"escape fate?"

Discussion in 'ten-forward' started by GlobalForce, Aug 6, 2004.

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  1. GlobalForce

    GlobalForce Regular Poster

    Jun 30, 2004
    Garden State, USA
    "Original" introduction to a Novel by John O'Hara (No reference to location implied)

    "Appointment In Samarra"

    DEATH SPEAKS : There was a merchant in Bagdad who sent his servant to

    market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and

    trembling, and said, "Master, just now when I was in the market-place I was

    jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that

    jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture; now, lend me

    your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to

    Samarra and there Death will not find me." The merchant lent him his horse,

    and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as

    the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the market-

    place and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and he said,

    "Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this

    morning?" That was not a threatening gesture, I said, it was only a start of

    surprise. I was astonished to see him in Bagdad, for I have an appointment

    with him tonight in Samarra.

    -W. Somerset Maugham
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2004
  2. Cochise

    Cochise A missed friend

    Jan 26, 2003
    North Thoresby Lincs Good Olde England
    Re: Escape Fate?

    Moral of the Story.....Don't go to a Market in Iraq............. :D

    Cochise, :D
  3. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

    Sep 21, 2003
    SW. Oklahoma

    It just goes to show you that you can't escape the fickled finger of fate.
  4. snapdragin

    snapdragin Registered Member

    Feb 16, 2002
    Southern Ont., Canada
    Just a reminder, this is apparently an old joke and the 'market-place' can be anywhere in the world, so do not turn this thread into a political discussion.

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