The Foolish Servant and the Trunks

A merchant was traveling to the market. Along the way, the merchant's camel collapsed.
"I'll go buy a new camel," he said to 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 silk clothing from inside the trunks and wrapped the clothing around the outside.
When the merchant returned, he was furious: the trunks were safe but the contents were ruined!

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

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