This tale narrates the story of a wife who leaves her husband for being too studious, then returns when the husband achieves success, but she is rejected.
There lived a studious husband who did nothing but read books while his wife took care of their livelihood. One day as the wife headed out to gather barnyard millet from the paddy, she asked the husband to keep an eye on the grains laid out in the yard to dry. While she was out, a heavy shower came, but the husband did not notice, his attention focused on his reading. The wife became very angry and left him. The husband went on to pass the state examination, and they ran into each other by chance. The wife was still struggling, surviving on barnyard millet, and when she saw that her husband was doing well, she pleaded that she wanted to get back together. At this, the husband asked the wife to fetch some water, then spilled it on the ground, and told her to put the water back in its container. And he refused to take her back, saying that just as spilled water could not be put back in its container, it was impossible for a husband and wife to reunite after separating.
This tale addresses the respnsibilties that should be upheld, not only in a marriage but in all human relationships, delivering the lesson by punishing the wife who left the marriage for her own self-interest.