The great library

— I’m sorry which way is your ancient Persian?

— Shhhh. There are people studying.

— Yes, but all I want to know is which way.

— Please be quiet.

— Well instead of telling me to be quiet why don’t you point me?

— Very well. But you must promise that once you are there you will not talk.

— Talk to whom?

— The books.

— The books? Who talks to books?

— Please accept that some people do and that it’s not wise to.

— Who?

— They. Don’t you know who they are?

— No. Who?

— The men who talk to books.

— Right. I won’t talk to the books. Which way.

— Yes.

— Well?

— What?

— Ancient Persia. Where is it?

— Well, it’s in the past.

— So will you be if you don’t help me.

— If you threaten me I shall be forced to leave. I mean, I shall be forced to ask you to leave.

— Just please, tell me where the ancients are.

— Greece or Persia?

— Persia.

— Epoch?

— Ancient!

— Could you be more specific?

— I don’t know.

— Well, I can’t help you if you don’t know. It’s a library, not a school.

— Alright, the Safavids.

— Hardly ancient are they? Do you have a permit for using this library?

— Permit? If you if you don’t tell me where the Persian section is I will start to TALK LOUDLY.

— Shhhhhhh! We can’t have people shouting.

— You’re mad.

— This is the Great Library. Men have come here to learn for centuries.

— It probably took them that long to find a book.

— Which book are you looking for?

— I am not looking for a book, I am looking for a section. Ancient Persian.

— Are you Greek?

— Are you bonkers? What difference does it make?

— Greeks burnt Persia’s libraries. Surely you know.

— Yes, I read it in the Evening Post. Terrible, what’s the world coming to, eh?

— So you are –

— No I’m not bloody Greek.

— You look Greek.

— I am not. Let’s say I am.

— Knew it. Well, can’t have you burning our section, good day sir. 

— Peyvand Khorsandi's blog, Soul Bean Café


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