Nasrudin returned to his village from the imperial capital, and the villagers
gathered around to hear what had passed. “At this time,” said Nasrudin, “I
only want to say that the King spoke to me.” All the villagers but the
stupidest ran off to spread the wonderful news. The remaining villager
asked, “What did the King say to you?” “What he said — and quite distinctly,
for everyone to hear — was ‘Get out of my way!’” The simpleton was overjoyed;
he had heard words actually spoken by the King, and seen the very man they
were spoken to.