Half Rooster

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Half Rooster

An Albanian folk tale told by David Heathfield


Once upon a time, there was an old man and an old woman. And all they had in the world was one cat and one rooster.
They were very poor and they were very hungry. And they got into a terrible row and they decided that they would separate forever.
And the old woman had the cat. And the old man had the rooster.
Well, with the cat, the cat would catch small birds and she would roast the birds and she had something to eat.
But the old man had nothing to eat at all.
Time passed, and one day he went to the rooster and said, ‘I am sorry… I am going to have to cut you in half and eat half of you.’
And the rooster nodded.
And he