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1001 Stories Collection

The Couple who Refused To Speak

1001 The Couple Who Refused
Added on 26th June 2020

Oral tradition South Asian folktale

Asia Fables
1001 , Audio

A quarrelsome couple learn the cost of not communicating

Story

A couple make a bet with each other - the first to speak must feed the cow every morning and both are determined to win.

Why we chose it

This was one of the stories in The Story Museum’s original audio stories collection. These stories are particularly suitable for learning to retell.

Where it came from

There are a number of stories from South Asia, the Middle East and Europe about couples who refuse to speak, generally for petty or ridiculous reasons and they frequently suffer indignity or disaster as a result.

Added on 26th June 2020

Oral tradition South Asian folktale

Asia Fables
1001 , Audio