This story by Leo Tolstoy is a based on a Russian folktale. In the story a peasant thinks: “Our only trouble is that we haven’t enough land. If I had a lot of land, I shouldn’t fear the Devil himself!”. The Devil ‘s’ this and puts the man to the test by helping him get land. The more land the man has, the more he wants until, in the last paragraph of the story, we learn the answer to the question.
(v: overhear, overhears, overheard, overhearing) To hear something that was said to another person by accident; to hear what one was not intended to hear. She overheard two people talking about her in the next room. 6000