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Did the fisherman like asking the fish for wishes

Did the fisherman like asking the fish for wishes

The enchanted fish

There once was a fisherman who lived with his wife in a small hut close by the seaside. The fisherman used to go fishing every day. One day, as he sat in his boat with his rod, looking at the sparkling waves and watching his line, all of a sudden his float was dragged away deep into the water. He quickly started to reel in his line and managed to pull out a huge fish.

“Wow! This will feed us for days.” Much to his surprise, the fish started to talk and said, “Pray, let me live! I am not a real fish; I am an enchanted prince. Put me in the water again, and let me go! Have mercy o’ kind fisherman.” The astonished fisherman quickly threw him back, exclaiming, “I don’t want to hurt a talking fish! Go on! Go where you came from.”

When the fisherman went home to his wife, he told her everything that had happened and how, on hearing it speak, he had let it go again. “Didn’t you ask it for anything?” said the wife. “No, I didn’t, what should I have asked for?” replied the fisherman.

“I am surprised you don’t realize what you should have asked for. We live very wretchedly here, in this nasty dirty hut. We are poor and I am so miserable. You should have asked for a nice cozy cottage. Now go back and ask the fish that we want a snug little cottage”, said his wife.

The fisherman wasn’t sure about this but he still went to the seashore, sat in his boat, went to the middle of the sea and said: “O enchanted beautiful fish! Hear my plea! My wife wants not what I want, and she won’t give up till she has her own will, so come forth and help me!”

The fish immediately came swimming to him, and said, “Well, what is her will? How can I help your wife?” “Ah!” said the fisherman, “she says that when I had caught you, I ought to have asked you for something before I let you go. She does not like living in our little hut, and wants a snug little cottage.” “Go home, then,” said the fish, “She is already in the cottage!” So the fisherman went home, and saw his wife standing at the door of a nice trim little cottage.

“Come in, come on in! Look at the beautiful cottage we have.” Everything went fine for a while, and then one day fisherman’s wife said, “Husband, there is not enough room for us in this cottage, go back to the fish and tell him to make me an emperor.” “Wife,” said the fisherman, “I don’t want to go to him again. Perhaps he will be angry. We ought to be happy with what the fish has given us and not be greedy.”

“Nonsense!” said the wife; “The fish will do it very willingly, I know. Go along and try!” With a heavy heart the fisherman went to the middle of the sea and said: “O enchanted beautiful fish! Hear my plea! My wife wants not what I want, and she won’t give up till she has her own will, so come forth and help me!”

“What would she have now?” said the fish. “Ah!” said the fisherman, “she wants to be an emperor.” “Go home,” said the fish; “She is an emperor already.”

So he went home and he saw his wife sitting on a very lofty throne made of solid gold, with a great crown on her head full two yards high. And on each side of her stood her guards and attendants in a row. The fisherman went up to her and said, “Wife, are you an emperor?” “Yes”, said she, “I am an emperor.” “Ah!” said the man, as he gazed upon her, “What a fine thing it is to be an emperor!” “Husband,” said she, “it is good to be an emperor.” They were happy for a while.

Then a time came when she was not able to sleep all night for she was thinking what she should ask next. At last, as she was about to fall asleep, morning broke, and the sun rose. “Ha!’” thought she, as she woke up and looked at it through the window, “after all I cannot prevent the sun from rising.” At this thought she was very angry, and wakened her husband, and said, “Husband, go to the fish and tell him I must be Lord of the sun and the moon.

” The fisherman was half asleep, but the thought frightened him so much that he fell out of the bed. “Alas, wife!” said he, “cannot you be happy with being such a  powerful emperor?” “No,” said she, “I am very uneasy as long as the sun and the moon rise without my permission. Go to the fish at once!” “I don’t think this is a good idea,” said the fisherman but his wife wouldn’t listen to him. “ Why don’t you just go and ask the fish to make me the Lord of everything,” she said.

Then the man went shivering with fear. As he was going down to the shore a dreadful storm arose. The trees and the very rocks shook and the sky became black with stormy clouds. There were great black waves, swelling up like mountains with crowns of white foam upon their heads. Unfortunately the fisherman did not have any choice, so he got onto his boat and rowed to the middle of the sea and cried out as loud as he could: “O enchanted beautiful fish! Hear my plea! My wife wants not what I want, and she won’t give up till she has her own will, so come forth and help me!”

“What does she want now?” said the fish. “I am truly ashamed of my wife’s greed but I can’t do anything. She wants to be Lord of the sun and the moon. “Go home,” said the fish, “to your small hut.” And it is said that they live there to this very day.


1. did the fisherman like asking the fish for wishes? how did he feel about it ? do you think he could have done something else instead of going back to the fish again and again ?

2. the story doesn't reveal how the prince was turned into a fish. what do you think might heve happened ?

3. do you think the prince will stay fish forever ?

4. what happened at the fisherman's wife keep asking her husband to go back to the fish ?

5. what do you thing of fisherman'n wife ? do you feek sorry for her? or do you feel angry with her ? discuss

6. if you had a chance to rewrite the story end ? write your ending of the story.

7. imagine you are the fish in the story . can you narrate the story from his point of view ?

8. what lesson did you learn from this story ?


1. The fisherman initially did not seem interested in asking the fish for wishes. He was surprised when the fish spoke and was content with letting it go. However, his wife's constant dissatisfaction and demands influenced him to go back to the fish multiple times. It is possible that he could have tried to reason with his wife or find alternative solutions to their problems, but he likely felt obligated to fulfill her wishes.

2. The story does not provide specific details about how the prince was turned into a fish. It is left to the reader's imagination to speculate on the cause of the prince's enchantment. It could be the result of a curse, magic spell, or some other mystical event.

3. The story does not mention the duration of the prince's enchantment or whether it was permanent. However, since the fisherman released the fish back into the water after it spoke, it implies that there may be a possibility for the prince to regain his human form.

4. The fisherman's wife continuously asked her husband to go back to the fish because she was driven by greed and a desire for power. She was not content with what they already had and constantly sought more, regardless of the consequences. Her insatiable desires led her to push her husband to make increasingly extravagant requests from the fish.

5. The fisherman's wife can be seen as a character driven by greed and selfishness. While some readers may feel sorry for her because she is never satisfied and constantly seeks more, others may feel angry with her for her lack of gratitude and disregard for the consequences of her actions. Her relentless pursuit of power and possessions ultimately leads to their downfall.

6. If I were to rewrite the story's ending, I would have the fisherman's wife learn a valuable lesson about contentment and gratitude. Instead of continuing to ask for more and becoming Lord of the sun and the moon, she realizes the importance of appreciating what she already has. She apologizes to her husband and they both find happiness and contentment in their modest cottage by the sea, understanding that true wealth lies in appreciating the simple joys of life.

7. As the fish in the story, I witnessed the fisherman's encounter with the enchanted prince. I saw the fisherman's surprise and hesitation when I spoke and requested to be released. I granted his wish and swam away, curious about the fisherman's decision. When the fisherman returned with his wife's request for a cottage, I granted that too. However, as the wife's greed grew, I became increasingly concerned about her insatiable desires and the negative consequences they brought. Despite granting her wishes, I hoped that she would realize the importance of contentment and learn from her mistakes.

8. The lesson to be learned from this story is the dangers of greed and the importance of being content with what we have. The fisherman's wife's endless desires led to her downfall, as her insatiable greed ultimately brought her misery instead of happiness. It teaches us that true wealth and happiness come from appreciating the simple joys in life and being grateful for what we already possess. It also emphasizes the need to consider the consequences of our actions and the potential harm they may cause to ourselves and others.

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