"A certain short man said, "I'd do anything if only I could be just a little taller."
He had hardly finished saying this when he saw a witch standing in front of him.
"What do you want?" the witch asked him.
The short man stood there, and he was so frightened, he couldn't say anything.
"Well?" said the witch.
The short man stood there and said nothing. The witch disappeared.
At that point the short man started crying and biting his nails. First he bit all the nails on his fingers and then those on his toes.
Reader, think hard about this fable and you will feel pretty strange."