I remember a story about a king riding in a boat. It was in English.
His oarsman is complaining about rowing, and all the hard work he is doing. They get to where they are going, get ready to go to sleep, and a sound wakes everyone up. The king sends the oarsman to check. They are cats. The king asks a bunch of questions, and each time the oarsman has to go back to check, to answer the king's questions.
Then the king wakes up his advisor, and asks him what's causing the noise. The advisor goes. The king asks the advisor the same questions, and the advisor has an answer, ready, for the king without having to check seven times.
Does anyone know what story this is? I have a software development customer that keeps asking questions halfway through the development process, and I'd like to use this story to help him understand different communication patterns. I cannot find the story, and my re-telling isn't as great as the original.
I found a reproduction of the story, but this is not the original place I encountered it.