Starry Boy A
poor woodcutter brought a baby with an amber necklace around his neck wrapped in a cloak with golden stars – he found it in the winter forest at the place where the star fell (other lumberjacks refused to carry the parasite). My wife at first was against an extra mouth, but then surrendered and raised him as her own son. The boy grew handsome, but proud and cruel: tortured animals and people, and did not help the exhortations of the old village priest.
One day the boy threw stones at the beggar. The woodcutter gave him a slap, and the woman took him home, where she called herself the mother of his adopted son. But he did not recognize her – said that he was disgusted even to look at her, and drove out. When he left the house to the boys, who supported him in all the cruel pastimes, he drove him out of the garden, calling him ugly as a toad. Looking at his reflection in the pond, he saw that he really became a freak.
The boy went to wander and look for his mother to beg her forgiveness, but could not find her – the animals he had tortured before refused to help. The guards at the city gate sold him for a bottle of wine to the old man, who half-starved the boy in the basement room and sent it three times a day to a dense forest, which from the side looked like a pleasant grove, behind 3 bars of white, yellow and red gold. Three times the boy was helped by the Hare, whom he freed from the trap, and three times he gave the gold to the leper who was sitting at the city gate. Twice the old man beat him to death, and the third time he was met with honors in the city and called the beautiful Prince. The confused guy rushed to the beggar mother, whom he saw in the crowd, but she was silent. He appealed for intercession to the leper, but when he looked up,
When the time came, Star Boy became king – kind and fair.