Degree of Grievance

This entry is part 53 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

When Nasreddin Hodja’s wife died, he didn’t mourn for long, in fact he seemed to be indifferent. However, a few months later, when his donkey died, he was very upset. He cried for days and lamented its loss.

The villagers were curious. `Hodja Effendi, when your wife died, you didn’t grieve at all. But your donkey’s death shook you very deeply. You can’t seem to get over it. What’s the matter?’

`The night of my wife’s funeral, all the neighbours, friends, relatives, gathered in my house and said: `Don’t worry, Hodja Effendi, we’ll find you a younger, prettier bride, we’ll wed you again, there are many good women out there, you won’t be alone for long, we’ll get you a better wife.” Now, my donkey is dead, but nobody is telling me that they would get me a younger, better donkey.’

Degree of Grievance – Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Degree of Grievance

Mullah Nasreddin

Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Molla Nasreddin Hooja was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, present-day Turkey and died in 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a populist philosopher, Sufi and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. He appears in thousands of stories, sometimes witty, sometimes wise, but often, too, a fool or the butt of a joke. A Nasreddin story usually has a subtle humour and a pedagogic nature.

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