His wife was waiting for him as usual. She was surprised to see the woodcutter back so early and said
The woodcutter replied, "I got a big treasure today. Though it is yet to come. I will get the treasure soon." And he started dancing
His wife could not understand anything and said,"What is the matter? Tell me clearly.I cannot hold my patience anymore."
Why did you so early today? You are looking very happy. What is the matter? Please let me know."
The woodcutter narrated the whole incident to his wife. His wife jumped out of joy. The woodcutter said
I am hungry. Give me something to eat."
"Since you used to come late, I have not prepared anything till now. Wait, I will just prepare something for you."
"No, do not cook anything. I can fulfill any three desires. Now as the first one, I want sweets and hot pudding." As soon as he uttered these words, a plate of hot pudding came before him. He ate to his satisfaction and the plate continued to fill again and again. Then he asked his wife also to eat the tasty pudding. But she was very angry and said
You have wasted one boon, and now I wish that the pudding should be pasted on your nose!" The pudding immediately stuck to his nose.
The pudding immediately stuck to his nose. The woodcutter got annoyed and said
"Oh, what a fool you are! What have you done?" He tried to clear the pudding from his nose, but the puddingremained stuck. He scolded his wife and said, "You have wasted the second boon and we can ask for lots of money." The woodcutter got irritated
and said, "Oh! You are a big fool. There is hot pudding stuck to my nose and you are asking for money! I wish that the pudding of my nose should vanish immediately!" The pudding vanished. The woodcutter heaved a sigh of relief.
This way, the woodcutter and his wife lost the golden opportunity of becoming rich. Their luck had knocked at their door, but they failed to avail the opportunity and remained poor was as before.