That winter, all the plums froze. All the peaches froze and all the cherries froze, and everything froze so there were no fruits in the spring. The villagers, the farmers, tried to revive the fruits; they put them in the warm and shallow part of the lake, but these fruits disintegrated and their skins floated away. Others tried to leave the fruits in the sun, but these fruits dried up and rotted. One woman took some fruits and slept with them in her bed, but she rolled over in the night and squished them. Another woman who had a chicken farm put the fruits under the
feathers of her hens, but the hens pecked the fruits in the night, and the fruits were ruined in this way. No one could save the fruits, and the whole village was very distressed that this would be a summer without fruit. A pious man went into the temple one night to ask the Gods why they had killed the village's crops, so that no fruits could grow, so that they were fated to be unhappy in this way, and the Gods said, 'When you planted the fruits, you planted them without care, just throwing the seeds in the soil. Last year you planted the... [Click to read more]
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Benjamin Eastham is a freelance editor, writer and curator. He also works at Hannah Barry Gallery, London.
Jacques Testard is a freelance editor, writer and translator. In the past he has worked at The Sunday Times, the Paris Review, and Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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