Soon he came to the palace and knocked at the door.
When a servant opened the door, Simpleton said, "I have a present to give to the king."
"Oh, indeed,"said the servant, "Let me see it, "Simpleton opened his basket and showed him the goose,
"That is a very fine goose," said the servant, "but half of it is mine.
For I am the keeper of the door, and half of everything that is carried in must be given to me."
"But I can not take half a goose to the king," said Simpleton. "What shall I do?"
"I will tell you what to do," said the servant, "If you take the goose to the king, he will give you a reward.
You can give half of the reward to me."
When Simpleton promised to give up half of his reward, the servant let him go into the palace.
There, at the foot of the stairs, stood another servant.
"I have a present for the king," Simpleton said to this one, as he showed him the goose.
"That is a fine goose," said the servant, "but half of it is mine.
I am the keeper of the stairs, and half of everything that goes up them belongs to me."
Simpleton had to promise this servant,also,half of the reward. At once the servant took him to the king.
While the second servant was waiting to see what the king would do, the first servant came in.
The king was much pleased with Simpleton's present.
"This is a very fine goose, indeed," he said.
"You shall have a reward. What would you like?"