An honest soldier receives a ruby whistle, a comparable dance, an unbeatable deck of cards and a magic sack for being kind to three beggars. He defeats a bunch of devils by playing cards and catches them in his sack when they refuse to pay up. Years later, the last devil pays his debt by showing the Soldier a way to tell if sick people have a chance of recovering or not. After a successful career as a miracle doctor, the soldier manages to trick Death itself and trap it in his sack. From then on nobody died. But people were not meant to live forever and soon tired old men and women beg the soldier to set Death free and put things right. However, Death refused to take the soldier, dooming him to roam the Earth forever.
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drew inspiration from several folk tales for this story: a Russian story in which a soldier outsmarts some devils by catching them in a sack, two Slovak tales about catching a devil or a bear in a basket and a Swiss story about a vine grower who takes Death as a prisoner. See more
[taking back his foot, which the soldier had been using as a vase
Quite nice, black flowers.