Goody Two-Shoes is a children’s story. The story is the origin of the popular phrase “goody two-shoes,” often used to describe an overly virtuous person. Goody Two-Shoes is a variation of the Cinderella story.
Farmer Meanwell was at one time a very rich man. He owned large fields, and had fine flocks of sheep, and plenty of money. But all at once his good fortune seemed to desert him. Year after year his crops failed, his sheep died off, and he was obliged to borrow money to pay his rent and the wages of those who worked on the farm.
At last he had to sell his farm, but even this did not bring him in money enough to pay his debts, and he was worse off than ever.
Among those who had lent money to Farmer Meanwell were Sir Thomas Gripe, and a Farmer named Graspall.