NASRUDIN decided that he could benefit by learning something new. He went to a master musician.
‘How much do you charge to teach lute-playing?’
‘Three silver pieces for the first month; after that, one silver piece a month.’
‘Excellent!’said Nasrudin. ‘I shall begin with the second month.’
‘The high cost of learning’, in: The pleasantries of the incredible Mulla Nasrudin, Idries Shah (NY 1968)