Wearing Dirty Rags

One man was publicly offending Omar Chajam:
– You’re an atheist! You’re drinker! Almost a thief!

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Chajam just smiled in response.
One dandy dressed in the silk trousers watching that scene asked Chajam:
– How can you tolerate such offences? Don’t you feel hurt?
Omar Chajam smiled again and told:
– Let’s go with me.
Dandy followed him to the dusty lumber-room. Chajam lighted the kindling and began rummaging in the trunk, where found completely worthless tattered robe. He threw it to dandy and said:
– Try it, it will match you.
Dandy took a robe, looked at it and resented:
– What these dirty rags are for? I am well dressed, and you must be crazy! – and threw a robe back.
– You see, – Chajam said, – you did not want to try rags. Similarly, I did not want to try those dirty words that man threw me.
To be aggrieved by offences means to try on rags someone throw us.

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