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The Clever Chef

Historical record from James Callow Folklore Archive.

There once was a king who demanded that his chef prepare him a different type of meat for each principle meal. when the chef ran out of meats it would mean his death.

Quite naturally, the king soon ran out of chefs and volunteers for the job were few and far between. in fact, things got so bad that the king had to draft his subjects into the job. One of these peasants got drafted and day after day he prepared a different type of meat. However, as time went by, he began to run out of choices. Finally the day arrived when he had none. In desperation, he went to the palace barn at milking time and collected the cow manure as it was being expelled. That night he served it to the king. Upon tasting it, the king called for the chef in order that he might compliment him on the most delicious meat of all. When asked where it came from, the chef replied "it is that which hasn't fallen, your majesty."

Submitter comment:

This is translated from Polish and I feel it has lost its humor in translation.

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Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

A grammatical correction was made to the Collector's spelling: Changing it's to its.

Original Boggs Number [B665] has been crossed out and B646 is written next to it.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): Class ; COOKING ; Deception ; FECES ; Fool ; IGNORANCE ; King ; Peasant ; ROYALTY ; Scat ; SCATOLOGICAL ; Scatological Humor ; Social Class ; Trickery ; Wit

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

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Proverb

"Oh! What tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive."

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Submission is a direct quote from Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish Novelist (1771-1832): Marmion, Canto vi, Stanza 17.

James Callow comment:

Original BN [V300, V:C880.300] crossed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; BERKELEY

Keyword(s): Aphorism ; Apothegm ; Consequence ; Deceive ; Deception ; Lie ; Maxim ; PROVERB ; Quote ; RHYME ; VERSE ; Web

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Proverb Proverb

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