حكايات كليلة و دمنة - The Tales of Kalila and Dimna 6# - The Man who was Killed by the Wall
الرجل الذي قتله الحائط
دخل رجل مكان فيه وحوش كثيرة، فهجم عليه ذئب ضخم فخاف و نظر إلى اليمين و اليسار ليهرب. فرأى قرية وراء نهر، فأسرع إليها و رمى نفسه في النهر، و كان لا يسبح جيداً و كاد أن يعرق. فرآه اهل القرية و أسرعوا إلى النهر و أخرجوه، و كان على وشك الموت.
و بعد أن ذهب الناس، رأى الرجل بيتاً بجانب النهر فذهب إليه ليستريح. فلما دخله وجد جماعة من اللصوص يقتسمون مالاً سرقوه من تاجر، و كانوا يريدون قتل التاجر. فلما رأى الرجل ذلك، خاف أن يقتلوه فخرج و أسرع إلى القرية و جلس بجانب حائط ليستريح فسقط عليه الحائط و مات.
[وحش = WaHsh = A beast/ monster]
[ذئب = THi’b = A wolf]
[ضخم = Dhakhm = Giant / Enormous]
[مات = Maat = He died]
The Man who was Killed by the Wall
A man entered a place that had a lot of beasts, and a giant wolf attacked him so he got scared and looked to the right and left to run. He saw a village behind a river so he hurried towards it and threw himself into the river, and he couldn’t swim well and nearly drowned. The people of the village saw him and hurried to the river and took him out, and he was about to die.
After the people went, the man saw a house beside the river so he went to it to rest. When he entered it, he found a band of thieves sharing out money that they had stolen from a merchant, and they wanted to kill the merchant. When the man saw this, he feared they would kill him so he got out and hurried to the village and sat beside a wall to rest and the wall fell on him and he died.
XD Well… what do you think the moral of this story is? I’d say that it does sound a bit like the saying “الملدوغ يخاف جرة الحبل” which translates to “The bitten is afraid of the jar of rope”. If you have ever heard of “The Great Indian Rope Trick” it would make more sense, but basically it’s this trick where they put a rope in a jar and they do a magic trick where they make the rope rise out of the jar like a snake [I think]. And so basically, one who is bitten by a snake, becomes afraid of rope. There’s also an English saying that’s like this one which goes “A burnt child dreads the fire”… but let me stop waffling…
What do YOU think the moral of the story is? :D