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Author: Jean Cocteau - 1923

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Translated from (French):
Le Jardinier et le Mort

Country of origin: France

Based on When Death Came to Baghdad (Fudail Ibn Ayad)


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Gesture of Death

Jean Cocteau

A young Persian gardener tells its prince:

—Save me! I found to the Death this morning. A gesture of threat did me. This night, by miracle, wanted to be in Ispahan.

The kind prince I lend him his horses. In the afternoon, the prince finds to the Death and he asks:

—This morning, why did you do our gardener a gesture of threat?

—It was not a gesture of threat -responds him- but a gesture of surprise. Therefore it saw him far from Ispahan this morning and I should take it this night in Ispahan.