A miser had fallen into a well. A peasant, passing by, heard his cries and caught sight of him at the bottom of the well, in water up to his chin. The peasant bent down as far as he could, and said: ‘Give me your hand, I will pull you out’. Hearing the word ‘give’, the miser refused to listen any further and remained motionless, preferring to drown. ‘Well, take my hand then!, cried the peasant. At this, the miser seized the hand eagerly, and was saved.