~ 60. The Burglar in the Well ~

Nasruddin awoke to the sound of a burglar outside. He crept into the yard but saw nobody, and then he looked in the well. Sure enough, he saw a man's face in the water.
"Don't you even think about trying to escape!" he shouted down at the burglar.
He then rushed inside to get dressed. "I'll fetch the police!" he said. "You go keep an eye on the burglar in the well!"
His wife hurried outside and peered down into the well.
"Oh, I see another one!" she shouted. "He must have brought his wife with him as an accomplice."

Inspired byMulla's Donkey and Other Friends by Mehdi Nakosteen
Notes: This story is on p. 51 of the book. World folklore is full of stories about people who don't recognize their own reflections. Compare also this story: Nasruddin Rescues the Moon.

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