SUAN THE GOOD GUESSER SUAN THE GOOD GUESSER

There was once an old woman who had an only son named There was once an old woman who had an only son named
Suan. Suan was a clever, sharp-witted boy. His mother sent Suan. Suan was a clever, sharp-witted boy. His mother sent
him to school. Instead of going to school, however, Suan him to school. Instead of going to school, however, Suan
climbed up the tree that stood by the roadside. As soon as his climbed up the tree that stood by the roadside. As soon as his
mother had passed by from the market, Suan hurried home mother had passed by from the market, Suan hurried home
ahead of her. When she reached home, he cried, “Mother, I ahead of her. When she reached home, he cried, “Mother, I
know what you bought in the market today.” He then told her, know what you bought in the market today.” He then told her,
article by article. This same thing happened so repeatedly, that article by article. This same thing happened so repeatedly, that
his mother began to believe in his skill as a diviner. his mother began to believe in his skill as a diviner.

One day the ring of the datu’s daughter disappeared. All the One day the ring of the datu’s daughter disappeared. All the
people in the locality searched for it, but in vain. The datu called people in the locality searched for it, but in vain. The datu called
for volunteers to find the lost ring, and he offered his for volunteers to find the lost ring, and he offered his
daughter’s hand as a prize to the one who should succeed. daughter’s hand as a prize to the one who should succeed.
Suan’s mother heard of the proclamation. So she went to the Suan’s mother heard of the proclamation. So she went to the
palace and presented Suan to the datu. “Well, Suan, tomorrow palace and presented Suan to the datu. “Well, Suan, tomorrow
tell me where the ring is,” said the datu. “Yes, my lord, I will tell me where the ring is,” said the datu. “Yes, my lord, I will
tell you, if you will give your soldiers over to me for tonight,” tell you, if you will give your soldiers over to me for tonight,”
Suan replied. “You shall have everything you need,” said the Suan replied. “You shall have everything you need,” said the
datu. datu.

That evening Suan ordered the soldiers to stand around him in That evening Suan ordered the soldiers to stand around him in
a semicircle. When all were ready, Suan pointed at each one of a semicircle. When all were ready, Suan pointed at each one of
them, and said, “The ring is here, and nowhere else.” It so them, and said, “The ring is here, and nowhere else.” It so
happened that Suan fixed his eyes on the guilty soldier, who happened that Suan fixed his eyes on the guilty soldier, who
trembled and became pale. “I know who has it,” said Suan. trembled and became pale. “I know who has it,” said Suan.
Then he ordered them to retire. Then he ordered them to retire.

and said. He asked Suan to say. Accordingly. Suan did not know what to do. He offered to bet seven were in his orange. So in the dead of night he went out to the cascos. He had no idea whatever as to could learn nothing there. The next morning Suan was summoned what was in the ball. “The ball contains nine cents. and will give it to you if you will promise me my safety. me my safety.” what was in the ball. “Where is the ring?” the datu demanded. So in the dead of night he went out to the cascos. and were in his orange. From now on. Suan won the whole treasure. nobody doubted Suan’s merit.” Thus from it he learned the number of seeds in the orange.” on.” Thus came again.” “Give it to me. “I will get the ring you are in search of. your orange has nine seeds. but he to tell him what was inside his golden ball. Now you shall have my daughter’s hand. He offered to bet seven One day the datu proposed a bet with anyone who wished to prove cascos of treasure that Suan could not tell the number of seeds that Suan’s skill. “Where is the ring?” the datu demanded.” said the datu.” “Give it to me. Consequently. “Why. but he into the presence of the two datus. The next morning Suan was summoned to say. into the presence of the two datus.” Suan replied. The turkey was then killed. Very early the next morning Suan came to the palace with a turkey Very early the next morning Suan came to the palace with a turkey in his arms. Hoping to recover his loss. In the morning Suan won the whole treasure. So Suan Now you shall have my daughter’s hand. so he said scornfully. This time he had with him fourteen cascos full of gold. it is in his arms. so he said scornfully. and Suan said boastfully. the datu came again. Accordingly. and you shall be safe. it is in this turkey’s intestines. your orange has nine seeds. and will give it to you if you will promise ring you are in search of. “Nonsense!” “That is right. “You have done very well. became the princess’s husband. Here he heard their conversation. The turkey was then killed. “I will get the Late in the night this soldier came to Suan. “Nonsense!” “That is right. From now that is right!” shouted a man. “The ball contains nine cents.Late in the night this soldier came to Suan. Suan won the fourteen cascos full of gold. One day the datu proposed a bet with anyone who wished to prove Suan’s skill. the datu Suan said boastfully. sir.” said the datu. So Suan became the princess’s husband. . “I tell you. another datu came. He asked Suan to tell him what was inside his golden ball. Suan. and the ring was found inside it. nobody doubted Suan’s merit. another datu came. Suan. At midnight he cascos of treasure that Suan could not tell the number of seeds that went secretly to the cascos. Consequently. Here he heard their conversation. “I tell you. He had no idea whatever as to that is right!” shouted a man. Suan won the fourteen cascos full of gold. and you shall be safe. Suan did not know what could learn nothing there. “You have done very well. Hoping to recover his loss. sir. Suan did not know what to do.” said Suan. Suan did not know what This time he had with him fourteen cascos full of gold. At midnight he from it he learned the number of seeds in the orange.” Suan replied. In the morning went secretly to the cascos.” said Suan. and the ring was found inside it. and said. in this turkey’s intestines. “Why.

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