top




Easy reading

The Pedlar of Swaffham


In the old days when London Bridge was full of stalls and shops, there lived in Swaffham, Norfolk, a poor pedlar. He made his living very hard, he was often at work from morning until night. One night, he had a dream about the great bridge in London and a voice told him to go there to hear some great news. He did not take too much notice of the dream, but then the dream came again, and again. Then he said to himself:
"I must go there and try my luck." And so he went to London. The journey was long and he was very happy to get there. He saw tall houses on the sides of a wide river, he saw a lot of boats in the river and a lot of people on the bridge moving from one shop to another buying things. He listened carefully to hear the great news, but he heard nothing that could be important. He did the same the next day, but he did not hear anything important.
The third day, a shopkeeper saw him and spoke to him:
"Friend, I wonder why you are standing here so long. Do you have anything to sell?"
"No, I don't," said the pedlar.
"But you are not begging for alms."
"No, I'm not."
"Then, tell me, what are you doing here?"
"Well, I had a dream to come here and hear some great news."
The shopkeeper laughed heartily.
"You must be a be a fool to come here from far away for such a silly thing. I also had a dream for three days. I was a pedlar living in Norfolk and I was in the garden behind a pedlar's house and there was a big tree in the garden. A voice told me there was a great treasure hidden in the ground under the tree. But do you think I am such a fool to go such a long way to Norfolk and dig for the treasure? No, my friend. Learn from me because I am cleverer than you are. Go home and live your life."
When the pedlar heard this, he said nothing, but was very happy. He returned home quickly, dug under the tree and found a great treasure. He became very rich, repaired the church in Swaffham and when he died, they built a statue of him. And there it stands to this day.


***


Adapted from "MORE ENGLISH FAIRY TALES Collected and Edited by JOSEPH JACOBS"

footer_easyreading_cz

Další texty ve zjednodušené angličtině:

A Get-rich-quick Scheme
a funny short story - 89 words
An Easy Matter
a funny short story - 233 words
Revealed
a funny short story - 71 words
In Memoriam
a funny short story - 63 words
Balls
a funny short story - 106 words
Rip Van Winkle
an old Dutch legend from North America - 1231 words
Too much drink
a funny short story - 73 words

Last Resort
a funny short story - 113 words
Deserved the Legacy
a funny short story - 224 words
The Limit
a funny short story - 159 words
A Deep-thought Plan
a funny short story - 71 words
And He Succeeded
a funny short story - 133 words
Appetite
a funny short story - 162 words
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
a horror story - 2310 words


Then Things Happened
a funny short story - 114 words
Frithiof the Bold
an adventurous legend of a Nordic hero - 960 words
Wayland the Smith
a Nordic legend - 1255 words
Twardowski, the Polish Faust
a story of a man who wanted to fool the devil - 1151 words
Count Roland of France
the legend of Count Roland and his fight against the Saracens - 1473 words
Engagement
a funny short story - 76 words
Fog
a funny short story - 68 words

The Point of Honour
a funny short story - 87 words
Childe Horn
an Irish legend about a man who had to fight for his kingdom - 1975 words
Princess Goldenhair
a classic fairy-tale - 1181 words
The Little Match Girl
a fairy-tale by Hans Christian Andersen as a word-filling exercise - 521 words
The Country Mouse and the City Mouse
a fable by Aesop as a word-filling exercise - 652 words
No more quarrels
a funny short story - 62 words
Fraud
a funny short story - 78 words


French
a funny short story - 107 words
Greed
a funny short story - 131 words
Innocence
a funny short story - 82 words
Liars
a funny short story - 240 words
Misunderstanding
a funny short story - 56 words
Sympathy
a funny short story - 104 words
The Pied Piper
a classic fairytale - 718 words

Tom Hickathrift
a classic fairytale - 971 words
The Pedlar of Swaffham
a legend - 404 words
King John and the Abbot of Canterbury
an English fairytale - 718 words
The Lambton Worm
an English fairytale - 1123 words
Deucalion and Pyrrha
a Greek myth - 482 words
The Cyclopes
a Greek myth - 1340 words
Beowulf and Grendel
an old English heroic epic - 1319 words


The New Catacomb
a thriller story - 4123 words

Chcete-li koupit knihy ve zjednodušené angličtině pro různé úrovně, klikněte na obrázek níže:

Created by J. Brandecky, June 11, 2010. Copyright.
Kopírování a použití materiálu z těchto webových stránek na jiné webové stránky nebo intranet, nebo použití obsahu těchto webových stránek ke komerčním účelům bez předchozího písemného svolení autora je zakázáno.