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Once upon a time, there was a poor village filled with people who did not like to share.
They locked their doors and windows tight and kept what little food they had to themselves.
One day, a stranger passed into the village.
He was very tired and hungry from his journey.
He stopped at the first house and knocked on the door, hoping there was food inside.
“Who are you?” the woman inside asked the stranger.
“I’m a tired and hungry traveler,” he responded, “Please may I have something to eat?”
“There is hardly any food here!” she said and closed the door.
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The traveler, although he was tired and hungry, was not ready to give up.
He picked up a large, round stone from the ground and knocked once more at the door.
The lady opened the door only half way, said : “Yes?”
“Since you are poor like me, perhaps you would like to have some of my magic stone soup.” Said the traveler.
“Stone soup?” Though she felt it was impossible, since she was hungry too, she invited him in.
She lit the fire and placed a kettle of water on top, and opened her windows to let out some heat.
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The traveler placed the stone inside the water until it boiled.
He sipped a spoonful of the hot liquid. “It’s almost done,” he said,
“but if you had just a little salt and butter, the soup would taste so much better!”
The lady took them for the traveler.
Just as he was pouring them in the pot, the lady’s husband returned home, with carrots and potatoes in his hands.
“Impossible!” shouted the husband when he knew what happened.
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“It’s almost finished!” the traveler assured,
“but it would be even nicer if we added some carrots and potatoes.”
Also hungry, the husband agreed.
Soon, the smell of the soup drifted out of her house through the window and down the lane.
One neighbor followed the smell all the way to the first house.
“Is the stone soup ready now?” asked the couple.
“Almost done. But it could be better if we had some turnips and beans,” he replied.
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“I have some!” Yelled the neighbor who was watching from the window.
The neighbor, curious to taste soup that was made from a stone, returned with turnips and beans, and poured them into the pot.
The smell drifted even further down the lane.
Word about a strange traveler making soup out of a single stone drew many villagers out of their homes.
They followed the delicious smell.
“Is the stone soup ready now?” somebody asked.
“Yes… but I remember having stone soup with chicken and broth in the stew once,”
he recalled, “It’s so delicious.”
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“I have chicken!” said a farmer.
“I have broth!” said another neighbor.
After they dropped all these inside, the traveler finally said: “It’s done!”
And he served a bowl of stone soup for every single one of the villagers to taste.
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