The Louse and the Flea
A louse and a flea are married until the louse drowns while brewing. The flea mourns, inspiring a door to ask why and start creaking, which inspires a broom to ask why and start sweeping -- through a sequence of objects until a spring overflows at the news and drowns them all.
- Jacob and Wilheim Grimm, Household Tales, "The Louse and the Flea"
- D.L. Ashliman, "The Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales (Grimms' Fairy Tales)"
- "Mourning the Death of a Spouse:chain tales of Aarne-Thompson type 2022" by D.L. Ashliman