ESPAÑOL

Hay que compartir las penas y las alegrías

ENGLISH

Sharing joy and sorrow


Érase una vez un sastre gruñón y pendenciero. Por buena, trabajadora y piadosa que fuese su mujer, nunca acertaba a hacer las cosas a gusto de su marido. Siempre estaba él descontento, refunfuñando, riñéndole, zarandeándola y pegándole. Al fin, su conducta llegó a conocimiento de la autoridad, la cual lo hizo detener y encerrar en la cárcel para que se enmendase. Después de pasar una temporada a pan y agua, fue puesto en libertad, bajo promesa de que no volvería a maltratar a su mujer, sino que viviría en buena paz y armonía, compartiendo con ella las penas y las alegrías, como es de ley entre los casados.
Durante un tiempo marcharon bien las cosas; pero luego volvió a sus maneras antiguas, mostrándose otra vez pendenciero y gruñón; y como no podía pegarle, trataba de agarrarla por los cabellos y zarandearla. Escapaba entonces la mujer y salía corriendo al patio; mas él la perseguía, armado de la vara de medir y de las tijeras, y arrojándole cuanto hallaba a mano. Si la acertaba, se echaba a reír; pero si la fallaba, todo eran improperios e insultos. Esta situación duró hasta que los vecinos intervinieron en favor de la infeliz. El sastre hubo de comparecer de nuevo ante el tribunal, y se le recordó su promesa.
- Señores jueces - respondió -, he cumplido lo que prometí; no le he pegado, sino que he compartido con ella las alegrías.
- ¿Cómo es eso - replicó el juez -, cuando hay otra vez tantas quejas contra ti?
- No le he pegado. Lo que ocurre es que, al verla tan guapa, quise peinarle el pelo con las manos, pero ella huía de mí, pues es muy maliciosa. Entonces yo corrí detrás para obligarla a cumplir con su obligación y recordarle sus deberes; y le tiraba cuanto tenía a mano. He compartido con ella las penas y las alegrías; pues cuando la acertaba, yo recibía gusto y ella pesadumbre; y si fallaba, la pesadumbre era para mí, y el gusto para ella.
Los jueces no se dieron por satisfechos con su respuesta y mandaron darle la recompensa merecida.
There was once a tailor, who was a quarrelsome fellow, and his wife, who was good, industrious, and pious, never could please him. Whatever she did, he was not satisfied, but grumbled and scolded, and knocked her about and beat her. As the authorities at last heard of it, they had him summoned, and put in prison in order to make him better. He was kept for a while on bread and water, and then set free again. He was forced, however, to promise not to beat his wife any more, but to live with her in peace, and share joy and sorrow with her, as married people ought to do. All went on well for a time, but then he fell into his old ways, and was surly and quarrelsome. And because he dared not beat her, he would seize her by the hair and tear it out. The woman escaped from him, and sprang out into the yard, but he ran after her with his yard-measure and scissors, and chased her about, and threw the yard-measure and scissors at her, and whatever else came his way. When he hit her he laughed, and when he missed her, he stormed and swore. This went on so long that the neighbors came to the wife's assistance. The tailor was again summoned before the magistrates, and reminded of his promise. "Dear gentlemen," said he, "I have kept my word, I have not beaten her, but have shared joy and sorrow with her." - "How can that be," said the judge, "when she continually brings such heavy complaints against you?" - "I have not beaten her, but just because she looked so strange I wanted to comb her hair with my hand; she, however, got away from me, and left me quite spitefully. Then I hurried after her, and in order to bring her back to her duty, I threw at her as a well-meant admonition whatever came readily to hand. I have shared joy and sorrow with her also, for whenever I hit her I was full of joy, and she of sorrow, and if I missed her, then she was joyful, and I sorry." The judges were not satisfied with this answer, but gave him the reward he deserved.




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