Hero Named Jinx [Friendship]
upon a time, there was a very rich man who was well known for wholesomeness.
He had a good friend who had the somewhat strange name, Jinx. They
had been the best of friends ever since they were little children
making mud-pies together. They had gone to the same schools and
helped each other always.
graduating, Jinx fell on hard times. He couldn't find a job and
earn a living. So he went to see his lifelong friend, the prosperous
and successful rich man. He was kind and comforting to his friend
Jinx, and was happy to hire him to manage his property and business.
he went to work in the rich man's mansion, pretty soon his strange
name became a household word. People said, "Wait a minute,
Jinx," "Hurry up, Jinx," "Do this, Jinx,"
'Do that, Jinx."
a while some of the rich man's neighbors went to him and said, 'Dear
friend and neighbor, we are concerned that misfortune may strike.
Your mansion manager has a very strange and unlucky name. You should
not let him live with you any longer. His name fills your house,
with people saying, 'Wait a minute, Jinx,'
up, Jinx,' 'Do this, Jinx,' 'Do that, Jinx.' People only use the
word 'jinx' when they want to cause bad luck or misfortune. Even
house spirits and fairies would be frightened by hearing it constantly
and would run away. This can only bring disaster to your household.
The man named Jinx is inferior to you he is miserable and
ugly. What advantage can you possibly get by keeping such a fellow
rich man replied, "Jinx is my best friend! We have supported
and cared for each other ever since we were little tots making mud-pies
together. A lifelong trustworthy friend is of great value indeed!
I could not reject him and lose our friendship just because of his
name. After all, a name is only for recognition.
wise don't give a name a I second thought. Only fools are superstitious
about sounds and words and names. They don't make good luck or bad
luck!" So saying, the rich man refused to follow the advice
of his busybody neighbors.
day he went on a journey to his home village. While he was away,
he left his friend Jinx in charge of his mansion home.
just so happened that a gang of robbers heard about this. They decided
it would be a perfect time to rob the mansion. So they armed themselves
with various weapons and surrounded the rich man's home during the
the faithful Jinx suspected that robbers might attack. So he stayed
up all night to guard his friend's possessions. When he caught sight
of the gang surrounding the house, he woke up everybody inside.
Then he got them to blow shell horns and beat drums and make as
much noise as possible.
all this, the bandits thought, "We must have been given bad
information. There must be many people inside and the rich man must
still be at home." So they threw down their clubs and other
weapons, and ran away.
next morning the people from the mansion were surprised to see the
discarded weapons. They said to each other. "If we didn't have
such a wise house protector, all the wealth in the mansion would
certainly have been stolen. Jinx has turned out to be a hero! Rather
than bringing bad luck, such a strong friend has been a blessing
to the rich man."
the master of the house returned home his neighbors met him and
told him what had happened. He said, "You all advised against
letting my friend stay with me. If I had done as you said, I'd be
together for just seven steps is enough to start a friendship. Continuing
for twelve steps forms a bond of loyalty. Remaining together for
a month brings the closeness of relatives. And for longer still,
the friend becomes like a second self. So my friend Jinx is no jinx
but a great blessing!"
moral is: The longer the friendship, the greater