The Widow and Her Little Maidens

寡婦與小丫頭們

 

  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. 

有一個寡婦很喜歡打掃,她有兩個小丫頭服侍她,每天一大早雞啼時,她便叫醒她們。兩個丫頭被過度的工作惹惱了,決定殺死這隻會這麼早就叫醒她們女主人的公雞。

 

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.

當她們做了這件事後,才發現只是為自己招來更大的麻煩,因為,她們的女主人,不再能聽到公雞的報時,便在半夜裡,叫醒她們起來工作。