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 your spokesman.'

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.'





The Interrupted Dream

Nasreddin Hoja was dreaming that someone had counted nine gold pieces into his hand, but Hoja insisted that he would not accept less than ten pieces. While he was arguing with the man over one gold piece, he was awakened by a sudden noise in the street. Seeing that his hand was empty, Nasreddin Hoja quickly closed his eyes, extended his hand as if he was ready to receive, and said, "Very well, friend, have it your way. Give me nine."

Hoja's Wife and Soup

Nasreddin Hoja's wife wanted to play a trick on her husband. So when he came home one night tired and hungry, she put a bowl of scalding hot soup on the table. But forgetting the soup was hot, she swallowed a spoonful of it; immediately tears rolled from her eyes.(cont.)

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