The Tale of the Broken Vase
One day a cultured lady was sad because the maid had broken her favorite vase. She sat alone in her room and cried for the beauty that had been but was now gone. When her husband came home, she flew to him and sought consolation in his strong arms. His heart was filled with love for her, and he promised that he would make everything all right. He went straight out and had the maid flogged for her carelessness—ten terrible lashes—and when it was over he told the bleeding, sobbing woman, “That will teach you to respect fragile things. You oughtn’t to have broken the mistress’s vase.” Then the man went to the most expensive shop in town and bought the most beautiful vase he found there. He took it home to his wife, and she smiled and dried her tears, and was happy again.