Stone soup

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Stone soup

Post by WIZARD » Sat Nov 07, 2009 4:36 pm

Stone soup.

A kindly, old wizard was walking through the land one day when he came upon a village. As he entered, the villagers moved towards their homes locking their doors and windows. The stranger smiled and asked, why are you all so frightened. I am a simple traveler, looking for a soft place to stay for the night and a warm place for a meal. "There's not a bite to eat in the whole province," he was told. "We are weak and our children are starving. Better keep moving on." "Oh, I have everything I need," he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you." He pulled an iron cauldron from his cloak, filled it with water, and began to build a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a silken bag and dropped it into the water. By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come out of their homes, or watched from their windows. As the stranger sniffed the "broth" and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their fear. "Ahh," the stranger said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage -- that's hard to beat." Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a small cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. "Wonderful!!" cried the stranger. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king." The village butcher managed to find some salt beef . . . and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for everyone in the village to share. The villager elders offered the stranger a great deal of money for the stone, but he refused to sell it and traveled on the next day. As he left, the stranger came upon a group of village children standing near the road. He gave the silken bag containing the stone to the youngest child, whispering to a group, that it was not the stone, but the villagers themselves who had performed the magic."


This kind of tale makes you think doesn't it, or at least it should. Did you glimps the kindly moral?
:D :D :D


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Post by BENNU » Sat Nov 07, 2009 7:39 pm


[face=Comic Sans MS]And I swear I could taste the chicken and tomatoes
and the noodles and the marrow bone
but it really wasn't nothing but some water and potatoes
and the wonderful, wonderful soup stone
[/face]

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Post by Clandestino » Sun Nov 08, 2009 11:43 am

We have a hungarian folk tale - the same story :) but other heroes...
The reality of our time we didn't want to note...
"Qui multum peregrinatur, raro sanctifcatur..."
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Post by WIZARD » Sun Nov 08, 2009 5:35 pm

Clandestino wrote:We have a hungarian folk tale - the same story :) but other heroes...
The reality of our time we didn't want to note...
What you say is true Clandestine, this story is found in many falklaw tales, but the moral of the story is just the same.
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