There was once upon a time, a King who had three sons. The third, who did not speak much, was called the Simpleton.
When the King had become old and weak, he said to them: "Go forth, and he who brings me the most beautiful carpet shall be King after my death."
He blew three feathers in the air, and said: "You shall go as they fly." The third flew straight up and did not fly far, but soon fell to the ground.
And now, one brother went to the right, and the other to the left, and they mocked the Simpleton who was forced to stay where the third feather had fallen.
He sat down and was sad. Then, all at once, he saw that there was a trapdoor close by the feather. He raised it up, found some steps, and went down them.
When he came to another door, he saw a great fat toad sitting there and round about her, a crowd of little toads. He told the toad the reason why he came.
Then, the fat toad opened a box, and gave Simpleton a carpet out of it, so beautiful and so fine. He thanked her and ascended again.
When the three brothers came back, the King saw the Simpleton’s carpet, and said: "If justice be done, the kingdom belongs to the youngest."
But the two others forced their father to make a new agreement with them. Then the father blew into the air three feathers again and said, "He who brings me the most beautiful ring shall inherit the kingdom."
While the brothers made their own way, Simpleton's feather flew straight up, and fell down near the trapdoor into the earth.
He went down to the fat toad and told her what he wanted. She opened her box and gave him a ring which was so beautiful that no goldsmith on earth would have been able to make it.
When the Simpleton produced his golden ring, his father again said, "The kingdom belongs to him."
The two eldest again forced the King to make a third condition; the one who brought the most beautiful woman home should have the kingdom. He again blew the three feathers into the air and they flew as before.
This time the fat toad gave the Simpleton a yellow turnip which had been hollowed out, and to which six mice were harnessed.
The fat toad turned into a beautiful maiden, the turnip into a coach and the six mice into horses. So he kissed her and drove off quickly with the horses and took her to the King.
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