Once a chief decided to give a feast for his
people. He sent his men to every village. They told the people
to come to the chiefs house and said, "The Chief asks each of
the men to bring one bottle of palm wine and pour it into a pot
at the door."
The day of the feast came. People put on their best clothes
and walked to the chiefs house with their families. They stopped
at the door of the chiefs house and poured their bottles into a
very big pot at the door.
There was a man who wanted to go to the feast very much, but
he had no palm wine at home. His wife said to him, "You must buy
some palm wine."
But the man answered, "What? No, I don't want to buy wine for a
feast that is free.1 No, no!"
He thought a little and then said, "Hundreds of people will
bring their wine and pour it into the pot. A bottle of water
cannot be bad for so much wine."
And so he went to the feast with a bottle of water. He poured
his bottle into the pot as other people did.
Then he sat down at the table with all the other people and
waited for the glass of palm wine which he liked so much.
The chief said, "Let's drink wine, dear guests!" All the
guests took their glasses. But what they drank was not palm wine,
but— water! So our man was not the only one who thought: "A
bottle of water cannot be bad for so much wine."