The Too Particular Wife

: Part I.
: Folklore Of The Santal Parganas

There was once a man with a large tumour on his forehead and his wife

was so ashamed of it that she would never go about with him anywhere

for fear of being laughed at. One day she went with a party of friends

to see the Charak Puja. Her husband wished to go with her but she

flatly declined to allow him.

So when she had gone he went to a friend's house and borrowed a

complete set of new clothes and a larg
pagri. When he had rigged

himself out in these he could hardly be recognised; but his forehead

with the tumour was quite visible. Then he too went off to the fair

and found his wife busy dancing. After watching her for some time he

borrowed one of the drums and began to play for the dancers; and in

particular he played and danced just in front of his wife.

When he saw that his wife was preparing to go home he started

off ahead, got rid of his fine clothes and took the cattle out to

graze. Presently he went back to the house and asked his wife whether

she had enjoyed the fun. "You should have come to see it for yourself,"

said she.

"But you would not let me! Otherwise I should have gone."

"Yes," answered his wife, "I was ashamed of the lump on your forehead

but other people do not seem to mind, for there was a man there with

a lump just like yours who was playing the drum and taking a leading

part in the fun and no one seemed to laugh at him: so in future I

shall not mind going about with you."