One day, a man caught a dove. When the dove was in the man's hand, it cried out: "Please do not kill me. Let me tell you four things which can make you rich. "
"What are they?" asked the man.
"The first thing is you must keep what you get."
The man said, "I shall do that."
"Next," said the dove. "You must not cry for what you cannot have."
"I shall not cry for what I cannot have," said the man.
"And the third thing is," said the dove, "you must always stop to think, because you may hear many things that are not true. Now, let me fly to that tree. Then I can tell you the fourth thing. "
So the man let the bird go.
"What was the first thing I told you?" the dove asked.
"Oh! " said the man. "You told me I must keep what I get "
The dove laughed and said, "You didn't do that. You let me go. Now I can tell you the fourth thing: inside my body, there is a piece of gold as big as your head. "
When the man heard that, he did not stop to think. He was angry. He pulled his hair, and began to cry. "You are made of gold, but I let you fly away," he shouted.
"But what was the second thing I told you?" asked the dove.
"You told me I must not cry for what I cannot have, " said the man. So he stopped crying, and then the dove asked, "What was the third thing?" the man stopped to think, and then he shouted, "It is not true! There isn't any gold inside your body! "
"No," laughed the dove and it went away.
【1】A man caught a dove, and the dove begged the man to let him go.
【2】The dove told the man four things about how to become rich.
【3】The first thing is "You must keep what you have got".
【4】After telling the man three things, the dove flies away.
【5】The dove is made of gold.
【6】At last, the man understood what the dove meant.