you have faith in me, shift to the city at once." The Elder packed all his things. When he was about to leave his house with his wife, he heard a weeping sound from the ceiling of his house He lifted up his head and saw an ugly woman clinging to the beam. 

"Who are you, woman?" the Elder asked. "When did you enter this house and why are you weeping?" "I have been always in this house, my son," she replied. "You see, I am your Ill-luck. I had such a happy time with you, and now you are going away. It is so cruel on your part to leave me," She began to wail. "Is that you, Auntie!" the Elder said. "How can I go without you? I can't! Now, enter this box, and I shall take you away with me." He emptied a wooden box. His Ill-luck jumped down into the box. The Elder closed the box, locked it, took it into his backyard, dug a deep pit, and buried the box in it. "Stay there forever!" he said. "Don't you ever let me see you again!" Then he moved to the city with his wife and children. In the city, he sold away all his old clothes. Luckily he got good money for them. With the money, he bought new clothes and again sold them for a good profit. 

Whenever he made a transaction he doubled his money, till he became an extremely rich man. The Younger learned that his brother, who had gone to the city, acquired great wealth, and he went to see him. "Brother," he said to the Elder, "how did you manage to acquire so much wealth in such a short time?" "It was quite easy!" the Elder replied. "I saw my Ill-luck clinging to the beam of my house. I put her in a box and buried her a fathom deep, by the side of the well. Then onwards my luck turned." The younger was jealous of his brother's good fortune. He took leave of the Elder and went straight to his old house. He dug up the box, broke the lock, and let Ill-luck out. "Thank you, my son!" said the ugly dame. With great agility, she sprang up and jumped onto his neck. "Get down, fool!" the younger shouted "I am not your man. He is in the city." "Don't utter that scoundrel's name!" the ugly woman said. "He makes me sick! you are so kind, so charitable! I will never, never part from you!" The younger was cruelly punished for his jealousy. He never could throw off his Ill-luck which got upon his shoulders. He lost all his wealth. When he went to live with his in-laws, they treated him with indifference. Finally, he ran away and became a mendicant. 

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