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January 18, 2011

The Thief of Cathay

Filed under: narrative — woelandluns @ 1:19 pm

Many years ago in Old China, there lived a very fine official. He was honest and kind. Everyone loved him.

One day his friends and his family had a birthday feast for him. It was his fiftieth birthday. On the day of the feast, the servants were busy all day long, making good food, and getting the house ready for the evening feast. All day long the birthday gifts came, beautiful and costly gifts from the rich people, simple gifts from the poor.

All people were so busy that they didn’t see a stranger enter the house. The stranger was a thief. He wanted to steal some of the birthday gifts of the official. He hid in on the beam so he could see which were the costly ones.

“I’ll have to wait till the feast is over and all of the guests are gone,” he had to himself,” then I can get down and take the gifts.

The Thief waited all day, lying quietly on the beam. At last, late the night, the feast was over and the guests were all gone. The official said good bye to them and back in the hall. As he entered, the thief on the beam moved a little bit and the official saw his shadow moving on the floor. Then he knew that someone was hiding on the beam. He didn’t do anything but called a servant “Get the table ready for one more guest and bring the very best food.

When this was done he said to the servant ,” You can go now.” When there was no one in the room the official turned toward the beam, looked up and said, ”Will the friend on the beam please come down and have dinner with me?”

The thief was very surprised and little bit afraid but he got down from the beam and sat at the table. He was ashamed and he didn’t know what to say. But he ate the food because he was very hungry after lying on the beam all day.

When they had finished their dinner, the official gave him a bag of money and said to him, “Please use this money wisely”. Then he took the thief to the front door and said goodnight to him.

Question

  1. What did his friends and family have for him on his fiftieth birthday?

His friends and his family had a birthday feast for him.

  1. Who entered the house?

A stranger entered the house.

  1. What did he want to do?

He wanted to steal some of the birthday gifts of the official.

  1. Was the official angry with the thief?

No, He was not.

  1. What did the official tell the servant to do?

“Get the table ready for one more guest and bring the very best food”.

  1. What did the official say to the thief when the food was ready?

“Will the friend on the beam please come down and have dinner with me”.

Taken text from : Junior High school “Gurita English” for class VIII semt.2.

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