THE THANKSGIVING OF THE WAZIR 107
thinking that it was a very lucky thing for you that you did cut off the tip of your finger, for otherwise you would certainly have lost your head. And to lose a scrap of one's finger is surely the least of the two evils.'
' Very true,' answered the king, touching his head as he spoke, as if to make quite certain that it was still there, ' but yet—why did you likewise give thanks when I put you into prison ? '
' I gave thanks,' said the wazir, ' because it is good always to give thanks. And had I known that my being in prison was to prevent the god Devi claiming me instead of your majesty, as a perfect offering, I should have given greater thanks still.'