John goes off to do some more trading, trying, he says, to change the lulab into a fishing net. Mahalath borrows a net from the first person we meet and I spend a short time netting some excellent fish. As we are cooking the fish, John appears again, carrying an eagle on a stick, saying that he swapped the lulab for some sandals and exchanged those for a Roman standard and that he knows someone who will trade the standard for a net. We tell him not to bother and give him some fish then, after advising him to stop his stupid trading and do something useful with his life; we borrow a boat and sail out onto the lake, singing and cheering and sincerely hoping that we never meet John again.
Professor Humperdink’s Diary