Italian short stories – Learning Italian through English
Akbar and Birbal – I baffi del re
Once upon a time, King Akbar announced, “My dear courtiers, I have a problem for which I need a solution immediately.”
Everyone in the court looked at King Akbar.Translate
C’era una volta, il re Akbar annunciò: “Miei cari cortigiani, ho un problema per il quale ho bisogno di una soluzione immediata”.
Tutti nella corte guardarono il re Akbar.
King Akbar said, “Someone dared to pull my moustache yesterday. What is the punishment that I should give him?”
Everyone in the court became very angry and started to shout.Translate
Re Akbar disse: “Qualcuno ha osato tirarmi i baffi ieri. Qual è la punizione che dovrei dargli?”
Tutti nella corte si sono molto arrabbiati e hanno iniziato a gridare.
One minister said, “He should be flogged with a whip!”
The chief of the army said, “He should be hanged.”
Another minister said, “He should be jailed for life! What a fool!”Translate
Un ministro disse:”Dovrebbe essere frustato con una frusta!”
Il capo dell’esercito disse: “Dovrebbe essere impiccato”.
Un altro ministro disse: “Dovrebbe essere imprigionato a vita! Che scemo!”
Similarly, all the ministers kept suggesting many punishments. Only Birbal was silent and smiling.
The King asked Birbal, “Why are you so quiet Birbal? And why are you smiling? What punishment should I award this person?”Translate
Allo stesso modo, tutti i ministri continuavano a suggerire molte punizioni. Solo Birbal era silenzioso e sorridente.
Il re chiese a Birbal: “Perché sei così silenzioso Birbal? E perché sorridi? Quale punizione dovrei infliggere a questa persona?”
Birbal said, “My dear King, I think you should give him a sweet and a big hug.”
Akbar angrily said, “What are you saying Birbal? Have you gone mad? Are you saying that such a person should be rewarded?”Translate
Birbal disse: “Mio caro re, penso che dovresti dargli un dolce e un grande abbraccio”.
Akbar disse con rabbia: “Cosa stai dicendo Birbal? Sei diventato pazzo? Stai dicendo che una persona del genere dovrebbe essere ricompensata?”
Birbal replied politely, “I am not mad, my dear King! I can give you my explanation!”
Akbar said, “Then tell me why I should reward the person who pulls my moustache?”Translate
Birbal rispose educatamente: “Non sono pazzo, mio caro re! Posso darti la mia spiegazione!”
Akbar disse: “Allora dimmi perché dovrei premiare la persona che mi tira i baffi?”
Birbal replied politely, “The only person who can dare to do this is your grandson. And I know that you love giving sweets to your grandson.”
The Emperor laughed very loudly and agreed. He was very happy with Birbal’s answer and gave his 100 gold coins as a reward.Translate
Birbal rispose educatamente: “L’unica persona che può osare farlo è tuo nipote. E so che ami regalare dolci a tuo nipote”.
L’imperatore rise molto forte e accettò. Fu molto contento della risposta di Birbal e diede le sue 100 monete d’oro come ricompensa.
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