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Group No. 148


J. The wise and the foolish

Group No.

J2350 – J2399

Group name

Talkative fools


J2351. J2351. Animal betrays himself to his enemies by talking.
J2351.1. J2351.1. Fox holds conversation with his members, attracts attention, and is caught. He scolds in turn his feet, eyes, ears, and tail. In his excitement he sticks out his tail from his hiding place. *Type 154; **Krohn Mann und Fuchs 11; *BP I 518 n. 1; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 33 No. *135C.
J2351.2. J2351.2. Hidden wolf gives himself away by talking. Cape Verde Islands: *Parsons MAFLS XV (I) *7, 13.
J2351.3. J2351.3. Dupe loses booty through singing. Indonesia: DeVries’s list No. 59.
J2351.4. J2351.4. Wolf (bear) boasts of having eaten horses. When the horse strikes sparks with his hoofs the lion is frightened and picks up the boastful wolf to show him the horse. He squeezes the wolf to death. Type 118; Spanish: Espinosa Jr. No. 28.
J2352. J2352. Talkative man betrays his companion. When his faults are pointed out he maintains that he is better than his companion, who is immediately investigated.
J2352.1. J2352.1. His brother cannot pray either. One brother receives the sacrament; the other is refused it because he cannot pray. He replies that his brother cannot pray either and thus deprives him also of the sacrament. Wesselski Bebel II 107 No. 22.
J2353. J2353. The wife multiplies the secret. To prove that a woman cannot keep a secret the man tells his wife that a crow has flown out of his belly (or that he has laid an egg). She tells her neighbor that two crows have flown. Soon he hears from his neighbors that there were fifty crows. *Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 395; Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin II 244 No. 542; Chauvin VIII 168, 197; Spanish: Espinosa II Nos. 68 – 69; Italian Novella: Rotunda; Jewish: Gaster Exempla 196 No. 56; India: Thompson-Balys.
J2353.1. J2353.1. Foolish boasts get man into trouble. Man boasts to boss that his brother can do twice the work he does. The boss hires him. The two brothers tell him their father can do as much work in a day as the boys can do in a week. The boss fires them, tells them to send their father to work for him. (Cf. H915, H916, N455.4.) U.S.: *Baughman.
J2355. J2355. Numskull talks about his secret instructions and thus allows himself to be cheated. Told not to serve a man with a red beard or to keep sausage for the long winter, etc. *Type 1541; Spanish: Boggs FFC XC 53 No. 400*B.
J2355.1. J2355.1. Fool loses magic objects by talking about them. *Type 563; **Aarne JSFO XXVII 1-96; BP I 349ff.; Italian: Basile Pentamerone I No. 1.
J2355.2. J2355.2. Boy talks about his secret instructions and brings his father‘s theft to light. He is to avoid his companions lest they smell what he has been eating. India: *Thompson-Balys.
J2356. J2356. Fool‘s talking causes himself and companions to be robbed. Thieves stumble over him as he lies on the ground. ”What is this, a log?“ The fool: ”Does a log have five annas in its pocket?“ When they have robbed him he says, ”Ask the merchant in the tree if my money is good.“ They rob the merchant. Clouston Noodles 100.
J2357. J2357. Tortoise speaks and loses his hold on the stick. He is being carried through the air by a bird. *Penzer V 55 n. 3; *Chauvin II 90 No. 31; B[ö]dker Exempler 285 No. 33; Spanish Exempla: Keller; Japanese: Ikeda.
J2358. J2358. Young heir too frank in celebrating his father’s death. He says to the mourners, ”When your fathers die, I too will come and lament their departure.“ They brand him as a fool. Pauli (ed. Bolte) No. 33.
J2362. J2362. Talkative animals incense master. He gives them twice-threshed straw to eat as punishment. Type 206.
J2363. J2363. Numskull amuses with his discursive nonsense. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J2364. J2364. Incognito mistress breaks off relations when she overhears the lover discussing the adventure. Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J2365. J2365. Fool discloses woman‘s adultery; lover kills him. Irish myth: *Cross; Italian Novella: Rotunda.
J2366. J2366. Warrior reveals camping place. Wishes his enemies to know that he is not afraid. Enemies go there before him. Irish myth: Cross.
J2367. J2367. Fool points out hiding place to evil spirits. Banks Islands: Beckwith Myth 442.
J2370 – J2399.
J2370 – J2399. Inquisitive fools.
J2370. J2370. Inquisitive fool.
J2370.1. J2370.1. Children ask parents too difficult questions. Get no answers. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2371. J2371. Absurd scientific speculations.
J2371.1. J2371.1. Scientific query: why does not the sea get larger when it rains in it and nothing flows out? Wesselski Arlotto I 213f. No. 54.
J2371.2. J2371.2. Scientific query: why does the sea stink when it is full of salt? Wesselski Arlotto I 213f. No. 54.
J2371.3. J2371.3. Scientific query: why don‘t rats stick their eyes out in the straw? Wesselski Arlotto I 213f. No. 54.
J2371.4. J2371.4. Scientific query: why don’t the poor, being in the majority, kill off the rich? Wesselski Arlotto I 213f. No. 54.
J2372. J2372. The judge wants to know how the theft was committed. The witness tells. The judge: ”You are wonderful; I have tried it thirty times and succeeded only once.“ Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 266 No. 248.
J2373. J2373. The tailless and earless ass. Just lain down to sleep, a man is awakened by a neighbor announcing that his she-ass has borne a young one without ears or tail. The man lies awake all night wondering how the ass will keep the harness on. Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 259 No. 207.
J2374. J2374. How the first man killed himself. The second fool imitates the first who leaps from a palm tree by means of a looped rope. The first kills himself. The second wants to see just how it happened and kills himself too. Africa (Ekoi): Talbot 156 No. 2.
J2375. J2375. Curiosity satisfied: riding the ox‘s horns. As his ox, who has enormous horns, is asleep, the fool gets on the horns. The ox wakes and throws him off. When he comes to his senses, the fool says, ”I had a hard time, but my curiosity is satisfied.“ Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 231 No. 82; India: Thompson-Balys.
J2376. J2376. Testing the evidence by experiment: biting the ear off. The accused pleads that the plaintiff bit his own ear off. The judge takes time for consideration, tries to bite his own ear, but falls down and breaks his head. *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 230 No. 76; *Clouston Noodles 86; U.S.: Baughman.
J2377. J2377. The philosophical watchman. A master sets his servant to keep watch over his horse at night. He soon asks the servant if he is asleep. ”No, I was thinking of who created so many stars in the sky.“ The second time the servant answers, ”No, I was thinking of who dug the sea. Where did he put the soil?“ The third time: ”I was wondering who would carry the saddle now that the horse is stolen.“ *Zachariae Zs. f. Vksk. XXX – XXXII 51; *Krappe Bulletin Hispanique XXXIX 23.
J2378. J2378. What will the robber do? A man curious as to what a robber is going to do waits to intervene and goes back to sleep. Chauvin II 82 No. 4; B[ö]dker Exempler 273 No. 4; Spanish Exempla: Keller; India: Thompson-Balys.
J2381. J2381. Question: did the man ever have a head? A man‘s head is snatched off by accident and his companions do not see what has happened. Debate: did he ever have a head? *Type 1225; *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin II 192 No. 374; *Bolte Frey 220 No. 12; Christensen DF XLVII 192 – 93 No. 19; India: Thompson-Balys.
J2382. J2382. How did the cow get on the pole? A fool hides his purse on a pole on a cliff. A rascal substitutes cow-dung for the money. The fool is interested only in how the cow could have reached the purse. *Wesselski Hodscha Nasreddin I 236 No. 110; Köhler-Bolte I 497; Rumanian: Schullerus FFC LXXVIII 69 No. 8.
J2383. J2383. Pity for the poor Jews. On Good Friday an old woman who has heard the Passion Story exclaims, ”How hard it was for the Jews who had to watch all night with Christ!“ Wesselski Bebel I 228 No. 138.
J2387. J2387. How blind men get about. Fool experiments with shut eyes and gets lost. India: Thompson-Balys.
J2391. J2391. Experiment in gravity. Which has greatest attraction to earth, cup or contents? Father shows great attraction of fool’s back and a stick. India: Thompson-Balys.

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