, a magnificent house was built by a nobleman, on the front of which is a stone with the inscription: "This house was erected by Count
D--, to be given to the first man who can prove that he is really contented." One day a stranger knocked at the gate, and desired to speak with the master. "I have come," said he, "to take possession of this house, as I found you have built it in order to bestow it upon the man who is really contented.
Now, I am in that state, of which I am willing to make an oath; you will, therefore, give me immediate possession." The Count
did not interrupt him till he had finished his speech, when he replied, "You are quite right, sir, with respect to my intentions, but as I do not discover the least pretension you have to the character of a contented man, I hope you will retire.
If you were quite contented you would not want my house."