A girl grew up with the custom of giving the neighbours a portion of each of the family’s meal as a sign of generosity and good neighbourliness. The girl marries into a family in which stinginess prevails. The mother-in-law forbids the young bride to keep up this custom. However, the girl cannot stop doing what she had grown so accustomed to do. Knowing at the same time that it is her duty to obey her mother-in-law, every night she secretly fills an earthenware pot with small samples of every dish and dedicates it to her neighbours with the expression of a wish that should symbolize a gift.
When both bride and mother-in-law die, the stingy mother-in-law observes from her place in hell that her daughter-in-law in heaven receives food and drink daily, while she herself remains hungry. She complains and demands that her daughter-in-law share the food with her. God explains to her that she will not receive anything since when she was alive, she had not provided for her food in the world beyond. But He gives her back her soul and life for a period of 40 days. Back on earth she cooks a meal every day and fills her grave with provisions. On the last day her bread is burnt. She throws it away, a dog finds it and eats it.
On returning to the world beyond she now expects to receive a wholesome meal daily, but all she gets is charred bread. God explains to her that she will be rewarded only for those gifts from which other people, not she herself, benefitted during her lifetime. Her only gift to another being was, however, that charred piece of bread she had thrown away and which a dog had eaten by chance.