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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

416- The Young Liar Image: Lying woman with big nose! صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: امرأة تكذب، ذات أنف كبيرة! الكذب Image: Lying woman with big nose!

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: امرأة تكذب، ذات أنف كبيرة! الكذب.

Hilaire Belloc, the English writer (1870-1953) tells us the story of a young girl named Matilda.

Matilda had been playing alone for a while. No one was in the house except her old aunt who could not play with her. Matilda went upstairs, phoned the fire department and told them that she was alone in the higher level of the house, and there was a fire.

A few minutes later the fire engines rushed to the house, firemen climbed the stairs to find the girl laughing. The poor aunt heard the sound of the fire engines, went upstairs to face an angry firemen. The aunt trying to rectify the situation, paid some money towards the cost of their coming.

A few weeks later, the aunt went out for entertainment leaving behind the young liar as a punishment for her lies.

Soon, a real fire started in Matilda's room, she opened the window and was shouting, “Fire! Fire! I’m going to die.”

The neighbors kept saying to her, “Shut up you young liar.”

The fire spread through out the house and before the fire engines arrived; the aunt came to find that the house was totally burned down with Matilda in it.

→ English translation of the story here at الكذَّابة الصغيرة. Divider

Lord, take away from me the spirit of lying

Since Satan is the father of all liars.

 Let me be a son of Yours O the “Truth”.

And not belong to Satan any more.

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