THE CANE COMES OUT OF THE WELL

Once upon a time there was an Albanian man called Gjoke Kodheli. He strangled all the barbers who shaved him. One day he called a young boy to go and shave him the next day. The boy turned home and he didn’t eat a thing. The mother saw him sad like never before and asked him about what had happened. He tried to not tell her anything, but later he said he was going to shave Gjoke Kodheli.

- Go to sleep and don’t worry, I’ll fix this. – said his mother.

The boy went to sleep and the next morning he woke up early. The mother had made two buns and a pancake, she gave those to her son and said:

- When you’ll be shaving him, tell: ‘‘Oh! My mother has given me two buns and I’ve forgotten them inside the pocket, take one and eat it’’, so he won’t do anything to you.

The boy took the buns and went to Gjoke Kodheli. When he was shaving Gjoke, he said:

- Oh! My mother has given me two buns and I’ve forgotten them inside the pocket, take one and eat it.

Gjoke took the bun and ate it, and after he finished with it he told the boy:

- I will forgive you, but promise me you won’t tell anybody about what you saw.

The boy swore he wouldn’t tell a word and went away. But he couldn’t keep the secret and he was passing by a well when he put his head inside it and cried out loud:

- Oh what I’ve seen, Gjoke Kodheli has horns on his head!

But there was a cane in the well and after a little time it grew so much that a shepherd snapped it and made a fife with it. When the shepherd began to play the fife, it began to sing:

- Tyryly! Tyryly! Oh what I’ve seen, Gjoke Kodheli has horns on his head!

The shepherd was surprised of that and began to play the fife all around the city and everyone knew about Gjoke Kodheli and his horns.

When Gjoke Kodheli heard that everyone knew, he called the boy and said:

- You didn’t keep the secret, how did you go and tell everyone in the city about this!

The boy answered terrified:

- It’s not like that my king, it’s not the truth! I couldn’t keep it inside and went to scream inside a dry well, but there had been a cane that a shepherd had snapped and has made a fife with it, and is the fife that says those words!

Then Gjoke Kodheli forgave the boy and that day on he didn’t kill the barbers that shaved him.