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This discussion makes me think about the Russian fairy tales, where the hero very often is a lazy and stupid boy named Ivan, who spends his days resting on the oven. He enters a competition with his brothers, or sometimes some other trial befalls him, is scorned, but is helped, often by a princess named Vassilisa the Wise, and wins her and riches too.

His luck is good, and that, and his kind heart makes his success possible.

I think The Millersīs Boy is a very similar story. He even insults the little cat by refusing to dance with her, still she helps him.
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