This afternoon I saw “American Buffalo” by David Mamet. So this reminds me of the following:
After some political upheavals in his native country Nasrudin emigrated to the USA and was now an American.
Upheavals were the events du jour for Nasrudins and he soon found himself in England hungry and without any money.
He found the castle of a rich Lord and knocked on the door.
A minute later a butler dressed in tails opened the door and superciliously said, “Yes?”
Nasrudin obsequiously asked, “Please sir, I’m out of luck. I used to be a gentleman. I am hungry. Can I borrow a meal from you?”
The butler replied, “Neither a lender nor a borrower be, William Shakespeare!” and slammed the door in poor Nasrudin’s face.
Nasrudin was really miffed at this. He walked around like a lost sheep without his shepherd. Then he remembered that he was now an American. So he went back and knocked the door again.
Once more the butler went through the same routine but this time when he said, “Neither a lender nor a borrower be, William Shakespeare!” before the butler could close the door, Nasrudin put his foot in the door and replied, “Fxxk you! David Mamet!” gave the bird, and returned home.
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