Once there were two sisters, Adelia and Berta, living
in a village close to the sea. They were both orphaned at
an early age. Of the two sisters, Adelia was the younger
and more beautiful one. she was also kind hearted,
obedient, and persevering. On the other hand, Berta was
self seeking, envious and a hypocrite.
One day a goodlooking gentlemen by the name of
Jose came to settle in their village. He saw Adelia by chance
in the village square and from that time on fell instantly in
love with her. From then on, he would go to the house of
the two sisters to pay Adelia a visit. The two would sit and
talk for hours while Berta watched from the side.
Unknown to them, Berta, too, hides secret affections
for Jose, Adelia's suitor. In fact, when Adelia would need to
excuse herself to finish some house chores Berta left undone
on purpose, Berta would slip in to get Jose to become
interested in her. But nothing seemed to be working out for
Jose would as soon beg to join and help Adelia. Next, she
employed all kinds of tricks she knew to win for herself the
love of Jose, but Jose knew better and avoided her. His
love for Adelia remained true and sincere.
Berta's plans were all met in vain for Adelia and her
suitor soon got engaged. And to her dismay, a week after
the two got married suddenly.
A few days after their wedding, Jose bade his wife
goodbye to do business in another town in which he could
have to be away for a week or two. He was a trader and
had just recently joined a group of merchants that was
headed towards the new town.
Jose's sudden departure left Adelia miserable and
lonely. To compound her misery, Berta would often nag
her, humiliate her, and maltreat her. Yet, in the face of all
the abuses she received from Berta, Adelia remained calm,
patient and uncomplaining.
Not long after Jose was away, Berta invited Adelia
for them to take a bath in the river, and the latter agreed.
Little was Adelia aware of the evil designs Berta had instored
for her. Just before leaving the house, Berta secretly pre-
pared two poisonous needles which she neatly hid between
the folds of a piece of cloths.
While in the river, Berta pretended to be sweet and
thoughtful to her sister. When they got out of the water
and were drying themselves under the sun, she even of-
fered Adelia to dry and fix her hair. She got around the
back of the rock where her sister sat so that she would be
standing behind her back just as she had planned. Wasting
no time, she took out the poison needles and pinned them
on Adelia's head and the latter died instantly.
She looked everywhere about her, and when certain
no one else was looking around, Berta quickly dragged the
body of her sister to the river. She then waited until the
river current carried the body away. She had it set in her
mind that if anyone would ask what happened, she would
just say that Adelia must have slipped and accidentally
drowned herself in the river.
To ensure no trace of evidnce was left behind, Berta
took handfuls of sands and quickly covered the spots of
blood on the ground that came off Adelia's head before
running home. However, she failed to notice still a spot of
blood which remained uncovered. This spot of blood soon
started to take form which finally transformed into a bird
with reddish spots on its breasts.