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Literature: The Ludicrous Wishes

"The Ludicrous Wishes" (or "The Three Ridiculous Wishes") is a French literary fairy tale by Charles Perrault.

The tale follows a woodcutter, down on his luck. Depending on the version he is granted three wishes by either the God Jupiter, a fish whose life he spared or, alternatively, a tree spirit, for his help in their time of need. The woodcutter went home, and his wife persuaded him to put off the wishing until the next day, but while sitting by the fire he wished for sausages. His wife taxed him for his folly, and angry, he wished the sausages on her nose. Finally, they agreed to use the last wish to take the sausages off her nose, leaving them no better off than before.

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