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Group No. 139


J. The wise and the foolish

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J1650 – J1699

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Miscellaneous clever acts


J1651. J1651. The abbot cannot find his needle. An undesirable abbot furnishes adequate grounds for his dismissal when he cannot find the needle that all monks are supposed to carry with them. If careless in little things he will be careless in great. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 62.
J1652. J1652. Kissing the mother first. Oracle that the first of three sons to kiss his mother will be king. One of them kisses the earth, mother of all. He succeeds. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 171.
J1653. J1653. Using the lamb to get an audience. Peasant calls on lawyer for advice. Lawyer says that he is busy. Peasant returns with lamb. The lawyer hears its bleat and grants the audience. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J1655. J1655. Clever ways of concealing jewels (treasure).
J1655.1. J1655.1. Jewels concealed in cowdung cakes. India: *Thompson-Balys.
J1655.2. J1655.2. Valuable rubies baked in bread. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1655.3. J1655.3. Coins concealed in jar of oil (pickles). India: *Thompson-Balys.
J1661. J1661. Clever deductions.
J1661.1. J1661.1. Deductions from observation.
J1661.1.1. J1661.1.1. Deduction: the one-eyed camel. A she-camel has passed, blind in one eye; on the one side she carries wine and on the other vinegar; two men lead her, one a heathen and the other a Jew. Solution: She is recognized as a she-camel by the footprints; she is blind because she feeds on only one side of the road; the wine dropping down has soaked into the earth; the vinegar makes bubbles; the heathen is not so careful in his manners as is the Jew. **Fischer-Bolte Reise der Söhne Giaffers 198ff.; Gaster Exempla 195 No. 51; *Penzer VI 287; Italian Novella: Rotunda; India: *Thompson-Balys; Korean: Zong in-Sob 101 No. 55.
J1661.1.1.1. J1661.1.1.1. Deduction: the camel ridden by a pregnant woman. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1661.1.2. J1661.1.2. Deduction: the king is a bastard. After dinner the king begins to dance. He is therefore called illegitimate. His mother acknowledges an intrigue with a dancer. *Type 655; *Fischer-Bolte Reise der Söhne Giaffers 198ff.; *Gaster Exempla 195 No. 51; Herrmann Saxo II 265ff.; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Italian Novella: *Rotunda; India: *Thompson-Balys.
J1661.1.2.1. J1661.1.2.1. Deduction: magistrate is a bastard. Korean: Zong in-Sob 102ff. No. 55.
J1661.1.3. J1661.1.3. Deduction: bread made by a sick woman. It falls apart; therefore it was kneaded by a weak person. *Chauvin VII 159 No. 438.
J1661.1.4. J1661.1.4. Deduction: mare has she-buffalo as mother. Told by shape of hoofs. Chauvin VII 162 No. 439.
J1661.1.5. J1661.1.5. Deduction: horse has been brought up on ass’s milk. Has drooping ears. Spanish Exempla: Keller; Italian Novella: *Rotunda.
J1661.1.5.1. J1661.1.5.1. Deduction: animal has been brought up on dog‘s milk. Can not get enough to eat. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J1661.1.6. J1661.1.6. Deduction: insect inside precious stone. The jewel is warm. Spanish Exempla: Keller; Italian Novella: Rotunda; India: Thompson-Balys.
J1661.1.7. J1661.1.7. Deduction: prince plays with children because he has been denied a normal youth. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J1661.1.8. J1661.1.8. Deduction: one-eyed, long-bearded thief is named Kale Khan. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1661.1.9. J1661.1.9. Banker able to recognize honest merchant by a single hair of his mustache. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1661.1.10. J1661.1.10. Clever deduction of wise man: the theft of a cauldron detected. Cauldron has been buried in river. Thief has no taste of salt on his body: he must have been immersed in fresh water recently. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1661.2. J1661.2. Clever deductions by eating, smelling, drinking, etc. Penzer VI 285; India: Thompson-Balys.
J1661.3. J1661.3. Person describes approaching bands of warriors without recognizing them. Another (interlocutor) identifies them. Irish myth: *Cross.
J1662. J1662. The cat’s only trick. She saves herself on a tree. The fox, who knows a hundred tricks, is captured. *Type 105; *BP II 119; *Fb “kat” II 108b, “ræv” III 114a; *Krohn Am Urquell III 177ff.; Magoun California Folklore Quarterly IV 390ff., Jacobs Aesop 209 No. 38; Wienert FFC LVI 66 (ET 303), 143 (ST 492); Halm Aesop 65; *Chauvin III 54 No. 10; *Herbert III 36ff. – Roumanian: Schullerus FFC LXXVIII No 33 I*; Spanish Exempla: Keller; India: *Thompson-Balys; cf. Africa (Angola): Chatelain 215 No. 37 (turtle goes into hole).
J1662.1. J1662.1. One basket of wit better than twelve carloads of it. Female jackal saves herself and husband by quick thinking. (Cf. K622.1.) India: *Thompson-Balys.
J1664. J1664. Clever solution of debated question.
J1664.1. J1664.1. Which is coldest season? Rainy season or winter (debate between animals). Solution by man as umpire: neither as cold as windy season. India: *Thompson-Balys.
J1671. J1671. The inventive coachman. Makes the horses run by binding a bundle of hay to the shaft. Type 1576*.
J1672. J1672. Clever use of human weakness. Penny demanded of every bad man, two pennies of every good man. Thus two pennies received from every man. Irish myth: Cross.
J1675. J1675. Clever dealing with a king.
J1675.1. J1675.1. Clever ways of attracting the king’s attention.
J1675.1.1. J1675.1.1. King‘s attention attracted by fighting when it cannot be otherwise gained. *Chauvin VII 162 No. 439 n. 1.
J1675.1.2. J1675.1.2. Unjust action brought to inform king of judge’s malfeasance. Husband is imprisoned and wife detained by judge. She accuses her husband of having stolen her. Jewish: bin Gorion Born Judas I 287, 378.
J1675.2. J1675.2. Clever ways of breaking bad news to a king, who will kill bearer of bad tidings.
J1675.2.1. J1675.2.1. Tidings brought to the king: You said it, not I. The messenger arranges it so that the king says the words in the form of a question. *Anderson FFC XLII 362; Icelandic: *Boberg; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 111 No. 925B.
J1675.3. J1675.3. King‘s capriciousness censured: the ass in the stream. A nobleman seeing an ass letting water in a river remarks that it reminds him of his king. He explains to the king that just as the ass puts water where it is already plentiful, so the king awards wealth where it is not needed. The king says that it is all in the nature of the nobleman’s fate. Subsequent events prove this. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 836; Boccaccio Decameron X No. 1; Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J1675.4. J1675.4. One-eyed king has rocks counted on pain of death. Clever man avoids saying “one” (which king considers a curse on his one eye) by saying that first is the rock that must not be called by name. Africa (Vai): Ellis 216 No. 30.
J1675.5. J1675.5. Abbot gives king unique concert. Separates hogs into tenors, bassos, etc. So arranges them that when he pricks them they render a tune. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J1675.6. J1675.6. Poet goes to king to complain of destruction of his dwelling. King requires story. Poet recites list, ending with account of the destruction of his dun. Reparation granted. Irish myth: *Cross.
J1675.7. J1675.7. Clever hero feigns dullness so as to avenge himself on king. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1675.8. J1675.8. Son of God to see king. When steadily unable to be admitted to presence of a king, a clever man demands an interview saying he is the son of God come down to earth and will condescend to see the king. When asked to show the king Heaven and the path to it, the pretender retorts that when he was sent down by the Father, he was told to look to matters relating to this earth. India: Thompson-Balys.
J1678. J1678. Settling the dispute. Two men cannot agree to bride‘s dowry. Third party tells each parent that the other has agreed. Marriage. “Now that you are relatives you can settle it between yourselves.” Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J1682. J1682. Taunts of charioteer to rouse anger in master (who is losing battle) so that he may fight more vigorously. Irish myth: *Cross.
J1684. J1684. Poet uses words which student cannot understand and so confounds him. (Cf. J1803.) Irish myth: *Cross.

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