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Part IV
THE silly sidonians
128. A Sidonian prefect was travelling in a carriage. When
the mules were exhausted and unable to go any farther, the
driver unhitched them so they might graze and rest up a
bit. Now, as soon as they were released, they ran off. The
prefect said to the driver, ‘Idiot, do you see now that the
mules are running just fine, and that it’s the carriage that’s
stuck and can’t move?’
129. A lawyer from Sidon is having a discussion with two
companions. One of them says it’s not right to slaughter a
sheep, because the sheep gives milk and wool. The other
points out that it’s also not proper to kill a cow, because the
cow provides milk and the work of ploughing. The lawyer
chimes in: ‘And it’s not right to kill a pig, either, because it
gives us liver and sow’s udder and kidneys.’
130. A Sidonian professor enters the public bath as soon
as it opens. Finding no one else there, he comments to his
slaves, ‘It looks to me as if the bath isn’t working.’
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