The Widow and Her Little Maidens

: Aesop's Fables

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.