“I remember,” says John Wesley, “hearing my father say to my mother, ‘How could you have the patience to tell that blockhead[meaning himself, John,] the same thing twenty times over?’ ‘Why,’ said she, ‘if I had told him but nineteen times, I should have lost all my labour!’ ”
Which shows how the Lord must have been working in
the blockheads, uh, John’s mother; for when Wesley grew up, he became a solid preacher of the Gospel. – Hentycrew
2. Very Honest
Only one little trait of Turkish honesty may I introduce(in this book). A friend of mine, wandering through the bazaars, wished to buy an embroidered handkerchief of a Turkish shopkeeper. He asked the price. (Said the keeper)“Seventy-five piastres.” “No,” said he, aware that it is usual among all the traders, whatever their creed, to ask at first more than the value(of the item), “No, that is to much, I will give you seventy;” and as the dealer seemed to nod his assent, he counted out the money. but his surprise was great when the bearded trader, gravely pushing back to him twenty piastres, observed, “This is more than the just price; it is always the custom here to bargain over a thing down to its fair value; and as fifty piastres is my proper price, those twenty belong to you.” Verily, not a few among our professing Christians might take a lesson from this believer in the Koran.
Items in italics I have inserted to fill out the story, so that others may understand it better. Also there is nothing against traders from Turkey! – Hentycrew