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by Michelle Tocher

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Returning Husband

Themes: Restraint | Return | Wisdom

When I came home from my journey, I saw my wife out in the garden with another man. I was about to shoot him with my bow and arrow when I remembered something an old man had said to me when we were drawing water from a well: “Patience is the first step on the road to happiness.”

My wife kissed the man’s cheek, and my heart filled with a blind rage, but then I remembered something else the old man had said: “He wins who waits.”

“Mother,” said the young man, “Can you tell me nothing about my father?”

Returning Husband in He Wins Who Waits, Olive Fairy Book. Illustration by H.J. Ford.

Returning Husband