160. The Two Brothers
There were once two foolish brothers.
Their father died, and his will said:
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.
Finally, they cut the servants in half.
The police then came and arrested the two brothers.
They were hanged for murder, and they divided the gibbet equally.
Inspired by: The Ocean of Story by Somadeva, translated by C.H. Tawney: Volume 5.
Notes: This is Story 123.