161. The Five Loaves of Bread
There was a very hungry man who bought five loaves of bread at the bakery.
First, he ate one loaf, but he was still hungry.
"That loaf didn't work," he thought. "Maybe the next one will!"
So he ate the second loaf, but he was still hungry.
Then he ate the third, and then the fourth.
None of them worked!
Finally, he ate the fifth loaf.
"Ah," he sighed, "at last my hunger is satisfied. I just wish I had known it was this particular loaf that I needed. I could have eaten this one first and saved the rest."
Inspired by: The Ocean of Story by Somadeva, translated by C.H. Tawney: Volume 5.
Notes: This is Story 127.
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