Multilingual Folk Tale Database


Author: Aesop

Translated into English
  by George Fyler Townsend - 1867

Source: Aesop's Fables (nr. 073)

Based on Γυνὴ καὶ θεράπαιναι

Country of origin: Greece


English - aligned

Add a translation


Jean de La Fontaine (French) - viewaligned

The Widow and Her Little Maidens

Aesop / George Fyler Townsend

A WIDOW who was fond of cleaning had two little maidens to wait on her. She was in the habit of waking them early in the morning, at cockcrow. The maidens, aggravated by such excessive labor, resolved to kill the cock who roused their mistress so early. When they had done this, they found that they had only prepared for themselves greater troubles, for their mistress, no longer hearing the hour from the cock, woke them up to their work in the middle of the night.