One day the Hodja took his donkey to the market and, handing it over to a dealer to sell, he sat down comfortably under a tree.

Whenever a prospective buyer approached the donkey for a closer examination, he was either bitten or kicked by the animal and walked away cursing.

In the end, the dealer had no hope left of selling the donkey. Going up to the Hodja, he said:

"Sorry, Hodja Effendi, but I believe you have been badly taken in when you bought this beast. I am afraid you are stuck with it! Nobody is fool enough to buy a donkey that bites and kicks without provocation."

"Never mind, my friend," replied the Hodja. "I had no intention of selling it anyway. I just wanted people to see what I have to put up with every day of my life."

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