The old-worldly gentleman Mr. Rybář is a slightly funny figure in the Lesser Town, and is rudely nicknamed The Goblin because of his short green coat. But the people know that he owns an extremely valuable collection of precious stones. The boys from the Lesser Town are admiring a beautiful sailing boat model in the shop-keeper Vitouš's window, but it costs two guldens and they can't afford it. The nephew of Mr Rybář, little Honzík Šajvl, is boasting that his uncle could easily buy the boat. The boys make fun of his eccentric relative and their quarrel ends in a fight. Mr Rybář becomes an accidental witness of their argument and promises Honzík that he will buy the boat. He chooses the most precious pieces from his collection and goes to offer them for sale. But a grammar school teacher tells him these are just ordinary minerals of practically no value at all. The vexed old man starts destroying his collection. However, Honzík's parents explain to him that they have known for a long time that the stones were worthless, and that they care for him and respect him for his warm and kind heart.
Vladimír Svitáček, Zdenka Pavlíčková
Jan Neruda (Hastrman – povídka ze sbírky Povídky malostranské)