Wise Man and the Ghost

The Wise Man and The Ghost

A man was going through a
forest. He was tired and sat
under a tree to rest.
Near the tree were some
bushes. In the bushes he
heard a whistle. The man got
up and went to look. He saw a
bottle lying under a bush. The
whistle was coming from
inside the bottle.

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The man opened the bottle to
look inside. Immediately a lot
of black smoke came out from
the bottle. The smoke rose
high in the sky. Then the
smoke turned into a ghost. It
was a big ghost, as tall as a
tree.

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The ghost was red in colour.
He had red eyes, and large
golden earrings in his ears. He
roared, “Give me some work
or I shall eat you up.” The man
was very frightened. “W-what
sort of work do you want ?”
he asked the ghost.
“Any kind of work,” the ghost
replied. “You have let me out
from the bottle, so you have to

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give me work to do. I must
keep working, day and night.
The moment you stop giving
me work, I shall eat you up.”
“Take me to my house,” the
man said. The ghost picked up
the man. In half a second he
reached the man’s house.
Again he said, “Give me some
work to do or I shall eat you
up.” “Make me a big palace,”
the man said.

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In a few minutes the palace
was ready. The ghost again
said loudly, “Give me some
work or I shall eat you up.”
“Get me plenty of gold and
jewels,” the man said. Soon
the gold and jewels were
there. “Give me some work or
I shall eat you up,” the ghost
said.
“Get me nice clothes to wear.”
At once the ghost brought the
clothes. “Give me some work
or I shall eat you up,” the
ghost said.

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“Get me some food.” In a
second the man found the
table loaded with delicious
food. He tried to eat, but he
got no time. The ghost again
said, “Give me some work or I
shall eat you up.”
The man kept on giving work
to the ghost. He could not eat
at all. When night came the
ghost would not let him sleep.
“Give me some work or I shall
eat you up,” he said.

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The man got very worried.
How could he eat ? How could
he sleep? If he did not find
more and more work, the
ghost would eat him up.
Then the man had an idea. He
told the ghost, “Make me a tall
pillar, as high as the sky. And
be quick.”
In just a few minutes the
ghost was back. “The pillar is
ready,” he said. “Now give me
some work or I shall eat you
up.”
“Now listen carefully,” the man
said. “Climb up the pillar till you
reach the top. Then climb
down till you reach the earth.
Then climb up to the top and
come down again. Keep on
doing so till I tell you to stop.
And mind you don’t waste
anytime.”
The ghost was very happy, for
he now had plenty to do. He
went up the pillar, came down,
went up, came down. He went
on doing so.
The man watched for some
time. Then he went inside and
ate the food the ghost had
brought. After that he went off
to sleep.
Next morning he got up and
went outside. He saw the
ghost going up and down the
pillar all the time. The man was
very happy.
Many days passed. The ghost
kept on going up and down
the pillar. At the end of a
month he was still doing it. He
now felt a little tired. “Please
sir,” he said to the man, “may I
stop now ? I have been going
up and down the pillar for a
month.”
“How can you stop ?” the man
said. “You cannot stop till I tell
you. So keep on going up and
down the pillar.”
Another three months passed.
Now the ghost was really tired.
“Sir,” he said, “I can’t do it any
more. I must stop now.”
“You can stop on one
condition,” the man said. You
must go away from here, and
never come back.”
“I promise,” the ghost said.
“Very well, you may stop now.
And take away that pillar with
you.”
The ghost picked up the pillar
and ran away and the man never
saw him again.

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