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Once upon a time there was a king and three daughters. These three daughters being at table one day, their father said, "Come now, and let us see which of you three loves me."

The oldest said, "Papa, I love you as much as my eyes."

The second answered, "I love you as much as my heart."

The youngest said, "I love you as much as water and salt."

The king heard her with amazement, "Do you only value me like water and salt? Stay out of my site.

That evening a great banquet was held for the king’s birthday.  The youngest daughter disguised herself as a servant to make sure the king’s food had no salt and that he had no water.

The king tried to eat but there was no taste and he chewed his food over and over again like a goat (as if he could eat it without salt!).   The wine made him thirsty but when he called for water the daughter (disguised as the servant) brought only more wine.

At last the king could stand it no longer and leapt up saying, “What sort of feast is this?   The food has no taste and I am dying of thirst?”

Then the daughter revealed herself to him and said, “I told you I loved you as much as water and salt. Now you have seen what it is to eat without water and salt."

Her father could not say a word, but embraced her and begged her pardon. They remained happy and contented, and here we are with nothing.