land as the palm of a hand. One day, when a handful of snow fell on the
ground, the seven brothers were clearing it away they found some butter
as big as an ankle-bone.
Then they went to a lama (monk) and told him about this deed:
"There were seven of us."
-"You have a large family."
"We have as much ground as the palm of your hand."
-"You have a big piece of ground."
"One day a handful of snow fell on our ground."
-"That sounds to me like a disaster."
"We seven brothers cleared it away."
-"You all worked hard."
"While we were clearing away the snow we found some butter as big as an ankle-bone."
-"You became rich."
"We gave it to the youngest brother to keep, but he licked it up and ate it."
-"He is a good storekeeper."
"The six of us beat him to death."
-"That was almost a war," the lama answered. And he paid absolutely no attention to them.
The six mice had come to the lama to get a decisive answer, but they didn't. They were very disappointed and they knew that the lama didn't know anything and was a fool. Also, they repented of their mistake very much, that they had done the wrong thing in killing their youngest brother.