| The viziers' feast (a Turkish tale)

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Once upon a time in Turkey, the villagers were complaining about their viziers, the local officials. "They never stop arguing," the people whispered to one another. "They'll argue about anything. They're all fools."


Now the viziers heard the gossip, and so they decided they must prove they were not fools. One sweet spring day they walked together through the village. When they reached the outskirts of the village, they turned around to walk back. But just then one of the men spotted something shimmering in the field.


"What's that?" the first vizier asked. КすH⊥wWw.fairy-TAlE.infOと

"It's a jewel," the second vizier declared. ДWww。fAIrY-TALE.INFoシち9

"Let us use this to buy ourselves a feast," the first vizier said. "We'll celebrate our comradeship."


"No, let us ..." the second vizier began. "Why don't we..." began a third, but he too stopped. And one by one they remembered they were not going to argue again. kぇwwW.faIrY-tAle.INFo

"A good idea!" said the fourth vizier. "Fine indeed," said the fifth, and soon all 10 men were nodding in agreement. /ホúキㄜwww.fAiRY-taLE.infO∝ききㄅ

"We're no fools," said the sixth vizier as they all walked toward the cook's shop. "Here," said the seventh vizier, and he handed their jewel to the cook. "We would like to buy a fabulous feast." wWw。FAIRy-TAlE.iNfo※

"Certainly," said the cook. 1〃#Rァwww.FaiRY-tAle.InFOをФБě

"Send it to us," the viziers said. The viziers sat in a circle, waiting, and just as the sun was setting, the porter arrived and set upon the low tables dozens of delights. The viziers were overwhelmed. But just as they were about to help themselves to the feast, the ninth vizier noticed the porter had left the door open. He turned to the fellow beside him. "Shut the door or our friends may see our feast and wish to share."


"You shut it," said the sixth vizier to the ninth. "Why should I?"


The first vizier frowned. "Fine, but if you won't shut it, then you shut it," he pointed across the table at the eighth vizier. ò№シξほwWw.fairY-tale。INfO%ヲのД

For several minutes the men argued, but then the 10th vizier, catching the scents coming from the food, raised his hand. "Wait," he said. "Let us agree to this. Whoever speaks or stands up first must shut the door."


"Agreed," said every single man. But just as the men had filled their plates, a dozen dogs, catching the scents, rushed through the door and trotted toward the tables. ネムwww。faiRy-tale。iNFOВぅsㄒ96

Still, not one man spoke, and no one stirred.


The dogs attacked the plates of kebabs first, and when they had swallowed every last piece of chicken and lamb, they gobbled bowls of rice and platters of eggplant, syrupy baklava and other sweets. とㄡwwW。fAiRy-tAlE.InfOìㄌ♀ュ』αた

The men sat there, silent and still. ㄉケШWwW。FAiry-TAle.InfoPㄊ4ВШOセ

When the food was just about gone, one of the dogs noticed that the 10th vizier's beard was full of crumbs. The dog leaped up and began to lick the tasty morsels stuck there.


The 10th vizier was thinking, "If I move or shout, they'll make me shut the door," so he did not speak or move. ì∈∧WWw。FaIry-tALE。InfOㄠZ

Then the dog mistook the vizier's trembling lip for a nice piece of meat. He bit down hard. トЙКWWW.FaIRY-TaLE。info~NmヒこAЯ

The 10th vizier's lip instantly swelled, and the pain was so awful, he could not help himself. "Ooowwwwhhh," he cried. ˙ヒㄢwwW.fAiRy-Tale。InFo∞ょKㄔむ

Instantly the others sat up straight, and his neighbor cried, "You! You must rise and close the door." せWWW.FAiry-tale.InFoāμБマㄑ⊙&

The man frowned. Then, looking around, he began to argue. "Look, the food is gone. There's nothing left. What's the use of shutting the door?"


And the viziers, every one, had to agree. The food was gone, so they had no reason any longer to shut the door. And so, one by one, they rose, and off they went, each one in a different direction, for they did not wish to argue again, at least not until tomorrow.


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