Speckled Hen. Once there lived an old man and an old woman. They had a hen and its name was Ryaba.Once the hen laid an egg and it was not an ordinary egg but a golden one. The old man hit it and hit it but could not break it. The old woman hit it and hit itbut could not break it. A mouse ran past waved its tail the egg fell and broke. So the old man cried and the old woman cried.And the hen Ryaba cackled:in.Do not cry old man do not cry old woman. I will lay you a new egg and not a golden one this time but an ordinary one!