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96. Two cowardly student dunces are being pursued by the
enemy. One of them hides in a well, the other in a marsh.
The soldiers let a helmet down into the well in order to draw
water. The first dunce, thinking that a soldier has come
down the well, gives himself away by surrendering. When
the soldiers tell him that they’ll pass him by if he keeps
quiet, the dunce hidden in the marsh speaks out: ‘Please
pass me by as well; I’m keeping quiet, too!’
97. A student dunce’s wife has died. He goes to buy a
sarcophagus, and gets into a fight over the price. The
salesman swears that he won’t sell it for less than 50,000
drachmae. ‘Well,’ says the dunce, ‘since you’ve resorted to
swearing an oath, here’s the 50,000. But throw in a small
sarcophagus, so that if I need it, I can have one ready for
my boy.’
98. A friend of his runs into a student dunce and
congratulates him on the birth of his son. ‘With a little help
from friends like you,’ returns the dunce.
99. A student dunce is asked by someone, ‘Lend me a cloak
to go down to the country.’ ‘I have a cloak to go down to
your ankle,’ responds the dunce, ‘but I don’t have one that
reaches as far as the country.’
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