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The Faithful Daughter Sim Cheong 1

A long time ago in the Dohwa- dong of Whangju land, there lived a man named Sim Hackgyu. Although he was blind, he was kind and sincere. He married good-heared woman named Kwak.

At the Blind Sim’s age of 40, a baby was born. “Honey, let’s call our daughter ‘Cheong’.” He was very happy to have a daughter. However, his wife died three days after Cheong was born.

His sorrow for losing his wife was great, but he had to work hard for her little girl. Blind Sim carried his little daughter from house to house in search of mothers to suckle. “What a pity for the little baby.” The villagers felt sorry for Blind Sim and his little daughter.

Thanks to Blind Sim’s utmost devotion, Sim Cheong grew rapidly. Sim Cheong was not only pretty and kind like her mother but also hardworking. She could get food by sewing and weaving and took care of her father while doing housework.

One day, Blind Sim went into meet his daughter and fell into a stream while crossing the bridge.

“Save me! Save me!” A Buddhist monk was passing by just at that moment. He ran to the stream and pulled Blind Sim out of the water. “Thank you, how can I repay you for your kindness?” “You could pay the favor to Buddha. If you give three hundred sacks of rice, you will be able to see again”, said the monk. Upon hear the word, Blind Sim promised to give rice with the monk.

“How can I get three hundred sacks of rice?” Blind Sim sighed every day.

“Father, do you have any worries?”

Blind Sim confessed his promise to the monk.

“Father, don’t worry. I’ll try to prepare the rice.”

Sim Cheong vowed to do anything if she could open her father’s eyes.

One day, sailors came into the village.

“We are looking for a young virgin to sacrifice to the Dragon King. We will give whatever you want.”

Sim Cheong opened her ears with a flash.

“Take me with three hundred sacks of rice.”

The sailors were very impressed by her devotion after hearing her situation. They give her not only the three hundred sacks of rice but also grain and silk.

손선빈  imssb02@naver.com

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