Once upon a time there lived a priest-skinflint.
The priest had gone to market to look some wares.
He met Big Dick there, that walked without knowing where.
“Why, farther, have you got up so early?
What are you looking for?”
The Priest said to him in reply:
I need a hand — the jack of all trades.
But where could I find such worker at a reasonable price?
Big Dick said: “I shall serve you splendidly, diligently and
properly for three flicks on your forehead a year,
still I shall eat boiled spelt”.
The priest had become thoughtful,
began to scratch his forehead.
After all, there is a flick and a flick.
However he had made up his mind to take a risk.
The priest said in reply to Big Dick,
” Agreed! It will not be unprofitable for both of us.
Just live for a while at my farmstead
and show your agility and zeal “.
And so Big Dick lived at the priest home.
He slept the sleep of the just on straw.
He ate for four men, yet he worked for seven ones.
By daylight he already had all things coming right.
He would harness a horse and plough a field,
light the oven, buy up all and stock up with everything,
boil an egg and then peel it, cook porridge and mind a baby.
The priest’s wife could not praise Big Dick enough,
the priest’s daughter merely longed for him,
at the same time by the priest’s son he was called Daddy.
Only the priest, thinking quite often of payment,
did not like Big Dick and never said a good word to him.
Time went by and the due date was already round the corner.
The priest neither ate nor drank, nor slept at night.
His forehead was cracking in advance.
At last he admitted humbly to his wife:
“So and so, what I have to be done? I am at a loss!”
Female wits are very ingenious and capable of all sorts of tricks.
His wife said: “I know a way how to remove such disaster from us:
give an order to Big Dick which he could not exactly fulfill.
It will save your forehead from punishment
and leave Big Dick without his payment.”
It became a bit more cheerful at the priest’s heart
and he began to look braver at Big Dick.
Then he called out, “Come here, my faithful servant Big Dick.
Listen to me: devils are obliged to pay me a rent for the duration of all my life.
It could not be found better income than that
but there are arrears for three years on them.
As soon as you’ll fill yourself with your spelt
then collect their debt in full.
Without arguing with the priest in vain
Big Dick went and sat by the sea.
He began twisting a rope and wetting its end in the water.
There and then the old devil had got out of the sea:
“Big Dick, why have you, bastard, come here?”
-”You know, I wish to wrinkle the sea with the rope
so that you, cursed tribe, to have cramps in pain”.
The old devil had become gloomy. “Tell me, why such disfavor?”
-”How do you mean? You do not pay your rent.
Just you wait! I’ll get you, dogs, yet!”
“Big Dick, please stop wrinkling the sea.
You will receive the rent in full soon.
Wait a bit, I will send my grandson to you”.
Big Dick thought to himself: “To cheat this one, it’s a piece of cake!”
The messenger imp had come up and began to mew like a hungry kitten:
“Hi, Big Dick! What on earth the rent do you wish ?
We have not ever heard of any rent,
there was never such grief for us devils.
Well, so it be — take it, but on condition
that you will overtake me in the run round the sea.”
Big Dick had given a laugh craftily: “What really are you up to?
How can such one like you compete with me the very Big Dick?
What a competitor they have sent! Wait for my younger brother.”
Big Dick headed for the nearest woods,
there he caught two hares and put them into his bag.
He came to the sea again, by the sea he met the imp.
Big Dick held up one hare by its ears:
“Imp, you are too young and weak as water to compete with me,
it’s just the waste of time. At first overtake my brother. Ready, steady, go!”
The imp and a hare had started running: the imp ran along the coast of sea,
still the other ran home into the forest.
And so having run around the sea, with its tongue hanging out,
lifting up its muzzle the imp has come running,
being out of breath and all wet from head to hooves,
with its paw wiping its forehead and thinking to itself: it’s in the bag.
Lo and behold — Big Dick was stroking his “brother”,
“My favorite brother, you’re tired, poor thing! Just rest, my dear.”
The imp was taken aback. With its tail between its legs it had fairly quieted down.
It glanced askance at the “brother”. “Wait a minute, — it said, — I’ll go after the debt”.
The imp went to see its grandfather and said:
“We have got into trouble! I was outrun by the younger Big Dick!”
Then the old devil began brooding.
Meanwhile Big Dick had kicked up such a racket that the whole sea was agitated.
The imp had got out, “All right, Big Dick, we will send the debt to you — just listen.
Do you see this stick? Who throws it further that will get the rent.
What? Are you afraid to dislocate your arm? What are you waiting for?”
-”Well, I wait for that cloud. I am going to fling your stick there
and to get into a fight against you devils”.
The imp was frightened and ran to its grandfather so that to tell about the Big Dick’s victory.
Meanwhile Big Dick made a noise again and threatened devils with his rope.
The imp had got out again, “What do you exert yourself?
There will be the rent to you, if you want…”
- “No, said Big Dick, — now it is my turn to make conditions.
I am going to appoint you a very difficult task.
Let’s see how are you strong. Look, there is a gray mare over there.
Lift up the mare and bear it. If you carry the mare half-mile, the rent will be yours.
The poor devil crawled under the mare, made an effort, lifted the mare up,
two steps had stepped, on the third one had fallen and stretched out its legs.
Big Dick told it: “Silly devil, how can you compete with me?
You could not carry the mare on your arms,
but then I am going to bear it between my legs”.
Big Dick mounted the mare and so galloped a mile away
that even there was a pillar of dust.
The imp was frightened and had gone to its grandfather
to relate about the new victory of Big Dick.
There was nothing to be done —
the devils collected the rent and charged Big Dick’s shoulders with a sack of gold.
Big Dick walked quacking now and then.
Meanwhile the priest, having seen Big Dick,
leaped to his feet and hid squatting behind his wife.
Big Dick found him there. He had given the rent and began to demand his payment.
The poor priest had laid his forehead open to attack.
From the first flick the priest had jumped up to the ceiling.
From the second flick the priest stayed speechless.
From the third flick the skinflint was left without his wits.
At the same time Big Dick spoke with reproach: “You priest should not pursue cheapness”.
Once upon a time there lived a priest-skinflint.