So for the terrible crime, they are all sentenced 20 lashes each of the whip.
As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheik announced:
“It is my first wife’s birthday today, and she would like to allow each of you one wish before your whipping.”
The German was first in line. He thought for a while and then said: “Please tie a pillow to my back.”
His wish was granted, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes & the German had to be carried away bleeding and crying with pain.
The Chinese was up next. After watching the German in horror he said smugly, “Please fix two pillows to my back.”
But even two pillows could only take 15 lashes & the Chinese was also led away whimpering loudly.
The American was the last one up, but before he could say anything, the Sheikh turned to him and said: “I like you Americans! For this, you may have two wishes!”
“Thank you, your Most Royal and Merciful Highness.” the American replied, “In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20, but 100 lashes.”
“Not only are you an honourable, handsome and powerful man, you are also very brave.” The Sheikh said with a respectful look on his face.
“If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it. What is your second wish?” the Sheikh asked.
The American smiled and said, “Tie the Chinese to my back”