24. The Man of Baghdad's Treasure


A man of Baghdad heard a voice in a dream. "Go to Cairo to find the treasure!"
He spent every penny on the journey.
Then, with no money for a room, he wandered Cairo's streets.
A patrolman accosted him, and he explained about the dream that brought him to Cairo.
The patrolman laughed. "You can't put stock in dreams!" he said. "I often have a dream about Baghdad where I see treasure buried under a house..." 
As the patrolman described the dream, the man of Baghdad recognized his own house!
He hurried back to Baghdad and found the treasure there.



Inspired by: The English prose version of Rumi in More Tales from the Masnavi by A. J. Arberry.
Notes: This is story 197 in the book.



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