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Loafing About

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There were two men, of whom the first had 3 small loaves of bread and the other, 2. They walked to a spring, where they sat and ate; and a soldier joined them and shared their meal, each of the three men eating the same amount; and when all the bread was eaten, the soldier departed, leaving 5 bezants to pay for his meal.  The first man accepted 3 of these bezants, since he had three loaves; the other took the remaining 2 bezants for his two loaves.  Was this division fair? (Italy 1200 CE)

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"Loafing About," Loci (April 2004)

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