(If anybody knows were I can read the original story of this piece or the real title please tell me!! I want to read the full novel of this T_T)
The story takes place in a small town in Italy in the 1500-1600s. The story's about an ugly man who hid in an old castle alone. Because of his looks he received lots of hate and cruelty while growing up. He never opened his heart to anyone. Whenever people with hidden motives tried to approach him, he hid in anger. The mans only happiness was to plant flowers in his garden.
One day a woman appeared near the man's castle. She jumped over the garden fence and stole a flower. This angered the man at first. So he watched his garden all night. But when he accidently fell asleep, the woman took another flower. This continued on for several nights. Next, the man pretended to be asleep and watched the woman steal his flowers over and over again. After a while he started becoming curious about the woman and began waiting for her. Without realizing, he kept waiting for her to come and the next day seemed a little brighter.
Following after her one day, he realized that she was selling the flowers that she stole from him to make a living. The man desperately wanted to help the woman. But he was afraid she would be terrified by the way he looks. He knew she would not love his "grotesque" appearance. He came to a conclusion that the only way he would be able to help her is by letting her continue stealing flowers from his garden. The man decided to make flowers that doesn't exist on the planet so that the woman can sell them at a expensive price. So he began to make the flower in his castle.
After many unsuccessful attempts, the man finally made a flower that didn't exist and filled his garden. But the woman stopped coming. No matter how long he waited for her, the woman never came back to his garden. Days, weeks, and months flew by and he eventually found out that the woman that stole his flowers and his heart had died..
The message in this story was to love yourself. In the story, the man didn't love himself which caused him to have such a low confidence and couldn't moved forward. If he had loved himself, he could have had the courage to show himself to the woman and helped her before she passed away and confess his feeling for her.
(I posted this because the story really tugged on my heartstrings the same way that the song, "The truth untold" by BTS and its lyrics was based on this tragic story. You should check it out too. HERE'S A LINK ) YOU WELCOME.