Once upon a time, a man visited our neighbor and brought him a wild rabbit to eat.
Our neighbor thanked him and, to be polite, offered his visitor some soup.
Next week, the man showed up again.
“Who are you?” said our friend, who was distracted at the time.
“I’m the guy who brought you the wild rabbit.”
“Oh, yes, I forgot. Come, sit and have something to eat.”
A few days later three men arrived.
“Hello. Um, yes, who are you gentlemen?” said our neighbor.
“We’re friends of the man who brought you the wild rabbit to eat.”
And our neighbor fed them.
A couple of days later a huge number of men arrived at our neighbor’s house.
“Can I help you?” he said.
“Yes, we are friends of the friends of the man who brought you the wild rabbit to eat.”
“Well, come in, come in,” said our neighbor, as he put a large container of pure water on the table.
“What is this?” said the men.
“It’s the water of the water of the wild rabbit, that’s what it is,” said our neighbor.
Adapted from The Turkish Jester; Or, The Pleasantries Of Cogia Nasr eddin Efendi, translated by George Borrow