Mulla Nasrudin

Even fire

   The Mulla tried to get his fire going, but the embers would not produce
a flame, no matter how he puffed on them.
   Losing his temper he shouted: ‘I’ll bring my wife if you don’t light!’ —
and puffed all the harder. The charcoal glowed more strongly, so he snatched
up his wife’s hat and put it on, to increase the effect. Suddenly he saw a flame.
   Nasrudin smiled: ‘Even fire is afraid of my wife!’