Just like his brothers he met the dwarf on the way into the forest. “Can
you give me something to eat and drink? I am starving and I am dying
of thirst,” said the dwarf. Simpleton replied, “I only have some old, stale bread, and sour beer to
drink, but if that suits you, I would be happy to share it with you.” The
dwarf turned the bread into a sweet cake and the beer into wine and
they ate and drank happily. “You shared the little you had with an old stranger, so I will reward you
for your kind heart,” said the dwarf. “If you cut down that old tree over
there you will find your gift in its roots,” he said and left.
Simpleton cut the tree and there in the roots
was a gift he had never imagined - a golden
goose. It was covered in gold. It even had gold feathers! He took the goose
under his arm and walked to the nearest inn,
where he decided to spend the night.