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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "It's No Use Crying over Spilt Milk" (without using the actual phrase or literal exampl (02/07/08)
TITLE: Master of Gold
By Lauren Page
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One day, the farmer was working out in his field, yes, this was a vegetable field. The day was hot, and the farmer was about to go inside his home, when a very rich looking man came riding up his road on a gleaming stallion.
"Greetings." The farmer said to the man, as he dismounted his horse.
"You are the 'Mater of gold', are you not?" The rich man questioned, looking suspiciously at the farmer.
"I have been called that name of which you speak. May I ask what your buisness is here?"
"I have a block of gold that I cannot make clean, and all the other men whom I've taken it to have also tried, yet failed to clean it to my liking. Rumors say that you can make gold do anything. I would like to make a propistion for you. If you can clean my block, to my liking, then I will pay you triple what the block is worth. Do we have a deal?" The farmer smiled and agreed. The rich man mounted his stallion, "I will be back in 2 days to retrieve my gold." Then he rode off.
The farmer immedietly went into his house and lit a fire. After it became good and hot, he positioned the block of gold into the center of the flames. After a few moments, the gold started to melt, and all the impurities in the gold raised to the top of the bar. The farmer quickly pushed all the impurities off the top, took the block out of the fire, and let it set and harden. After it was set, he would repeat the process again and again.
After 2 days, the rich man returned.
"Is my block of gold clean?" He asked, walking through the doorway of the house.
"Yes, here is your block." The farmer handed the rich man his gold. The rich man's eyes lit up, for in the block of gold, he saw his reflection. This made the rich man rejoyce.
"I thank you, so much so, that I am going to give you quadruple what the block is worth in land and cattle!" The farmer simply smiled.
"My dear man, I do not wish to own land worth more than that block. In fact, I was wondering if I may keep that block, for I have grown an attachtment to it."
The rich man was puzzled,
"Why do you wish to own this one block, when I can give you 5 times its worth in land and cattle?"
The farmer answered,
"For I molded this block into it's new form, I gave it new purpose, and it is precious to me."
The rich man smiled,
"Alright, you may have this block, yet I expect more work from you in the future."
The farmer shook the rich man's hand,
"That is to be expected."
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