A rich farmer's son, who had been bred at the university, always came at Christmas, to visit his father and mother.
One evening, they were all three at supper, and two fowls having been served up, he told them that, by logic and arithmetic, he could prove those two chickens to be three.
"Well," said his father, "you ought to teach us how that can be done."
"Why!" Cried the scholar. "This is one, and that," continued he, "is two, one and two, you know, make three."
"Very clever, indeed, and very funny," returned the father, "but you ought to have told us also, how we are to divide those two fowls among us three. Perhaps you could not have managed that so easily, so I will assist you: your mother shall have the first fowl, I will have the second, and the third, you may keep for yourself, as reward for your great learning."