Only when I laugh

A young preacher was just getting acquainted with his duties. One of his first chores was to visit the hospital where Mulla Nasruddin, a member of his flock, was confined as a result of an automobile accident. The Mulla had been seriously injured: a broken leg, both arms broken, a broken collar bone, terrible cuts over his face and head, and several broken ribs. He was so thoroughly bandaged and taped and strapped up that only his two eyes and mouth were showing.

The young preacher was at a loss for words, but realized that he must say something, so he asked the Mulla: “How do you feel today? I suppose all of those broken bones and cuts cause a great deal of pain. Do you suffer very much?”

“No, not much” said Nasruddin, “Only when I laugh ! ” 

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