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Novice Barber


Posted June 21, 2017 by

One day the Hodja went to the barber to get a nice clean shave. As his luck would have it, the experienced barber was not in that day, instead there was the young apprentice. Nasreddin Hodja was not reassured by the sight of the razor in the trembling hands of the novice barber. It looked as if the boy was going to cut the Hodja’s throat any minute. As the Hodja was saying quiet prayers to get out of the barber shop with his head in tact, a loud bellowing was heard.

“What was that?”asked the Hodja, alarmed.

“The blacksmith is shoeing an ox,”said the boy.

“Oh, thank God!’ said the Hodja, relieved,“I thought another apprentice barber was shaving a man!”


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