The Actors

This was posted by Sally Rosoff on the groaners listserv. The author is not known.

In ancient Palestine, there was a group of traveling actors who went from village to village entertaining the people. In one small village, the only son of one of the village elders was attracted to this life, and ran away with the actors when they moved on.

When the boy’s absence was noticed, the people pursued the actors and cornered them among the rocks. The villagers picked up rocks and were preparing to throw them at the actors, but were unable to generate the nerve to start until the village chief pushed the boy’s father forward, saying… “Let he who is without son stone the cast first!”

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