For centuries, these kingdoms had fought over an island in the middle of that lake.
One day, they decided to have it out, once and for all.
The first kingdom was quite rich, and sent an army of 25 knights, each
with three squires. The night before the battle, the knights jousted and
cavorted as their squires polished armor, cooked food, and sharpened
The second kingdom was not so wealthy, and sent only 10
knights, each with 2 squires. The night before the battle, the knights
cavorted and sharpened their weapons as the squires polished armor and
The third kingdom was very poor, and only sent one
elderly knight with his sole squire. The night before the battle, the
knight sharpened his weapon, while the squire, using a looped rope,
slung a pot high over the fire to cook while he prepared the knight's
The next day, the battle began. All the knights of the first two
kingdoms had cavorted a bit too much (one should never cavort while
sharpening weapons and jousting) and could not fight. The squire of the
third kingdom could not rouse the elderly knight in time for combat.
in the absence of the knights, the squires fought.
The battle raged well into the late hours, but when the dust finally
settled, a solitary figure limped from the carnage. The lone squire from
the third kingdom dragged himself away, beaten, bloodied, but
And it just goes to prove, the squire of the high pot and noose is equal
to the sum of the squires of the other two sides.