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The last lie
(Short stories of Edo)
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Once upon a time, there lived a man called a great liar.
As he got older, he got in frail health. And he was then waiting to die.
”Although he was called a great liar, he never made up a harmful lie, he always made people laugh with his white lie.”
People agreed and they gathered at home of the great liar.
Then the great liar whispered.
”Everyone, I hope all of you will be well. I prepared a small amount of money for you.
Please dig out the underfloor of this house when I die, and you will find a pot filled with money. ”
Soon after, the great liar passed away.
After the funeral, people dug out the underfloor.
They found a pot as the great liar told.
Taking off the lid of the pot, there was a piece of paper inside.
It said “everyone, this is my last lie”
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