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223. A glutton, seeing a loaf of bread laid up over the
transom, prays, ‘Lord God, either exhalt Thy servant or
humble that loaf!’
224. A glutton goes off to a gardener and gives him four
denarii to let him eat as many figs as he likes. The gardener,
unconcerned, tells him to eat whatever he wants from the
trees close by. So the glutton climbs up the tallest trees and,
starting at the top, eats all the figs on each one in turn. A
long time later, the gardener remembers the guy and goes
looking for him. He finds him still swinging from branch to
branch, eating as he goes. Outraged, the gardener cries,
‘Couldn’t you have stayed on the ground and eaten from
these overhanging branches?’ The answer: ‘Oh, I’ll get to
those when I come down.’
225. A glutton goes up to a baker and offers him two denarii
to let him fill up with bread. The baker, figuring that one loaf
should be enough for this guy, takes the denarii. The glutton
stands there and starts eating the contents of a whole bread-
basket. He’s finished off half the basket when the astounded
baker says, ‘Why don’t you go ahead and sit down to eat?’ ‘I
want to eat the ones in the basket standing up,’ responds the
glutton. ‘I’ll sit down when I get to the ones in the larder.’
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