In the old days, a middle-aged had one that was old and one that was young; each loved him and desired to see him like herself. One was much younger than the , and the other wife was much older.

Since the wives quarrelled a lot, the man built two houses for each of them in different parts of town. They came to a mutual agreement that the man would stay with each of them on alternate days.

The older wife was embarrassed at being married to a man much younger than herself. At , whenever he was with her, she would pluck out all of his hairs that were not grey. The younger woman was equally embarrassed at being married to a man so much older than herself. At , whenever he was with her, she would pluck out all of the hairs that were grey.

As a result, the poor man ended up without a single on his .