Selasa, 21 September 2010

Nasreddin: Give Me a Coat

Nasreddin wanted to buy some new clothes, so he went to a shop. First he asked for some trousers and put them on, but then he took them off and gave them to the shop-keeper and said, ‘No, give me a coat instead of these.’
The man gave him a coat, and said, ‘This one costs the same as the trousers.’ Nasreddin took the coat and walked out of the shop with it. The shop-keeper ran after him and said, ‘You have not paid for the coat!’
‘But I gave you the trousers for the coat,’ said Nasreddin. ‘They cost the same as the coat, didn’t they?’
‘Yes,’ said the shop-keeper, ‘But you didn’t pay for the trousers either!’
‘Of course I didn’t!’ answered Nasreddin. ‘I did not take them. I am not stupid! Nobody gives things back and then pays for them!’

(L.A. Hill, Elementary Stories for Reproduction, Oxford University Press)

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