The merchant who was buried with his dead wife
Once upon a time, there was a porter man. One day he was carrying load that he reached a garden. He put his load down and said: "O God! Am I your creature
Author: Mohammad Ghasemzadeh
Translator: Mohammad Ali Asefipoor
Translator: Mohammad Ali Asefipoor
Extracted from Rasekhoon
Once upon a time, there was a porter man. One day he was carrying load that he reached a garden. He put his load down and said: "O God! Am I your creature and the rich owner of this garden is also your creature?" By chance, the owner of the garden was sitting in the balcony above the garden gate. As he heard the words of the porter, called him and said: "O porter! Take your load and after delivering it, return back here. I have a load and want you to take it somewhere."
The porter went and came back to the owner of the garden. He saw the owner of the garden was leaning on embroidered cushions and have a luxurious life. He said: "Where is your load?"
The owner of the garden said: "I have liked you. I like to tell you my story. I'll give you what you were to earn today. Sit and listen."
The owner ordered to bring a hookah for the porter and the porter began to smoke the hookah. The owner of the garden said: "I was the son of a merchant and always act according to the advices of my father. When my father died, I sat instead of him and began to business with my partners. Our work became very good and usually ten to twelve ships were floating on water for us. One day I was sitting in a ship that an opposite wind drowned the ship. My property was in a box. I hang the box round my neck an using a stick reached an iseland. I was there for a few days and eat the fruits of there as food. I decided to track a river to find its source. I went and went and suddenly noticed that I was in front of the gate of a city. I entered that city and took money out of my pocket to buy bread. They said that they didn't accept that money there. I took gold coin out of my box and brought it to money changer to change it. When the changer heard my story, he liked me and brought me his home. Two or three days elapsed. Every days a girl passed through the yard. She was very beautiful. I asked the changer whose daughter she was. The changer said if I loved her he would give me her. I married her and opened a shop next to the shop of the changer and did the same work of changing money. After a while I understood that in that city when a person died, they would drop his/her spouse with a pot of water and a tablecloth of bread into a well. One day I asked my wife if in her city a person could took his/her spouse to another city. She answered no. I asked her if there existed divorce in her city. I understood that I had been entangled in a bad place. After a while my wife died. They buried her and dropped me with a pot of water and a tablecloth of bread into a well. Whatever I begged not to do so, it was useless. When I reached the bottom of the well I noticed there was very wide and was full of piled bones. I calculated and noticed that my water and bread would not suffice even for four days. So I economized and I hoped someone else to be dropped in order that I could partner to him/her. I piled all of the bones on one side and all of the clothing on the other side. After two days they dropped down a person. That poor person died due to fear. In summary, I was at the bottom of the well for seven years and used the food of the dead persons. If a dropped person would not die, I choked him/her and used his/her water and bread. One day I noticed that a cat came and went to eat the meat of a dead body. In the next day too, the same cat came there. When it was returning back I followed it and suddenly I discovered a bright slit. I kept following the cat until when I reached a sea. I got so glad. I returned back and brought all the clothing and shoes I had gathered during those seven years. I waited for two days and nights until I noticed that a ship was coming. When it came closer I noticed that it was one of the ships of mine. I embarked the ship and came and sold all the clothing of the dead persons. Also, during those nine years of my absence, my employees had gathered all of my income. I bought this garden twenty five days ago. I told you my story to know that you cannot get rich without endeavor and toiling"