the city of
are you keeping this worm?” he asked.
is a silk worm,” the boy responded.
do you feed to your silk worm?”
feed it fresh mulberry leaves.”
do you get silk out of a worm?”
boy felt elated that the master was interested in his silk worm. He became
animated and explained: “ In one week, the silk worm will make a cocoon
around itself and will make either white or yellow silk to cover its
happens next?” the master asked.
cocoon grows into a ball of silk. Do you want to see them? I have two more
silk worms in my house. Do you want me to run and get them?” the boy
the master said.
boy ran to his house and came back with two boxes. In one box, he had a
large yellow ball of golden silk; in the other box he had another large
ball of snow-white silk. The master peered into the boxes and he asked:
the worms dead?”
the boy said. “At any minute, these balls of silk will burst open and a
beautiful butterfly will come out.”
they were watching the balls of silk, slowly a speck of life emerged from
each ball. First the golden yellow silk cocoon burst open and an exquisite
butterfly with white and black wings crawled out of the box. A moment
later, it hopped to the side of the box, spread its wings and gracefully
flew away. As they watched the butterfly flap its wings, another one
emerged from the white silk cocoon. This one had golden yellow wings and
before they had a chance to move their eyes away from the first butterfly,
it took off after the other butterfly.
the master went home, he ordered all peasants living in his land to plant
mulberry trees to make silk for him. From then on he became known as the
silk merchant of
his trip to
silk merchant brought his prize parrot to
year went by. When he was about to leave for
parrot said: “Just go to the same spot, and tell my beloved how nice you
are treating me. Tell her that I am in a beautiful cage, have all kinds of
nuts and ask if she wants to come and spend her life with me in my
beautiful home. The silk merchant was delighted with his parrot’s
request and agreed to do it.
he was in
you have any news from my beloved?”
replied: “Yes, I have a message for you.”
me, is my beloved well?”
of course.” He told me to tell you about his beautiful cage and
about all the nuts he eats, and he wants you to come with me to
live with him.”
soon as he finished, the parrot fell from the branch in front of him. Her
wings separated as if she died instantly.
left in bewilderment. When he got to
soon as he told him what happened, his parrot fell to the floor of his
cage and his wings separated as though he had instantly died.
took his parrot out of cage, and put it on the ground, covered his face
with his hands and wept. When he looked at his parrot, and before he had a
chance to say anything, the parrot flew away, heading toward