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Wild Goose

A Folktale from China

Two hunters saw a wild goose fly overhead. As one of the hunters placed an arrow in his bow and aimed it at the goose, he said, “That goose will make a fine stew.”

“Stew.” said the other. “It would be far better to roast it.”

“Stewed!” said the first, putting down his arrow.

“Roasted!” replied the other.

The argument went on. “Let’s ask our clan leader to decide the best way to cook that goose.” The leader settled the argument by suggesting that when they caught the goose, half should be stewed, and half should be roasted. In that way, everyone’s needs would be met.

Pleased, the two hunters went out to shoot the wild goose, but by that time, the goose was safely long gone.