From The Subtleties of the Inimitable
Mulla Nasrudin by Idries Shah
What do you want?' said the king to Nasrudin, who had managed with some difficulty to get an audience.
'A million gold pieces,' said the Mulla.
'Could you not make it less?' asked the surprised king.
'Oh, yes, I could make it -- five pieces.'
'There is rather a disparity between the two sums, surely?'
'Yes. The million gold pieces is what you are worth; the five is what I am worth.'
[Reload for another story.]
©Octagon Press, 1972 (ISHK Bookservice).
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