"Had I the heavens embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Because you tread on my dreams."
- W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)
Fruits Basket -- The most Foolish traveler in the world --
Once upon a time, there was a foolish traveler who had gone on a journey.
Why was he foolish? Well, because he was fooled by everyone he met!
"Please, some money for medicine...?"
Everywhere he went, people made up all kinds of sad stories to tell him, and the traveler fell for every one of them.
"I have a sick younger sister..."
"I don't have money to buy seeds to plant in my fields."
Pretty soon, his money, his clothes, even his shoes had been cheated away from him.
But the foolish traveler was always glad to help. And he always told the people the same thing.
He said: "I wish you happiness."
But by this point, though, the traveler was completely naked, and with nothing left to cover himself, he decided to leave the main road and travel through the dense forest, where no one could see him...
But soon, he was discovered by the goblins that lived in the woods. The goblins wanted to eat the traveler's body, so they begged and pleaded, and used
kind words to try and trick him... Of course, the traveler was fooled.
First, he let the goblins eat one of his legs. Then an arm. Then more and more... Before it was over, all that the traveler had left was his head. He'd even given his eyes away to the last of the goblins... And as that last goblin was eating the traveler's eyes, he turned and said
"Thank you, traveler. In return, I leave you this present."
What the goblin left was a slip of paper, with the word "fool" written on it. The traveler couldn't see it. He didn't know what it was. Even so, tears began to flow down his face.
"Thank you," he said. "This is the first present anyone ever gave me. I'm so happy. I'm so happy. Thank you."
Even without his eyes, he cried and cried, great tears of joy. Then, the traveler died, the smile still on his face.
And that's... the end of the story.
Is the traveler really foolish?