Wife and Mother Who Was a Sister First [An
Once upon a time some bandits robbed a village. Then they escaped
into a thick forest. Some men from the village chased them. They
surrounded the forest and searched it for the robbers, but they
could not find them.
they came out of the forest they saw three farmers plowing in their
field. They immediately captured them and said, "Aha! You bandits
are pretending to be innocent farmers interested only in plowing!
Come with us to the king, you thieves!" They tied them up and
took them as prisoners to the king. He locked them in the palace
a woman began coming to the palace courtyard. For several days she
came and cried, as if in mourning.
day the king heard her cries and asked her to come inside. He asked
why she was crying. She said, "I have heard that my husband,
son and brother are all your prisoners, my lord."
king had the three men brought up from the dungeon. Being a generous
ruler, he said to the woman, "I will give you one of these
three. Which one do you choose?"
woman asked, "Can't you give me all three, my lord?" The
king replied, "No, I cannot."
carefully considering, she said, "If you will not give me all
three, then give me my brother, oh lord king."
king was surprised by her choice. He said, "You should choose
your husband or son. Why would you want your brother instead?"
smart woman replied, "Oh my lord, when I go out onto the roadway,
a new husband would be easy to find. And then I could easily have
another son. A husband or a son is easy to come by in this world.
But since my parents are dead, I could never get another brother!"
king was impressed by the intelligence and thinking ability shown
by this simple woman. Some of his own ministers were not nearly
as smart! So he decided to reward her. He said, "I return all
three to you - your brother, husband and son."
moral is: It's a fortunate brother who has
an intelligent sister.