I’m in charge here!

One day a beggar knocked at the door of a house, and when a woman opened the door, asked her for alms.<>

“I’ve nothing to give you,” said the woman. “Please go!”<>

The woman, who was newly married, lived with her mother-in-law. When her mother-in-law heard her refusing alms to the beggar she was furious.<>

“Who are you to refuse alms to this man!” she demanded. “I’m the mistress of the house!!”<>

Thus chastened, the daughter-in-law fled to her room.<>

“Thank you, kind lady,” said the beggar, ingratiatingly.<>

“All I asked for was a coin to buy food. I did not know she was not the mistress of the house.”<>

“She’s not!” snapped the woman. “She had no right to refuse you alms. I’m in charge here, and let me tell you something: you’re not getting a paisa from me!!”<>

And with that, she slammed the door in the beggar’s face.<>

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