The Persian shah and the Greek emperor decided to exchange lavish gifts as a sign of piece. One gift-bearing legislation set out from Constantinople and the other from Isfhan. They met in Baghdad, where they learned that Nadir, the Persian shah, had been deposed, and that the Greek emperor had died. The two legislations were thus compelled to stay in Baghdad for a while, not knowing what to do with the treasures they were bearing, and fearing for their lives at every step. Seeing that bit by bit they were beginning to spend the treasure, they consulted on what to do. One of them said:

Whatever we do will be wrong. So let us each take one ducat and throw away the rest. . . ."

Which is what they did.

And what are we to do with our love, the love we send one another through our messengers? Will that too not remain in the hands of our messengers how take a ducat each and throw away the rest?

Milorad Pavic (Dictionary of the Khazars)