A Bread and Butter Miss
Introduction by Blake Wilfong

Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow. And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.
--Genesis, Chapter 41

To the biblical Pharaoh, this dream was clearly symbolic of something--but what? He asked Joseph, who accurately interpreted the dream to mean that Egypt would enjoy seven years of prosperity, then suffer seven years of famine.

The interpretation of symbolic, premonitory dreams has remained a popular subject for thousands of years. It is also the subject of Hector Hugh Munro's amusing short-short story, "A Bread and Butter Miss"--which stresses the importance of details.

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