In this bleak fairytale, a kind and good-natured learned man on vacation sends his shadow to investigate a balcony across the street. When his shadow never
returns, he notices that he has grown a new one and figures all is well. However, five years later, he meets his original shadow, and it is now corporeal but it doesn't share his principles. As the shadow grows in strength, the man weakens, raising the question of whether good always triumphs over evil.