Tamerlane's price - I
During a deep conversation with Tamerlane, Tamerlane demanded:
- Hodja you are, a learned and wise man. If I were a serf for sale, how much would you bid?
Of course, Hodja knows no cowardice nor shyness. First he pretended to ponder:
- If you ask me Hodja said, I would bid a hundred akche! (coin)
Tamerlane was furious with this answer:
- Only a hundred akche? Tamerlane said, you must be insane! Hodja, only my fur coat has value at least a hundred akche!
- You are right His Highness! said Hodja with customary slyness. In fact, it was the fur coat for which I made my bid.