A House In The Sky

Once upon a time, there lived a poor man, Abraham by name. He was clever and often made jokes at rich people and even at the chief. So they did not like him and wanted to kill him. Once the chief sent for Abraham and he came to the chief’s house.

“I hear that you are very clever, Abraham! Can you build me a house in the sky in three days? You may have as many men as you need. If you can’t do that my soldiers will kill you.”

“I shall build it, my Chief,” said Abraham and went home.

He began to think. Then he made a kite and tied a bell and a long string to it. When the wind blew, the kite rose high up in the air.

But it did not fly far, because Abraham tied the string to a tree. The next day all the people of the town heard the bell and saw a dark spot in the sky. The chief saw the spot, too. Abraham came up to the chief and said “oh, my Chief, the house in the sky will soon be ready. Do you hear the bell? The workers are ringing the bell from the sky. They need some boards for the roof of the house. Please tell your soldiers to climb up to the sky with the boards.”

“But how will my soldiers climb up to the sky?” asked the chief.

“Oh, there is a way up,” said Abraham.

So the chief ordered his soldiers to get some boards and to follow Abraham. They came to the tree and saw the string there. “This is the way to the sky,” Abraham said. “Climb up the string and you will come to the sky.”

The soldiers tried to climb up the string, but could not do that. “Try again, try again! Our Chief will be very angry if you don’t carry the boards up to his house in the sky!” said Abraham.

Then the soldiers went to the chief and said, “Oh, Chief, no man can climb up to the sky!”

The chief thought a little and said, “That’s right. Nobody can do that.”

Then Abraham said to the chief, “Oh, my Chief if you know that, why do you ask me to build you a house in the sky?”

And the chief could give no answer to that. Abraham went to the tree, cut the string and took away the kite.