Once upon a time there was a young stonecutter who looked with envy upon the rich merchant who employed him. One day he was muttering to himself about what it would be like to have such freedom and power when, to his amazement, an angel appeared and spoke the words "You are what you have said." In an instant, the stonecutter had become the merchant.
He was very happy with his lot until he saw the king of the land ride by with his coterie. "Now that's the way to live," he thought. Almost before he had asked, the angel had granted his wish and the merchant had become the king.