A man who had asked his guest to stay for a cup of tea sent his servant to
borrow some tea leaves from his neighbor. He ate two grain
cakes each morning before going out to work. The cakes made him a bit tipsy
every morning. One day he met a friend who asked: "Did you drink some wine this
"No. No. I only had some grain cakes for breakfast, that's all." He
When he told his wife about this after returning home, his wife said: "You
should have told him that you did have some wine just to keep up the
So, the other day when the poor man met his same friend again and the friend
asked the same question, the poor man replied that he did have some wine.
His friend continued to ask: "Did you have hot wine or cold wine?"
"It was baked." The poor man said.
His friend burst into laughter and said: "You had no wine but your old
When the poor man's wife learnt about it, she shouted at the poor man:
"Stupid! No one ever bakes his wine. You should just say you drank it hot
When he met that friend again, the poor man said before his friend could say
anything: "I drank my hot wine this morning."
His friend grinned and
asked: "Really? How much did you drink?"
"Two pieces," said the poor man, raising two fingers.