The Camel's Nose
Asked by: anrwlias-ga
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30 May 2004 07:35 PDT
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Question ID: 353846
I am looking for an on-line link to the story (or parable) of The Camel's Nose. The rough form of the parable is that a shiek and his camel were waiting out a sandstorm. The shiek was in his tent and the camel was outside. The camel begs the shiek to allow him to put just his nose in the tent. The shiek, being a compassionate man, agrees. Then the camel asks to allow his eyes into the tent because the sand stings them. Over the course of several iterations, the camel ends up entirely in the tent and the shiek is stuck outside in the sandstorm. The parable is intended to illustrate the dangers of a slippery slope. I have found any number of sites that reference the story. I have been unable to find an online telling of the story itself. This is what I am looking for.
Re: The Camel's Nose
Answered By: livioflores-ga on 30 May 2004 08:35 PDT
Hi anrwlias!! I think that I found what are you looking for under the title "The Camel and the Arab", this story isn't the Aesop fable which has the same title. According to the site where I found the fable this is part of the ancient India tradition. The link to the fable in question is: "The Camel and the Arab": http://www.boloji.com/natkhat/025.htm I hope that this helps you. Before rate this answer, please ask for a clarification if you have a question. Best regards. livioflores-ga
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Thanks for the research. This is what I was hoping to find.
Re: The Camel's Nose
From: graememcrae-ga on 30 May 2004 16:36 PDT
Google search arguments: camel sandstorm tent nose eyes arab Website: http://www.elecdesign.com/Articles/ArticleID/6107/6107.html Once upon a time there was an Arab who wanted to cross a wide desert. So he fed and watered his camel well, and got all necessary supplies, and started out. The very first afternoon, a sandstorm began to blow. The Arab got off his Camel and pitched his tent and climbed in, to wait out the storm. After a while, the Camel said, "Master, pray let me put my nose under your tent, for the sand is blowing in my nose. If I suffocate, I cannot carry you across the desert." So the Arab let the camel put his nose under the tent. Shortly thereafter, the Camel said, "Pray, Master, let me put my eyes under your tent, because the sand is blowing in my eyes, and if I go blind, I cannot carry you across the desert." So the Arab let the Camel put his eyes under the tent. THEN after a suitable delay, the Camel asked, "Pray, let me put my ears under your tent, as the sand is blowing my ears."?etc. This was shortly followed by, "The sand is blowing on the cut on my shoulder, Pray let me put my Shoulder under your tent." And shortly the Camel pushed the Arab out of his own tent.
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