A Bandit's Courtesy
One night Raghuram the bandit entered the house ofNagverma, the king's treasurer. The bandit lay hiding,waiting for an opportune moment to burgle the house.Nagverma returned home late, and over dinner he told hiswife happily, "Today I've been able to snatch a hundredgold mohurs. Another hundred, and that would be a cleanthousand this year!"Raghuram, who was listening to Nagverma, went closer tohis window and coughed."Who are you?" asked Nagverma, who was startled.& quot;I'm Raghuram, the bandit. But let me tell you, I'mleaving your house without burgling!""What do you mean?" asked Nagverma, surprised."I'm not being discourteous, but does a beggar ever beg ofanother beggar? Similarly, a bandit does not steal fromanother bandit's. You're, of course, more than a merebandit; you're stealing from the royal treasury," repliedRaghuram. He scaled the wall and disappeared.Nagverma could not sleep the whole night. In themorning, he took the gold coins he had stealthily removedand quietly put them back into the treasury.
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