BURMA, PAST AND PRESENT.
now, but how shall we be able to continue to do so, when your husband returns ? " The rich man's daughter desired Payta to bring a corpse from the burying ground, and to place it on the roof, and set the house on fire, saying, " People will think that I have been burnt to death, and then we can go to some other place, and live together." Payta did as he was told, and they removed to another part of the country.
The parents thinking that it was in reality their daughter who had been burnt, mourned for her bitterly, and performed the funeral rites over the corpse.
Payta and the rich man's daughter, being without the means of subsistence in their new place of abode, the latter said, " We are in a miserable condition here, let us return, and my parents, on seeing me, will be struck with my resemblance to their daughter, and give us something with which we shall be able to procure clothes and food." They returned accordingly, and arriving at her parents' garden, sat down to rest under the shade of a flowering tree, by the side of a bank. The rich man's servants came down to draw water for a libation to the memory of their master's daughter, and on seeing her cried out, " If it were not that she has a husband with her, we could declare that this is our masters daughter."
So taking up their golden pitchers, they returnedSo taking up their golden pitchers, they returned