Italian short stories – Learning Italian through English
Akbar and Birbal – L’anello del re
Once upon a time, Akbar lost a ring which was very valuable. The ring was a gift from his father and Akbar became very sad. Akbar asked Birbal to come and see him.
King Akbar said, “Dear Birbal, please find this ring for me. It was a gift from my father and it is of great value to me.”Translate
C’era una volta, Akbar perse un anello che era molto prezioso. L’anello era un regalo di suo padre e Akbar divenne molto triste. Akbar chiese a Birbal di venire a trovarlo.
Re Akbar disse: “Caro Birbal, per favore trovami questo anello. È stato un regalo di mio padre ed è di grande valore per me”.
Birbal said, “Yes, my lord. I shall find the thief for you by tomorrow.”
The next day, Birbal asked all the courtiers to come close to the throne. Birbal made sure that could see everyone in the crowd.Translate
Birbal disse: “Sì, mio signore. Ti troverò il ladro entro domani.”
Il giorno dopo, Birbal chiese a tutti i cortigiani di avvicinarsi al trono. Birbal si è assicurato che potesse vedere tutti nella folla.
Birbal said, “The ring belonging to the King is missing. Among one of you is a thief. And I know who the thief is. He is such a fool.”
Akbar was very surprised and asked, “Who is the thief Birbal?”Translate
Birbal disse: “Manca l’anello del re. Tra di voi c’è un ladro. E so chi è il ladro. È un tale sciocco”.
Akbar fu molto sorpreso e chiese: “Chi è il ladro Birbal?”
Birbal said, “The thief is the one who has a straw stuck on his beard. All the others have a clean beard.”
Immediately, every courtier started to look around to see which one had a straw stuck on the beard. Only one courtier was not looking around and was stroking his beard trying to find the straw.Translate
Birbal disse: “Il ladro è colui che ha una pagliuzza attaccata alla barba. Tutti gli altri hanno la barba pulita».
Immediatamente, ogni cortigiano iniziò a guardarsi intorno per vedere quale avesse una cannuccia conficcata sulla barba. Solo un cortigiano non si guardava intorno e si accarezzava la barba cercando di trovare la pagliuzza.
Birbal pointed at the man and said, “My king, he is the thief. Please ask the guards to search him.”
The guards searched the man and the ring was in his pocket. Akbar became so happy on finding the ring.Translate
Birbal indicò l’uomo e disse: “Mio re, è il ladro. Per favore, chiedi alle guardie di perquisirlo”.
Le guardie hanno perquisito l’uomo e l’anello era in tasca. Akbar era così felice di trovare l’anello.
He asked Birbal, “How did you know that he was the thief?”
Birbal said, “It is very simple. Everyone was looking around trying to find the thief. Only the true thief was trying to remove a straw from his beard. Of course there was no straw in his beard. Only those who are guilty will try to hide.”Translate
Chiese a Birbal: “Come sapevi che era il ladro?”
Birbal ha detto: “È molto semplice. Tutti si guardavano intorno cercando di trovare il ladro. Solo il vero ladro stava cercando di togliersi una pagliuzza dalla barba. Ovviamente non c’era una pagliuzza nella sua barba. Solo i colpevoli cercheranno di nascondersi».
Moral: A guilty mind will always be scared.Translate
Morale: una mente colpevole avrà sempre paura.
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