The Old Woman and her Maids

147. THE OLD WOMAN AND HER MAIDS. A certain old woman had several maids, whom she used to call up to their work, every morning, at the crowing of the cock. The wenches, who found it grievous to have their sweet sleep disturbed so early, combined together, and killed the cock, thinking that when the alarm was gone, they might enjoy themselves in their warm beds a little longer.
The old woman, grieved for the loss of her cock, and having, by some means or other, discovered the whole plot, was resolved to be even with them: for, from that time, she obliged them to rise constantly at midnight. [more info]

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