159. The Merchant and his Servant



A silk-merchant was traveling to the market.
Along the way, the merchant's camel collapsed.
"I'll go buy a new camel," he told his servant. "You stay here, and make sure not to let my leather trunks get wet in the rain."
The merchant left.
Later, it rained.
The servant was desperate. "How will I keep the rain off the trunks?" he wondered.
Then he had an idea!
He took the bolts of silk out of the trunks and wrapped the silk around the trunks.
When the merchant returned, he was furious: the trunks were safe but the silk was ruined.

Inspired byThe Ocean of Story by Somadeva, translated by C.H. Tawney: Volume 5.
Notes: This is Story 126.

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