In the course of an interview about the telling of stories, the narrator asks his best friend if he knows that he was once in jail. He starts to report: As a young boy he is arrested one morning and accused by a couple of having murdered a woman. In a rage, he attacks the slanderer and injures him. The young girl accompanying the slanderer is seized with panic and confesses that the Rom is not the murderer of the woman. However, he is imprisoned for six months for causing bodily harm.
After being released, he sets out on the long journey home by foot. In the evening, he asks at a house for overnight accommodation. The master of the house presents him with a large pot of porridge and, threatening him, makes him eat up the huge amount of food. The latter stuffs the porridge under his coat, which is held together by a belt. When the master of the house, threatening him once again, demands that he must dance, the young man begins to dance, looses his belt and the porridge runs down his legs to the floor. The master of the house attacks him. The young man flees and climbs on top of a haystack to get some sleep. But a pair of lovers are amusing themselves in the haystack, which consequently tips over. The two lovers flee and the narrator finds a picnic basket full to the brim, which his grandfather, whom he visits, is very happy to receive as a present.