Tamurlane's Elephant (cont.)
`Please ask Tamurlane to take the monster back.'
Hoja says: `Form a committee. Let's all go together. I'll serve as
A committee is formed of about fifteen prominent citizens of
Akshehir. Hoja joins them, they set out, but since these people are
terrified of Tamurlane, they vanish one by one. Each one has an excuse:
`I've got to pass water,' `I've forgotten my tobacco-box at home,' etc.
Assuming that the committee is right behind him, Hoja briskly walks
into Tamurlane's tent and begins to make his plea:
`Sire, the people of our town...'
He turns his back a little to point them out---and suddenly realizes
that not one of them came into the tent. Since he had started making his
plea, he continues:
`The people of our town are so happy with the male elephant...They
are happy beyond words, but there is a slight problem: The animal is
lonesome and unhappy. We would like your Majesty to consider giving the
people of the town a female elephant as a companion for him.'
Tamurlane is overjoyed to hear this plea. `All right,' he says. `I
shall do what the people wish---as soon as possible.'
Hoja goes back to town. People gather around him asking him
anxiously: `Please tell us, Hoja---what happened?'
`I have great news for you,' beams Hoja. `To keep the male calamity
company, a female calamity will soon arrive. Now you can rejoice.'