The Finger

By Feng Meng-lung

A poor man found himself on his way to an old friend. This had a supernatural power that allowed him to perform miracles. As the poor man were always complainig about the difficulties of his life, his friend touched a brick that immediately became gold. He offered it to the poor man, but he lamented that it was very little. Then, the friend touched a stone lion that became a lion of solid gold and added it to the golden brick. But the poor man insisted that both gifts were small.

“What more do you want, then?”, the men prodigy asked him in surprise.

“I’d like your finger!”, replied the other.