A shoemaker lived a happy life, singing from morning till night. His neighbor was a rich banker. He sang little and slept less.
One day, he came to the shoemaker and said, "How much a day do you earn, my friend?" "Sometimes more, sometimes less. But we are not allowed to work for a few days every year. Otherwise we may earn more." The banker said, "Take these hundred crowns, keep them carefully, and make use of them in time of need."
The shoemaker had never seen so much money. Returning home, he buried his money and his happiness at the same time. He sang no more. He lost his voice. He could not sleep well. All day, he looked at his money, and at night, if a cat made a noise, he would think there was a thief.
At last, the poor man ran to the house of his rich neighbour. He said, "Give my back my sleep and voice, and take away your hundred crowns."
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