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Arabian Nights Volume 3

Arabian Nights Volume 3

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THE BOOK OF THETHOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHTA Plain and Literal Translationof the Arabian Nights Entertainments Translated and Annotated byRichard F. Burton VOLUME THREEPrivately Printed By The Burton Club Inscribed to the MemoryofA FriendWhoDuring A Friendship of Twenty-Six YearsEver Showed Me The MostUnwearied Kindness,Richard Monckton MilnesBaron Houghton.Contents of the Third VolumeThe Tale of King Omar Bin Al-Nu'uman and His Sons Sharrkan andZau Al-Makan (cont)aa. Continuation of the Tale of Aziz and Azizahb. Tale of the Hashish Eaterc. Tale of Hammad the Badawi10. The Birds and Beasts and the Carpenter11. The Hermits12. The Water-Fowl and the Tortoise13. The Wolf and the Foxa. Tale of the Falcon and the Partridge14. The Mouse and the Ichneumon15. The Cat and the Crow16. The Fox and the Crowa. The Flea and the Mouseb. The Saker and the Birdsc. The Sparrow and the Eagle17. The Hedgehog and the Wood Pigeonsa. The Merchant and the Two Sharpers18. The Thief and His Monkeya. The Foolish Weaver19. The Sparrow and the Peacock20. Ali Bin Bakkar and Shams Al-Nahar21. Tale of Kamar Al-ZamanThe Book Of TheTHOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT 
 
 When it was the One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth NightShahrazad continued, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, thatAziz pursued to Taj al-Muluk: Then I entered the flower gardenand made for the pavilion, where I found the daughter of Dalilahthe Wily One, sitting with head on knee and hand to cheek. Hercolour was changed and her eyes were sunken; but, when she sawme, she exclaimed, "Praised be Allah for thy safety!" And she wasminded to rise but fell down for joy. I was abashed before herand hung my head; presently, however, I went up to her and kissedher and asked, "How knewest thou that I should come to thee thisvery night?" She answered, "I knew it not! By Allah, this wholeyear past I have not tasted the taste of sleep, but have watchedthrough every night, expecting thee; and such hath been my casesince the day thou wentest out from me and I gave thee the newsuit of clothes, and thou promisedst me to go to the Hammam andto come back! So I sat awaiting thee that night and a secondnight and a third night; but thou camest not till after so greatdelay, and I ever expecting thy coming; for this is lovers' way.And now I would have thee tell me what hath been the cause ofthine absence from me the past year long?" So I told her. Andwhen she knew that I was married, her colour waxed yellow, and Iadded, "I have come to thee this night but I must leave theebefore day." Quoth she, "Doth it not suffice her that she trickedthee into marrying her and kept thee prisoner with her a wholeyear, but she must also make thee swear by the oath of divorce,that thou wilt return to her on the same night before morning,and not allow thee to divert thyself with thy mother or me, norsuffer thee to pass one night with either of us, away from her?How then must it be with one from whom thou hast been absent afull year, and I knew thee before she did? But Allah have mercyon thy cousin Azizah, for there befel her what never befel anyand she bore what none other ever bore and she died by thy illusage; yet 'twas she who protected thee against me. Indeed, Ithought thou didst love me, so I let thee take thine own way;else had I not suffered thee to go safe in a sound skin, when Ihad it in my power to clap thee in jail and even to slay thee."Then she wept with sore weeping and waxed wroth and shuddered inmy face with skin bristling[FN#1] and looked at me with furiouseyes. When I saw her in this case I was terrified at her and myside muscles trembled and quivered, for she was like a dreadfulshe Ghul, an ogress in ire, and I like a bean over the fire.Then said she, "Thou art of no use to me, now thou art marriedand hast a child; nor art thou any longer fit for my company; Icare only for bachelors and not for married men:[FN#2] theseprofit us nothing Thou hast sold me for yonder stinking armful;but, by Allah, I will make the whore's heart ache for thee, andthou shalt not live either for me or for her!" Then she cried aloud cry and, ere I could think, up came the slave girls andthrew me on the ground; and when I was helpless under their handsshe rose and, taking a knife, said, "I will cut thy throat asthey slaughter he goats; and that will be less than thy desert,for thy doings to me and the daughter of thy uncle before me."When I looked to my life and found myself at the mercy of herslave women, with my cheeks dust soiled, and saw her sharpen theknife, I made sure of death.--And Shahrazad perceived the dawn ofday and ceased to say her permitted say.
 
When it was the One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Night,She said, It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that the WazirDandan thus continued his tale to Zau al-Makan: Then quoth theyouth Aziz to Taj al-Muluk, Now when I found my life at the mercyof her slave women with my cheeks dust soiled, and I saw hersharpen the knife, I made sure of death and cried out to her formercy. But she only redoubled in ferocity and ordered the slavegirls to pinion my hands behind me, which they did; and, throwingme on my back, she seated herself on my middle and held down myhead. Then two of them came up and squatted on my shin bones,whilst other two grasped my hands and arms; and she summoned athird pair and bade them beat me. So they beat me till I faintedand my voice failed. When I revived, I said to myself, " 'Twereeasier and better for me to have my gullet slit than to be beatenon this wise!" And I remembered the words of my cousin, and howshe used to say to me, "Allah, keep thee from her mischief!"; andI shrieked and wept till my voice failed and I remained withoutpower to breathe or to move. Then she again whetted the knifeand said to the slave girls, "Uncover him." Upon this the Lordinspired me to repeat to her the two phrases my cousin had taughtme, and had bequeathed to me, and I said, "O my lady, dost thounot know that Faith is fair, Unfaith is foul?" When she heardthis, she cried out and said, "Allah pity thee, Azizah, and givethee Paradise in exchange for thy wasted youth! By Allah, of atruth she served thee in her life time and after her death, andnow she hath saved thee alive out of my hands with these twosaws. Nevertheless, I cannot by any means leave thee thus, butneeds must I set my mark on thee, to spite yonder brazen facedpiece, who hath kept thee from me." There upon she called out tothe slave women and bade them bind my feet with cords and thensaid to them, "Take seat on him!" They did her bidding, uponwhich she arose and fetched a pan of copper and hung it over thebrazier and poured into it oil of sesame, in which she friedcheese.[FN#3] Then she came up to me (and I still insensible)and, unfastening my bag trousers, tied a cord round my testiclesand, giving it to two of her women, bade them trawl at it. Theydid so, and I swooned away and was for excess of pain in a worldother than this. Then she came with a razor of steel and cut offmy member masculine,[FN#4] so that I remained like a woman: afterwhich she seared the wound with the boiling and rubbed it with apowder, and I the while unconscious. Now when I came to myself,the blood had stopped; so she bade the slave girls unbind me andmade me drink a cup of wine. Then said she to me, "Go now to herwhom thou hast married and who grudged me a single night, and themercy of Allah be on thy cousin Azizah, who saved thy life andnever told her secret love! Indeed, haddest thou not repeatedthose words to me, I had surely slit thy weasand. Go forth thisinstant to whom thou wilt, for I needed naught of thee save whatI have just cut off; and now I have no part in thee, nor have Iany further want of thee or care for thee. So begone about thybusiness and rub thy head[FN#5] and implore mercy for thedaughter of thine uncle!" Thereupon she kicked me with her footand I rose, hardly able to walk; and I went, little by little,till I came to the door of our house. I saw it was open, so Ithrew myself within it and fell down in a fainting fit; whereuponmy wife came out and lifting me up, carried me into the saloonand assured herself that I had become like a woman. Then I fellinto a sleep and a deep sleep; and when I awoke, I found myselfthrown down at the garden gate,--And Shahrazad perceived the dawn

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