A woodman was cutting a tree beside a river. Suddenly his axe flew out of his hands and fell into the water. While he was standing by the river and crying for his loss, Mercury appeared and asked, "Why are you so sad? What is the problem?". When the woodman told him what happened, Mercury pitied him and dived into the water. Then he brought a golden axe out of water and asked, "Is this your axe?". The woodman said that it wasn't his axe. Then Mercury dived again and this time he brought a silver axe and asked, "Is this your axe?". The woodman said it wasn't. Once more Mercury dived into the water and this time he brought the woodman's axe. The woodman was very happy to find his axe and he thanked Mercury. The latter was very pleased with the woodman's honesty and he made him a present of the golden and the silver axes. When the woodman told his friends the story, one of them envied him and decided to try his luck with Mercury. So he went to the riverside and began cutting a tree and let his axe fell into the water. That was a trick, of course. Mercury appeared again and wanted to help him too. He dived and brought a golden axe. The man immediately jumped and said "That is mine, that is mine!". Mercury was disgusted with his dishonesty. So, he didn't give the man the golden axe. Nor did he give him his real axe. (=So, he lost his own axe, too)
Honesty is the best policy.

politika, izlenecek yol, yöntem



disgust = tiksinme



envy = kıskanmak

(konuşmada ya da yazıda son bahsedilen kişi;
Burada "latter" Mercury'yi ifade ediyor)

pity = acımak

=kayıp (kaybedilen şey)
Sıfat hali "lost".

=Roma mitolojisinde ticaret tanrısı




Mavi renkli kısım kaydı yapanla ilgili detaydır. Asıl parça onun altındadır.
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A Woodman was felling a tree on the bank of a river, when his axe, glancing off the trunk, flew out of his hands and fell into the water. As he stood by the water's edge lamenting his loss, Mercury appeared and asked him the reason for his grief; and on learning what had happened, out of pity for his distress he dived into the river and, bringing up a golden axe, asked him if that was the one he had lost. The Woodman replied that it was not, and Mercury then dived a second time, and, bringing up a silver axe, asked if that was his. "No, that is not mine either," said the Woodman. Once more Mercury dived into the river, and brought up the missing axe. The Woodman was overjoyed at recovering his property, and thanked his benefactor warmly; and the latter was so pleased with his honesty that he made him a present of the other two axes. When the Woodman told the story to his companions, one of these was filled with envy of his good fortune and determined to try his luck for himself. So he went and began to fell a tree at the edge of the river, and presently contrived to let his axe drop into the water. Mercury appeared as before, and, on learning that his axe had fallen in, he dived and brought up a golden axe, as he had done on the previous occasion. Without waiting to be asked whether it was his or not the fellow cried, "That's mine, that's mine," and stretched out his hand eagerly for the prize: but Mercury was so disgusted at his dishonesty that he not only declined to give him the golden axe, but also refused to recover for him the one he had let fall into the stream. Honesty is the best policy.