Most of us are familiar with the story of Oscar Wilde's 'The Devoted Friend.'
In it, Hans, a kind, warm-hearted man spends his summer days eagerly tending his garden, caring for his flowers and fruit and making what little money he can by selling his produce at market.
Every day, Hans’ most devoted friend, big Hugh the Miller, thinks nothing of swinging by and helping himself to the riches and beauties of Hans little garden. “Real friends should have everything in common,” the miller used to say, and Hans was proud that he had a friend with such noble ideas.
All summer long Hans would work hard in his garden, graciously allowing the Miller to take what he pleased, though the miller never offered anything in return, despite having hundreds of sacks of flour stored away in his mill, and six milk cows and a large stock of woolly sheep.