Stone Soup for Empty Bowls

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There is a fable about a hungry traveler who arrived in a village where the residents were also hungry. Each thought that they had nothing to spare. From door to door the traveler begged, but no one could spare a meal. Turned away at the last house, the traveler announced that he would have to make stone soup. He pulled out a stone and a pot, and lit a fire.

“Can I bother you for some broth?” he asked a villager. She said that yes, in fact, she did have broth to spare.