A Beguiling Tale

One day, when a seamstress was sewing while sitting close to a river, her thimble fell into the river. When she cried out, a good fairy appeared and asked, “My dear child, why are you crying?”

The seamstress replied that her thimble had fallen into the water and that she needed it to help her husband in making a living for their family.

The good fairy dipped her hand into the water and pulled up a golden thimble set with sapphires.

“Is this your thimble?” the good fairy asked.

The seamstress replied, “No.”

The good fairy again dipped into the river. She held out a golden thimble studded with rubies.

“Is this your thimble?” the good fairy asked.

Again, the seamstress replied, “No.”

The good fairy reached down again and came up with a leather thimble.

“Is this your thimble?” the good fairy asked.

The seamstress replied, “Yes.”

The good fairy was pleased with the woman’s honesty and gave her all three thimbles to keep, and the seamstress went home happy.

Some years later, the seamstress was walking with her husband along the riverbank, and her husband fell into the river and disappeared under the water. When she cried out, the good fairy again appeared and asked her, “Why are you crying?”

“Oh good fairy , my husband has fallen into the river!”

The good fairy went down into the water and came up with George Clooney .

“Is this your husband?” The Good fairy asked.

“Yes,” cried the seamstress.

The good fairy was furious “You lied! That is an untruth!”

The seamstress replied, “Oh, forgive me, my good fairy . It is a misunderstanding.”

“Misunderstanding???” asked the good fairy .

“Yes, my good fairy ,” replied the seamstress, “You see, if I had said “no” to George Clooney , you would have come up with Brad Pitt .

Then if I said “no” to him, you would have come up with my husband.. Had I then said “yes,” you would have given me all three.

Good fairy, I’m not in the best of health and would not be able to take care of all three husbands, so THAT’S why I said “yes” to George Clooney.”

And so the good fairy let her keep him.

The moral of this story is:

Whenever a woman lies, it’s for a good and honourable reason, and in the best interest of others. That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it.


Signed: All Us Women




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