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The Green Fly – Kalman Mikszath (1849-1922)
Mikszath is all of the few Hungarian writers who is widely known outside his native land. An ardent patriot, he was all his life long a staunch defender of the principles of Hungarian independence.

He poured all his love for the Hungarian people. His short stories, among the best ever written by a Hungarian, are vivid pictures of the life of his native country. The Green Fly is an especially amusing and well executed study in peasant psychology.

The translation of the story was made by Mr. Joseph Szebenyei for this volume, and appears here for the first time in English. Acknowledgment is hereby made to the translator for permission to use the MS.
The Green Fly
The Green Fly point of death. God was holding judgment over him, pointing to him as an example for all mankind:

“Look at John Gal. What do you mortals imagine yourselves to be? You are nothing. Now, John Gal is really somebody. Even the county judge shakes his hand occasionally. The Countesses of the village come and visit him. He is the richest among you. Still, I could smite him. I did not have to send a hungry wolf to bite him, nor do I have to uproot a giant oak to fall upon and crush him. A tiny fly will do the work.” That is what actually happened. A fly bit his hand; it soon began to swell, becoming blacker and redder.

The priest and the lady of the Castle persuaded him to call a doctor. He would have been willing to have the surgeon sent for, but they prevailed upon him to telegraph for a specialist to Budapest. Professor Birli was chosen. One visit would cost three hundred florins, but that was money well spent.

“Nonsense,” said the peasant, “that tiny fly couldn’t have caused three hundred florins’ worth of damage in me.”

The Countess insisted and offered to pay the doctor’s bill herself. This did the trick. John Gal was a proud peasant. The telegram was dispatched and a young man, slim and bespectacled—not at all imposing—arrived in the carriage that had been sent to meet him at the station.

The Green Fly part 6

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The Doctor closed his lips suddenly as if he had said something he had not intended to say.“Nonsense. It`s none of my business. One has eyes and brains and one sees things, and comprehends...

The Green Fly part 5

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“Old witch Rebek,” he said. “She lives two doors away from the Gals.”The Doctor handed her two silver florins.“I am in love with a woman, and I`d like something that would make her love...

The Green Fly part 4

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“You`ll have to pay the three hundred, you know, whether I amputate your arm or not. It would be wasting money not to have the operation. It only takes five minutes.”“Well, you can prescribe...

The Green Fly part 3

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“Oh, leave me alone,” he said as though he were tired of so much talk; turned to the wall, and closed his eyes.The Doctor was quite unprepared for such stubbornness. He left the room...

The Green Fly part 2

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This was absolutely untrue. John Gal had never said a word; never even mentioned the bite unless he was asked, and even then he was extremely curt. He lay on his bed indifferent and...

The Green Fly part 1

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Kalman Mikszath (1849-1922)Mikszath is all of the few Hungarian writers who is widely known outside his native land. An ardent patriot, he was all his life long a staunch defender of the principles of...

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