Once upon a time there lived a very old lady called Mwangi who stayed alone in her very big house. She lived with her dog because all her children had gone to the city to work.
Mwangi was so old that she walked using a cane for support. Her back had grown so weary because of age.
One interesting thing about Mwangi was that she was so clever. She used her ears and eyes so well that no one talked about her or did anything bad in her presence.
However, Mwangi had one problem, she was so old and weak to do anything quickly. So she did all her chores seated in one place. She cooked, washed and read from one place.
Old Mwangi had a lot of good things in her house but did not use them. One day while she was busy with her chores, two young robbers watched her and thought of ways of breaking into her house.
They had forgotten that Old Mwangi had a dog that never barked.
One night they entered the house. They grabbed the dog and tied a rope around its mouth.
Mwangi realized that something had gone wrong.
Because she stayed alone and was so weak to call for help, she just stood in the corridor of her house and waited for whoever was coming. When the robbers saw Mwangi standing in the corridor, they were frightened and felt like running away.
She told them that she would give them whatever they wanted as longer as they did not kill her. She said it was very bad to steal but better to ask politely for what they wanted.
She asked the robbers to untie her dog, and she gave them food because she had plenty.
The robbers left in the morning very ashamed of their actions. They begged Mwangi not to report them to the village chief and they promised the old woman that they would never steal again in their lives.