Many years ago there lived a king who never ate a meal without a dish of fish But one day it was so cold that no fisherman was able to catch any fish, the king ate neither breakfast. nor lunch. Then he ordered that if anyone brought him a fish, he would give him anything he asked for.
At last, a fisherman caught a big fish and hurried to the king's castle（宫殿）with it. At the gate, the guard would not give him permission to go in until he promised to give him half of whatever the king gave him for the fish.
The king was pleased at the fish. After supper he asked the fisherman what he wanted fi want to be beaten two score of times "said the fisherman The king was very surprised and quarrelled with the fisherman, but in the end he said, Since i have promised to give you whatever you wanted. I mustn't break my promise. So he began to beat the fisherman y After the king had beaten a score of times, the fisherman jumped away and said,That's enough for me. I promised the othcr half score to your guard.”
Now the king was astonished, but the guard had to admit that the fisherman was right. The king not only gave him the score of hit, but also said, " You will not be my guanl any more, the fisherman will suc ceed to the post.