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The Golden2 Touch
Long long ago, there lived in Greece a king whose name was Midas. He was a great man and loved gold better than anything else in the world.
One day, he asked the God to give him still more gold. The God decided3 to punish him and said, "Very well. In the morning everything that you touch will become gold." Midas was overenjoyed when he heard this. "I shall be the richest man in the world." he said to himself. He got up early the next morning. When he touched his bed, it turned to gold. He began to dress, and his clothes became gold. Midas was delighted.
Midas loved flowers and kept a beautiful garden. He went in to the garden to look his flowers.The day was fine! The sun was bright! And the roses were lovely! The king picked one of them, but it turned to gold in his hand. He picked another and the same thing happened. He was sorry that the flowers changed as soon as he touched them for he loved their rich colors. The king went to have his breakfast. He took a cup of milk, but it immediately turned to gold. Then he took a piece of bread and that also changed into gold. Midas now began to feel unhappy. It was good to be the richest man in the world but he was hungry and he could not eat or drink gold.
Midas went out into the garden again. His little daughter was there. When she saw her father, she ran up to him. King Midas was very fond of his daughter and he kissed her tenderly. Then and there she turned to a golden statue.
Midas was now very unhappy. He went into his palace. His eyes filled with tears and he begged the God to take away the golden touch. "I was very foolish to love gold so much." he said, " Take all my gold and give me back my daughter." "Go." said the God, "and wash your hands in the river near your garden. And the water will take away the golden touch."
Midas went to the river and washed his hands. Then he ran quickly to the golden statue of his little girl. He kissed her again and she changed back into his pretty little daughter.
Midas never forgot this lesson. He knew now that gold didnot bring happiness.
It's nearly time to go to bed. What are you going out for, comrade4?
I am going to fetch some boiled water.
Why? There is still plenty in this ferrous bottle here.
Is there? Thanks. I was a bit thirsty, just now.
By the way, is the steam on? I feel rather cold.
Oh, it's my fault. I forgot to turn it on when I came in.
No wonder, the room is like a icebox.
How much is there before the bell? Is there enough time to wash a few things?
The bell will ring in a minute. Oh. There it goes. Time for bed, everybody. I will turn the lights off.