The Brothers Who Shared Equally

There were once two greedy brothers. Their father died, and his will said to divide everything equally.
First, they divided the farm. "You take the west half; I'll take the east," said the one brother.
Then the house. "You take the top half; I'll take the bottom," said the other.
Then they cut each piece of furniture in the house in half.
Then they began cutting the livestock in half: chickens, goats, cows, everything.
When they began cutting the servants in half, the police came and arrested them, and they were both hanged for murder. They shared the gibbet equally.


Inspired byThe Ocean of Story by Somadeva, translated by C.H. Tawney: Volume 5.
Notes: This is Story 123.

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