The Caterpillar Husband

Once there lived a woman who could never obtain a husband. She was walking along one day and picked up a caterpillar, which she kept in her hut and nursed until it should grow large enough to marry her. Whenever she wandered she carried the caterpillar with her. But one day when she went out, she left it behind in her hut, for by this time it had grown too big for her to carry. Her companions visited her hut, but were terrified at the sight of the "monster" and they threw it out for the dogs to devour. When the woman returned, she enquired where her caterpillar was and they told her that the dogs had broken into the hut and devoured it while everyone was away. The woman was very angry, for, as she said, it was the only husband she had ever been able to obtain.