The Two Brothers

: Part I.
: Folklore Of The Santal Parganas

There were once two brothers who were constantly quarrelling and

one afternoon after a heated quarrel the younger brother asked the

villagers to come and judge between them. The villagers agreed to meet

the next morning. At cockcrow the next day the elder brother went to

the other's house and woke him up and said "Brother, this is a bad

business; you have called in the villagers and they will certainly

fine us both for
quarrelling; it would be much better for us to save

the money and spend it on a pig; then we and our families could have

a feast." "I quite agree," said the younger brother, "but now I have

summoned the villagers, what can be done? If I merely tell them to

go away, they will never come again when I summon them."

The elder brother said, "I have a plan; when they come they will ask

how the quarrel began and what abusive words I used; and then you

must tell them that that is a point which they have to decide; and

then they will be able to do nothing and will go away." The younger

brother agreed to this and when the villagers came and asked what the

quarrel was about he said, "Don't you know what the quarrel was? That

was the very matter I wanted you to decide; if you don't know, how

can you judge about it?" And this answer he repeated to all their

questioning; then they got angry and said that he was mocking them;

and they declined to give any decision, but said that the brothers

must give them dinner as they had detained them so long; but the

brothers flatly declined to do so as no decision had been given,

and the villagers went away grumbling, while the brothers bought a

pig with the money they had saved and had a jolly feast and as they

ate the elder brother said: "See what a good plan mine was; but for

it we should now have been feasting others at our expense."