Portuguese short stories – Learning Portuguese through English
Akbar and Birbal – O Bastão Mágico
Once upon a time, a rich merchant was robbed in the Akbar’s kingdom. The merchant was very upset and wanted justice. He went to court and asked King Akbar for help.Translate
Era uma vez, um rico comerciante foi roubado no reino de Akbar. O comerciante estava muito chateado e queria justiça. Ele foi à corte e pediu ajuda ao rei Akbar.
King Akbar said, “Dear Birbal, please help this man. Recover the money and jewellery for him.”
Birbal said, “Yes, my lord. Dear merchant. Is there anyone you suspect?”Translate
O rei Akbar disse: “Querido Birbal, por favor, ajude este homem. Recupere o dinheiro e as joias para ele. ”
Birbal disse: “Sim, meu senhor. Caro comerciante. Há alguém de quem suspeita? ”
The Merchant said, “Oh dear Birbal, I believe that one of my servants must have done it since only they can enter my house. No one else can enter my house.”Translate
O Mercador disse: “Oh, querido Birbal, creio que um dos meus servos deve ter feito isso, pois só eles podem entrar na minha casa. Ninguém mais pode entrar na minha casa. ”
Birbal went to the merchant’s house and asked the merchant to call all his servants. The servants stood in a straight line.Translate
Birbal foi até a casa do comerciante e pediu ao comerciante para chamar todos os seus servos. Os servos estavam em linha reta.
Birbal said, “Among one of you is a robber. I shall give you each a magic stick. This stick belonging to all the innocent servants was not grow in length. The stick belonging to the guilty servant shall become longer by 2 inches.”Translate
Birbal disse: “Entre um de vocês está um ladrão. Vou dar a cada um de vocês um bastão mágico. Esta vara pertencente a todos os servos inocentes não cresceu em comprimento. A vara pertencente ao servo culpado ficará mais comprida em 2 polegadas. ”
The next day, Birbal called all the servants into the room and asked them to give their sticks. One stick was 2 inches smaller and the other sticks were of the same size.Translate
No dia seguinte, Birbal chamou todos os criados para a sala e pediu que entregassem as suas varas. Um pedaço de pau era 5 centímetros menor e os outros eram do mesmo tamanho.
Birbal called the servant with the shorter stick and said, “This man is the thief.”
The merchant asked, “But how did you find out that he is the thief?”Translate
Birbal chamou o servo com a vara mais curta e disse: “Este homem é o ladrão.”
O comerciante perguntou: “Mas como você descobriu que ele é o ladrão?”
Birbal said, “It is very simple. It is only an ordinary stick. The thief believed that the stick was a magic growing stick. So he broke off 2 inches so that it would remain the same size.”Translate
Birbal disse: “É muito simples. É apenas uma vara comum. O ladrão acreditava que a vara era uma vara mágica que crescia. Então ele quebrou 2 polegadas para que permanecesse do mesmo tamanho. ”
Moral: Truth always prevails.Translate
Moral: a verdade sempre prevalece.
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