Lame Magic

A gifted young painter of extraordinary talent had been apprenticed to a renowned painter, who when he
recognized the boy’s gifts became intensely jealous.
“No, that is not the way to do it!” he would shout. “You will do better painting houses than pictures.”
Slowly the boy’s confidence ebbed. No matter how hard he tried, the painter found fault and humiliated
the boy in front of the other students.
One day the painting assignment was goldfish. The boy closed his eyes and called up a splendid fat fish
from his uncle’s pond. This he painted.
“No. No. No!” screamed the teacher and threw the boy’s picture into the water, where to everyone’s
amazement the painted fish proceeded to swim away.

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