Was the Sparrow's plan of attack on the old woman in "The Sparrow with the Split Tongue" a good plan? The Question can only be answered if you have read 'The Sparrow with the Split Tongue'...

Was the Sparrow's plan of attack on the old woman in "The Sparrow with the Split Tongue" a good plan? 

The Question can only be answered if you have read 'The Sparrow with the Split Tongue' -Japanese Folktale.

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The sparrow's plan of attack on the old woman was clearly a good one.  First of all, we can tell this because the plan worked.  But it is also clear that the plan showed a good understanding of the woman’s character.  In the story, the woman cut the sparrow’s tongue because she was too grasping and selfish.  She hurt the sparrow in that way simply because the sparrow did very minor damage to the woman’s possessions (the sparrow pecks at different things in different versions of the story).  From this, the sparrow could infer that she was a very greedy woman who would certainly be eager to get at the big thing (the exact thing the sparrow was giving also varies between stories) because she would be sure that it had untold riches in it.  Therefore, the sparrow’s plan of attack shows that he has carefully considered her character.  This makes it a good plan.

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