From The Subtleties of the Inimitable
Mulla Nasrudin by Idries Shah
Nasrudin was penniless, but did not want his friend Aslam to know it. Unfortunately Aslam asked him for change for a gold coin.
'It is rather worn,' said Nasrudin.
'How worn, Mulla?'
'So worn that it is worth less than the rate of exchange. Try someone else.'
'No, I trust you. Give me just what you think it is worth.'
'Well,' said the Mulla, 'it seems to me to be worth so little that you would have to pay me something to take it off your hands.'
[Reload for another story.]
©Octagon Press, 1972 (ISHK Bookservice).
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