Both, Your Majesty!
Nasrudin was not sure about court etiquette, and yet he
was among the notables who would have to be received by
the Sultan when he visited the locality.
An equerry quickly briefed him. The King would ask him
how long he had been living there, how long he had studied
to become a Mulla, and whether he was happy about the
taxation and spiritual welfare of the people.
He memorized his answers: but they started in another order.
‘How long have you studied?’
‘How old are you, then?’
‘This is impossible! Which of us is mad?’
‘Both, your Majesty.’
‘You call me mad. like you?’
‘Of course we are mad, but in a different way, your Majesty!’