there lived a young husband and wife in a small village in Africa. For some time now, the husband had not been happy with his marriage. He began to come home late from working in the fields. His wife thought he was the most wonderful man. But she was unhappy, too. His behavior was making her miserable.
Finally, she went to the oldest man in her village, the village elder. Of course I will end your marriage if that is what you want," he told the young wife, after listening patiently for a while. "You will be free to marry again. But is that really what you want?""I want my husband to be loving," she said. "I want to be loving. We are both miserable.""I think I can help you," the elder said slowly. "I can prepare a secret potion that will change your husband into a loving man.""Prepare this magic potion at once!" the young wife cried out excitedly."I could make it," he said sadly. "But I am missing an important ingredient. I am too old to get this ingredient for you. You must bring it to me."What do you need?" the young wife asked eagerly. "I'll bring it today." "I need a single whisker taken from a living lion to make the potion work."
At the end of four weeks, she moved quietly next to the lion and sat silently while he ate. Her hand shaking, she reached slowly out and pulled a whisker from his chin. Holding per prize firmly in one hand, she sat frozen until the lion had disappeared back into the forest.She ran to the elder, waving her whisker. "I have it," she shouted. "I have it!"
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