GOOD LUCK, BAD LUCK?

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HORSE
Once there was an old man who lived with his son in an old ruin on the top of a hill. One day, their horse ran away and the young man went off to look for it. He passed through the village but, there, no one had seen the horse. Hearing they had lost their horse the people climbed the hill to commiserate with the old man. "What bad luck!" they said, "You aren't rich and now you must make do without a horse." The old man listened to their sympathetic words, and smiling, he said "Good luck, bad luck! Who knows?"

A few days later the lost horse came back and with it two wild horses. The son immediately began to break them in so he would be able to ride them. When the people down in the village heard the news they came to see the old man to share in the joy of having found his lost horse. "What good luck!" they declared. The old man listened to their kind words, and smiling, he said "Good luck, bad luck! Who knows?"

Now, the son was a keen horseman and he liked to gallop at full speed on the new mounts. One day he was doing just this when he was thrown from the horse and broke his leg. His father put the leg in splints and nursed the injured lad. The villagers were not long in noticing his absence and they came to see the reason why. When they found the young man bed-ridden they threw up their hands in dismay and said to the old man, "What bad luck, who will help you now with the heavy work?" Once again the old man listened to their kind words, and smiling, he said "Good luck, bad luck! Who knows?"

A short time later the emperor sent his soldiers into all the towns and villages to press all the able-bodied men into service. He was going to war and he needed new recruits. All the young men from the village were enlisted but because of his stiff leg and limping walk the son of the old man was not considered fit to serve in the army of the emperor. "Good luck, bad luck! Who knows?"
 
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