A farmer had a big load of wheat on his donkey’s back and was walking towards the mill.
On his way, he saw a tea house and decided to rest a bit and drink some tea.
The farmer tied his donkey to a tree and walked into the tea house.
After a while, he came out of the tea house and couldn’t see his donkey. He started asking around and no one knew anything about his lost donkey.
He saw a young boy and asked him if he had seen his donkey.
The boy said: “Are you talking about the donkey who’s left eye is blind, the right foot is lame and is carrying wheat?”
The farmer got happy and said: “Yes, yes!”
The boy responded: “No, I haven’t seen your donkey.”
The farmer got angry and accused the boy of stealing his donkey and forced him to go to the judge’s house.
The farmer explained to the judge how specific the boy was about his donkey’s particulars.
Judge asked the boy: “How could you possibly know so much about his donkey but claim you haven’t seen it?”
The boy said: “I was passing by the road.
I saw a wheat line on the road. Only the grass on the right side was shorter and one of four of the footprints made a deeper hole. So when the farmer was asking for his lost donkey, I assumed the donkey’s left eye was blind thus couldn’t see the left side grass and didn’t eat it. The deeper footstep was obvious that the donkey was lame at the right foot and the wheat line made me realize that it was carrying wheat.
I swear your honor, I haven’t seen the farmer’s donkey.”
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