The Golden Craft

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An old folk tale, the lessons of which are valid to this day.While the royal family is sailing, a strong wind rises and their ship sails far away to an unknown land. There no one knows who they are. To survive, they have to learn how to herd sheep. The king quickly realises: if he had mastered a craft, they wouldn’t have ended up this way.

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Once upon a time in a kingdom far away, a king, a queen, and their little daughter, Princess Jane lived. They had a happy wealthy life and didn’t have to bother either about work, or have any other worries.

One day, they decided to go sailing on the sea. As usual, everything was ready for them; all they had to do was just get on board and sail off. But this time, it didn’t go the same way as always; as soon as they set sail, a strong wind started to blow and pushed their boat off course.

After a few days, the sea brought them to the shores of an unknown country. Having stepped out, they realised that nobody knew them. They tried to tell everyone who they were but it was all in vain. To survive, they needed to find work anyway. Neither the king, nor the queen had ever worked in their life, however, and they didn’t have any skills, so the only work they could find was herding sheep. In return for herding sheep, a farmer gave them food and shelter.

As the years passed, the king and the queen got used to hard work and Jane grew into a true beauty. She also herded sheep, like her parents, and one evening, as she walked back to their hut and sang to herself, the prince of the country passed her on his horse. The moment he saw her, he couldn’t tear his eyes away. He fell in love with her at that very moment, and when he got home he announced to the royal court that he had found his bride. But when his father asked the prince who this future bride was, he wouldn’t hear of his son marrying a girl…

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