King Solomon’s Ring
To humble a proud minister, king sets him a task: within a month must find something which will make a happy man sad, and a sad man happy. If he fails, will lose his head.
Final day of month, minister still hasn’t found anything to meet king’s condition. Returning sadly through bazaar, sees a merchant who asks why such a long face.
“Must find something which will make a happy man sad, and a sad man happy. If not, will lose head.”
“I can save you. Read what is engraved in this ring: This too shall pass.”
Takes ring to King Solomon.
Minister keeps his head, but is no longer proud.
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