Visits of Kings
A Tale from the Middle East
The Imperial Majesty visited a small teahouse one morning. He called for an omelet. With great ceremony he was flattered and served the omelet on the crude tableware of the teahouse. The owner apologized over and over for the common cloth on the table and the simple furniture. "Not at all up to the standards of a king!" he said.
"It's fine," the king reassured him. "How much do I owe for the omelet?"
"For you, Sire, the omelet will be 1,000 pieces of gold."
"Whoa!" The king raised an eyebrow. "Eggs must be expensive around here. Is that because they are scarce?"
"It's not the eggs which are scarce around here, Your Majesty," said the shopkeeper, "It is the visits of kings!"
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