A String of Chinese Peach Stones

The Old Woman and Her Magic Teapot.

In the days of the first Emperor of the Eastern Ts’in dynasty [317-323] an old woman appeared in the streets with a vessel of fine tea in her hand, the contents of which she sold from morning till evening, for the vessel was inexhaustible. The proceeds of such sales she distributed among beggars and the indigent poor generally. But certain folks seized the old lady with the magic teapot and put her in jail. That night, however, both lady and teapot flew out of the window.

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