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The Fisherman and His Wife

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The Fisherman and His Wife Part II
The fish seemed a little irritated by all the fisherman's wife's requests.
The fish seemed a little irritated by all the fisherman's wife's requests.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Here is the second part of the story of the fisherman and his wife:

A few days later, the fisherman's wife said, "Husband, this house is too small. We need more space! Go back to the river and ask the fish for a castle!"

The fisherman wanted his wife to be happy, so he went back to the river and called:

Princely fish that I set free,

Hear my words and come to me.

Again, just as soon as the fisherman finished speaking, the fish appeared. "Now what?" asked the fish.

The fisherman thought the fish sounded just a tiny bit angry. "Alas, I must ask another favor of you," the fisherman said regretfully. "It seems as though my wife now wants to live in a castle."

"Go home. She is already there," said the fish.

When the fisherman returned home, his wife waved to him from the balcony of a huge castle. Its rooms were full of golden furniture, and the tables were overflowing with wonderful things to eat.

The fisherman found his home turned into a castle.
The fisherman found his home turned into a castle.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

"Isn't everything beautiful?" asked the wife. The fisherman nodded his head in agreement. He looked at all the things inside the magnificent castle.

The fisherman thought that now they must have everything they could ever possibly want.

But early the next morning the wife woke up frowning. She said, "Husband, we live in a castle. It is only right that we should be king and queen of all the land."

The fisherman really didn't want to be king, but his wife insisted. The unhappy fisherman finally gave in and went back to the river.

Once again the fisherman approached the spot where he had met the enchanted fish. And once again he called out:

Princely fish that I set free,

Hear my words and come to me.

The fish appeared as before. This time, though, the river and the sky seemed to get darker. "What is it now?" he asked.

The fisherman was sure the fish was unhappy, but he asked his favor anyway. "I'm afraid my wife wants us to be king and queen," sighed the fisherman.

"Go home. She is already queen," said the fish.

After her next wish, the fisherman's wife became a queen.
After her next wish, the fisherman's wife became a queen.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Sure enough, when the fisherman arrived back at the castle, his wife was sitting on a high, gold throne. "Now that you are queen," said the fisherman, "surely you will not wish for anything more."

"I'm not at all sure of that," said the queen. "I have a feeling there is something else we need."

Find out what else the queen wanted on the next page.

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