26B. A Farmer and a Purse of Gold/Honesty Is the Best Policy/Honesty is always rewarded (Shortened)
Once there lived a farmer in a village. He used to support his family with the small income from his lands. So he always thought how he could add to his income. One day while he was walking through his fields, he found a purse of gold. He carried it home and showed his wife. Being greedy, the farmer’s wife advised her husband to use the gold coins for themselves to remove their sufferings. But the farmer was honest and said that honesty is the best policy. He promised to find out the owner of the purse and return it to him. However, the farmer announced of the purse in the open market and in a few days, the real owner of the purse was discovered. The owner became highly pleased with the honesty of the farmer. He gave him some gold coins as reward. Making the best use of them, the farmer grew rich within a few months. Thus honesty of the farmer was rewarded and proved to be the best policy.
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