ITALIANO

Il figlio ingrato

ENGLISH

The ungrateful son


Un uomo e una donna se ne stavano seduti dinanzi all'uscio di casa; avevano davanti un pollo arrosto e volevano mangiarlo insieme. Ma l'uomo vide avvicinarsi il suo vecchio padre e, svelto, prese il pollo e lo nascose, perché‚ non voleva dargliene. Il vecchio venne, bevve un sorso e se ne andò. Il figlio volle riportare in tavola il pollo arrosto, ma quando fece per prenderlo, il pollo era diventato un grosso rospo, che gli saltò in faccia, vi si attaccò e non si mosse più; e se qualcuno voleva toglierlo, il rospo lo guardava invelenito, come se volesse saltare in faccia anche a lui, sicché‚ nessuno osava toccarlo. E il figlio ingrato dovette nutrire quel rospo tutti i giorni, altrimenti gli mangiava la faccia. E così egli andò errando per il mondo.
A man and his wife were once sitting by the door of their house, and they had a roasted chicken set before them, and were about to eat it together. Then the man saw that his aged father was coming, and hastily took the chicken and hid it, for he would not permit him to have any of it. The old man came, took a drink, and went away. Now the son wanted to put the roasted chicken on the table again, but when he took it up, it had become a great toad, which jumped into his face and sat there and never went away again, and if any one wanted to take it off, it looked venomously at him as if it would jump in his face, so that no one would venture to touch it. And the ungrateful son was forced to feed the toad every day, or else it fed itself on his face; and thus he went about the world without knowing rest.





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