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Fairy Tales From the Arabian

Fairy Tales From the Arabian

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Tales From The Arabian Nights, by E. Dixon
Title: Fairy Tales From The Arabian NightsAuthor: E. Dixon
 
Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights. First Series.Edited by E. DixonNote.The text of the present selection from the Arabian Nights is that of Galland, 1821, slightly abridged andedited. The edition is designed virginibus puerisque.E. DIXON. Cambridge, Xmas, 1893.CONTENTS.The King of Persia and the Princess of the Sea Prince Beder and the Princess Giauhara (A Sequel to theForegoing) The Three Princes and Princess Nouronnihar Prince Ahmed and the Fairy (A Sequel to theForegoing) Prince Camaralzaman and the Princess of China The Loss of the Talisman (A Sequel to theForegoing) The Story of Zobeide The Story of the King's Son The First Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor TheSecond Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor The Third Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad theSailor The Fifth Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor The Sixth Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad the SailorTHE KING OF PERSIA AND THE PRINCESS OF THE SEA.There once was a king of Persia, who at the beginning of his reign had distinguished himself by manyglorious and successful conquests, and had afterwards enjoyed such profound peace and tranquillity asrendered him the happiest of monarchs. His only occasion for regret was that he had no heir to succeed him inthe kingdom after his death. One day, according to the custom of his royal predecessors during their residencein the capital, he held an assembly of his courtiers, at which all the ambassadors and strangers of renown at hiscourt were present. Among these there appeared a merchant from a far-distant country, who sent a message tothe king craving an audience, as he wished to speak to him about a very important matter. The king gaveorders for the merchant to be instantly admitted; and when the assembly was over, and all the rest of thecompany had retired, the king inquired what was the business which had brought him to the palace.'Sire,' replied the merchant, 'I have with me, and beg your majesty to behold, the most beautiful and charmingslave it would be possible to find if you searched every corner of the earth; if you will but see her, you willsurely wish to make her your wife.'The fair slave was, by the king's commands, immediately brought in, and no sooner had the king beheld a ladywhose beauty and grace surpassed anything he had ever imagined, than he fell passionately in love with her,and determined to marry her at once. This was done.So the king caused the fair slave to be lodged in the next finest apartment to his own, and gave particularorders to the matrons and the women-slaves appointed to attend her, that they should dress her in the richestrobe they could find, and carry her the finest pearl necklaces, the brightest diamonds, and other the richestprecious stones, that she might choose those she liked best.
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The King of Persia's capital was situated in an island; and his palace, which was very magnificent, was builtupon the sea-shore; his window looked towards the sea; and the fair slave's, which was pretty near it, had alsothe same prospect, and it was the more pleasant on account of the sea's beating almost against the foot of thewall.At the end of three days the fair slave, magnificently dressed, was alone in her chamber, sitting upon a sofa,and leaning against one of the windows that faced the sea, when the king, being informed that he might visither, came in. The slave hearing somebody walk in the room, immediately turned her head to see who it was.She knew him to be the king; but without showing the least surprise, or so much as rising from her seat tosalute or receive him, she turned back to the window again as if he had been the most insignificant person inthe world.The King of Persia was extremely surprised to see a slave of so beauteous a form so very ignorant of theworld. He attributed this to the narrowness of her education, and the little care that had been taken to instructher in the first rules of civility. He went to her at the window, where, notwithstanding the coldness andindifference with which she had just now received him, she suffered herself to be admired, kissed andembraced as much as he pleased, but answered him not a word.'My dearest life,' said the king, 'you neither answer, nor by any visible token give me the least reason tobelieve that you are listening to me. Why will you still keep to this obstinate silence, which chills me? Do youmourn for your country, your friends, or your relations? Alas! is not the King of Persia, who loves and adoresyou, capable of comforting, and making you amends for the loss of everything in the world?'But the fair slave continued her astonishing reserve; and keeping her eyes still fixed upon the ground, wouldneither look at him nor utter a word; but after they had dined together in absolute silence, the king went to thewomen whom he had assigned to the fair slave as her attendants, and asked them if they had ever heard herspeak.One of them presently made answer, 'Sire, we have neither seen her open her lips, nor heard her speak anymore than your majesty has just now; we have rendered her our services; we have combed and dressed herhair, put on her clothes, and waited upon her in her chamber; but she has never opened her lips, so much as tosay, That is well, or, I like this. We have often asked, Madam, do you want anything? Is there anything youwish for? Do but ask and command us: but we have never been able to draw a word from her. We cannot tellwhether her silence proceeds from pride, sorrow, stupidity, or dumbness; and this is all we can inform yourmajesty.'The King of Persia was more astonished at hearing this than he was before: however, believing the slavemight have some reason for sorrow, he endeavoured to divert and amuse her, but all in vain. For a whole yearshe never afforded him the pleasure of a single word.At length, one day there were great rejoicings in the capital, because to the king and his silent slave-queenthere was born a son and heir to the kingdom. Once more the king endeavoured to get a word from his wife.'My queen,' he said, 'I cannot divine what your thoughts are; but, for my own part, nothing would be wantingto complete my happiness and crown my joy but that you should speak to me one single word, for somethingwithin me tells me you are not dumb: and I beseech, I conjure you, to break through this long silence, andspeak but one word to me; and after that I care not how soon I die.'At this discourse the fair slave, who, according to her usual custom, had hearkened to the king with downcasteyes, and had given him cause to believe not only that she was dumb, but that she had never laughed in herlife, began to smile a little. The King of Persia perceived it with a surprise that made him break forth into anexclamation of joy; and no longer doubting but that she was going to speak, he waited for that happy momentwith an eagerness and attention that cannot easily be expressed.
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