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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Juan Tamad takes a bride

Juan Tamad’s mother  said, ”My son, it is time you took a woman to wife, for your mother grows every day older and more feeble.”

“What manner of woman shall I bring home mother?” asked Juan.
“A woman of few words,”  said his mother.

So Juan went off in search of a wife.  He went east and he went west but everywhere he went the women he met talked too much.  Finally, he came to a lonely house in the woods where he was told lived an old woman and her daughter.

"Tao po," called Juan at the gate, but no one answered.

He ventured into the yard and again called out “Tao po” and still no one answered.
He climbed the bamboo steps into the house and found a young girl lying upon a mat on the floor.  “Will you be my wife?” asked Juan.

The maiden stared at him but said not a word.

“Ah! said Juan, “you are the very wife my mother wants for me,” and he lifted the girl in his arms and took her home.

“Oh! You shameful boy,” cried the mother of Juan at the sight of Juan’s bride to be. 

“You have brought my house bad luck for surely at this very hour they are looking for this corpse and heaven help you when they find it here.

No sooner had the mother of Juan had spoken, the relatives of the dead girl arrived and fell to beating Juan with sticks and calling him the worse names.  When they had finished with Juan they took the corpse away for burial.



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