In the beginning of this short story they speak about how the family of the woodcutter was broke. Until the wood cutter met a fairy and she cut a deal with him which was for him to look for work and she'll put a silver coin in his pocket. But in the story he was being lazy and rejecting the jobs he was offered. This caused the fairy to stop giving him her benefits and he tried to get them but couldn't because of his actions. Then his daughter tried to do the same but couldn't because she never had an official job to be eligible.