"I have twenty-five centavos," answered the man; "and I am going to buy rice and carry it to the mines, for I have heard that it brings a good price there." So he took his twenty-five centavos and bought a half-cavan of rice which he carried on his shoulder to the mine. Arriving there he told the people that he had rice for sale, and they asked eagerly how much he wanted for it.
And so he went on with his business for a year, each day buying a half-cavan of rice and selling it for the price he had paid for it. Then one day his wife said that they would balance accounts, and she spread a mat on the floor and sat down on one side of it, telling her husband to sit on the opposite side. When she asked him for the money he had made during the year, he asked: "What money?"
The next morning the man bought a half-cavan of rice the same as before and carried it to the mine and when they asked how much it would be, he said: "It is the same as before twenty-five centavos." He received the money and went home. "How is the business today?" asked his wife. "Oh, it is the same as before," he said. "I could not take the rice off my shoulder before they came for it."