Losing proposition

The two friends finally picked out a girl from the dozen or so they had been shown. She cost forty-two rupees and they brought her to their place.

After spending the night with her, one of them asked her, ‘what is your name?’

When she told him, he was taken aback, ‘But we were told you were the other religion.’

‘They lied,’ she replied.

‘The bastards cheated us!’ he screamed as he ran to his friend, ‘selling us a girl from our own faith. Let’s go and return her!’

 

Taken from ‘Bitter Fruit-The very best of Saadat Hasan Manto,’ edited and translated by Khalid Hasan

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