Once upon a time, there was an old ruler who had many lands as his personal territories. One day he left his palace to hunt on his lands. His private cooks and the guards accompanied him. In addition, he took his jester with whom he could have fun. All day long they looked for game. Nevertheless they could catch nothing. Very hungry, they went back to the cook. “ Bring me something to eat!” The ruler said, “ I’m so hungry that I could swallow a big sheep in no time.” The poor cook was frightened and said, “ Your Excellency! Unfortunately we have nothing but eggplant here.” The ruler paused for a moment and murmured, “That’s all right. Just be quick.”
The meal was made ready quickly and the ruler began to hungrily eat the eggplant. He then said,“ What an unbelievably nice food eggplant can be!” His jester began to talk about the advantages of eggplant as he kept on looking at the ruler. Feeling bloated, the ruler became angry and threw the dishes away. “ What an awfully unpleasant food eggplant is!” He said angrily. His jester got angry too and stopped eating to talk about the disadvantages of eggplant. The ruler got then surprised and said, “ Hey you the doomed fellow! Wasn’t it you who praised eggplant so much?”
The jester then smiled and said, “ Of course my sir! You are right. I am right too. I am but your own jester. I have to say something to please you not eggplant!”
The ruler was pleased and granted him enough.
BY: Hassan H.