Once upon a time, there was a mountain, and on the mountain there was a temple, and in the temple there was an old monk and a little monk. One day, the old monk said to the little monk: 'I tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a mountain, and on the mountain there was a temple, and in the temple there's an old monk and a little monk. One day, the old monk said to the little monk: 'I tell you a story...'
Once upon a time a countryman came into the town on market-day, and brought a load of very special pears with him to sell. He set up his barrow in a good corner, and soon had a great crowd round him ; for everyone knew he always sold extra fine pears, though he did also ask an extra high price. Now, while he was crying up his fruit, a poor, old, ragged, hungry-looking priest stopped just in front of the barrow, and very humbly begged him to give him one of the pears. But the countryman, who was very mean and very nasty-tempered, wouldn't hear of giving him any, and as the priest didn't seem inclined to move on, he began calling him all the bad names he could think of. " Good sir," said the priest, " you have got hundreds of pears on your barrow. I only ask you for one. You would never even know you had lost one. Really, you needn't get angry." "Give him a pear that is going bad ; that will make him happy," said one of the crowd. "The o