Read the story on the Elves and the Shoemaker with Illustrations
Once upon a time, there was a shoemaker who worked very hard and was very honest. But he still couldn't earn enough to live; finally, everything he had in the world was gone except the leather enough to make a pair of shoes.
He wanted to wake up early in the morning for his work. His conscience was clean, and his heart lit amid all his troubles, so he went to bed in peace. He left all his worries in heaven and soon fell asleep.
In the morning, after saying his prayers, he sat down to work; when, to his great amazement, there were ready-made shoes on the table. The good man did not know what to say or think about something so strange. He watched the execution; there was no wrong point in the entire job; everything was so clear and accurate that it was quite a masterpiece.
The same day a customer arrived, and the shoes fit him so well that he voluntarily paid a higher price than usual; and the poor shoemaker, with the money, bought enough leather to make two more pairs. At night, he stopped working and went to bed early and started the next day early; but he was saved from all troubles because when he got up in the morning, the work was ready in his hand. Buyers soon arrived, paying him handsomely for his wares, so he bought enough leather for four more pairs. Again, he cut off work overnight and found it done in the morning. As before, it went for some time: what was prepared in the evening was always done by daybreak, and the good man soon became more and more prosperous.
One Christmas night, as he and his wife were sitting by the fire and chatting together, he told her, "I would like to stay awake and watch tonight, so we can see who's coming and doing my job." The wife liked the idea, so they left the light on and hid in the corner of the room, behind a curtain that hung up there, and saw what would have happened.
At midnight two little elves entered, and they sat on the cobbler's bench, took all the work they had cut out, and began to play with their little fingers, sewing, hitting, and writing with such speed that the cobbler was amazed and couldn't take his eyes off them. They continued until the work was completely done and the shoes were ready to wear on the table. It was long before dawn; then, they sped away as fast as lightning.
The next day, the woman told the shoemaker. "These little elves made us rich, and we should be grateful to them and do them good if we can. I'm very sorry to see you run as you do, and in fact, it is not very decent, because they do not have anything on their back to protect themselves from the cold. I'll tell you what, I'll make each one a shirt, a coat and a vest, and pants in the market; and each of you makes a pair of small shoes? "
This thought had pleased the excellent shoemaker, and one night, when everything was ready, they put them on the table, instead of the work they used to cut out, then they hid, to see what the little elves were going to do.
Around midnight, the elves arrived, dancing and jumping into the room and went to sit down to work, as usual; but when they saw the clothes hanging out for them, they laughed and laughed, and they seemed delighted.
They got dressed in the blink of an eye, and they danced, goats and jumped, as happy as they could, until they finally danced out of the door and headed off towards the green.
The perfect couple no longer saw them, but everything went well for them from then on, while they lived.
Moral of The Elves and the Shoemaker- “if we help others, others will help us too.”