XXIV. The Parrot
A man once owned a fine green parrot.1 He taught
the bird to say, "No doubt about it." 2
One night the man buried some money in different places in the
village. Next morning he went through the village with his bird,
saying: " My parrot is wise. He will show me where to dig
' Whenever he came to a place where he had buried some money, he
said, " O wise parrot, if I dig here, shall I find any
The parrot always looked very wise, and said, "No doubt about
Then the man would dig up the money and show it to the people who
A young man, who had watched the parrot and his owner for some
time, thought, "If I had that parrot, I should soon be rich."
So he said to the owner of, the parrot, °` For how much will
you sell your parrot? "
For one thousand pieces of gold."
' That is a great deal of money! " cried the young man.
But my parrot is worth it; are you not, 0 wise one?" said
No doubt about it," answered the parrot.
This answer pleased the young man so much that he paid the one
thousand pieces of gold and walked off 3 with the parrot.
He at once took the parrot out to look for money, Many times he
asked him, "If I dig here, shall I find some gold? "
Every time the parrot answered, "No doubt about it."
But though he dug and dug, he never found a single gold piece.
At last he felt sure that the bird's owner had cheated him. 4 "
O wise bird," he said, "I think I was a fool to give
a thousand pieces of gold for you."
The parrot looked very wise and answered, "No doubt about
The parrot looked so funny as he said this that the young man laughed
Well," he said at last, "you told the truth that time,
O wise one. After this I shall work. That is the only way to become
a rich man."
" No doubt about it," agreed the parrot,5 and for the
second time he told the truth.
1 The parrot is a bird that can talk. 2 (There is) no doubt about
it, it is really so. 3 Or: away. 4 He had not spoken the truth
about the parrot, had made him pay much money for what was worth
little. 5 The parrot agreed with what the young man said, he
had the same opinion.