ELDER, THE PUMPKIN CUTTER
You must have seen the sort of elderly man who lives in a family and is always ready, day and night, to entertain the children. He sits in the parlour and smokes the hubble-bubble. With nothing in particular to do, he leads a lazy life. Now and again he goes to the inner court and cuts a pumpkin; for since women do not cut pumpkins, they send the children to ask him to come and do it. This is the extent of his usefulness – hence his nickname, ‘Elder, the pumpkin cutter.’
He is neither a man of the world nor a devotee of God. That is not good.