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Mrs. O'Malley arrived in Boston from Ireland, and in no time at all her bean soup made her the talk of New England society...

Mrs. O’Malley arrived in Boston from Ireland, and in no time at all her bean soup made her the talk of New England society. At a party celebrating the sale of her recipe to a fancy Charles Street restaurant, an old matron approached Mrs. O’Malley and said, “My dear girl, what is the secret of your soup?”

Mrs. O’Malley said, “The secret o’ me soup is that I use but two-hundred thirty-nine beans to make it.”

The woman said, “Why only two-hundred thirty-nine?”

Mrs. O’Malley said, “Because one more would make it too farty.”

Seth Hatfield
Boston, MA