The Old Woman and Her Maids

A thrifty old widow had two hired maids whom she used to call to work at the first crow of the cock. The maids hated getting up so early in the morning and decided to wring the cock’s neck, since he was the one who woke their mistress and was the cause of all their misery. No sooner had they done away with the cock than the old lady became disoriented. Afraid of over sleeping, she began mistaking the time of day and rousing the unfortunate maids at midnight.

Old Learning: Too much cunning can undermine its purpose.

New Take

Effort to solve a problem, without really understanding, only aggravates it.

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