One man was publicly offending Omar Chajam: “You’re an atheist! You’re drinker! Almost a thief!”
Chajam just smiled in response.
One dandy dressed in the silk trousers watching that scene asked Chajam: “How can you tolerate such offences? Do you not feel hurt?”
Omar Chajam smiled again and told him: “Let’s go with me.”
Dandy followed him to the dusty lumber-room. Chajam lighted the kin-dling 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 dandy 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.”