chapter  IV
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The Fisherman and His Wife

We find here an extremely demanding wife paired with a man who will do anything to indulge her-a perfect combination, at first glance, and yet a closer look uncovers two frustrated people, neither getting what he wants. Indeed, the wife has no idea what she really desires. She demands instant gratification of every whim, but each acquisition affords only temporary satisfaction. She is unable to enjoy anything that she has and is totally preoccupied with what she still imagines she needs. Possessed by her greediness, she is doomed to an empty, futile life of discontentment. This type of person lives her life unaware of those around her, their needs, feelings, and desires. In her self-centeredness, she is like a child who has learned only the words, "I want."