Once upon a time there was a wealthy family with a mother, a father, and a sweet little girl. In their big house also lived a family of servants with a mother, a father, and a sweet little girl. The little rich girl and the little servant girl became the best of friends and would play with the rich girl's pretty toys. When the little servant girl came of the age to start working in the house, the little rich girl would help her so they could play sooner and longer. Over time, both families started to grow old and wither away, first the servant girl's mother, then her father, then finally the rich girl's mother. On her death bed, the mother said to her child, "Remember, my daughter, to keep this kindness you have for those less fortunate than you and live fairly with them." With a loving farewell, she fell into an eternal sleep. The rich girl's father fell into a grievance over his wife's death. Only did he smile again when he remarried a wealthy widow, providing his daughter with a mother before he passed away a short while later. After his death, the rich girl's step mother changed, boasting her fortune and belittling those less wealthy. She forbade the rich girl to be concerned with the servant girl, demanding she take pride in her status. The rich girl could not disobey her step mother out of fear and so lived watching her servant friend work as she lie in luxury.