「厩（うまや）火事/The Husband Test」
The Husband Test
In a small town, Osaki lives with her husband.
She loves him very much but there is a problem.
So she goes to talk to an old friend.
He knows her husband very well.
“My husband doesn’t work.
He drinks sake all day.
The only money we have is from my job as a hairdresser.
We are always fighting about this.”
“Ha, he is my best friend.
But I told you he wasn’t a good man to marry.”
“I know I know.
Why don’t you just leave him?”
“You mean get a divorce?
I don’t want to do that.
He is not that bad.
He is usually kind to me.
I love my husband.
But I don’t know if he loves me.”
“Well, there is something you can do to find out.”
“What is it?”
“Let me tell you two stories.
Here is the first one.
A long, long time ago, an old man lived with his servants and his favorite horse.
One day, he went on a trip.
While he was away, there is a fire and his favorite horse died.”
“The servants were afraid to tell the old man about the horse but one day told him he didn’t get angry.
He just said,
‘Is everyone all right?’”
“Ah, so the old man was a kind man.”
Now here is the other story.
A young man lived with his wife.
The man likes to collect antique bowls and plates.”
“Oh, my husband likes them, too.”
“Well, one day, when the man’s wife was carrying his favorite plate, she fell down the stairs.
The plate broke.”
“The wife thought her husband wouldn’t be angry because he loved her.
But she was wrong.
He didn’t ask if she was OK.
He told her again and again that he was angry about the plate.”
“That man was not nice.”
Well, if you want to know if your husband loves you or not.
You can break his favorite plate.”
“Ah, that’s a good idea.
“If he asks if you are OK, then you should stay married.
If he gets angry, you should leave him.”
I’ll try it!”
The next day, Osaki takes out her husband’s favorite plate then she falls down.
The plate breaks into pieces.
Her husband comes over to her and says,
“Osaki, are you OK?”
“Oh, I broke your favorite plate.
But you are asking if I’m OK.
You are a kind man.
Ah, I’m so glad I married you.”
“Of course, Osaki.
If you are not OK, who will earn money to pay for my sake.”
I want a divorce!”