The Tale of a Tailor

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    For this recording, I used the present tense. Telling it, I usually use the past.

And here are the bare bones, showing how easy it is to learn.

Once upon a time there was a tailor - and a very fine tailor he was, too.

Took cloth - shaped it, cut it, made himself a coat - very fine coat, too.

Wore it for years - till coat was worn out.

Took coat - unpicked it - just enough cloth left to make waistcoat.

Took cloth - shaped it, cut it, made waistcoat - very fine, too.

Wore it for years - worn out.

Unpicked it - just enough cloth left to make hat.

Took cloth - shaped it, cut it, made hat - very fine, too.

Wore it for years - worn out.

Unpicked it - just enough left to make button.

Took cloth - shaped, cut, made - very fine, too.

Wore it for years - worn out.

Unpicked it - just enough cloth left to make - a story.


I heard this story from a valued friend, John Morgan - a great storyteller and teacher now sadly no longer with us.
The story has certainly been told for a long time in the Jewish tradition, but seems to have spread pretty widely from there.

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