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Books of Wisdom

Story Stats

Rating: 5
Grade Level: 5
Page count: 4
Categories: Legends



Appeared in

The Crimson Elf: Italian Tales of Wisdom

Story Summary

When a failing village refuses to buy books from an old woman that contain all of the knowledge and all of the wisdom of the world, she burns half the books. When she returns the next year, she offers them the remaining books that contain one-half of all the knowledge and wisdom of the world and so on until they finally pay sixteen bags of gold for only one-twelfth of all of the knowledge and wisdom of the world, but that is enough to change their fortunes.