THE NECESSITY OF SALT
Once upon a time there was a king
who had three daughters. Because they were good and beautiful he loved them all
sincerely. He did not known which one he should appoint as queen.
As his birthday approached he
summoned his daughters and said to them ‘’my dear children, I love all
three of you sincerely, and for a long
time have not known which one of you I should name to be the heir to my throne.
But I have now decided that the one of you shall become queen who brings to me
a birthday present that is most necessary in human life. Go and make your plans
accordingly and with utmost diligence.’’
The old king’s birthday arrived,
and the two oldest daughters brought him present that were very necessary, but
at the same time extremely expensive. However the youngest daughter brought him
nothing more than a little pile of salt in a decorated container. When the king
saw her present, he became very angry, and he drove his daughter out of the
castle, forbidding her ever again to let herself be seen by him.
With deep sorrow the rejected
daughter went out into the unknown world,comforted only by her faith in her own good sense. After
walking a good while she came to an inn. There she found a female innkeeper who
thoroughly understood cooking. She entered an apprenticeship with her and soon exceeded
even the innkeeper in the art of cooking.
News spread far and wide of the
excellent cook in this inn,and everyone who came in this way and who still had
a few kreuzers left in his pocket stopped to be serve a roast or something even
The king heard of the cook’s
reputation,an he hired her as court cook. Now it came pass that the oldest princess was getting
married, and the famous cook was assigned the preparation of the wedding
feast,with no expenses to be spared.
Thus on the wedding day one
elegant dish after the order was served until the table almost cracked.
Everything was excellently prepared,and everyone praised the cook. Finnaly the
king’s favorite dish arrived. Quickly
taking a spoon he tasted it ‘’this has not been salted!’’ he cried out angrily.
‘’have the cook brought before me!’’
They quickly ran for the cook,who
entered the hall undaunted.
‘’why did you forget to salt my
favorite dish,you careless girl? ‘’ snapped the king at her.
The cook answered,’’you drove
away your youngest daughter because she thought that salt was so
necessary.perhaps you can now see that your child was not so wrong’’
When the king heard these words
he recognized his daughter,begged her for forgiveness,ask her to be seated at
his side,and accepted her once again as his dear child. Then the wedding became
The king lived happily with his
children for many years thereafter.