No one paid any attention to him. The effendi, however, grew curious.
`Money?' he thought. `There is always a way to earn it, but it
doesn't happen every day to listen to three incontrovertible truths. If I
carry the case for him I'll become more intelligent.' He arose, picked up
the case with his carrying pole and followed the lord toward his home.
As they walked, the effendi very humbly asked the lord to speak. The
lord replied, `Listen carefully. If somebody tells you that it is better
to have an empty stomach than a full one, you must absolutely not believe
`Wonderful!' exclaimed the effendi. `And what is the second truth?'
`If somebody tells you that to go on foot is better than to go on
horseback, at any cost you must not believe him.'
`Right! So right!' said the effendi. `It's such a pleasure to
listen to such profound truths! And what is the third truth?'
`Listen,' said the rich lord. `If somebody tells you that in this
world there is somebody more idiotic than you, for heaven's sake you must
not believe him.'
The effendi listened to him attentively, then suddenly opened the
hand which which was steadying his carrying pole and---crash!---the case
burst open on the ground. Pointing to the broken pieces of porcelain, the
effendi said to the lord, `Listen, if somebody tells you that your
porcelain has not broken, for heaven's sake you must not believe him!'