AN OLD WOMAN having lost the use of her eyes,
called in a Physician to treat them, and made
this bargain with him in the presence of
witnesses: that if he should cure her blindness,
he should receive from her a sum of money; but
if her infirmity remained, she should give him
This agreement being made, the Physician, time
after time, applied his salve to her eyes, and
on every visit took something away, stealing all
her property little by little.
And when he had got all she had, he healed her
and demanded the promised payment.
The Old Woman, when she recovered her sight and
saw none of her goods in her house, would give
The Physician insisted on his claim, and. as she
still refused, summoned her before the Judge.
The Old Woman, standing up in the Court,
argued: "This man here speaks the truth in what
he says; for I did promise to give him a sum of
money if I should recover my sight: but if I
continued blind, I was to give him nothing. Now
he declares that I am healed. I on the contrary
affirm that I am still blind; for when I lost
the use of my eyes, I saw in my house various
chattels and valuable goods: but now, though he
swears I am cured of my blindness, I am not able
to see a single thing in it."