The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete


The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete
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In Four Volumes Volume 1 Only 500 copies of the Small Paper Edition are printed for America, of which this is No. 217 London Pickering and Chatto 1890 The Publishers' Preface. This, the "Aldine Edition" of "The Arabian Nights Entertainments," forms the first four volumes of a proposed series of reprints of the Standard works of fiction which have appeared in the English language. It is our intention to publish the series in an artistic way, well illustrating a text typographically as perfect as possible. The texts in all cases will be carefully chosen from approved editions. The series is intended for those who appreciate well printed and illustrated books, or who are in want of a handy and handsome edition of such works to place upon their bookshelves. The exact origin of the Tales, which appear in the Arabic as "The Thousand and One Nights," is unknown. The Caliph Haroon al Rusheed, who, figures in so lifelike a manner in many of the stories, was a contemporary of the Emperor Charlemagne, and there is internal evidence that the collection was made in the Arabic language about the end of the tenth century. They undoubtedly convey a picturesque impression of the manners, sentiments, and customs of Eastern Mediaeval Life. The stories were translated from the Arabic by M. Galland and first found their way into English in 1704, when they were retranslated from M. Galland's French text and at once became exceedingly popular. This process of double translation had great disadvantages; it induced Dr. Jonathan Scott, Oriental Professor, to publish in 1811, a new edition, revised and corrected from the Arabic. It is upon this text that the present edition is formed. It will be found free from that grossness which is unavoidable in a strictly literal translation of the original into English; and which has rendered the splendid translations of Sir R. Burton and Mr. J. Payne quite unsuitable as the basis of a popular edition, though at the same time stamping the works as the two most

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The scholarly translation of Lane, by the too strict an adherence to Oriental forms of expression, and somewhat pedantic rendering of the spelling of proper names, is found to be tedious to a very large number of readers attracted by the rich imagination, romance, and humour of these tales. The Arabian Nights Entertainments. The chronicles of the Sassanians, ancient kings of Persia, who extended their empire into the Indies, over all the adjacent islands, and a great way beyond the Ganges, as far as China, acquaint us, that there was formerly a king of that potent family, who was regarded as the most excellent prince of his time. He was as much beloved by his subjects for his wisdom and prudence, as he was dreaded by his neighbours, on account of his velour, and well-disciplined troops. He had two sons; the elder Shier-ear, the worthy heir of his father, and endowed with all his virtues; the younger Shaw-zummaun, a prince of equal merit. After a long and glorious reign, this king died; and Shier-ear mounted his throne. Shaw-zummaun, being excluded from all share in the government by the laws of the empire, and obliged to live a private life, was so far from envying the happiness of his brother, that he made it his whole business to please him, and in this succeeded without much difficulty. Shier-ear, who had naturally a great affection the prince his brother, gave him the kingdom of Great Tartary. Shaw-zummaun went immediately and took possession of it, and fixed the seat of his government at Samarcand, the metropolis of the country. After they had been separated ten years, Shier-ear, being very desirous of seeing his brother, resolved to send an ambassador to invite him to his court. He made choice of his prime vizier for the embassy, and sent him to Tartary, with a retinue answerable to his dignity. The vizier proceeded with all possible expedition to Samarcand. When he came near the city, Shaw-zummaun was informed of his approach, and went to meet him attended by the principal lords of his court, who, to shew the greater honour to the sultan's minister, appeared in magnificent apparel. The king of Tartary received the ambassador with the greatest demonstrations of joy; and immediately asked him concerning the welfare of the sultan his brother. The vizier having acquainted him that he was in health, informed him of the purpose of his embassy. Shaw-zummaun was much affected, and answered: "Sage vizier, the sultan my brother does me too much honour; nothing could be more agreeable to me, for I as ardently long to see him as he does to see me. Time has not diminished my friendship more than his. My kingdom is in peace, and I want no more than ten days to get myself ready to return with you. There is therefore no necessity for your entering the city for so short a period. I pray you to pitch your tents here, and I will order everything necessary to be provided for yourself and your attendants." The vizier readily complied; and as soon as the king returned to the city, he sent him a prodigious quantity of provisions of all sorts, with presents of great value. In the meanwhile, Shaw-zummaun prepared for his journey, gave orders about his most important affairs, appointed a council to govern in his absence, and named a minister, of whose wisdom he had sufficient experience, and in whom he had entire confidence, to be their president. At the end of ten days, his equipage being ready, he took leave of the queen his wife, and went out of town in the evening with his retinue. He pitched his royal pavilion near the vizier's tent, and conversed with him till midnight. Wishing once more to see the queen, whom he ardently loved, he returned alone to his palace, and went directly to her majesty's apartments. But she, not expecting his return, had taken one of the meanest officers of her household to her bed. The king entered without noise, and pleased himself to think how he should surprise his wife who he thought loved him with reciprocal tenderness. But how great was his astonishment, when, by the light of the flambeau, he beheld a man in her arms! He stood immovable for some time, not knowing how to believe his own eyes. But finding there was no room for doubt, "How!" said he to himself, "I am scarcely out of my palace, and but just under the walls of Samarcand, and dare they put such an outrage upon me? Perfidious wretches! your

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crime shall not go unpunished. As a king, I am bound to punish wickedness committed in my dominions; and as an enraged husband, I must sacrifice you to my just resentment." The unfortunate prince, giving way to his rage, then drew his cimeter, and approaching the bed killed them both with one blow, their sleep into death; and afterwards taking them up, he threw them out of a window into the ditch that surrounded the palace. Having thus avenged himself, he returned to his pavilion without saying one word of what had happened, gave orders that the tents should be struck, and everything made ready for his journey. All was speedily prepared, and before day he began his march, with kettle-drums and other instruments of music, that filled everyone with joy, excepting the king; he was so much afflicted by the disloyalty of his wife, that he was seized with extreme melancholy, which preyed upon his spirits during the whole of his journey. When he drew near the capital of the Indies, the sultan Shier-ear and all his court came out to meet him. The princes were overjoyed to see one another, and having alighted, after mutual embraces and other marks of affection and respect, remounted, and entered the city, amidst the acclamations of the people. The sultan conducted his brother to the palace provided for him, which had a communication with his own by a garden. It was so much the more magnificent as it was set apart as a banqueting- house for public entertainments, and other diversions of the court, and its splendour had been lately augmented by new furniture. Shier-ear immediately left the king of Tartary, that he might give him time to bathe, and to change his apparel. As soon as he had done, he returned to him again, and they sat down together on a sofa or alcove. The courtiers out of respect kept at a distance, and the two princes entertained one another suitably to their friendship, their consanguinity, and their long separation. The time of supper being come, they ate together, after which they renewed their conversation, which continued till Shier-ear, perceiving that it was very late, left his brother to repose. The unfortunate Shaw-zummaun retired to bed. Though the conversation of his brother had suspended his grief for some time, it returned again with increased violence; so that, instead of taking his necessary rest, he tormented himself with the bitterest reflections. All the circumstances of his wife's disloyalty presented themselves afresh to his imagination, in so lively a manner, that he was like one distracted. being able to sleep, he arose, and abandoned himself to the most afflicting thoughts, which made such an impression upon his countenance, as it was impossible for the sultan not to observe. "What," said he, "can be the matter with the king of Tartary that he is so melancholy? Has he any cause to complain of his reception? No, surely; I have received him as a brother whom I love, so that I can charge myself with no omission in that respect. Perhaps it grieves him to be at such a distance from his dominions, or from the queen his wife? If that be the case, I must forthwith give him the presents I designed for him, that he may return to Samarcand." Accordingly the next day Shier-ear sent him part of those presents, being the greatest rarities and the richest things that the Indies could afford. At the same time he endeavoured to divert his brother every day by new objects of pleasure, and the most splendid entertainments. But these, instead of affording him ease, only increased his sorrow. One day, Shier-ear having appointed a great hunting-match, about two days journey from his capital, in a place that abounded with deer, Shaw-zummaun besought him to excuse his attendance, for his health would not allow him to bear him company. The sultan, unwilling to put any constraint upon him, left him at his liberty, and went a-hunting with his nobles. The king of Tartary being thus left alone, shut himself up in his apartment, and sat down at a window that looked into the garden. That delicious place, and the sweet harmony of an infinite number of birds, which chose it for their retreat, must certainly have diverted him, had he been capable of taking pleasure in anything; but being perpetually tormented with the fatal remembrance of his queen's infamous conduct, his eyes were not so much fixed upon the garden, as lifted up to heaven to bewail his misfortune. While he was thus absorbed in grief, a circumstance occurred which attracted the whole of his attention. A secret gate of the sultan's palace suddenly opened, and there came out of it twenty women, in the midst of

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whom walked the sultaness, who was easily distinguished from the rest by her majestic air. This princess thinking that the king of Tartary was gone a-hunting with his brother the sultan, came with her retinue near the windows of his apartment. For the prince had so placed himself that he could see all that passed in the garden without being perceived himself. He observed, that the persons who accompanied the sultaness threw off their veils and long robes, that they might be more at their ease, but he was greatly surprised to find that ten of them were black men, and that each of these took his mistress. The sultaness, on her part, was not long without her gallant. She clapped her hands, and called "Masoud, Masoud," and immediately a black descended from a tree, and ran towards her with great speed. Modesty will not allow, nor is it necessary, to relate what passed between the blacks and the ladies. It is sufficient to say, that Shaw-zummaun saw enough to convince him, that his brother was as much to be pitied as himself. This amorous company continued together till midnight, and having bathed together in a great piece of water, which was one of the chief ornaments of the garden, they dressed themselves, and re-entered the palace by the secret door, all except Masoud, who climbed up his tree, and got over the garden wall as he had come in. These things having passed in the king of Tartary's sight, filled him with a multitude of reflections. "How little reason had I," said he, "to think that none was so unfortunate as myself? It is surely the unavoidable fate of all husbands, since even the sultan my brother, who is sovereign of so-many dominions, and the greatest prince of the earth, could not escape. Such being the case, what a fool am I to kill myself with grief? I am resolved that the remembrance of a misfortune so common shall never more disturb my peace." From that moment he forbore afflicting himself. He called for his supper, ate with a better appetite than he had done since his leaving Samarcand, and listened with some degree of pleasure to the agreeable concert of vocal and instrumental music that was appointed to entertain him while at table. He continued after this very cheerful; and when he was informed that the sultan was returning, went to meet him, and paid him his compliments with great gaiety. Shier-ear at first took no notice of this alteration. He politely expostulated with him for not bearing him company, and without giving him time to reply, entertained him with an account of the great number of deer and other game they had killed, and the pleasure he had received in the chase. Shaw-zummaun heard him with attention; and being now relieved from the melancholy which had before depressed his spirits, and clouded his talents, took up the conversation in his turn, and spoke a thousand agreeable and pleasant things to the sultan. Shier-ear, who expected to have found him in the same state as he had left him, was overjoyed to see him so cheerful: "Dear brother," said he, "I return thanks to heaven for the happy change it has wrought in you during my absence. I am indeed extremely rejoiced. But I have a request to make to you, and conjure you not to deny me."I can refuse you nothing," replied the king of Tartary; "you may command Shaw-zummaun as you please: speak, I am impatient to know what you desire of me." "Ever since you came to my court," resumed Shier-ear, "I have found you immersed in a deep melancholy, and I have in vain attempted to remove it by different diversions. I imagined it might be occasioned by your distance from your dominions, or that love might have a great share in it; and that the queen of Samarcand, who, no doubt, is an accomplished beauty, might be the cause. I do not know whether I am mistaken in my conjecture; but I must own, that it was for this very reason I would not importune you upon the subject, for fear of making you uneasy. But without myself contributing anything towards effecting the change, I find on my return that your mind is entirely delivered from the black vapour which disturbed it. Pray do me the favour to tell me why you were so melancholy, and wherefore you are no longer so." The king of Tartary continued for some time as if he had been meditating and contriving what he should answer; but at last replied, "You are my sultan and master; but excuse me, I beseech you, from answering your question." "No, dear brother," said the sultan, "you must answer me, I will take no denial." Shawzummaun, not being able to withstand these pressing entreaties, replied, "Well then, brother, I will satisfy you,

The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete since you command me ;" and having told him the story of the queen of Samarcand's treachery "This," said he, "was the cause of my grief; judge whether I had not sufficient reason for my depression."


"O! my brother," said the sultan, (in a tone which shewed what interest he took in the king of Tartary's affliction), "what a horrible event do you tell me! I commend you for punishing the traitors who offered you such an outrage. None can blame you for what you have done. It was just; and for my part, had the case been mine, 1 should scarcely have been so moderate. I could not have satisfied myself with the life of one woman; I should have sacrificed a thousand to my fury. I now cease to wonder at your melancholy. The cause was too afflicting and too mortifying not to overwhelm you. O heaven! what a strange adventure! Nor do I believe the like ever befell any man but yourself. But I must bless God, who has comforted you; and since I doubt not but your consolation is well-grounded, be so good as to inform me what it is, and conceal nothing from me." Shaw-zummaun was not so easily prevailed upon in this point as he had been in the other, on his brother's account. But being obliged to yield to his pressing instances, answered, "I must obey you then, since your command is absolute, yet I am afraid that my obedience will occasion your trouble to be greater than my own. But you must blame yourself, since you force me to reveal what I should otherwise have buried in eternal Oblivion." "What you say," answered Shier-ear, "serves only to increase my curiosity. Discover the secret, whatever it be." The king of Tartary being no longer able to refuse, related to him the particulars of the blacks in disguise, of the ungoverned passion of the sultaness, and her ladies; nor did he forget Masoud. After having been witness to these infamous actions, he continued, "I believed all women to be naturally lewd; and that they could not resist their inclination. Being of this opinion, it seemed to me to be in men an unaccountable weakness to place any confidence in their fidelity. This reflection brought on many others; and in short, I thought the best thing I could do was to make myself easy. It cost me some pains indeed, but at last I grew reconciled; and if you will take my advice, you will follow my example." Though the advice was good, the sultan could not approve of it, but fell into a rage. "What!" said he, "is the sultaness of the Indies capable of prostituting herself in so base a manner! No, brother, I cannot believe what you state unless I beheld it with my own eyes. Yours must needs have deceived you; the matter is so important that I must be satisfied of it myself." "Dear brother," answered Shaw-zummaun, "that you may without much difficulty. Appoint another hunting-match, and when we are out of town with your court and mine, we will rest under our tents, and at night let you and I return unattended to my apartments. I am certain the next day you will see a repetition of the scene." The sultan approving the stratagem, immediately appointed another hunting- match. And that same day the tents were pitched at the place appointed. The next day the two princes set out with all their retinue; they arrived at the place of encampment, and stayed there till night. Shier-ear then called his grand vizier, and, without acquainting him with his design, commanded him during his absence to suffer no person to quit the camp on any presence whatever. As soon as he had given this order, the king of Grand Tartary and he took horse, passed through the camp incognito, returned to the city, and went to Shaw-zummaun's apartment. They had scarcely placed themselves in the window whence the king of Tartary had beheld the scene of the disguised blacks, when the secret gate opened, the sultaness and her ladies entered the garden with the blacks, and she having called to Masoud, the sultan saw more than enough fully to convince him of his dishonour and misfortune. "Oh heavens!" he exclaimed, "what indignity! What horror! Can the wife of a sovereign be capable of such infamous conduct? After this, let no prince boast of being perfectly happy. Alas! my brother," continued he, embracing the king of Tartery, "let us both renounce the world, honour is banished out of it; if it flatter us one day, it betrays us the next. Let us abandon our dominions, and go into foreign countries, where we may lead an obscure life, and conceal our misfortunes." Shaw-zummaun did not at all approve of this plan, but did not think fit to contradict Shierear in the heat of his passion. "Dear brother," he replied, "your will shall be mine. I am ready to follow you whithersoever you please: but promise me that you will return, if we meet with any one more unhappy than ourselves." "To this I agree," said the sultan, "but doubt much whether we shall." "I am not of your opinion in this," replied the king of Tartary; "I fancy our journey will be but short." Having thus resolved, they went secretly out of the palace. They travelled as long as day-light continued; and lay the

The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete first night under trees. They arose about break of day, went on till they came to a fine meadow on the seashore, that was be-sprinkled with large trees They sat down under one of them to rest and refresh themselves, and the chief subject of their conversation was the infidelity or their wives.


They had not rested long, before they heard a frightful noise from the sea, and a terrible cry, which filled them with fear. The sea then opened, and there arose something like a great black column, which reached almost to the clouds. This redoubled their terror, made them rise with haste, and climb up into a tree m bide themselves. They had scarcely got up, when looking to the place from whence the noise proceeded, and where the sea had opened, they observed that the black column advanced, winding about towards the: shore, cleaving the water before it. They could not at first think what this could mean, but in a little time they found that it was one of those malignant genies that are mortal enemies to mankind, and are always doing them mischief. He was black and frightful, had the shape of a giant, of a prodigious stature, and carried on his head a large glass box, fastened with four locks of fine steel. He entered the meadow with his burden, which he laid down just at the foot of the tree where the two princes were concealed, who gave themselves over as lost. The genie sat down by his box, and opening it with four keys that he had at his girdle, there came out a lady magnificently appareled, of a majestic stature, and perfect beauty. The monster made her sit down by him, and eyeing her with an amorous look, said, "Lady, nay, most accomplished of all ladies who are admired for their beauty, my charming mistress, whom I carried off on your wedding-day, and have loved so constantly ever since, let me sleep a few moments by you; for I found myself so very drowsy that I came to this place to take a little rest." Having spoken thus, he laid down his huge head upon the lady's knees, and stretching out his legs, which reached as far as the sea, he fell asleep presently, and snored so loud that he made the shores echo. The lady happening at this time to look up, saw the two princes in the tree, and made a sign to them with her hand to come down without making any noise. Their fear was extreme when they found themselves discovered, and they prayed the lady, by other signs, to excuse them. But she, after having laid the monster's head softly on the ground, rose up and spoke to them, with a low but eager voice, to come down to her; she would take no denial. They informed her by signs that they were afraid of the genie, and would fain have been excused. Upon which she ordered them to come down, and threatened if they did not make haste, to awaken the genie, and cause him to put them to death. These words so much intimidated the princes, that they began to descend with all possible precaution lest they should awake the genie. When they had come down, the lady took them by the hand, and going a little farther with them under the trees, made them a very urgent proposal. At first they rejected it, but she obliged them to comply by her threats. Having obtained what she desired, she perceived that each of them had a ring on his finger, which she demanded. As soon as she had received them, she pulled out a string of other rings, which she shewed the princes, and asked them if they knew what those jewels meant? "No," said they, "we hope you will be pleased to inform us." "These are," she replied, "the rings of all the men to whom I have granted my favours. There are fourscore and eighteen, which I keep as memorials of them; and I asked for yours to make up the hundred. So that I have had a hundred gallants already, notwithstanding the vigilance of this wicked genie, who never leaves me. He may lock me up in this glass box and hide me in the bottom of the sea; but I find methods to elude his vigilance. You may see by this, that when a woman has formed a project, there is no husband or lover that can prevent her from putting it in execution. Men had better not put their wives under such restraint, as it only serves to teach them cunning." Having spoken thus to them, she put their rings on the same string with the rest, and sitting down by the monster, as before, laid his head again upon her lap, end made a sign to the princes to depart. They returned immediately the way they had come, and when they were out of sight of the lady and the genie Shier-ear said to Shaw-zummaun "Well, brother, what do you think of this adventure? Has not the genie a very faithful mistress? And do you not agree that there is no wickedness equal to that of women?" "Yes, brother," answered the king of Great Tartary; "and you must also agree that the monster is more unfortunate, and more to be pitied than ourselves. Therefore, since we have found what we sought for, let us return to our dominions, and let not this hinder us from marrying. For my part, I know a method by which to preserve the

The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete fidelity of my wife inviolable. I will say no more at present, but you will hear of it in a little time, and I am sure you will follow my example." The sultan agreed with his brother; and continuing their journey, they arrived in the camp the third night after their departure.


The news of the sultan's return being spread, the courtiers came betimes in the morning before his pavilion to wait his pleasure. He ordered them to enter, received them with a more pleasant air than he had formerly done, and gave each of them a present. After which, he told them he would go no farther, ordered them to take horse, and returned with expedition to his palace. As soon as he arrived, he proceeded to the sultaness's apartment, commanded her to be bound before him, and delivered her to his grand vizier, with an order to strangle her, which was accordingly executed by that minister, without inquiring into her crime. The enraged prince did not stop here, but cut off the heads of all the sultaness's ladies with his own hand. After this rigorous punishment, being persuaded that no woman was chaste, he resolved, in order to prevent the disloyalty of such as he should afterwards marry, to wed one every night, and have her strangled next morning. Having imposed this cruel law upon himself, he swore that he would put it in force immediately after the departure of the king of Tartary, who shortly took leave of him, and being laden with magnificent presents, set forward on his journey. Shaw-zummaun having departed, Shier-ear ordered his grand vizier to bring him the daughter of one of his generals. The vizier obeyed. The sultan lay with her, and putting her next morning into his hands again in order to have her strangled, commanded him to provide him another the next night. Whatever reluctance the vizier might feel to put such orders in execution, as he owed blind obedience to the sultan his master, he was forced to submit. He brought him then the daughter of a subaltern, whom he also put to death the next day. After her he brought a citizen's daughter; and, in a word, there was every day a maid married, and a wife murdered. The rumour of this unparalleled barbarity occasioned a general consternation in the city, where there was nothing but crying and lamentation. Here, a father in tears, and inconsolable for the loss of his daughter; and there, tender mothers dreating lest their daughters should share the same fate, filling the air with cries of distress and apprehension. So that, instead of the commendation and blessings which the sultan had hitherto received from his subjects, their mouths were now filled with imprecations. The grand vizier who, as has been already observed, was the unwilling executioner of this horrid course of injustice, had two daughters, the elder called Scheherazade, and the younger Dinarzade. The latter was highly accomplished; but the former possessed courage, wit, and penetration, infinitely above her sex. She had read much, and had so admirable a memory, that she never forgot any thing she had read. She had successfully applied herself to philosophy, medicine, history, and the liberal arts; and her poetry excelled the compositions of the best writers of her time. Besides this, she was a perfect beauty, and all her accomplishments were crowned by solid virtue. The vizier loved this daughter, so worthy of his affection. One day, as they were conversing together, she said to him, "Father, I have one favour to beg of you, and most humbly pray you to grant it." "I will not refuse," answered he, "provided it be just and reasonable." "For the justice of it," resumed she, "there can be no question, and you may judge of this by the motive which obliges me to make the request. I wish to stop that barbarity which the sultan exercises upon the families of this city. I would dispel those painful apprehensions which so many mothers feel of losing their daughters in such a fatal manner." "Your design, daughter," replied the vizier "is very commendable; but the evil you would remedy seems to me incurable. How do you propose to effect your purpose?" "Father," said Scheherazade, "since by your means the sultan makes every day a new marriage, I conjure you, by the tender affection you bear me, to procure me the honour of his bed." The vizier could not hear this without horror. "O heaven!" he replied in a passion, "have you lost your senses, daughter, that you make such a dangerous request? You know the sultan has sworn, that he will never lie above one night with the same woman, and to command her to be killed the next morning; would you then have me

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propose you to him? Consider well to what your indiscreet zeal will expose you." "Yes, dear father," replied the virtuous daughter, "I know the risk I run; but that does not alarm me. If I perish, my death will be glorious; and if I succeed, I shall do my country an important service." "No, no," said the vizier "whatever you may offer to induce me to let you throw yourself into such imminent danger, do not imagine that I will ever consent. When the sultan shall command me to strike my poniard into your heart, alas! I must obey; and what an employment will that be for a father! Ah! if you do not dread death, at least cherish some fears of afflicting me with the mortal grief of imbuing my hands in your blood." "Once more father," replied Scheherazade, "grant me the favour I solicit." "Your stubbornness," resumed the vizier "will rouse my anger; why will you run headlong to your ruin? They who do not foresee the end of a dangerous enterprise can never conduct it to a happy issue. I am afraid the same thing will happen to you as befell the ass, which was well off, but could not remain so." "What misfortune befell the ass?" demanded Scheherazade. "I will tell you," replied the vizier, "if you will hear me." The Ass, the Ox, and the Labourer. A very wealthy merchant possessed several country-houses, where he kept a large number of cattle of every kind. He retired with his wife and family to one of these estates, in order to improve it under his own direction. He had the gift of understanding the language of beasts, but with this condition, that he should not, on pain of death, interpret it to any one else. And this hindered him from communicating to others what he learned by means of this faculty. He kept in the same stall an ox and an ass. One day as he sat near them, and was amusing himself in looking at his children who were playing about him, he heard the ox say to the ass, "Sprightly, O! how happy do I think you, when I consider the ease you enjoy, and the little labour that is required of you. You are carefully rubbed down and washed, you have well-dressed corn, and fresh clean water. Your greatest business is to carry the merchant, our master, when he has any little journey to make, and were it not for that you would be perfectly idle. I am treated in a very different manner, and my condition is as deplorable as yours is fortunate. Daylight no sooner appears than I am fastened to a plough, and made to work till night, which so fatigues me, that sometimes my strength entirely fails. Besides, the labourer, who is always behind me, beats me continually. By drawing the plough, my tail is all flayed; and in short, after having laboured from morning to night, when I am brought in they give me nothing to eat but sorry dry beans, not so much as cleansed from dirt, or other food equally bad; and to heighten my misery, when I have filled my belly with such ordinary stuff, I am forced to lie all night in my own dung: so that you see I have reason to envy your lot." The ass did not interrupt the ox; but when he had concluded, answered, "They that called you a foolish beast did not lie. You are too simple; you suffer them to conduct you whither they please, and shew no manner of resolution. In the mean time, what advantage do you reap from all the indignities you suffer." You kill yourself for the ease, pleasure, and profit of those who give you no thanks for your service. But they would not treat you so, if you had as much courage as strength. When they come to fasten you to the stall, why do you not resist? why do you not gore them with your horns, and shew that you arc angry, by striking your foot against the ground? And, in short, why do not you frighten them by bellowing aloud? Nature has furnished you with means to command respect; but you do not use them. They bring you sorry beans and bad straw; eat none of them, only smell and then leave them. If you follow my advice, you will soon experience a change, for which you will thank me." The ox took the ass's advice in very good part, and owned he was much obliged to him. "Dear Sprightly," added he, "I will not fail to do as you direct, and you shall see how I will acquit myself." Here ended their conversation, of which the merchant lost not a word. Early the next morning the labourer went for the ox. He fastened him to the plough and conducted him to his usual work. The ox, who had not forgotten the ass's counsel, was very troublesome and untowardly all that day, and in the evening, when the labourer brought him back to the stall, and began to fasten him, the

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malicious beast instead of presenting his head willingly as he used to do, was restive, and drew back bellowing; and then made at the labourer, as if he would have gored him with his horns. In a word, he did all that the ass had advised him. The day following, the labourer came as usual, to take the ox to his labour; but finding the stall full of beans, the straw that he had put in the night before not touched, and the ox lying on the ground with his legs stretched out, and panting in a strange manner, he believed him to be unwell, pitied him, and thinking that it was not proper to take him to work, went immediately and acquainted his master with his condition. The merchant perceiving that the ox had followed all the mischievous advice of the ass, determined to punish the latter, and accordingly ordered the labourer to go and put him in the ox's place, and to he sure to work him hard. The labourer did as he was desired. The ass was forced to draw the plough all that day, which fatigued him so much the more, as he was not accustomed to that kind of labour; besides he had been so soundly beaten, that he could scarcely stand when he came back. Meanwhile, the ox was mightily pleased; he ate up all that was in his stall, and rested himself the whole day. He rejoiced that he had followed the ass's advice, blessed him a thousand times for the kindness he had done him, and did not fail to express his obligations when the ass had returned. The ass made no reply, so vexed was he at the ill treatment he had received; but he said within himself, "It is by my own imprudence I have brought this misfortune upon myself. I lived happily, every thing smiled upon me; I had all that I could wish; it is my own fault that I am brought to this miserable condition; and if I cannot contrive some way to get out of it, I am certainly undone." As he spoke, his strength was so much exhausted that he fell down in his stall, as if he had been half dead. Here the grand vizier, himself to Scheherazade, and said, "Daughter, you act just like this ass; you will expose yourself to destruction by your erroneous policy. Take my advice, remain quiet, and do not seek to hasten your death." "Father," replied Scheherazade, "the example you have set before me will not induce me to change my resolution. I will never cease importuning you until you present me to the sultan as his bride." The vizier, perceiving that she persisted in her demand, replied, "Alas! then, since you will continue obstinate, I shall be obliged to treat you in the same manner as the merchant whom I before referred to treated his wife a short time after." The merchant understanding that the ass was in a lamentable condition, was desirous of knowing what passed between him and the ox, therefore after supper he went out by moonlight, and sat down by them, his wife bearing him company. After his arrival, he heard the ass say to the ox "Comrade, tell me, I pray you, what you intend to do to-morrow, when the labourer brings you meat?" "What will I do?" replied the ox, "I will continue to act as you taught me. I will draw back from him and threaten him with my horns, as I did yesterday: I will feign myself ill, and at the point of death." "Beware of that," replied the ass, "it will ruin you; for as I came home this evening, I heard the merchant, our master, say something that makes me tremble for you." "Alas! what did you hear?" demanded the ox; "as you love me, withhold nothing from me, my dear Sprightly." "Our master," replied the ass, "addressed himself thus to the labourer: ‘Since the ox does not eat, and is not able to work, I would have him killed to-morrow, and we will give his flesh as an alms to the poor for God's sake, as for the skin, that will be of use to us, and I would have you give it the currier to dress; therefore be sure to send for the butcher.' This is what I had to tell you," said the ass. "The interest I feel in your preservation, and my friendship for you, obliged me to make it known to you, and to give you new advice. As soon as they bring you your bran and straw, rise up and eat heartily. Our master will by this think that you are recovered, and no doubt will recall his orders for killing you; but, if you act otherwise, you will certainly be slaughtered." This discourse had the effect which the ass designed. The ox was greatly alarmed, and bellowed for fear. The merchant, who heard the conversation very attentively, fell into a loud fit of laughter. His wife was greatly surprised, and asked, "Pray, husband, tell me what you laugh at so heartily, that I may laugh with you." "Wife," replied he, "you must content yourself with hearing me laugh." "No," returned she, "I will know the reason." "I cannot afford you that satisfaction," he, "and can only inform you that I laugh at what our ass just now said to the ox. The rest is a secret, which I am not allowed to reveal." "What," demanded she "hinders

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you from revealing the secret?" "If I tell it you," replied he, "I shall forfeit my life." "You only jeer me," cried his wife, "what you would have me believe cannot be true. If you do not directly satisfy me as to what you laugh at, and tell me what the ox and the ass said to one another, I swear by heaven that you and I shall never bed together again." Having spoken thus, she went into the house, and seating herself in a corner, cried there all night. Her husband lay alone, and finding next morning that she continued in the same humour, told her, she was very foolish to afflict herself in that manner; that the thing was not worth so much; that it concerned her very little to know while it was of the utmost consequence to him to keep the secret: "therefore," continued he, "I conjure you to think no more of it." "I shall still think so much of it," replied she, "as never to forbear weeping till you have satisfied my curiosity." "But I tell you very seriously," answered he, "that it will cost me my life if I yield to your indiscreet solicitations." "Let what will happen," said she, "I do insist upon it." "I perceive," resumed the merchant, "that it is impossible to bring you to reason, and since I foresee that you will occasion your own death by your obstinacy, I will call in your children, that they may see you before you die." Accordingly he called for them, and sent for her father and mother, and other relations. When they were come and had heard the reason of their being summoned, they did all they could to convince her that she was in the wrong, but to no purpose: she told them she would rather die than yield that point to her husband. Her father and mother spoke to her by herself, and told her that what she desired to know was of no importance to her; but they could produce no effect upon her, either by their authority or intreaties. When her children saw that nothing would prevail to draw her out of that sullen temper, they wept bitterly. The merchant himself was half frantic, and almost ready to risk his own life to save that of his wife, whom he sincerely loved. The merchant had fifty hens and one cock, with a dog that gave good heed to all that passed. While the merchant was considering what he had best do, he saw his dog run towards the cock as he was treading a hen, and heard him say to him: "Cock, I am sure heaven will not let you live long; are you not ashamed to ad thus to-day?" The cock standing up on tiptoe, answered fiercely: "And why not to-day as well as other days?" "If you do not know," replied the dog, "then I will tell you, that this day our master is in great perplexity. His wife would have him reveal a secret which is of such a nature, that the disclosure would cost him his life. Things are come to that pass, that it is to be feared he will scarcely have resolution enough to resist his wife's obstinacy; for he loves her, and is affected by the tears she continually sheds. We are all alarmed at his situation, while you only insult our melancholy, and have the impudence to divert yourself with your hens." The cock answered the dog's reproof thus: "What, has our master so little sense? he has but one wife, and cannot govern her, and though I have fifty, I make them all do what I please. Let him use his reason, he will soon find a way to rid himself of his trouble." "How?" demanded the dog; "what would you have him do?" "Let him go into the room where his wife is," resumed the cock, "lock the door, and take a stick and thrash her well; and I will answer for it, that will bring her to her senses, and make her forbear to importune him to discover what he ought not to reveal." The merchant had no sooner heard what the cock said, than he took up a stick, went to his wife, whom he found still crying, and shutting the door, belaboured her so soundly, that she cried out, "Enough, husband, enough, forbear, and I will never ask the question more." Upon this, perceiving that she repented of her impertinent curiosity, he desisted; and opening the door, her friends came in, were glad to find her cured of her obstinacy, and complimented her husband upon this happy expedient to bring his wife to reason. "Daughter," added the grand vizier, "you deserve to be treated as the merchant treated his wife." "Father," replied Scheherazade, "I beg you would not take it ill that I persist in my opinion. I am nothing moved by the story of this woman. I could relate many, to persuade you that you ought not to oppose my design. Besides, pardon me for declaring, that your opposition is vain; for if your paternal affection should hinder you from granting my request, I will go and offer myself to the sultan." In short, the father, being overcome by the resolution of his daughter, yielded to her importunity, and though he was much grieved that he could not divert her from so fatal a resolution, he went instantly to acquaint the sultan, that next night he

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The sultan was much surprized at the sacrifice which the grand vizier proposed to make. "How could you", said he, "resolve to bring me your own daughter?" "Sir," answered the vizier, "it is her own offer. The sad destiny that awaits her could not intimidate her; she prefers the honour of being your majesty's wile for one night, to her life." "But do not act under a mistake, vizier," said the sultan; "to-morrow. when I place Scheherazade in your hands, I expect you will put her to death; and if you fail, I swear that your own life shall answer." "Sir," rejoined the vizier "my heart without doubt will be full of grief to execute your commands; but it is to no purpose for nature to murmur. Though I am her father, I will answer for the fidelity of my hand to obey your order." Shier-ear accepted his minister's offer, and told him he might bring his daughter when he pleased. T'he grand vizicr went with the intelligence to Schcherazade, who received it with as much joy as if it had been the most agreeable information she could have received. She thanked her father for having so greatly obliged her; and perceiving that he was overwhelmed with grief, told him for his consolation, that she hoped he would never repent of having married her to the sultan; and that, on the contrary, he should have reason to rejoice at his compliance all his days. Her business now was to adorn herself to appear before the sultan; but before she went, she took her sister Dinarzade apart, and said to her, "My dear sister, I have need of your assistance in a matter of great importance, and must pray you not to deny it me. My father is going to conduct me to the sultan; do not let this alarm you, but hear me with patience. As soon as I am in his presence, I will pray him to allow you to lie in the bride- chamber, that I may enjoy your company this one night more. If I obtain that favour, as I hope to do, remember to awake me to- morrow an hour before day, and to address me in these or some such words: ‘My sister, if you be not asleep, I pray you that till day-break, which will be very shortly, you will relate to me one of the entertaining stories of which you have read so many.' I will immediately tell you one; and I hope by this means to deliver the city from the consternation it is under at present." Dinarzade answered that she would with pleasure act as she required her. The grand vizier conducted Schcherazade to the palace, and retired, after having introduced her into the sultan's apartment. As soon as the sultan was left alone with her, he ordered her to uncover her face: he found her so beautiful that he was perfectly charmed; but perceiving her to be in tears, demanded the reason. "Sir," answered Scheherazade, "I have a sister who loves me tenderly, and I could wish that she might be allowed to pass the night in this chamber, that I might see her, and once more bid her adieu. Will you be pleased to allow me the consolation of giving her this last testimony of my affection?" Shier-ear having consented, Dinarzade was sent for, who came with all possible expedition. An hour before day, Dinarzade failed not to do as her sister had ordered. "My dear sister," cried she, "if you be not asleep, I pray that until daybreak, which will be very shortly, you will tell me one of those pleasant stories you have read. Alas! this may perhaps be the last time that I shall enjoy that pleasure." Scheherazade, instead of answering her sister, addressed herself to the sultan: "Sir, will your majesty be pleased to allow me to afford my sister this satisfaction?" "With all my heart," replied the sultan. Scheherazade then bade her sister attend, and afterwards, addressing herself to Shier-ear, proceeded as follows. THE MERCHANT AND THE GENIE. There was formerly a merchant who possessed much property in lands, goods, and money, and had a great number of clerks, factors, and slaves. He was obliged from time to time to visit his correspondents on business; and one day being under the necessity of going a long journey on an affair of importance, he took horse, and carried with him a wallet containing biscuits and dates, because he had a great desert to pass over,

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The fourth day of his journey, he was so much incommoded by the heat of the sun, and the reflection of that heat from the earth, that he turned out of the road, to refresh himself under some trees. He found at the root of a large tree a fountain of very clear running water. Having alighted, he tied his horse to a branch, and sitting down by the fountain, took some biscuits and dates out of his wallet. As he ate his dates, he threw the shells carelessly in different directions. When he had finished his repast, being a good Moosulmaun, he washed his hands, face, and feet, and said his prayers. Before he had finished, and while he was yet on his knees, he saw a genie, white with age, and of a monstrous bulk, advancing towards him with a cimeter in his hand. The genie spoke to him in a terrible voice: "Rise, that I may kill thee with this cimeter, as thou hast killed my son;" and accompanied these words with a frightful cry. The merchant being as much alarmed at the hideous shape of the monster as at his threatening language, answered him, trembling, "Alas! my good lord, of what crime can I be guilty towards you, that you should take away my life?" "I will," replied the genie, "kill thee, as thou hast killed my son." "Heavens," exclaimed the merchant, "how could I kill your son? I never knew, never saw him." "Did not you sit down when you came hither?" demanded the genie: "did you not take dates out of your wallet, and as you ate them, did not you throw the shells about in different directions?" "I did all that you say," answered the merchant, "I cannot deny it." "If it be so," resumed the genie, "I tell thee that thou hast killed my son; and in this manner: When thou wert throwing the shells about, my son was passing by, and thou didst throw one into his eye, which killed him; therefore I must kill thee." "Ah! my lord! pardon me!" cried the merchant. "No pardon," exclaimed the genie, "no mercy. Is it not just to kill him that has killed another?" "I agree it is," replied the merchant, "but certainly I never killed your son; and if I have, it was unknown to me, and I did it innocently; I beg you therefore to pardon me, and suffer me to live." "No, no," returned the genie, persisting in his resolution, "I must kill thee, since thou hast killed my son." Then taking the merchant by the arm, he threw him with his face on the ground, and lifted up his cimeter to cut off his head. The merchant, with tears, protested he was innocent, bewailed his wife and children, and supplicated the genie, in the most moving expressions. The genie, with his cimeter still lifted up, had the patience to hear his unfortunate victims to the end of his lamentations, but would not relent. "All this whining," said the monster, "is to no purpose; though you should shed tears of blood, they should not hinder me from killing thee, as thou hast killed my son." "What!" exclaimed the merchant, "can nothing prevail with you? Will you absolutely take away the life of a poor innocent?" "Yes," replied the genie, "I am resolved." As soon as she had spoken these words, perceiving it was day, and knowing that the sultan rose early in the morning to say his prayers, and hold his council, Scheherazade discontinued her story. "Dear sister," said Dinarzade, "what a wonderful story is this!" "The remainder of it," replied Scheherazade "is more surprising, and you will be of this opinion, if the sultan will but permit me to live over this day, and allow me to proceed with the relation the ensuing night." Shier-ear, who had listened to Scheherazade with much interest, said to himself, "I will wait till to-morrow, for I can at any time put her to death when she has concluded her story." Having thus resolved not to put Scheherazade to death that day, he rose and went to his prayers, and to attend his council. During this time the grand vizier was in the utmost distress. Instead of sleeping, he spent the night in sighs and groans, bewailing the lot of his daughter, of whom he believed he should himself shortly be the executioner. As, with this melancholy prospect before him, he dreaded to meet the sultan, he was agreeably surprised when he found the prince entered the council chamber without giving him the fatal orders he expected. The sultan, according to his custom, spent the day in regulating his affairs; and when the night had closed in, retired with Scheherazade. The next morning before day, Dinarzade failed not to call to her sister: "My dear sister, if you be not asleep, I pray you till day-break, which is very near, to go on with the story you began last

"I ask a year. it has been deemed advisable to omit them. they all began to lament in the most distressing manner. "Brother. He put his burial clothes in his wallet. he went out of the hearing of the cries of his family. "at your return. and informed her that he had given him his oath to return at the end of the year. that they may not go to law after my death. which is possessed solely by evil spirits. waited the coming of the genie. When. divided his property among his children." He then related what had passed betwixt him and the genie. and tore her hair. when he reflected on his fatal oath. "I swear by all that is sacred. and after restoring to his wife all that was due to her by their marriage contract. to receive death from his hands." answered the merchant. "if I grant you the time you ask. may I ask why you are come into this desert place. bade her proceed with the story of the genie and the merchant. the old man said to him." Having thus spoken. and to divide my estate among them by will. and proceeded on his journey. and first of all to pay his debts. At last the year expired." Upon this the genie left him near the fountain. and he was obliged to depart.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 14 night. I obey the will of heaven in quitting you." said the merchant. not being able to resist the impulse of nature. The children." answered the merchant. that she may finish the story she is relating. without waiting for Scheherazade to ask his permission. He made presents to his friends. pray tell us the cause of your sorrow. their grief surpassed description. but resolved to go and die with him. Have the goodness to grant me some respite." "Do you take heaven to be witness to this promise?" said the genie. and prepare myself to die without regret. and pursuing his journey. but grieved on the other. and disappeared. His wife enquire reason of his excessive grief and tears. he addressed them in the following terms: "My dear wife and children. and where consequently you cannot be safe? From the beautiful trees which are seen here. all in tears. The merchant being recovered from his terror. he gave her in addition as much as the law would allow him. Whilst he languished under this painful expectation. "I have but a year to live. beat her face." "What time do you require then?" demanded the genie." said she. appointed guardians for such of them as were not of age. it became necessary for him to tear himself from these dear objects." "But. he cried out aloud to him. where it is dangerous to remain long. His wife uttered the most piteous cries. upon which Scheherazade continued her relation as follows. that his family apprehended something calamitous had befallen him. arrived on the day appointed at the place where he had promised to meet the genie. On the following morning the merchant applied himself to put his affairs in order. "For heaven's sake hold your hand! Allow me one word. they exhibited the most affecting spectacle possible. and seating himself down by the fountain. "and you may rely on my oath. When he reached home. and consider that it is the destiny of man to die. I doubt you will never return?" "If you will believe my oath. After they had saluted one another. When I have done this. however. wept so bitterly. He alighted. "We are all overjoyed. mounted his horse. They could not reconcile their minds to the separation. "I cannot in less settle my affairs. to bid my wife and children adieu. "I do. and the father. made the house resound with their groans. Follow my example. [FN: In the original work Scheherazade continually breaks off to ask the sultan to spare her life for another day. As these interruptions considerably interfere with the continued interest of the stories." said the genie. When they heard this afflicting intelligence." The sultan. with all the sorrow imaginable. instead of returning their caresses. submit with fortitude to this necessity." . I will come back and submit to whatever you shall please to command." "Alas!" replied the husband. But I promise you. to put myself into your hands. but it is in reality a wilderness. in a word. but when he came to bid his wife and children adieu. his wife and children received him with all the demonstrations of perfect joy. mingled his tears with theirs: so that. but you alarm us by your lamentations. an old man leading a hind appeared and drew near him. glad on the one hand that he had escaped so great a danger. one might indeed suppose the place inhabited. But he. that I will come and meet you here without fail.] When the merchant saw that the genie was going to cut off his head. set his slaves of both sexes at liberty. gave liberal alms to the poor. that this day twelve months I will return under these trees.

cherished a hatred for both mother and child. "and must leave off. bade her proceed with that. Before I went. When the old man who led the hind saw the genie lay hold of the merchant. and related to him the adventure which obliged him to be there. In a short time they perceived a thick vapour. She was only twelve years of age when I married her. she changed him . when I was obliged to undertake a long journey. and asked why the merchant who sat with them looked so melancholy? They told him the reason." The sultan resolving to hear the end of it. I still treated her with much kindness and affection. They had scarcely begun to converse together. where. "Well then. I agree. which she did as follows. tell me one of those pleasant stories that you have read. that I knew nothing of it till it was too late." The Story of the First Old Man and the Hind. said. "Prince of genies. but concealed her aversion so well. and when she had learnt enough of that diabolical art to execute her horrible design. I pray you. and that he was resolved to stay and see the issue. and about to kill him. and her husband. exclaimed. He added. while the merchant and the old man who led the hind were conversing. went to the merchant with a drawn cimeter. I shall begin my story then. I hope you will pardon the unfortunate man a third of his offence. resolved to do the same. My wife being jealous. he threw himself at the feet of the monster." said she. "if you be not asleep." The genie took some time to deliberate on this proposal. who. and do me the favour to hear me. and for that purpose sat down with them. and the genie appeared. but answered at last. without any children. "Get thee up. and taking him by the arm. like a cloud of dust raised by a whirlwind. said to him. I most humbly request you to suspend your anger. by whom I had a son. The next morning Dinarzade made the same request to her sister as before: "My dear sister. The second old man thinking it also worth his curiosity. what is more. yet the best of the story is to come. When it had come up to them it suddenly vanished. However. My desire of having children only induced me to purchase a slave. advancing towards them. nay. by her enchantments. listen to me. when there arrived a third old man leading a mule. with all that had passed between them. particularly the merchant's oath. without saluting them. which was to be for a whole year. She however employed that time to satisfy her hatred. that I may kill thee. Mean time my son grew up. my wife. Sir." The merchant and the three old men began to lament and fill the air with their cries. We lived together twenty years. and of the hind you see. her kinsman. suffered her to live that day also. He addressed himself to the two former.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 15 The merchant satisfied his curiosity. I recommended to my wife." But the sultan." He then seated himself by the merchant." said Scheherazade. "This is the most surprising thing in the world! and you are bound by the most inviolable oath. so that I may justly say. She applied herself to magic. with attention. which appeared to him so extraordinary. and kissing them. and when he had done. the wretch carried my son to a desolate place. followed by two black dogs. I will tell you the history of my life. of whom I had no mistrust. and prayed her to take care of them during my absence. and they entered into conversation. after they had saluted one another. and took his seat by them. and if you think it more wonderful and surprising than the adventure of the merchant. Her barrenness did not effect any change in my love. This hind you see is my cousin. they saw another old man coming towards them. as thou didst my son. I will be witness of your interview with the genie. the slave and her son. "But I see day. he asked them what they did in that place? The old man with the hind told him the adventure of the merchant and genie. that it was the day agreed on. The old man listened with astonishment. that he also resolved to witness the result. who was extremely promising. and was ten years old. she ought to regard me equally as her father. wishing to learn what followed betwixt the merchant and the genie.

but soon after he had taken her away. pretending she had bought him." Out of deference to my wife. Yesterday." I did not enquire what he did with the cow. she hated my son too much to consent that I should save him.' replied she. husband? Sacrifice that cow. but as she informed me my son had only disappeared. nor one fitter for the festival. take great care of him. she cried out. who was changed into a cow. However. "to communicate to you a piece of intelligence. when turning his eyes bathed with tears." said I to him. he made so great an effort to come near me. which suspended the sacrifice. found her to be nothing except bones." said she. and I heard nothing of him. "What are you doing. I will spare him. was going to plunge it into my son's throat. On his part. to signify that he was my son. but when he flayed her. "is dead. or rather. but she likewise changed the slave into a cow. but ordered my farmer to get me another. your farmer has not a finer. as if he meant to excite my compassion. The next morning my farmer desired to speak with me alone. she bellowed piteously. I have a daughter that has some skill in magic. yet I could not forbear being moved at the sight of him. as soon as he beheld me." I replied. I tied the poor creature. in a languishing manner. than with the tears of the cow. This seemed to me very extraordinary. I let the knife fall. "I come. disarmed me a second time. husband? Take my advice. that he broke his cord.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete into a calf." The wicked woman had no regard to my wishes. eight months passed." "Wife." said he. towards me. she exclaimed. and pacified her a little. and gave him to my farmer to fatten. and wept at the remembrance of the sacrifice that was made the other day of his mother. I could not find in my heart to give her a blow. for her tears and bellowing pierced my heart. I sent to my farmer for one of the fattest cows to sacrifice." ." said I to the farmer. "Go. and the cow which was brought me proved to be my slave. "I will not sacrifice him. I was more surprised and affected with this action. The farmer. and gave her also to my farmer. and pray do not you oppose me. and bellowing. bring it me in her stead. and in a moment after fell a weeping. he returned with a fat calf. who hated both the mother and son. and bring me another in his stead immediately. but as I was going to sacrifice her. He accordingly sent me one. I came again to the cow. "carry home that calf. and taking up the fatal knife. I laughed for joy to see him still alive. and desired him to take it and sacrifice her himself. I then put the mallet into the farmer's hands. My wife." I was afflicted at the death of the slave. "Take her yourself. sacrificed her. less compassionate than myself. "and I come to acquaint you with it. I enquired for the mother and child. and did as much as was possible for him. 16 At my return. which interested me on his behalf. Though I knew not the calf was my son. but I continued firm. for which I hope you will return me thanks. nature did its duty. conjuring me not to be so cruel as to take his life. "dispose of her in alms. ‘ the calf you bring back is our landlord's son. I have not seen him this two months. I felt a tender pity. he affected me so much that I had not strength to kill him." As soon as my wife heard me give this order. sacrifice no other calf but that. These two metamorphoses were made by the enchantments of our master's wife. threw himself at my feet. I was in hopes he would shortly return. and resisting an order which disappointed her malice. I bound her. When the festival of the great Bairam was to be celebrated. and as for your son. when the victim redoubling her tears. "What are you about. I perceived she laughed when she saw him. and combating my compassion. Her enmity did not stop at this abominable action. was enraged at my tenderness. the unfortunate mother of my son. who was present. as I carried back the calf which you would not sacrifice." said the farmer. She used all her endeavours to persuade me to change my resolution. I asked her why she acted two such opposite parts at one and the same time. and finding myself moved with compassion. and I could perceive tears streaming from her eyes. was going to give her the fatal blow. and told my wife positively that I would have another calf to sacrifice. with his head against the ground. by promising that I would sacrifice him against the Bairam of the following year.' This is what my daughter told me. "Your slave. and not that. I know not what is become of him. or any way you please: and if you have a very fat calf. though to she seemed very fat. ‘ rather.

we all became merchants." "I am going then. and these two black dogs you see by me. you shall see how I will reward the great service I expect from you." cried I. With that sum. as fully satisfied me he was my son. Our father." said I. "to treat her as she treated your son. the two black dogs and myself. smiling. a person who has been capable of committing such a criminal action. and not being willing to trust anybody with my wife. I said to him.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete I leave you to judge how much I was surprised. "and on that account forgive the merchant one third of his crime. that you give him to me for my husband. a considerable fortune for yourself. but before they married." said the genie. but if thou be a man. "provided you first of all restore to me my son." replied the genie." said I." she replied. and . "it is heaven that hath sent us this young maid." "As to the first. and in an instant he recovered his natural form. I promise you more. "can you restore my son to his former shape?" "Yes. 17 The farmer's daughter then came to us: "My good maid. to remove the horrible charm by which you were enchanted. but received them in such a manner. I thought fit to take her everywhere with me. Since that time. "You are our master. At the expiration of this time." He returned my salutation. But when I have done this. rather than another less agreeable. my eldest brother." She answered me. that we might see her in the family without horror." "I will. addressed the genie. and the second. she threw water upon him. Great prince of genies. immediately embracing him with such a transport of joy that I knew not what I was doing. left each of us one thousand sequins. that you allow me to punish the person who changed him into a calf. I went forthwith to the stall where my son was kept. and I am certain you will say. With this view." I replied. as I have promised. but I cannot restore your son to his former shape. you must know that we are three brothers. one of these two dogs. He went away. when he died." He joyfully consented. return to thy natural shape. I doubt not but in acknowledgment you will make your deliverer your wife. till I should return home. I will make you mistress of all my fortune. who I thought had come to ask alms. and continued. and I well know what I owe to you. by the permission of the sovereign Creator. and addressing herself to the calf. that my story is yet more surprising than that which you have just heard. he could not return my embraces. "God help you. I went immediately to my farmer. who led the two black dogs. I leave her to your disposal." Then the second old man began in this manner-The Story of the Second old Man and the Two Black Dogs. "My son. As soon as I arrived. independently of what I design for my son: in a word." When the first old man had finished his story. resolved to travel and trade in foreign countries. a poor man. and bought goods suited to the trade intended to follow. she changed my wife into a hind. my son is become a widower. my dear son. It being now several years since I heard of him. "This is the history of myself and this hind: is it not one of the most wonderful and surprising?" "I admit it is. "if you do. if thou west created by the almighty and sovereign master of the world such as thou appearest at this time. only I must pray you not to take her life. "Is it possible you do not know me?" Upon this I looked at him narrowly. and was absent a whole year." As she spoke. "O calf. "provided your story surpass that of the hind. and gone to travel." The damsel then took a vessel full of water." answered she. I hope you will be pleased to pardon the merchant another third of his offence. "I agree with all my heart: nay." "To this I consent. and this is she whom you see here. except on two conditions: the first is. "I can. As to what relates to my wife. and art changed into a calf by enchantment. he sold his estate. I desired she might have this shape. and to avenge the injury done to you and your mother. I am come abroad to inquire after him." "Ah!" said I. I also agree. and said: "I am going to tell you what happened to me. continue in that form. to speak to his daughter myself. presented himself before me in my shop. justly deserves to be punished. pronounced over it words that I did not understand. the second. A little time after we had opened shop.

especially. After two months sail. Some time after. when she took me up. I. according to form. telling them. and had not one dirrim left of the thousand sequins I had given to each of them. upbraid them. however. threw us both into the sea. On the contrary. He joined a caravan. you see all: it would only renew my grief." I immediately shut up my shop. and keeping as much for myself. she said to me. When day appeared. who is the other of these two dogs. and departed. and continued his trade. When we were ready to embark on our return. At the end of the year he returned in the same condition as my other brother. I ordered proper apparel to be made for her. "You see. He disposed of it. that I was worth two thousand sequins. I shared the half of it with them. With this sum he furnished his shop. and hide the rest in some secure place: that in case our voyage be not more successful than yours was formerly. and we set sail. I had scarcely fallen into the water. I met on the sea. and. In the mean time my two brothers. that I shall be more successful than you have been?" It was in vain that they urged open me all the considerations they thought likely to gain me over to their design. that my love to her every day increased. We purchased goods. but she urged so many things to persuade me that I ought not to object to her on account of her poverty. and asked him concerning his health and the success of his travels. My wife proved to be a fairy. on this account. handsome enough." said he. I did not. I immediately declined. so that she could not be drowned. that is to say. but for me. I have not rewarded you ill for your kindness to me. to relate to you the particulars of the misfortunes I have experienced since I left you. "and what have you gained by it? Who can assure me. to carry back with us for sale. which we freighted betwixt us. She walked up to me gracefully. that by saving your life. and to enable us to follow our ancient way of living. embracing him. but without effect. and having embarked them on board a vessel. sold mine so well. that at last they overcame my resolution." cried I. we may have wherewith to assist us. for I constantly refused. the time arrived that we were to make preparations for our voyage. and being upon the . Having myself by this time gained another thousand sequins. which have reduced me to my present condition. When. and had a very good market for our goods. I made him a present of them. brother. Finding on examining my books. it is certain I must have perished. "brother. they importuned me so much. I buried the other three thousand in a corner of my house. I made some difficulty to agree to this proposal.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 18 recognised him: "Ah. His elder brother and myself did all we could to divert him from his purpose. to buy the goods necessary to the undertaking. where we landed. that at last I yielded. I found they had spent all. we lived together. that I am a fairy. we arrived happily at port. kissed my hand. and suffered their feelings to carry them so far. and after having married her. that they conspired against my life. a genie. and with the money bought such goods as were suitable to the trade which he designed to follow. without her help. but after having resisted their solicitations five whole years. husband. my stock being still six thousand sequins. my second brother. that I gained ten to one." said I. and having repaired his fortunes. when my wife and I were asleep. by consequence. we put to sea with a favourable wind." I gave each of them a thousand sequins. "how could I know you in this condition?" I made him come into my house. I found my wife possessed so many good qualities. "when you see me.shore a lady. With the produce we bought commodities of that country. I gave him one half. and carried me to an island." said I. and take her along with me. "You have travelled. "My brothers. Some time after. gave him the best clothes I had." He joyfully accepted the present. envied my prosperity. and one night. we must venture these three thousand sequins. would also sell his estate. "Do not ask me that question. I took her on board. who had not managed their affairs as successfully as I had mine. and taking him to a bath. you may make up your loss. besought me with the greatest earnestness imaginable to marry her. "With that. one of my brothers came to me to propose that I should join them in a trading voyage. but poorly clad. that I had doubled my stock. and that I should have all the reason in the world to be satisfied with her conduct. as before. You must know.

I will destroy their vessel. that the genie was astonished. You have lost the goods you had on board. As he drew them towards the shore." I was troubled at this declaration. I beg you to pardon them. who was so poor. I had a mind to try your goodness. I met this merchant. that the genie would pardon the merchant the other third of his crime. provided what he should relate surpassed in singularity of incidents the narratives he had already heard. I thanked the fairy the best way I could. This is my history. "and on that account I remit the merchant the second third of the crime which he has committed against me. "or at least authorised one of my sisters to do it. who immediately appeared. and take speedy vengeance on them. but this increased her indignation." Having thus spoken and told me where I might hear of her. for having delivered him out of his danger by what you have related. The merchant returned to his wife and children. and nothing will satisfy me but their lives. They rejoiced to see him out of danger. and as soon as I had concluded." Having spoken thus he disappeared. for to this he owes his life. my neighbours. THE STORY OF THE FISHERMAN. O prince of genies! do not you think it very extraordinary?" "I own it is. for the great kindness she had done me. undressed himself. The merchant failed not to make due acknowledgment to his deliverers. and I am glad of an opportunity of returning my acknowledgment. and sat down by them. opened the doors." said I. Their perfidiousness too well deserves such a penance. which came up to me in a very submissive manner: I could not divine the meaning of this circumstance. and no sooner heard the conclusion. and bidding him adieu. she transported me in a moment from the island to the roof of my own house. in the variety of wonderful adventures." replied the genie. which greatly astonished me. As to your two brothers. "for heaven's sake forbear." replied I. said. and asked her by what power they were so transformed. He went one morning by moon-light. I descended. I felt a strong desire to have you for my husband. he found them very . upon my return. than he said to the old man. "I did it. "Husband. moderate your anger. I went afterwards to my shop. and it exceeded the two former stories so much. The five years being now nearly expired. and imposed it as a law upon himself. consider that they are my brothers. But the fairy. I am not cruel enough to desire their death. There was an aged fisherman." As soon as the second old man had finished. not to cast his nets above four times a-day. and coming to the seaside." said she. his wife.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 19 sea-shore. The genie made him the same promise as he had given the others. You have dealt generously by me. and presented myself before you in disguise. and three children. but I will compensate you another way. which I also opened. "as for my brothers. after repeating the request of the two former. and that we ought to return good for evil. and instantly disappeared. each of them proceeded on his way. and passed the rest of his days with them in peace. The third old man related his story to the genie. I am travelling in quest of her. that he could scarcely as much as would maintain himself. He went every day to fish betimes in the morning. and was complimented by the merchants. when you were going to embark. whatever cause of resentment they have given me. "I remit the other third of the merchant's crime on account of your story. which was terraced. "I must immediately pursue those ungrateful traitors. and sink them into the bottom of the sea. to the great contentment of the company. Madam." I pacified her by these words. "But. who at the same time sunk their ship. she disappeared. He is greatly obliged to all of you." I then informed her what I had done for them. and dug up the three thousand sequins I had formerly secreted." "My good lady. be not surprised to see these dogs. they are your brothers." I listened to this discourse with admiration. But I am incensed against your brothers. I perceived there two black dogs. the third began his story. and the good old man who led the hind. I have condemned them to remain five years in that shape. When I went back to my house. and she exclaimed. and as I passed this way. and cast in his nets.

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heavy, and thought he had a good draught of fish, at which he rejoiced; but in a moment after, perceiving that instead of fish his nets contained nothing but the carcass of an ass, he was much vexed. When the fisherman had mended his nets, which the carcass of the ass had broken in several places, he threw them in a second time; and when he drew them, found a great deal of resistance, which made him think he had taken abundance of fish; but he found nothing except a basket full of gravel and slime, which grieved him extremely. "O fortune!" cried he, with a lamentable tone, "be not angry with me, nor persecute a wretch who prays thee to spare him. I came hither from my house to seek for my livelihood, and thou pronouncest against me a sentence of death. I have no other trade but this to subsist by: and notwithstanding all my care, I can scarcely provide what is absolutely necessary for my family. But I am to blame to complain of thee; thou takest pleasure to persecute honest people, and to leave great men in obscurity, while thou shewest favour to the wicked, and advancest those who have no virtue to recommend them." Having finished this complaint, he fretfully threw away the basket, and washing his nets from the slime, cast them the third time; but brought up nothing, except stones, shells, and mud. No language can express his disappointment; he was almost distracted. However, when day began to appear, he did not forget to say his prayers, like a good Moosulmaun, and he added to them this petition: "Lord, thou knowest that I cast my nets only four times a day; I have already drawn them three times, without the least reward for my labour: I am only to cast them once more; I pray thee to render the sea favourable to me, as thou didst to Moses " The fisherman having finished this prayer, cast his nets the fourth time; and when he thought it was proper, drew them as formerly, with great difficulty; but instead of fish, found nothing in them but a vessel of yellow copper, which from its weight seemed not to be empty; and he observed that it was shut up and sealed with lead, having the impression of a seal upon it. This turn of fortune rejoiced him; "I will sell it," said he, "to the founder, and with the money buy a measure of corn." He examined the vessel on all sides, and shook it, to try if its contents made any noise, but heard nothing. This circumstance, with the impression of the seal upon the leaden cover, made him think it inclosed something precious. To try this, he took a knife, and opened it with very little labour. He turned the mouth downward, but nothing came out; which surprised him extremely. He placed it before him, but while he viewed it attentively, there came out a very thick smoke, which obliged him to retire two or three paces back. The smoke ascended to the clouds, and extending itself along the sea and upon the shore formed a great mist, which we may well imagine filled the fisherman with astonishment. When the smoke was all out of the vessel, it re-united and became a solid body, of which was formed a genie twice as high as the greatest of giants. At the sight of a monster of such an unwieldy bulk, the fisherman would fain have fled, but was so frightened, that he could not move. "Solomon," cried the genie immediately, "Solomon, the great prophet, pardon, pardon; I will never more oppose your will, I will obey all your commands." When the fisherman heard these words of the genie, he recovered his courage, and said to him, "Thou proud spirit, what is it you say? It is above eighteen hundred years since the prophet Solomon died, and we are now at the end of time. Tell me your history, and how you came to be shut up in this vessel." The genie turning to the fisherman, with a fierce look, said. "Thou must speak to me with more respect; thou art a presumptuous fellow to call me a proud spirit." "Very well," replied the fisherman, "shall I speak to you more civilly, and call you the owl of good luck?" "I say," answered the genie, "speak to me more respectfully, or I will kill thee." "Ah!" replied the fisherman, "why would you kill me? Did I not just now set you at liberty, and have you already forgotten my services?" "Yes, I remember it," said the genie, "but that shall not save thy life: I have only one favour to grant thee." "And what is that?" asked the fisherman. "It is," answered the genie, "to give thee thy choice, in what manner thou wouldst have me put thee to death." "But wherein have I offended you?" demanded the fisherman. "Is that your reward for the service I have rendered you?" "I cannot

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"I am one of those rebellious spirits that opposed the will of heaven; nearly all the other genies owned Solomon, the great prophet, and yielded to his authority. Sabhir and I were the only two that would never be guilty of a mean submission: and to avenge himself, that great monarch sent Asaph, the son of Barakhia, his chief minister, to apprehend me. That was accordingly done. Asaph seized my person, and brought me by force before his master's throne. "Solomon, the son of David, commanded me to acknowledge his power, and to submit to his commands: I bravely refused, and told him, I would rather expose myself to his resentment, than swear fealty as he required. To punish me, he shut me up in this copper vessel; and that I might not break my prison, he himself stamps upon this leaden cover, his seal with the great name of God engraver upon it. He then gave the vessel to one of the genies who had submitted, with orders to throw me into the sea, which to my sorrow were executed. "During the first hundred years of my imprisonment, I swore that if any one should deliver me before the expiration of that period, I would make him rich, even after his death: but that century ran out, and nobody did me that good office. During the second, I made an oath, that I would open all the treasures of the earth to any one that might set me at liberty; but with no better success. In the third, I promised to make my deliverer a potent monarch, to be always near him in spirit, and to grant him every day three requests, of what nature soever they might be: but this century passed as well as the two former, and I continued in prison. At last being angry, or rather mad, to find myself a prisoner so long, I swore, that if afterwards any one should deliver me, I would kill him without mercy, and grant him no other favour but to choose the manner of his death; and therefore, since thou hast delivered me to-day, I give thee that choice." This discourse afflicted the fisherman extremely: "I am very unfortunate," cried he, "to come hither to do such a kindness to one that is so ungrateful. I beg you to consider your injustice, and revoke such an unreasonable oath; pardon me, and heaven will pardon you; if you grant me my life, heaven will protest you from all attempts against your own." "No, thy death is resolved on," said the genie, "only choose in what manner you will die." The fisherman perceiving the genie to be resolute, was extremely grieved, not so much for himself, as on account of his three children; and bewailed the misery they must be reduced to by his death. He endeavoured still to appease the genie, and said, "Alas! be pleased to take pity on me, in consideration of the service I have done you." "I have told thee already," replied the genie, "it is for that very reason I must kill thee." "That is strange," said the fisherman, "are you resolved to reward good with evil? The proverb says, ‘That he who does good to one who deserves it not is always ill rewarded.' I must confess, I thought it was false; for certainly there can be nothing more contrary to reason, or the laws of society. Nevertheless, I find now by cruel experience that it is but too true." "Do not lose time," interrupted the genie; "all thy reasonings shall not divert me from my purpose: make haste, and tell me what kind of death thou preferest?" Necessity is the mother of invention. The fisherman bethought himself of a stratagem. "Since I must die then," said he to the genie, "I submit to the will of heaven; but before I choose the manner of my death, I conjure you by the great name which was engraver upon the seal of the prophet Solomon, the son of David, to answer me truly the question I am going to ask you." The genie finding himself obliged to a positive answer by this adjuration, trembled; and replied to the fisherman, "Ask what thou wilt, but make haste." The fisherman then said to him, "I wish to know if you were actually in this vessel: Dare you swear it by the name of the great God?" "Yes," replied the genie, "I do swear by that great name, that I was." "In good faith," answered the fisherman, "I cannot believe you; the vessel is not capable of holding one of your size, and how should it be possible that your whole body should lie in it?" "I swear to thee, notwithstanding," replied the genie, "that I was there just as you see me here: Is it possible, that thou cost not believe me after the solemn

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Upon which the body of the genie dissolved and changed itself into smoke, extending as before upon the sea shore; and at last, being collected, it began to re-enter the vessel, which it continued to do by a slow and equal motion, till no part remained out; when immediately a voice came forth, which said to the fisherman, "Well now, incredulous fellow, I am in the vessel, do not you believe me now?" The fisherman, instead of answering the genie, took the cover of lead, and having speedily replaced it on the vessel, "Genie," cried he, "now it is your turn to beg my favour, and to choose which way I shall put you to death; but not so, it is better that I should throw you into the sea, whence I took you: and then I will build a house upon the shore, where I will reside and give notice to all fishermen who come to throw in their nets, to beware of such a wicked genie as thou art, who hast made an oath to kill him that shall set thee at liberty." The genie, enraged at these expressions, struggled to set himself at liberty; but it was impossible, for the impression of Solomon's seal prevented him. Perceiving that the fisherman had got the advantage of him, for he thought fit to dissemble his anger; "Fishermen," said he, "take heed you do not what you threaten; for what I spoke to you was only by way of jest." "O genie!" replied the fisherman, "thou who wast but a moment ago the greatest of all genies, and now art the least of them, thy crafty discourse will signify nothing, to the sea thou shalt return. If thou hast been there already so long as thou hast told me, thou may'st very well stay there till the day of judgment. I begged of thee in God's name not to take away my life, and thou didst reject my prayers; I am obliged to treat thee in the same manner." The genie omitted nothing that he thought likely to prevail with the fisherman: "Open the vessel," said he, "give me my liberty, and I promise to satisfy thee to thy own content." "Thou art a traitor," replied the fisherman, "I should deserve to lose my life, if I were such a fool as to trust thee: thou wilt not fail to treat me in the same manner as a certain Grecian king treated the physician Douban. It is a story I have a mind to tell thee, therefore listen to it." The Story of the Grecian King and the Physician Douban. There was in the country of Yunaun or Greece, a king who was leprous, and his physicians had in vain endeavoured his cure; when a very able physician, named Douban, arrived at his court. This physician had learnt the theory of his profession in Greek, Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Latin, Syriac, and Hebrew books; he was an experienced natural philosopher, and fully understood the good and bad qualities of plants and drugs. As soon as he was informed of the king's distemper, and understood that his physicians had given him over, he found means to present himself before him. "I know," said he, after the usual ceremonials, "that your majesty's physicians have not been able to heal you of the leprosy; but if you will accept my service, I will engage to cure you without potions, or external applications." The king listened to what he said, and answered, "If you be able to perform what you promise, I will enrich you and your posterity. Do you assure me that you will cure my leprosy without potion, or applying any external medicine?" "Yes, Sire," replied the physician, "I promise myself success, through God's assistance, and to-morrow, with your majesty's permission, I will make the trial." The physician returned to his quarters, made a hollow mace, and at the handle he put in his drugs; he made also a ball in such a manner as suited his purpose, with which next morning he presented himself before the king, and falling down at his feet, kissed the ground. The physician Douban rose up, and after a profound reverence, said to the king, he judged it meet that his majesty should take horse, and go to the place where he used to play at mall. The king did so, and when he

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arrived there, the physician came to him with the mace, and said, "Exercise yourself with this mace, and strike the ball until you find your hands and body perspire. When the medicine I have put up in the handle of the mace is heated with your hand, it will penetrate your whole body; and as soon as you perspire, you may leave off the exercise, for then the medicine will have had its effect. Immediately on your return to your palace, go into the bath, and cause yourself to be well washed and rubbed; then retire to bed, and when you rise tomorrow you will find yourself cured." The king took the mace, and struck the ball, which was returned by his officers who played with him; he played so long, that his hands and his whole body were in a sweat, and then the medicine shut up in the handle of the mace had its operation, as the physician had said. Upon this the king left off play, returned to his palace, entered the bath, and observed very exactly his physician had prescribed to him. The next morning when he arose, he perceived with equal wonder and joy, that his leprosy was cured, and his body as clean as if it had never been affected. As soon as he was dressed, he came into the hall of audience, where he ascended his throne, and shewed himself to his courtiers: who, eager to know the success of the new medicine, came thither betimes, and when they saw the king perfectly cured, expressed great joy. The physician Douban entering the hall, bowed himself before the throne, with his face to the ground. The king perceiving him, made him sit down by his side, presented him to the assembly, and gave him all the commendation he deserved. His majesty did not stop here: but as he treated all his court that day, made him eat at his table alone with him. The Grecian king was not satisfied with having admitted the physician Douban to his table, but caused him to be clad in a rich robe, ordered him two thousand pieces of gold, and thinking that he could never sufficiently acknowledge his obligations to him, continued every day to load him with new favours. But this king had a vizier, who was avaricious, envious, and naturally capable of every kind of mischief. He could not behold without envy the presents that were given to the physician, whose other merits had already begun to make him jealous, and he therefore resolved to lessen him in the king's esteem. To effect this, he went to the king, and told him in private, that he had some information of the greatest consequence to communicate. The king having asked what it was? "Sire," said he, "it is highly dangerous for a monarch to confide in a man whose fidelity he has never tried. Though you heap favours upon the physician Douban, your majesty does not know that he is a traitor, sent by your enemies to take away your life." "From whom," demanded the king, "have you the suggestion which you dare pronounce? Consider to whom you are speaking, and that you are advancing what I shall not easily believe." "Sire," replied the vizier, "I am well informed of what I have had the honour to reveal to your majesty; therefore do not rest in dangerous security: if your majesty be asleep, be pleased to awake; for I once more repeat, that the physician Douban left his native country, and came to settle himself at your court, for the sole purpose of executing the horrible design which I have intimated." "No, no, vizier," interrupted the king; "I am certain, that this physician, whom you suspect to be a villain and a traitor, is one of the best and most virtuous of men. You know by what medicine, or rather by what miracle, he cured me of my leprosy: If he had had a design upon my life, why did he save me then? He needed only to have left me to my disease; I could not have escaped it, as life was fast decaying. Forbear then to fill me with unjust suspicions: instead of listening to you, I tell you, that from this day forward I will give that great man a pension of a thousand pieces of gold per month for his life; nay, though I were to share with him all my riches and dominions, I should never pay him sufficiently for what he has done. I perceive it to be his virtue that raises your envy; but do not think I will be unjustly prejudiced against him. I remember too well what a vizier said to king Sinbad, his master, to prevent his putting to death the prince his son." What the Grecian king said about king Sinbad raised the vizier's curiosity, who said, "I pray your majesty to pardon me, if I have the boldness to ask what the vizier of king Sinbad said to his master to divert him from putting the prince his son to death." The Grecian king had the condescension to satisfy him: "That vizier," said he, "after having represented to king Sinbad, that he ought to beware, lest on the accusation of a mother-in-law he should commit an action of which he might afterwards repent, told him this story."

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A certain man had a beautiful wife, whom he loved so dearly, that he could scarcely allow her to be out of his sight. One day, some urgent affairs obliging him to go from home, he went to a place where all sorts of birds were sold, and bought a parrot, which not only spoke well, but could also give an account of every thing that was done in its presence. He brought it in a cage to his house, desired his wife to put it in his chamber, and take care of it during his absence, and then departed. On his return, he questioned the parrot concerning what had passed while he was from home, and the bird told him such things as gave him occasion to upbraid his wife. She concluded some of her slaves had betrayed her, but all of them swore they had been faithful, and agreed that the parrot must have been the tell- tale. Upon this, the wife began to devise how she might remove her husband's jealousy, and at the same time revenge herself on the parrot. Her husband being gone another journey, she commanded a slave in the night-time to turn a hand-mill under the parrot's cage; she ordered another to sprinkle water, in resemblance of rain, over the cage; and a third to move a looking-glass, backward and forward against a candle, before the parrot. The slaves spent a great part of the night in doing what their mistress desired them, and acquitted themselves with much skill. Next night the husband returned, and examined the parrot again about what had passed during his absence. The bird answered, "Good master, the lightning, thunder, and rain so much disturbed me all night, that I cannot tell how much I suffered." The husband, who knew that there had been neither thunder, lightning, nor rain in the night, fancied that the parrot, not having spoken truth in this, might also have lied in the other relation; upon which he took it out of the cage, and threw it with so much force to the ground that he killed it. Yet afterwards he understood from his neigbours, that the poor parrot had not deceived him in what it had stated of his wife's base conduct, made him repent that he had killed it. When the Grecian king had finished the story of the parrot, he added, "And you, vizier, because of the hatred you bear to the physician Douban, who never did you any injury, you would have me cut him off; but I will beware lest I should repent as the husband did after killing his parrot." The mischievous vizier was too desirous of effecting the ruin of the physician Douban to stop here. "Sir," said he, "the death of the parrot was but a trifle, and I believe his master did not mourn for him long: but why should your fear of wronging an innocent man, hinder your putting this physician to death? Is it not sufficient justification that he is accused of a design against your life? When the business in question is to secure the life of a king, bare suspicion ought to pass for certainty; and it is better to sacrifice the innocent than to spare the guilty. But, Sir, this is not a doubtful case; the physician Douban has certainly a mind to assassinate you. It is not envy which makes me his enemy; it is only my zeal, with the concern I have for preserving your majesty's life, that makes me give you my advice in a matter of this importance. If the accusation be false, I deserve to be punished in the same manner as a vizier formerly was." "What had the vizier done," demands the Grecian king, "to deserve punishment?" "I will inform your majesty," said the vizier, "if you will be pleased to hear me." The Story of the Vizier that was Punished. There was a king who had a son that loved hunting. He allowed him to pursue that diversion often; but gave orders to his grand vizier always to attend him. One hunting day, the huntsman having roused a deer, the prince, who thought the vizier followed him, pursued the game so far, and with so much earnestness, that he separated himself from the company. Perceiving he had lost his way he stopped, and endeavoured to return to the vizier; but not knowing the

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Whilst he was thus riding about, he met on his way a handsome lady, who wept bitterly. He stopped his horse, and enquired who she was, how she came to be alone in that place, and what she wanted. "I am," replied she, "the daughter of an Indian king. As I was taking the air on horseback, in the country, I grew sleepy, and fell from my horse, who is run away, and I know not what is become of him." The young prince taking compassion on her, requested her to get up behind him, which she willingly did. As they were passing by the ruins of a house, the lady expressed a desire to alight. The prince stopped, and having put her down, dismounted himself, and went near the building, leading his horse after him. But you may judge how much he was surprised, when he heard the pretended lady utter these words: "Be glad, my children, I bring you a young man for your repast;" and other voices, which answered immediately, "Where is he, for we are very hungry?" The prince heard enough to convince him of his danger. He perceived that the lady, who called herself the daughter of an Indian king, was one of those savage demons, called Gholes, who live in desolated places, and employ a thousand wiles to surprise passengers, whom they afterwards devour. The prince instantly remounted his horse, and luckily escaped. The pretended princess appeared that very moment, and perceiving she had missed her prey, exclaimed, "Fear nothing, prince: Who are you? Whom do you seek?" "I have lost my way," replied he, "and am endeavouring to find it." "If you have lost your way," said she, "recommend yourself to God, he will deliver you out of your perplexity." After the counterfeit Indian princess had bidden the young prince recommend himself to God, he could not believe she spoke sincerely, but thought herself sure of him; and therefore lifting up his hands to heaven, said, "Almighty Lord, cast shine eyes upon me, and deliver me from this enemy." After this prayer, the ghole entered the ruins again, and the prince rode off with all possible haste. He happily found his way, and arrived safe at the court of his father, to whom he gave a particular account of the danger he had been in through the vizier's neglect: upon which the king, being incensed against that minister, ordered him to be immediately strangled. "Sir," continued the Grecian king's vizier, "to return to the physician Douban, if you do not take care, the confidence you put in him will be fatal to you; I am very well assured that he is a spy sent by your enemies to attempt your majesty's life. He has cured you, you will say: but alas! who can assure you of that? He has perhaps cured you only in appearance, and not radically; who knows but the medicine he has given you, may in time have pernicious effects?" The Grecian king was not able to discover the wicked design of his vizier, nor had he firmness enough to persist in his first opinion. This discourse staggered him: "Vizier," said he, "thou art in the right; he may be come on purpose to take away my life, which he may easily do by the smell of his drugs." When the vizier found the king in such a temper as he wished, "Sir," said he, "the surest and speediest method you can take to secure your life, is to send immediately for the physician Douban, and order his head to be struck off." "In truth," said the king, "I believe that is the way we must take to frustrate his design." When he had spoken thus, he called for one of his officers, and ordered him to go for the physician; who, knowing nothing of the king's purpose, came to the palace in haste. "Knowest thou," said the king, when he saw him, "why I sent for thee?" "No, Sir," answered he; "I wait till your majesty be pleased to inform me." "I sent for thee," replied the king, "to rid myself of thee, by taking away thy life."

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No man can express the surprise of the physician, when he heard the sentence of death pronounced against him. "Sir," said he, "why would your majesty take my life? What crime have I committed?" "I am informed," replied the king, "that you came to my court only to attempt my life; but to prevent you, I will be sure of yours. Give the blow," said he to the executioner, who was present, "and deliver me from a perfidious wretch, who came hither on purpose to assassinate me." When the physician heard this cruel order, he readily judged that the honours and presents he had received from the king had procured him enemies, and that the weak prince was imposed on. He repented that he had cured him of his leprosy; but it was now too late. "Is it thus," asked the physician, "that you reward me for curing you?" The king would not hearken to him, but a second time ordered the executioner to strike the fatal blow. The physician then had recourse to his prayers; "Alas, Sir," cried he, "prolong my days, and God will prolong yours; do not put me to death, lest God treat you in the same manner." The fisherman broke off his discourse here, to apply it to the genie. "Well, genie," said he, "you see that what passed betwixt the Grecian king and his physician Douban is acted just now by us." The Grecian king, continued he, instead of having regard to the prayers of the physician, who begged him to spare his life, cruelly replied, "No, no; I must of necessity cut you off, otherwise you may assassinate with as much art as you cured me." The physician, without bewailing himself for being so ill rewarded by the king, prepared for death. The executioner tied his hands, and was going to draw his cimeter. The courtiers who were present, being moved with compassion, begged the king to pardon him, assuring his majesty that he was not guilty of the crime laid to his charge, and that they would answer for his innocence: but the king was inflexible. The physician being on his knees, his eyes tied up, and ready to receive the fatal blow, addressed himself once more to the king: "Sir," said he, "since your majesty will not revoke the sentence of death, I beg, at least, that you would give me leave to return to my house, to give orders about my burial, to bid farewell to my family, to give alms, and to bequeath my books to those who are capable of making good use of them. I have one particularly I would present to your majesty; it is a very precious book, and worthy of being laid up carefully in your treasury." "What is it," demanded the king, "that makes it so valuable?" "Sir," replied the physician, "it possesses many singular and curious properties; of which the chief is, that if your majesty will give yourself the trouble to open it at the sixth leaf, and read the third line of the left page, my head, after being cut off, will answer all the questions you ask it." The king being curious, deferred his death till next day, and sent him home under a strong guard. The physician, during that time, put his affairs in order; and the report being spread, that an unheard of prodigy was to happen after his death, the viziers, emirs, officers of the guard, and, in a word, the whole court, repaired next day to the hall of audience, that they might be witnesses of it. The physician Douban was brought in, and advancing to the foot of the throne, with a book in his hand, he called for a basin, and laid upon it the cover in which the book was wrapped; then presenting the book to the king, "Take this," said he, "and after my head is cut off, order that it be put into the basin upon that cover; as soon as it is placed there, the blood will stop; then open the book, and my head will answer your questions. But permit me once more to implore your majesty's clemency; for God's sake grant my request, I protest to you that I am innocent." "Your prayers," answered the king, "are in vain; and were it for nothing but to hear your head speak after your death, it is my will you should die." As he said this, he took the book out of the physician's hand, and ordered the executioner to do his duty. The head was so dexterously cut off that it fell into the basin, and was no sooner laid upon the cover of the book than the blood stopped; then to the great surprise of the king, and all the spectators, its eyes, and said, "Sir, will your majesty be pleased to open the book?" The king proceeded to do so; but finding that the leaves

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adhered to each other, that he might turn them with more ease, he put his finger to his mouth, and wetted it with spittle. He did thus till he came to the sixth leaf, and finding no writing on the place where he was desired to look for it, "Physician," said he, "there is nothing written." "Turn over some more leaves," replied the head. The king went on, putting always his finger to his mouth, until the poison with which each leaf was imbued, coming to have its effect, the prince found himself suddenly taken with an extraordinary fit, his eye-sight failed, and he fell down at the foot of the throne in violent convulsions. When the physician Douban, or rather his head, saw that the poison had taken effect, and that the king had but a few moments to live; "Tyrant," it cried, "now you see how princes are treated, who, abusing their authority, cut off innocent men: God punishes soon or late their injustice and cruelty." Scarcely had the head spoken these words, when the king fell down dead, and the head itself lost what life it had. As soon as the fisherman had concluded the history of the Greek king and his physician Douban, he made the application to the genie, whom he still kept shut up in the vessel. "If the Grecian king," said he, "had suffered the physician to live, God would have continued his life also; but he rejected his most humble prayers, and the case is the same with thee, O genie! Could I have prevailed with thee to grant me the favour I supplicated, I should now take pity on thee; but since, notwithstanding the extreme obligation thou west under to me, for having set thee at liberty, thou didst persist in thy design to kill me, I am obliged, in my turn, to be equally hard-hearted to thee." "My good friend fisherman," replied the genie, "I conjure thee once more, not to be guilty of such cruelty; consider, that it is not good to avenge one's self, and that on the other hand, it is commendable to do good for evil; do not treat me as Imama formerly treated Ateca." "And what did Imama to Ateca?" enquired the fisherman. "Ho!" says the genie, "if you have a mind to be informed, open the vessel: do you think that I can be in an humour to relate stories in so strait a prison? I will tell you as many as you please, when you have let me out." "No," said the fisherman, "I will not let thee out; it is in vain to talk of it; I am just going to throw thee into the bottom of the sea." "Hear me one word more," cried the genie; "I promise to do thee no hurt; nay, far from that, I will shew thee a way to become exceedingly rich." The hope of delivering himself from poverty, prevailed with the fisherman. "I could listen to thee," said he, "were there any credit to be given to thy word; swear to me by the great name of God, that you will faithfully perform what you promise, and I will open the vessel; I do not believe you will dare to break such an oath." The genie swore to him, upon which the fisherman immediately took off the covering of the vessel. At that instant the smoke ascended, and the genie having resumed his form, the first thing he did was to kick the vessel into the sea. This action alarmed the fisherman. "Genie," said he, "will not you keep the oath you just now made? And must I say to you, as the physician Douban said to the Grecian king, suffer me to live, and God will prolong your days." The genie laughed at the fisherman's fear, and answered, "No, fisherman, be not afraid, I only did it to divert myself, and to see if thou wouldst be alarmed at it: but to convince thee that I am in earnest, take thy nets and follow me." As he spoke these words, he walked before the fisherman, who having taken up his nets, followed him, but with some distrust. They passed by the town, and came to the top of a mountain, from whence they descended into a vast plain, which brought them to a lake, that lay betwixt four hills. When they reached the side of the lake, the genie said to the fisherman, "Cast in thy nets, and catch fish; "the fisherman did not doubt of taking some, because he saw a great number in the water; but he was extremely surprised, when he found they were of four colours, that is to say, white, red, blue, and yellow. He threw in his nets, and brought out one of each colour. Having never seen the like before, he could not but admire them, and judging that he might get a considerable sum for them, he was very joyful. "Carry those fish," said the genie to him, "and present them to thy sultan; he will give thee more money for them. Thou mayest come every day to fish in this lake; but I give thee warning not to throw in thy nets above once a day, otherwise thou wilt

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The sultan was much surprised, when he saw the four fish which the fisherman presented. He took them up one after another, and viewed them with attention; and after having admired them a long time, "Take those fish," said he to his vizier, "and carry them to the cook, whom the emperor of the Greeks has sent me. I cannot imagine but that they must be as good as they are beautiful." The vizier, carried them as he was directed, and delivering them to the cook, said, "Here are four fish just brought to the sultan; he orders you to dress them:" he then returned to the sultan his master, who ordered him to give the fisherman four hundred pieces of gold of the coin of that country, which he did accordingly. The fisherman, who had never seen so much money, could scarcely believe his good fortune, but thought the whole must be a dream, until he found it otherwise, by being able to provide necessaries for his family with the produce of his fish. As soon as the sultan's cook had gutted the fish, she put them upon the fire in a frying-pan, with oil, and when she thought them fried enough on one side, she turned them upon the other; but, O monstrous prodigy! scarcely were they turned, when the wall of the kitchen divided, and a young lady of wonderful beauty entered from the opening. She was clad in flowered satin, after the Egyptian manner, with pendants in her ears, a necklace of large pearls, and bracelets of gold set with rubies, with a rod in her hand. She moved towards the frying-pan, to the great amazement of the cook, who continued fixed by the sight, and striking one of the fish with the end of the rod, said, "Fish, fish, are you in duty?" The fish having answered nothing, she repeated these words, and then the four fish lifted up their heads, and replied, "Yes, yes: if you reckon, we reckon; if you pay your debts, we pay ours; if you fly, we overcome, and are content." As soon as they had finished these words, the lady overturned the frying-pan, and returned into the open part of the wall, which closed immediately, and became as it was before. The cook was greatly frightened at what had happened, and coming a little to herself, went to take up the fish that had fallen on the hearth, but found them blacker than coal, and not fit to be carried to the sultan. This grievously troubled her, and she fell to weeping most bitterly. "Alas!" said she, "what will become of me? If I tell the sultan what I have seen, I am sure he will not believe me, but will be enraged against me." While she was thus bewailing herself, the grand vizier entered, and asked her if the fish were ready? She told him all that had occurred, which we may easily imagine astonished him; but without speaking a word of it to the sultan, he invented an excuse that satisfied him, and sending immediately for the fisherman, bid him bring four more such fish, for a misfortune had befallen the others, so that they were not fit to be carried to the sultan. The fisherman, without saying any thing of what the genie had told him, in order to excuse himself from bringing them that day, told the vizier, he had a great way to go for them, but would certainly bring them on the morrow. Accordingly the fisherman went away by night, and coming to the lake, threw in his nets betimes next morning, took four fish like the former, and brought them to the vizier, at the hour appointed. The minister took them himself, carried them to the kitchen, and shutting himself up with the cook, she gutted them, and put them on the fire, as she had done the four others the day before. When they were fried on one side, and she had turned them upon the other, the kitchen wall again opened, and the same lady came in with the rod in her hand, struck one of the fish, spoke to it as before, and all four gave her the same answer.

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After the four fish had answered the young lady, she overturned the frying-pan with her rod, and retired into the wall. The grand vizier, being witness to what had passed: "This is too wonderful and extraordinary," said he, "to be concealed from the sultan; I will inform him of this prodigy." The sultan, being much surprised, sent immediately for the fisherman, and said to him, "Friend, cannot you bring me four more such fish?" The fisherman replied, "If your majesty will be pleased to allow me three days, I will do it." Having obtained his time, he went to the lake immediately, and at the first throwing in of his net, he caught four fish, and brought them directly to the sultan; who was so much the more rejoiced, as he did not expect them so soon, and ordered him four hundred pieces of gold. As soon as the sultan had the fish, he ordered them to be carried into his closet, with all that was necessary for frying them; and having shut himself up with the vizier, the minister gutted them, put them into the pan, and when they were fried on one side, turned them upon the other; then the wall of the closet opened, but instead of the young lady, there came out a black, in the habit of a slave, and of a gigantic stature, with a great green staff in his hand. He advanced towards the pan, and touching one of the fish with his staff, said with a terrible voice, "Fish, are you in your duty?" At these words, the fish raised up their heads, and answered, "Yes, yes; we are: if you reckon, we reckon; if you pay your debts, we pay ours; if you fly, we overcome, and are content." The fish had no sooner finished these words, than the black threw the pan into the middle of the closet, and reduced the fish to a coal. Having done this, he retired fiercely, and entering again into the aperture, it closed, and the wall appeared just as it did before. "After what I have seen," said the sultan to the vizier, "it will not be possible for me to be easy: these fish, without doubt, signify something extraordinary." He sent for the fisherman, and when he came, said to him, "Fisherman, the fish you have brought us, make me very uneasy; where did you catch them?" "Sir," answered he, "I fished for them in a lake situated betwixt four hills, beyond the mountain that we see from hence." "Knowst thou not that lake?" said the sultan to the vizier. "No," replied the vizier. "I never so much as heard of it, although I have for sixty years hunted beyond that mountain." The sultan asked the fisherman, how far the lake might be from the palace? The fisherman answered, it was not above three hours journey; upon this assurance, the sultan commanded all his court to take horse, and the fisherman served them for a guide. They all ascended the mountain, and at the foot of it they saw, to their great surprise, a vast plain, that nobody had observed till then, and at last they came to the lake, which they found to be situated betwixt four hills as the fisherman had described. The water was so transparent, that they observed all the fish to be like those which the fisherman had brought to the palace. The sultan stood upon the bank of the lake, and after beholding the fish with admiration, demanded of his courtiers, if it were possible they had never seen this lake, which was within so short a distance of the town. They all answered, that they had never so much as heard of it. "Since you all agree that you never heard of it, and as I am no less astonished than you are, at this novelty, I am resolved not to return to my palace till I learn how this lake came here, and why all the fish in it are of four colours." Having spoken thus, he ordered his court to encamp; and immediately his pavilion and the tents of his household were planted upon the banks of the lake. When night came, the sultan retired under his pavilion, and spoke to the grand vizier. thus: "Vizier, my mind is uneasy: this lake transported hither; the black that appeared to us in my closet, and the fish that we heard speak; all these things so much excite my curiosity, that I cannot resist my impatient desire to have it satisfied. To this end, I am resolved to withdraw alone from the camp, and I order you to keep my absence secret: stay in my pavilion, and to-morrow morning, when the emirs and courtiers come to attend my levee, send them away, and tell them, that I am somewhat indisposed, and wish to be alone; and the following days tell them the same thing, till I return." The grand vizier. endeavoured to divert the sultan from this design; he represented to him the danger to which

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he might be exposed, and that all his labour might perhaps be in vain: but it was to no purpose; the sultan was resolved. He put on a suit fit for walking, and took his cimeter; and as soon as he found that all was quiet in the camp, went out alone, and passed over one of the hills without much difficulty; he found the descent still more easy, and when he came to the plain, walked on till the sun arose, and then he saw before him, at a considerable distance, a vast building. He rejoiced at the sight, in hopes of receiving there the information he sought. When he drew near, he found it was a magnificent palace, or rather a strong castle, of black polished marble, and covered with fine steel, as smooth as glass. Being highly pleased that he had so speedily met with something worthy his curiosity, he stopped before the front of the castle, and considered it with attention. He then advanced towards the gate, which had two leaves, one of them open; though he might immediately have entered, yet he thought it best to knock. This he did at first softly, and waited for some time; but seeing no one, and supposing he had not been heard, he knocked harder the second time, and after that he knocked again and again, but no one yet appearing, he was exceedingly surprised; for he could not think that a castle in such repair was without inhabitants. "If there be no one in it," said he to himself, "I have nothing to fear; and if it be inhabited, I have wherewith to defend myself." At last he entered, and when he came within the porch, he cried, "Is there no one here to receive a stranger, who comes in for some refreshment as he passes by?" He repeated the same words two or three times; but though he spoke very loud, he was not answered. The silence increased his astonishment: he came into a spacious court, and looked on every side for inhabitants, but discovered none. The sultan entered the grand halls, which were hung with silk tapestry, the alcoves and sofas were covered with stuffs of Mecca, and the porches with the richest stuffs of India, mixed with gold and silver. He came afterwards into a superb saloon, in the middle of which was a fountain, with a lion of massy gold at each angle: water issued from the mouths of the four lions; and as it fell, formed diamonds and pearls, resembling a jet d'eau, which springing from the middle of the fountain, rose nearly to the top of a cupola painted in Arabesque. The castle, on three sides, was encompassed by a garden, with parterres of flowers, shrubbery, and whatever could concur to embellish it; and to complete the beauty of the place, an infinite number of birds filled the air with their harmonious notes, and always remained there, nets being spread over the garden, and fastened to the palace to confine them. The sultan walked from apartment to apartment, where he found every thing rich and magnificent. Being tired with walking, he sat down in a verandah or arcade closet, which had a view over the garden, reflecting what he had already seen, and then beheld: when suddenly he heard the voice of one complaining, in lamentable tones. He listened with attention, and heard distinctly these words: "O fortune! thou who wouldst not suffer me longer to enjoy a happy lot, forbear to persecute me, and by a speedy death put an end to my sorrows. Alas! is it possible that I am still alive, after so many torments as I have suffered!" The sultan rose up, advanced toward the place whence he heard the voice; and coming to the door of a great hall, opened it, and saw a handsome young man, richly habited, seated upon a throne raised a little above the ground. Melancholy was painted on his countenance. The sultan drew near, and saluted him; the young man returned his salutation by an inclination of his head, not being able to rise, at the same time saying, "My lord, I should rise to receive you; but am hindered by sad necessity, and therefore hope you will not be offended." "My lord," replied the sultan, "I am much obliged to you for having so good an opinion of me: as to the reason of your not rising, whatever your apology be, I heartily accept it. Being drawn hither by your complaints, and afflicted by your grief, I come to offer you my help; would to God that it lay in my power to ease you of your trouble! I would do my utmost to effect it. I flatter myself that you will relate to me the history of your misfortunes; but inform me first of the meaning of the lake near the palace, where the fish are of four colours? whose this castle is? how you came to be here? and why you are alone?" Instead of answering these questions, the young man began to weep bitterly. "How inconstant is fortune!" cried he; "she takes pleasure to pull down those she had raised. Where are they who enjoy quietly the

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The sultan, moved with compassion to see him in such a condition, prayed him to relate the cause of his excessive grief. "Alas! my lord," replied the young man, "how is it possible but I should grieve, and my eyes be inexhaustible fountains of tears?" At these words, lifting up his robe, he shewed the sultan that he was a man only from the head to the girdle, and that the other half of his body was black marble. The sultan was much surprised, when he saw the deplorable condition of the young man. "That which you shew me," said he, "while it fills me with horror, excites my curiosity, so that I am impatient to hear your history, which, no doubt, must be extraordinary, and I am persuaded that the lake and the fish make some part of it; therefore I conjure you to relate it. You will find some comfort in so doing, since it is certain, that the unfortunate find relief in making known their distress." "I will not refuse your request," replied the young man, "though I cannot comply without renewing my grief. But I give you notice before hand, to prepare your ears, your mind, and even your eyes, for things which surpass all that the imagination can conceive." The History of the Young King of the Black Isles. You must know that my father, named Mahmoud, was king of this country. This is the kingdom of the Black Isles, which takes its name from the four small neighbouring mountains; for these mountains were formerly isles: the capital where the king my father resided was situated on the spot now occupied by the lake you have seen. The sequel of my history will inform you of those changes. The king my father died when he was seventy years of age; I had no sooner succeeded him, than I married, and the lady I chose to share the royal dignity with me, was my cousin. I had so much reason to be satisfied with her affection, and, on my part, loved her with so much tenderness, that nothing could surpass the harmony and pleasure of our union. This lasted five years, at the end of which time, I perceived the queen, my cousin, ceased to delight in my attentions. One day, after dinner, while she was at the bath, I found myself inclined to repose and lay down upon a sofa. Two of her ladies, who were then in my chamber, came and sat down, one at my head, and the other at my feet, with fans in their hands to moderate the heat, and to prevent the flies from disturbing me. They thought I was asleep, and spoke in whispers; but as I only closed my eyes, I heard all their conversation. One of them said to the other, "Is not the queen wrong, not to love so amiable a prince?" "Certainly," replied the other; "I do not understand the reason, neither can I conceive why she goes out every night, and leaves him alone!" "Is it possible that he does not perceive it?" "Alas!" said the first, "how should he? she mixes every evening in his liquor, the juice of a certain herb, which makes him sleep so sound all night, that she has time to go where she pleases, and as day begins to appear, she comes and lies down by him again, and wakes him by the smell of something she puts under his nostrils." You may guess, my lord, how much I was surprised at this conversation, and with what sentiments it inspired me; yet, whatever emotion it excited, I had sufficient self-command to dissemble, and feigned to awake without having heard a word. The queen returned from the bath, we supped together and she presented me with a cup full of such water as I was accustomed to drink; but instead of putting it to my mouth, I went to a window that was open, and threw out the water so quickly, that she did not perceive it, and returned. We went to bed together, and soon after, believing that I was asleep, she got up with so little precaution, that she said loud enough for me to hear her distinctly, "Sleep on, and may you never wake again!" She dressed herself, and went out of the chamber.

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As soon as the queen my wife was gone, I dressed myself in haste, took my cimeter, and followed her so quickly, that I soon heard the sound of her feet before me, and then walked softly after her, for fear of being heard. She passed through several gates, which opened upon her pronouncing some magical words, and the last she opened was that of the garden, which she entered. I stopt at this gate, that she might not perceive me, as she passed along a parterre; then looking after her as far as the darkness of the night permitted, I saw her enter a little wood, whose walks were guarded by thick palisadoes. I went thither by another way, and concealing myself behind the palisadoes of a long walk, I saw her walking there with a man. I did not fail to lend the most attentive ear to their discourse, and heard her address herself thus to her gallant: "I do not deserve to be reproached by you for want of diligence. You well know the reason; but if all the proofs of affection I have already given you be not sufficient to convince you of my sincerity, I am ready to give you others more decisive: you need but command me, you know my power; I will, if you desire it, before sun-rise convert this great city, and this superb palace, into frightful ruins, inhabited only by wolves, owls, and revens. If you would have me transport all the stones of those walls so solidly built, beyond mount Caucasus, or the bounds of the habitable world, speak but the word, and all shall be changed." As the queen finished these words she and her lover came to the end of the walk, turned to enter another, and passed before me. I had already drawn my cimeter, and her lover being next me, I struck him on the neck, and brought him to the ground. I concluded I had killed him, and therefore retired speedily without making myself known to the queen, whom I chose to spare, because she was my kinswoman. The wound I had given her lover was mortal; but by her enchantments she preserved him in an existence in which he could not be said to be either dead or alive. As I crossed the garden to return to the palace, I heard the queen loudly lamenting, and judging by her cries how much she was grieved, I was pleased that I had spared her life. As soon as I had reached my apartment, I went to bed, and being satisfied with having punished the villain who had injured me, fell asleep; and when I awoke next morning, found the queen lying. I cannot tell you whether she slept or not; but I arose, went to my closet, and dressed myself. I afterwards held my council. At my return, the queen, clad in mourning, her hair dishevelled, and part of it torn off, presented herself before me, and said; "I come to beg your majesty not to be surprised to see me in this condition. My heavy affliction is occasioned by intelligence of three distressing events which I have just received." "Alas! what are they, madam?" said I. "The death of the queen my dear mother," she replied, "that of the king my father killed in battle, and of one of my brothers, who has fallen down a precipice." I was not displeased that she used this pretext to conceal the true cause of her grief, and I concluded she had not suspected me of being the author of her lover's death. "Madam," said I, "so far from blaming, I assure you I heartily commiserate your sorrow. I should feel surprise if you were insensible to such heavy calamities: weep on; your tears are so many proofs of your tenderness; but I hope that time and reflection will moderate your grief." She retired into her apartment, where, giving herself wholly up to sorrow, she spent a whole year in mourning and lamentation. At the end of that period, she begged permission to erect a burying place for herself, within the bounds of the palace, where she would continue, she told me, to the end of her days: I consented, and she built a stately edifice, crowned by a cupola, which may be seen from hence, and called it the Palace of Tears. When it was finished, she caused her lover to be conveyed thither, from the place to which she had caused him to be carried the night I wounded him: she had hitherto prevented his dying, by potions which she had administered to him; and she continued to convey them to him herself every day after he came to the Palace of Tears. Yet, with all her enchantments, she could not cure him; he was not only unable to walk or support himself, but had also lost the use of his speech, and exhibited no sign of life except in his looks. Though the queen had no

"it was I that chastised that monster. which it is impossible for time to assuage. thou hast too long abused my goodness. "Moderate thy anger. for." I must confess. but. I heard her thus address her lover: "I am afflicted to the highest degree to behold you in this condition. and reduced the site of the whole to the lake and desert plain you have seen. It was thy barbarous hand that brought the objets of my fondness into this lamentable condition. the Persians. and said. to observe how the princess employed herself. I cannot live at a distance from you. you have wept enough. which was very flourishing and populous. I gave over and retired. and brought me into this hall. my lord. and heard her thus address her lover: "It is now three years since you spoke one word to me. and lifted up my hand to punish her. who. Is it from insensibility. and thou hast the cruelty to come and insult a despairing lover. She continued every day to visit her lover. I command thee to become half marble and half man. Tell me rather. that I discovered myself. or contempt? O tomb! hast thou destroyed that excess of affection which he bare me? Hast thou closed those eyes that evinced so much love.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 33 other consolation but to see him. The white are the Moosulmauns. I have dissembled too long. she pronounced words I did not understand. I lost all patience: and discovering myself. or rather why dost not thou swallow up both the lover and his mistress?" I had scarcely uttered these words. had metamorphosed me thus. the red. you answer not the proofs I give you of my love by my sighs and lamentations." At these words. the blue. allow me to indulge my grief. the fishes of four colours in the lake are the four kinds of inhabitants of different religions. and a living man among the dead. who sat by the black. which dishonours both. I learned all this from the enchantress. she said with a jeering smile. and apostrophising the tomb in my turn. by another enchantment she destroyed my capital." At the same time. "Miscreant!" said she "thou art the cause of my grief. instead of restoring her to a sense of duty. and were all my delight? No. I ought to have treated thee in the same manner. I am as sensible as yourself of the tormenting pain you endure. the Christians and the yellow. dear soul. "if you have any kindness or compassion for me left. and would prefer the pleasure of having you always before me." said she. it is time to give over this sorrow. I was enraged at these expressions. I now repent that I did not. I concealed myself again. I was well apprised of this. and to say to him all that her senseless passion could inspire. served only to increase her anguish. related to me these effects . in truth. a dead man among the living. my lord. the Jews." "Yes. I drew out my cimeter. He was a black Indian. but regarding me stedfastly. and you do not answer me: how long will you remain silent? Speak only one word: alas! the sweetest moments of my life are these I spend here in partaking of your grief. and from a place where she could not see me. this I cannot think. according to his desert. One day my curiosity induced me to go to the Palace of Tears. "By virtue of my enchantments. I was so enraged at the language addressed to him. this adored mortal. do not think I am ignorant of this. I beseech you to put no restraint upon me. came up to her. I am continually speaking to you." "Sire. After the cruel sorceress." As I spoke these words. which were several times interrupted by her sighs and sobs. the public places and markets." said I. while she was there." Immediately. she annihilated the houses. "O tomb! why dost not thou swallow up that monster so revolting to human nature. by what miracle thou becamest the depositary of the rarest treasure the world ever contained. unworthy of the name of queen. but pretended ignorance. when the queen. I cried. to the empire of the universe. was by no means what you would imagine him to have been. you have too much forgotten what you owe to me and to yourself. I went a second time to the Palace of Tears. one of the original natives of this country. and afterwards added." When I perceived that my remonstrance. who worship fire. rose up like a fury. in a rage. The four little hills were the four islands that gave name to this kingdom. "Madam. to add to my affliction. I became what you see. and for two whole years abandoned herself to grief and despair. no. yet every day she made him two long visits. this beloved. which the city contained.

is lodged in the Palace of Tears. exclaimed. The queen arrived shortly after. "You had no compassion on my lover. "Mighty creator of all things. and to the decrees of thy providence: I endure my calamities with patience. but every day at sun-rise she goes to visit her paramour." In his subsequent conversation with the young prince. But this is not all. "and you are to expect none from me. but the cruel wretch ceased not till she had given the usual number of blows. dragged his corpse into the court of the castle. and waited to complete his design. and those who write your history will have the advantage of relating what surpasses all that has hitherto been recorded. the young king could not restrain his tears. not to honour. her revenge not being satisfied with the destruction of my dominions. and over that this robe of brocade. and anxious to avenge the sufferings of the unfortunate prince. greatly moved by the recital of this affecting story." "My lord. a hundred blows with the whip. "Inform me whither this perfidious sorceress retires. but deferred the execution of it till the following day. said to him. and without resistance deprived him of his wretched life. her husband." After the enchantress had given the king. she comes every day. Never did any thing so extraordinary befall any man. the young king. he then proceeded to the Palace of Tears. When he came to this part of the narrative. She first went into the chamber of her husband. He found it lighted up with an infinite number of flambeaux of white wax. In the mean time. and the sultan was himself so affected by the relation." said she. "What cruelty. and conjured her in the most affecting tone to take pity on him. and afterwards informed him of a mode of revenge which he had devised. who is entombed before his death. As to the queen. One thing only is wanting. After this. after having executed her bloody vengeance upon me. "her lover. he went and lay down in the black's bed. in a superb tomb constructed in the form of a dome: this palace joins the castle on the side in which the gate is placed. when I make thee feel the effects of my resentment! Does not . and where may be found her vile paramour. and always complains of his never having spoken to her since he was wounded. Next morning the sultan arose with the dawn. she went afterwards to the Palace of Tears. and his brocade gown over all. and with unexampled barbarity gave him a hundred stripes. the revenge to which you are entitled. and the metamorphosis of my person. she throws over me a coarse stuff of goat's hair." "Prince. the night being far spent. she put on again his covering of goat's hair." cried she.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 34 of her rage. the sultan took some rest. The unfortunate prince filled the palace with his lamentations. and threw it into a well. the sultan told him who he was. who reproachest me that I am inhuman. As soon as he perceived the bed where the black lay. and for what purpose he had entered the castle. that he could not find utterance for any words of consolation. which might encumber him." replied the prince. She carries to him the potion with which she had hitherto prevented his dying. the king of the Black Islands. but I hope thy infinite goodness will ultimately reward me. I submit myself to thy judgments." The sultan. and perfumed by a delicious scent issuing from several censers of fine gold of admirable workmanship. still indulging some hopes of being speedily delivered from his misery. When she has finished this part of my punishment. without sleep. placed his cimeter under the covering. he drew his cimeter. lifting up his eyes to heaven." said the sultan. and prepared to execute his design. and you see I am not in a condition to defend myself. and I will omit nothing in my power to effect it. hiding his upper garment. I cannot tell you precisely whither she retires. as I have already told you. They agreed upon the measures they were to take for accomplishing their design. but to mock me. since it is thy will things should be as they are. Shortly after. stripped him. and as she entered renewed her tears and lamentations: then approaching the bed. having never slept since he was enchanted. "was it to disturb the satisfaction so tender and passionate a lover as I am? O cruel prince. "your condition can never be sufficiently deplored: no one can be more sensibly affected by your misfortunes than I am. and gives me over my naked shoulders a hundred lashes with a whip until I am covered with blood. where she thought her paramour lay. but the young prince passed the night as usual.

said. my life." said the sultan. and children. addressing herself to the sultan. and thou shalt help me to arise. saying. destroyed by thy enchantments? The fish every night at midnight raise their heads out of the lake. speak one word to me at least." She had scarcely spoken these words. The fish became men. that she might receive her reward. prevent my sleeping night or day. answered the queen with a grave tone." replied the sultan. Mahummedans. than the city was immediately restored. "what do you mean by the root?" "Wretched woman. nothing now prevents your rising and giving me the satisfaction of which I have so long been deprived. "Get thee from this castle. and have recovered the use of my speech. She afterwards proceeded to the young king her husband. will you always be silent! Are you resolved to let me die. and at thy return I will give thee my hand. you have only removed a part of the evil. when the prince. and when she came to the brink of the lake. were astonished to see themselves in an instant in the middle of a large. freemen or slaves. as if he had awaked out of a deep sleep. I am ready to execute your commands. "My dear lord. and that you speak to me?" "Unhappy woman. is it certain that I hear you. "why do you reproach me thus?" "The cries. who found all things as they were before the enchantment. went away from the enchantress. The sultan's numerous retinue. without affording me the comfort of hearing again from your own lips that you love me? My soul. "My dear lord. To return to the enchantress: As soon as she had effected this wonderful change. as they were before: every one having recovered his natural form. "to pacify you. and its inhabitants. "I come to rejoice with you in the return of your health: I have done all that you required of me. and give me your hand. she returned with all expedition to the Palace of Tears. "My heart. "art thou worthy that I should answer thee?" "Alas!" replied the queen. She . "understand you not that I allude to the town." The enchantress went immediately out of the Palace of Tears." said the enchantress. and the four islands. without replying a word. said. conceiving him to be the black "My sun. and counterfeiting the pronunciation of the blacks. you must cut it up by the root. that I be no longer disturbed by his lamentations." Accordingly she went that instant. I should long since have been cured.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 35 thy barbarity surpass my vengeance? Traitor! in attempting the life of the object which I adore. do not change. of which you complain. Persians." The sultan. resume thy natural shape. my soul. "do not I deceive myself." "Come near." At these words the enchantress. and pronounced some words over it. would you have me restore him?" "Yes. The houses and shops were immediately filled with their inhabitants. and become what thou west before. as if it had been on the fire. still counterfeiting the pronunciation of the blacks. for I will immediately do as you command me. yielding to necessity. but if thou art in that condition merely by virtue of my enchantments. who did not expect them. which caused it to boil. "Dear love. as she entered." The young king. Christians. "make haste to set him at liberty. women. whom thou treatest every day with so much indignity and barbarity. "the groans and tears of thy husband. or Jews. "If the creator of all things did form thee as thou art at present. hast thou not robbed me of mine? Alas!" said she." returned the sultan." cried she. Go speedily. and retired to a remote place. cried out in a transport of joy. finding himself restored to his former condition. restore things to their former state. The enchantress then said to him. she took a little water in her hand." "My lovely black. and threw the water upon him. I have done what you required. rose up and returned thanks to God. and cry for vengeance against thee and me. who found themselves encamped in the largest square. had no sooner pronounced some words over the fish and the lake." The sultan. This is the cause of my silence. well-peopled city. and sprinkling it." "Well." said the sultan. she took a cup of water. Hadst thou disenchanted him. "There is no strength or power but in God alone. "What you have now done is by no means sufficient for my cure." replied the sultan. I conjure you. or if he be angry with thee. you shall soon be restored to your health. who is almighty. inspired with hope from these words." resumed the queen. then pray rise. Meanwhile. still counterfeiting the pronunciation of the blacks. This is the true cause of the delay of my cure. handsome. where he patiently awaited the event of the design which the sultan had so happily begun. uttered a loud exclamation of joy. the enchantress returned to the Palace of Tears." The enchantress." cried she. and supposing that she still spoke to the black. and never return on pain of death.

and have as much honour and respect shown you as if you were in your own kingdom. "You are not near enough. and to assure him that his long absence had occasioned no alteration in his empire. he with a blow of his cimeter cut her in two. the sultan and the young prince began their journey. which were finished in three weeks. to accompany and live with him. which. and that I may give you proofs of my acknowledging this during my whole life. I look upon you as such. who was willing to leave a great kingdom. and could not imagine how it could be. This done he left the body on the spot. had detained him so long. he made each of them presents according to their rank. When he found him. "you think then that you are near your capital?" "Yes. "approach nearer." "It will take you a whole year to return. I am willing to accompany you." The young prince returned thanks to the sultan in a manner that sufficiently the sincerity of his gratitude. At length. who had sent couriers to give advice of his delay. as he was the first cause of the deliverance of the young prince." The sultan was extremely surprised to understand that he was so far from his dominions. unless you will accompany me to mine. Then the sultan replied. a porter. as I have no child. you have now nothing to fear. in reward for their loyalty. which made him and his family happy the rest of their days." said the sultan. "dwell peaceably in your capital. the principal officers came to receive him. "It is no matter. was a fellow of wit and good humour. contrary to his expectation. The day after his arrival the sultan gave all his courtiers a very ample account of the circumstances. this shall not prevent my following you. embracing him. AND OF THE FIVE LADIES OF BAGDAD. and seizing her by the arm so suddenly. "Prince. which is near: you shall there be welcome. perfectly well mounted and dressed They had a pleasant journey. SONS OF SULTANS. that she had not time to discover him. after which the young prince employed himself in making preparations for his journey. were it to the utmost corners of the earth. so that one half fell one way and the other another. but since the enchantment is taken off.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 36 did so. One morning as he was at the place where he . who agreed to receive at his hands one of his nearest kindred for their monarch. the sultan gave him a plentiful fortune. who. approached his capital." said he. and in return wished him long life and happiness. You are my deliverer. He acquainted them with his having adopted the king of the Four Black Islands. and going out of the Palace of Tears. "rejoice." said the sultan. to the great regret of his court and subjects. for since you will do me the honour to accompany me. to whom I am so much indebted. and by acquiring you for a son." replied the king." "Potent monarch. notwithstanding his mean and laborious business. STORY OF THE THREE CALENDERS. and made public rejoicings for several days. He then rose up." said the prince "I do indeed believe that you came hither from your capital in the time you mention. because mine was enchanted. things are changed: however. As for the fisherman. followed by fifty handsome gentlemen on horseback. went to seek the young king of the Black Isles. In the reign of Caliph Haroon al Rusheed. with a hundred camels laden with inestimable riches from the treasury of the young king. your cruel enemy is dead." The conversation between the sultan and the king of the Black Islands concluded with most affectionate embraces. received him with acclamations. "I know it is not above four or five hours' journey. and of the adventure which had occasioned it. and when the sultan. and. there was at Bagdad. "You may henceforward. The inhabitants also came out in great crowds. and from this moment appoint you my heir and successor. and to leave my kingdom without regret." he continued. the trouble of returning to my own country is sufficiently recompensed by the satisfaction of having obliged you. who waited for him with great impatience." She obeyed. But the young king of the Black Islands convinced him beyond a possibility of doubt.

which she ordered the porter to put also into his basket. was a third lady. supported by four columns of ebony. and she put money into his hand. sassafras. When the porter had put all these things into his basket. and the excellent order in which every thing was placed. and appeared to him so beautiful. At another shop. "Pray. brought a large jug of excellent wine. and ordered him still to follow her." The lady laughed at the fellow's pleasant humour. ginger. opened it. whose front was adorned with fine columns. He wondered that such a fine lady should come abroad to buy provisions. pronounced in so agreeable a manner. I shall not be able to bear it. where she furnished herself with all manner of sweet-scented waters. with a throne of amber in the middle. While the young lady and the porter waited for the opening of the gate. She then went to a druggist. preserved in vinegar: at another. after having passed through a splendid vestibule. O day of good luck!" In a short time the lady stopped before a gate that was shut. charmed with these words. she bought pistachios. and covered with red satin embroidered with Indian gold of admirable workmanship. quinces. "you ought to have given me notice that you had so much provision to carry. walnuts. that he was perfectly surprised. that he is scarcely able to stand. the porter made a thousand reflections. this quite filled the porter's basket. where she bought several sorts of apples. The porter. and then I would have brought a horse. pepper. set it on his head. was greatly diverted. without speaking. with a venerable long white beard. "O happy day. or rather a camel. "My good lady. peaches. entered a spacious court." said the beautiful portress. "and put it in your basket." The porter. "Hark you. take your basket and follow me. Just as he was about to ask her some questions upon this head. accosted him. went in. and she ordered him to follow her. what do you stay for? Do not you see this poor man so heavy laden. took his basket immediately. who seemed to be more beautiful than the second. As she went by a butcher's stall. almonds. and advanced towards them: he judged by the respect which the other ladies ." said the lady to the porter. she made him weigh her twenty five pounds of his best meat. she descended as soon as she saw the two others. and such other fruits. Sister. the porter continued his exclamation. but the Christian. could not but admire the magnificence of this house. and knowing the cause." The lady stopped at a fruit-shop. They walked till they came to a magnificent house. and followed the lady. and several other Indian spices. waiting for employment. There they stopped. "Take this jug. and full of clear water. enriched with diamonds and pearls of an extraordinary size. or rather so much struck with her charms. filberts." When she entered with the porter. the lady who had opened the gate shut it. encompassed with an open gallery. apricots. she commanded him to follow her. though heavy laden. and all three. cucumbers. that he had nearly suffered his basket to fall. oranges. richly furnished. another lady came to open the gate. citrons. all sorts of confectionery. for he had never seen any beauty that equalled her. and perceived that it grew full. In the middle of the court there was a fountain. and at another. faced with white marble. her air was too noble. but what particularly captivated his attention. and a great piece of ambergris. perceiving his disorder. The lady who brought the porter with her. and follow her. which had a communication with several apartments of extraordinary magnificence. exclaiming. At the farther end of the court there was a platform. and took so much pleasure in watching his looks. and knocked: a Christian. kernels of pine-apples. he concluded she could not be a slave. a handsome young lady. cloves. and said with a pleasant air. "O happy day! This is a day of agreeable surprise and joy. which was copiously supplied out of the mouth of a lion of brass. lemons. for the purpose. musk. "come in. that she forgot the gate was opened. and as she proceeded. for if you buy ever so little more. who knew what she wanted. she bid the porter put all into his basket. and had a gate of ivory. with a great basket. myrtles. and therefore he thought she must needs be a woman of quality. lilies. porter. tarragon. jessamin. sweet basil." This being done. she took capers.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 37 usually plyed. covered with a great muslin veil. and some other flowers and fragrant plants. and the lady knocked softly." said he. and was seated upon the throne just mentioned. and in a little time. and other herbs.

but perceiving that he remained too long. must. "Sister. and would abuse our confidence. "Friend. by reading books of science and history. of this you perceive he is capable: I assure you. the key of which is lost. but we hesitate not to discover it to the prudent. but if you bring nothing." The beautiful Safie seconded her sister. "by your very air. I beseech you. have you never heard the common saying. were adapted chiefly for those who could drink and make merry. except there be four in company:" and so concluded. and I conceive that I am not mistaken. why do not you ease him of it?" Then Amene and Safie took the basket. that since they were but three. how canst thou expect the breast of another to be more faithful?'" "My ladies. to say. but thinking he wished to share in their festivity. but when he ought to have departed. "My dear sisters." replied the porter. for Amene having now laid aside her veil. when I tell you. and that. I am already more than paid for my services. We have but too much reason to be cautious of acquainting indiscreet persons with our counsel. that the porter staid only to take breath. says. smiling. "What do you wait for. What surprised him most was. "You know that we have been making preparations to regale ourselves. they wanted another. who appeared to him equally charming. but I hope you will the goodness to pardon me. and said to the porter. and did not forget the Bagdad proverb. if Amene had not taken his part. and a good author that we have read." Zobeide perceiving that the porter was not deficient in wit. and the door sealed up. because we know that with them it is safe. and said to Zobeide and Safie. she who opened the gate Safie." replied the porter. Zobeide thought at first. and allow me. answered him. the beautiful Amene took out money. ‘Keep thy own secret. He that makes his secret known it no longer its master. you presume rather too much. who transact our affairs with so much secrecy that no one knows any thing of them. Though fortune has not given me wealth enough to raise me above my mean profession. as you have seen. I have no objection to inform you that we are three sisters. He was chained to the spot by the pleasure of beholding three such beauties. "it is not that which detains me. "Friend. notwithstanding his rhetoric. give him something more. to prove what he said. the one before and the other behind. that he saw no man about the house. I need not tell you that he will afford us some diversion. "That the table is not completely furnished. and all three together set it on the ground. yet most of the provisions he had brought in. have retired in confusion. as the dry fruits. in which he was not mistaken." said she. he could not summon sufficient resolution for the purpose. had it not been for . yet I have not omitted to cultivate my mind as much as I could. and the several sorts of cakes and confections. If thy own breast cannot keep thy counsel. it is not just that you should now partake of the entertainment without contributing to the cost. and she who went to buy the provisions was named Amene. ‘If you bring something with you." "Madam. that I have also read in another author a maxim which I have always happily followed: ‘We conceal our secret from such persons only as are known to all the world to want discretion. in all probability. and when they had done. and paid the porter liberally. I am sensible that I act rudely in staying longer than I ought. that she was the chief. proved to be as handsome as either of the others. you shall depart empty?'" The porter. "Sisters. you shall carry something away. she continued. I judged at first that you were persons of extraordinary merit.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete showed her. after which Zobeide gravely addressed him. I conjure you to let him remain. and do not reveal it to any one. and though you do not deserve that I should enter into any explanation with you. that I am astonished not to see a man with three ladies of such extraordinary beauty: and you know that a company of women without men is as melancholy as a company of men without women.' A secret in my keeping is as secure as if it were locked up in a cabinet." To this he added several other pleasant things. 38 Zobeide said to the two ladies. Zobeide also assisted. that he may depart satisfied. "are you not sufficiently paid?" And turning to Amene. then emptied it. The ladies fell a laughing at the porter's reasoning. at a considerable expense. The porter was well satisfied with the money he had received. This lady was called Zobeide. when she came to them. do not you see that this honest man is ready to sink under his burden.

and now you complete it by this generous conduct. In short." answered Zobeide. addressing himself to all the three sisters." These preliminaries being settled. which lasted a considerable time. it is time for you to depart. and raising himself up. for if you put any questions respecting what does not concern you. she then filled the cup to her sisters. let us keep him for the remainder of the night. "Alas! ladies. received a more exquisite flavour than it naturally possessed. Amene took a cup. where I to repeat to you all the obliging expressions he addressed to me by the way. Amene brought in supper." "To shew you. Safie spoke in the name of the three ladies." At these words of Amene. and drank first herself. my tongue shall be immovable on this occasion. and each of them afterwards sung one in her turn. we never take back. so the wine he was going to drink. read what is written over our gate on the inside." The porter went and read these words. I shall leave the best part of myself behind. and courage to follow me. saying." and then turning to the porter. in any place you please. allow me this night to recover myself. and far less to punish my indiscretion. besides. "Sisters. but Zobeide ordered him to keep it. I am pleased with the request. you would not feel surprised at my taking his part. that he fell on his knees." But the porter. the porter was so transported with joy. ladies. "to reward those who have served us. I am quite beside myself. I shall always look upon myself as one of your most humble slaves. and be not too inquisitive to pry into the motives of our actions." said he. you began my good fortune to-day. whatever we do in your presence relating either to ourselves or any thing else. they were all very pleasant during the repast. No. "What we have once given. shall hear things that will not please him. kissed Amene's hand." "Sister. do not think that I will abuse it. you do not so much as open your mouth to ask the reason. That as the wind bears with it the sweet scents of the purfumed places over which it passes. or if you love me as much as I think you do." said he. "we can refuse you nothing. and my eye like a looking-glass." Amene pleaded the second time for the porter. if you will take my advice. cried. made of aloe-wood and ambergris." Returning again to the three sisters. she sat . I must forewarn you. I shall never find the way home. which retains nothing of the objets that is set before it." During this address. and cups of gold. sung a song to this purpose. not willing to leave good company. or look upon myself as deserving of the distinction. who drank in course as they sat. My friend. said. the charming Amene put off the apparel she went abroad with. The song pleased the ladies much." replied the porter. who was overjoyed to see himself seated with three such admirable beauties. which yield a most agreeable perfume. "Ladies. or wherein you may have any concern. whither do you command me to go in my present condition? What with drinking and your society. his alacrity. the ladies took their places. he having already diverted us so well. I could not have done so much business. she then brought in several sorts of meat. in consenting to your staying with us. poured some wine into it. as he received it. I cannot adequately express my acknowledgments. and nothing was wanting that could serve to render it agreeable. that it is not the only condition we impose upon you that you keep inviolable the secret we may entrust to you." said Zobeide with a serious countenance. in so short a time. and said to the porter. and fastened her robe to her girdle that she might act with the greater freedom. and after she had lighted up the room with tapers. but we also require you to attend to the strictest rules of good manners. and at last she filled it the fourth time for the porter. "I swear to you that you shall never hear me utter a word respecting what does not relate to me. he is right. said. "Most beautiful lady. but upon this new condition. "We are willing once more to grant your request. and made the porter sit down by them.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 39 his readiness. "since you do me so great an honour. "I promise to abide by this condition. kissed the ground at her feet. wine. as well as a delicate light. that you shall have no cause to complain. coming from her fair hands. that. After they had eaten a little. and. As to the rest. beware therefore. "Madam. "that what we demand of you is not a new thing among us." said she. and before he drank. The day drawing to a close. written in large characters of gold: "He who speaks of things that do not concern him." When he had spoken these words he would have returned the money he had received. Soon after. but go when I will. you may chance to hear what you will not like. who. "Arise.

to put an end to the dispute. we should be sorry to give you the least occasion. because they desire shelter only for this night. The magnificence of the place. and all three together began to play a tune The ladies. because they never shave their beards nor eye-brows. to have compassion on them. you will not suffer it to go by. one of them said." Here Safie laughed so heartily. They care not what place we put them in. and pacified them. After the calenders had eaten and drunk liberally. "do not put yourself in a passion. They say." Safie ran out with joy. joined the concert with their voices. that they wished to entertain them with a concert of music. but what will surprise you is. if they had any instruments in the house. "you will permit them to come in. Each man took the instrument he liked. and fall into excessive laughter. and seem not to want spirit. "Sit you down. but the words of the song made them now and then stop. Safie returning. for reasons which she herself well knew. but follow ours. but Safie was the nimblest. They are young and handsome. There are three calenders at our gate. and receive them into the house. . they would be satisfied with a stable. they resumed their seats. and cause them to read what is written over the gate.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 40 down with her sisters and the porter. When the ladies heard the knocking. and the civility they received. we are ready to receive your commands. beards. the ladies interposed. another of the Persian. whom they saw clad almost like those devotees with whom they have continual disputes respecting several points of discipline." said the calender. to sing." Upon which." "Honest man. and if you agree with me. provided they may be under shelter. who knew the words of a merry song that suited the air. and the repast was enlivened by reciprocal flashes of wit. we have a very fine opportunity of passing a good part of the night pleasantly. the ladies served them with meat. When the calenders were seated. and eye-brows shaved. it is impossible but that with such persons as I have described them to be. and pray us. "Sisters. returned again in a moment. we shall finish the day better than we began it. and in a little time after returned with the three calenders. "and bring them in. and presented them with a flute of her own country fashion. and put us to no charge. "I believe we have got here one of our revolted Arabian brethren. under pretext of making him drink their healths. that they were glad of the opportunity to oblige them. inspired the calenders with high respect for the ladies: but. they are but just come to Bagdad. said. "Go then. did not let them want for wine. and told them courteously that they were welcome. When they were all in the best humour possible. and Safie. and at last invited them to sit down with them." said Zobeide. they heard a knocking at the gate. and a tabor. but do not forget to acquaint them that they must not speak of any thing which does not concern them. they all three got up to open the gate. At their entrance they made a profound obeisance to the ladies. and fair Safie going to fetch them. before they sat down. they could not refuse her. being highly pleased with them." The porter having his head warm with wine." said she. having by chance cast their eyes upon the porter. and not knowing where to find a lodging. who rose up to receive them. They began again to eat and drink. took offence and with a fierce look. and would cause them to be brought: they willingly accepted the proposal. they happened by chance to knock at this gate. and have their heads. that the two sisters and the porter could not refrain from laughing also. and repeat verses. where they never were before. and resolve to leave us as soon as day appears. "My dear sisters. without stirring from his place. But I cannot without laughing think of their amusing and uniform figure. But being very desirous to obtain this favour. they are all three blind of the right eye. it being night. at least they appear to be such by their habit. and do not meddle with what does not concern you: have you not read the inscription over the gate? Do not pretend to make people live after your fashion." Zobeide and Amene made some difficulty to grant Safie's request. for the love of heaven. which her sisters perceiving. The ladies diverted themselves in intoxicating the porter. they signified to the ladies. they will afford us diversion enough. answered. and to contribute towards relieving the fatigues of their journey. on the contrary.

they drank to the health of the new-comers. that she was an incomparable beauty. and somewhat overcome with wine. but no tongues." Jaaffier complied. "No matter. "It is that." Upon this they all sat down." said the caliph. and see that no disorders were committed. which we have in a warehouse at a caravan-serai. nothing struck him with more surprise than the calenders being all three blind of the right eye. and that it would not be proper he should expose himself to be affronted by them: besides. and told them that she was not mistress of the house. "what favour? We can refuse nothing to such fair ladies. perceiving by the light in her hand. to make some amends for the interruption we have given you. We happened this evening to be with a merchant of this city. graceful behaviour. and ready wit. who arrived here about ten days ago with rich merchandise. who invited us to his house. and therefore he ought not to disturb them in their mirth. when the company were in the midst of their jollity. before we get home to our khan. Night being come on. which was natural to her. The vizier. The caliph. He would gladly have learnt the cause of this singularity. I hope you will not take it ill if we desire one favour of you. as we passed by this way. Zobeide. without meddling with what does not belong to us. lest you hear what will by no means please you. "you shall be obeyed. "We are three merchants of Mossoul. that he might discover if every thing was quiet in the city." replied the vizier. The ladies returned their salutations. "I command you to knock. nor impertinently curious. Besides. hearing. the sound of music. and made bold to knock at your gate. and the vizier. Safie made the business known to her sisters. they at last consented to let them in. she would return with an answer. to beg the favour of lodging ourselves in the house till morning. But before I proceed farther. passing by. and Mesrour the chief of the eunuchs of his palace. entertained the ladies in conversation. Safie left off singing. we supposed you were not yet going to rest. in vain represented to him that the noise proceeded from some women who were merry-making. the caliph could not forbear admiring their extraordinary beauty. The caliph Haroon al Rusheed was frequently in the habit of walking abroad in disguise by night. and passing through the street where the three ladies dwelt. addressed them with a grave and serious countenance. We are not censorious. and having granted the same favour to the three calenders. being introduced by the fair Safie. upon which he commanded the vizier. that without question their heads were warm with wine. where we had a splendid entertainment: and the wine having put us in good humour. and his two companions. we will endeavour to contribute to your diversion to the best of our power. you would have eyes. all disguised in merchants' habits. we are afraid of meeting that or some other watch. supposing them to be merchants. Safie had time to observe the vizier. very courteously saluted the ladies and the calenders." Zobeide continued. he heard the sound of music and fits of loud laughter. and will not be opened till morning: wherefore. who were said to be merchants like himself. and speak not of any thing that does not concern you." "Madam. with a very low salutation said." Whilst Jaaffier was speaking. Safie opened the gate. his grand vizier. and the chief of the eunuchs. while here. but if they would have a minute's patience. as he wished to enter to ascertain the reason. the watch. and went to see who it was. and said. as the chief. but the conditions so lately imposed upon himself and his companions would not . he sent for a company of dancers. 41 This night the caliph went out on his rambles. before we can arrive there the gates will be shut. pleasant humour.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete In the height of this diversion. who considered for some time what to do: but being naturally of a good disposition. on the other hand. we only beg the favour of staying this night in your vestibule. if not. Being strangers. and if you think us worthy of your good company. accompanied by Jaaffier his grand vizier. While the vizier. and the company being united." "Alas!" said the vizier. it was not yet an unlawful hour. but we had the good fortune to escape by getting over the wall. it is enough for us to notice affairs that concern us. that you question us not for the reason of any thing you may see. to knock. where we have also our lodging. and the music and dancers making a great noise. caused the gate to be opened and some of the company to be taken up. "You are welcome. a knocking was heard at the gate.

who is one of the family. moved very gravely towards the porter. held her head up in a supplicating posture. When the three calenders had finished their dance. ought not to be idle. and prepare yourself to assist us in what we are going to do. and entered the closet. should weep with them." replied Safie. were extremely surprised at this exhibition. "Come hither and assist me. "deliver one of the bitches to my sister Amene." "Very well. they both wept: after which. rising from her seat between the calenders and the caliph. will you not be pleased to return to your place. kissed her. the exact order of every thing. being more impatient than the rest. rose from her seat. that . he answered by others. which would have moved pity. arose immediately. but being pressed by repeated signs. Upon this the bitch that he held in his hand began to howl. and treated her after the same manner. and you shall not be idle long. carried away the dishes. that it was not yet time for the caliph to satisfy his curiosity. she said. made him think they were in some enchanted place. the calenders arose. and receiving the other from Amene. and when she had wept over her. returned the chain to the porter. who requested him to hold her as he had done the first. which she placed in the middle of the room. Zobeide arose. who. and said. and kiss them. threw down the rod. Having opened the door. took up the rod. leading two black bitches. and put fresh aloes and ambergris to them. trimmed the lamps. longed exceedingly to be informed of the cause of so strange a proceeding. lifted up the bitch by her paws. ready to obey your commands. heaving a deep sigh. having no regard to the sad countenance of the animal. whipped her with the rod till she was out of breath. for the company will not be offended if we use our freedom. and bring her the other." said she. being somewhat recovered from his wine. Zobeide. and their presence need not hinder the performance of our customary exercise. together with the instruments which the calenders had played upon. and could not comprehend why Zobeide. to recover herself of her fatigue. These circumstances. and having tied the sleeve of his gown to his belt. The three calenders. where she had whipped the two bitches. with the richness of the furniture. and danced after their fashion. arise. and the different ways of making merry. "Come. and he brought them into the middle of the apartment. They muttered among themselves. "Here am I. and the caliph with his companions on the other: then addressing herself to the porter. they appeared as if they had been severely whipped with rods. each of them secured by a collar and chain. Their conversation happening to turn upon diversions. and procured them the esteem of the caliph and his companions. but swept the room. put every thing again in its place. and returned her to the porter: but Amene spared him the trouble of leading her back into the closet. answered. Safie was not idle. and did it herself. "Porter." said she.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 42 allow him to speak." The porter did as he was commanded. nor to her cries that resounded through the house. and taking the chain from the porter. "let us perform our duty:" she then tucked up her sleeves above her elbows. this being done." A little time after. presented her to Zobeide. the flasks and cups. and looking upon her with a sad and pitiful countenance." He obeyed. with the caliph and his companions. and turning towards Zobeide." Amene understanding her sister's meaning. and the caliph. The porter led back the whipped bitch to the closet. "Dear sister. and bring the other to me. but Zobeide. she beckoned to the porter." The porter. and taking Amene by the hand. wiped the tears from the bitch's eye. after having so furiously beaten those two bitches. which augmented the good opinion the ladies had conceived of them. and having spent her strength. desired him to carry her to the place whence he took her. and the neatness of the house. and then went towards a closet. "stay till you are spoken to. wipe off their tears. she dried her eyes. and Safie called to her. Zobeide. "Get up. kissed her. "Pray. and receiving a rod from Safie. could not forbear making signs to the vizier to ask the question: the vizier turned his head another way. a man like you. Amene came in with a chair. Zobeide sat still some time in the middle of the room. she requested the three calenders to sit down upon the sofa at one side. and returned immediately. with her handkerchief. sister. that by the moosulman religion are reckoned unclean animals. said.

with the porter. and if you are surprised to see me I am as much so to find myself in your company. You know the conditions on which these ladies consented to receive us. but I never was in the house until now. After Zobeide had taken her seat." This increased the caliph's astonishment: "Probably. which surprised and affected all the spectators. sung a song about the torments that absence creates to lovers. and shewed the caliph what might be the consequence. who heard this. and hoped he would have been able to give them the information they sought. and why Amene's bosom was so scarred. and asked him. and have but three women to deal with." The caliph and his company. which did not appear so fair as might have been expected. that it charmed the caliph and all the company. "this man who is with you may know something of the matter. It is true. we came in but a few minutes before you. Amene played and sung almost as long upon the same subject. one of the calenders could not forbear saying. She went towards Safie and opened the case. "are you not of the family? Can you not resolve us concerning the two black bitches and the lady that fainted away." said the caliph. When Zobeide and Safie had run to help their sister. and which we agreed to observe." The grand vizier Jaaffier objected to this. what will they say of us if we break them? We shall be still more to blame. spoke to her sister Amene." "What. "Sir. as well as the calenders. and accompanying the instrument with her voice. sister. I live in this city. the caliph said to the rest. but with so much vehemence.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 43 I may also aft my part?" "Yes. "Pray take it. I conjure you to rise. or rather transported. by the words of the song. and sat down upon the sofa. that her strength failed her as she finished. "Consider. that if you know nothing of all this. on the contrary." One of the calenders beckoned the porter to come near. "We are seven men. came to him and the other calenders. and then went. at last. I pray you." replied Amene. who appears to have been so basely abused?" "Sir. Safie. "We had better have slept in the streets than have come hither to behold such spectacles. Having sung with much passion and action. "Dear sister. she said to Amene. we are in a condition to compel them by force." Amene rose. without knowing themselves to be in a condition to punish us for its violation. that she was obliged. Without discovering the prince to the calenders. Safie began to play. were black and full of scars. if any mischief befall us. Jaaffier. However. and went into another closet. that our reputation is at stake. on her right hand. sitting on a chair in the middle of the room. and that which increases my wonder is. this gave her no ease." "Very willingly. but finding he could not. and presented it to her: and after some time spent in tuning it. and brought out a case covered with yellow satin. "I can swear by heaven. "We know no more than you do. oblige the company with a tune. for it is not likely that they would have extorted such a promise from us. whether he knew why those two black bitches had been whipped. you have done wonders. that I have not seen one man with these ladies. and asked them what might be the meaning of all this? They answered. and said." said the porter. for my voice fails me. but. and resolving to satisfy his curiosity. on her left. Zobeide." Amene was prevented from answering this civility. taking the lute from her sister Safie." replied Zobeide. and a song in my stead. sister. had supposed the porter to be one of the family. "this is the first time of our being in the house. for air." The caliph. to uncover her neck and bosom. the whole company remained silent for some time. you know what I would say." said the calenders. having the caliph. her heart being so sensibly touched at the moment. said. and we may easily see that you feel the grief you have expressed in so lively a manner. and Mesrour. from whence she took a lute. and the three calenders. he addressed him as if he had been a merchant. for she fell into a fit. desirous of testifying her satisfaction. who. I know as little as you do. and was so much affected. near to that where the bitches were. and if they refuse by fair means. sat down in her place." said he. "Sister. with so much sweetness. let us try if we can oblige them to explain what we have seen. richly embroidered with gold and green silk." .

that he had not taken the advice of his vizier. and whispered to him. The caliph endeavoured to prevail with the calenders to speak first." As she spoke these words. threw him on the ground. "that you desired him to ask me these questions?" All of them. a door flew open. and her sisters: "High. more prudent. Zobeide put on a stern countenance. no . the calenders and porter. "We have what we deserve." Though this advice was very judicious. therefore he spoke with a low voice to the vizier. naturally warm. who was recovered of her fit. and turning towards the caliph and the rest of the company. and seeing them all blind with one eye. "Gentlemen. the caliph rejected it. and to prevent all occasion of trouble from you. because we are alone. I am innocent. and seven black slaves rushed in. but would immediately have his curiosity satisfied. and at last they agreed that the porter should be the man: as they were consulting how to word this fatal question. "Is it true. she spoke a second time to the rest. said. otherwise you shall not live one moment longer: I cannot believe you to be honest men. and how the bosom of that lady who lately fainted away came to be so full of scars? These are the questions I am ordered to ask in their name. and therefore answered. for he imagined she would not put him to death. there is no town in the world but suffers wherever these inauspicious fellows come. except the vizier Jaaffier." Zobeide. for if you were. who have no way to help myself. they are to blame." The frightened porter interrupted her thus: "In the name of heaven. every one seized a man. Zobeide returned from her sister Amene." At these words. answered. and say who you are. One of them answered. lest you might hear that which would not please you." The caliph. and having overheard them speaking pretty loud. in a tone that sufficiently expressed her resentment. "Before we granted you the favour of receiving you into our house. "Answer me. I beg you not to destroy the innocent with the guilty. and consider." On which she exclaimed. where you may be informed of all that you desire to know. "The night will soon be at an end. madam." "Alas!" said he. we imposed the condition that you should not speak of any thing that did not concern you. than to sacrifice me to your resentment. and if your majesty will only be pleased to have so much patience. weeping. Before they would strike the fatal blow. notwithstanding her anger. that it is more glorious to pardon such a wretch as I am. you make no scruple to break your promise. She drew near them. "No. you would have been more modest and more respectful to us. and yet after having received and entertained you. do you command us to strike off their heads?" "Stay. she gave three stamps with her foot. It is true that our easy temper has occasioned this. and clapping her hands as often together. and not let the world know the affront he had brought upon himself by his own imprudence. and adorable mistresses. could not but laugh within herself at the porter's lamentation: but without replying to him. and dragged him into the middle of the room." But if he had intended to speak as the caliph commanded him. with Mesrour. who was near him. We may easily conceive the caliph then repented. but too late. was infinitely more indignant than the rest. these gentlemen beseech you to inform them why you wept over your two bitches after you had whipped them so severely. and said. I will to-morrow morning bring these ladies before your throne. but that shall not excuse your rudeness. Zobeide would not have allowed him time: for having turned to the calenders. resolved to save his master's honour. was from his ill-timed curiosity on the point of forfeiting his life. "Madam. "Yes. The next business was to settle who should carry the message. or persons of authority or distinction in your own countries. when informed of his quality. Madam." said she. to find his life depending upon the command of a woman: but he began to conceive some hopes. "Come quickly:" upon this. mighty. desired the vizier to hold his tongue. to declare it speedily: but the vizier. "I must examine them first. cried. "how pleasantly did we pass our time! those blind calenders are the cause of this misfortune. one of the slaves said to Zobeide. do not put me to death for another man's crime. brandishing a cimeter over his head. he would not wait so long. when he found she wished to know who they all were. but they excused themselves. she asked if they were brothers. who. who spoke not a word. gentlemen.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 44 Here the vizier took the caliph aside." said Zobeide. what is the subject of your conversation? What are you disputing about?" The porter answered immediately.

I have caused an edifice to be built." The three calendars. and the slaves stood ready to do whatever their mistresses should command. that it would be instructive to every body were it in writing: after that misfortune I shaved my beard and eyebrows." answered he. that I am a sultan's son born: my father had a brother who reigned over a neighbouring kingdom. let them go where they please." "Were you born blind of the right eye. Madam. and after we had both supped. as the principal of the three ladies. but remain where you are. to shew you that we are no common fellows." Zobeide asked the other two calenders the same question. I have had a great many men at work to perfect a design I have formed. and I assure you that the sultans from whom we derive our being were famous in the world. in order to inform you how I lost my right eye. I went regularly every year to see my uncle. and though we never met together till this evening. and the porter. so that what I have to say will be very short. is my history. that you will keep my secret. madam. These journeys cemented a firm and intimate friendship between the prince my cousin and myself. and the occasion of my coming hither. according to the confidence I repose in you. and resolving one day to give me a treat. and said to the slaves. After I had learned my exercises. The last time I saw him. then to a herb-shop. which is now finished so as to be habitable: you will not be displeased if I shew it you." When the porter had done. about a year past. where you had the goodness to suffer me to continue till now. he made great preparations for that purpose. I followed her to a vintner's. do them no hurt. "Madam. with my basket upon my head as full as I was able to carry it. and had the same answers. the sultan my father granted me such liberty as suited my dignity. he sat down at the end of the sofa. as we observe the same rules. the eunuch Mesrour. that is to say. "Stay here till I return. let us see you here no more. a favour that I shall never forget. yet we have had time enough to make that known to one another. This. and said. I very readily took the oath required of me: upon which he said to me. and then returned again to my father's. "Cousin. began thus: The History of the First Calender. but do not spare those who refuse to give us that satisfaction. but the last who spoke added. and why I was obliged to put myself into a calender's habit." replied the porter. he received me with greater demonstrations of tenderness than he had done at any time before. called me this morning at the place where I plyed as porter to see if any body would employ me. I will be with you in a . it would not be just." continued she? "No. that I should not also have the satisfaction of hearing theirs. "you will hardly be able to guess how I have been employed since your last departure from hence. madam." At this discourse Zobeide suppressed her anger. and the occasion of their coming. the grand vizier. that we are all three sons of sultans. understanding that he might extricate himself from danger by telling his history. you know my history already. be pleased to know. one of the three calenders directing his speech to Zobeide. who reclined upon a sofa. next to a confectioner's. and citrons were sold. after the rest have had the pleasure to hear my history." And having spoken thus. your sister. Those who tell us their history." said he. and took the habit of a calender which I now wear. seated upon a carpet in the presence of the three ladies. the caliph. "Give them their liberty a while. were all in the middle of the hall. and a druggist's. then to one where oranges. Zobeide said to him. lemons.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 45 otherwise than as we are calenders. "I lost my eye in such a surprising adventure. The porter." "Madam. But first you are to promise me upon oath." The affection and familiarity that subsisted between us would not allow me to refuse him any thing. then I came hither. After him. We continued a long time at table. that I might get my bread. "Depart. Jaaffier. then to a grocer's. and that you may have some consideration for us. at whose court I amused myself for a month or two. and the prince his son and I were nearly of the same age. I must tell you. "Madam. "I beg you to let me stay. glad at heart to have escaped the danger that had frightened him so much. spoke first. My lady.

he took away the stones one after another." "Dear cousin. and had been hunting for several days. I conceived that the strange event of the tomb was too true. the army has proclaimed the grand vizier. and put out one of his eyes. "you may return the way you came. and accordingly he came with a lady in his hand. After which the prince said. when we saw the prince following us." I could get nothing farther from him. and I take you prisoner in the name of the new sultan. of singular beauty. he then dug up the ground. and a little bag of mortar. and thus I became blind of one eye. but took the lady by the hand. and the ball by misfortune hit the vizier. it is by this way that we are to go to the place I told you of:" upon which the lady advanced. and having prayed his ministers to make my apology at his return. the gate is open. speaking to the lady." replied he. I began to reflect upon what had happened. and went to the public burying-place. who is dead. pulled it out. and the prince began to follow. and conducting her to such a place. a hatchet. I found a numerous guard at the gate of the palace. I am infinitely obliged to you for the trouble you have taken. and were in much trouble in consequence. When I was a stripling. enter it together. left his palace. "what is the meaning of this?" "Be content. and by the directions which the prince my cousin had given me. and laid them in a corner. where. and carried me before the tyrant: I leave you to judge." I cried. I thank you. "Prince. as soon as he saw me. surmising what was become of the prince: but because of my oath to keep his secret. conversing upon indifferent subjects. which he lifted up. but did it in person: yet he never forgave me. I sent to enquire if the prince my cousin was ready to receive a visit from me. "Cousin. where you will see a tomb newly built in form of a dome: you will easily know it. for this reason. Next morning. and went down. Then my cousin. and being one day upon the terrace of the palace with my bow. for he came to me like a madman. "Madam. I shot but missed him. and. carrying a pitcher of water. and went to bed. which will be very speedily. the vapours of the wine got up into my head. but when they brought word back that he did not lie in his own lodgings that night.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 46 moment. The hatchet served him to break down the empty sepulchre in the middle of the tomb. madam. where we continued some time. but was obliged to take my leave. neither did I think it would be polite to enquire. said. and tarry till I come. therefore pray oblige me by taking this lady along with you. I was sensibly afflicted. I reached my apartment. where there were several tombs like that which I had seen: I spent the day in viewing them one after another. . We were scarcely got thither. You must know. that all this while the sultan my uncle was absent. who surrounded me as I entered. and thus I spent four days successively in vain. I loved to shoot with a cross-bow. I durst not tell them what I had seen. we must lose no time. as opportunity offered. But now that he had me in his power. I fancied it was nothing but a dream." Being true to my oath. I left the ministers of the sultan my uncle in great trouble. As soon as I understood this. Adieu. I asked the reason. Full of these thoughts. and after recollecting all the circumstances of such a singular adventure. and magnificently apparelled: he did not intimate who she was. but could not find that I sought for. This rebel vizier. when I awoke. but first turning to me. however. and underneath perceived the head of a staircase leading into a vault. said. where I saw a trap-door under the sepulchre. and set out towards my father's court. how much I was surprised and grieved. he expressed his feelings. had long entertained a mortal hatred against me. instead of your father. that they knew not what was become of him. and now and then filling a glass to each other's health. made me sensible of his resentment. I made no farther enquiry. I not only sent to make my excuse to him. and the commanding officer replied. I arrived at my father's capital. a bird happening to come by. who was taking the air upon the terrace of his own house. "My dear cousin. and thrusting his finger into my right eye. As I returned to my uncle's palace." At these words the guards laid hold of me. contrary to custom. I grew weary of waiting for him. We sat down again with this lady at table. I brought her to the place.

and I can guess pretty nearly the place. and an important one it was. and commanded the executioner to carry me into the country. I told the sultan all that I knew. and leave me to be devoured by birds of prey. which he did not then tell me. and upon this there was a large bed. "Nephew. and taken out before they were consumed. I knew the tomb. and opening the curtains. which obscured the lamp. that pitying his grief. "Alas!" cried he. I cannot adequately express how much I was astonished when I saw the sultan my uncle abuse his son thus after he was dead. Before us there appeared a high estrade. and exclaimed. but that of the other will last to eternity. supported by columns. and was so much afflicted. with a disdainful air. the unfortunate father burst into tears. because the prince had fastened it inside with the water and mortar formerly mentioned. "get you speedily out of the kingdom. and lighted by several branched candlesticks. very large. "was it not enough for me to have lost my son. with curtains drawn." said he to me. full of thick smoke of an ill scent. I moved the man's compassion: "Go. in order to execute the barbarous sentence. or you will certainly meet your own ruin. Being in such a condition. I followed. and soon found what we sought for. notwithstanding all the enquiry he could make. "I must tell you." said I. I am forced to suspend it. and was the more rejoiced. "whatever grief this dismal sight has impressed upon me. but must I have also news of the death of a brother I loved so dearly. "Sir. We entered. and travelled as far by night as my strength would allow me. it was impossible for me to keep the secret any longer. "This is the punishment of this world. When we came to the foot of the stairs. the sultan my uncle. The sultan my uncle descended first. and see you reduced to this deplorable condition?" He told me how uneasy he was that he could hear nothing of his son. that his corpse should deserve such indignant treatment?" "Nephew." said he. so that." and not content with this. The executioner conveyed me thus shut up into the country. and of the sad condition he saw me in. and you took your oath to keep his secret. At last I arrived in the dominions of the sultan my uncle. spat on his face. that we ought to go in quest of it without other attendants. and we went down about fifty steps. At these words. to cut off my head. but at last we succeeded. as you will perceive by the sequel of my story. "what you tell me gives me some hope. we found a sort of antechamber. to enquire of your majesty what crime the prince my cousin may have committed. and when I had done. by considering that I had very narrowly escaped a much greater evil. and take heed of returning. and gave the corpse of his son a blow on the cheek. I am of opinion. as if they had been thrown into a fire. but we were much surprised not to see any person. we had great difficulty in raising it. that gave a very faint light. But what surprised me most was. His majesty listened to me with some sort of comfort. comforted myself for the loss of my eye. We disguised ourselves and went out by a door of the garden which opened into the fields." replied the sultan. but burnt and changed to cinder. that my son (who is . I retired to remote places during the day. because I had formerly sought it a long time in vain. I fancy we shall find it: but since he ordered it to be built privately. and found the iron trap pulled down at the head of the staircase. The sultan went up. but by my prayers and tears. which we mounted by several steps. I knew that my son ordered that tomb to be built.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 47 But the usurper's cruelty did not stop here. notwithstanding my oath to the prince my cousin. he pulled off his sandal. and provisions of several sorts stood on one side of it. instead of testifying his sorrow to see the prince his son in such a condition. and be the cause of mine." I thanked him for the favour he did me." But he had another reason for keeping the matter secret. I gave him a long detail of the tragical cause of my return. that though this spectacle filled me with horror. he ordered me to be shut up in a machine. I could not travel far at a time. There was a cistern in the middle. and came to his capital. and as soon as I was left alone. and with the idea you still have of it. From this antechamber we came into another. perceived the prince his son and the lady in bed together.

"I shall move him to compassion. I passed. But that unfortunate creature had swallowed so much of the poison. so terrible an effect of the wrath of God. who would not suffer such an abomination. caused this subterraneous habitation to be made. We had not been long returned to the palace. that it was the arrival of a formidable army: and it proved to be the same vizier that had dethroned my father. could not resist so numerous an enemy. the glorious and renowned caliph Haroon al Rusheed. that he might enjoy detestable pleasures. and got to one of the sultan's servants on whose fidelity I could depend. and not suffer me to implore his assistance in vain." In short. that all the obstacles which by my prudence I could lay in the way served only to inflame her love. but we heard a confused noise of trumpets. until I had reached the empire of the mighty governor of the Moosulmauns.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 48 unworthy of that name) loved his sister from his infancy. in hopes of finding one day or other an opportunity to possess himself of that objets which was the cause of his flame. as you see. and covered it with earth. and to bring her hither." cried he. as she did him: I did not check their growing fondness. and the eternal disgrace he would bring upon my family. as much as lay in our power. I thought on my retreat. and without doubt he will take pity on a persecuted prince. he came and shut himself up with her in this place. with all sorts of provisions. who then had only his usual guards about him. to enter by force into the place of his sister's confinement. casting his eyes upon me." said I to myself. "by the relation of my uncommon misfortunes. I fought as valiantly for a while. I had recourse to a stratagem. which almost darkened the air. they invested the city. and sold his life at a dear rate. but this was a circumstance which my honour would not suffer me to make public. whose generosity is renowned throughout the world. Being thus surrounded with sorrows and persecuted by fortune. that I dreaded the end of it. when I thought myself out of danger. but God. and broke into the palace where my uncle defended himself. by taking the bye-roads. "if I have lost that unworthy son. I applied such remedies as were in my power: I not only gave my son a severe reprimand in private. We ascended the stairs again. and usurped his place. We let down the trap door. and I joined mine with his. which I had the good fortune to effect by some back ways. if he persisted. which he has supplied." At these words. soon became masters of it. he melted into tears. We soon understood by the thick cloud of dust. laying before him the horrible nature of the passion he entertained. but seeing we were forced to submit to a superior power. "Dear nephew. and to such a height. This tenderness increased as they grew in years. has justly punished them both. and such other materials as the tomb was built of." The reflections he made on the doleful end of the prince and princess his daughter made us both weep afresh. unknown by any. on presence of building a tomb. At last. I avoided passing through towns. after a journey of several months. and putting on a calender's habit. My uncle. by degrees. intending to throw myself at the feet of that monarch. I resolved to come to Bagdad. after that. because I did not foresee its pernicious consequence. drums. which ought to be a subject of horror to all the world. which was the only means left me to save my life: I caused my beard and eye-brows to be shaved. And after so damnable an action. I shall happily find in you what will better supply his place. out of the city. I found it easy to quit my uncle's kingdom. and departed at last from that dismal place. I arrived yesterday at the gate of this city. and shut her up so close that she could have no conversation with her brother. unperceived by any one. After a while. into which I entered . He took advantage of my absence. and other instruments of war. but I also represented the same to my daughter. embracing me. who with a vast number of troops was come to possess himself of that also of the sultan my uncle. and considering what I was to do. and the gates being opened to them without any resistance. on purpose to hide. "My son being persuaded of his sister's constancy.

He had no sooner returned this answer. I departed with the ambassador. who. But good fortune having brought us to your gate. but with no great retinue. as I am. desirous to see me. than a third calender overtook us. and versification. Fame did me more honour than I deserved. he saluted me. "Whom I cannot. and I him: "You appear. that admirable book. in the works of poets. and how I came to be with you at this time. wherein I surpassed all the celebrated scribes of our kingdom. was persuaded. when you received us with so much kindness. who rejoiced at this embassy for several reasons." Whilst he was saying this. The Story of the Second Calender. and that I might be thoroughly instructed in it. so that as brethren we joined together. but especially to the caliph." "It is enough. "This. from my father." "You are not mistaken. but made also a particular search into our histories. by whose commentaries it had been explained. sent an ambassador with rich presents: my father." said I. and told us he was a stranger newly come to Bagdad. which contains the foundation. the second calender began. where we had never been before. and succeeded in. "leave with honour. I was scarcely past my infancy. "to be a stranger. and the rules of our religion." said Zobeide. that we are incapable of rendering suitable thanks. who were robbers. the account I was to give how I lost my right eye. and to speak the Arabian language in its purity." said he. and not being in a . madam. to obey your commands. As we had ten horses laden with baggage. another calender came up.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 49 about the dusk of evening . and stopping a little while to consider which way I was to turn. but I learned the Koraun from beginning to end by heart. and presents to the sultan of Hindoostan. and spared nothing proper for improving it. It was now late." replied he. wherefore my beard and eye-brows are shaved. I made myself perfect in polite learning." and that he might also hear those of the three other persons in company. I read the works of the most approved divines. advancing towards us at full speed. No sooner was I able to read and write. But one thing which I was fond of." said he. that nothing could be more improving to a prince of my age than to travel and visit foreign courts. was penmanship. "is. notwithstanding the slaves stood by with their cimeters drawn. I added to this study. and my retinue was but small. chronology. by the great men that were contemporary with him. I must of necessity give you the account of my life. whose potent monarch. addressing himself to Zobeide. and under that we saw very soon fifty horsemen well armed. that of all the traditions collected from the mouth of our prophet. but never any that equalled in surprising incident that of the calender. the precepts. when the sultan my father (for you must know I am a prince by birth) perceived that I was endowed with good natural ability. The story of the first calender seemed wonderful to the whole company. could not forbear whispering to the vizier "Many stories have I heard. I applied myself to geography. you may easily judge that these robbers came boldly up to us. and he wished to gain the friendship of the Indian monarch. we discovered at a distance a cloud of dust. and we knew not where to seek a lodging in the city. "you may retire to what place you think fit. but carried it as far as the empire of Hindoostan. in obedience to your commands. for she not only spread the renown of my talents through all the dominions of the sultan my father. and to shew you by what strange accident I became blind of the right eye. Madam. He saluted us. When we had travelled about a month. resolving not to separate from one another. I was not satisfied with the knowledge of all that had any relation to our religion. not forgetting in the meantime all such exercises as were proper for a prince to understand. we made bold to knock." The calender begged the ladies' permission to stay till he had heard the relations of his two comrades.

without finding any place of abode: but after a month's time. who was also very much wounded. my boots were quite worn out. and above all. if I had learned any whereby I might get a livelihood. I returned the tailor thanks for his advice. instead of giving me any consolation. and I can assure you this employment will turn to so good an account that you may live by it. The pleasant objects which then presented themselves to my view afforded me some joy. and of a good constitution. I walked on the rest of the day. The tailor listened to me with attention. and situated so much the more advantageously. by my long journey. but he shortly after. where I perceived a passage into a cave. both divine and human." said he. to purchase yourself one morsel of bread. should he hear of your being in this city. I cleared myself from him unhurt. fearing I might fall again into the hands of these robbers. and staid there that night with little satisfaction. who. I will take care to supply you with a rope and a hatchet. and seeing the ambassador with his attendants and mine lying on the ground. and oblige you to conceal your birth. without dependence upon any man. in this country. when he named the prince: but since that enmity which is between my father and him has no relation to my adventures. and what had brought me thither? I did not conceal anything that had befallen me.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 50 posture to make any opposition. so that I was forced to walk bare-footed. nor made I any scruple to discover my quality. fell down dead. and assured him that his favours should never be forgotten. "For what reason would you have us shew any respect to the sultan your master? We are none of his subjects. and feet were black and sun-burnt. when heaven shall think fit to dispel those clouds of misfortune that thwart your happiness. and not be burdensome to others? I told him that I understood the laws. and he will certainly do you some mischief. I came to a large town well inhabited. and hoped they would attempt nothing contrary to the respect due to such sacred characters. from whence I came. and addressed myself to a tailor that was at work in his shop. he augmented my sorrow: "Take heed. destitute of help. and offered me at the same time a lodging in his house. perceiving by my air that I was a person of more note than my outward appearance bespoke. made me sit down by him. and since you appear to be strong. nor are we upon his territories:" having spoken thus. "By all this. that we were ambassadors. but after had done speaking. dress yourself in a labourer's habit. expressed himself disposed to follow his counsel. Some days after. I pass it over in silence. hands. "you will not be able." said he. alone. which you may bring to the market to be sold." I made no doubt of the tailor's sincerity. My face. finding me tolerably well recovered of the fatigue I had endured by a long and tedious journey. from weariness and the loss of blood. and reflecting that most princes of our religion applied themselves to some art or calling that might be serviceable to them upon occasion. wounded. that I was a grammarian and poet. he asked me. and asked me who I was. When I had bound up my wound. and in a strange country. I went in. and besides. that I could write with great perfection. nothing is of less use here than those sciences. I durst not take the high road. so that it enjoyed perpetual spring. for the prince of this country is the greatest enemy your father has. which I accepted. Here you see me. you shall go into the next forest and cut fire-wood. and suspended for a time the sorrow with which I was overwhelmed. and rode away as fast as he could carry me. "how you discover to any person what you have related to me. judged the robbers were not willing to quit the booty they had obtained. and by this means you will be in a condition to wait for the favourable minute. I made use of what strength was yet remaining in my horse. thinking by this means to save our equipage and our lives: but the robbers most insolently replied. but finding myself wounded." . and finding that I was not pursued. He ordered something to be brought for me to eat. and. which was not dangerous. but if you will be advised by me. we told them. after I had eaten some fruits that I had gathered by the way. and arrived at the foot of mountain. they surrounded and fell upon us: I defended myself as long as I could. as it was surrounded by several streams. my clothes were all in rags I entered the town to inform myself where I was. I continued my journey for several days following.

It is not possible but you have heard of the sultan of the isle of Ebene. a prince who was my cousin. give me leave to tell you. emboldened me to say. "The sultan. and as I was saluting her with a low obeisance. extremely beautiful. a man or a genie?" "A man." said she. "Alas! prince. a hatchet. and the sweetness and civility wherewith she received me. by reason that few would be at the trouble of fetching it for themselves. "Madam. When I had reached the bottom. I took away the earth that covered it. I must confess. which is at the entrance into my chamber. and having lifted it up. They conducted me to the wood. for though the wood was not far distant from the town. and how fortune had directed that I should discover the entrance into that magnificent prison where I had found her. and I will endeavour to entertain you according to your quality and merit. . as soon as I touch a talisman. and the first day I brought in as much upon my head as procured me half a piece of gold. my father. "I have no correspondence with genies. which had already smitten me. the base and capitals of messy gold: but seeing a lady of a noble and graceful air. "the genie comes hither. where I began to cut. I gained a good sum of money in a short time. discovered a flight of stairs. sighing once more. and the excuse he makes for it is. and remains with me one night. I hastened to meet her. I found myself in a palace. that I am infinitely gratified with this unexpected meeting. fetching a deep sigh. I happened to light on a pleasant spot. so called from that precious wood which it produces in abundance. on account of a great light which appeared as clear in it as if it had been above ground in the open air. madam. which he never exceeds. "Every ten days." I related to her by what strange accident she beheld me. The princess made me go into a bath. which I descended with my axe in my hand." continued the princess. Twenty-five years I have continued in this place. but time and necessity have accustomed me to see and receive the genie. had chosen for me a husband." said I. but on my wedding-night." I thought myself too fortunate. that they might take me into their company. in an unpleasant situation. to refuse so obliging an offer. made me agree to this proposal. and I do not expect him before the end of six more. and you are the: first man I have beheld in that time. It is now the fourth day since he was here. in such a condition as I appeared in her presence. Meanwhile. I espied an iron ring. if you please. and a short coat. fastened to a trap door of the same metal. yet it was very scarce.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 51 The fear of being known. according to appearance. a genie took me away. where. notwithstanding the meanness and hardships that attended it. in the midst of the rejoicings of the court and capital." "By what adventure. I went forward along a gallery. of the money of that country. and also every thing that can satisfy a princess fond of dress and splendour. One day." Her great beauty. having by chance penetrated farther into the wood than usual. and recommended me to some poor people who gained their bread after the same manner. who would grow jealous if she should know his infidelity. I have all that I can wish for necessary to life. "are you come hither? I have lived here twenty-five years. you may stay five days. I am the princess his daughter. the son of a sultan. which offers me an occasion of consolation in the midst of my affliction. and repaid my tailor what he had advanced to me I continued this way of living for a whole year. Being desirous to spare the lady the trouble of coming to me. the genie appears. and in pulling up the root of a tree. and the necessity I was under of getting a livelihood. coming towards me. and perhaps it may give me an opportunity of making you also more happy than you are." said she. she asked me. "you have just cause to believe this rich and pompous prison cannot be otherwise than a most wearisome abode: the most charming place in the world being no way delightful when we are detained there contrary to our will. so. my eyes were taken off from every other objets. and when I recovered. found myself in this place. to have obtained so great a favour without asking. before I was conducted to my husband. and felt great consternation. I fainted with alarm. I was long inconsolable. if I have occasion for him by day or night. The day following the tailor brought me a rope. that he is married to another wife. supported by pillars of jasper. "What are you. before I have the honour to satisfy your curiosity.

as she contrived every means to please me. instead of my own clothes I found another very costly suit." cried I. and when I came forth." "Princess. and speak not the truth." I thanked him for his zeal and affection." "Prince. with cushions of the rarest Indian brocade. I will make him feel the weight of my arm: I swear solemnly that I will extirpate all the genies in the world." said the princess. and how brave or redoubtable soever he be. "It is true. so great was my trouble and sorrow. nor of the reason why I came back without my hatchet and cords. "of ruining both you and me. forced them up in some place as you came along. and resign the last to the genie. I was becoming the most criminal and ungrateful of mankind. and I knew not what to think. and brought upon her the cruelty of an unmerciful devil. which is broken." replied she. a bottle of old wine. as also the evening. and broke it in several pieces. and alternate darkness. that I forgot my hatchet and cords. My folly has put an end to her happiness. the tailor. but too late. I could not endure to hear the pitiful cries of the princess so cruelly abused. accompanied with flashes of lightning. "Fair princess. which I had laid on the stairs the day before. that I will break in pieces his talisman.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 52 the most commodious. "Your coming in such an impetuous manner has. when I came out of the bagnio: I made haste upstairs. without any concern for her own misfortune. as you had entrusted me with the secret of your birth. We sat down on a sofa covered with rich tapestry. of which you have been deprived so many years. The next day. This terrible noise in a moment dispelled the fumes of my wine. I will expect him." The genie made no other answer but what was accompanied with reproaches and blows. When my head grew warm with the agreeable liquor. and him first. was very much rejoiced to see me: "Your absence. and the most sumptuous imaginable. the furious genie told her. God be praised for your return. and passed the remaining part of the day with much satisfaction." said I. of the folly I had committed. with a smile. and some time after she covered a table with several dishes of delicate meats. out of which I drank twice or thrice. "For that would be the means." I let down the trap-door. "what means all this?" She answered. but. "leave this discourse. as because it made me appear worthy to be in her company. and so brought them hither without your knowing it. "it is the fear of the genie that makes you speak thus." I followed her advice. "What has happened to you. "You are a false woman. the most excellent that ever was tasted. My landlord. "made me fetch this bottle which you see here. covered it again with earth. and out of complaisance drank some part of it with me. and by mischance made a false step. which I did not esteem so much for its richness. and that is all. I was afraid somebody had discovered you. and abandon this artificial though brilliant glare." The princess. and made a passage for the genie: he asked the princess in great anger. it may be. The talisman was no sooner broken than the palace began to shake. together. if you out of ten days will grant me nine. but not a word durst I say of what had passed. "Alas! you are undone. "has disquieted me much. and fell upon the talisman. how came that axe and those cords there?" "I never saw them till this moment." said I. I value him so little. the more distracted with sorrow and compassion." said I. "she has been a prisoner these twenty-five years. and seemed ready to fall. I had scarcely reached the stairs by which I had descended." The fumes of the wine did not suffer me to hearken to her reasons. at dinner. I know what belongs to genies better than you. . with the conjuration that is written about it. she brought in. the fairest day would be nothing in my esteem. We ate. with a hideous noise like thunder. but I gave the talisman a kick with my foot. but my fears were so great. who knew the consequence." At this answer. enjoy the real day. "Princess. of which I heard the noise." said he. Let him come. and put on my own. and by sacrificing the fairest princess on earth to the barbarity of a merciless genie. "you have been too long thus buried alive. which I bound up without knowing what I did. follow me. when the enchanted palace opened at once. I had already taken off the suit she had presented to me." said the princess. for my part. and made me sensible. liberty excepted she wanted nothing that could make her happy. conjured me not to touch the talisman." said she. and why did you call me?" "A violent spasm. if you do not fly immediately. and returned to the city with a burden of wood. as I had been the cause of so great a misfortune.

I never saw him till this moment." said he. and cut off his head. pointing at me." . "I do not know him. "sufficiently informs me of your crime. and took the cimeter in my hand. alas! what a spectacle was there! I saw what pierced me to the heart. and threw the cimeter on the ground. "And thou. and are not these your cords?" After the genie had put the question to me. carried me up to the skies with such swiftness. and laid upon the ground. come out and speak to him. who is already on the point of expiring: do with me what you please. for then I shall be convinced that thou hast never seen her till this moment." said I to the genie. "is not this your gallant?" She cast her languishing eyes upon me." "With all my heart." "What!" said the genie. I did it only to demonstrate by my behaviour. "An old man. take this." replied the princess. "I am a genie." said I." replied I. I cannot obey your barbarous commands. "could have paralleled the princess's good fortune and mine. which she signified by an obliging look. and mounting into the air. as much as possible." 53 While I was thus giving myself over to melancholy thoughts. "how is it possible that I should execute such an act? My strength is so far spent that I cannot lift up my arm. he gave me no time to answer. for he will deliver them to none but yourself." said he. "Perfidious wretch!" said the genie to her. with her cheeks bathed in tears. when I never saw her till now?" "If it be so." said he. and says he understood from your comrades that you lodge here. "he is the cause of thy being in the condition thou art justly in. not only a person whom I do not know." said the genie. This was the genie. Do not think. "if you never saw him before. when I found myself in the enchanted palace." At these words I changed colour. But. had I forborne to break the talisman. the ravisher of the fair princess of the isle of Ebene. who had thus disguised himself. brings your hatchet and cords. since I am in your power. and the old man. prince of genies: is not this your hatchet. after he had treated her with the utmost barbarity. who had been the cause of her misfortunes. and that she was satisfied to see how ready I was also to die for her. "I should for ever. pulling out a cimeter and presenting it to the princess. more like one dead than alive. weltering in her blood. where I reproached myself a thousand times for my excessive imprudence: "Nothing. and fell a trembling. and one whom I do not know?" "This refusal. and the most perfidious of all mankind. nor was it in my power. that I drew near to the fair princess of the isle of Ebene to be the executioner of the genie's barbarity. but a lady like this. turning to me. having no patience to stay. understood my meaning. that as she had strewn her resolution to sacrifice her life for my sake. whom I do not know. that I was not able to take notice of the way he conveyed me. While the tailor was asking me the reason. and sunk down at once. the tailor came in and said. dragged me out of the chamber. appeared to us with my hatchet and cords. I would not refuse to sacrifice mine for hers. and if I could. "dost thou not know her?" I should have been the most ungrateful wretch. so much had his terrible aspect disordered me. madam. as thou gayest.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete I retired to my chamber. The princess. He descended again in like manner to the earth. "son of the daughter of Eblis. Upon this I stepped back. and yet darest thou say thou cost not know him?" "If I do not know him. and answered mournfully. how should I have the heart to take away the life of an innocent man. "take the cimeter and cut off her head: on this condition I will set thee at liberty. before the fair princess of the isle of Ebene. speaking to me. "How should I know her. I therefore answered the genie. and made me understand her willingness to die for me. this poor princess was quite naked. notwithstanding her pain and suffering." "Alas. which on a sudden he caused to open with a stroke of his foot. which he found in his way as he tells me. if I had not strewn myself as faithful to the princess as she had been to me. He grasped me by the middle. "would you have me lie on purpose to ruin him?" "Oh then." said the princess. my chamber-door opened. "be hateful to all mankind were I to be so base as to murder." said the genie to the princess." Upon which.

The genie asked me what had passed between those two neighbours. and since you will not take away my life. if you pardon me. for they received and supported him. He soon came to be publicly known by his virtue. For the blood she had lost before." At these words the monster took up the cimeter and cut off one of her hands." But instead of agreeing to that. which left her only so much life as to give me a token with the other that she bade me for ever adieu. Having done thus. "take a walk in your court." The chief of the dervises did as he was required. of which his former neighbour was the head. take thy choice of any of these. let us. with what goods he had left. where in a short time he established a numerous society of dervises. and of him that he Envied. and that which gushed out then. which lay about half a league from the city. that he left his house and affairs with a resolution to ruin him. for though he had done him several pieces of service. or bird. with a garden. and "that nobody may hear us. "how genies treat their wives whom they suspect of unfaithfulness. and seeing night begins to draw on. which happened luckily for the relief of the head of the convent." cried I. who received him with all imaginable tokens of friendship. but both of you shall know by my treatment of you of what I am capable. he returned. and insult my jealousy. got out at the gate of the convent without being known. did not permit her to live above one or two moments after this barbarous cruelty." said I. and a pretty spacious court. intending to lead a retired life. and caused several cells to be made in the house. "for I am ready to receive the mortal blow. and said." said he. The envious man told him that he was come on purpose to communicate a business of importance. "moderate your passion. I shall always remember your clemency. as well of the commonalty as of the chief of the city. and all who visited him. Here he bought a little spot of ground. The great reputation of this honest man having spread to the town from whence he had come." These words gave me some hopes of being able to appease him: "O genie. I will leave it to thyself. published what blessings they received through his means. I would put thee to death this minute: but I will content myself with transforming thee into a dog. When the envious man saw that he was alone with this good man. and reached his own house well satisfied with his journey. he was much honoured and courted by all ranks. he would have patience till he heard the story. but he found himself mistaken. lion. This old well was inhabited by fairies and genies. being persuaded that their being neighbours was the only cause of this animosity. he found that his hatred was not diminished. so that he got no hurt. she has received thee here. till he saw his opportunity. In a considerable town two persons dwelt in adjoining houses. He ." said he. ape. and I believe. One of them conceived such a violent hatred against the other. People came from afar to recommend themselves to his prayers. where he had a convenient house. madam. The Story of the Envious Man. I expostulated with the genie. command your dervises to retire to their cells. and pushed him into it. give it me generously. as one of the best men in the world pardoned one of his neighbours that bore him a mortal hatred. and were I certain that she had put any further affront upon me. he therefore sold his house. With this intent he went to the new convent of dervises. you will not be displeased if I now repeat it. wherein there was a deep well. and expect it as the greatest favour you can show me. When I was come to myself again. without being seen by any one. which I related to him. he began to tell him his errand. which was not in use." said the genie. that the hated party resolved to remove to a distance. and retired to the capital city of a kingdom which was not far distant. through which he acquired the esteem of many people. it touched the envious man so much to the quick. The honest man having made this purchase put on a dervise's habit. and getting the good man near the brink of the well. "that you both out-brave me. being fully persuaded that the object of his hatred was no more. which he could not do but in private.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 54 "I see. "Behold. In short. walking side by side in the court. why he made me languish in expectation of death: "Strike. the sight of which threw me into a fit. and carried him to the bottom. he gave him a thrust.

who is fallen in love with her." Some time after the prime vizier died. arrived at the gate of the convent. saying. that the envious man. sent immediately for his daughter." replied the sultan. and kissed her eyes. he gave them a brief account of the wickedness of the man to whom he had given so kind a reception the day before. the well being broken down in several places.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 55 perceived that there was something extraordinary in his fall. with a white spot at the end of her tail." said the good man. he also kissed the chief of the dervises' hands. "What reward does he deserve that has thus cured my daughter?" They all cried. The dervises received him with profound respect." "Yes. "if I do not mistake. burn them." The head of the dervises remembered every word of the conversation between the fairies and the genies. as I hope they may. and who brought me hither?" At these words the sultan." Another voice asked. the son of Dimdim. and without being seen. The other dervises. it seems. was to pay him a visit to-morrow. he took her up. who soon appeared with a numerous train of ladies and eunuchs. and has established himself in this place. she took the veil from her face. who had been seeking for him. He soon heard a voice. But I well know how this good head of the dervises may cure her. that the sultan. so that her face was not seen. the son of Dimdim. upon which. he had acquired such a general esteem. as soon as daylight appeared." "That is what I had in my thoughts. The sultan himself also died without heirs male. transported with joy. "What need had the princess of the dervise's prayers?" To which the first answered. which must otherwise have cost him his life. overcome with excess of joy. embraced his daughter. to recommend the princess his daughter to his prayers. that she is possessed by genie Maimoun." replied he gravely. which the fairies and the genies had mentioned the night before. whose reputation is so great. and I will explain it to you." "Sir. who keeps his residence in the neighbouring city. in hopes to cure one of his neighbours of the envy he had conceived against him. and he could discern the nature of his situation. but veiled. and the sultan conferred the place on the dervise. restore my daughter's health. Sir. which said. that he will never dare to approach her again. and smoke the princess's head with the fume. she will not only be immediately cured. I am in hopes. "Good Sheik." The prince. by which he crept out with ease. the son of Dimdim. "Then I will tell you. Shortly after the black cat. came hither on purpose to ruin him." "That is the real case. "You do not know. as she was accustomed to do. "He deserves her in marriage. but he neither saw nor felt anything. through God's assistance and favour. and retired into his cell. "No. "and I make him my son-in-law from this moment. The next morning. let him only pull seven hairs out of the white spot." To which the first replied. . however. who remained silent the remainder of the night. not able to endure it. "Where am I. "Do you know what honest man this is. "You will give me new life if your prayers. that she will be effectually cured. he saw a hole. "if your majesty will be pleased to let her come hither. about the bigness of a small piece of Arabian money. The chief of the dervises caused a pall to be held over her head. whilst he with his principal officers went in. He commanded his guards to halt. and laid them aside for his use when occasion should serve. uttered a great cry. The sultan called their chief aside. who would leave no means untried that he thought likely to restore the princess to perfect health. you may probably be already acquainted with the cause of my visit. upon which the religious orders and the militia consulted together. had it not been for the assistance we have given this honest man. the purest ever known. to whom we have done this piece of service?" Another voice answered. and said to his officers. This man out of charity. and pulled seven hairs from the white spot that was upon her tail." said the sultan. and rose up to see where she was. came to fawn upon her master. it is the disease of the princess which procures me this unmerited honour. were rejoiced to see him. He has a black cat in his convent. left the town he lived in. and he would have accomplished his design. and he had no sooner thrown the seven hairs upon the burning coals. and said. the thing is very easy. left the princess at liberty. than the genie Maimoun. and the good man was declared and acknowledged sultan by general consent. Soon after sunrise the sultan. but be so safely delivered from Maimoun.

"All that I can do for thee. the capital of a powerful state. I broke off a large branch from a tree. I launched out in this posture. I exhibited to the seamen and passengers on the deck an extraordinary spectacle. which took me a month to travel over. and taken hold of his skirt in a supplicating posture. threatened to be revenged on any one that would do me the least hurt. and proceeded on his march. "I will destroy him with a blow of this handspike. well peopled. and placed myself astride upon it. It happened at the time to be perfectly calm. "is. The merchants. but it was impossible to move his compassion. that the earth appeared like a little white cloud. and take that of an ape. transformed into an ape. being both superstitious and scrupulous. When I had approached sufficiently near to be seen. "Go. and I espied a vessel about half a league from the shore: unwilling to lose so good an opportunity. moved his compassion. Our vessel was instantly surrounded with an infinite number of boats full of people. the murderer of the princess of the isle of Ebene. and then I came to the sea. one hundred pieces of gold: let him have also twenty loads of the richest merchandize in my storehouses. together with the tears which he saw gush from my eyes. though I had not power to speak. espied the envious man among the crowd that stood as he passed along. and brought us safe to the port of a city. I employed all my eloquence to persuade him to imitate so good an example. and when the envious man was brought into his presence. and rowed towards the ship. I showed by my gestures every mark of gratitude in my power. "the form of a man." and a third. "Quit. "and cause to be paid to this man out of my treasury. having ascended the throne of his father-in. it continued to blow in the same direction for fifty days. he then descended again like lightning. to grant thee thy life. In the meantime I got on board." The vizier or rather muttering. but having lost my speech I found myself in great perplexity: and indeed the risk I ran was not less than when I was at the mercy of the genie. thrown myself at his feet. and to grant me pardon. On this account one of them said." said he." He instantly disappeared. where we came to anchor. "Let us throw him into the sea." Some one of them would not have failed to carry his threat into execution had I not gone to the captain. I descended the mountain. I must let thee feel what I am able to do by my enchantments." In short. and pronouncing." After he had given this charge to the officer. Here he took up a handful of earth. but take care you do not frighten him. but also treated him kindly. "I will shoot an arrow through his body. I am extremely glad to see you. jumped upon the deck. I made an application of it to himself: "O genie!" said I." Upon which he called an officer. "this bountiful sultan was not satisfied with merely overlooking the design of the envious man to take away his life. and alighted upon the summit of a mountain. whispered him in his ear. he ascended with me into the air to such a height. On my part. which opened to give him passage. and all of them regarded me with astonishment. and overwhelmed with sorrow in a strange country. not knowing whether I was near or far from my father's dominions." said he. and loaded me with a thousand caresses. This action. When I had finished the recital of this story to the genie. and carried me through the arched roof of the subterraneous palace. bring me that man you see there. he bade the envious man farewell." another. and left me alone." said he. some words which I did not understand. He took me under his protection. and entered a plain level country. threw it upon me. carried it into the sea. he seized me violently. the sultan said. and a sufficient guard to conduit him to his house. but favourable.side. with a stick in each hand to serve me for oars. and sent him back loaded with the favours I have enumerated. and calling one of the viziers that attended him.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 56 The honest dervise. "Friend." So saying. The wind that succeeded the calm was not strong. "Go immediately. thought if they received me on board I should be the occasion of some misfortune to them during their voyage. but do not flatter thyself that I will allow thee to return safe and well. and of great trade. as he was one day in the midst of his courtiers on a march. and laying hold of a rope. who came to congratulate .

but all the people. wrote one after another what they thought fit. and beseeches each of you to take the trouble to write a few lines upon this roll. If he only scribbles the paper. whilst the sultan waited for me at his palace with a great number of courtiers.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 57 their friends on their safe arrival. that the sultan had chosen an ape to be his grand vizier. for the rumour was spread in a moment. and at last kneeled and kissed the ground before him. or to inquire for those they had left behind them in the country from whence they had come. "allow him to write. "Let him alone. and therefore said. but by an ape. When I had done. whom he gathered together to do me the more honour. the harbour. and made a sign that I would write in my turn: their apprehensions then changed into wonder. The procession commenced. he writes well. who flocked from every part of the city to see me. I promise you that I will immediately punish him. with the richest trappings." said he. which pleased him so much that he said to the officers. cried out. I found the prince on his throne in the midst of the grandees. one of the officers told them. desiring in the name of the sultan to speak with the merchants. The sultan was incensed at their rudeness." At this command the officers could not forbear laughing. they wished to take the roll out of my hand. the streets. The whole assembly viewed me with admiration. but to this day. "we humbly beg your majesty's pardon: these hands were not written by a man. I arrived at the sultan's palace. till they saw how properly I held the roll. were filled with an infinite number of people of all ranks." Perceiving that no one opposed my design. "The sultan our master hath commanded us to acquaint you. and so quick of apprehension. I advanced." Whereupon they clothed me with the rich brocade robe. terraces." said they. who besides possessing great abilities for the management of public affairs could write in the highest perfection. If." replied the officers. Many have presented specimens of their skill. but the captain took my part once more. and could not comprehend how it was possible that an ape should so well understand how to pay the sultan his due respect. My writing not only excelled that of the merchants. The merchants appearing. are they not written by the hands of a man?" "No." The officers returned to the vessel and shewed the captain their order. who could not forbear to express their surprise by redoubling their shouts and cries. you must know that we had a prime vizier. and bring him thither. and wrote six sorts of hands used among the Arabians. and a robe of the most sumptuous brocade to put on the person who wrote the six hands. and bring me speedily that wonderful ape. or throw it into the sea. that he rejoices in your safe arrival. the officers took the roll. windows. "Those admirable characters. After they had done. and he himself was more astonished than . and carried me ashore. he has made a solemn vow. except mine. "Take the finest horse in my stable. Sir. "Do what I command you. especially the merchants. and would have punished them had they not explained: "Sir. and took the roll out of the gentleman's hand. who answered. Amongst the rest. That you may understand the design of this request. This minister a few days since died. "The sultan's command must be obeyed. The sultan took little notice of any of the writings. and afterwards took my seat in the posture of an ape. or out of curiosity to see a ship that had performed so long a voyage. on the contrary. and could not be persuaded that I was more ingenious than others of my kind. I declare that I will adopt him as my son. palaces. and each specimen contained an extemporary distich or quatrain in praise of the sultan." "What do you say?" exclaimed the sultan. that I would tear it." Those of the merchants who thought they could write well enough to aspire to this high dignity. However. the public places." The sultan was too much surprised at this account not to desire a sight of me. not to give the place to any one who cannot write equally well. and since he can never behold his writing without admiration. I made my obeisance three times very low. The event has greatly affected the sultan. I took the pen. and houses. as they had never seen an ape that could write. some officers came on board. and after having served for a spectacle to the people. where they set me on horseback. "we assure your majesty that it was an ape. as I hope he will. because I never saw an ape so clever and ingenious. and carried it to the sultan. but was such as they had not before seen in that country. who wrote them in our presence. no one in the empire has been judged worthy to supply the vizier's place.

" replied the princess." "Sir. and placed myself at the table. He won the first game. "you cannot do me a greater pleasure. That seeming ape is a young prince. asked me. and has been metamorphosed into an ape by enchantment. therefore do not be surprised if I should forthwith relieve this prince. waited." "How. was still more astonished. in spite of the enchantments. having got it. "Go. . and speaking no more by signs. and he shall marry you. could I have added speech to my behaviour. and ate with discretion and moderation. but apes never speak. As he sat at table he made me a sign to approach and eat with them: to shew my obedience I kissed the ground. and the advantage I had of having been a man did not now yield me that privilege. but in plain words. and yet you lower your veil. and laying my hand upon my head. in which I told him that two potent armies had been fighting furiously all day. arose." said the sultan. they brought him a particular liquor. By this science I know all enchanted persons at first sight: I know who they are. but having a daughter. In short. Upon this the sultan said again to his daughter. which explained the state I was reduced to. on whom the chief of the eunuchs. He went from his chamber of audience into his own apartment. astonished at this declaration. I drank. and myself." said the princess. I made a quatrain to satisfy him." "Since it is so. "you can dispel the prince's enchantment. and said. When the things were removed. has maliciously done him this wrong. and taught me seventy rules of magic. turned towards me." "Sir. So many circumstances appearing to the sultan beyond whatever had either been seen or known of the cleverness or sense of apes. I put my hand to my head' to signify that what the princess spoke was correct. and said to the sultan. "I did not believe you to have understood so much. and by whom they have been enchanted. and perceiving he was somewhat displeased at my success. and asked me by a sign if I understood that game. signified that I was ready to receive that honour. who have the liberty to see your face. then present. "these things are curious and worth knowing. I wrote upon a large peach some verses expressive of my acknowledgment to the sultan." said the sultan to him." "Do it then. after having cruelly taken away the life of the princess of the isle of Ebene. The sultan read these likewise." said the princess." "Sir. "your majesty shall soon understand that I am not in the wrong. he determined not to be the only witness of these prodigies himself. a little young slave. son of a powerful sultan. "and bid your lady come hither: I am desirous she should share my pleasure." The sultan caused to be brought to him a chessboard. sir. "you do not know what you say: there is no one here. "your majesty may remember that when I was past my infancy I had an old lady who waited on me. "A man that was capable of doing so much would be above the greatest of his species. but the little slave. and myself." replied the Lady of Beauty. which I made a sign to have brought me." said the sultan. but I think I ought not to boast of them. but that they concluded a peace towards the evening. and would play with him? I kissed the ground. but I won the second and third. from that which prevents his appearing in your sight in his natural form. in the twinkling of an eye. but she had no sooner come into the room. son of the daughter of Eblis. who having read them after I had presented the peach to him. "I can restore him to his original shape. "Sir. and none remained by him but the chief of the eunuchs. than she put on her veil. the usual ceremony of the audience would have been complete. the eunuch your governor. "How do you know that this prince has been transformed by enchantments into an ape?" "Sir. and blame me for having sent for you. I espied a standish. where he ordered dinner to be brought. your majesty must needs have forgotten yourself. or beyond mount Caucasus." "Daughter. A genie.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 58 any." "Yes. of which he caused them to give me a glass. for I will have him to be my vizier. transport your capital into the midst of the sea. and immediately brought the princess. The sultan dismissed his courtiers. and passed the remaining part of the night very amicably together upon the field of battle. called the Lady of Beauty. I am surprised that your majesty has sent for me to appear among men. if what his daughter said was true? Finding I could not speak. after many sufferings." The eunuch went. by virtue of which I can. Before the table was cleared. who had her face uncovered. daughter!" said the sultan." said the princess." The sultan." said the sultan. and wrote upon the glass some new verses. she was a most expert magician.

a black wolf followed close after her. descend into a private court of the palace. the Lady of Beauty. yet. and the whole world were about to be dissolved: we found ourselves struck with consternation. and by pronouncing three or four words. and repeated verses of the Koraun. but the pomegranate swelled immediately. that was black and much stronger. so that we lost sight of them both. the seed rolled into the river. some of them ancient. which. as if he would ask us whether there were any more seed. ran speedily thither. "Dog. not to wrong or do one another any injury?" "Wretch. which had some Hebrew words engraven on the blade: she made the sultan. running to our assistance. it then fell down again into the court." said she. and being near a pomegranate accidentally fallen from a tree on the side of a canal which was deep." 59 The princess. the little slave. the master of the eunuchs. the ground opened before us. and hid itself. being thus hard pressed. She placed herself in the middle of the court. rolled there for some time backward and forward. The cat. she could not hinder the sultan's beard from being burnt. and became as big as a gourd. "instead of creeping before me. with which she cut the lion in two through the middle. making a great noise. came to the gallery where we stood. took the shape of an eagle. then the two fires increased. and sprang forward to devour her. but suddenly we heard terrible cries. and broke into several pieces. There was one lying on the brink of the canal. with a thick burning smoke which mounted so high that we had reason to apprehend it would set the palace on fire. being on her guard. the chief of the eunuchs from being stifled. while the head changed into a large scorpion. pierced the pomegranate in an instant. and turned into a little fish. thinking to frighten me?" "And thou. which made us tremble. "art thou not afraid to break the treaty which was solemnly made and confirmed between us by oath. but just as he was going to pick it up. and defend himself against her. As soon as the princess perceived this monster. and brought thence a knife. changed into a worm. notwithstanding all her exertions. and making it blind. Some time after they had disappeared. "I justly may reproach thee with having done so. stepped back. she placed herself in the centre of it. But we very soon had a more pressing occasion of fear. and blew flames of fire upon us. which the cock perceiving as he went back. but not broad. and flew away: but the serpent at the same time took also the shape of an eagle. changed it into a sharp sword. and within it she wrote several words in Arabian characters. and there left us under a gallery that went round it. but finding no more. he came towards us with his wings spread." replied the princess. who. the son of the daughter of Eblis. till they came to close combat. forced him to retire. but she. got time to pull out one of her hairs.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete "I am ready to obey you in all that you should be pleased to command me. and out of it came forth a black and white cat." replied the lion. and his face scorched. They threw flashes of fire out of their mouths at each other. finding himself worsted. We must all have perished had not the princess. where she made a great circle. and a little while after we saw the genie and princess all in flames. mounting up to the roof of the gallery. where she began incantations. and we knew not what was become of them. and myself. Immediately the princess turned herself into a serpent. went into her apartment. The sultan and I . The cock leaped into the river. and a spark from entering my right eye. they continued both under water above two hours. turned into a pike. The two parts of the lion disappeared. and pursued the small fish. and mewing in a frightful manner. and pursued him. and our fear increased when we saw the genie. with her hair standing on end. and now fell to picking up the seeds of the pomegranate one after another. The air grew insensibly dark. and gave her no time to rest. as if it had been night. "Thou shalt quickly have thy reward for the trouble thou hast given me:" with that he opened his monstrous jaws. When she had finished and prepared the circle as she thought fit." The lion answered fiercely. dare you present yourself in this shape. appear suddenly in the shape of a lion of a gigantic size. and fought the scorpion. for the genie having got loose from the princess. The wolf had in the meanwhile transformed itself into a cock.

but was under the necessity of being supported to his apartment. Public mourning was observed for seven days. sighs. in every respect as I was before my transformation. than to have seen my benefactress thus miserably perish. the eunuch. and the prince whom you have delivered from his enchantment has lost one of his eyes. deprived him of the power of utterance. brought her. for his tears. When the knowledge of this tragical event had spread through the palace and the city. but it is a victory that costs me dear. the Lady of Beauty.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete expected but death. but she prevented me by addressing herself to her father: "Sir." said he. had I perceived the last of the pomegranate seeds. is dead. and commiserated the sultan's affliction. and upon that the success of the combat depended. and many ceremonies were performed. 60 The princess approached us. and sobs. I cannot tell you. were a sufficient demonstration. and it is only through a miracle that I am myself yet alive You are the cause of all these misfortunes. and without danger to me. The effect of that fire was so extraordinary. under which it is impossible that I should be comforted. the fire has pierced me during the terrible combat. as I did the others when I was changed into a cock: the genie had fled thither as to his last intrenchment. I was prepared to return the princess my thanks. change thy shape. for. and take that of a man which thou hadst before. to go on with the recital of her combat. I had rather all my life have continued an ape or a dog. your life must answer if you do not carry them into execution. to which the princess and the genie had been reduced. I have conquered and reduced him to ashes. "My daughter. In the mean time. Before he had fully recovered his strength he sent for me: "Prince. alas! I wonder that I am yet alive! Your governor. The ashes of the genie were thrown into the air." said he. and to fight with those mighty arms as I did. and when she had done. but the genie was reduced to a heap of ashes. This would not have happened. he fainted away. which the young slave. addressed her in a tone that sufficiently testified his grief. but those of the princess were collected into a precious urn. which made me fear for his life. but I cannot escape death. It was not necessary that the prince or myself should relate the circumstances of the adventure. the Lady of Beauty. I have but a few minutes to live. upon which he went on thus: "I have constantly lived in perfect felicity. and I find it is gradually consuming me. which is approaching. when we heard a cry of "Victory! Victory!" and instantly the princess appeared in her natural shape. The sultan being afflicted all that can be imagined." I assured him of exalt obedience. between heaven and earth. and the urn was deposited in a superb mausoleum. which made her still cry "I burn!" until death had put an end to her intolerable pains." He could say no more. madam. all the people bewailed the misfortune of the princess. in your presence. until being quite overcome with grief. who had received no hurt. and swallowed it. and hastily called for a cup-full of water. constructed for that purpose on the spot where the princess had been consumed. as the genie had been. The sultan was hardly able to stand. that in a few moments she was wholly reduced to ashes. and beat himself on his head and breast. and with much difficulty brought him to himself. to be preserved. Suddenly the princess exclaimed. as your majesty may see." These words were hardly uttered. my daughter is dead. She took it. when I again became a man. "If thou art become an ape by enchantment. the eunuchs and officers came running at the sultan's lamentations. "attend to the commands I now give you. "I burn! I burn!" She found that the fire had at last seized upon her vital parts. and after pronouncing some words over it. to convince them of the affliction it had occasioned us. saying. The grief of the sultan for the loss of his daughter confined him to his chamber for a whole month. The two heaps of ashes. This oversight obliged me to have recourse to fire. but by your arrival all the happiness I possessed has vanished. "you see in what condition your father is. and you will not have the satisfaction to make the match you intended. . I made the genie know that I understood more than he." The sultan suffered the princess. which would have been successful. her governor is no more. in spite of all his redoubtable art and experience. I have gained the victory over the genie. excepting the loss of my eye. cried piteously. threw it upon me. how much I was grieved at so dismal a spectacle.

and when we approach within a certain distance. to which end I caused ten ships to be fitted out. in which I took so much pleasure. has one of the finest and safest harbours in the world. The History of the Third Calender. "It is well. but that right a-head he perceived a great blackness. Our voyage was very pleasant for forty days successively. and I was obliged to quit the palace. My kingdom is composed of several fine provinces upon the main land. Before I left the city I went into a bagnio. we are all lost. and the first man I met was this calender. and set sail. an outcast from the world. our brother. Depart." I was going to speak. "The tempest has brought us so far out of our course. that to-morrow about noon we shall be near the black mountain. Upon the tenth day. and fasten to the mountain. "Oh. the attraction of the adamant will have such force. banished. and by hastening to seek my own misfortune. My story. that I gave orders to steer back to my own coast. but mine I lost through my own fault. besides a number of valuable islands. but he prevented me by words full of anger. who spoke before me. and take care never to appear again in my dominions. most honourable lady. not so much deploring my own miseries. My first object was to visit the provinces: I afterwards caused my whole fleet to be fitted out." Having spoken thus. to move his compassion by relating to him my unfortunate adventures. Zobeide. an arsenal capable of fitting out for sea one hundred and fifty men of war. but I perceived at the same time that my pilot knew not where we were. embarked. you are at liberty. I asked him what reason he had thus to despair? He exclaimed. to whom he had addressed his speech. After ten days' sail we were in hopes of seeing land. a seaman being sent to look out for land from the mast head. The two princes who have spoken before me have each lost an eye by the pure effects of their destiny. We reached an island. by virtue of the iron in your ships. You know the remaining part. for the tempests we had experienced had so much abated my curiosity. The pilot changed colour at this account. and the weather became fair. and throwing his turban on the deck with one hand. that I resolved to make some discoveries beyond my own territories. as the death of the two fair princesses. here I caused my beard and eyebrows to be shaved. not one of us can escape. After his death I took possession of his dominions. These voyages gave me some taste for navigation. and withal so boisterous that we were near being lost: about break of day the storm abated. at last I resolved to come to Bagdad. he lamented like a man who foresaw unavoidable ruin. . and I am the son of a sultan who was called Cassib. madam. so that your vessels will fall to pieces and sink. of which I have been the occasion. very much differs from what you have already heard.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 61 depart hence therefore in peace. his despondence threw the whole ship's crew into consternation. and put on a calender's habit. he also petitioned the lady to shew him the same favour vouchsafed to the first calender. which at this very minute draws all your fleet towards it. where we remained two days to take in fresh provisions. and went to my islands to gain the hearts of my subjects by my presence. and then put off again to sea. and continued in the city where he had resided. I began my journey. cried. or mine of adamant. and beating his breast with the other. in hopes of getting myself introduced to the commander of the faithful. rejected. said. My name is Agib." But instead of departing. but on the forty-first night the wind became contrary. without farther delay. Sir. I am persuaded that your presence brings misfortune with it. When the second calender had concluded his story. No consideration whatever shall hinder me from making you repent your temerity should you violate my injunction. the clouds dispersed. gave notice that on starboard and larboard he could see nothing but sky and sea. and the cause of my having the honour to be here. as you shall hear by the sequel of the story. which lie almost in sight of my capital. and with all my skill it is not in my power to effect our deliverance. I arrived this evening. and to confirm them in their loyalty. that all the nails will be drawn out of the sides and bottoms of the ships. and went and sat down by him. It is situated on the sea-coast. besides merchantmen and light vessels. for I must myself perish if you remain any longer. I passed through many countries without making myself known.

About noon we were so near. supported by pillars of the same metal. which gave me hopes that I should escape all the danger that I feared. and recommended myself to his holy protection. as I began to ascend the steps. and I perceived the man was made of metal. and on the top of that dome stands a horse. "is inaccessible. this man is also of metal. neither spoke I one word. by virtue of a will. leaving me upon the surface. At the sight of these steps. step on board. and my good fortune brought me to a landing place." This was the substance of the old man's discourse. the tradition is. as I had dreamt. but God had mercy on me. He will in ten days' time bring thee into another sea.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 62 "This mountain. at last." The pilot having finished his discourse. thou wilt perceive a boat with one man holding an oar in each hand. shot at the horseman. that had the wind raged it would have thrown me into the sea. provided. I passed the night under the dome. I did not receive the least hurt." I had no sooner spoken these words. for the benefit of those that should happen to be saved. when I saw some islands. likewise of brass. I had no other thought but that my days were there to terminate. Agib. thou dost not mention the name of God during the whole voyage. upon which some talismanic characters are engraver. the sea swelled and rose up by degrees. and three arrows of lead. Sir. On the summit there is a dome of fine brass. where thou shalt find an opportunity to return to thy country." continued the pilot. and being uncertain of the event. which the wind drove ashore just at the foot of the mountain. a boat rowing towards me. by the violence of the attraction. He rowed without ceasing till the ninth day. I buried it in the place whence I took the bow and arrows. and all the rest of the ship's company did the same. with a horrible noise. began to weep afresh. and said. with a rider on his back. and did not fail to observe everything that he had commanded me. as soon as thou art awake dig up the ground under thy feet: thou wilt find a bow of brass. and I returned God thanks that everything succeeded according to my dream. afar off. where they fixed. that are made under certain constellations. In my sleep an old grave man appeared to me. and the horse fell by my side. Shoot the three arrows at the statue. But. and the rider will fall into the sea. and with the third arrow I overthrew him." said I. and let him conduct thee. and that it will ever continue to be fatal to all those who have the misfortune to approach. I went into the dome. gave God thanks for his mercies. and took great heed not to pronounce the name of God. and permitted me to save myself by means of a plank. When I awoke I felt much comforted by the vision. for all the nails and iron in the ships flew towards the mountain. When it came as high as the foot of the dome upon the top of the mountain. that this statue is the chief cause why so many ships and men have been lost and sunk in this place. but without mentioning the name of God. for there was not a space of ground either on the right or left whereon a man could set his foot. At last the boat made land. that we found what the pilot had foretold to be true. as I have told thee. but different from that thou hast thrown down. When it has come so high. I reached the top. but the horse will fall by thy side. than the boat sunk with the man of metal. the sea will swell and rise to the foot of the dome. The excess of my joy made me forget what I was forbidden: "Blessed be God. to deliver mankind from the many calamities that threaten them. the ships split asunder. and kneeling on the ground. they all made one another their heirs. thou must bury it in the place where thou findest the bow and arrows: this being done. I sat down. without accident. I saw. which were so narrow. and to that end took all imaginable precaution. I . "Hearken. In the mean time every one began to provide for his own safety. and the man of metal began to row off from the mountain. who has a plate or lead fixed to his breast. "God be praised. and their cargoes sunk into the sea. I gave thanks to God. until it shall be thrown down. All my people were drowned. I stept aboard. he fell into the sea. In the mean time. I took the bow and arrows out of the ground. where there were steps that led up to the summit of the mountain. The next morning we distinctly perceived the black mountain.

I thought it not safe to be seen. I descended. The old man and the slaves went on board. They returned again to the vessel. where it seems you have been buried alive. fearing another wave might wash me back. directly towards the island. where it left me. They went towards the middle of the island. that you suffered yourself to be entombed in this place without any resistance. and with a smiling countenance requested me to take a seat by him. and also agents. as I am. and went forward to discover what sort of country I was in. and lay them on the dry sand. I saw a vessel coming from the main land. After they had again come up. Immediately after. wring the water out of my clothes. and the son of a sultan. This made me believe that he had staid behind in the subterraneous place. I saw them once more go to the ship. from whence I might safely view them. when it was intimated to him in a dream that he should have a son. for reasons to me unknown. He has many slaves. after which I thought I perceived them lift up a trap door. but to quiet his apprehensions." The young man felt assured at these words. who led in his hand a handsome lad of about fourteen or fifteen years of age. but I saw not the young man in their company. and return soon after with an old man. I lifted it up. When I perceived they had proceeded to such a distance that I could not be seen by them. and I despaired of being able to save myself. whether friends or foes. he said "Prince. and found that it covered the head of a flight of stairs. and went directly to the place where I had seen the ground broken. who. I made haste ashore. has acquired considerable property. together with fruits and flower-pot standing about him. and getting the vessel under weigh. at which he was much concerned when he awoke. "My father is a merchant jeweller. it is probable that your good destiny may have brought me hither to deliver you out of this tomb. when he perceived me was considerably alarmed. I saw by the light of two wax tapers. They all descended when the trap door had been opened. A very dark night succeeded. Sir. where I saw them stop. where ten slaves landed. and unloaded several sorts of provisions and furniture. and dig for a considerable time. but I perceived it was far from the continent. but the wind began to blow hard. is. I doubted not but they were coming to anchor there. and not knowing where I was. furnished with a carpet. But what surprises me (for you must know that I have been witness to all that hath passed since your coming into this island). though a very pleasant. a circumstance which exceedingly surprised me. do not fear. When I had complied. a couch covered with tapestry. a sultan. "Whoever you are. I removed the earth by degrees. before the wind.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 63 swam the remaining part of the day towards that land which appeared nearest. "He had been long married without having issue. I swam at random. I had not walked far before I found I was upon a desert. which much diminished the joy I felt at having escaped the danger of the seas. These things. The vessel came into a little creek. which they carried to the place where they had been digging: they then descended. is not capable of doing you any injury: on the contrary. I said to him as I entered. with a fan in his hand. and returned to the creek where the ship lay. The young man. . and retreated. which were also of stone. I am to acquaint you with what will surprise you by its singularity. and at the bottom found myself in a large room. My strength at last began to fail. by his industry and professional skill. carrying a spade and other instruments for digging up the ground. though his life would be but short. till I came to a stone that was two or three feet square. and being uncertain what sort of people they might be. Some days after. steered their course towards the main land. they let down the trap door. which made me suppose it led to a subterraneous dwelling. I got up into a very thick tree. The first thing I did was to strip. which he furnishes with precious stones. which was still warm from the heat of the day. upon which the young man sat. Nevertheless. I recommended myself to God and prayed him to dispose of me according to his will. whom he employs as supercargoes in his own ships. and a wave vast as a mountain threw me on a flat. covered it over with earth. Next morning the sun dried my clothes. and cushions of rich stuff. island. as it displayed several sorts of trees and wild shrubs bearing fruit. I put them on. I came down from the tree. to maintain his correspondence at the several courts.

and endeavour to demonstrate my gratitude by suitable acknowedgments. of which he had enough to have lasted beyond the forty days. 64 "My father. "Prince. of which the foolish astrologers have made you apprehensive. and at the proper time placed it on the table: after we had dined I invented a play for our amusement." This discourse encouraged the jeweller's son. and what she supposed to be the time of her conception agreed exactly with the day of his dream. he came hastily hither to conceal me. that stands upon the summit of the mountain of adamant. The next morning. very shortly. "Dear Sir. It will be' (said they) ‘when the statue of brass. I laughed at the astrologers who had foretold that I should take away his life." In short. and cannot believe that prince Agib will seek for me in a place under ground. "Upon the prediction the astrologers. and I on my part regarded him with so much affection. as the stars prognosticate. trust in the goodness of God. I took care not to inform him I was the very Agib whom he dreaded. and inspired him with confidence. and I am not dead. son of king Cassib. but that you are acquitted of it from this hour. and therefore. not only for that day. I prepared supper after the same manner as I had done the dinner. The fortieth day appeared: and in the morning. I held the basin of water to him. and having supped. every acknowledgment of his gratitude for your attentions. till the expiration of the fifty days after the throwing down of the statue. and. I found the young man of ready wit. He had notice given him yesterday. shall be thrown into the sea by prince Agib. for I thought myself so far from being likely to verify their prediction. who had observed the very moment of my birth. and was answered. consider it as a debt you had to pay. I shall have the benefit of getting to the main land in your vessel. when he arose. At the end of nine months she was brought to bed of me. After supper we conversed for some time. we spent thirty-nine days in the pleasantest manner possible in this subterraneous abode. I rejoice that after my shipwreck I came so fortunately hither to defend you against all who would attempt your life." While the jeweller's son was relating this story. and partook with him of his provisions. as it is ten days since this happened.' "My father took all imaginable care of my education until this year. that I often said to myself. in the midst of a desert island. your son will be killed fifty days afterwards by that prince. and when I am returned into my kingdom. this is the fortieth day.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete my mother acquainted him that she was with child. and at last retired to bed. he will live to a great age. For my own part I am sanguine in my hopes. when the young man awoke. he sought by all means possible to falsify my horoscope. lest I should alarm his fears. but for those that followed. that the statue of brass had been thrown into the sea about ten days ago. though he had had more guests than myself. He took the precaution to form this subterranean habitation to hide me in. and to preserve my life." . when his life will be exposed to a danger which he will hardly be able to escape. My father will not fail to make you. I also provided dinner. This news alarmed him much. We passed the time in various conversation till night came on. I will remember the obligations I owe you. consulted astrologers about my nativity. "Those astrologers who predicted to his father that his son should die by my hand were impostors. But if his good destiny preserve him beyond that time. We had sufficient time to contrast mutual friendship and esteem for each other. and will furnish you with every necessary accommodation for your return to your kingdom: but. that he had scarcely done speaking. which is the fifteenth of my age. and in the mean while I will do you all the service in my power: after which. which occasioned great joy in the family. we retired to bed as before. I will not leave you till the forty days have expired. for it is not possible that I could commit so base a crime. when I told him with great joy. with leave of your father and yourself. and fear nothing. he said to me with a transport of joy that he could not restrain. and used every precaution not to give him any cause to suspect who I was. thanks to God and your good company. madam. and promised at the end of forty days to return and fetch me away. ‘Your son shall live happily till the age of fifteen. I found he loved me.

for I had not power to take it out. which I ascended in hopes of concealment. After he had slept a while. I beg you will provide me some warm water in that portable bath. and when they had made a grave they buried it. the youth went in. to give him air. put on board the vessel. but notwithstanding all the pains they took to recover him. pray do me the favour to fetch me a melon and some sugar. I said to myself. "there were only some hours wanting to have put him out of that danger from which he sought sanctuary here. with a countenance that shewed some hope. let me not live any longer. lifting up my face and my hands to heaven." Out of several melons that remained I took the best. At this sight they cried out lamentably. the forty days being expired. their fears increased. which stood out to sea. I perceived the vessel coming to fetch away the young man. I began then to consider what I had best do. after which the slaves filled up the grave. casting my eyes upon the sea towards the main land. brought him up in their arms. and as I could not find a knife to cut it with. and I both washed and rubbed him. and advanced towards the subterranean dwelling. O Lord!" said I. But what we wish. and breast. which increased my sorrow: the old man fell down in a swoon. and verified the prediction." said he. laid down the great stone upon the entrance. when he has discovered that his son is killed: all that I can allege to justify myself will not convince him of my innocence. and covered it with earth. Nevertheless. and laid himself down in his bed that I had prepared. while I had it in my hand. the unfortunate father continued a long while insensible. and. he will certainly seize me." There happened to be near a large tree thick with leaves. will not always happen according to our desire. but he not answering. and his face covered with tears. "There is one. and the knife pierced his heart. overcome with sorrow. . The old man. I beat my head. I might be surprised by his father. At last he came out. and when it was hot poured it into the moveable bath. They lifted up the stone. and if I be guilty of his death. to receive my father with the more respect. and laid it on a plate. "upon this cornice over my head:" I accordingly saw it there. with the remaining provisions. "Dear prince. and went down. when. The slaves then brought up his son's corpse. but when they saw the earth had been newly removed. my foot being entangled in the carpet. my face. threw the first earth upon the body. This being done. I fell most unhappily upon the young man. I had scarcely done. I quitted the subterranean dwelling. But. and made them more than once despair of his life. and. that I may wash my body and change my dress. was laid upon a litter. and was no sooner fixed in a place where I could not be perceived.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 65 continued he. then I became his murderer. It is better then to withdraw while it is in my power. all the furniture was brought up. than to expose myself to his resentment. and carried to the ship. and not being able to stand. and made so much haste to reach it. but at last he came to himself. that I may eat some to refresh me. and perhaps cause me to be massacred by his slaves. They proceeded to seek him. "I intreat thy pardon. The slaves. dressed in his best apparel. and at length found him lying upon the bed with the knife in his heart. The old man with his slaves landed immediately. he awoke. "If I am seen by the old man. than I saw the vessel come to the creek where she lay the first time. had it presented itself to me. whether it be good or evil. they changed colour. I threw myself on the ground with unspeakable sorrow and grief! "Alas!" I exclaimed. that. and when I thought the danger past. At this spectacle I cried out with agony. they called the young man by his name. I asked the young man if he knew where there was one. The old man. I tore my clothes. supported by two slaves. considering that all my tears and sorrows would not restore the young man to life. and in a short time was out of sight." After this misfortune I would have embraced death without any reluctance. and said." I set the water on the fire. "while we are waiting his arrival. particularly the old man. and laid him at the foot of the tree where I was concealed.

which the beams of the sun made to appear at a distance like flames. they mixed all together. ante-chambers. they approached. and rubbed and bedaubed their faces with it in such a manner as to make themselves look very frightful. however. Before I had taken such a view of this magnificent building as it deserved. the water sunk so low. As I was conjecturing by what adventure these men could come together. which afforded me some comfort. the main land too seemed to be drawing nearer. that there remained between me and the continent but a small stream. said to the old man. But as each sofa could only contain one man. In fact. "Comrade. I saw a good way before me something that resembled a great fire. distributed to each man separately his proportion. they wept and lamented. They were accompanied by an old man. and sat down to admire its noble structure. be content with what you see. 66 I led this wearisome life for a whole month. but what surprised me was. I walked round the island. I accepted their offer. it not being possible that this fire should kindle of itself. After having thus blackened themselves. and discovered that what I had taken for a fire was a castle of red copper. arose. and when the day came. but he returned in a minute or two. together with a light. and every one deprived of the same eye. which I ate apart. and when I had proceeded some distance from the sea." The old man having sat a short time. beating their heads and breasts. he presented to each of us a cup of wine. and went into a closet. and seemed glad to see me. As I drew nearer. separate from one another. and lamp-black. all covered with blue stuff. as if they had been taking a walk. and I related to them all that had happened to me since I had left my kingdom. They thought my story so extraordinary. "You do not bring us that with which we may acquit ourselves of our duty." At these words the old man arose. which I crossed. and to rest myself. one after another. In the middle of this circle stood an eleventh sofa. not so high as the rest. After the first salutations. and when supper was almost ended. and we passed through a great many halls. I walked so long a way upon the slime and sand that I was very weary: at last I got upon more firm ground. and went out. for I said to myself. upon which the old man before-mentioned sat down. nor the reason why we are all blind of the right eye. I was left alone upon the island. sit down upon that carpet in the middle of the room. he placed one before every gentleman. and crying continually. and do not inquire into anything that concerns us. very well furnished. the old man . on which they sat by day and slept at night. and let not your curiosity extend any farther. which contained ashes. 1 would satisfy their curiosity.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete After the old man and his slaves were gone. where there were ten small blue sofas set round. and stopped in such places as I thought most proper for repose. They did so. and of a venerable aspect. and came at last into a spacious hall. At the expiration of this time I perceived that the sea had receded." They continued this strange employment nearly the whole of the night. I saw ten handsome young men coming along. I shall find here some persons. which they had shut up. as the rest did. and brought out thence upon his head ten basins. that the island had increased in dimensions. After I had concluded my account. "This is the fruit of our idleness and debauches. that they made me repeat it after supper. I found my error. bed-chambers. I stopped in the neighbourhood of the castle. which filled them with astonishment. and closets. I lay that night in the subterranean dwelling. but if they would take the trouble to sit down. the young gentlemen prayed me to accompany them into the castle. They uncovered their basins. One of the gentlemen observing that it was late. one of the young men said to me. who was very tall. that they were all blind of the right eye. and it furnished conversation for a good part of the night. and likewise brought me mine. and the young gentlemen occupied the other ten. I could not suppress my astonishment at the sight of so many half blind men in company. coal-dust. but of the same colour. they inquired what had brought me thither. and when they left off. brought in supper. I told them my story would be somewhat tedious. and the water did not reach above the middle of my leg.

Whatever misfortune befalls me. will pounce upon you. for it was impossible for me to keep them company any longer. that when I had lost an eye I must not hope to remain with them. because their number was complete. yet. and the young gentlemen as before bedaubed their faces. cut the skin with your knife. The next day. and that hitherto we have not granted your request: it is out of kindness. but walk on till you come to a spacious castle. I told them. if I were so disposed. "This is the fruit of our idleness and debauches." He farther represented to me. and leave you at liberty. We passed that day in conversation upon indifferent subjects. or what befell us there. I begged them to grant my request. and we will give you the satisfaction you desire. and after they had taken off the skin. and then I said to them. I will not impute it to you. without being permitted to know the reason. called a roc. upon which a bird of a monstrous size. and let it cost me what it would. so that they exhibited no appearance of what they had been doing. with which they washed their faces and hands. and no addition could be made to it. you will learn by your own experience. . The roc they spoke of soon arrived." and continued the same actions the following night. but if there were a necessity for it. and that I should do well to hold my peace. which were spoiled. and the penance which you have been witness to. "Once more. and after the young gentlemen had been at the trouble to sew the skin about me." When the gentleman had thus spoken. which always stands open. The ten gentlemen perceiving that I was so fixed in my resolution. they retired into the hall. and put on others. I wished a thousand times to break the silence which had been imposed upon me. You may judge how uneasy I felt all this time. You are men of sense. for I cannot observe it. that it would be a great satisfaction to me never to part from such agreeable gentlemen. If you have a mind to try our unfortunate destiny. that it was no business of mine to make such inquiries. therefore I conjure you to satisfy my curiosity. took a sheep. and taking you for a sheep. telling me it would be useful to me on an occasion which they would soon explain. "and then leave you. large emeralds." I replied. soon after we had arisen. Do not stay. why you bedaubed your faces with black? How it has happened that each of you has but one eye? Some singular circumstance must certainly be the cause. and throw it off. you need but speak. nor was it possible for me to sleep that night. As soon as the roc sees you. I earnestly prayed them to satisfy me." said they. The history of each of us is so full of extraordinary adventures. that a large volume would not contain them. But we cannot explain ourselves farther. and lay you on the top of a mountain. and to see every night such an odd exhibition.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 67 brought them water. that I must renounce the law which you prescribed to me last night. "Gentlemen. and left me alone. is what we are obliged to observe in consequence of having been there. presented me with a knife. covered with plates of gold. the old man brought in the blue basins. and soar with you to the sky: but let not that alarm you. they changed all their clothes. but to myself. I wrapt myself in the sheep's skin. All that we can inform you is. I cannot forbear asking. and ask questions. you have convinced me that you do not want understanding. At last. "Do not wonder at our conduit in regard to yourself. will appear in the air. and when night was come and every man had supped. or to shew me how to return to my own kingdom. "we advise you to restrain your curiosity: it will cost you the loss of your right eye. he will descend with you again." To these pressing instances they answered only. and other precious stones: go up to the gate. killed it. that it has cost each of us our right eye. not being able to resist my curiosity. One of the gentlemen answered on behalf of the rest." I told them I was resolved on it. he pounced upon me. to save you the pain of being reduced to the same condition with ourselves. I declare to you. crying. we went out to walk. When you find yourself on the ground. let what would be the consequence. We have each of us been in that castle. he will fly away for fear. I was ready to submit. took me in his talons like a sheep. wept and beat themselves. held fast the knife which was given me. I have seen you do such actions as none but madmen could be capable of." "No matter." said the same gentleman. and walk in. but will tell you nothing of what we saw. "be assured that if such a misfortune befall me. "We must sew you in this skin.

or into apartments which contained many things wonderful to be seen. of a monstrous size. with demonstrations of joy. Here I found forty young ladies of such perfect beauty as imagination could not surpass: they were all most sumptuously appareled. as they were all equally beautiful. rose to fetch tapers." I answered. and change of apparel. to sit down on a seat that was higher than their own. When I had finished my narrative to the forty ladies. As soon as they saw me they arose. We assure . that he can lift up elephants from the plains. all in good order. where he feeds upon them. and when I expressed my uneasiness. I ate and drank. a side-board was set out with several sorts of wine and other liquors. and they disposed them with so much taste as to produce the most beautiful effect possible.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete and carried me up the summit of the mountain. said to me. I lost no time. witty. a second poured sweet scented water on my hands. and danced two and two. They brought a prodigious number. through which I entered into a large hall. his strength is such. The gate being open. that you are master of all the good qualities we can desire. sweetmeats. that I got thither in half a day's journey." They obliged me. it is time for you to retire to rest. and that I would not be guilty of so much incivility as to prefer one before another. couple after couple. the roc at the sight of me flew sway. master. and carry them to the tops of mountains. and throwing it off. and desired an account of my travels. others again brought in a magnificent collation. so large that there were round it ninety-nine gates of wood of sanders and aloes. "Noble Sir. whilst the rest. They that were to play upon the instruments and sing arose. "We have long been in expectation of such a gentleman as you. It was past midnight ere these amusements ended. notwithstanding all the opposition I could make. your mien assures us. and we hope you will not find our company disagreeable or unworthy of yours. seeing it was dark. but made so much haste. and we are your slaves. and in the most charming manner possible. madam. and formed a most charming concert. with admirable grace. and find it is your fear to create jealousy among us that occasions your diffidence. but let not this hinder you." And one thus addressed me in the name of the rest. as the solicitude and eagerness of those fair ladies to do me all possible service. Some of the ladies brought in musical instruments. which lasted till night came on. and without waiting my salutations. which by the wonderful light they emitted exhibited the resemblance of day. "you are at present our lord. "We are very well satisfied of your civility. besides many more which I could not see. "You are doubtless wearied by the journey you have taken to-day. and judge. so much astonished me. At length one of the ladies said to me. 68 When I found myself on the ground. ready to obey your commands. some of them who sat nearest me staid to keep me company. others brought me all kinds of necessaries. you are welcome. and I must say that I found it surpassed the description they had given me of its magnificence. I cut the skin with the knife. and we continued a long while at our repast. they invited me to sit down to supper. "That I knew not how to make my own choice. I saw a door standing open just before me. I gave them a full relation of my adventures. I entered a square court. and everything proper to relish the liquor. and one of gold. and the rest came with glasses in their hands to fill me delicious wines. and worthy of my respects and service. after which the ladies placed themselves about me. that led to apartments above." The lady who had spoken to me before answered. Being impatient to reach the castle. your lodging is prepared: but before you depart choose which of us you like best to be your bedfellow. "That is your place." said they. without reckoning those of several superb staircases. The others began a kind of ball. and when everything was ready. Other ladies covered a table with dry fruits. The ladies sat down with me. One brought hot water to wash my feet." Nothing. The hundred doors I spoke of opened into gardens or store-houses full of riches. This roc is a white bird.

"Would. "Fair ladies. We live here together in the manner you have seen. all in different dresses from those they had worn the day before: they bade me good-morrow. in return." said they. "what but the necessity of parting from you could thus afflict us? Perhaps we shall never see you more. I must tell you that I continued a whole year among those forty ladies. I omitted not to declare how much their absence would afflict me. I thanked then for their good advice." "Well. therefore make your selection. We conjure you to avoid the indiscretion. that pleasantness of humour. where they left us. Yesterday was the last of the year. depends upon your compliance. their hospitality." said I. and when forty days are past. we must acquaint you that we are all princesses. you will do yourself a considerable injury. saying. it is not impossible but that we may again enjoy the pleasure of your company. assuring them that I would follow it. they began to weep bitterly. entered my chamber one morning all in tears. that every one of us shall in her turn have the same honour. that sweetness. let me know. and other amusements. and received them into my bed one after another: and during all the time of this voluptuous life. gave me hers. and after I had embraced them all. but if it be your wish we should." This speech of the fair princesses grieved me extremely. and the happiness of your life. they made me put on another suit much richer than the former. and inquired after my health. to begin again. We passed the whole day almost constantly at table. that you will attend to our advice. to day we must leave you. for we are agreed among ourselves. They embraced me with great tenderness one after another. pray explain yourselves more clearly. to secure the happiness of passing the rest of my days with ladies of such beauty and accomplishments. Before we depart we will leave you the keys of everything. and when it was bed-time. and I remained alone in the castle. and of the separation they spoke of. and that merit which you possess. and if you possess sufficient self-command for the purpose." Their tears affected. After which they conveyed me to a bath. but that it would be an affront to a prince like you to question your discretion and firmness. served me with everything I needed." Instead of returning a direct answer.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 69 you. I was scarcely dressed next morning. and to relieve your solitude during our absence. We separated with much tenderness. and offered my hand to the lady who spoke. where they washed me themselves. We were conducted to a sumptuous apartment. "to satisfy you. where you will find enough to satisfy your curiosity. and expressed my willingness to perform what was much more difficult. they departed. I was greatly surprised that these forty ladies. nevertheless. . not to weary you with repetitions." I replied. and the apprehension of this augments our grief. "have the kindness not to keep me any longer in suspense: tell me the cause of your sorrow. we met not with the least kind of trouble. or if my assistance can be any way useful to you. that the good fortune of her whom you choose shall cause no feeling of the kind. we know not how to live without you. madam. But for your benefit. "we had never seen or known you! Several gentlemen have honoured us with their company before you. When the year was expired. "if it be in my power to comfort you. We hope. "I understand not what you mean. The agreeableness of their company. and then every one retired to her own chamber. and to give us the satisfaction finding you here again at the end of forty days. and this circumstance is the cause of our grief. for if you do we shall never see you again. "My dear ladies. dear prince." "Alas!" said they. therefore take heed. which we are not permitted to reveal: and afterwards we return again to this castle." "Ladies. we recommend you to forbear opening the golden door. and who. when the other thirty-nine ladies came into my chamber. and our own personal interests. We would willingly take the key of the golden door with us. and lose no time to take the repose you need. adieu! for we must leave you. and whether I would or no. they prayed me again to make choice of one of them for my companion In short. their musical entertainments." I was obliged to yield to their entreaties. but never one of them had that comeliness. but at the end of every year we are obliged to be absent forty days upon indispensable duties. I prayed them to tell me the reason of their grief. daughters of kings. instead of appearing with their usual cheerfulness to ask me how I did. especially those of the hundred doors." said I. your own peace. If you suffer yourself to be swayed by a foolish curiosity. "Adieu. and when I came out of the bath." After they had spoken these words." said one of them.

who then began to perch upon such places as suited them for repose during the night. I opened the third door. which were hung in regular order. anemonies. not to open the golden door. or any thing superfluous or offensive to sight. the description of which I will omit. The next day I opened the fourth door. daffodils. Others conveyed it in smaller quantities to those whose fruits were already formed: some carried still less to those whose fruits were swelling. and through each of them was an entrance into a treasury: several of these treasuries contained as much wealth as the largest kingdoms. but all this while not one appeared. so much was I charmed by the beauty of those ladies. to avoid prolixity. not watered so profusely as the former. considering its extent. Instead of an orchard. their freshness and beauty. and other rare singing-birds. The roses. Nor must I omit to inform you. and nothing could be more delicious than the fragrant smell which they emitted. They far exceeded in size the ordinary fruits of our gardens. the abundance and diversity of unknown fruits. which do not grow in other places but at certain times. all open. that this delicious orchard was watered in a very particular manner. the neatness. which I believe the universe could not equal. and found a large aviary. I should never have tired in examining and admiring so delightful a place. either here or in the gardens I had before examined. Their departure sensibly afflicted me. I opened the first door. the number of those stones which are most precious. jessamines. tulips. Lastly. it seemed to me an age to live without them. The sun went down. hyacinths. I determined not to forget the important advice they had given me. Besides. excepting that of gold. gold-finches. what is almost incredible. canary birds. this aviary was so exceedingly neat. and an infinite number of flowers. that. and I retired. resolving on the following days to open all the rest of the doors. The symmetry. those channels that watered the trees whose fruit was ripe had no more moisture than just what would preserve them from withering. I could not imagine any thing to surpass it. I took the first of the keys of the other doors. There were channels so artificially and proportionately dug. were there flourishing all at once. It contained a vast number of nightingales. what I now beheld transported me into perfect ecstacy. the admirable order of the trees. but with greater niceness. lilies. I went to my chamber. and opened the next. which was no less extraordinary in its kind. and as large as pigeons' . that I neither had time nor desire to see the wonders contained in this enchanted palace. I judged there must be not less than a hundred persons to keep it clean. and though their absence was to be only forty days. had I not conceived a still higher idea of the other things which I had not seen. that they carried water in considerable quantities to the roots of such trees as required much moisture. I went out at last with my mind filled with the wonders I had viewed: I shut the door. The trellis work was made of sandal wood and wood of aloes. which I had never heard of. The first was stored with heaps of pearls: and. furnishing no more water than just what each flower required. larks. and others carried only so much as was just requisite to water those which had their fruits come to perfection. If what I had seen before was capable of exciting my surprise. but as I was permitted to satisfy my curiosity in everything else.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 70 had so much absorbed my attention during the whole year. and only wanted to be ripened. delighted my senses. nor have left it. violets. except that which our religion promises us after death. I did not even notice a thousand curious objects that every day offered themselves to my view. and yet I could not perceive a weed. charmed with the chirping notes of the multitude of birds. This building had forty doors. and the vessels that held their seed and water were of the most precious jasper or agate. pinks. It contained a spacious plot. and entered an orchard. and the pleasure they seemed to take in promoting my gratification. I entered a large court surrounded with buildings of an admirable structure. I found here a flower garden. paved with marble of several fine and uncommon colours.

there were diamonds. and soon disappeared. and considering the fear that had seized me. cornelian. and were placed in candlesticks of solid gold. that I was in the castle whence I had been carried by the roc. I laid hold of his bridle. and. and hyacinths. I have only myself to accuse. chrysolites. with all the other stones known to us. burning perfumed oils of various kinds. jasper. I yielded to the temptations of the evil spirit. in the fifth. I entered. a smell pleasant enough. I got up much vexed at the misfortune I had brought upon myself. Filled with astonishment and admiration at the view of all these riches. They were to return the next day. and the pleasure of seeing them again ought to have restrained my curiosity: but through my weakness. but said. and led him out to view him by daylight. turquoises. that thirty-nine days afforded me but just as much time as was necessary to open ninety-nine doors. "to lay it to your charge. It was illuminated by several large tapers which emitted the perfume of aloes and ambergris. At length he directed his course towards the earth. "it be a subject of consolation to the afflicted to know that others share their sufferings. lower than the rest. as to throw me behind him. without mentioning agate. we each of us tasted the same pleasures . "We are sorry that we cannot congratulate you on your return. I sat well. with a detail of all the other objects of curiosity and value which I discovered on the following day. and with the end of his tail he struck out my eye. I soon discoved by the ten sofas in a circle. The ten young gentlemen were not in the hall when I entered.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 71 eggs. I struck him with a switch I had taken up in his magnificent stable. and lighted upon the terrace of a castle. and had I but retained so much self-command as I ought to have had. which I had not before perceived. In the second treasury." I replied. and restrain my curiosity. and the eleventh in the middle. One part of his manger was filled with clean barley and sesame. without giving me time to dismount. carbuncles. I mounted. covering my eye with one of my hands. they could not equal the value of these. and entered into a hall. curiously wrought. you have in us this alleviation of your misfortune. "If all the treasures of the kings of the universe were gathered together in one place. He had no sooner felt the blow." "If. All that has happened to you we have also endured. opals. The horse again took wing. ingots of silver. madam. but we are not the cause of your misfortune. but came in soon after. money. in the fourth. which I was forbidden to open. I approached in order the better to observe him." said they. money. and endeavoured to make him move: but finding he did not stir. and found he had on a saddle and bridle of massive gold. I shall only say." "I should do you wrong. I found myself in a spacious vaulted apartment. and rubies. Thus it was I became blind of one eye. topazes. shook me out of the saddle with such force. I opened that fatal door! But before I had moved my foot to enter. and felt myself no longer incommoded. They seemed not at all surprised to see me. flew up with me into the air. of the most perfect symmetry and beauty that ever was beheld. but whole trees. and in the two following. ingots of gold. and extending his wings. whereas now I am the most unfortunate. but too powerful for my senses. which I shall ever repent. Among the many objects that attracted my attention was a black horse. How fortunate am I to possess all this wealth with so many admirable princesses! " I will not tire you. However. and the other with rose-water. not only with branches. This light was augmented by gold and silver lamps. after waiting some time for the external air to correct the effluvia of the place. The fortieth day after the departure of those charming princesses arrived. attended by the old man. so that there was only the hundredth door left. I soon recovered: but instead of taking warning from this incident to close the door. than he began to neigh in a most horrible manner. My thoughts were fully in keeping my seat. I exclaimed. and then descended. and coral. I should have been this day the happiest of all mankind. who allowed me no rest till I had involved myself in the misfortunes I have since suffered. and to admire all that presented itself to my view. as we could wish. nor at the loss of my eye. of which there was a store house filled. in the sixth. emeralds. made me faint away. in the third. I then recollected the predictions of the ten young gentlemen. exceeded the number of those of the ordinary size. for it pained me exceedingly. The rest contained amethysts. the pavement of which was strewed with saffron. I walked upon the terrace.

the porter went to his quarters. to implore those favours which you have been generously pleased to grant us. but we had not leisure to converse long on the subject of our misfortunes. and paid his respects as usual. he arose and went to his council chamber. the three calenders. provided you immediately depart. therefore. since it is not yet day?" "It is this." Zobeide having heard this statement. after he had treated us with choice dainties and excellent wines. sent for men and women dancers. and the gate was closed after them. in order to obey you. we beg you to pardon our curiosity." After they had explained to me the road I was to travel. we need only repeat what we have already said. when the princesses were absent. This is all the account that we can give you. the caliph said to the calenders. which made us determine to knock at your gate." Then the lady turned to the caliph. he was most concerned to know the history of Zobeide. to see that we were all blind of the same eye. seemed to hesitate what to say. and the duration of which we know not. "Take them along with you. the vizier Jaaffier. being strangers as well as myself. On the road I caused my beard and eye-brows to be shaven. without saying one word: for the presence of the seven slaves with their weapons awed them into silence. for it deserves a place in the annals of my reign." said the caliph. Day began to appear whilst he was thinking upon these things. We dined today with several other persons of our condition. We were mutually surprised at one another. But above all. and permit us to hear the stories of those gentlemen who have not yet spoken. you are at liberty. "Well then. what reason she could have to be so severe to the two black bitches. and musicians. "It is now your turn to relate your adventures. therefore speak." resumed the caliph. who are newly come to town. "you shall all be equally obliged to me. The grand vizier entered soon after. We would gladly receive you into our company. in obedience to your commands. We have only had time enough to bring us hither. and the door of our khan shut up. The third calender having finished this relation of his adventures. the caliph." The vizier Jaaffier took the three calenders along with him. and assumed a calender's habit. and why Amene had her bosom so scarred. We are merchants of Moussol come to Bagdad to sell our merchandize. "Madam." He then whispered to the vizier. The caliph went to bed. and we had the good fortune to escape: but it being already late. in all those matters that have so much . "Vizier. but at last I arrived this evening. Zobeide addressed him and his fellow calenders thus: "Go wherever you think proper. and the porter departed. but could not sleep. and proceed to the court of Bagdad. I departed. and have incurred the same punishment. which the calenders perceiving. I will cause their history to be put in writing." Zobeide having given this command in a tone that signified she would be obeyed. had we not opened the golden door." said she. to join with us in the penance to which we are bound. "and we will convey you out of danger." But one of them answered. the vizier Mesrour. which way do you design to go. being perplexed by the extraordinary things he had seen and heard. I have had a long journey. answered Zobeide: "Madam. that of the three ladies and the two black bitches is the most urgent: my mind cannot rest till I am thoroughly satisfied. As soon as they had quitted the house. and Mesrour." they replied." "Follow us. We chanced as we passed along this street to hear mirth at your house. and met these my brother calenders at the gate. You have been no wiser than we. "the affairs that we have to consider at present are not very pressing.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 72 during a year. and we had still continued to enjoy them. where you will meet with the person who is to decide your destiny. who. without making himself known. and the caliph and Mesrour returned to the palace. But we have already stated to you the reasons that render this impossible: depart. and sat upon his throne. "that perplexes us. we knew not whither to retire. "You gentlemen. which lies in the khan where we lodge. at a merchant's house of this city. who arrested some of the company. I pardon you all. and tomorrow morning bring them to me. The great noise we made brought in the watch." The grand vizier who had all along been the spokesman. prayed her to grant the same favour to the three Moussol merchants as she had done to them. and said to them.

came to me in so lamentable a condition that it would have moved the hardest heart to compassion to behold her. bring those ladies and the calenders at the same time. but be not afraid. Go. the caliph turned towards them. make haste. who in the interval had learnt that they had seen and spoken with the caliph. I shall always remember the moderation with which you acted. she told me with tears how inhumanly her husband had behaved towards her. you may perhaps believe that I have sent for you for no other purpose than to shew some marks of my resentment. When the ladies were thus disposed of. ordered that the ladies should be placed behind the hangings of the door which led to his own chamber. and to ask for what reason one of you. after the rudeness of which we were guilty. but by another mother: she that has the scars upon her breast is named Amene. As soon as we had received our portions. and remember that I impatiently expect your return. The ladies put on their veils. and as soon as these two sisters received their portions. the orders with which he was charged. began thus: The Story of Zobeide. why another of you has her bosom so full of scars. The vizier conducted them to the palace with so much expedition. My other two sisters and myself stayed with our mother. the three ladies heard him well enough. and put her away. and went with the vizier As he passed his own house. the two eldest (for I am the youngest) married. to whom he communicated. that the caliph was much pleased. Her misfortunes affected me: and I mingled my tears with hers. without knowing him. The two ladies who live with me. After our father's death. my eldest sister's husband sold all that he had. without taking any notice of what had passed the night before at their house. by their respectful behaviour. I received her with every possible tenderness. lest you may have given me offence. and I shall acquaint you by what strange accident they came to be metamorphosed. are also my sisters by the father's side. you are the elder. and are now here. Some time after. yet the vizier out of ceremony. the relation which I am about to give your majesty is singularly extraordinary. clothed her with my own apparel. and I esteem . This prince. and finding himself reduced to poverty. I took her to a bath. Zobeide. sufficiently evinced that they were not ignorant before whom they had the honour to appear. after the caliph by his address had encouraged her. and am well satisfied with your conduct. and went to the ladies. and with that money and my sister's portion they went both into Africa. who was then alive. but am at present Haroon al Rusheed.. you may rest assured that I have forgotten all that has past. and my own Zobeide. they left me to live with their mother. and thus addressed her: "Sister. Commander of the faithful. and hold the place of our great prophet. found a pretext for divorcing my sister. the fifth caliph of the glorious house of Abbas." 73 The vizier who knew his master's quick and fiery temper. hastened to obey. the property that he left was equally divided among us. to bring them before the caliph. I have only sent for you to know who you are. and said. I wish that all the ladies of Bagdad had as much discretion as you evinced before me. by riotous living and debauchery' spent all. "When I acquaint you that I was last night in your house. and having suffered incredible hardships by the way. the name of the other is Safie. The two black bitches and myself are sisters by the same father and mother. he took along with him the three calenders. and left me alone. repeated them. after severely whipping the two black bitches. in a civil way. you may probably be alarmed." Though the caliph pronounced these words very distinctly. and who when she afterwards died left each of us a thousand sequins. and inquiring into the cause of her distress. She returned to this city. I was then a merchant of Moussol.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete surprised me. and placed the three calenders near his person. wept with them? And I am no less curious to know. disguised in a merchant's habit. who. that he might observe proper decorum before the officers of his court who were then present. where her husband.

We set sail with a fair wind. my two sisters. in the heart of the city. and soon cleared the Persian gulf. we shall never commit a similar fault again. To this end. which stood open. each of them as large as a nut. and account us your slaves. Some time after. I observed. and some lying. and as much at your disposal as my own. and cast anchor. told me they intended to marry again. at the bottom of which we perceived a great town: having a fresh gale. and begged my pardon a thousand times for not following my advice. I lifted up the curtain. where I saw before me a stately building. I shall feel much surprised if such be the case. Making directly to the gate of the town. "Dear sisters. some standing. I have not altered my mind with respect to you since we last parted: come again. Believe what I say. God has blest the portion that fell to my share. In the quarter inhabited by the merchants I found most of the shops shut. I approached her to have a nearer view of it. I projected a voyage. and others standing with sticks in their hands. "You are our youngest sister. I took courage. and the twentieth day saw land. I entered the town and passed through several streets. I went from thence into a room richly furnished." My answer was. and went nearer." We lived very comfortably together for some months. where I bought a ship ready fitted for sea. But after some months were past. and a necklace of pearls about her neck. when we had reached the open sea. is it possible you dare venture a second time? You know how rare it is to meet with a husband perfectly virtuous and deserving. they might lay those thoughts aside. and the employment I follow of breeding silk-worms. in a manner answerable to our condition." All my persuasion was in vain.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 74 you as my mother: during your absence. and wondering we received no intelligence of her." Upon this I embraced them. "but abundantly more wise than we. where at different intervals stood men in various attitudes. where I perceived a lady in the same situation. but went ashore alone in the boat. by the crown of gold on her head. It was a very high mountain. and never beheld a finer . I perceived a large folding gate. they returned again. Having reached a vast square. and be welcome to remain: for what I had would be sufficient to maintain us all three. We continued thus a whole year in perfect love and harmony. and in a large hall I found several black eunuchs turned into stone. After I had surveyed the building." said they. and let us live together as comfortably as we can. Seeing that God had increased my small stock. to embark some of it in a commercial speculation. a curtain of silk stuff seemed to be drawn before it: a lamp hung over the entrance. they were resolved to marry. that if putting me to expense was the only reason. Assure yourself there is nothing I have but is at your service." I added. some sitting. I made no doubt but it was the palace of the prince who reigned over that country: and being much astonished that I had not met with one living creature. on presence that they would not be chargeable to me. "But. she came in as bad a condition as the eldest: her husband had treated her after the same manner. and soon accomplished their wishes. but perceiving they remained stationary. I knew it to be the queen. and laded her with such merchandise as I had carried with me from Bagdad. we soon reached the harbour. but all motionless and petrified. "I rather believe you wish to marry again. I approached in hopes to find some. I saw there a great number of men upon guard. and in such as were open I likewise found the people petrified. I went with my two sisters to Bussorah. we steered our course to the Indies. After the experience you have had of the little satisfaction there is in wedlock. and take part of what I have. the windows of which were inclosed with gates of messy gold: I concluded it to be the queen's apartments. As we were one day conversing about our third sister. if you will vouchsafe to receive us once more into your house. and I received her likewise with the same affection as I had done the former. I had not patience to wait till my sisters were dressed to go along with me. when I found they were all turned into stones. I came to a large court. some sitting. and did not so much as move their eyes. I entered. and we lived together as before. covered with plates of gold. and was surprised at beholding no one but the guards in the vestibule all petrified. and they had all such dreadful countenances that I was greatly alarmed.

The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete objets. and this fear hindered my sleep. found it to be an oratory. and passed through several other apartments and closets richly furnished. as we have in our mosques. but above all. that were as beautiful as those I had already seen. and a comely young man sat on this carpet reading with great devotion the Koraun. and stood still. raised several steps above the floor. not doubting that it came from thence. I wondered how it came to pass that he should be the only living creature in a town where all the people were turned into stones. I lost myself among the apartments. that I forgot my ship and my sisters. and looking through a window. I proposed to return the way I had entered. In the mean time night came on. I will you who I am. I immediately arose. I repeated this prayer aloud: "Praise be to God. I quitted the chamber where the petrified queen was. and said. I looked into the offices and store-rooms. and thought of nothing but gratifying my curiosity. passed from one chamber to another on that side from whence the sound proceeded. I laid myself down upon a couch. Several other rarities detained my curiosity in this room. that when I saw it by day-light I could not endure its lustre. but I could not find it. the couch. I ascended the steps. The door being only half shut. and at last came into a large room. and why I alone am safe in the midst of such a terrible disaster. the cushions. O Lord. and it sparkled with so much brilliancy. I surveyed some other apartments. and lifting up my head. in return. which lay before him on a desk. the wonders that everywhere appeared so wholly engrossed my attention. At this sight I was transported with admiration. admirably executed. and in the same tone as it is read in our mosques. until we arrive again in our own country. and upon the throne there was a bed of rich stuff embroidered with pearls. Hear me. 75 I stood some time admiring the riches and magnificence of the room. and two candlesticks with large tapers of white wax burning. What surprised me most was a sparkling light which came from above the bed. The doors being all open. Being extremely glad to hear it. were it only for the diamond I mentioned. I came to the closet-door. who has favoured us with a happy voyage. About midnight I heard a voice like that of a man reading the Koraun. "My good lady. however. pray let me know who you are. and what has brought you to this desolate city? And. the large diamond. and to depart the next morning early. and enriched with large enchased emeralds. and taking a torch in my hand. I resolved to take my night's lodging there. which were all ornamented with Indian stuff of gold. lying upon a low stool. I saw a little carpet laid down like those we have to kneel upon when we say our prayers. where there was a throne of massive gold. It had." The young man turned his eyes towards me. and grant my request. or but half shut. to get aboard my ship. to direct us whither we are to turn to say our prayers: there were also lamps hung up. not without some dread to be alone in a desolate place. it made me imagine that there was some living creature in this place. where the throne. it was so pure. which were full of riches. the carpet. after the same manner. and representations of men and beasts in silver. a niche. In short. I set down my torch upon the ground. and may he be graciously pleased to protect us in the same manner." . and perceiving I was come back again to the large room. what has happened to me. why the inhabitants of this city are reduced to the state you see them in. went in. I opened it. and the torches stood. and standing upright before the niche. that I could not find the least blemish in it. but for what use I could not comprehend. and I did not doubt but there was something in the circumstance very extraordinary. and the sofas. saw a diamond as large as the egg of an ostrich. which was inestimable in value. Being curious to know whence it proceeded. At the head of the bed there stood on each side a lighted flambeau. which reminded me that it was time to retire. for I could not believe that the torches continued thus burning of themselves.

" All these expressions. abandon the worship of Nardoun. dear object of my soul. with an air that discovered the sentiments I felt. After her death I persisted with constancy in the belief of its divinity: and I abhor the false god Nardoun. As soon as it was day we left the palace. It is impossible you can stay any longer in a city where all the objects you behold must renew your grief: my vessel is at your service." said the young man." "Madam. over which the sultan my father reigned. and the adoration of fire. until the mighty commander of the faithful. "But though I was born of an idolatrous father and mother. the inhabitants of the city. You must know. I will acquaint you with the most remarkable effect of his greatness and power. that this city was the metropolis of a mighty kingdom. worshippers of fire. "I am the only person who did not suffer under that heavy judgment. and went aboard my ship. unknown to my father or any other person. and infused piety into my mind. On the last day of that year. who rebelled against God. I took that opportunity to observe him. and of Nardoun. to afford you an opportunity of withdrawing from this dismal place. had the like destiny. that nobody could miss hearing it. and all his other subjects. a thundering voice was suddenly sounded so distinctly. The ship I came in may serve in some measure to convince you that I am in some esteem at Bagdad. for he was metamorphosed into a black stone. and as soon as he is informed of your arrival in his capital. you will find that it is not in vain to implore his assistance. but no one was converted. I prayed him to perform his promise. for I must own that this solitary life is extremely irksome. let me know by what miracle you alone are left alive among so many persons that have died in so strange a manner. "Amiable sir. He made me sit down by him. . I am persuaded. take heed that you do not acknowledge and adore any other.' "This voice was heard three years successively. his whole court. greatly increased my love for him. and ever since I have continued to serve God with more fervency than before. I felt emotions I had never known before. and worship the only God who shews mercy. sir. my mother. at four o'clock in the morning. through the whole city. where I have left considerable property. and laid it in the niche. every one in the condition and posture they happened to be in. That prince. and of fire. shared the same fate. I had the good fortune in my youth to have a governess who was a good Moosulmaun. The words were these: ‘Inhabitants. I could not forbear saying. where we found my sisters." said I. "Lady. you have given me to understand that you have a knowledge of the true God. "by the prayer you just now addressed to him. "About three years and some months ago. She happened to die. and the book she gave me to study was the Koraun. "Prince. and the queen. "there is no doubt but Providence has brought me into your port. but not before she had perfectly instructed me in all that was necessary to convince me of the truth of the Moosulmaun religion. I can scarcely have patience to wait for an account of all these wonderful objects that I have seen since I came into your city. that he has sent you hither for my comfort. the ancient king of the giants." He accepted the offer. all the inhabitants were changed in an instant into stone. dear lady. and how I safely arrived at the port after twenty days' sailing." At these words he shut the Koraun. The sultan. ‘there is but one true God. and my curiosity cannot be satisfied too soon: therefore pray." said the young man. she explained to me all the passages of this excellent book. when I had done. what had made me undertake the voyage. As soon as I was capable of understanding it. "have patience for a moment. where you may absolutely command as you shall think fit.' would she oftentimes say.' She taught me to read Arabic. and particularly the last. and told him how much I was struck by the frightful desolation which I had seen in the city. ‘Dear prince. This renowned prince lives at Bagdad. for which I render him infinite thanks. put it into a rich case. and I dare engage to promise you sanctuary there. were magi. and we conversed the remainder of the night concerning our embarkation. my father. and perceiving in him so much good nature and beauty.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 76 I told him in a few words whence I had come. shew you the honour that is due to your merit. the captain. as he is to be seen in this palace. and before he began his discourse. vicegerent to our prophet whom you acknowledge.

and afterwards sunk it. who was drowned. "Sir. to see standing by me a black woman of lively and agreeable features. We left the furniture and goods. Judge what was my surprise when I awoke. I instantly arose. for my sisters grew jealous of the friendship between the prince and myself. all much troubled at my absence. I told them what had hindered my return the day before. or rather miracle. I called together several of my companions. The young prince. not with any intention to have you as a slave. resolving to put it off with a jest. and had come within a short distance of Bussorah (where I hoped. when I perceived a very large winged serpent coming towards me. therefore. at last we set sail with a wind as favourable as we could wish.. and threw me overboard. conveyed into your storehouses at Bagdad all the lading of your vessel. took wing and flew away. fairies like myself. to do you all the service that is in my power. I found to be a desert island. such as jewels." The prince replied. and the cause of the desolation of so fine a city. and fell asleep. how I had met with the young prince. and to resign myself wholly to your commands. The treachery of your sisters was well known to me. which consisted of an infinite quantity of plate. finding itself at liberty. for it would have required several vessels more to convey to Bagdad all the riches that we might have chosen to take with us. that from this moment I heartily accept your offer. with an irregular waving movement. and embarking in its stead all the precious things in the palace. lying about twenty miles from Bussorah. my sisters and myself. we might have arrived the day following). turning myself to the prince. your sisters. and maliciously asked me one day. which induced me to conclude it had received some injury. I went towards a dark spot. "the serpent whom you lately delivered from my mortal enemy." At these words my sisters changed colour. for as soon as we come to Bagdad I desire to offer you my person to be your slave. because our vessel could not carry it. I seriously declare before these ladies. and I could perceive afterwards that they did not love me as before. his story. fastened together. madam. but for my part. what we should do with him when we came to Bagdad? I perceived immediately that they put this question on purpose to discover my inclinations. I answered. and to avenge your wrongs. I felt ground. I sat up. I then sought another shady spot for repose. and hanging out its tongue. by what I could discern. I humbly beg of you to give your consent. my sisters watched their opportunity. which. enjoyed ourselves for some time very agreeably. We entered the Persian gulf. but as my lady and mistress: nor will I pretend to have any power over your actions. After we had laden the vessel with what we thought most desirable. I looked after it for some time till it disappeared. The seamen were taken up several days in unlading the merchandize I brought with me. They did the same to the prince. and instead of retreating I assumed courage to take up a stone that lay near me. "I will take him for my husband. when day appeared. considering the fair wind. "I know not. &c. The other." and upon that. whether you be in jest or no.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 77 and the slaves. I floated some minutes on the water. and to throw it with all my strength at the other. and perceived that it was pursued by a larger serpent which had hold of its tail. I did not know in what way I could better requite the important services you have rendered me than by what I have just done. when in the night. and likewise fresh water. gold. I soon dried my clothes in the sun. and asked her who she was? "I am. and money. said. as soon as I was liberated by your generous assistance. and as I walked along I found several kinds of fruit. while I was asleep. and was endeavouring to devour it. that. After I had presented my sisters to the prince. and proved to be a flat on the coast. seemed to be land. which I hit upon the head and killed. ." said she. I had just laid myself down to rest in a shade. But alas! this good understanding did not last long. This perilous situation of the first serpent excited my pity. which gave me some hopes of preserving my life. who held in her hand two bitches of the same colour. we took such provisions and water aboard as were necessary for our voyage (for we had still a great deal of those provisions left that we had taken in at Bussorah). and by good fortune.

One day. When the first six months of my mourning was over. most beautiful lady. my sister Amene will give you full information in the relation of her story. The interest of this money was sufficient to maintain me very honourably. when informed that a lady of your rank has strewn us this respect. will then know that we are not regarded here as unworthy and despised persons. So farewell. alas! madam. during her widowhood. "God will reward the kindness you have shewed to your servants. whom I have transformed into this shape. moved my compassion. and said. and in this your majesty may see I am more to be pitied than blamed. he desired his grand vizier to request Amene to acquaint him wherefore her breast was disfigured with so many scars. where I found in my storehouses all the riches with which my vessel had been laden. I was told that a lady desired to speak to me. which amounted to 90. "If you would not be changed into a similar form. whom they have drowned. that she kissed my feet before I had time to prevent her. she gave me in marriage. I gave orders that she should be admitted. to a gentleman who had one of the best estates in the city. My tears testify with how much sorrow and reluctance I perform this painful duty. But. "do not afflict yourself. with the portion my father left me." This poor woman's address. she saluted me by kissing the ground. I shall only add." said I. rising.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 78 "These two black bitches are your sisters. to avoid repeating what your majesty has already heard in my sister's story. After the caliph had heard Zobeide with much astonishment. to give each of your sisters every night one hundred lashes with a rod.000 sequins. and at the end of the year I began to wear them. while I was alone engaged in my domestic affairs. "Dear lady." The old woman was so transported with joy at my answer. Commander of the faithful. and my will is that you treat them hereafter in the way I shall direst. if you would vouchsafe to honour the wedding with your presence. for we wish the numerous family with whom we are going to ally ourselves to think we are not altogether unknown and without credit: therefore. we shall be infinitely obliged. "My compassionate lady. and said to me kneeling." said she. and make your heart as joyful as you have made theirs. and the two bitches under the other. till I have the honour to see you again. She and I are both strangers. which much perplexes me. I command you. I had scarcely been a year married when I became a widow. of such magnificence that each came to a thousand sequins. tell me whither I must go. "Good woman. it will be time enough for you to go when I call for you in the evening. though with regret. I will grant you the favour you desire. But this punishment will not suffice. if you refuse this request. that after my mother had taken a house for herself to live in. madam. how great will be our mortification! we know not where else to apply. whereof your majesty has been a witness. I must acquaint your ladyship that I have an orphan daughter. and I will meet you as soon as I am dressed. the confidence I have in your charity makes me thus bold. she delivered to me the two bitches. and began her story after this manner: The Story of Amene. Amene addressed herself to the caliph." As soon as she had thus spoken the fairy took me under one of her arms. and have no acquaintance in this town." I was forced to promise obedience. If there be any thing else relating to myself that you desire to know. because the ladies of our country. Before she left me." . You need not at present trouble yourself. which she spoke with tears. and conveyed us to my house in Bagdad. who is to be married this day. and the young prince. and was left in possession of all my husband's property. I caused to be made for me ten different dresses. in the name of him that governs the sea. as the punishment of the crime they have committed against yourself. excuse the freedom I take to trouble you. Since that time I have whipped them every night. She was a person advanced in years.

The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 79 As soon as she was gone. on which was raised a throne of precious wood set with diamonds. I asked my husband's permission to go out to buy them. I should have no reason to complain of him. and I put . and he will be the unhappiest of men if you do not take pity on him." I was easily persuaded. pendents for my ears. that I should not be seen by nor speak to any other man but himself. "you are brought hither to assist at a wedding. The only condition that my new husband imposed upon me was. and that you may not fatigue yourself by running from shop to shop. can prevail. When the night closed in. I can assure you that you will find in his what no other can furnish. are now met together. and I was followed by a number of my women and slaves properly dressed for the occasion. but I told her it was one of the articles of my marriage contract not to speak to any man but my husband. but only present him your cheek. the old woman said. madam. and the gate was opened immediately. "What the merchant desires of you is no such great matter. and humbly beg you will not refuse the proposal of being his wife. and immediately a closet-door opened. I have a brother. She drew near." I ordered the old woman to tell him. you may come when you please. newly swept and watered. accompanied with a blush. which he granted. with a necklace of large pearls. and I found from his conversation that his merits far exceeded the eulogium of his sister. and we entered a shop belonging to a young merchant who was tolerably handsome. she said. the old woman called upon me. and rings set with the finest and most sparkling diamonds. The woman desired me to speak myself. who wrote our contract of marriage. she walked before me. If my prayers. and said." After the death of my husband I had not thought of marrying again. who has a great variety. but I hope it will be a different wedding from what you expected. and I can assure you he is in no respect unworthy of your alliance. if I complied in this respect. she claps her hands a second time. "Madam." said she. and he vowed to me that. But I had no power to refuse the solicitation of so charming a lady. the relations of my son-in-law. so I became the principal actress in a wedding to which I had only been invited as a guest. When we came to the street where the merchants reside. of which one pleased me better than the rest. by the light of which I read this inscription in golden letters over the entrance: "This is the everlasting abode of pleasure and joy. but I will make her a present of it. with a countenance full of joy. since you want silk stuffs. I took the suit I liked best. She kissed my hands. and bade the old woman desire him to shew me the finest silk stuffs he had." The old woman knocked. and I took with me the old woman of whom I spoke before. "I will not sell it for gold or money. Our marriage was concluded and finished after this manner. if she will give me leave to kiss her cheek. As soon as I had given consent by my silence." The stuff pleased me so much. and after having embraced me. which I ought to keep. bracelets. but I bade her ask the price. where I was received by a young lady of admirable beauty. When she perceived that we were satisfied with one another. you need not speak. and caused it to be attested by four witnesses he brought along with him. I shall join them with his. He answered the old woman. He sat down by me. out of which came a young man of a majestic air. I must take you to a young merchant of my acquaintance. I am ready to conduct you. into a large hall. I sat down. made me sit down by her upon a sofa. that I thought myself happy to have made so great a conquest. that nobody might see. for my mind presaged what would befall me. The merchant shewed me several stuffs. "Dear mistress. at a spacious gate with a lamp. and two of my own female slaves." We immediately set out. one of the handsomest men in the world: he is fallen so much in love with the fame of your beauty. the young lady claps her hands. that his fate depends wholly upon you. and so graceful a behaviour. having occasion for some stuffs. The old woman and my slaves stood up. I was conducted towards the lower end of the court. that I was foolish enough to take her advice. that he was very rude to propose such a freedom. signed it himself. But instead of obeying me. "My dear lady. and out came a Cauzee. He knows your quality. who are the principal ladies of the city. We stopt in a wide street. About a month after our marriage. she being one of the family.

"how came you by this wound." The fit had made me so weak. and endeavoured to appease his wrath. to make such an avowal to a husband. My husband was not at all moved." "For the love of God. where I again fainted. "This act. and that you will stain your reputation. I will apply a remedy that shall in three days so perfectly cure you. "and lay her in the middle of the floor. and that is the whole matter. and when he had brought it. that the people who came about us could not perceive it. and seeing my head bound up. "let me beg of you to pardon them. while he was looking another way. and then throw her into the Tygris. under his permission. that not the least mark shall be visible. "cut her in two. and commanded the slaves to proceed to execution. having brought you to this merchant. who had been his nurse. I found my cheek covered with blood: the old woman and my slaves took care to cover it with my veil. because he is my countryman: but I never thought he would be guilty of such a villainous action. that one of the sticks grazed my cheek. But do not grieve." When he saw that the slave hesitated to obey him. but he took a candle. but supposed I had only had a fainting fit." I replied. as I went into my chamber." said she. were I to be the cause of so much mischief." "How. "since I have been your nurse and brought you up. the old woman applied her remedy. on the contrary." This account put my husband into a violent passion. "you are near the last moment of your life. but he had no regard to them." As he spoke he clapped his hands." At these words my husband lost all patience. I will to-morrow order the lieutenant of the police to seize all those brutes of porters. "What do you wait for?" "Madam." I begged permission to speak one word. before sun-rise. the merchant bit me so violently as to draw blood. I therefore said." said he." "I answered. Besides. yet I could not think of owning the truth. said. let us hasten home." "Then tell me sincerely. for I am the cause of this misfortune. let me beg the favour of you to grant me her life." Fearful of occasioning the death of so many innocent persons." said I. and continued insensible so long. Consider. but. for my tears and sighs choked my utterance. that he who kills shall be killed. I should be sorry so great a piece of injustice should be committed. that I fell down. "too long listened to your falsehoods. for I am resolved to know the truth from your own mouth." said the slave then. fell down upon her knees. came so near to me. and cause them to be hanged. "Alas! to what a condition am I reduced! must I then die in the prime of my youth!" I could say no more. What will the world say . and hurt my cheek upon some glass. for they are not guilty. "I beg your pardon. and saw my cheek was hurt: "How comes this wound?" said he." "If that is the case." The slaves obeyed. and in came three slaves: "Pull her out of bed. 80 The pain and my surprise were so great. The old woman who accompanied me being extremely troubled at this accident. and cause all the broom-sellers to be put to death. another by the feet. came in just at that moment. went on to reproach me. "to-morrow morning. carrying a load of wood. and casting an affectionate look on my husband. when they falsify their promise. he commanded the third to fetch a cimeter. Pray refrain. to purchase some silk stuff. that I was scarcely able to walk. I considered as somewhat indecorous. "I have. "I was taken with a giddiness. asked me the reason." said he. but instead of kissing me. Meanwhile. one holding me by the head. "Sir." he demanded. Sir." said he. I told him I had the head-ache. the grand vizier Jaaffier shall be informed of this insolence. who coming behind me. I lifted up my head. and forfeit the esteem of mankind. The old woman. I had recourse to intreaties and prayers. that the merchant had time to escape." said he. "Why do you not strike?" said he. "shall not go unpunished. and fell down. "That as I was going. "My son. madam. for I should deem myself unpardonable." "Sir. "That it was occasioned by the inadvertency of a broom-seller upon an ass. consider if you have any thing to dispose of before you die. I came to myself. in a narrow street.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete up my veil. But at last I got home. endeavoured to comfort me. his ass came against me with so much violence. "what then am I to believe? Speak. Though I did not consider myself as guilty of any great offence. "My dear mistress. which was granted me." said he. When I came to myself." said she. I said. "Strike. a porter. which I hoped would have satisfied him. and it would have been in vain to attempt a reply. My husband came to me at night. This is the punishment I inflict on those to whom I have given my heart. and went to bed. but had not done me much hurt. that I fell down in a swoon." said my husband.

whose adventures your majesty has just heard. and some. I always took pleasure in going myself to purchase what we wanted." When he had thus spoken. that her presence would one day be of use to me. but I could not find the site whereon it had stood. thought himself obliged to shew his generosity to the calender princes. We consented upon the same conditions. did not this fairy. who had likewise taken sanctuary with her after the death of her mother. The caliph was well pleased to be thus informed of what he desired to know. and after we had made them sit at table with us. where the old woman took care of me. we resolved to preserve our freedom. "I forgot to tell your majesty that the fairy left with me a bundle of hair. to punish them. or our lovers. As it was my business to manage the affairs of the house." In confirmation of her remark. but against whom could I complain? The perpetrator had taken good care to conceal himself." said he to his nurse. and prayed us to give them shelter till the next morning We admitted them upon certain conditions which they agreed to observe. she would be with me in a moment. you saw yesterday. and denying them the asylum they requested. we kept with us for a little diversion. though she were beyond mount Caucasus. I believe such an act of violence was never heard of before. at last I recovered: the scars which. and go abroad. after they had done. "which either robs us of our property. who proving to be a sensible and jocose fellow. and never again to separate. that he tore away both skin and flesh. He himself. I resolved to retire to the house which was left me by my first husband. In this state he caused the same slaves. have remained ever since. she received me with her accustomed goodness. but she shall bear about her person some marks to make her remember her offence. the grand vizier. yet we contented ourselves with demanding from them the history of their lives. Having returned our grateful acknowledgments to God for having thus brought us together." "Madam. To her I made known my misfortune. one of the slaves. contrary to my wish. that shewed herself to you in the shape of a serpent. She told me also by what accident they were transformed into bitches: and in the last place. and also to give the three ladies some proof of his bounty. and restore those bitches to their natural shape?" "Commander of the faithful. "This is the way of the world. saying. but caused every other house in the same street to be razed to the ground. in the heat of his resentment." said she. is it not easily seen that his conduct must have proceeded from absolute power? How then could I dare to complain? Being left thus destitute and helpless. and imposed such a rigorous command upon you. to carry me into a house. I happened to go abroad yesterday for this purpose. We have now long enjoyed this tranquil life." answered Zobeide." demanded . "for your sake I will spare her life. I had recourse to my dear sister Zobeide. occasioned by the jealousy of her two sisters. was not satisfied with the demolition of that. and advised me to bear my ambition patience. after a thousand testimonials of her love towards me. tell you where her place of abode was? Or rather. I kept my bed four months. 81 "Well then. our friends. did she not promise to see you. As soon as I was able to walk. she at the same time gave me an account of the loss of the young prince. spoke to Zobeide. At this time we heard knocking at our gate. which threw me into a swoon. if I only burnt two tufts of this hair. she introduced me to my youngest sister. accompanied with tears. that she prevailed upon him at last to abandon his purpose. Though we had power. gave me upon my sides and breast so many blows. by his order. and then. without making use of his minister. men of good appearance. My second husband. the executioners of his fury. who begged the same favour which the calenders had obtained before. and the things I bought I caused to be carried home by a porter. Three calenders happened to come to our door as it began to grow dark. and afterwards confined our revenge to dismissing them. and publicly expressed his admiration of what he had heard. they in their own way entertained us with a concert of music. with a little cane. This proceeded from three merchants of Moussol. But suppose I had discovered him. but neither of them kept their promise.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete of such sanguinary violence?" She spoke these words in such an affecting manner. times of all together. as well as justice on our side. The caliph having satisfied his curiosity. "Madam.

told him that he was informed of his secret marriage. and the excuses she had made were calculated to lead him to believe she was more faulty than she really was. wrote the contracts of marriage. who could not be contented to exercise his outrageous and unmanly cruelty upon her person. but has also most unjustly taken from her all her substance. I revenged her of her sisters' inhumanity. for the lady his spouse had been a little too easy. without having come to my knowledge." At these words she saluted the caliph. The caliph assigned each of them a magnificent palace in the city of Bagdad. This is all I can say to satisfy your curiosity. To evince my gratitude. he is in some measure excusable. vouchsafe them that favour. who has had such cruel usage from an unknown husband. "let us bring the fairy hither. and I will so cure the lady of her scars." said she to the prince. and she threw the whole bundle of hair into it." "Generous fairy. "Commander of the faithful. Upon this the prince did not wait for his father's commands." Zobeide having consented. promoted them to the highest dignities of his empire. he sent for his son Amin." The caliph sent for the two bitches from Zobeide's house. for it is prince Amin." replied the caliph. As to the blows he caused to be given her. and the caliph in promoting by his patronage the happiness of many persons who had suffered such incredible calamities. by stratagem had her brought to his house. "you see I am ready to receive your commands. fire was brought in. and even in my residence. sons of sultans. and the rest upon the bitches." Upon which she pulled it out. First. for I long to see her. THE STORY OF SINBAD THE VOYAGER. you could not call her in a better time. opened the case which contained it. and I will also tell you who it was that abused her. The palace at that instant began to shake. and how he had ill-treated Amene upon a very slight cause. The prince being filled with admiration. I only wonder how such an unjust and inhuman action could be performed under my authority. a glass of water was brought to the fairy by her desire. and shewed it to him. "where is the bundle of hair?" She answered." said the caliph. She pronounced over it some words which nobody understood. The lady who gave me this call by your order did me essential service. oblige me with the name of this barbarous wretch." "To oblige your majesty. who falling passionately in love with this lady from the fame of her beauty. who accepted them for their brides with much joy. by changing them to bitches. "Ever since that time I have been so careful of it. "you cannot do me a greater pleasure." answered the fairy. and admitted them to his councils. "Well then. but received her again immediately.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 82 the caliph. As you undoubtedly know all things. and the scars that were upon Amene disappeared. and I will find some means to comfort them for their hard penance. . "Commander of the faithful. and the fairy appeared before the caliph in the form of a lady very richly dressed. The chief Cauzee of Bagdad being called. but if your majesty commands me. that I always carry it about me. that it shall never appear she was so beaten. I have another boon to ask in favour of that lady. and offered the other three sisters to the calenders. with witnesses. I will restore them to their former shape. and when they came. After which the caliph declared that he would give his own heart and hand to Zobeide. the latter became two ladies of surprising beauty. I must now discover to you the unknown husband you enquire after. then throwing some part of it upon Amene. But besides. your eldest son. and having much satisfaction in the changes that had happened through his means. After which the fairy said to the caliph. He is very nearly related to yourself. "I will restore the two bitches to their former state. where he married her. acted in such a manner as will perpetuate his memory to all ages. drew a thousand blessings upon himself. and vanished.

Besides. As he could not desire a better place to rest and recruit himself. I . whom I have already mentioned. that famous voyager. When the repast was over." "I am very glad to see you. could not but envy a man whose condition he thought to be as happy as his own was deplorable: and his mind being fretted with these reflections. and taking him by the arm. he went to some of the servants. he knew not to whom the mansion belonged. He was much pleased that he stopped in this place. The porter.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 83 In the reign of the same caliph Haroun al Rusheed. a servant came out of the house. near a large mansion. and instead of upbraiding. but to satisfy his curiosity." replied one of them. "My lord. without labour and trouble. and replied. he was afraid Sinbad had sent for him to punish him: therefore he would have excused himself. he was employed to carry a heavy burden from one end of the town to the other. Sir. and seating him at his right hand. You think. and behind him stood a number of officers and domestics. no doubt. and leads a life of continual pleasure. served him himself. whom he saw standing at the gate in magnificent apparel. he came into a street where a refreshing breeze blew on his face. I consider your condition. whilst happy Sinbad profusely expends immense riches. with great rejoicings within. "and I daresay the same on behalf of all the company: but I wish to hear from your own mouth what it was you lately said in the street. that he was obliged to yield. What has he done to obtain from thee a lot so agreeable? And what have I done to deserve one so wretched?" Having finished his expostulation. he lifted up his eyes to heaven. I confess that my fatigue put me out of humour. "my name is Hindbad. that I have acquired. like a man absorbed in grief and despair. with a long white beard. "as to resent such a complaint. and of a banquet so sumptuous. This charming melody. "How. enquired his name and employment. considering what he had said. and calling him brother. peculiar to the climate. wanted to speak to him. consider the difference between Sinbad and me! I am every day exposed to fatigues and calamities." Sinbad had himself heard the porter complain through the window. Hindbad hung down his head in confusion. and the pavement was sprinkled with rose-water. But do not mistake. Sinbad bade him draw near. and this it was that induced him to have him brought in. he struck his foot against the ground. your majesty may easily imagine. and know not that this is the house of Sinbad. when the weather was excessively hot. where a number of people sat round a table. His business seldom leading him that way. This personage was Sinbad. for the agreeable smell of wood of aloes. Being much fatigued. Whilst the porter was thus indulging his melancholy. covered with all sorts of savoury dishes. who has sailed round the world?" The porter. the sailor. that he could not leave his burden in the middle of the street. completely perfumed and embalmed the air. bade him follow him. for Sinbad. and asked the name of the proprietor. there lived at Bagdad a poor porter called Hindbad. who had heard of this Sinbad's riches. when they are familiar one with another. that the repining Hindbad was not a little surprised at this compliment. and other birds. the ease and indulgence which I now enjoy. But Sinbad's servants assured him they would look to it. and occasioned me to utter some indiscreet words. "do you live in Bagdad. Sinbad addressed his conversation to Hindbad. and of pastils that came from the house. The servants brought him into a great hall. and the smell of several sorts of savoury dishes. he heard from within a concert of instrumental music. alleging. But I must rectify your error concerning myself. and can scarcely get coarse barley-bread for myself and my family. "Almighty creator of all things. mixing with the scent of the rose-water. whose fear was increased at the sight of so many people. he took off his load and sat upon it. of which there was abundance upon the sideboard. made the porter conclude there was a feast. all ready to attend his pleasure." answered he. which I beg you to pardon. At this request. according to the manner of the Arabians. and said loud enough to be heard. and having still a great way to go. "My lord. commiserate you. saluted the company trembling. For. and gave him excellent wine. One day. and were so urgent with him. accompanied with the harmonious notes of nightingales. At the upper end sat a comely venerable gentleman." replied Sinbad." "Do not think I am so unjust." resumed Sinbad. his master.

and embarked with several merchants on board a ship which we had jointly fitted out. as well as that of the Indies. . according to common opinion is seventy leagues wide at the broadest place. he ordered his burden to be carried to the place of its destination. and we were called upon to re-embark speedily. is very spacious. but for myself I was still upon the back of the creature. the island on a sudden trembled. and steered our course towards the Indies. The eastern sea. I struggled for my life all the rest of the day and the following night. without enduring for several years more trouble of body and mind than can well be imagined. Struck with these reflections." As Sinbad wished to relate his adventures chiefly on the porter's account. though I was very feeble. and reflected that riches were perishable. Thus was I exposed to the mercy of the waves. I collected the remains of my fortune. I went to Bussorah. but speedily recovered my health. We set sail. and since I have this opportunity. and permitted such persons as were so inclined to land. who traded by sea. which is. The trembling of the island was perceived on board the ship. and despaired of saving my life. One day. The First Voyage. Meanwhile. that they were calculated to discourage the most covetous from undertaking such voyages as I did. my troubles were so extraordinary. whilst under sail. In our voyage we touched at several islands. I remembered the saying of the great Solomon. so that it was impossible for me to recover the ship. the greater part of which I squandered in my youth in dissipation. I crept along to find some herbs fit to eat. until the sun appeared. But while we were enjoying ourselves in eating and drinking. and quickly consumed by such ill managers as myself. not doubting but it will be acceptable. the captain. Perhaps you have never heard a distinct account of my wonderful adventures. where we sold or exchanged our goods. when he dived into the sea." he added. Yes. and. in my seven voyages. but likewise to discover a spring of excellent water. which I had frequently heard from my father. which is formed by the coasts of Arabia Felix on the right. both from hard labour and want of food. but little elevated above the level of the water. or we should all be lost. having received those on board who were in the sloop. which contributed much to recover me. and the dangers I encountered. The captain ordered his sails to be furled.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 84 did not attain to this happy condition. I took the advice of such as I thought most capable of assisting me: and resolving to improve what money I had. to acquire riches. and hoisting his sails pursued his voyage. The bank was high and rugged. resolved to improve the favourable gale that had just risen. the most valuable. and then proceeded. I will give you a faithful account of them. and recovering ourselves from the fatigue of the sea. and sold all my effects by public auction. had it not been for some roots of trees.500 leagues in length to the isles of Vakvak. I inherited from my father considerable property. The nimblest got into the sloop. and had the good luck not only to procure some. and by those of Persia on the left. for what we took for an island proved to be the back of a sea monster. which fortune seemed to have preserved in this place for my safety. Having reached the land. of this number I was one. but I perceived my error. Then. and taken up some of those that swam. By this time I found my strength gone. speaking to the whole company. I farther considered. and resembling a green meadow. so that I could scarcely have got up. that by my irregular way of living I wretchedly misspent my time. when happily a wave threw me against an island. and I had time only to catch hold of a piece of wood that we had brought out of the ship to make a fire. That death is more tolerable than poverty. gentlemen. others betook themselves to swimming. "I can assure you. of all things. I lay down upon the ground half dead. I then entered into a contract with some merchants. and is 4. At first I was troubled with the sea-sickness. and shook us terribly. we were becalmed near a small island. It is bounded on one side by the coasts of Abyssinia. through the Persian gulf. and was not afterwards subject to that complaint.

to dress some victuals. that they belonged to a merchant at Bagdad. They put a thousand questions respecting my country. and presented me to the Maha-raja. but upon a great noise made by the grooms. taking me by the hand. as was supposed. who immediately appeared. and I being willing to inform myself as to their laws and customs. that had heads like owls. or find an opportunity to return. he led me into a cave. Those bales belonged to him. For the Maha-raja's capital is situated on the sea. where at a great distance I perceived a horse feeding. which commands his officers were so generous and careful as to see exactly fulfilled. they began to unload her. he went ashore. began to move. that every year. I went. and perceived the bales to be the same that I had embarked at Bussorah. and at the same time ordered that I should want nothing. tied to a stake. and fastened them as I had seen. I frequented also the society of the learned Indians. asked them concerning every thing which I thought worth knowing. Whilst I was admiring its beauty. As I was one day at the port after my return. and in my way thither saw fishes of 100 and 200 cubits long. as they had told me. but was prevented by their noise. and has a fine harbour. with several other passengers. Most of the persons who were upon him perished. and obliged to return to the sea. and conversed with the governors and petty kings. I saw likewise other fish about a cubit in length. called Sinbad. that they were grooms belonging to Maha-raja. and among them the unfortunate Sinbad. for I knew not whether in advancing I was more likely to endanger or to preserve my life. and by what adventure I had come into his dominions? After I had satisfied him. He asked me who I was. and called seahorses. I heard from beneath the voice of a man. and as soon as she cast anchor. and asked me who I was? I related to him my adventure. I then asked them what they did in such a desert place? to which they answered. and looked to the name. The mares when in foal were taken back. and took delight to hear them converse. a ship arrived. whence the mariners fancied that it was the residence of Degial. As I cast my eye upon some bales. where there were several other people. and particularly enquired for those who were strangers. and afterwards would have devoured her. being near an island. sovereign of the island. covered the mare. and the horses thus produced were kept for the king's use. I also knew the captain. and the merchants on board ordered their goods to be carried into the customhouse. who afterwards endeavoured to destroy the mares. I perceived it to be a very fine mare. where ships arrive daily from the different quarters of the world. and asked him whose bales these were? He replied. and at last reached a fine plain. They added. he told me he was much concerned for my misfortune. that they were to return home on the morrow. his tributaries. they brought thither the king's mares. to whom I may return the profit. for they are so timorous. They assured me that every night a noise of drums was heard there. Being a merchant. As I approached. fluctuating between hope and fear. "I am that Sinbad. that they will fly upon the rattling of two sticks or boards. I partook of some provisions which they offered me. no less amazed to see me than I was to see them. which was only a monstrous fish. I went towards it. because the inhabited part of the island was at a great distance. that lay asleep upon the the sur-face of the water: but as soon as he felt the heat of the fire they had kindled upon his back.coast. that perchance I might hear news from Bagdad. and plunged into the sea. the horse came out of the sea. I found my own. I determined to visit this wonderful place. I took care to make my court regularly to the Maha-raja. and had I been one day later. While they entertained me thus. but being persuaded that he believed me to be drowned. but one day.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 85 After this I advanced farther into the island. but withal. at the same season. I frequented men of my own profession. There belongs to this king an island named Cassel. that were about him. who came to sea with him. and it would have been impossible for me to have got thither without a guide. Next morning they returned with their mares to the capital of the island. and dived under water." said I. "whom you thought to be . that occasion more fear than hurt. took me with them. and I am resolved to trade with them until I meet with some of his family. upon this island. I must have perished. after which. until they were covered by a sea-horse. he left her.

offered him part of my goods as a present. as did also the passengers on board. resolving to forget the miseries I had suffered. dinner was served. from whence I came to this city. "Heaven be praised. At last he recollected me himself. as I had the honour to tell you yesterday. who. and yet you tell a horrible falsehood. and come back to-morrow to hear more of my adventures. take and do with them as you please." said he. said. and afterwards fell asleep.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete dead. paid me great compliments. I cannot tell how long I slept. pepper. "Gentlemen. one would take you to be a man of probity. nutmegs. there are your goods. after my first voyage. "do me the favour to hear what I have to say. and presented them to the Maha-raja. He was pleased at my good luck." I thanked him. We embarked on board a good ship. accepted my present. I took my wine and provisions. ." "Very well. who received him with a pleasant air. I took leave of him. I carried with me wood of aloes. with the value of l00. Whilst some diverted themselves with gathering flowers. astonished at the honour done. My family and I received one another with all the transports of sincere affection. which formed a thick shade. which the story had interrupted." said he. and expressed much joy at seeing me alive. camphire. cloves. and built a magnificent house. and Sinbad proceeded. and at last arrived at Bussorah. "Take this. when Sinbad sent for a purse of 100 sequins and giving it to the porter. I took out what was most valuable in my bales. and after recommending ourselves to God. We traded from island to island. acknowledged his probity. Thus I settled myself. "speak. me. said. I designed. I saw Sinbad perish with my own eyes." Upon which every one held his peace. and put to sea a second time with merchants of known probity. We went to take a little fresh air in the meadows. set sail. Upon this. to spend the rest of my days at Bagdad." The porter went away. who had brought me to his court. and in requital. asked me how I came by such rarities. The Second Voyage. When it was ended. and in return gave me one much more considerable." replied I. sandal. knowing my misfortune. and a landed estate. be pleased to listen to the adventures of my second voyage. One day we landed in an island covered with several sorts of fruit-trees. Hindbad. but we could see neither man nor animal. in order to possess yourself of what does not belong to you. Hindbad put on his best apparel next day. Sinbad. The company continued enjoying themselves till the evening. "whom can we trust in these times? There is no faith left among men. addressing himself to the company. and to enjoy the pleasures of life. and it was time to retire. I bought slaves of both sexes. and embracing me. I am ready to hear you. and yet you tell me you are that Sinbad. which he generously refused. return to your home. and welcomed him heartily." 86 When the captain heard me speak thus. and ginger. I made a good meal.000 sequins. and the present made him." "Have patience. and sat down near a stream betwixt two high trees. What impudence is this? To look on you. and returned to the bountiful traveller. We passed by several islands. Sinbad stopped here. who did not fail to return thanks to God for what providence had sent him by the hand of Sinbad. and exchanged commodities with great profit. and other fruits. I bought goods proper for the commerce I intended. and continued a long time. but when I awoke the ship was gone. they deserve your attention even more than those of the first. "for your happy escape. along the streams that watered them. and by what adventure I met with the grooms of Maha-raja. after I had exchanged my goods for the commodities of that country. When all the guests had arrived. My inclination to trade revived. and he was at length persuaded that I was no cheat: for there came people from his ship who knew me." Then I told him how I had escaped. and those bales are mine. I cannot express the joy it affords. His confidence began to abate upon this declaration. and went aboard the same ship. I acquainted him with the circumstance of their recovery. The account of this adventure proved very agreeable to his wife and children. but it was not long ere I grew weary of an indolent life. "Heavens!" he exclaimed. and ordered the musicians to proceed with their concert.

I upbraided myself a hundred times for not being content with the produce of my first voyage. after having eaten a little more of my provision. and which I could not view without terror. which was low and narrow. I took pleasure in looking upon them. without feeling any inclination to touch them. I spent the day in walking about in the valley. and I came out of the cave trembling. that came flying toward me. the serpents retired. I climbed up to the top of a lofty tree. I found that I had gained nothing by the change. which began hissing round me. a great number of serpents. flew away. and threw myself upon the ground. This was a large piece of raw meat. she afterwards descended with so much rapidity that I lost my senses. that I could not discern the earth. I supped on part of my provisions. But I had scarcely shut my eyes. In short. but looking over the land I beheld something white. in hopes that the roc next morning would carry me with her out of this desert island. After having passed the night in this condition. and coming down. one afflicting thought being succeeded by another still more afflicting. and came out only in the night. and carried me so high. I took what provision I had left. I speedily untied the knot.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 87 I was much alarmed at finding the ship gone. and notwithstanding my apprehensions. This was a new perplexity: so that when I compared this place with the desert island from which the roc had brought me. having taken up a serpent of a monstrous length in her bill. but shortly saw at a distance such objects as greatly diminished my satisfaction. and . and conceived that the great dome which I so much admired must be its egg. I thought it to be a white dome. The spot where it left me was encompassed on all sides by mountains. and had scarcely done so. that I could not distinguish what it was. some of which were of a surprising bigness. the bird flew away as soon as it was daylight. But when I found myself on the ground. beat my head and breast. By this time the sun was about to set. so monstrous. and my repentance too late. with a great stone to preserve me from the serpents. I remembered that I had often heard mariners speak of a miraculous bird called Roc. They retired in the day-time to their dens. I perceived it was strewed with diamonds. I was much astonished at this sudden darkness. where they hid themselves from the roc their enemy. As I walked through this valley. resting myself at times in such places as I thought most convenient. I touched it. I leave you to guess at my melancholy reflections in this sad condition: I was ready to die with grief. but at such a distance. where I thought I might repose in safety. fell asleep. I got up and looked around me. At last I resigned myself to the will of God. I tied myself strongly to it with my turban. and found it to be very smooth. where I lay some time in despair. the distance being so great. but much more when I found it occasioned by a bird of a monstrous size. not having closed my eyes during the night. that I walked upon diamonds. I went into a cave. I can justly say. put me into such extreme fear. which was as big as the trunk of a tree. that might have sufficed me all my life. I secured the entrance. that the least of them was capable of swallowing an elephant. I went round to see if it was open on any side. namely. of a prodigious height and extent. and all of a sudden the sky became as dark as if it had been covered with a thick cloud. that seemed to reach above the clouds. When day appeared. and so steep that there was no possibility of getting out of the valley. but saw it was not. but could not see one of the merchants who landed with me. Not knowing what to do. It was at least fifty paces round. and that there was no climbing up to the top as it was so smooth. when the roc. but the serpents. and sat over the egg. and went towards it. but not so far as to exclude the light. that you may easily imagine I did not sleep. But all this was in vain. that I lost sight of her in a short time. when something that fell by me with a great noise awaked me. the bird alighted. At last I sat down. When I gazed towards the sea I could see nothing but sky and water. I cried out in agony. to see if I could discover any thing that could give me hopes. When night came on. As I approached. so that I had before me one of the legs of the bird. and when I came up to it. I crept to the egg. As I perceived her coming. from whence I looked about on all sides. I perceived the ship under sail.

" said he. that one hundred men may easily sit under its shade. and began to think upon the means of my deliverance. but now I found that they had stated nothing but truth. stick to them. as my courage in putting it into execution. I afterwards took the largest of the pieces of meat. they were surprised at the largeness of my diamonds. why I stole his goods? "You will treat me. I thought myself in a dream. "I am very well satisfied with this. and of the stratagems employed by merchants to obtain jewels from thence. For the fact is. but they were much more surprised when I told them my story. disturb and drive off the eagles by their shouts. and one of the strongest having taken me up. I had scarcely placed myself in this posture when the eagles came. upon whose points they fall. We took shipping at the first port we reached. He contented himself with one. and touched at the isle of Roha. much astonished to see me. after the juice is thus drawn out. . but now I changed my opinion. is received in a vessel. which are stronger in this country than any where else. and when I pressed him to take more. which is valuable enough to save me the trouble of making any more voyages. the tree withers and dies. The merchants had thrown their pieces of meat into the valley for several days. for the satisfaction of those who had not heard it. who owned the nest to which I had been carried (for every merchant had his own). I have diamonds enough for you and myself. exudes from a hole bored in the upper part of the tree. but recovering himself. which we had the good fortune to escape. and could scarcely believe myself out of danger. to take as many for his share as he pleased.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete at the same time I saw several others fall down from the rocks in different places. of which the camphire is made. to whom I related my story a second time. I prayed the merchant. This tree is so large. and will raise as great a fortune as I desire. and travelled near high mountains. instead of enquiring how I came thither began to quarrel with me. They conducted me to their encampment. "No. and throwing great joints of meat into the valley. when the eagles have young ones. pounce with great force upon those pieces of meat. but I selected for myself in the bottom of the valley those which you see in this bag. that the merchants come to the neighbourhood of this valley. He was much alarmed when he saw me. the bag of diamonds being made fast to my girdle. The juice. and take away the diamonds that stick to the meat. The merchants immediately began their shouting to frighten the eagles. more than all the other merchants together. Do not be uneasy. Each of them seized a piece of meat. and confessed that in all the courts which they had visited they had never seen any of such size and perfection. I began to collect together the largest diamonds I could find. and becomes what we call camphire. with the piece of meat to which I was fastened. Whatever they have they owe to chance. the eagles. and asked. Yet they did not so much admire my stratagem to effect my deliverance. when the other merchants came crowding about us. we left the place the next morning. and there having opened my bag. carried me to his nest on the top of the mountain. "with more civility. when you know me better. where it thickens to a consistency." I had scarcely done speaking. where the trees grow that yield camphire. tied it close round me with the cloth of my turban. And each of them being satisfied with the diamonds that had fallen to his lot." replied I. without fear of doing me any injury. which I regarded as my grave. where there were serpents of a prodigious length. the diamonds. I could not moderate my joy when I found myself delivered from the danger I have mentioned. and put them into the leather bag in which I used to carry my provisions. 88 I had always regarded as fabulous what I had heard sailors and others relate of the valley of diamonds. and when they had obliged them to quit their prey. and its branches so thick. and that too the least of them. one of them came to the nest where I was. Until I perceived the device I had concluded it to be impossible for me to get from this abyss." I spent the night with the merchants. and then laid myself upon the ground with my face downward. and carry them to their nests on the precipices of the rocks to feed their young: the merchants at this time run to their nests.

The rhinoceros fights with the elephant. We entered the court. which drove us from our course. for a reason you shall presently hear. and lay a long time motionless. having on one side a heap of human bones. and one may be sure the porter did not fail. We made a long voyage. and then.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 89 In this island is also found the rhinoceros. but without daring to defend ourselves. All voyagers carefully avoided the island where they left us. they climbed up the sides of the ship with such agility as surprised us. cut the cable. being out in the main ocean. but we were forced to bear our affliction with patience. When we had furled our sails. and being fatigued with travelling. where we gathered some fruits and herbs to prolong our lives as long as we could. covered all over with red hair. They spoke to us as they came near. for food for her young ones. When dinner was over. it being very dangerous to stay there. and very lofty. I grew weary of living without business. and at last. they took down our sails. having by this time almost forgotten his former poverty. From hence we went to other islands. that we must make no resistance. runs his horn into his belly. gave Hindbad another hundred sequins. an innumerable multitude of frightful savages. where we saw before us a large apartment. There I embarked again with some merchants. who would speedily attack us. an animal less than the elephant. the captain told us. fell to the ground. with a porch. Here I exchanged some of my diamonds for merchandize. elegantly built. Sinbad demanded attention. and brought us before the port of an island. upon this may be seen white lines. As we advanced. we perceived at a distance a vast pile of building. they would all fall upon us and destroy us. and carries him off upon his head but the blood and the fat of the elephant running into his eyes. which the captain was very unwilling to enter. This account of the captain. In short. We beheld all this with dread. and made towards it. and encompassed our ship. about two feet high. yet our misfortune was such. and on the other a vast number of roasting spits. and touched at several ports. though they were but dwarfs. We trembled at this spectacle. but we expected nothing but death. We found it to be a palace. lest I should be troublesome to you. and afterwards carried the ship into another island from whence they had come. which we forced open. that this. having touched at several trading towns of the continent. and making him blind. . we landed at Bussorah. went from Bagdad to Bussorah with the richest commodities of the country. and hauling to the shore. made us all get out. from whence I proceeded to Bagdad. seized with deadly apprehension. but larger than the buffalo. representing the figure of a man. The tempest continued several days. and being in the flower of my age. and gained with so much fatigue. and hardening myself against the thought of any danger I might incur. continued Sinbad put the whole company into great consternation and we soon found that what he had told us was but too true. There I immediately gave large presents to the poor. he falls to the ground. and invited him to come the next day to hear the account of the third. where we carried on a considerable trade. for they were more in number than the locusts. with a gate of ebony of two leaves. about a cubit in length. strange to relate! the roc comes and carries them both away in her claws. I pass over many other things peculiar to this island. came swimming towards us. or to divert them from their mischievous design. we were overtaken by a dreadful tempest. It has a horn upon its nose. and came again the following day at the same hour. Thus Sinbad ended the relation of the second voyage. and cleft through the middle. and gave them an account of his third voyage. The rest of the guests returned to their homes. this horn is solid. and lived honourably upon the vast riches I had brought. but we were obliged to cast anchor. and if we happened to kill one of them. The Third Voyage. and. but we understood not their language. as follows. and some other neighbouring islands. One day. I soon lost in the pleasures of life the remembrance of the perils I had encountered in my two former voyages. We went forward into the island. were inhabited by hairy savages.

and put to sea. After he had finished his cursed supper. At the sight of so frightful a giant. "That we were forbidden to destroy ourselves: but even if that were not the case.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 90 The sun set. and stretched out his . though difficult of execution. we may remain here patiently awaiting the arrival of some ship to carry us out of this fatal island. who has already devoured two of our number?" My advice was approved. we run a risk of losing our lives. and lay like dead men. he then kindled a great fire. and we made rafts capable of carrying three persons on each." Having thought of a project for this purpose. who approved it." said I. we spent the day in traversing the island. so that we passed the night in the most painful apprehension that can be imagined. But at last we revenged ourselves on the brutish giant in the following manner. and whilst we were in the lamentable condition I have described. the gate of the apartment opened with a loud crash. The captain being the fattest. The giant failed not to return. it was not possible for us to enjoy any rest. but found none. "Brethren. The pain made him break out into a frightful yell: he started up. he lay down on his back. As soon as we heard him snore. and submitting ourselves to what it should please God to order concerning us. it never occurred to us to effect our deliverance by putting him to death. we became insensible. rather than die so painful a death. according to his custom. to return to the palace. His upper lip hung down upon his breast. and the giant arrived shortly after. leave them there till we find it convenient to use them. after which he slept. as I would do a sparrow. As to ourselves. which was as deep as that of a horse. supporting ourselves with fruits and herbs as we had done the day before. and covered his shoulders. and snored till day. and then went out and left us as before. and blinded him. went out. and when they are done. and if it succeed. Though we were several in number. and filled the palace with our lamentations and groans. This enterprize however. In the evening we sought for some place of shelter. and ate him in his apartment for his supper. took each of us a spit. but if it happen to miscarry. I admit that by exposing ourselves to the fury of the waves. He slept thus till morning. After having examined me. When day appeared the giant awoke. we thrust them into his eye all at once. as tall as a lofty palm-tree. "you know there is much timber floating upon the coast. and turned round as a butcher would do a sheep's head. and fell asleep. and supped once more upon one of our companions. nine of the boldest among us. He had but one eye. I communicated it to my comrades. and left us in the palace. let us make several rafts capable of bearing us. we broke the melancholy silence we had preserved the whole of the night. and perceiving me to be so lean that I had nothing but skin and bone. roasted. where it looked as red as a burning coal. When we thought him at a distance. we will carry into execution the design I proposed to you for our deliverance from the giant. so that we were forced. and endeavoured to persuade the others to follow their example. and putting the points of them into the fire till they were burning hot. if you will be advised by me. we will take to our rafts. he held him with one hand. When he had considered us well. and stood out of his mouth. was the only design we ought naturally to have formed. We thought of several other expedients. but is it not better to be buried in the sea than in the entrails of this monster. but determined upon none. where he lay and fell asleep. He took up all the rest one by one. We returned to the palace towards the evening. he returned to his porch. and thrust a spit through him. and had but one enemy. and viewed them in the same manner. His ears resembled those of an elephant. and his nails were as long and crooked as the talons of the greatest birds. snoring louder than thunder. and laying his hand upon me. he let me go. His fore-teeth were very long and sharp. got up. Our situation appeared to us so dreadful. whether we would or not. In the mean time. he advanced towards us. and saw him sitting in the porch looking at us. At last we came to ourselves. and there came out the horrible figure of a black man. it was much more reasonable to devise some method to rid ourselves of the monster who had destined us to so horrible a fate. Having finished his repast. Upon which one of the company answered. and myself. took me up by the nape of my neck. that several of my comrades designed to throw themselves into the sea. and that in the middle of his forehead. We were forced to submit to seeing another of our comrades roasted.

I came down from the tree. and went out. and I advanced some steps to throw myself into the sea. I withstood this dictate of despair. who disposes of our lives at his pleasure. we saw a large tall tree upon which we designed to pass the following night. and after having sought for us in vain. in order to sacrifice some of us to his rage: but we ran to such places as he could not reach. made a wide circle with them round the tree. We waited till day. that they sunk all the rafts but that I was upon. At night we went to sleep on the sea-shore but were awakened by the noise of a serpent of surprising length and thickness. and having satisfied our hunger with fruit. and making them up into faggots. and a great number more coming before him at a quick pace. in order to get upon them. with a design to throw myself into it. where we had left our rafts. We did not hesitate to take to our rafts. and went round the tree. and threw so exactly. dashing him several times against the ground. who sat lower than I. he groped for the gate. for our security. This filled me with horror. when we perceived our cruel enemy. and the efforts he made to extricate himself from it. and submitted myself to the will of God. more like a dead man than one alive. leading him. were drowned. but next morning we had the good fortune to be thrown upon an island. and spent that night and the following day under the most painful uncertainty as to our fate. and sometimes on another. it crushed him. and went off. not thinking of the resignation I had the preceding day resolved to exercise. notwithstanding his loud cries. and came to the shore. we mounted it according. and not to risk our lives upon the rafts: but day had scarcely appeared. brambles." As we walked about. but we hoped if he did not appear by sun-rising. The following day. like a cat watching in vain for a mouse that has fortunately reached a place of safety. to our great terror. which afforded us great relief. howling in agony. and then came down. We rowed with all our might. It swallowed up one of my comrades. and suffered so much from his poisonous breath. where we landed with much joy. and tossed about. so that he lay till day. Having done this. In the mean time I collected together a great quantity of small wood. The giants. and we could hear it gnaw and tear the poor wretch's bones. we resolved to stay in that island. I remained upon the tree till it was day. that he would prove to be dead. seeking for an opportunity to devour me. raised himself up against the trunk of it. and running to the shore. when the evening came. but the natural love of life prompting us to prolong it as long as we can. swallowed him at once. we were exposed to the mercy of the waves and winds. 91 We quitted the palace after the giant. . and dry thorns. and also tied some of them to the branches over my head. I shut myself up within this circle. now are we fallen into another danger equally dreadful. sometimes on one side. . Shortly after. whose scales made a rustling noise as he wound himself along. and gave over his howling. When day appeared. "O heaven. that death seemed more eligible to me than the horrors of such a state. and put them immediately to sea. and got out of the reach of the giants. that I had neglected nothing which could preserve me from the cruel destiny with which I was threatened. with the melancholy satisfaction. and meeting with my comrade. which we still heard. and put to sea with all the speed we could. though we had fled to a considerable distance. and all my companions. I felt so much fatigued by the labour to which it had put me. The serpent failed not to come at the usual hour. took up great stones. we saw the serpent again. to what dangers are we exposed! We rejoiced yesterday at having escaped from the cruelty of a giant and the rage of the waves. who perceived this. he retired. I ran towards the sea. the serpent came hissing to the foot of the tree. But when we got out to sea. except the two with me.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete hands. but was prevented by the rampart I had made. and. expecting the same fate with my two companions. We found excellent fruit. and if that happened to be the case. when I exclaimed. accompanied with two others almost of the same size. in case the giant should come towards us with any guide of his own species. and recruited our strength. entered the water up to the middle. but I dared not to leave my fort until the sun arose.

and after I had related to them all that had befallen me. I have here some goods that belonged to a merchant. they brought me the best of their provisions. In short." I resumed. continued Sinbad." answered he. to know how I came into that desert island. and sailed without me. and shewing them to me. with so much wealth that I knew not its extent. "There are the goods. that they were cannibals. or sending to see for me. This had the desired effect. and taking the linen from my turban. and on the following day. From the isle of Salabat. displayed it. In the mean time. and other spices. I knew not by what mistake. And when he asked the captain in whose name he should enter those he had given me the charge of. I hope you will take care to sell them. and made him the acknowledgments to which he was entitled. We had the wind in our stern. and you may know that I am Sinbad." I could not hear myself named without some emotion. had left me in the island where I fell asleep. he said. when they returned. and so fresh a gale. There are your goods. I arrived at Bussorah. "look at me. and he being dead." I took them from him. "No. "that was his name. I called as loud as I could. and bought another considerable estate in addition to what I had already. . and embarked on board my ship at Bussorah. was so generous as to give me one of his own suits. they added. after a long voyage. recognized me. we saw a tortoise twenty cubits in length and breadth. As we sailed from this island. where I furnished myself with cloves. the oldest among them said to me. they had several times heard of the giants that dwelt in that island. to hear the story of his fourth voyage. and looking stedfastly on the captain. and you shall have factorage. The Fourth Voyage. "Certainly." The captain. cinnamon. where sandal wood is obtained. the captain came to me. for just as I was going to throw myself into the sea. when I find who they are. neither I nor the merchants perceived it till four hours after. did not recognize me. We observed also an amphibious animal like a cow. with the names of the merchants to whom they belonged. Sinbad?" "Yes. which gave milk." The bales he spoke of lay on the deck. Hindbad and the company retired. seeing that I was in rags. "I rejoice that fortune has rectified my fault. The merchants began to unload their goods. the merchants and seamen flocked about me. and the captain sent his boat for me. One day. and the captain. in order to sell or exchange them. Sinbad after dinner continued the relation of his adventures. and came to anchor. embracing me. touched at several islands." said the captain. having considered me attentively. and said. which had the shape and colour of a camel. I gave a great deal to the poor. After having testified their joy at my escaping so many dangers. its skin is so hard. "Brother. and came abroad by night. I was not surprised that he. which I always took care to preserve. in my second voyage. that there were abundance in the island that hid themselves by day. believing me to be dead. invited him to dinner again the next day. whom you left in that desert island. that they might observe me. to whom those bales belonged. and as to the serpents. "Captain. the crew perceived me." "You believe him then to be dead?" said I. The clerk of the ship took an account of all the bales. gave another hundred sequins to Hindbad. when we landed at an island to take in water and other refreshments. and from thence returned to Bagdad. and at last landed at that of Salabat. which is of great use in medicine. "in the name of Sinbad. Thus Sinbad finished the history of his third voyage." replied he." said he. I perceived a ship at a considerable distance. I design to dispose of them for the benefit of his heirs. who sailed some time on board this ship. We continued at sea for some time. "Enter them. that they usually make bucklers of it. and ate men raw as well as roasted. I sailed without observing that he did not re-embark with us." said I. he was so much altered since I had seen him. captain. "God be praised. because I hated to be idle. we went to another. As soon as I came on board. But I could not recollect him at first. "was the merchant's name. he came from Bagdad. I saw another. that it was not then possible for us to tack about for him. I knew him to be the person who.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 92 God took compassion on my hopeless state." I thanked him for thus affording me an opportunity of employing myself. We entered the port.

and this gave me an opportunity one day to get at a distance from the houses. and take all other necessary precautions to prevent the danger that threatened us. and they supplied us with rice to fatten us. and my comrades. being cannibals. who were not sensible of their condition. being sure that they could not arrive time enough to pursue me. This accordingly happened. and that when they spoke to me. and satisfied their curiosity. The negroes fed us afterwards with rice. we walked from the shore. where I embarked. deferred my death. and whence I came? I was overjoyed to hear them speak in my own language. the sails were split in a thousand pieces. and some of the eastern islands. as the rest did. of which there was great plenty in that place." replied they. who saw me.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 93 The pleasures and amusements which I enjoyed after my third voyage had not charms sufficient to divert me from another. the rest being abroad. but my senses being entire. They gave us that herb at first on purpose to deprive us of our senses. and asked me in Arabic who I was. to get upon some planks. and how I fell into the hands of the negroes. I. At that time there was none but the old man about the houses. The fear of death under which I laboured. for the negroes. and suspected my design. and to eat some of the provisions I had secured. Therefore. which we approached. and gave us a certain herb. which proved my safety. having killed and eaten my companions. saw some houses. and quickly got out of sight. and carried us to their respective habitations. so that scarcely any notice was taken of what I did. called to me as loud as he could to return. I fell into a languishing distemper. we were encompassed by a great number of negroes. and five of my comrades. We hoisted our sails. thought only of satisfying their hunger. which preserved our lives. and lived for the most part upon cocoa. and saw some white people like myself. "Those negroes. On the eighth day I came near the sea. and we were carried by the current to an island which lay before us. and to make my escape. As soon as we drew near. and went to them without any scruple.nuts. I therefore settled my affairs. and my love of novelty. There we found fruit and spring water. and having provided a stock of goods fit for the traffic I designed to engage in. gathering pepper. and touched at several ports of the continent. but very sparingly. by giving them an account of my shipwreck. My passion for trade. and ate with greediness. as soon as the sun was up. several of the merchants and seamen were drowned and the cargo was lost. when I stopped to rest a little. who seized us. turned all my food into poison. here they made us sit down. as obliged the captain to lower his yards. "eat men. who had lost their reason. that we might not be aware of the sad destiny prepared for us. prepared with oil of cocoa-nuts. they knew not what they said. were carried to one place. which happened well for me. and then arrived at a port. our misfortune had so much dispirited us that we could not deliberate. avoiding those places which seemed to be inhabited. for in little time after. I took the route of Persia. seeing me to be withered. suspecting some trick. shared us among them. Next morning. The people who gathered pepper came to meet me as soon as they saw me. Meanwhile I had much liberty. I went on till night. I grew leaner every day. their design was to eat us as soon as we grew fat. travelled over several provinces. I had the good fortune. without consulting what we should do. We staid all night near the place where we had been cast ashore. I perceived my companions had lost their senses. I set out on my journey. again prevailed. An old man. I also partook of it. I redoubled my speed. This I took to be a good omen. with several of the merchants and mariners. But all was in vain our endeavours had no effect. you may easily guess that instead of growing fat. ate of it greedily. but instead of obeying him. lean. But I. and by what miracle did you escape their cruelty?" I related to them the circumstances . and not to return till night. which they made signs to us to eat. and advancing into the island. and travelled seven days. would not so much as taste it. and sick. My comrades not taking notice that the blacks ate none of it themselves. for they devoured my comrades. and the ship was stranded. which served me both for meat and drink. for. but I speedily set forward again. and put out to sea: we were overtaken by such a sudden gust of wind. which was usual with them.

I hope I shall enjoy your company many years. and for some time we lived together in perfect harmony. who was a good prince. and commanded care to be taken of me. every one must submit to this law. friends. according to the pattern I shewed him. at which they were wonderfully surprised. could not make me forget. that I talked to him of things which nobody knew the use of in his dominions. They presented me to their king. When that was done. I observed one thing. and it is always observed inviolably. and when they had reached the place of their destination. and began their march to the place of burial. as if it had been her wedding-day." "Pray." While he was giving me an account of this barbarous custom. noble. I was not. I went immediately to a workman." "I have a mind thou shouldst marry. who made me a bit. therefore designed to make my escape the first opportunity. with whom I had contrasted a very strict friendship. At this time the wife of one of my neighbours. every man in court and city sought to oblige me. however. As I paid my court very constantly to the king. I went to see and comfort him in his affliction. They proceeded to a high mountain. which thou must grant." "I wish you." "Alas!" replied he. and followed the corpse. which gained me great reputation and regard. came in a body to assist at the funeral. When I had all things completed. I went and dwelt with my wife. and all her jewels. and he afterwards gave me clothes. "God preserve you and grant you a long life. and died. I covered it myself with velvet and leather. His majesty mounted immediately." said I. This made me one day take the liberty to ask the king how it came to pass? His majesty answered. bridle. and the capital a place of great trade." he replied. and think no more of thy own country. "do not entertain such a melancholy thought. and was so pleased with them. 94 I staid with them till they had gathered their quantity of pepper. beautiful. for I must be buried this day with my wife. The husband walked at the head of the company. "Sinbad. but my days are at an end. In a word. and finding him absorbed in sorrow. or stirrups. and he gave me one of the ladies of his court." answered I. so that in a very little time I was looked upon rather as a native than a stranger. and also some stirrups. All the people. which surprised him. I said to him as soon as I saw him. the king himself not excepted. which covered the mouth of a deep pit. the very relation of which chilled my blood. and put them upon one of his horses. I presented them to the king. as a mark of my obedience to your majesty. his kindred. "a long life. plentiful in everything. and gave him a model for making the stock of a saddle. Nothing can save me. "how do you think I should obtain the favour you wish me? I have not above an hour to live. he said to me one day. who all of them made me presents that enriched me in a little time. satisfied with my banishment." "Sir. They dressed the corpse of the woman in her richest apparel. that he testified his satisfaction by large presents. The living husband is interred with the dead wife. rode their horses without saddle. consequently. and then sailed with them to the island from whence they had come. then they placed her on an open coffin. there was not a person more in favour with him than myself. This agreeable retreat was very comfortable to me after my misfortunes. which to me appeared very extraordinary. and embroidered it with gold. He had the patience to hear the relation of my adventures. "there is nothing but I will do. and all my subjects who know thee. The island was very well peopled. I afterwards went to a smith. whose power over me is absolute. I also made some for the people of best quality in the city. fell sick." I durst not resist the prince's will. The ceremonies of marriage being over. I love thee. and rich." replied he.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete I have just mentioned. and. and neighbours. and let down the corpse with . and the kindness of this generous prince completed my satisfaction. "that so thou mayst stay in my dominions. I could not avoid making several others for the ministers and principal officers of his household. they took up a large stone. I have one thing to demand of thee. how advantageous soever. and the living wife with the dead husband. This is a law which our ancestors established in this island. and to return to Bagdad. which my present settlement. treat thee according to my example.

with all her jewels and her most magnificent apparel. the aperture was again covered with the stone. It was necessary." "But.shore.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 95 all its apparel and jewels. the custom was to them so familiar." returned the king (smiling at the occasion of my question). In short. with a pot of water. and so terrible in all its circumstances. "I cannot but feel astonished at the strange usage observed in this country. and then to all those that were round me. I went groping about. Judge of my sorrow. and the company returned. no one was moved by my address. The procession began. and submit to the will of God. it seemed an endless cavern. and was let down in the same manner. "It is true. Nevertheless. "they are not exempted. the fatal ceremony being performed. and that I have another wife and children in my own country. Then the husband. and died. with my nose stopped. if strangers be obliged to observe this law?" "Without doubt. but never heard of so cruel a law. occasioned me very uneasy reflections. nay." I returned home much depressed by this answer. and quietly enjoyed the fruits of thy labour?" Such were the vain complaints with which I filled the cave. I trembled however at every little indisposition of my wife. The mountain was of considerable length. and might be about fifty fathom deep. and took some of it. It is needless for me to tell you that I was a most melancholy spectator this funeral." said I. When all was ready for the ceremony. I have been a great traveller. Ah. I fancied that I heard some of them sigh out their last. and to do all I could to prolong my days. and abandoning myself to the most afflicting thoughts. and ought not to be subject to this rigorous law. unhappy Sinbad. for the bread and water that was in my coffin. The king and all his court expressed their wish to honour the funeral with their presence. and lay down upon the ground. As I approached the bottom. the corpse was put into a coffin. made haste to let my wife's corpse into the pit. But there was no remedy. I shall be interred with the queen. and as second actor in this doleful tragedy. I must have patience. notwithstanding my grief and piteous lamentations. Before we reached the mountain. I made an attempt to affect the minds of the spectators: I addressed myself to the king first. unfortunate wretch! shouldst thou not rather have remained at home. where I stayed a considerable time. Sir. suffered himself to be put into another open coffin without resistance. I must tell you. "that I am a stranger. but. "may I presume to ask your majesty. I felt still an inclination to live. bowing before them to the earth. bewailing my deplorable fate. they covered over the mouth of the pit. with my eyes full of tears. and lowered me down the next moment in an open coffin. for the fear of my wife's dying first." "What do you mean. when I got down. reflecting on my melancholy case. and that I should be interred alive with her. and seven small loaves. my wife." said I. I was annoyed by an insufferable stench proceeding from the multitude of bodies which I saw on the right and left. Alas! in a little time my fears were realized. Though the darkness of the cave was so great that I could not distinguish day and . At last. bathed in tears. for she fell sick. beating my head and breast out of rage and despair. Sinbad?" replied the king: "it is a common law. however. and extended along the sea. I immediately left my coffin. with full of water and seven loaves. to be interred alive. and getting at a distance from the bodies." Although I spoke in the most pathetic manner. of burying the living with the dead. I prayed them to have compassion upon me. However. while the rest were scarcely moved. I discovered by the aid of the little light that came from above the nature of this subterranean place. But thou hast drawn all this upon thyself by thy inordinate avarice. and the most considerable people of the city did the same." said I. and kissing the border of their garments. they ridiculed my dread of death as cowardly. and seen many countries. held my nose. if she die first. "that God disposes all things according to the degrees of his providence. embracing his kindred and friends. on the contrary. and the pit was very deep. that instead of calling death to my assistance in that miserable condition. I went next the corpse. I could not forbear communicating to the king my sentiment respecting the practice: "Sir. The ceremony being over. to submit. hast thou any but thyself to blame that thou art brought to die so strange a death? Would to God thou hadst perished in some of those tempests which thou hast escaped! then thy death had not been so lingering. if they be married in this island. seemed to me as deplorable a termination of life as to be devoured by cannibals." I said. "Consider.

and immediately the corpse of a man was let down When reduced to necessity. or. I prostrated myself on the shore to thank God for this mercy. and. and found it to be situated betwixt the sea and the town. rubies. where we landed. It was fortunate for me that these people did not consider the place where I was. and convinced of the reality of my escape. I went on. and rich stuffs I could find. and the isle of Bells. I committed this inhuman action merely for the sake of the bread and water that was in her coffin. till at last I perceived a light. but always found it again.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 96 night. Upon this. I laid them together upon the beach. I leave you to guess the excess of my joy: it was such. I followed the noise. which is about two days journey in . with a large bone. sometimes lost sight of it. with a regular wind. I stopped some time to rest. and on my approach the creature puffed and blew harder. and generously refused some jewels which I offered him. to say the truth. I killed the man in the same manner. One day after I had dispatched another woman. I heard something tread. that he also took the story of my pretended shipwreck upon trust. by continuing this practice I did not want for provisions. and the cave seemed to be more spacious and fuller of bodies than it had appeared to be at first. I perceived what I had followed to be a creature which came out of the sea. I perceived a ship just come out of the harbour. I lived for some days upon my bread and water. when they asked by what misfortune I came thither. but without any passage to or communication with the latter. I made a sign with the linen of my turban. and thus I had provision for some days more. pearls. and as soon as I perceived they were again covering the mouth of the cave. without fear of rain. While they let down the woman I approached the place where her coffin was to be put. I advanced towards that side from whence I heard the noise. I pursued it for a considerable time. and found myself upon the sea shore. When that was spent. But when I was recovered from my surprise. I heard the stone lifted up from the mouth of the cave. and breathing or panting as it walked. nor enquire into the probability of what I told them. gave the unfortunate wretch two or three violent blows over the head. the captain was so well pleased to have saved me. I told them that I had suffered shipwreck two days before. waiting till some ship might appear. and at last discovered that it came through a hole in the rock. I got through. with the cords that let down the coffins.. As I was thinking of death. and six from that of Kela. and groped among the coffins for all the diamonds. and tying them up neatly into bales. When I came to the ship. resembling a star. they letdown another dead woman. They heard me. We passed by several islands. that I could scarcely persuade myself that the whole was not a dream. as if running away from me. I at last prepared for death. which I ate by daylight with a better appetite than I had done since my interment in the dark cavern I returned thither a second time. and called to the crew as loud as I could. and sent a boat to bring me on board. large enough to admit a man. but without hesitation took me on board with my goods. I examined the mountain. and made shift to get ashore with the goods they saw. these I brought to the shore. and the thing seemed to stop sometimes. it is natural to come to extreme resolutions. making for the place where I was. and was accustomed to enter the cavern and feed upon the bodies of the dead. about ten days' sail from Serendib. yet I always found my coffin again. but always fled and blew as I approached. which stunned. for it was then the dry season. gold bracelets. being much fatigued with the rapidity of my progress: afterwards coming up to the hole. and a living man. This island produces lead mines. and excellent camphire. the rocks on the sea side being high and perpendicularly steep. Indian canes. and among others that called the isle of Bells. killed her. After two or three days. and afterwards entered the cave again to fetch bread and water. which being all spent. and so much taken up with his own affairs. as there was then a sort of mortality in the town. The king of the isle of Kela is very rich and powerful.

The Fifth Voyage. Here Sinbad finished the relation of his fourth voyage. After we had finished our traffic in that island. broke the egg with hatchets. and we observed that each of them carried between its talons stones. at last I arrived happily at Bagdad with infinite riches. We hastened on board. but always holding fast my board. and touched at several other ports. the two roes approached with a frightful noise. There was a young roc it just ready to be hatched. but have a ship at my own command. divided the water so that we could almost see the bottom. to our misfortune. whom he requested to return with the rest next day at the same hour to dine with him. and after a long navigation the first place we touched at was a desert island. We sailed with the first fair wind. and roasted it. In the mean time. at my own charge. but as I came up again. we put to sea again. is also subject to him. The other roe. The captain whom I had hired to navigate my ship. and swimming sometimes with one hand. they hovered. whose shore was very steep. of which it is needless to trouble you with the detail. and got ashore. I fortunately caught hold of a piece of the wreck. that I might not be obliged to depend upon a captain. or sunk. and hear the story of his fifth voyage. Hindbad and the other guests took their leave and retired. knowing by experience what they meant. and there. When the ship was ready. I went on board with my goods. I had earnestly intreated them not to meddle with the egg. which appeared more surprising to the company than the three former.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 97 extent. which they redoubled when they saw the egg broken. enjoying myself with them in festivities and amusements. but could not cure me of my inclination to make new voyages. while we made all the sail we could to endeavour to prevent that which unhappily befell us. and pressed us to re-embark with all speed. The pleasures I enjoyed had again charms enough to make me forget all the troubles and calamities I had undergone. pulled out the young roc piecemeal. equal in size to that I formerly mentioned. I myself was of the number of the latter. but by the dexterity of the steersman it missed us. When they came directly over my ship. The merchants whom I had taken on board. I agreed to take with me several merchants of different nations with their merchandize. and who landed with me. I overcame that difficulty. gave myself up to the society of my kindred and friends. when there appeared in the air at a considerable distance from us two great clouds. Out of gratitude to God for his mercies. I therefore bought goods. The inhabitants are so barbarous that they still eat human flesh. they sat down at table. to prevent the misfortune which he saw would otherwise befall us. and their young one gone. and falling into the sea. said they were the male and female roc that belonged to the young one. Next morning when they all met. however. the wind and the tide favouring me. The mariners and passengers were all crushed to death. . I remained till one was built on purpose. and sometimes with the other. I came to an island. I contributed liberally towards the support of several mosques. but they would not listen to me. and the subsistence of the poor. Sinbad began the relation of his fifth voyage as follows. but not having enough to load her. departed with them for the best sea-port. threw his messy burden so exactly upon the middle of the ship. where we found an egg of a roe. as to split it into a thousand pieces. and its bill had begun to appear. and one of them let fall a stone. and disappeared for some time. or rather rocks. of a monstrous size. and when dinner was over. They soon returned. Scarcely had they finished their repast. and set sail with all possible expedition. They flew back in the direction they had come. and made a hole in it. He made a new present of one hundred sequins to Hindbad.

till he had destroyed them. I went towards him and saluted him. but instead of doing so (which I laugh at every time I think of it) the old man. and others ripe fruits. rather than undertaking this last voyage. holding always fast about my neck. that I thought he would have strangled me. the apprehension of which make me swoon and fall down. clasped his legs nimbly about my neck. He never left me all day. Having arisen. I took a large one. I threw him upon the ground. perceiving the effect which this liquor had upon me. I got up. and that I carried him with more ease than before. pressed into it some juice of grapes. It seemed to be a delicious garden. he became drunk immediately. I now walked towards the beach. that he forced me to rise up against my will. that it soon made me forget my sorrow." said they. took him upon my back. and struck me so rudely on the side with the other. I found trees everywhere. The old man. he drank it all off. my mind being apprehensive of danger. and walked among the trees. made me a sign to give him some of it.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 98 I sat down upon the grass. When I had done so. You may judge then. I lay down upon the grass in a convenient spot. I was extremely glad to be thus freed for ever from this troublesome fellow. that I began to sing and dance as I walked along. but he only slightly bowed his head. and having carried him over. His jolting made him vomit. and so exhilarated my spirits. who appeared very weak and infirm. One day I found in my way several dry calebashes that had fallen from a tree. having filled the calebash. gave me new vigour. laid himself down with me. I ate of the fruits. These reflections carried me so far. Notwithstanding my fainting. which I found excellent. that I began to form a design against my life. Every morning he pushed me to make me awake. and held my throat so tight. to be loaded with such a burden of which I could not get rid. I believed him really to stand in need of my assistance. I handed him the calebash. and found the wine so good. I spent best part of the night in alarm. which abounded in the island. after which I went into the island to explore it. and the liquor pleasing his palate. but instead of answering me. and he loosened his legs from about me by degrees. Finding that he did not press me as before. he thrust one of his feet against my stomach. When night closed in. He never quitted those he had once made himself master of. to recover myself from my fatigue. to gather and eat fruit such as we found. gentlemen. he began to sing after his manner. what trouble I was in. and going thither again some days after. and crushed his head to pieces. signifying that it was to gather fruit. and the fumes getting up into his head. and are the first who ever escaped strangling by his malicious tricks. and forced me now and then to stop. and reproached myself for my imprudence in not remaining at home. when I perceived his skin to resemble that of a cow. and drank of the water. "You fell. and to dance with his breech upon my shoulders. but not without some fears. and after cleaning it. I tasted it. where he lay without motion. and afterwards obliged me to get up and walk. I saw an old man. but opened his legs a little to give me time to recover my breath. and when I lay down to rest at night. I asked him why he sat so still. and pressed me with his feet. who to me appeared quite decrepid. and carry him over the brook. They were surprised to see me. which was very light and good. and at first I took him to be one who had been shipwrecked like myself. he made me walk under the trees. and for that end stooped. some of them bearing green. I then took up a great stone. but more so at hearing the particulars of my adventures. There being a considerable quantity of it. and he has made this island notorious by the number of men he . where I met the crew of a ship that had cast anchor. to take in water. but daylight dispersed these melancholy thoughts. He was sitting on the bank of a stream. He sat astride upon my shoulders. "into the hands of the old man of the sea. I put it by in a convenient place. and streams of fresh pure water running in pleasant meanders. he made a sign for me to take him upon my back. When I was a little advanced into the island. the ill-natured old fellow kept fast about my neck. but could not sleep an hour at a time. that he might get off with ease. bade him get down.

where I made vast sums of my pepper. and having recommended me to some people of the town. which anchored soon after for the like loading. "and do the like every day. "follow them. and endeavoured to dissipate my fatigues by amusements of different kinds. I hired divers. after a year's rest I prepared for a sixth voyage. who brought me up some that were very large and pure. astonished at my conduct when I reflect upon it. We gathered up the cocoa-nuts. who loaded her with cocoa-nuts. We came to a thick forest of cocoa-trees. I exchanged my cocoa in those two islands for pepper and wood of aloes. I could resolve again to tempt fortune. requested their attention. with trunks so smooth that it was not possible to climb to the branches that bore the fruit. as I had done upon my return from my other voyages. When we entered the forest we saw a great number of apes of several sizes. and the apes out of revenge threw cocoa-nuts at us so fast. He gave me a large bag. but he could not embark with me. I did the same. he ordered one hundred sequins to be given to Hindbad. and must certainly have been actuated by my destiny. and went with other merchants a pearl-fishing. I embarked in her all the cocoa-nuts I had. where pepper grows in great plenty. and climbed up to the top of the trees with surprising swiftness. gave me the value of the cocoas I brought: "Go on. he gave me provisions for the journey. But be that as it may. When we had gathered our number. who. wood of aloes. we arrived at the harbour of a great city. and expose myself to new hardships? I am.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete has slain. which it had been impossible otherwise to have done. how. The vessel in which I had come sailed with some merchants. gathered stones and threw them at the apes on the trees. when they told him what had befallen me. The Sixth Voyage. otherwise you may endanger your life. where the merchant." said he. When Sinbad had finished his story. and whose inhabitants have made it an inviolable law to themselves to drink no wine. and pearls. the houses of which were built with hewn stone. but next morning the same company returned to dine with rich Sinbad. and with such gestures. and from time to time threw stones to provoke the apes. and suffer no place of debauch. and when she was ready to sail. who fled as soon as they perceived us. took leave of the merchant who had been so kind to me. but do not separate from them." 99 After having informed me of these things. and act as you see them do. who retired with the other guests." Having thus spoken. after having been shipwrecked five times. Gentlemen. I embarked in a vessel that happily arrived at Bussorah. We sailed towards the islands. where the best species of wood of aloes grows. until you have got money enough to carry you home. because he had not finished his business at the port. so that by this stratagem we filled our bags with cocoa-nuts. The merchants with whom I was. so that the merchants and mariners who landed upon it. and I went with them. and after some days' sail." said he. and carried me to a place appointed for the accommodation of foreign merchants. "Go. after having treated them as formerly. I gave the tenth of my gains in alms. we returned to the city. as sufficiently testified their anger and resentment. they carried me with them to the ship. who used to gather cocoa-nuts. from thence I returned to Bagdad. very lofty. I expected the arrival of another. you long without doubt to know. From thence we went to the isle of Comari. and escaped so many dangers. desired them to take me with them. notwithstanding the intreaties of my kindred . durst not advance into the island but in numbers at a time. the captain received me with great kindness. and gave the following account of his sixth voyage. myself. who had sent me to the forest." I thanked him for his advice. He put out again to sea. One of the merchants who had taken me into his friendship invited me to go along with him. and gradually collected as many cocoa-nuts as produced me a considerable sum.

we concluded that multitudes of people had perished there. In all other places. rubies. I could not but reproach myself as the cause of my own ruin. 100 Instead of taking my way by the Persian gulf. But it pleased God once more to take compassion on me. and from the vast number of human bones we saw everywhere. What is most remarkable in this place is. which the fish swallow. "A rapid current carries the ship along with it. rivers run from their channels into the sea. turned into ambergris: and this the waves throw up on the beach in great quantities. He threw off his turban. It is also incredible what a quantity of goods and riches we found cast ashore. "This river. that there is no possibility of ascending the mountain. where I embarked in a ship. It was covered with wrecks. which might seem to favour their getting out again. bewailing our deplorable lot. but we had no reason to rejoice at the circumstance. but had well nigh hastened my own death. If I be drowned. that the captain and pilot lost their course. Suddenly we saw the captain quit his post. that I thought I could not long survive: I dug a grave. according to his temperance. resolving to lie down in it. yet when I buried the last. At first we divided our provisions as equally as we could. and leave myself to the current. so that the force of the current carries them ashore: and what completes the misfortune is. who did all in their power to dissuade me. or other precious stones. and beat his head like a madman. which runs thus under ground. and occasions a calm. I said to myself. our provisions. It was long indeed. the wind and the current impel them. If I make a raft. for we are all in so fatal a place. and which filled us with horror. if he do not take pity on us. "God has done what pleased him. it will convey me to some inhabited country. We continued upon the shore in a state of despair. and at the same time so unfortunate. whose entrance is very high and spacious. that runs into the sea. equal in goodness to those of Comari. but all the ropes broke." At these words he ordered the sails to be lowered. and bid the world adieu. must somewhere have an issue. which may well be called a gulf. They however at last discovered where they were. and thus every one lived a longer or shorter time. since nothing ever returns from it. This being over. it is not possible for ships to get off when once they approach within a certain distance. Each of us may dig his grave. because there was no one left to inter me. The mountain at the foot of which we were wrecked formed part of the coast of a very large island. and arrived at a sea-port. I had so little remaining. the height of the mountain stops the wind.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete and friends. I lose nothing. that none shipwrecked here ever returned to their homes. and the best of our goods. and expected death every day. Pray to God to deliver us from this peril. that he was in the most dangerous place in all the ocean. the captain said to us. Considering its probable course with great attention. where she struck and went to pieces. and if they come into it when a land-wind blows. and repented that I had ever undertaken this last voyage. pulled his beard. Trees also grow here. most of which are wood of aloes. but only . or of escaping by sea. and the use he made of his provisions. Here is also a sort of fountain of pitch or bitumen. and evacuate soon afterwards. and the ship was carried by the current to the foot of an inaccessible mountain. uttering loud lamentations. that while I was thus employed. I had some of my own which I did not share with my comrades. and we embraced each other. and he answered. and we shall all perish in less than a quarter of an hour. Nor did I stop at reflections only. I must confess to you at the same time. yet in such a manner that we saved our lives. we cannot escape. for besides that I husbanded the provision that fell to my share better than they. or I shall perish. and put it in my mind to go to the bank of the river which ran into the great cavern. and I paid the last duty to all my companions: nor are you to wonder at this. that the stones of the mountain are of crystal. but here a river of fresh water runs out of the sea into a dark cavern. To finish the description of this place. Those who died first were interred by the survivors. All these objects served only to augment our despair. the captain of which was bound on a long voyage." His discourse afflicted us sensibly. If they be driven thither by a wind from the sea. We asked him the reason. and began to tear my hands with my teeth. I travelled once more through several provinces of Persia and the Indies.

and his majesty was so surprised and pleased. by digging little canals from this river. All this while I ate nothing but what was just necessary to support nature. and if I get out of this fatal place. and came hither to-day to water our fields. as you see." "But. and I am a citizen of Bagdad. while the rest took my raft and cargo and followed. but. which was brought in a little time. rock-crystal. but perhaps find some new occasion of enriching myself. and that I must go along with them. ambergris. Having balanced my cargo exactly. we are inhabitants of this country. they told me. The blacks presented me to their king. for I had choice of them. all my provisions were spent. Observing that he looked on my jewels with pleasure. As soon as I had finished. When I had finished. above all. and I answered. he will help thee. and saluted him as I used to do the kings of the Indies. I recited the following words in Arabic aloud: "Call upon the Almighty. but I did not understand their language. They immediately sent for a horse. be not surprised to see us. and having helped me to mount." I immediately went to work upon large pieces of timber and cables. I approached his throne. They spoke to me. "People call me Sinbad the voyager. We marched till we came to the capital of Serendib. who understood Arabic. I went on board with two oars that I had made. some of them walked before to shew the way. that I knew not whether I was asleep or awake. Then a pleasing stupor seized upon me. God will change thy bad fortune into good. I related all that had befallen me. where we fastened it. came towards me. I loaded it with some bulses of rubies. went to see what it was. I was surprised to find myself in an extensive plain on the brink of a river. and once found the arch so low. for it must be extraordinary. but when I revived. and laid up in the archives of his kingdom. that it very nearly touched my head. and brought it thither. to compensate my shipwreck with usury. it being too extraordinary to be related by any other than the person to whom the events had happened.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 101 change one kind of death for another. received me with an obliging air. one of us swam into the river. that it was one of the most wonderful stories they had ever heard. I cannot tell how long it continued. that is to say. and from whence came you last?" I concealed nothing from the king. resigned myself to the will of God. "how came you into my dominions. that he commanded my adventures to be written in letters of gold. notwithstanding my frugality. I lost all light. At last my raft was brought in. I prostrated myself at his feet. "Brother. They gave me several sorts of food. and saluted them. and leaving it to the course of the river. I was so transported with joy. and when I had satisfied my hunger. and viewed the most remarkable among them one after . and tied them together so strongly. until you should awake. how did you venture yourself into this river. and made me sit down near him. and while thou art asleep. I related to him all that I have told you. hearing me speak thus. and then I would satisfy. Who knows but fortune waits. where my raft was tied. yet. which comes out of the neighbouring mountain. I assured them that I was ready to do whatever they pleased. and whence did you come?" "I begged of them first to give me something to eat." resumed he. I got up as soon as I saw them. and. The prince ordered me to rise. perceiving your raft. which they listened to with attentive surprise. thou needest not perplex thyself about any thing else: shut thy eyes. We observed something floating upon the water. and bales of rich stuffs. amidst a great number of negroes. for it was in that island I had landed. that I soon made a very solid raft. the rubies and emeralds. he admired the quantity of wood of aloes and ambergris. which made me cautious afterwards to avoid the like danger. Thus I floated some days in perfect darkness. emeralds. and tell it their king myself. because of the many voyages I have undertaken. As soon as I entered the cavern. Pray tell us your history. but being persuaded that I was not asleep. He first asked me my name. by the person who spoke Arabic and interpreted to them what I said. and fastened it well to the raft. their curiosity. for he had none in his treasury that equalled them. and the bales opened in his presence. upon my getting off this dangerous shelf. and the stream carried me I knew not whither. I shall not only avoid the sad fate of my comrades." One of the blacks. and said.

in the middle of the island. before whom march one hundred elephants. and the rocks are for the most part composed of a metalline stone made use of to cut and polish other precious stones. and in some of its valleys are found diamonds." The present consisted first. and took the liberty to say to him. The skin of a serpent. being of the same dignity with yourself. or to take any thing from you that God has given you. far from lessening your wealth. "Though the present we send you be inconsiderable. "I pray you give this present from me. and caused all the goods to be carried to the lodgings provided for me. a pilgrimage to the place where Adam was confined after his banishment from Paradise. Before I embarked. and he granted me permission in the most obliging and most honourable manner. He charged one of his officers to take care of me. and of which we are willing to give you proof. our sovereign. of one single ruby made into a cup. Rubies and several sorts of minerals abound. and had the curiosity to go to the top of the mountain. "Sinbad. and who has in his treasury twenty thousand crowns enriched with diamonds. "Sir. and promised his majesty punctually to execute the commission with which he was pleased to honour me. so that the days and nights there are always of twelve hours each. and after a very successful navigation we landed at Bussorah. I will take care not to covet any thing of yours. and I would beg of you to dispose of it as your own. We conjure you this in quality of a brother. and at the same time charged me with a letter for the commander of the faithful. by way of devotion. and of a yellowish colour. and as many in breadth. and had the virtue to preserve from sickness those who lay upon it. especially cedars and cocoa-nut. 3. When I returned to the city. not only my person is at your majesty's service. and ordered them to treat me with all possible respect. to caliph Haroon al Rusheed. The isle of Serendib is situated just under the equinoctial line. I made. and the island is eighty parasangs in length. receive it however as a brother and a friend. in consideration of the hearty friendship which we bear for you. about half a foot high. I went every day at a set hour to make my court to the king. but the cargo of the raft. I design to augment it. Adieu. A female slave of ravishing beauty. saying to me. The capital stands at the end of a fine valley. and commendations of his generosity and bounty. and filled with round pearls of half a drachm each. this prince sent for the captain and the merchants who were to go with me. with thirty grains of camphire as big as pistachios. Fifty thousand drachms of the best wood of aloes. and when I went to take my leave of him." I took the present and letter in a very respectful manner. and spent the rest of my time in viewing the city. 4. They are seen three days' sail off at sea. who lives in a palace that shines with one hundred thousand rubies. All kinds of rare plants and trees grow there. because of its being so scarce. I fell prostrate at his feet. and assure him of my friendship." He answered me with a smile. and what was most worthy of notice. and this letter to the caliph.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 102 another. and will not let you quit my dominions without marks of my liberality. We desire the same part in your friendship. and ordered people to serve me at his own expence. The officer was very faithful in the execution of his commission." All the answer I returned were prayers for the prosperity of that nobly minded prince. whose apparel was all covered over with jewels. There is also a pearl-fishing in the mouth of its principal river. considering that we believe it to be our merit. an inch thick. The ship set sail. he gave me one much more considerable. The characters of this letter were of azure. and the contents as follows: "The king of the Indies. I prayed the king to allow me to return to my own country. 2. He would needs force a rich present upon me. The letter from the king of Serendib was written on the skin of a certain animal of great value. whose scales were as large as an ordinary piece of gold. encompassed by mountains the highest in the world. and from thence I went to .

and. he asked me. I was resolved no more to expose myself to such risks as I had encountered. His people have no need of them. the king of Serendib is so just. favourites. clad in cloth of gold and silk. "Commander of the faithful. I made my reverence. I rose from table. so great and so powerful." The caliph was much pleased with my account. before him march a guard of one thousand men. that he must speak with you. Sinbad left off. and next day they returned to hear the relation of his seventh and last voyage. said Sinbad. for. Being returned from my sixth voyage. and an inch thick. ‘Behold the great monarch. an officer carries a golden lance in his hand. I absolutely laid aside all thoughts of travelling. besides that my age now required rest. and went to present myself at the gate of the commander of the faithful. One day as I was treating my friends. cries from time to time. must die. When the prince appears in public." This command of the caliph was to me like a clap of thunder. ‘Praise be to him who lives for ever. "The caliph. I have also made a vow never to go out of Bagdad. Hindbad having first received one hundred sequins. and mounted on elephants richly caparisoned." said he to me." Hence I took occasion to give him a full and particular account of all my adventures. whose palace is covered with one hundred thousand rubies. who stands upright. one of my servants came and told me that an officer of the caliph's enquired for me. where being presented to the caliph. that his wisdom is worthy of his people. "I stand in need of your service. which he had the patience to hear out." I replied. followed by the beautiful slave. the officer. if that prince were really so rich and potent as he represented himself in his letter? I prostrated myself a second time. he has a throne fixed on the back of an elephant.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete Bagdad. Nothing is more worthy of admiration than the magnificence of his palace." I followed the officer to the palace. after a short speech. "While the king is on his march. I can assure your majesty he doth not exceed the truth. but I beseech you most humbly to consider what I have undergone. and was immediately conducted to the throne of the caliph. and other people of his court. and after what you tell me. I must confess.' And the officer before replies. must die. and such of my own family as carried the presents. and his people deserve so wise a prince. It is but just I should return his civility. where the first thing I did was to acquit myself of my commission. with a loud voice. Behold the monarch greater than Solomon. The Seventh and Last Voyage. that there are no judges in his dominions." he said. because day appeared. They understand and observe justice rigidly of themselves. the officer behind the throne cries in his turn. I stated the reason of my coming. "The wisdom of that king. must die. When he had read what the king of Serendib wrote to him. . and who possesses twenty thousand crowns of diamonds. gave him the letter and present. and marches betwixt two ranks of his ministers. and his company retired. "has sent me to tell you. said. "I am ready to do whatever your majesty shall think fit to command. I bear him witness." said he. 103 I took the king of Serendib's letter. you must carry my answer and present to the king of Serendib.' After he has pronounced those words. the potent and redoubtable sultan of the Indies. and behind the throne there is another. and next night proceeded thus. with a column of gold. I saluted him by prostrating myself at his feet. and the powerful Maha-raja. "Sinbad. and sent me home with a rich present. Scheherazade stopped. and went to him. ‘This monarch. so that I thought of nothing but to pass the rest of my days in tranquillity.' "Farther. "appears in his letter. "Commander of the faithful. upon the same elephant. before him." Having spoken thus. and rising again. he dismissed me. who is before him on the same elephant. on the top of which is an emerald half a foot long.

I acquainted the king's ministers with my commission. and prayed them to get me speedy audience. who held bow and an arrow. but had not the good fortune to arrive there so speedily as I had hoped. and. when he dismissed me. and that the corsairs. carried me to a thick forest some leagues from the town. . "you are welcome. God ordered it otherwise. "Climb up that. where I embarked. the garden of superior wits. Some of the crew offered resistance. that the bow was one of my exercises in my youth." I made my compliment to him. I procured it however at last. "We received your letter with joy. to be indebted to the king of that island. where I saluted the king by prostration. The caliph's letter was as follows: "Greeting. he bade me alight. Haroon al Rusheed." said he. made me a very considerable present. and I was conducted to the palace in an honourable manner. Three or four days after my departure. He sent him also a rich tablet. and ordered me one thousand sequins for the expences of my journey. who were not so imprudent. who sold me. delivered the caliph's letter and present. to the potent and esteemed Raja of Serendib. We hope when you look upon it. where they sold us. who. But for myself and the rest." said he. valued at one thousand sequins. fifty robes of rich stuff. and after having thanked him for his kindness. After that you are at liberty to return. come and give me notice." The king of Serendib was highly gratified that the caliph answered his friendship. I submitted. we were attacked by corsairs. then shewing me a great tree. and had a very happy voyage. "can you shoot with a bow?" I answered. from the dependent on God. Having arrived at the isle of Serendib. and send you this from our imperial residence. We were all stripped. and instead of our own clothes. which. Suez. an inch thick. and if any of them fall. ready to discharge at a lion. and returned to the town. carried me to his house. he asked me if I understood any trade? I answered. They did so. Adieu. in the name of the sovereign guide of the right way. "But tell me. a hundred of white cloth. but a merchant. and Alexandria. and told him that I was willing to obey. and testified very great joy at seeing me." Perceiving that the caliph insisted upon my compliance. We penetrated a great way into the wood. I bless the day on which we see one another once more. taking me behind him upon an elephant. for there is a prodigious number of them in this forest. belonged to the great Solomon. Some days after. "that the things you tell me are very extraordinary. I fell into the hands of a rich merchant. A little time after this audience. I prepared for my departure in a few days. I went to Bussorah.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 104 As soon as I had finished. and the king. a vessel of agate broader than deep. "and shoot at the elephants as you see them pass by. and deliver the commission which I give you. you will perceive our good intention and be pleased with it. had robbed me of all I possessed. You will only have to go to the isle of Serendib. that I was no mechanic. according to tradition. not knowing who I was." said he. whom God hath set in the place of vicegerent to his prophet. He gave me a bow and arrows. I have many times thought of you since you departed. who easily seized upon our ship. treated me well. The caliph's present was a complete suit of cloth of gold. which cost them their lives. I solicited leave to depart. and when he thought fit to stop. yet you must for my sake undertake this voyage which I propose to you. for you know it would not comport with my dignity. He was very well pleased. "Sinbad. That prince knew me immediately. after his ancestors of happy memory. because it was no vessel of force. But you must go. the corsairs saved us on purpose to make slaves of us. and clad me handsomely for a slave. the finest of Cairo. which he received with all imaginable satisfaction. and had much difficulty to obtain it. "I confess. he left me victuals. according to custom." Having spoken thus. and as soon as the caliph's letter and present were delivered to me. and half a foot wide. and carried us into a remote island. I embarked immediately to return to Bagdad." replied he. as soon as he bought me. the bottom of which represented in bass relief a man with one knee on the ground. and I continued upon the tree all night. they gave us sorry rags.

and a bow and arrows on the ground. but I will have the glory of doing it myself. that this object furnished me with abundance of reflections. I will also give you considerable riches. for after the elephants had stared upon me some time. and during that time. and at last one of the elephants fell. God bless you with all happiness and prosperity. Pray tell me what befell you. I declare before him. I concealed from you what I am now going to tell you. they stopped. I fell with the tree. and found I was upon a long and broad hill." said he. I met no elephant in my way." I satisfied his curiosity. Do not think I pretend to have rewarded you by giving you your liberty. Formerly we could not procure ivory but by exposing the lives of our slaves. One morning. since I did it only for their teeth. getting sometimes upon one tree. and shook under them. and take his teeth to trade with. God has delivered you from their fury. to leave me at liberty to come back to the hill without any obstacle. after having travelled a day and a night. that we filled all our warehouses with ivory. for it could not be long concealed from them. "Patron. if you can. I perceived a great number. "I was in great trouble to know what was become of you. then laid me down on the ground. and when we were returned.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 105 I saw no elephant during that time. "the monsoon will in a little time bring ships for ivory. Conceive. he gave me a good meal. I did not stay on the hill. The other merchants. seeing you more. I staid with him expecting the monsoon. It is a sign that he loves you." exclaimed he. plucked it up. He put himself afterwards at the head of the rest. You have procured me incredible wealth. poor Sinbad. When I had informed him. and sometimes upon another. as soon as the sun was up. whom we sent to seek ivory. and caressed me highly. as I looked for the elephants. and by what good chance thou art still alive. They encompassed the tree in which I was concealed. that. I admired the instinct of those animals. one of the largest of them put his trunk round the foot of the tree. "for I will treat you no more as my slave. We went afterwards together to the forest. where we dug a hole for the elephant. he found to his great joy that what I had told him was true. that my bow and arrows fell out of my hand. and killed an elephant every day." To this obliging declaration I replied. and going both of us next morning to the hill. I will then send you home. laid me on his back. After having lain some time. and seeing the elephants gone. and left me at liberty to go and acquaint my patron with my booty. and give you wherewith to bear your charges. instead of passing by me across the forest as usual. I shot several arrows among them. I doubted not but that was their burying place. but next morning. and was so much terrified. I have been at the forest. that I give you your liberty. and. and has bestowed that favour upon you only. but turned towards the city. when the rest retired immediately." said my patron. and all fixed their eyes upon. where I sat more like one dead than alive. I continued this employment for two months. did the same. "Brother. I confess to you. in such number that the plain was covered. I perceived with extreme amazement. and came to me with a horrible noise. commended my dexterity. I got up. . where I found a tree newly pulled up. but leave to return to my own country. almost covered with the bones and teeth of elephants. those crafty animals destroyed them one time or other. Your giving me my liberty is enough to discharge what you owe me." "Very well. and I desire no other reward for the service I had the good fortune to do to you and your city. I could engage all our city to contribute towards making your fortune. after having made such a discovery as will enrich me. "Ah. "The elephants of our forest have every year killed us a great many slaves. which made me think they had retired farther into the forest." I thanked him again for my liberty and his good intentions towards me. I despaired of ever. the condition I was in: I thought myself in a dream. At this alarming spectacle I continued immoveable. I came to my patron. and now our whole city is enriched by your means. my patron designing to return when it was rotten. As soon as my patron saw me. with my quiver on my shoulder. and retired with all his companions. and that they carried me thither on purpose to tell me that I should forbear to persecute them. who traded in it. We loaded the elephant which had carried us with as many teeth as he could bear. who followed him in troops. For all the cautions we could give them. and has some use for your service in the world. carried me a considerable way. My fears were not without cause. and threw it on the ground. and the elephant taking me up with his trunk. with their trunks extended. and after having sought for you in vain. God preserve you. we made so many journeys to the hill.

I went immediately to wait upon the caliph. and when my equipage was ready. Our vessel being come to a port on the main land in the Indies. THE THREE APPLES. my troubles are not comparable to yours: if they afflict me for a time." said the vizier. and went out all three together. from pirates. he. at the same time I have a wife and small children. friend." "Honest man. I retired well satisfied with the honours I received. there be any that have gained their applause. I was a long time on the way. laid in provisions in abundance for my passage. but that he always hoped God would preserve me. "I will take a walk round the town. himself having made choice of the ship wherein I was to embark. desired him to quit his porter's employment. You not only deserve a quiet life. that he ordered one of his secretaries to write them in characters of gold.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 106 The ships arrived at last. bought several rarities. All these fatigues ended at last. on the contrary. a tall man. He deemed this story. after all this I should enjoy a quiet and pleasant life?" As he said this. kindred." The grand vizier being come to the palace at the hour appointed. we touched there. "Well. they perceived by the light of the moon. and the presents which he gave me." said he. and as the adventure which procured me this liberty was very extraordinary. but endured all with patience. That prince said he had been uneasy. and not being willing to venture by sea to Bussorah. disguised themselves so that they could not be known. loaded half of it with ivory on my account. I comfort myself with the thoughts of the profit I get by them. and I arrived safe at Bagdad. I had it continually in my thoughts. with a white beard. and kissing his hand. or from the other perils to which I had been exposed." said he. we will turn them out. and then addressing himself to Hindbad. set out in company with a large caravan of merchants. If. I landed my proportion of the ivory. After I had returned him a thousand thanks for all his favours. who carried nets on his head. because you make of them such a good and generous use. and gave him an account of my embassy. and particularly how they are pleased with my officers of justice. and Mesrour the chief of the eunuchs. sir. resolving to proceed on my journey by land. and besides obliged me to accept a present of some curiosities of the country of great value. May you therefore continue to live in happiness and joy till the day of your death!" Sinbad gave him one hundred sequins more. They passed through several places. but are worthy of all the riches you enjoy. Hindbad drew near to him. and would never have given any credit to it had he not known my veracity. I went from my house about noon a fishing." said the caliph. The Caliph Haroon al Rusheed one day commanded the grand vizier Jaffier to come to his palace the night following. We stopped at some islands to take in fresh provisions. he seemed much surprised. and my patron. that he might have reason to remember Sinbad the voyager. which I intended for presents. We set sail. and the other relations I had given him. "who art thou?" The old man replied. to inform myself what people say. and come and dine every day with him. Sinbad here finished the relation of his seventh and last voyage. I went aboard. received him into the number of his friends. but one of the poorest and most miserable of the trade. "Sir. when I considered that I had nothing to fear from the seas. to be so curious. "Vizier. and ever since I have devoted myself wholly to my family. "that old man is not rich. If there be any against whom they have cause of just complaint. the caliph. and from that time to this I have not been able to catch one fish. I am a fisher. we will have that esteem for them which they deserve. and friends. as I was so long in returning. let us go to him and inquire into his circumstances. and lay them up in his treasury. from serpents. that you have gone through many imminent dangers. said. and by several markets. or of any mortal that has gone through so many vicissitudes? Is it not reasonable that. "To judge from his appearance. and a staff in his hand. As they entered a small street. When I told him the adventure of the elephants. "did you ever hear of any person that suffered so much as I have done. and nothing to maintain them. and put others in their stead. "I must acknowledge." . who shall officiate better. I made vast sums of my ivory. and suffered much.

" When all things were ready. Jaaffier. the corpse of a young lady." The vizier Jaaffier went home in great perplexity. and very heavy. a public crier was sent about the city by the caliph's order." "Commander of the faithful. The astonishment of the caliph was great at this dreadful spectacle. "is this your inspection into the actions of my people? Do they commit such impious murders under thy ministry in my capital. all cut in pieces." They came to the bank of the river. and perhaps may be already gone from hence? Any other vizier than I would take some wretched person out of prison. so that the vizier concluded his life to be lost. and Mesrour. that I will cause thee and forty more of thy kindred to be impaled. that he returned to the palace with all speed. In the mean while the stakes were preparing. To satisfy the caliph's impatience. whiter than snow. for they were no less concerned in this matter than the vizier. Mesrour. accompanied by the caliph. not only in . full of fury and rage. but cut the thread with a knife. He answered.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 107 The caliph. and they were not idle themselves. and if they give me the hundredth part of what they promise. an officer came to the unfortunate minister. said to the fisherman." At this proposal." replied the grand vizier. I have not found any person that could give me the least account of him. and cause him to be put to death to satisfy the caliph. "Alas!" said he "how is it possible that in such a vast and populous city as Bagdad. which the vizier obeyed. "These gentlemen seem too honest and reasonable not to reward my pains. and the caliph was so very eager to know what it contained. having brought out the grand vizier with the forty Bermukkees. "Commander of the faithful. gave him many reproachful words." "I will allow thee no more. bounty. His surprise was instantly changed into passion. which being untied." He ordered the officers of the police and justice to make strict search for the criminal. with a summons to follow him." The caliph. and ordered that he and forty Bermukkees should be impaled at the gate of the palace. and returned to the Tigris. and sent him away. having thrown in his net. "than three days. and orders were sent to seize forty Bermukkees in their houses. and the covering of it sewed with red thread. "I beg your majesty to grant me time to make enquiry. They sent their servants about. to cry thus: "Those who have a desire to see the grand vizier Jaaffier impaled. with forty of his kindred. The caliph made the grand vizier pay him one hundred sequins immediately. and darting an angry look at the vizier. saying to himself as he went. set each by the stake designed for him." said the caliph. forgetting all his day's toil. and bound about with a rope. who undoubtedly committed the crime without witness. brought up a trunk close shut. they found in it a large basket made of palm-leaves. by his master's order. the fisherman. moved with compassion. for the grand vizier and the Bermukkees were loved and honoured on account of their probity. and many officers belonging to the palace. what pains soever they took they could not discover the murderer. let them come to the square before the palace. and the fisherman. and impartiality. The caliph asked him for the murderer. and throw my subjects into the Tigris. The third day being arrived. to their great amazement. I should he able to detect a murderer. they found. it will be an ample recompence. when he drew it again. took the caliph at his word. by the death of her murderer." said he. I swear by heaven. that they may cry for vengeance against me at the day of judgment? If thou dost not speedily avenge the murder of this woman. "Thou wretch. When the trunk was opened. carried the trunk on his shoulder. The multitude of people that filled the square could not without grief and tears behold this tragical sight. I will rather die than preserve my life by the sacrifice of another innocent person. and took out of the basket a package wrapt up in a sorry piece of hanging. the criminal judge. "Hast thou the courage to go back and cast thy net once more? We will give thee a hundred sequins for what thou shalt bring up. shut up. they would not take time to undo it. but I will not burden my conscience with such a barbarous action. But all their endeavours were to no purpose.

And on my part I ardently loved her." said I. if what I say be not truth. "what made thee commit that detestable crime." The controversy between the old and the young man induced the grand vizier to carry them both before the caliph." The caliph being surprised at this oath. but the old man maintained the contrary. The young man obeyed. Commander of the faithful. "Cousin. I killed that lady who was found in the trunk. "I do protest that I am he who committed this vile act. Whereupon. "if all that has past between that lady and me were set down in writing. I have lived a long while in the world." "I command thee then to relate it. he kissed the ground seven times. yet alive. especially since the old man made no answer. and nobody else had any concern in it. chief of the emirs of this court. "I swear by the great God." ." Though these words occasioned great joy to the vizier. if you would get me any. and I must own it is come to that height. 108 Nothing could prevent the execution of this prince's severe and irrevocable sentence. I fear some misfortune will befall me. I have longed for them a great while. When he came before the prince. this murdered lady was my wife. and of the Young Man her Husband." said he. and threw her into the Tigris? The young man assured him it was he. yet he could not but pity the young man. Sir. "it is despair that brought you hither. a tall man advanced in years." "But. About two months ago she fell sick." "Sir. that I am the man who killed the lady." "Sir. you would greatly please me. all boys. I conjure you in the name of God not to punish the innocent for the guilty. and spared nothing that could promote her speedy recovery.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete Bagdad. I have brought here before your majesty this old and this young man. "and do all in my power to make you easy. and it is time for me to be gone. and in every thing rather anticipated than opposed her wishes. and this punishment ought only to fall upon me. After a month thus passed she began to grow better. and after he had kissed his hand." said he again to the vizier. let me therefore sacrifice my life for yours. of good behaviour." "I will cheerfully try." The caliph asked the criminals which of them it was that so cruelly murdered the lady. and spake after this manner: "Commander of the faithful." said he. came up to him. "if only one of them be guilty." said the vizier. each of whom declares himself to be the sole murderer of the lady. and what is it that moves thee to offer thyself voluntarily to die?" "Commander of the faithful. It is I who murdered her. "Wretch. I have three children by her. and made it her whole business to please me. to which the judge criminal consented. when a young man of handsome mien pressed through the crowd till he came up to the grand vizier. "and cause them both to be impaled." said the caliph to the grand vizier. "Do not believe what this young man tells you. Withdraw. that she never gave me the least occasion for offence. "I tell you once more I am the murderer." said she (for so she used to call me out of familiarity). she was chaste. who had likewise forced his way through the crowd. and the lives of the most deserving people in the city were just going to be sacrificed. daughter of this old man. turning to the young man. The Story of the Lady who was Murdered." "My son. I took all imaginable care of her. who is my uncle by the father's side. you are not guilty of the crime for which you stand here. saying. but through all the dominions of the caliph. She was not above twelve years old. and began his history. who has raised the heavens so high. and about four days ago threw her into the Tigris. "Most excellent vizier. cut her in pieces." said the young man to the vizier." said the caliph. being glad to serve the vizier. that if I be not satisfied very soon. said. and expressed a wish to go to the bath. when eleven years ago he gave her to me. "I long for some apples. in whose look he saw something that instead of evincing guilt was engaging: but as he was about to answer him. let me die without delay. "Go. and comforter of the poor. therefore I am he that ought to suffer. it would be unjust to take the lives of both. and I must do her the justice to say. and I deserve to be punished for my offence. believed him. and let me expiate the death of the lady that was thrown into the Tigris." said the old man. I renounce my part of happiness amongst the just at the day of judgment. and you would anticipate your destiny." At these words the young man spoke again. it would be a history that might be useful to other men. Before she went.

"Cousin. pr'ythee tell me where thou hadst this apple?" "It is a present" (said he. My wife. As I loved my wife passionately. I had no reason to doubt it. I went to see her to-day. her husband. put all together in a trunk. I ran after him. and went through all the gardens. that I returned at the end of fifteen days with three apples. dear father. We had a collation together. but I could not get one. but. who. black slave come in. and. and repented too late of having so easily believed the calumnies of a wretched slave. I brought away this apple. and divided her body into four quarters. drew my knife from my girdle. looked immediately for the apples. nor in any of the gardens in the vicinity. I dressed myself in a traveller's habit. and laid them down by her. and after I had told her my design. "Father." said he. "Good slave. and giving myself up to madness and jealousy. weeping. one of those three apples you brought her. declared myself the greatest criminal in the world. who told me. when she returned from the bagnio. that it belonged to my mother. because I was certain there was not one to be had in Bagdad. the gardener would not let me have them for less. I rose. I called to him. and kept it a long while. and found her out of order. I know not what is become of it. turning her head to the place where the apples lay. had invented that fatal falsehood. lest it should make her worse!" When he had thus spoken he fell a weeping again more bitterly than before. and thrust it into the unfortunate creature's throat. to pray you. I presented them to my wife. had made a fortnight's journey on purpose. where I sunk it. and going to my wife's chamber. I found him sitting by my gate. but all to no purpose. for as there were no more left. but at my return. and for my wife. understood from me that she was dead. I saw three apples lying by her. crying out. asked what was become of the third. that she could not sleep all night.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 109 I went immediately round all the markets and shops in the town to seek for apples. and I knew not what remedy to procure for her relief." This account rendered me distracted. and besides told him. for I concealed nothing from him. smiling) "from my mistress. and perceiving there were but two. he joined his tears with mine. and said. I got up by times in the morning. she satisfied herself with receiving them. demanding it back. In the mean time she continued sickly. I afterwards cut off her head. a tall slave passing by snatched it out of my hands. the third was out. I saw an ugly. and carried it away. and would not neglect to satisfy her. and saw no apples. sewed it up with a thread of red yarn. and brought them to her. but had no better success than the day before. And as I still followed him. which I knew to be one of those I had brought from Bussorah. but her longing had ceased. tall. The two youngest of my children were asleep. of . Upon this. I returned home much dissatisfied at my failure. carried it on my shoulder down to the Tigris. and I for the loss of a beloved wife. and then ran away as fast as he could from one lane to another. and without staying for his censure. though I offered to pay a sequin a piece. till at length I lost sight of him. I then found myself guilty of an enormous crime. I have since been walking without the town expecting your return." At this reply I was convinced what the slave had told me was true. from what he had learnt of my son. and seeing only two. and that you had made a fortnight's journey to procure it. and asked her where she had them. and made my journey with such speed. only I happened to meet an old gardener. who was sick. but instead of finding her alive. went to Bussorah. that all my pains would signify nothing. and when night came. ran home with all speed. "I took this morning from my mother. I asked him the reason. when I took my leave of her. answered me coldly. for I could not expect to find apples any where but in your majesty's garden at Bussorah. she became so very uneasy. instead of reproaching me. shut up my shop. which I packed up in a bundle. sitting in my shop in the public place where all sorts of fine stuffs are sold. My son's account afflicted me beyond measure. he would not restore it. She told me the good man. My uncle here present came just at that time to see his daughter. as I was playing some time ago with my little brother in the street. As soon as I came home. not to tell my mother of it. without her knowledge. Some few days after I returned from my journey. with an apple in his hand. he turned and beat me. he for the loss of a daughter whom he had loved tenderly. and we together wept three days without intermission. which cost me a sequin apiece.

I snatched it from him. "Rascal. He said all he could to prevail upon me to give it him back." said he." Jaaffier could not reflect without astonishment that the mischievousness of a slave had been the cause of an innocent woman's death. had made a long journey. The wicked slave is the sole cause of this murder. and had a sweet scent. and when he came. began to speak in his favour: "This young man's crime. he prepared himself to die with courage. You have now heard all the circumstances of my crime. and with a serious air told the vizier. about five or six years of age. 110 The caliph was much astonished at the young man's relation. and I must humbly beg of you to order the punishment due for it." The afflicted vizier. so that there never was a more sorrowful spectacle. where there is an infinite number of negro slaves. to satisfy her longing. but I refused. Never was any surprise so great as that of the caliph. "it is an apple which our slave Rihan sold me for two sequins. but esteem it too easy and light. was perplexed at this order of the caliph. and sold it for two sequins to the little lady your daughter. to receive his last blessing. nothing can save my life. having heard nothing from him concerning the negro slave whom he had commanded him to search for. All his family were drowned in tears. the grand vizier. as an honest minister." she replied. "is pardonable before God. "where hadst thou this apple?" "My lord." replied the slave." He spent the first two days in mourning with his family. "but his guilt is . and carried it away." said he. pulled out the apple. you shall die in his stead. intermixed with joy. looking upon the grand vizier. that he made not the least enquiry after him. he perceived she had something in her bosom that looked bulky. and excusable with men. and bade them farewell. but as he durst not return any answer to the prince. At last he recovered himself." said the vizier. yet he could not refrain from falling into excessive fits of laughter. and when he came before the caliph. "Is it possible. I shall not in the least complain. and one who had nothing to trouble his conscience. and putting his hand into the child's bosom. The third day being arrived." At these words apple and slave. and brought home three apples. that since his slave had been the occasion of murder. and taking his daughter in his arms. convinced that he had but three days to live. how severe soever it may be. The child ran after me. uttered an exclamation of surprise. kissed her several times: as he kissed her. "I swear to you that I neither stole it in your house. for he was so fully persuaded that he should not find the slave. "I give you three days' time to find him out. whereof this was one. had thought himself out of danger. gave the prince an exact account of what the slave had told him. At last a messenger came from the caliph to tell him that he was out of all patience. This. "to bring you before his throne. but belonged mother. but the other day. I should be able to find him out that is guilty? Unless God be pleased to interpose as he hath already to detest the murderer. and retired melancholy to his house. who was sick. "I must own it. He caused the slave. "I am therefore ordered. they brought him his youngest daughter. and the chance which led him to the discovery of his crime. finding he was rather to be pitied than condemned. and nearly of his own.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete whom I had deprived myself in so cruel a manner by giving too easy credit to the report of a lying slave. he deserved an exemplary punishment. But this just prince. to be brought immediately. "what hast thou in thy bosom?" "My dear father. is the sincere confession your majesty required from me. he sent for notaries and witnesses' who signed his will." said he. As he had a particular affection for that child. obeyed the mandate. he prayed the messenger to give him leave to stop a moment." The unfortunate Jaaffier. "My dear little one. After which he took leave of his wife and children. whose hasty temper he knew too well. and so brought it home. if you do not bring him within that space. who sat round him weeping and complaining of the caliph's cruelty. who was not far off. but as he was going out. as I was passing through a street where three or four children were at play. he departed from his presence. "that in such a city as Bagdad. commander of the faithful. He carried the slave along with him." continued he. one of them having it in his hand. nor out of the commander of the faithful's garden. which he had taken from his mother without her knowledge." said he. and that his father." said the messenger. it is he alone that must be punished: wherefore. telling me it was not his own.

there was formerly a sultan of Egypt. was offended. "to attend the sultan. and we live so affectionately together. gracious. go. who in every thing followed his footsteps. the story of the apples being so very singular. such a marriage will perfect our union. and am ready to relate it." Upon this he retired to his apartment in anger." said Noor ad Deen aloud.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 111 not unpardonable: I remember the wonderful history of a vizier." said the caliph. "there cannot be a better thought." replied the other." said he farther. and three slaves." said he. who was prudent. whom he advanced to the highest dignities. wise. but at my return. you will be pleased to pardon my slave. What do you think of this plan?" "Brother. This minister had two sons. of Cairo. that since you are so vain. yours of a son. They did not go abroad for a month. I would have you to know. "as you are for the loss of your father. and because I know you live together. "my fancy carries me farther: Suppose both our wives should conceive the first night of our marriage. and love one another cordially. we will give them to each other in marriage. and I willingly consent to it." answered the other vizier." "No. you must needs have lost your judgment to think you are my equal. and his valour made him terrible to his neighbours. As for Noor ad Deen. who went to hunt near the pyramids. and supposing it would not be possible to live longer with a brother who had treated him with so much haughtiness. Jaaffier began his story thus: The Story of Noor ad Deen Ali and Buddir ad Deen Houssun. and the younger Noor ad Deen Ali. and this honour they had by turns. you will not fail to promise in his name at least three thousand sequins. The vizier their father being dead. and mine of a daughter. and say we are colleagues. that besides the usual articles of the marriage contract. attended the sultan. "Since neither of us is yet married. that Shumse ad Deen concluded by threatening: "Were I not to-morrow. I would treat you as you deserve." "But this is not all. three landed estates." said the younger "I will not consent to that. sagacious. The eldest was called Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. brother. merciful. his brother being of a hasty temper. and equal in title and dignity? Do not you and I know what is just? The male being nobler than the female. are we not brethren. for my part. I will make you sensible that it does not become a younger brother to speak so insolently to his elder as you have done to me. "but you undertake a hard task. Commander of the faithful. for I do not believe you can save your slave. he provided a stout mule. One evening as they were conversing together after a cheerful meal. and imitate your father's conduct. When the sultan hunted. since you prefer him before my daughter. furnished himself with . I would not marry my daughter to your son though you would give him more than you are worth. and protected the learned." "I consent. By what I perceive." The two new viziers humbly thanked the sultan. I will agree to any thing you approve. "if this marriage should happen. But then. and falling into a passion said. and retired to make due preparation for their father's interment. the next day being the elder brother's turn to hunt with the sultan. "for I am persuaded. a strict observer of justice. "I must acknowledge that this prospect is admirable. upon condition that if your majesty finds it more astonishing than that which gives me occasion to tell it." Although Noor ad Deen spoke these words in jest. Shumse ad Deen rising early next morning. and should happen to be brought to bed on one day. "I am as sorry." This pleasant quarrel between two brothers about the marriage of their children before they were born went so far. and attended their duties." said he." "Nay." said the elder. he was very uneasy all night. and liberal. after which they repaired to court. would you expect that my son should settle a jointure on your daughter?" "There is no difficulty in that. He loved the poor. you are a man that would have your business done at another's charge." Upon this. I will bestow his dignity upon you conjointly. I wonder you had so much confidence as to believe him worthy of her. he said to his younger brother. "A mischief upon your son. and well versed in all sciences. let us both wed the same day sisters out of some family that may suit our quality. one of the brothers accompanied him. The latter was endowed with all the good qualities that man could possess. it is your part to give a large dowry with your daughter. the sultan caused them both to put on the robes of a vizier. This sultan had a vizier.

by good fortune overtaking him. perceiving something extraordinary in his aspect. who is grand vizier to the sultan of Egypt. and wished that God might prolong his days to enjoy the satisfaction of the happy match." When the grand vizier had concluded this kind and generous proposal. "Son. and when the company had departed. In the mean time. The lords met at the vizier of Bussorah's palace. preferring you before all those who have demanded her. Upon this the vizier sent for his chief domestics. I have an affection for you. and having told his people that he was going on a private journey for two or three days. and stood still till he had passed. for he thought it proper to speak thus on purpose to satisfy those to whom he had refused his alliance. and rather to die than return home. whom he would not marry in the court of Egypt. This personage was grand vizier. to discover a circumstance which hitherto I have keep a secret. nothing being more requisite for me than ease in my old age. is the young man I now present to you as my son-in-law. This brother has but one son. I hope you will do me the honour to be present at his wedding." The noblemen. who is as beautiful as you are handsome." said Noor ad Deen. Follow me. but I would not grant their request. and have left my country. Several nobles of the highest rank at this court have sought her for their sons. but sent him hither to wed my daughter in order that both branches of our family may be united. which I am resolved to celebrate this day. This minister casting his eyes by chance on Noor ad Deen Ali. resolved to travel through the world. notaries came in with the marriage contrast. Having bathed and dressed. and the chief lords signed it. who soon discovered his good qualities." The grand vizier. as you see. and think you so worthy to be received into my family." Noor ad Deen followed the grand vizier. that it is not probable I shall live much longer. beware. stopped his train. As he went about to seek for a lodging. assured him. he saw a person of quality with a numerous retinue. When out of Cairo. and as he saw him in a traveller's habit. looked very attentively upon him. A courier who was going to Bussorah. was forced to continue his journey on foot. but leave the administration of public affairs to your management. I will not only put you in possession of great part of my estate. and intreat him to grant you the reversion of my dignity of grand vizier in the kingdom of Bussorah.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 112 money and jewels. I am ready to accept you for my son-in-law. he rode by way of the desert towards Arabia. after which. asked him who he was. He had fine new linen. Heaven has bestowed on me only one daughter. he was perfumed with the . so far gone in years. and now fit for marriage. who could not be offended at his preferring his nephew to the great matches that had been proposed. ordered them to adorn the great hall of his palace. after hearing these words. that one day he said to him in private. As soon as the courier reached that city. to bathe. I will acquaint the sultan my master that I have adopted you by this marriage. and prepare a splendid feast. said to him. the grand vizier ordered his servants to have every thing in readiness for Noor ad Deen Ali. to honour him with their company. and rich vestments provided for him in the greatest profusion. who was passing through the city to see that the inhabitants kept good order and discipline. born at Cairo. and from whence he came? "Sir. and when they were all met (Noor ad Deen having made known his quality). who was a good-natured man. "My son. took him up behind him. because of the unkindness of a near relation. that. and returned him thanks for his kindness. Noor ad Deen fell at his feet. His son. I may perhaps make you forget the misfortunes which have forced you to leave your own country. and conceived for him so great an affection. my lords. I am. If you like the proposal. having testified their satisfaction at the marriage of his daughter with Noor ad Deen Ali. "I am an Egyptian. to the sultan of Bussorah. do not pursue your design. that he was at his command in every way. he said to the noblemen present. allowed that he had very good reason for his choice. He afterwards sent to invite the nobility of the court and city. you are not sensible of the hardships you must endure. were willing to be witnesses to the ceremony. departed. "I am now. I have a brother. to whom all the people shewed the greatest respect. and expressing himself in terms that demonstrated his joy and gratitude. but his mule happening to tire. sat down to a magnificent repast. Noor ad Deen alighted. whom I knew to be my nephew as soon as I saw him.

in his stead. "you have declared to me who you are. But. The next day. It is remarkable that Shumse ad Deen Mahummud happened also to marry at Cairo the very same day that this marriage was solemnized at Bussorah. I desire you to make me your entire confidant. go to your bride. for the sultan being fond of the chase. that he might have the comfort before his death to see his son in-law made grand vizier." Noor ad Deen Ali took leave of his father-in-law. when the father saw his son-in-law preside in council. upon the same day in which his brother married the daughter of the grand vizier. seeing a. Shumse ad Deen was much surprised when he understood. And to shew his son-in-law the great esteem he had for him. but in the meantime matched with the daughter of one of the greatest lords in Cairo. branch of his family that promised so fair to support its future consequence and respectability. I will present you to the sultan. or to conceal any thing from me. readily granted his father-in-law's request.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 113 most odoriferous essences. and perform all the offices of grand vizier. He sent a messenger in search of him. who went to Damascus. standards. who was called Buddir ad Deen Houssun. "it is late. It vexed him so much the more. she expects you: to-morrow. and engaged the approbation of the sultan. and hope he will receive you in such a manner as shall satisfy us both. Shumse ad Deen intended to make further inquiry after him in other parts. and I ought to thank heaven for that difference which has procured me such a son-in. but Noor ad Deen was then at Bussorah. he went to the palace. my son. at which the vizier." said he. the particulars of which are as follow: After Noor ad Deen Ali left Cairo. and retired to his bridal apartment. "This is one of the strangest occurrences I ever heard. was absent for a month. who had conceived a distinguished regard for Noor ad Deen when the vizier. and the office you held at the court of Egypt. had presensed him upon his marriage. for now you have no reason either to doubt my affection. that your quarrel should rise so high about an imaginary marriage? I am sorry you fell out with your elder brother upon such a frivolous matter. my son. of Bussorah testified his joy for the birth of his grandson by gifts and public entertainments. but he was also wrong in being angry at what you only spoke in jest. and reverence and affection of the people. his joy was complete. burst out into a fit of laughter. and caused Noor ad Deen immediately to be invested with the robe and insignia of the vizarut. because he did not doubt but the harsh words he had used had occasioned his flight. and most humbly besought the sultan to grant Noor ad Deen Ali his office. with an intention never to return. You have also told me of a difference betwixt you and your brother. who was exceedingly pleased with his noble demeanour." Noor ad Deen informed him of every circumstance of the quarrel. When the courier returned and brought no news of him. The old vizier of Bussorah died about four years afterwards with great satisfaction. and time for you to retire. and had ever since heard every body speak well of him. as he himself had done. such as state drums. Is it possible. and on the same day the lady of Noor ad Deen was delivered of a son at Bussorah. and said. who was hunting with the sultan of Egypt. and as far as Aleppo. Noor ad Deen Ali conducted himself with that dignity and propriety which shewed him to have been used to state affairs. At his return. that under presence of taking a short journey his brother departed from Cairo on a mule the same day as the sultan. At the end of nine months the wife of Shumse ad Deen was brought to bed of a daughter at Cairo. continued it often for so long a period. of Bussorah. his father-in-law. and to acquaint me with the cause of your quarrel. . which occasioned you to leave your country. "My son. The sultan. and writing apparatus of gold richly enamelled and set with jewels. his elder brother. and went to compliment the vizier. The grand" continued the vizier. Having made him sit down. and had never appeared since.

His father put him afterwards to other tutors. and as to what belongs to an upright man. of which I hope you will make good use. performed his last duty to him with all possible love and gratitude. Hitherto his father had kept him to study. . for in that case you will draw every body's hatred upon you. and so has my brother. among other things. and sensibly touched with his discourse. you must prepare for it without murmuring. but called for him. and finding himself past recovery. And as soon as his son Buddir ad Deen Houssun had attained the age of seven years. The people who saw him in the streets were charmed with his demeanour. accustomed him to business of the greatest moment. and you cannot come to that knowledge without you first understand who I am. "Take and read it at your leisure. by what you have learnt from your tutors. who received him graciously. "Secondly. saying. and gave him a thousand blessings. That very moment Noor ad Deen fainted. As for your religion. And then. and spoke as follows: "My son. he learnt the Koran by heart. therefore you must keep it very carefully. your uncle." Buddir ad Deen Houssun being sincerely afflicted to see his father in this condition. These are circumstances which perhaps you may hereafter have occasion to know. the first instruction I give you. The child had a ready wit. so as to have no trouble of conscience for not having acted the part of a really honest man. The way to live happy is to keep your mind to yourself. I was obliged to leave him. he omitted nothing to advance a son he loved so well. on purpose to qualify him betimes. In that last and precious moment he forgot not his son. my father. I shall give you some instructions. In short. As it is a necessary thing to know one's self. so that it was thought he would have expired. by whom his mind was cultivated to such a degree. that when he was twelve years of age he had no more occasion for them. your grandfather. as I have done. you see this world is transitory. "My son. and said. and not to tell your thoughts too easily. Not to do violence to any body whatever. where I have raised myself to the high dignity I now enjoy. you will find. his name is Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. he was admired by all who saw him. provided him an excellent tutor. was first minister to the sultan of that kingdom. and come into this country. but now he introduced him to the sultan. there is nothing durable but in that to which I shall speedily go. compassion. "I am a native of Egypt. and a genius capable of receiving all the good instructions that could be given. and that of your birth. and forbearance. You ought to consider the world as a creditor. as his physiognomy promised wonders. But as he began to enjoy the fruits of his labour. You must therefore from henceforth begin to fit yourself for this change. I shall now inform you.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 114 Noor ad Deen Ali. and your own study. who I suppose is yet alive. Noor ad Deen Ali gave to his son a memorandum book. he was suddenly seized by a violent fit of sickness. but he came to himself again. who taught him perfectly to read. is. But you will understand all these matters more fully by a manuscript that I shall give you. disposed himself to die a good Mussulmaun. After Buddir ad Deen had been two years under the tuition of his master. you are sufficiently instructed in it. and promised at the same time never to part with it. to that sultan. who taught him such things as became his birth. the day of my marriage. could not but weep when he received the memorandum book. I had myself the honour to be vizier." At the same time. to whom you owe moderation. His father proposing to render him capable of supplying his place. Not to make yourself familiar with all sorts of people.

who was a banker and merchant. and came out immediately to go and pray upon his tomb. "My lord. for that is the source of all vices. without knowing what way to go. the sultan is incensed against you. and seize upon it. looking very fiercely upon me. "May not I have so much time. Never did any man yet repent of having spoken too little. commanded him to go to the house of the deceased." The unhappy youth rose hastily from his sofa. to avoid the impending danger. "My lord." The unfortunate youth lifting up his head. He found him sitting in the vestibule of his house. On the way Buddir ad Deen met a Jew. as melancholy as if his father had been but newly dead. The Jew. that instead of a month's time to mourn. for so he was called. which Noor ad Deen Ali." . dare I be so bold as to ask whither you are going at this time of night alone. he kept himself shut up in tears and solitude about two months. or so much as going abroad to pay his duty to his sovereign. and make but a bad use of them. Buddir ad Deen Houssun of Bussorah. to the city. and after he had covered his head with the skirt of his vest. and alter he had kissed the hem of his garment. and lay it out on proper occasions. by kissing his hand. and my father appeared to me in a dream. be gone immediately." replied the slave. The sultan being displeased at his neglect. " Fifthly. ‘He that keeps silence is out of danger. as the proverb says. with all his other houses. To be frugal in your way of living. exclaimed. and as it was growing dark. lands. and in his anger. accompanied by his officers. and saluted him very courteously.ground. The new grand vizier. save yourself. resolved to pass that night in his father's tomb.' And in this case particularly you ought to practice it. save yourself immediately. (for he had created another on the death of Noor ad Deen). and was returning from a place where his affairs had called him. Noor ad Deen was buried with all the honours due to his rank." said he. it will maintain you in time of necessity. was with grief for the death of his father. and so much troubled? Has any thing disquieted you?" "Yes." said he. if you husband it well. Sir. "What news dost thou bring?" "My lord. and to seize your person. He ran without stopping till he came to the public burying. Not to say a word when you are reproached. stopped. has sent to confiscate your estates. "a while ago I was asleep. as if much displeased. knowing Buddir ad Deen. and effects. "as to take some money and jewels along with me?" ``No. the virtuous Noor ad Deen continued till the last aspiration of his breath to give good advice to his son. will be here this moment. and leave you to yourself. covered by a dome. that his face might not be known. I started out of my sleep in alarm. That our speech ought not to be like a storm of hail that spoils all. Isaac the Jew. "Fourthly. It was a large edifice. To drink no wine. "the grand vizier. without seeing any body. you will have many friends. and looking upon it as a alight. called for the new grand vizier. In short. He fell down at his feet out of breath. suffered his passion to prevail. had erected for his sepulture. You also know what one of our poets says upon this subject. for though you have little. ‘That silence is the ornament and safe-guard of life'. for. But one of Buddir ad Deen Houssun's slaves happening accidentally to come into the crowd. all the world will forsake you. and when he was dead he was magnificently interred. according to custom. if you do not squander your estate. cried out." The words of this faithful and affectionate slave occasioned Buddir ad Deen Houssun great alarm." said Buddir ad Deen. as is common with the Mussulmauns. because born in that city. went immediately to execute his commission. fled. after he had paid his respects to Buddir ad Deen Houssun. and to confine his person. said. whereas many have been sorry that they spoke so much. put his feet in his sandals.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 115 "Thirdly. I do not mean you should be either profuse or niggardly. no sooner understood the vizier's errand. but if on the contrary you have great riches. without leaving any thing for Buddir ad Deen Houssun. than he ran before to give his master warning. "there is no time to be lost.

I would have her for my bride: will not you consent?' The vizier. and my good lord. if you will give me those that happen to come in the first that arrives in safety. it is done." "You will very much oblige me. but at last rose up. with his eyes full of tears. "did you ever see a youth more beautiful?" The perie having attentively observed Buddir ad Deen. after having stamped it with his seal. and I will shew you a beauty worthy your admiration. "Since it is so. and offered to count them. I will pay you down in part of payment a thousand sequins. and said. You know I had a brother. I am able to pay down ready money for all the goods that are in your ships: and to begin. who had retired to the cemetery during the day. he pulled the inkhorn from his girdle. The sultan having heard of this young lady's beauty." answered the genie. they saluted one another. I beg the favour of you to grant me the refusal of them before any other merchant. he shewed it him sealed up with one seal. I will relate her unhappy fate. to be one of . and dispossessed of all that he had in the world. "To judge of this creature by his beauty. "My lord. replied. and leaning his head upon his father's tombstone. my lord. "unfortunate Buddir ad Deen. to range about the world at night. and instead of accepting it joyfully. a flight into the air." This note he delivered to the Jew." As he spoke. what will become of thee? Whither canst thou fly for refuge against the unjust prince who persecutes thee? Was it not enough to be afflicted by the death of so dear a father? Must fortune needs add new misfortunes to just complaints?" He continued a long time in this posture. after he had satisfied himself with looking at him. presented it to him with a piece of paper. whom God has sent to put the world in a flame by his charms. and. and if you will hear me. the lading of the first of his ships that shall arrive in this port. "then you sell me for a thousand sequins the lading of the first of your ships that shall arrive in port?" "Yes. Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. he tool. and taking a small reed out of it neatly cut for writing. I am not worthy of the honour you would confer upon me. they came into the tomb." said the perie.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 116 "My lord. "that the sultan of Egypt has a vizier. had store of merchandize in several vessels. till. Buddir ad Deen made the best of his way to his father's tomb." said he. but I am just come from seeing an objets at Cairo. his sorrows returned more violently than before. according to his custom. deplored his miserable condition. When he came to it. and then took his leave of him. received in hand. "I sell it to you for a thousand sequins. "Pray descend with me into the cemetery. who did not expect this proposal. "I must confess that he is a very handsome man. and finding Buddir ad Deen lying on his back. sent the other day for her father. was surprised at his beauty. Buddir ad Deen Houssun being banished from home. so that he sighed and mourned. he sunk upon the floor. and was intending. Buddir ad Deen Houssun wrote these words: "This writing is to testify." The perie consented. "your father of happy memory. ‘I understand you have a daughter to marry." answered Buddir ad Deen. where meeting by chance with a perie." said the Jew. he would seem to be an angel of the terrestrial paradise. for the sum of one thousand sequins." said the genie. While Isaac pursued his journey to the city. after which he said to her. overcome with heaviness. but Buddir ad Deen said he would trust his word. he said to himself. has sold to Isaac the Jew. "be pleased to favour me with a small note of the bargain we have made. as well as myself. "You must know then. When the genie had attentively considered Buddir ad Deen Houssun. he answered the sultan: ‘May it please your majesty. if I do not accede to your request. which are yet at sea." At last. who had the honour. looked on this proposal of the Jew as a favour from heaven. entered the sepulchre. who has a daughter most beautiful and accomplished. He had not slept long. "Alas!" said he. he prostrated himself to the ground. where I dwell. shewing her Buddir ad Deen Houssun. and both descended in an instant. and belong to you. "Look. that Buddir ad Deen Houssun of Bussorah. when a genie." said the Jew (who did not know the true reason why Buddir ad Deen had left the town). and I most humbly beseech you to pardon me. was troubled. more admirable than this." Upon this the Jew delivered him the bag of a thousand sequins. which another in his place would certainly have done." and drawing out a bag from under his vest. and therefore accepted it with joy. and drops asleep.

advanced towards the door of the bath." Buddir ad Deen. 117 "‘He has left a son. and mix with the crowd at the door of the bath. I will be at the pains to carry him to Cairo before he awakes. provoked at this denial of his vizier said to him in anger which he could not restrain: ‘Is this the way in which you requite my condescension in stooping so low as to desire your alliance? I know how to revenge your presumption in daring to prefer another to me. let us comfort a distressed father. who is already dressed to receive him. and I think it were a deed worthy of us to obstruct the sultan of Egypt's injustice. I will do my utmost endeavours to make this project succeed. when we have accomplished our design. and make his daughter as happy as she thinks herself miserable. who came out of the bath. the ladies met for that purpose were going to conduct her in her nuptial attire to the hall. whence hump." answered the perie. and by that you will easily know him. the genie said to her." "You are in the right. who is hump-backed. I conjure your majesty to grant me permission.back was to come with a train of slaves that waited for him. and being desirous to fulfil the promise on my part. and leave the rest to a superior power. open the purse of sequins you have in your bosom. being well instructed in all that he was to do. he angrily commanded the vizier to quit his presence. "for I must confess he deserves to be married to that charming creature. and as ugly as a hobgoblin. "Whatever you think or say. and when I departed from Cairo. I consent to your revenge upon the sultan of Egypt. where she is to receive her hump-backed bridegroom. crook legged." When the perie left off speaking. "I am extremely obliged to you for so good a thought. where they are going to celebrate a marriage. and afterwards leave it to your care to carry him elsewhere. give money also to the female slaves you see about the bride. be sure to take out a whole handful. The preparations for this fantastical wedding are all ready. for the crook-back groom. follow them till you come into a hall. and forbad him to speak. Put yourself at the right hand as you go in. to go along with them to his bride. The bridegroom is a hump-backed fellow.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete your viziers: we had some difference together. and this very moment all the slaves belonging to the lords of the court of Egypt are waiting at the door of a bath. distribute them among the musicians and dancers as they go along. and followed humpback. he was going to cry out. The vizier retired to his palace full of confusion. he caused the contract to be made and signed by witnesses in his own presence. and I am persuaded you will not be backward. big-bellied. and do assure you. and is this minute expecting him. and there having been an agreement between us to match our children together. "This very day the sultan sent for one of his grooms. which was the cause of his leaving me suddenly. and was naturally alarmed at finding himself in the middle of a city he knew not. but the genie touched him gently on the shoulder.back. Since that time I have had no account of him till within these four days. and overwhelmed in despair. that no person can behold her without admiration. and after having commanded the vizier to marry his daughter to this ghastly slave. I have seen her. be not afraid of any person. and I swear that your daughter shall be married to the most contemptible and ugly of my slaves. and then mixing among them as if he belonged to some noblemen of Cairo. The first thing he did was to light his torch at that of a slave. but every time you put your hand in your purse. He then put a torch in his hand." The perie and the genie having thus concerted what they had to do." "I will not dispute it with you. let us deceive him. each with a flambeau in his hand. Buddir ad Deen awoke. and do not spare them. that I heard he died at Bussorah. and when you are got into the hall. who will order matters as he thinks fit. the genie lifted up Buddir ad Deen Houssun gently." answered the genie. Observe to do everything exactly as I have desired you. and put this young gentleman in the room of the slave. and . I am persuaded he intended that match when he died. whom they design for hump.' "The sultan of Egypt. being grand vizier to the sultan of that kingdom. I cannot be persuaded that the girl's beauty exceeds that of this young man.' Having thus spoken. and with an inconceivable swiftness conveyed him through the air and set him down at the door of a building next to the bath. who is bathing. he marched along as they did. "Go. saying.

insomuch that the ladies cried out. but in her face there was nothing to be seen but vexation and grief. whose shouts for some time put a stop to the concert of music in the hall. all fixed their eyes upon him. and none remained in the hall but the hump-back groom. The bride repaired to the nuptial chamber." and saying thus. and admiring his shape. gave it to the first they met. so as to put him out of countenance. pulled out time after time whole handfuls of sequins. and men and women dancers. kept back all the slaves that carried torches. who went just before the bridegroom. "And thou. would unite ugliness and beauty together. and the beauty of his face. and so unworthy of her love. those of the sultan's bed-chamber. The cause of this was easily to be guessed. gave him a cross look. 118 Buddir ad Deen coming near to the musicians. and having brought him into the hall. "He is not one of the slaves'" said they. But before he got out of the vestibule. "stay. Nor did he forget the players and dancers. to the great satisfaction of the spectators. every one according to her rank. were placed on each side." Nor did they rest here. and richly dressed. whither her attendants followed to undress her. the music ceased and the company retired. according to the instructions given him by the genie. who made such a contemptible figure. "look upon him. who sat near the vizier's daughter on a throne most richly adorned. his behaviour. "We must give our bride to this handsome young gentleman. Buddir ad Deen. stood still. They took his torch out of his hand. and carried him with them in spite of the porters.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete mounted a horse from the sultan's own stable. who. all who received it fixed their eyes upon him. placed him at the right hand of the hump-backed bridegroom. and you will soon be satisfied. When the ceremony of changing habits was passed. they put him in the midst of them. . and several other ladies of the court and city. the genie and the perie met and stopped him. and not to this ugly humpback. but the musicians. He is certainly a young stranger. a little lower. to prevent any disorder. which he distributed among the women that followed the bride. failed not to put his hands in his purse. but also threw money to them. Hump-back. they could not forbear looking upon him. withdrew. and some of the domestics. which he distributed among them: and as he thus gave his money with an unparalleled grace and engaging mien. before whom she presented herself in her new attire. who is curious to see the ceremonies observed at marriages in this city. and said. came near him to have a full view of his face. They shewed themselves thankful for his liberality. and all found themselves moved with love and admiration. she on her return passed by hump-back without giving him one look. At last the musicians began again. On this occasion. and protested they would not go in. and went towards Buddir ad Deen. When he was seated every one deft their seats. who had free entrance. who was enraged at Buddir ad Deen. viziers. The nuptial seat was in the midst of an estrade. and after they had a full view of his face. They also mocked the bridegroom. what dost thou wait for? Why art thou not gone as well as the rest? Depart!" Buddir ad Deen having no pretence to stay. suspecting him to be his rival. and the women who had dressed the bride surrounded her. occasioned great murmuring among the company. Buddir ad Deen. The doorkeepers. The disparity between Buddir ad Deen Houssun and the hump-backed groom. "Whither are you going?" said the perie. if they hindered him from accompanying them. The ladies of the emirs. Buddir ad Deen was likewise refused. not knowing what to do with himself. but uttered imprecations against the sultan. It was pleasant to see how they pushed one another to gather it up. abusing his absolute power. holding a large wax taper in her hands. when she had by her side a bridegroom so very deformed. and would not admit them. When they saw Buddir ad Deen Houssun. and pulled out handfuls of sequins. At last they came to the gates of the vizier who little thought his nephew was so near. they found him so handsome that they could not withdraw their attention. She appeared very lovely. Each time that the bride retired to change her dress.

hump-back would have cried out for help." At this discourse the vizier's daughter (who was more like one dead than alive when she came into the bride-chamber) put on a gay air. "I am of another quality than that ugly hump-back." To return to Buddir ad Deen. tell her boldly that you are her husband." Buddir ad Deen. it shall cost thee thy life. notwithstanding all the money he had dispersed. "if thou goest out from hence. that the sultan's intention was only to make sport with the groom. was still full. the genie changed himself immediately into a large buffalo. It is I that am the happy mortal for whom it is reserved. return. ." said she. "to meet with so pleasing a surprise.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 119 hump-back is not in the hall. The sultan had a mind to make himself merry. The beautiful bride was agreeably surprised to find instead of hump-back a handsome youth. took hump-back by the legs. After a while the bride arrived. But my good fortune is so much the greater." replied the genie. who came no farther than the door. for if thou hast the impudence to return. it is through ignorance. that he stood gaping and could not utter one word. overjoyed to see himself possessor of so many charms. madam. with a voice that redoubled his fear." said she. as I have told thee already. "If thou stir. the musicians. I will take thee by the heels again." said he. "before the sun rise. the dancers." "He your husband. by putting this trick upon the vizier your father. if I am guilty. I will crush thy head to pieces. and I had condemned myself to live unhappy all my days. and in this stripe called to him. but his fear was so great. and all the servants of your family. where he sat down. staring with her eyes like fire. he transformed himself into the shape of a man. she stood upon her hinder feet. "hast thou the presumption to venture to marry my mistress?" "O my lord. I warn thee to obey. which. "by your being here at this time of night you must be my husband's comrade?" "No. from whence he slips into the bride-chamber. As soon as you are alone with her. In the mean time we will take care that the hump-back shall not return. that Buddir ad Deen was charmed with her graces. and covering his face with his vest. "I pray you to pardon me. and then retired. and after having set him against the wall with his head downwards. We have sent hump-back to his stable again. mewing louder than she did at first. which made her so handsome. conducted by an old matron. for so much beauty must never be sacrificed to the most contemptible of mankind. but instead of retreating. for she is yours and not his. Prompted by the genie and the presence of the perie." said hump-back. That he might have no time to recover. he returned to the hall." said he. At this sight. "What! my dear friend." While the perie thus encouraged Buddir ad Deen. looking fiercely at him. and laid his vesture aside." replied he: "can you retain those thoughts so long? Be convinced of your mistake." said she. that I possess in you a man worthy of my tenderest affection. who gracefully addressed her. or speakest a word till the sun rises. with the bag that he had from the Jew. "you do not consider that you speak degradingly of my husband. I give you my oath that I am ready to obey you. he clapped his hands to drive her away. "Thou hump-backed villain!" At these words the affrighted groom cast himself upon the ground." said Buddir ad Deen." "By death. Hump-back called to the cat. mewing at a most fearful rate. and instructed him how he should behave himself. and increasing in size till she was as large as an ass. hump-back had really gone out of the room for a moment. that he might not see this dreadful beast. and dash thy head in a thousand pieces against the wall. You might have observed how the ladies. I did not know that this lady had a buffalo to her sweetheart: command me in anything you please. "what is it you want of me?" "Woe be to thee. and let nothing hinder your passing the night with your bride. The genie went to him in the shape of a monstrous cat. expecting the success of his adventure. were pleased with this comedy. "Sovereign prince of buffaloes." When the genie had done speaking. without looking in to see whether it were hump-back or another that was there. and introduce yourself into the bride's chamber. but he chose me to be your real husband. your women. retired with his bride." replied the genie." "But. "I did not expect.

that I was all day yesterday at Bussorah. having occasion to go out. "Pray can you tell me how it was possible for me to go in a dream to Cairo. How is it possible that you." The perie went into the bed-chamber where the two lovers were fast asleep. a fool. said. "A madman. moved with compassion for him. instead of returning. "Young man. "and I swear to you. "My son. they spoke so loud that they awaked him. perhaps." All those who laughed before. that pitied him because of his youth. go you and bring off the young man again without awaking him. "you know not what you say. "My son. "is so true that last night I was married in the city of Cairo." said the same person who spoke before. "A madman. and as we came out we found you lying here in this condition: have you lain here all night? and do not you know that you are at one of the gates of Damascus?" "At one of the gates of Damascus!" answered Buddir ad Deen. they were surprised to see a youth lying in his shirt and drawers upon the ground. and many people assembled. "He has been hard put to it to get away from his mistress. One said. could not forbear again at this declaration. A small puff of wind happening to blow at this time. each time dressed in a different habit. and departed with the genie. "It is time to finish what we have so successfully carried on." said an old man to him." said he. was overtaken with sleep." He had no sooner said this than all the people fell into a fit of laughter. "how people expose themselves. where they arrived just at the time when the officers of the mosques. could be last night at Cairo?" "It is true.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 120 Towards morning. who had met again with the perie. where I am very certain I was in person. however. that he knew not what to think of all those adventures. and where my bride was seven times brought before me." There were some." Upon this some looked out at their windows. which will soon appear. After Buddir ad Deen Houssun had confidently affirmed all that he said to be true. uncovered his breast. and encompassed by a crowd of people gazing at him. "surely you mock me. and every one who followed him called out. exclaimed. which was whiter than snow. "It is a pity that such a handsome young man should have lost his senses. you do not consider what you say." "I am sensible of what I say. the same night at Cairo. yet they could not forbear to laugh at him: which put him into such confusion. to whom they intended to give her? Besides. and the bag of sequins I had at Cairo?" Though he assured them that all these things were matters of fact. let us not be overtaken by day. and in company with the genie with wonderful swiftness fled away with him to the gates of Damascus in Syria. I want to know what is become of my vest. close by the gate. some came to their doors. my turban. "Recollect yourself. some of the people. and not having his senses about him. the genie. When I lay down to sleep last night I was at Cairo. and the fancy still possesses your brain. and one among the company said to him. he's a madman. took up Buddir ad Deen in his under vest and drawers." answered Buddir ad Deen Houssun. "you must have dreamt all this. where I am. In this perplexity the affrighted young man happened to come before . that he could not get time to put on his clothes. "Inform me. The perie laid Buddir ad Deen softly on the ground. and others joined with those that were about him. and where I saw an ugly hump backed fellow. the gates of the city were just now opened. he rose up to go into the town. "for God's sake." said another. when he found himself at the gate of a city where he had never been before. is come this length. and cried out. you must certainly be crazed. appointed for that end. Every one being struck with admiration at the fineness of his complexion. "He's a fool. His surprise was as great as theirs." Others were of another opinion. and then." When he had said this." "What I say." "Look." but not knowing for what. sure enough he has spent most part of the night in drinking with his friends. The gate of the city being opened." answered the young man. were calling the people to prayers at break of day. calling out as they did. till he has got drunk.light." and so went away. but nobody could guess what had been the real occasion of his coming thither. Is it possible that a man could yesterday be at Bussorah. and this morning at Damascus? Surely you are asleep still. and what you would have?" One of the crowd spoke to him saying. while the two lovers were asleep. come rouse up your spirits." said Buddir ad Deen. being this morning at Damascus.

after you are so adopted. when he found himself at Damascus. was surprised to find hump-back with his head on the ground. "unless the sun be risen. called for witnesses. "For God's sake. and went before a notary. her father the vizier. that he was forced to run away and hide himself. You shall be welcome to stay with me till and as I have no children. Buddir ad Deen lived with him under the name of Houssun. father. As she was in expectation of him. and at last. (who was vexed at the affront put upon him by the sultan) came and knocked at her chamber-door. nor the death of his father the grand vizier. and learned the pastry. judging it the best thing he could do. yet he was dreaded by all who knew him. can you see me with so much satisfaction?" The new bride seeing her father angry at her pleasant countenance. "Alas! alas! it is you then that would marry me to the mistress of a genie in the form of a buffalo. "do you appear before me thus? after the hideous sacrifice you have just consummated. "who placed you thus?" Crookback. answered. without being exposed any more to the insults of the rabble." said she. suddenly a black cat appeared to me." Shumse ad Deen Mabummud. "that hump-back----" "Let us talk no more of hump-back. who expected to find her drowned in tears. in what amazement he was. I assure you once more. bade him move. and exclaimed in anger. as the genie had set him against the wall. it is not true. said to him." said the pastry. who has large eyes and black eyebrows. it is not the hump-back fellow. "Unhappy wretch!" said he in a passion." "What fable do you tell me?" said Shumse ad Deen. but." At these words the vizier. The pastry-cook asked him who he was. and stand upon his legs. considering his circumstances. where he had married a lady. they dispersed." Shumse ad Deen went out to seek him. immediately got up. it is not that monster I have married. the daughter of Shumse ad Deen awoke. not concealing his birth. who plundered the caravans. you may freely walk the city. without being able to penetrate into all those wonderful adventures. After this. knowing it to be the vizier. sir. "it was the youth I mentioned. supposed he had risen softly for fear of disturbing her. that she surprised the vizier. sir. "I will take care how I stir. "What! Did not crook-back lie with you tonight?" "No. 121 This pastry-cook had formerly been captain to a troop of Arabian robbers. but patiently wait till heaven thinks fit to put an end to your misfortunes. as soon as he came out to the rabble who followed Buddir ad Deen. I will own you for my son. Buddir ad Deen was glad to accept of the pastry-cook's proposal. wherefore." replied the vizier. do not reproach me wrongfully. I believe. where he behaved himself to every one's satisfaction. She kissed his hand." said she. where he acknowledged him for his son. to bewail her sad destiny." said hump-back. that when I came last night to your palace. and though he was become a citizen of Damascus. how. and as much grieved as himself. after he had fallen asleep the night following upon his father's tomb. Every body laughed him to scorn. Know. thought he was raving.cook. and went into it to avoid the rabble. sir. "Ah. and she knowing him by his voice. and finding Buddir ad Deen gone.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete a pastry-cook's shop. he found himself when he awoke at Cairo. "but if you will follow my advice. While this passed at Damascus. "What is the meaning of this?" said he. and opened the door." said she. "Your history is one of the most surprising. Buddir ad Deen told him all. but with my dear spouse. that I did not bed with him. instead of seeing Buddir ad Deen. and in an instant grew as big as a . and his heels uppermost. and received him with so much pleasure in her countenance. when he heard hump-back speak thus. He called her by her name. Father." "So. wicked woman! you will make me distracted!" "It is you. but would soon return. who is my real husband. and what brought him thither. roughly." Though this adoption was below the son of a grand vizier. if you consent. to make room for a noble youth. "a curse upon hump-back. whom I abhor more than death. and put him so out of countenance. The cook clothed him. who. "that put me out of my senses by your incredulity. you will let no man know those matters you have revealed to me. lost all patience. is not far off. He afterwards gave him an account why he had left Bussorah.

perhaps you may find something among them that may solve your doubt. He read the following words upon a note in the bag: "A thousand sequins belonging to Isaac the Jew. and the birth of his daughter at Cairo. which threw him into great perplexity. he called for scissors. but could procure no intelligence of him. and the women she called to her assistance. knew his brother's hand. and is without the dowry he gives you. and fainted away. Meanwhile. "that ever happened. and shewed them to the sultan. I have not forgotten what he enjoined me. and after nine months was brought to bed of a son.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 122 buffalo. "For my son Buddir ad Deen Houssun. and was impatient to receive him to his arms. it was still kept full by the genie and perie. Shumse ad Deen having opened the paper. notwithstanding all the liberality of Buddir ad Deen." He had scarcely read these words. of blessed memory. "Daughter. he thought fit to draw up in writing with his own hand an account of the manner in which the wedding had been solemnized. without looking behind him. and coming to the palace presented himself to the sultan. that he took the book. and of the birth of his son. and the rest of Buddir ad Deen's raiment into a bundle. He looked over the book from beginning to end. if it were not made after the Bussorah fashion. Your bridegroom is your cousin. which demonstrates his almighty power. "Delivered to my lord Buddir ad Deen Houssun." said he. After some days were past. the bag. with the ticket of the bag. "I should take this to be a vizier's turban. "do not alarm yourself at this accident. he kissed it several times. and found it full of sequins: for." In order to certify it. for the cargo of the first of those ships that formerly belonged to the noble vizier. put him . instead of teaching him to read at home. which he likewise opened. when hump-back ran off. and was so much pleased with the relation of this adventure." said he. "This is the strangest occurrence. therefore you may depart. He likewise made the turban. and when he compared them with the day of his own marriage. Here are my husband's clothes. After he had waited seven days in vain. In it he found the date of his brother's arrival at Bussorah. which he put off last night. saying. the son of my beloved and deceased brother. he wondered at the exact coincidence which appeared in every circumstance. God be praised for all things. and which Buddir ad Deen Houssun had sewn in his turban for security." She then shewed him Buddir ad Deen's turban. instead of going away." The vizier. A nurse was provided for the child. and made him stand up. and his grandfather called him Agib." Before he could make any reflections upon it." And these lines underneath. and found this superscription. "can you give me no farther light in this miraculous affair?" "Sir. his daughter delivered him the bag. with the other circumstances. The happy discovery put him into such a transport of joy. of his marriage. how the hall and his daughter's bed-chamber were furnished." said he. When young Agib had attained the age of seven. The vizier Shumse ad Deen being recovered from his fit by the aid of his daughter. "My abused daughter. when he groaned heavily. and particularly for this miraculous adventure. Shumse ad Deen returned to his daughter's chamber. found the paper which Noor ad Deen Ali had given to his son upon his deathbed. the vizier. Shumse ad Deen could not comprehend the reason why his nephew did not appear. he searched through all Cairo. the vizier." But perceiving something to be sewed between the stuff and the lining. occasioned by what is scarcely credible. who pardoned what was past. which he examined narrowly on all sides. and locked them up. took him by the heels. he expected him every moment. The thousand sequins in the bag reminds me of a quarrel I had with him. the vizier's daughter perceived herself pregnant. his father. shedding abundance of tears. "I can give you no other account than I have done already. which the Jew had written. that he caused it with all its circumstances to be put in writing for the information of posterity." replied she. and leave me here. sold to me upon its arrival in this place." Then looking again upon his brother's writing. who laughed heartily when informed how the genie had served him. more astonished than before. besides other women and slaves to wait upon him. that lay under the garments. and having unripped it.

He answered. he became proud and insolent." Having spoken thus. and two slaves were ordered to wait upon him. "We consent. is your father. who demanded the reason of their sorrow. "That they must have patience." But when he saw that Agib grew still more and more overbearing. scoffing him. "Agib. and my father Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. and not be suffered to play in our company. and speaking to Agib. Being thus afflicted. no. "he is your father. he went to the sultan's palace. "My name is Agib. all the scholars grew weary of his insolence. "Come. When he comes again to-morrow. who many times would pass by faults in him that he would correct in his other pupils. We only know that the sultan was going to marry your mother to one of his grooms. so great was his mortification. would have his play-fellows bear all from him. I believe it will make him leave the school." At these words all the children cried out. and as they were all inferior to him in rank. and heard all that passed. Agib used to play with his schoolfellows." said he "for the love of God be pleased to tell me who is my father?" "My son. but ought to teach you to treat your schoolfellows with less haughtiness." "A curse on you." she replied. said. This indulgence spoiled Agib. they shewed him great respect. which so much affected the vizier that he joined his tears with theirs." said he to his scholars. "Agib. shall not play at all. and one of them called out. my mother is called the lady of beauty. the lady of beauty calling to mind her wedding night." They all cried out. came up. This is hard upon you. and complained of him to their master. so that he shall never torment you any more. repining bitterly at the loss of so handsome a husband as Buddir ad Deen. according to the example of their master." Then he that spoke first asked every one the question. Nay. vizier to the sultan. they failed not to follow their master's instructions. When he came to himself. "Let us begin a play. "Mother. They placed themselves round Agib. that every one who desires to play shall tell his own name. who being alarmed to see him thus grieved. and had occasioned his sorrow. and you shall not play with us. do not you know that the vizier is not your father. and many times beat them. but upon condition. the vizier entered. and would submit to nothing from them. place yourselves round him." cried they with great laughter. and laughing among themselves. they who refuse shall be esteemed bastards. but be master every where. Nay we will take care how we come into your company." Next day when they were gathered together. let us play. who every day caresses you so kindly. who answered. but your grandfather. a humpback fellow. Whilst the lady of beauty and Agib were both weeping. and none of mine. what do you say? That is not the name of your father. "Children. began to shed tears. but a genie lay with her. He went directly sobbing to his mother's chamber. He could not answer for tears. and so did Agib. and it was long ere he could speak plain enough to repeat what had been said to him. The schoolmaster who was near. "I find Agib is a little insolent gentleman." said he in a passion. But whose son am I?" At this question. but your grandfather." returned Agib. and if any took the liberty to thwart him." "You do not tell me truth. he was mortified to the quick. and falling prostrate at his feet. "Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. The lady told him the shame Agib had undergone at school. In short. and the names of his father and mother. and occasioned him much trouble. he would call them a thousand names. I will shew you how to mortify him. which mortified Agib so much that he wept. and judging from this that the misfortune which had happened to his daughter was the common discourse of the town. they all left him. "What! dare you say that the vizier is not my father?" "No. and the father of your mother the lady of beauty? We know not the name of your father any more than you do. and let one of you call out. which had been succeeded by a long widowhood. and that of his father and mother. ran hastily out of the school. most humbly intreated . "he is your grandfather.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 123 to school with a master who was in great esteem. asked the reason. and all fulfilled the condition except Agib. but on condition that he who cannot tell his own name." Agib being nettled at this.

" replied the slave. ordered the black eunuch. than Agib. requesting in the strongest terms all kings and princes in whose dominions Buddir ad Deen might sojourn. nor for what reason. accompanied with his daughter the lady of beauty." Then applying himself to the eunuch. and those who passed along the street were not satisfied in stopping to look upon him. there was not a person that did not admire him. others put their heads out of the windows. The beautiful lady desiring her son Agib might share in the satisfaction of viewing that celebrated city. and with an engaging air. but on the twentieth." "Alas! my lord. approved his resolution. a small distance from the gate of Damascus. and pursue his journey on the third. the politeness of its inhabitants." "It would be a fine thing truly. Little Agib was moved when he saw his emotion. and eat a bit of such fare as I have. where he disposed every thing for his journey. He caused a passport also to be written for him. one of the pleasantest in Syria. and turning to the eunuch. having wished the sultan all manner of prosperity. and the abundance of its conveniences. he took his leave and returned to his house. and he conducted the pastry trade so dexterously. Shumse ad Deen. that in four days after he left the city. and pitched their tents upon the banks of a river which fertilizes the vicinity. who were gazing so attentively upon Agib and the black eunuch. and gave him leave to travel. that I cannot avoid complying with his request. to conduct him thither. Having cast his eyes upon Agib. that tears trickled from his eyes. stepped out to see them himself. "to see the son of a vizier go into a pastry-cook's shop to eat. said." cried Buddir ad Deen. said to him: "My little lord. "it is cruelty to trust the conduct of you in the hands of a person who treats you so harshly. "This honest man speaks in such an affectionate manner. and left him his shop and all his property. and the preparations were carried on with so much diligence. another cause unknown to him gave rise to the uneasiness and emotion he felt. they halted. in magnificent apparel. and bestow a thousand benedictions on the father and mother that had given being to so fine a child. not knowing how to express his gratitude to the sultan. be so kind as to come into my shop. He was not struck like the people with the brilliant beauty of the boy. laying aside his business. arriving at a pleasant mead. to grant that the vizier might conduct him to Cairo. and almost all of them made use of it: some influenced by curiosity to see a city they had heard so much of. attracted the eyes of the people." continued he. The pastry-cook who had adopted Buddir ad Deen Houssun had died some years before. and there the crowd was so great. who had a large cane in his hand. and the rarities of the country. By chance the eunuch and he passed by the shop of Buddir ad Deen Houssun. fair and glorious as the day. once the capital of the caliphs. 124 The sultan was much concerned at the vizier's affliction. They had no sooner entered the city. At last. and his grandson Agib. made up to Agib. that they were forced to halt. "My good friend. The vizier declared he would stay in that pleasent place two days. For he could not bear any longer that the people of the city should believe a genie had disgraced his daughter. went with the eunuch. Some got out of their houses to gain a nearer and narrower view of him. who. to prolong the pleasure of the agreeable sight: in fine. fell down before him a second time. but kept pace with him. that I may have the pleasure of admiring you at my ease. They travelled nineteen days without intermission. Buddir ad Deen found himself moved. he knew not how.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete permission to make a journey in search of his nephew Buddir ad Deen Houssun. Agib. that he had gained great reputation in Damascus. Buddir ad Deen seeing so great a crowd before his door. do not imagine that I will suffer any such thing. who hast won my soul. It was the force of blood that wrought in this tender father. and runs through the town. and others by the opportunity of vending the Egyptian goods they had brought with them." These words he pronounced with such tenderness. let us step into his house. In the mean time he gave his retinue leave to go to Damascus. or buying stuffs. while the floods of tears he shed bore sufficient testimony to his feelings. and celebrated for its elegant buildings. who acted in quality of his governor. "pray do not hinder this young lord from . and taste his pastry.

according to the different emotions that affected him. who was no sooner informed of his quality than he admitted him to his presence. Agib. and inquired the occasion of his . that. from whom he had been so soon and so cruelly separated. eat of them. you would needs go into the man's shop. and several other towns." continued he. and by so doing. and Halep. Do you know. Buddir ad Deen Houssun ran after Agib and the eunuch. Diarbeker. The eunuch perceiving he followed them. Another was served up to the eunuch. Hanah. if he had not thought I had some ill design against him." This answer. Buddir ad Deen Houssun was overjoyed at having obtained what he had so passionately desired. Buddir ad Deen Houssun. "what do you want?" "My dear friend. then crossed the Euphrates. falling again to the work he had discontinued "I was making. "do not trouble yourself." said he within himself. which he had not put off. In this dread. I foresaw I should repent of my complaisance." replied Agib. Buddir ad Deen kept on the pastry-trade at Damascus. and I must needs go and look after it." When he got home. it was not wisely done in me to give you leave. not contented with looking after him. though your outside is brown like a chestnut. and the road is free to every body. without further hesitation. "that I am master of the secret to make you white. instead of being black as you are?" This set the eunuch a laughing. "I will tell you. and his uncle Shumse ad Deen Mahummud went from thence three days after his arrival. and after passing through Mardin." "Perhaps. I have a little business out of town. Immediately after his arrival he desired audience of the sultan. and he gave the same judgment." said he. Buddir ad Deen viewed Agib very attentively. implying. and softened the sense of his mischance by the reflection that there was an infinite number of people upon the earth. reddened and whitened alternately. set it before Agib. Singier. it came into his mind that possibly he might have such a son by his charming wife. he had no reason to complain of a mischance that he had merited and brought upon himself. said. The eunuch was so charmed with these verses. I am persuaded you will find them good. He was afraid the grand vizier his grandfather should come to know he had been in the pastry shop. shut up his shop immediately. without looking behind them. for doubtless he would never have used me after this manner. and then he asked what that secret was. do not put such mortification upon me: rather do me the honour to walk in along with him. "This is all owing to you. received him very favourably. he took a cream-tart out of the oven. and after strewing upon it some pomegranate kernels and sugar." This said. who found it very delicious. and after looking upon him again and again. who repeated some verses in praise of black eunuchs. was extremely surprised: "You impertinent fellow. perceiving he was within two paces of him. however. and followed him. and the people send to buy them of me from all quarters of the town. who were yet more unfortunate than he. that. till they came near the vizier's tents. he took up a large stone that lay at his foot and throwing it at Buddir ad Deen. Buddir ad Deen turned towards the city staunching the blood of the wound with his apron. he suffered Agib to go into the shop. he had his wound dressed. for the eunuch pressing him to return to his grandfather's tent. to take so much pains about this brat. arrived at last at Bussorah. The eunuch gave Buddir ad Deen to understand. and had eaten there. with submission. and you must. your inside is as white.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 125 granting me the favour I ask. and wounded him so that his face was covered with blood. and went in with him himself. for my own mother." While this passed they kept walking together. "I was a fool. who made them incomparably well. with an angry tone." replied Buddir ad Deen. you will let the world know." said he. but the child had no time to gratify his curiosity. "for leaving my house. and overtook them before they had reached the gate of the city. He intended to have put some questions to little Agib about his journey to Damascus. "cream-tarts. He went by way of Emaus. and. taught me. upon which they turned about to see if Buddir ad Deen followed them. that it was by their ministry that the honour of princes and of all great men was secured. "he has real business out of town. who turning to Agib. did not at all satisfy the eunuch." replied Buddir ad Deen. While they were both eating. and the very thought drew tears from his eyes. took him away as soon as he had done eating. Moussoul. hit him in the forehead.

received her embraces with all the demonstrations of joy he was capable of shewing. and after beseeching her to suspend her tears and sighs. The widow of Noor ad Deen Ali resided still in the same place where her husband had lived. and gave him a considerable present for himself. He made his compliment." said the sultan. whom she supposed to be dead after so long an absence. he set out from Bussorah once more for the city of Damascus. and transmitted to posterity. "Sister. Agib begged the black eunuch his governor to carry him through the city. drops tears different from what she had been so long accustomed to shed. Shumse ad Deen desired a second audience. and repeatedly embraced the beautiful lady and her grandchild Agib. She could not forbear kissing the youth. after leave obtained of the beautiful lady his mother. The eunuch complying with his request. accompanied with his daughter and his grandson. and having obtained permission. and gave out he would tarry there three days. and that very hour went to her house. But his mother. to which they directed in the middle of a very spacious court. you must think of going with us to Egypt. at which he designed to enter the city. and perceiving in the youth the features of Buddir ad Deen." said Shumse ad Deen. "has been long dead. This tender mother used to spend the greatest part of the day and night in that room which she had built as a representation of the tomb of her son Buddir ad Deen Houssun. which lay next to the tents of the vizier They walked through the great squares and the public places where the richest goods were sold. and to inquire what was become of the pastry cook whom he had wounded. At his entry he kissed the gate. that he disappeared suddenly. he ordered his tents to be pitched without the gate. and another of great value for the sultan of Egypt. as for his son." Shumse ad Deen Mahummud desired leave of the sultan to take her to Egypt. and if we do. and buy up curiosities to present to the sultan of Egypt. and weaned from the affairs of this world. of you. about two months after his father's death. no sooner understood by his discourse that her dear son. will deserve to be committed to writing. and suppress your sighs. who dismissed him with ample marks of respect. inquired after her place of abode. went along with him towards the city. might still be alive. that she was in a small building covered by a dome. and informing her of the surprise occasioned by the discovery of the paper sewed up in Buddir ad Deen's turban. While he was employed in selecting the finest stuffs which the principal merchants had brought to his tents. and was told by her servants. "Sire. the history of him. and of my own adventures. is still alive. who had still continued sitting like a woman dejected. and nobody has seen him since. Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. I am in hopes we shall at last find out your son my nephew. and I doubt not you will consent. than she arose." "Noor ad Deen Ali." The widow of Noor ad Deen heard this proposal with pleasure. and ordered preparations to be made for her departure. for his part. all I can tell you of him is." replied the vizier "I come to know what is become of the son of my brother. He asked to speak with his sister-in-law. and took a view of the superb . without waiting till the next day. who is the daughter of one of my viziers. While they were making. notwithstanding all the inquiry I ordered to be made. and the piece of marble upon which his brother's name was written in letters of gold. and after taking leave of the sultan. The sultan of Bussorah gives me leave to carry you thither. presented to her Agib and the beautiful lady. of my own daughter. The widow of Noor ad Deen. informed her he had the honour to be her brother-in-law. after acquainting his sister-in-law with all that had passed at Cairo on his daughter's wedding-night. "it is time to dry your tears. She was pouring tears over his memorial when Shumse ad Deen entering. in order to see what he had not had leisure to view before. found her buried in the deepest affliction. It was a stately fabric.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 126 journey to Bussorah. to give his suit rest. and acquainted her with the reason of his journey from Cairo to Bussorah. adorned with marble pillars: but Shumse ad Deen did not stop to view it. who. They entered Damascus by the Paradise-gate. whom she lamented so bitterly. When he arrived in the neighbourhood of Damascus. who has had the honour to serve your majesty.

When they passed by the shop of Buddir ad Deen Houssun. and ate of one much better than yours. and I am sure you never tasted better. did not fail on this occasion to display his anger. "I salute you sir. and repeated some extempore verses in praise of Agib: he did not eat. When they had done. desiring him not to be too familiar. and unless you engage under oath not to follow me when I go from hence. we did stop a little while and talked with the pastry-cook." On hearing this. At length." "My lord. You drew me after you. and put snow into it. "What!" said she. "This. But Agib pushed him away. felt the same emotion as when he saw him first. fixed his eyes upon him. as a testimony of the joy he conceived upon sitting by him." Agib. "I will do whatever you would have me. he was confused. "Ah. recovering himself. Then he filled a large china cup with sherbet. Presently after. Agib's grandmother received him with transports of joy: her son ran always in her mind. to carry him to eat at pastry-shops like a beggar?" "Madam. rose in a passion from the table." said he." Upon this. and recognizing him (such was the surprising effect of paternal love!).cook in this town that outdoes you. "sit down by me. We were at his shop. that was full as good as what they had eaten before. Agib and the eunuch went into the shop." "Pardon me. which she had made for herself.set. and presented it to the eunuch. between noon and sun." said he. than he pretended he did not like it. Agib no sooner touched the piece of cream-tart that had been set before him." She made Agib sit by her. if I had the pleasure of embracing your father as I now embrace you. and instead of making any answer. and in embracing Agib. Agib and his governor having fared well. and was indeed very good: she likewise gave some to the eunuch. the lady. for the trouble I gave you in following you out of town. there is a pastry. as tended more to inflame the vizier than to dispose him to excuse it. more incensed against the eunuch than before. In fine. astonished at what Buddir ad Deen said. I will visit you again to-morrow. The widow of Noor ad Deen Ali observed with regret that her grandson did not like the tart. she gave him a piece of cream-tart. He went forthwith . frowning upon the eunuch. who drank it all off at once. and when he complained of being hungry." replied Buddir ad Deen. and running to the tent of Shumse ad Deen. I was at that time not myself. informed him of the eunuch's crime. continued a long time without uttering a word. and left it uncut. When they arrived at the tents of Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. returned thanks to the pastry-cook for their good entertainment. "does my child thus despise the work of my hands? Be it known to you. I will not enter your house. and offering it to Agib. that I could not withstand it." This said. "My lord." replied the eunuch. but we did not eat with him.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 127 mosque at the hour of prayer. relating to the walk he had been taking with the eunuch. Buddir ad Deen set before them a cream-tart." said Agib." Buddir ad Deen sat down. said. if you do not know how to make better. If you give me your promise. whom I taught." replied Agib. "we went into his shop. and put several questions to him. no one in the world can make such besides myself and your father. and attempted to embrace Agib. Buddir ad Deen obeyed. the remembrance of him drew tears from her eyes. "Come. "do you know me? Do you remember you ever saw me before?" Buddir ad Deen hearing these words." Agib having drunk of it with pleasure." said Agib. "my joy would be perfect. "How now. and eat with us." "My good mother. and taste a cream-tart. "be so kind as to come once more with your governor into my house. it being then late. is still employed in buying up rarities for a present to the sultan of Egypt. since the vizier my grandfather. replied: "There is an excess in the kindness you express. I did not know what I did. and Shubbaunee (which was the eunuch's name) did the same. and the violence of the attraction was so soft. "is sherbet of roses. and that in such terms. but made it his business to serve his guests." said Agib. and there ate a cream-tart. my child!" said she. was the care of my grandchild committed to you. and a very white napkin to wipe their hands. The vizier who was naturally passionate. whom they still found employed in making cream tarts. "give me leave to tell you. and prove a man of your word. and moved homewards. I beg your lordship's pardon. "it is true. he brought them water to wash. Shubbaunee. Buddir ad Deen took the cup from him. the grandmother.

copper pans. "Let me have one of your cream-tarts." said the vizier "I believe my grandchild. and the conjecture of Noor ad Deen's widow be false. he agreed to stand that test. broke in pieces the plates. "let us call up mirth and joy. "do you think there may not be a pastry-cook in the world. break and dash in pieces all you find in the shop: if he demand the reason of your outrage. he threw water upon her face. if you can eat up this cream-tart I shall be persuaded you have truth on your side. and that it was much better than that upon the table. and pretended he had over-eaten himself the day before. and accordingly said. "there may be pastry-cooks that can make as good tarts as he. "My God!" cried she. for we shall quickly know the truth. When you arrive there. where he called for fifty of his men. My design is to delay the discovery till we return to Cairo." added she in a transport." Though Shubbaunee had crammed himself up to the throat before. the poor wretch shrieked out aloud." said he. and was very active in recovering her." The eunuch repaired to Buddir ad Deen's shop. and said to them: "Take each of you a stick in your hands. that the maker of the tart. than she cried out and swooned away." The vizier's orders were immediately executed. The detachment." Buddir ad Deen chose one of the best. "Madam. but take care you do not beat him. must needs be her son. he was obliged to spit it out of his's tent. nor do him the least harm. but as I make them in a peculiar manner. brought by the eunuch. But you must both be concealed so as to have a view of Buddir ad Deen while he cannot see you." cried Shumse ad Deen. have you the impudence to abuse the trust I repose in you?" Shubbaunee. "I cannot believe the cook's tarts are better than mine. "I entreat you to moderate your impatience. for I would not have our interview and mutual discovery happen at Damascus. Where does he live? Go immediately and buy me one of his tarts. only ask him in return if it was not he that made the cream-tart that was brought from his house." said he. "I can assure you we not only ate. that Shubbaunee commended the pastry-cook's tart. denied the fact still. conducted by the black eunuch." said the vizier answer. broke a piece off. snatching it greedily. my dear Buddir ad Deen who made this tart. and lose no time. and said. went with expedition to Buddir ad Deen's house." cried he. gave the tart to Noor ad Deen's widow. and bring him along with you.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 128 to his sister. "that we did eat a cream-tart at the pastry cook's. who will conduct you to a pastry-cook in this city. "Grandfather." replied she. seize his person." "Madam." When the vizier Shumse ad Deen heard his sister-in-law say. he left the ladies in their tent. we have at last found what we have been so long looking for. kettles. who. it must absolutely be he that made this. and all the other . and with a desire to mortify her. and only my son was let into the secret. Yet he still pursued the lie. Come. "Then you are a liar. that we have no occasion for supper: besides. he was overjoyed. Go. "after all this. is to bring the pastry-cook hither. ordered him to be soundly bastinadoed. I am resolved to satisfy myself upon that head. and convinced of his guilt. the pastry-cook treated us also with a great bowl of sherbet." This said. and follow Shubbaunee. "Wretch." "Well. and at last confessed the truth. but his stomach rising against it. But the child persisting in what he had affirmed. and retired to his own. "it must needs be my son." The widow of Noor ad Deen thought it was out of spite to her. one of our ladies wants to taste them. Shubbaunee returned speedily to the tents. If he answer in the affirmative. my brother. will you continue to deny that you entered the pastry-cook's house. "I own. The vizier was extremely surprised at the accident. In undergoing this punishment. As soon as she came to herself. The vizier irritated with all the eunuch's frivolous presences. though sufficiently convicted by Agib's testimony. and ate there?" Shubbaunee had still the impudence to swear it was not true. and accordingly took a piece of tart. but reflecting that his joy might prove groundless. fetter him. but that so very heartily. who knows how to make cream-tarts as well as your son?" "I own. and had not recovered his appetite. and said to the eunuch. and gave it to the eunuch. but after all. All we have to do. but no sooner put it to her mouth. and then you and my daughter will readily distinguish whether he be your son or not.

and when they recovered. for not putting pepper in a cream-tart?" . why do you serve me so? What is the matter? What have I done?" "Was it not you.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 129 moveables and utensils they met with. and during the whole expedition. "Pray tell me what crime I have committed to deserve this usage?" "Was it not you. and the oven itself was not spared. I do not deserve this treatment. Shumse ad Deen called for Buddir ad Deen. notwithstanding he had been so long absent. was unwilling to refuse any thing to his master's vizier. it was I." replied Shumse ad Deen. In the mean time the neighbours took the alarm. and surprised to see fifty armed men committing such a disorder. without stopping In the evening they halted. and all the next day. snatching the cloth off his turban. ordered the tents to be struck. "and then to have you carried through all the quarters of the town. "it shall cost you your life. from compassion to Buddir ad Deen. saw Buddir ad Deen. and the necessary preparations to be made for his journey. and recognized him." replied Buddir ad Deen. "pray do me the favour to let me know wherein I have displeased you. and Buddir ad Deen said once more to the rioters. that Shumse ad Deen could hardly keep his countenance: "Alas!" said he. in his presence. would fain have run up and fallen upon his neck. and gave orders. with tears in his eyes. they encamped in the neighbourhood of the city. who were concealed behind curtains." said Shumse ad Deen. and travelled the rest of that night. The vizier and his retinue began their march. "My lord. for sending me such a sorry tart. "is it a capital crime to make a bad cream-tart?" "Yes. and to demand the interposition of force to favour the execution." replied he. and. "I maintain it is a good one." said the vizier "and you are to expect no other usage from me. Buddir ad Deen. "that made the cream-tart you sold to the eunuch?" "Yes. tied his hands with it behind his back. good people. and made him wait there till Shumse ad Deen returned from the governor of Damascus." replied he. They were so transported with joy. was served in the same manner. said with a pitiful tone. When they arrived at Cairo. In short. Shumse ad Deen having resolved to set out that night." However. and Buddir ad Deen was taken out of his cage. the ladies. yes. in order to be served with the necessary refreshments. the pretended culprit was brought before him. and. they continued to break all round them. The mob gathering. that the people may have the spectacle of a worthless pastry-cook. marched off. that they swooned away. but still carefully kept at a distance from his mother and his wife. but officers from the governor of the city dispersed the people." exclaimed the vizier "was it not you that made the cream-tart you sent me?" "I own I am the man. who makes cream-tarts without pepper. "that sold this eunuch the cream-tart?" "Yes. you wretch." "Why." said they. what fault had been found with his cream-tart: they gave him no answer. after dragging him by force out of his shop. asked the reason of such violence." Instead of giving him an answer. "what do you mean to do with a stake?" "Why." replied they. and the governor. It was in vain for Buddir ad Deen to ask those who carried him off. they seized his person. without listening to him. they conducted him to the tents. who commanded all Syria in the name of the sultan of Egypt." "Ah!" exclaimed Buddir ad Deen. for Shumse ad Deen Mahummud had in the mean time gone to the governor's house to acquaint him with the order he had given. which lasted twenty days. and laid on a camel. astonished at the sight. Upon the vizier's return. but the promise they had made to the vizier of not discovering themselves. and who says any thing against it? I defy any one to make a better. Buddir ad Deen cried out so ludicrously." While this interview lasted. "Pray. and inundated the sherbet-shop with cream and comfits." said Buddir ad Deen. restrained the tender emotions of love and of nature. "I am the man. He ordered Buddir ad Deen to be secured in a sort of cage. to impale you. to prepare a stake. "Alas!" said Buddir ad Deen. "but pray what crime is that?" "I will punish you according to your deserts. took his part." This said. and favoured the carrying off of Buddir ad Deen. "must I suffer a death as cruel as it is ignominious.

my child. and they carried him so suddenly into the hall. to conduct him in that condition to the hall. Press him to come to bed again. for this happy occasion of meeting your cousin and your husband! You remember. and to. and the vizier mounting his horse. he looked round him. Is it possible they should be capable of taking a man's life for not putting pepper in a cream. and if your memory do not serve you. must I be imprisoned in a chest. he said to the beautiful lady. though overwhelmed with grief. nor the lighted wax candles. and he at the same time commanded the hall to be adorned as when Buddir ad Deen Houssun was there with the sultan of Egypt's hunch-backed groom. As he went over his manuscript. who in the mean time was diverting herself with his astonishment. the vizier went into his daughter's chamber and put in their due place Buddir ad Deen's apparel. "My God!" said he. by giving us an account of your interview. Shumse ad Deen Mahummud ordered all his domestics to depart the hall. and entered the city with all his suit. he spied his own raiments where he remembered to have left them on his wedding night. and left her to undress herself and go to bed. "Stay there till to-morrow. as well as the hour in which I was born! Would to God l had died that minute!" The disconsolate Buddir ad Deen did not cease his lamentations. and shut the door upon him.tart? Cursed be all cream-tarts. the vizier ordered Buddir ad Deen to be conveyed again to his cage. what order your chamber was in on your wedding night: go and put all things as they were then placed. The throne was not forgotten. his domestics placed every moveable in the described order. and good works?" With these words he shed tears. and go to bed. he perceived. to strip him to his under vest and drawers. "my child." said Buddir ad Deen. "Heaven!" said he. but not opened till farther orders. or renouncing my religion. nor so severely. to leave him there alone." The beautiful lady went joyfully to execute her father's orders. and when the stake was brought. where he ordered the chest to be taken down. of course." continued he. you were astonished you did not find him by you." said he. When he found himself alone in the hall. and then renewing his complaint. "No. and addressed himself to the latter: "God be praised." Night being then pretty far advanced. When every thing was arranged in the hall. complain of his being from you so long. justice." The chest or cage then was carried away and laid upon the camel that had brought it from Damascus: at the same time all the other camels were loaded again. he arrived at his palace. whom he desired to remain. "Undress yourself. cried out bitterly at the horrid sight." This said. that it was the place where he had seen the sultan's groom of the stables. of persons who make a profession of probity.morrow morning you will divert your mother-in-law and me. with astonishment. rubbing his eyes. While his retinue were unlading the other camels. "can you suffer me to die an ignominious and painful death? And all this. opened the curtains of . This done. and tell him. ordered the camel that carried his nephew to march before him. "never was a man used so unjustly. with the purse of sequins. These he commanded to go and take Buddir ad Deen out of the cage.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 130 "How. but for not putting pepper in a cream tart. and at last impaled. for what crime? not for robbery or murder. was asleep so soundly. which I caused to be taken upon that occasion. and the objects he beheld recalling to his memory the circumstances of his marriage. As soon as Buddir ad Deen enters your room. "must I be rifled. His surprise was still the greater. After passing through several streets. that they did not give him time to see where he was. he went from his daughter's apartment. Buddir ad Deen. I can aid it by a written account. the day shall not elapse before I give orders for your death. that when you awoke. "am I asleep or awake?" The beautiful lady. saying to him. where no one appeared. he took Buddir ad Deen's mother and his daughter aside. and all for not putting pepper in a cream-tart? Are these the actions of Moosulmauns. that the vizier's domestics had taken him out of the chest and stripped him before he awoke. excepting two or three. when approaching softly the door of a chamber which he found open.

"I ask your pardon for all I have made you undergo since I discovered you. when the vizier Shumse ad Deen. I cannot have been from you so long. Now. "surprises me. exclaimed." answered she." The vizier fell a laughing. I resolved to bring you to my palace before I told you your happiness. and at the same time went in to bid him good morrow. but I remember at the same time. "My dear lord. and I am now in bed with the fair lady designed for him. "it was you who condemned me so unjustly to a kind of death." "Not the least. and put the question to himself. but thanks be to God all was a dream. Do but imagine. For this cursed cream-tart was every thing in my shop broken to pieces. "My lord. told him how. To atone for all your afflictions. "doubtless you were light-headed when you thought you were at Damascus. for they were going to impale me!" "And for what. whether my marriage with you is an illusion. you shewed so much affection. had not yet dispelled his uneasiness. They . Buddir ad Deen was extremely surprised to see a man he knew so well. by the ministry of a genie (for hunch-back's relation made him suspect the adventure). I remember indeed to have been with you. "that was not all. "Ah!" cried Buddir ad Deen." said he. then he acquainted him that he had discovered him to be his nephew by the memorandum of his father. the most ridiculous thing you can imagine. He distrusted his felicity. and. when he saw his mother and his son. and will likewise bring to you your son." added he. that I entered the town with the halloo of a mob who followed and insulted me. with a soft. myself bound and fettered. madam." "Ah!" replied he. this dream of mine will be very pleasant to you. and for whom. and after examining them very carefully. his uncle. and had married his daughter instead of the sultan's groom of the stables. that I fled to a pastry cook who adopted me. once more. and to put him out of suspense. Pray tell me what I am to think. "My dear nephew. he had been at his palace. and all for a cream-tart without pepper. knocked at the door. as it has cost you so much perplexity and distress." said the beautiful lady laughing heartily. that I have since lived ten years at Damascus. embracing him with every expression of tenderness. comfort yourself with the joy of being in the company of those who ought to be dearest to you. "this is the same chamber where I entered instead of the hunchbacked groom of the stables." replied Buddir ad Deen. what do you wait for?" He stepped towards the bed. my lord. taught me his trade. "what do you do at the door? You have been out of bed a long time. In fine. He awoke from time to time. that it was well that I awoke. "I do assure you my thoughts are not very composed. the thoughts of which make me shudder. where I lay so close. and said to her. I was strangely surprised when I awoke in not finding you by me. Did not you rise from me but now? Surely your mind is deranged." Upon this Buddir ad Deen laughed heartily. While you are dressing yourself I will go and acquaint your mother. who is beyond measure impatient to see you. said. "would they have used you so cruelly? Surely you must have committed some enormous crime. who was pleased to see his confusion. tender air. looked round the room. but reverting to all that had passed during a ten years' interval. he went to the place where his vestments lay with the purse of sequins. or whether my absence from you is only a dream?" "Yes. as I am here now. and who now appeared with a different air from that with which he pronounced the terrible sentence of death against him. which then appeared." No words can adequately express the joy of Buddir ad Deen." cried she." said she. and said. and bending her head forward. if I was actually in bed with you this night. and left me all he had when he died. These two points are inconsistent. "I must say they did you great injustice. feigning astonishment. to be sure whether it was true or not. that methinks I am there still. "By Allah these are mysteries which I can by no means comprehend!" The lady. if you please. "it was for nothing but a mere trifle. that I was at the gate of Damascus in my shirt and drawers." replied Buddir ad Deen. which ought now to be so much the dearer to you. too tedious to recount: and all I can say is. whether he dreamed or was awake." Buddir ad Deen was enraptured. and flung into a chest. and not being able to persuade himself that it could all have happened in the compass of one night. I had an infinity of other adventures. without knowing him. "Is it long since I left you?" "The question. whom you saw at Damascus. that after his death I kept a shop. he entered the room." Buddir ad Deen was not easy all night." cried the lady.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 131 her bed suddenly. and pursuant to that discovery had gone from Cairo to Bussorah in quest of him. All the crime I was charged with." "As for that matter." Day-light. "I am not mistaken. "What a comical fancy is this! I assure you. was selling a cream-tart that had no pepper in it." "Madam.

and drew from her a shower of tears. and left immense riches: a hundred loads of brocades and other silks that lay in his warehouse were the least part. and to console the young man for the grief of having unhappily deprived himself of a woman whom he had loved so tenderly. There was formerly at Damascus a merchant. and concerning the loads of merchandize in the warehouse. the capital of Syria. They continued some time silent. After Shumse ad Deen's return to his palace. and carefully preserved among the archives of the kingdom." Mahummud. reigned at that time at Damascus. and take up with a moderate profit. The loads were ready made up. who tenderly loved her son. The mother spoke to Buddir ad Deen in the most moving terms. and he had one son and a daughter. and as soon as he found his mother calm enough to listen to him. Little Ajib. than expose yourself to the danger of perishing?" . While this passed. the vizier was gone to the palace. and on every bale was written in large characters. and was on the point of setting out. told the caliph that this was what he had to relate to his majesty. she mentioned the grief she had felt for his long absence. He had provided all things to take a journey to Bagdad. asked her the meaning of what was written upon each bale. on which he lived in a very honourable manner. to give the sultan an account of the happy success of his travels. Ganem conversed with his mother about their domestic affairs. His person was graceful. and the sultan was so moved with the recital of the story. His kinsman. when death"----She had not power to finish. but at length he recovered himself. Haroon al Rusheed. Abou Ayoub died. And Buddir ad Deen Houssun. "For Bagdad. "My son. "Since my father designed these goods for Bagdad. and adding to that sorrow with which I am already oppressed? Is it not better to sell those goods to the merchants of Damascus. and replied. but consider. and unaccustomed to the fatigue of travelling. inexperienced. for fear those commodities should perish.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 132 embraced. without being equally so himself. as at Damascus. the lively remembrance of the loss of her husband would not permit her to say more. surnamed Zinebi. The vizier Jaaffier having thus concluded the story of Buddir ad Deen." answered his mother. and sometimes into another. can you think of leaving me. who had by care and industry acquired great wealth. was much concerned at this resolution. and I think it will be proper for me to hasten my departure. bestowed liberal gifts upon him. and the tears she had shed. THE HISTORY OF GANEM. before he set out. and shewed all the transports that love and tenderness could inspire. AND KNOWN BY THE SURNAME OF LOVE'S SLAVE. but afterwards surnamed Love's slave. that without farther hesitation he granted his slave Rihan's pardon. instead of flying his father's embraces. to write the name of the city he designed to repair to on every bade. had bestowed that kingdom on him as his tributary. I cannot but commend you for designing to follow your father's example. said." Abou Ayoub's widow. The caliph found the story so surprising. married him to one of his slaves. he sat down with his family. "your father used to travel sometimes into one province. Besides. The daughter's name was Alcolom. because her beauty was so perfect that whoever saw her could not avoid loving her. signifying Ravisher of hearts. received them with all the marks of pleasure. His name was Abou Ayoub. SON OF ABOU AYOUB. thought he could not give sufficient testimonies of his affection. and it was customary with him. the son of Soliman. divided between two objects so worthy of his love. and the excellent qualities of his mind had been improved by able masters. "My dear child. Soon after the death of Abou Ayoub. The son was called Ganem. and maintained him till he died. I will prepare myself to perform that journey. that he ordered it to be taken down in writing. that you are too young. Ganem could not see his mother so sensibly affected. or that we should lose the opportunity of selling them to the best advantage. and all the household passed the day in festivity and mirth.

he ate a few mouthfuls hastily. they had pitched tents around. they may run away with all the gold I have received for my goods. and hired a spacious house in the neighbourhood. and repaired to the public place. This seemed somewhat extraordinary to him and having asked the cause. but Ganem chose to be lodged conveniently. urged him to set out. in the same manner. "and have the reputation of being a rich merchant. They also read the Fateah. purposely built to receive the bodies of all the family of the deceased. and the corpse laid in it. Some days after this young merchant had been settled in his house. and that all his brother traders were gone to his funeral. in memory of the deceased. the merchants. They alighted at the most magnificent and most frequented khan in the city. he then went to the public rendezvous. and Ganem. Then the imam. He only left his goods there in a warehouse for their greater security. at the price set down in the ticket annexed to every piece of stuff. He was also told that the tents had been set up not only against the heat of the sun. An inclination to travel. thieves may take the opportunity of my absence. who make it their only profession to range the country. sat down in a ring on carpets. was dead. they had no weight with him. when he saw meat served up. attended by their slaves. The monument was opened. These words perplexed Ganem. and rob my house. hired a hundred camels. but also against the evening dew. and walked towards the mosque. in form of a dome. and bought such as were able-bodied. on account of its many waterworks and shady groves. he dressed himself richly. behind the ministers. appointed for the burial of the dead. where they arrived in safety. and perfectly recovered of the fatigue of his journey. . which were easily forgotten when they came in sight of the city of Bagdad. which he had caused to be carried from the warehouse to his own house. and by himself. made up such a considerable caravan. where he found all the shops shut. her entreaties. and the more so. My slaves may be tempted by so favourable an opportunity. and having been informed. or introductory chapter of the Koraun. and other ministers of the mosque. that one of the first merchants. and recited the rest of the prayers. which were said in a hall hung with black satin. than the usual fatigues of a long journey. He went to the market where slaves were sold. entered upon his journey. and their syndic. He got thither before the prayers were ended. and accompanied by several other travellers. to the place of burial. and having provided all other necessaries.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 133 It was in vain for her to oppose Ganem's resolution by the strongest arguments. and slipped away from the company. carrying a parcel of fine stuffs and silks. and prevailed over all his mother's remonstrances. and whither shall I go to look for them?" Full of these thoughts. who were going to trade at Bagdad. or chief. he was told. It was near night before all was ended: Ganem who had not expected such a long ceremony. because they should not return to the city before the next morning. according to the custom of the Mahummedans. richly furnished. sent back his slave with the goods. The merchants received Ganem very courteously. Ganem inquired for the mosque. The corpse was taken up. that they had nothing to fear from the Bedouin Arabs. Ganem continued his trade so successfully. They had no other difficulty to encounter. The kindred and merchants sat round. It was a stone structure. began to be uneasy. having a garden which was very delightful. A slave followed him. that he every day sold all the goods he exposed. which was at some distance without the city. where the merchants met to transact business. whom he knew. and followed by the kindred. bought all his parcel. "I am a stranger. that all the company might be sheltered during the ceremony. to whom he first made application. He had but one bale left. and to accomplish himself by a thorough knowledge of the world. after which it was shut up. and whence the body was to be conducted to the grave. and even her tears. in the largest tent." said he to himself. and attack and plunder the caravans when they are not strong enough to repulse them. Those merchants. with five or six merchants of Damascus. where prayer was to be said. and being very small.

Nonzbetos Zaman. Casabos Souccar. since we are enjoined so to do. and a necklace of pearls. As soon as she was exposed to the air. he went astray in the dark." "No. She called them. Shijher al Mirjaun. without knowing why. no. and return to the city. being the mausoleum of a family. cried out. but his uneasiness at being absent from home would not permit him. but. and covered it with the earth they had taken out. but presented himself before her with . then opening and rubbing her eyes. Nouron Nihar. by their habit. This new obstacle to the satisfying of his curiosity was no small mortification to him. was seized with fear. "What. "are the dead raised? Is the day of judgment come? What a wonderful change is this from evening to morning?" Ganem did not think fit to leave the lady any longer in her perplexity. so that it was near midnight when he came to the city gate. and then with much impatience opened the chest. which had nothing to secure it but a latch. He picked out one." replied another. They set it down. they put the chest into it. but the day beginning then to appear. Nagmatos Sohi. with which her stomach seemed to have been loaded. which seemed to come towards him. between five and six feet long. there came from her mouth a liquor. "Zohorob Bostan. we will leave the chest here. This was a fresh affliction to him. opened it. Ganem. that it reached from the city to the very place he had left. took the lady in his arms. which enclosed a small field. instead of money. to add to his misfortune. He first shut the gate of the burial-place. When they had made a deep trench. she with such a voice as charmed Ganem. Her habit was so costly. not only compassion and natural inclination to relieve persons in danger. and the two others followed him. He got up. much louder than before. if she were only asleep. He concluded that the chest must contain something of value. "Brethren. plying his hands and feet so well. which Ganem could not then account for. and then departed. that he made not the least doubt of her being one of the principal ladies of the court. and laid her on the soft earth which he had thrown off the chest. so spacious. and. At the sight of so beautiful an object. as it often happens that the more a man hurries the less he advances. He advanced to some high walls. He resolved immediately to satisfy his curiosity. but at length looking about. and he was obliged to look for some convenient place in which to pass the rest of the night till the gate was opened. he saw several great stones about the burial-place. than by the help of the light which had alarmed him. and wondered that nobody answered. why do you not answer? where are you?" These were the names of six female slaves that used to wait on her. "that would not be executing our mistress's orders. enter into the burial-place. we may have cause to repent not doing as we were commanded. Ganem was strangely surprised. the departure of the slaves having dissipated his fear. with bracelets and pendants of diamonds.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 134 He made all possible haste. so large. and in which there was a palm-tree. and perceiving she was in a burial-place. He was startled at the sight. by the motion in turning her head. could not tell what to think of the adventure. who from the top of the palm-tree had heard every word the slaves had spoken. which they carried on their shoulders. but he could not conceive why. which. and after having passed before the door several times. loaded with a chest. with which he easily knocked off the padlock.tree. came down from the palm. He went into a burial-place. They began to break ground with the tools they had brought for that purpose. she sneezed. and fell to work upon the pit. and shut the door after him. He lay down on the grass and tried to sleep. whom she did not see. looking upon that as the safest retreat under his present apprehensions. No sooner was he up. and her gentle regular breathing. when. went into it. Ganem." cried she. One of them advanced with a lantern. she had not awaked at the noise he made in forcing off the padlock. he plainly perceived three men. was shut. and got up as fast as he could to the top of the palm-tree. prevailed on him to afford the unfortunate beauty all the assistance in his power. whom. and that the person to whom it belonged had some particular reasons for causing it to be buried in the cemetery. satisfied him she was alive. but found it secured by a padlock. he knew to be slaves. finding that the burial-place where the palm-tree grew was open. then. that in a short time he uncovered the chest. and then one of the three slaves said to his comrades. he discovered a young lady of incomparable beauty." The two other slaves complied. which the slaves had left open. closed the door. Her fresh and rosy complexion. if you will be advised by me. returning. but something more powerful. yet he was not discouraged. and immediately perceived at a distance a light. Let us bury the chest.

and in the most courteous manner. since his arrival at Bagdad. that it did not look as if the padlock had been forced off. and how they had buried the chest. He obeyed. and serving it up himself to the lady in a large dish. He returned with speed to the burial place. should I go with you on foot. and conducted her to his apartment. was still unacquainted with the power of love. who had covered her face with her veil as soon as Ganem appeared. told her who he was. he drew the door after him. being arrived safe at home." He would have continued standing before her. in the first place. is preparing. but she declared she would not touch any thing. The lady. opened the chest. to remove all cause of suspicion. buying also the choicest wine. The lady dived into Ganem's thoughts. when. soon found what he sought. he did not put it quite close. that he came to that place the night before. begged her permission to look on . had minded nothing but his business. He was more than usually delighted. because he appeared very respectful. It had not been in his power to look upon the young lady without being dazzled. took off her veil. with another muleteer. he drew the chest out of the pit. gave her his hand. lamenting how much she must have endured in such close confinement. was embroidered along the edge with golden letters. was extremely sensible of the obligations she owed him. and the fear lest any accident might happen by the way that should deprive him of his conquest." said he. taught him to unravel his thoughts. yet was not at all alarmed. and not willing to trust any but himself with the care of entertaining so charming a guest. As soon as he returned home.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 135 all possible respect." In order to persuade the lady to repose confidence in him. telling him. which it highly concerns me to prevent. he. "I return thanks to God. which she laid down by her on a sofa." said she. Whatever obligations she owed him." said he. he thought himself more than requited by so singular a favour." said she "for having sent so worthy a person as you are to deliver me from death. and shut it in such a manner. "I am not able to express my joy at having happened to be here to do you the service I have. unless he sat down and ate with her. to come with his mule. and the uneasiness he felt at following the muleteer at a distance. and provide a muleteer. leaving room for the admittance of air. and now felt its first attacks. had laid down the chest where he saw it. but for fear of stifling her. I conjure you not to leave it imperfect. "Madam. She sat down on a sofa. some one might take notice of it. where he chose the finest and best fruit. He dismissed the muleteer. Ganem on his part was sensible of the favour so lovely a lady did in uncovering her face to him. which he filled up with earth. the lady did not so much regard its appearance. but since you have begun so charitable a work. He. helped the lady out. and follow me. as she did the handsome presence and engaging mien of her deliverer." Though Ganem's apartment was very richly furnished. and carry me to your house in this chest. and what accident had brought him to that place. Ganem. "If I have suffered. and in the mean time be assured that you have not obliged an ungrateful person. When I shall be in your house. and the city gate being then open. and to offer you all the assistance you may need under your present circumstances. and helped the muleteer to lay the chest across his mule. "Madam. and when they had eaten a little. "I have satisfaction sufficient in what you have done for me. while a more solid entertainment. From thence he went to a fruiterer. went out with a slave to an eating-house. and to give the merchant to understand how sensible she was of the service done her. he with his own hands made a pyramid of the fruit he had bought. Going out of the burial-place. who. and in the pleasure of seeing myself out of danger. or rather felt he had already a most violent passion for her. laid her again in the chest. and having caused a slave to shut the door of his house. Let me beg of you to go into the city. I will give you an account of myself. who. my dress being different from that of the city ladies. whose politeness and obliging behaviour heightened her gratitude. to give directions for an entertainment." Before the young merchant left the lady. for. judging she might have occasion to eat. he saw the chest unloaded. "be pleased to make choice of some of this fruit. of the finest china-ware. and more worthy yourself. being in haste to return home. Next he acquainted her with the coming of the three slaves. Ganem observing that the lady's veil. and the same bread that was eaten at the caliph's table.

the caliph's wife and kinswoman. with a modest air. my care. the better to put her design in execution. I shall have the satisfaction of dying entirely yours. gave me a drug. I made no little progress in all they took the pains to teach me. since there is nobody in Bagdad but knows that the caliph." replied he. he appointed twenty women to wait on me. I cannot long survive so great a misfortune. could not but be jealous of my happiness. who last night. "I have just saved your life. that my name is Fetnah (which signifies disturbance)." said he. "I should have been very cautious. for her heart began to yield. thou descendant from the prophet's uncle. had I thought it would have given you so much uneasiness. had it not been for you. she would punish you for having saved me. and that. and that makes my presumption excusable. gained me the affection of the caliph. durst not have presumed to attempt any thing against my life. Proceed. must now have been exposed to inevitable death. she concealed her feelings. who then reigned. madam. to chastise some neighbouring kings. and read these words. and as if she had not regarded what Ganem had said. "read the words which are embroidered on that veil. and ever since he has made me such considerable presents. and was descended from Abbas. Mahummud's uncle. Though Haroon has all the regard imaginable for her. The lady was moved." "You must understand. I have the more reason to judge so. in some lemonade. That prince was not satisfied with such a mark of distinction. "a merchant would be ill-qualified to manage his business if he could not at least read and write. "Zobeide. However. who allotted me a particular apartment adjoining to his own. my sovereign lord and yours. "I am yours. outrageous as she is. that it was not in my power to refuse it you." He could not utter those words without letting fall some tears. my rival. my constancy. in a melancholy tone. the liberty I take. which gives me an opportunity of telling you my story. and this writing is my death! I do not comprehend all the mystery." Ganem took the veil. "of strewing you my veil. my assiduity. You may judge by what I have said. that nothing can dispel it for the space of seven or eight hours. because it was judged that the sight of me would one day occasion many calamities. who went lately to put himself at the head of his troops. and you are mine. but I do not perceive that what I have to say to you can make your condition so deplorable as you imagine." "Well. my submission. "Hitherto I had secured myself against all her snares. . with some share of beauty. You are not ignorant yourself. but you see it highly concerns me that you should keep my secret. I conjure you. that it is easy to dispose of those who have taken it. but at length I fell under the last effort of her jealousy. but it was impossible for me to see you without giving you my heart. and apt to wake at the least noise. Of this you cannot be ignorant. The lady immediately took up the veil." That descendant from the prophet's uncle was the caliph Haroon al Rusheed. and as many eunuchs. and delivered it to him. But. "I was carried into his palace in my tenderest years. for that sleep is so profound. be that as it will. that Zobeide. than I am robbed of all my hopes. asking him whether he could read? "Madam. which causes such a dead sleep. and. I question not but she had corrupted one of my slaves. which was given me at my birth. I proposed to myself to touch your heart by my respectful behaviour. that she felt secret joy. It concerns you to keep my adventure private. for should Zobeide know the obligation I owe you. madam.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 136 the embroidery. who have formed a league of rebellion. but it convinces me I am the most unfortunate of men. "Alas! madam. When Ganem perceived these words. I shall be safe in your house as long as the caliph is from Bagdad. I know not what she will do to conceal this action from the caliph." said she. and give me full information of my unhappy fate. but was so far from being displeased at the declaration he made. Pardon. then. Were it not for this opportunity. because naturally I am a very bad sleeper." proceeded she. "in order to acquaint you with my story. My life depends on it. she has taken every possible opportunity to ruin me. that I saw myself richer than any queen in the world. has a favourite so called. has availed herself of the absence of the caliph. and no sooner have I formed the flattering design." answered she. and I have been brought up with all the care that is usually taken with such persons of my sex as are destined to reside there.

would have none of his slaves come into the room where Fetnah was. I perceive you are not one that will do things by halves: you add by your courtesy to the obligations I owe you already." Fetnah perceived that Ganem was under the greatest of afflictions. that nothing can make me recall the present I have made you of my heart. be pleased to accept of these. said. that you may remember the unfortunate Ganem.' but I loved you before you told me that you were engaged to the caliph. however. by way of precaution. he sat down on the sofa. when I reflect that. "Madam." Having thus spoken. the sentiments you have inspired are a pledge of my secrecy. "you may now perhaps desire to take some rest. as he had covered the table." said he to Fetnah. admiring Ganem's attention. "Madam. madam. it is not in my power to overcome a passion which. Ganem took away. He also bought two parcels. I know. believing you to be one. Powerful as that prince is." said she.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 137 "When the caliph returns. should they know by what accident and in what place I had the happiness to find you." When the women-slaves were withdrawn into a chamber adjoining. Ganem. I dare assure you. I flatter myself he will not be able to blot me out of your remembrance. after having lost you. I wish your august and most fortunate lover may avenge you of the malice of Zobeide. and I beg of you to believe.slaves. When they had eaten. which might insensibly lead her to discover the inclination she felt for him. to declare. and remain satisfied that you shall be served with all the respect that is due to the favourite of so great a monarch as our sovereign the caliph. "that this conversetion gives you too much uneasiness. though now in its infancy. It is so natural for young men to purchase beautiful slaves. Ganem went to see who it was. has all the force of a love strengthened by a perfect of situation. a person of your quality cannot be without two waiting-maids. and that I have bought you. by calling you back to him. and I am fully persuaded he will be more earnest than myself to requite a service which restores me to his love. at rest. that they will not have the curiosity to inquire." Fetnah. therefore. and when you shall be restored to his wishes. "Madam. that you are here in safety. saying. "I perceive. you shall find me ready to receive your commands. that somebody just then knocked at the door. and found it to be one of his slaves come to acquaint him that the entertainment was ready. and his situation affected her. I will leave you. who. who is no less your conquest than the caliph. They will also conclude that I have some particular reasons for bringing you home as they saw I did. I should never again have beheld the light of the sun. I shall find means to acquaint him with all that has happened. Set your heart. as to that point. I can never sufficiently express my gratitude. but at some . but considering the uneasiness she was likely to bring upon herself. by prosecuting the conversation on that subject. they may perhaps fail of the fidelity they owe me. and that heaven will soon place me in a condition to requite all your acts of generosity. I shall not need to be so much upon my guard. that it will be no way surprising to them to see you here. without your assistance. to serve you. and when you have reposed yourself. ‘that what belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave. one of fine linen. but I hope I shall not die ungrateful. I return you a thousand thanks for having given me the information I took the liberty to desire of you. "As for my slaves. took what was brought. he left her." As soon as Haroon al Rusheed's beautiful favourite had done speaking. and talk of the infinite obligation I owe you. "My lord. He cannot love you more passionately than I do." It was happy for them both. and shall never forget. Having conducted home the two women. and went to purchase two women. But great as he is. at least. give me leave. Ganem said. let us change the subject.slaves. and I shall never cease to love you into whatever part of the world I may go to expire. whose soul was ravished to behold what attention he paid her. and the other of all such things as were proper to make up a toilet fit for the caliph's favourite. and served it up himself to his beautiful guest. he presented them to Fetnah. and having delivered all things at the door of the apartment to his slaves.

encouraged by his example. I beseech you. entrusted with the execution of her revenge. The excellence of the wine insensibly drew them both to drink. and knew not where to fix. their respect for the caliph kept them within due bounds. and having entrusted her with the secret. in token of respect. and at first complimented each other on the fruit as they presented it reciprocally. and shall never cease to be so." said she. and having drunk two or three glasses. if ever I stood in need of it. However. the presence of the women-slaves hindered me the first time from taking notice of it to you: in the name of God. said. unless upon of the utmost consequence. carried away the chest. interrupting him in her turn. . gave way to her inclination. composed and sung verses relating to her adventure. Ganem then withdrew to another apartment. thus snatched from the jaws of death. than she was seized with a tormenting uneasiness. No sooner had the three slaves. on his part. it is now. no. to follow the dictates of my gratitude. leaving Fetnah where she was. as your slave: I am. confessed she had no less affection for him than he had for her. except in this. when he inquires of me after her?" Many contrivances occurred to her. do not give me this title of honour. you have always assisted me with your advice. As soon as it was day. was not ignorant "that what belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave. treat me. and not being able to find expressions significant enough." replied Fetnah. fond as they were of each other. and the night was far advanced before they thought of parting. he rose up to fetch a light. and do not require of me. Zobeide was not without some apprehensions in the palace of Haroon al Rusheed. he. on her side." said he." said Ganem. that you have not looked upon the excess of my love with indifference. They both sat down at table. and even for that took the time when the lady was reposing. in return for the benefits I have received. that I should misbehave myself towards you." Ganem was enraptured at this declaration. was satisfied with telling her. There lived with her a lady advanced in years. What shall I say to him at his return. she sent for her. or so much as the least curiosity to inquire (being used to pay a blind obedience to her commands). "I dare not so much as hope. who had bred her up from her infancy." Night drawing on. Whilst Fetnah.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 138 distance from Fetnah. I shall never be guilty of such conduct. You know the reasons that condemn me to silence. They lived together in this manner for several days. I should be ungrateful. to return Fetnah thanks. they agreed that neither should take another glass without first singing some air. that as she knew what she owed to the caliph. passed her time so agreeably with Ganem. in his own opinion. "to excite the least sensibility in a heart like yours. and I will not hesitate to own. "I shall be cautious how I treat with such disrespect a man to whom I owe my life. "loves Fetnah more than ever he did any of his favourites. he wept for joy. "My consort. Still she met with difficulties. "this is the second time you have done me the honour to call me lord. and she spent the night in contriving how to conceal her crime." "My lord. could I say or do any thing that did not become you. destined for the greatest prince in the world. sleep fled from her eyes. "My good mother. and always containing something which Ganem might take in a sense favourable to himself. the women slaves he had bought coming in to wait upon her. without knowing what it contained. which still heightened their passion. therefore. All his thoughts were taken up with his dear Fetnah. that I do not regard your care with indifference. I am too sensible of your respectful behaviour to abuse it. who." "No. expressive of the vehemence of his passion." answered Fetnah "Alas! madam. Alas! it would be a comfort to me in my misfortune. Ganem sung verses ex tempore. The collation continued till very late. madam. interrupting her at the word lord. if I could but flatter myself. He then began to discourse of his passion. but none were satisfactory. as also a collation. it does not belong to me. she most exactly observed the fidelity due to the caliph. Leave me. a thousand perplexing thoughts disturbed her rest. and Fetnah. which he brought in himself. for he could not prevail upon himself to lose a moment that might be spent in her company. The young merchant went not abroad.

she who had given her the lemonade setting them an example by her cries and lamentations. and that . among her companions. madam. and go far from hence to reign in my heart! But whither does this pleasing transport carry me? I do not consider that you are born to make the greatest prince in the world happy. he will not fail to ask the occasion of it. suspect you have turned her out of the palace through jealousy. and putting it on her finger. who shall not know the purpose for which it is designed. There is another thing. Such potent princesses as the consort of a monarch. Zobeide took a rich diamond ring out of her casket. and all the officers of the palace. and in order that they may only think of lamenting. Then Mesrour. and cause the same to be done by your own and Fetnah's women. taking advantage of this false report. All that must now be thought of. for. When the caliph returns. and sees you all and the palace in mourning. and to show me some way to satisfy the caliph. Supposing you could resolve to give him up for me. you shall then immediately cause a marble mausoleum to be built. and set about with great candlesticks and large wax tapers. whose power extended from east to west. That very day Zobeide sent for the architect of the palace. in the form of a dome. caused the coffin and the representation of Fetnah to be carried away. "How infinitely am I beholden to you. he will certainly go to shed tears upon her grave. and buried with the usual ceremonies in the place appointed by Zobeide. who was himself deceived by it. however. He may. it shall be buried in some part of the palace. "Madam. as soon as he shall see the figure of a dead body buried. according to orders. He will be pleased with all you shall have done. As for the wooden image. "you are supposed in Bagdad to be dead. the mausoleum was finished in a short time. which shall be covered with embroidered cloth. and when shut up in a coffin. as I have before observed. the best consolation is to think no more of it. It cannot fail of success. possibly. but since the thing is done. You will then have an opportunity of insinuating yourself into his favour. It is likely he will cause the coffin to be taken up and opened. and erect a tomb." replied the old lady. who yesterday gave her the lemonade. and prevent his making inquiries after her. I bless heaven that I am the cause. As for your part. Ganem was one of the last who heard of it. would to God. and then conveyed by the old lady herself into Fetnah's bed-chamber. that you have paid all the last honours to his favourite. my good mother! I should never have thought of so ingenious a contrivance. so that the news of Fetnah's death was quickly spread over the city. I will myself undertake to have it cut by a carver in the city." As soon as the old lady had spoken." added the old lady." The wooden image was got ready with as much expedition as Zobeide could have wished. and that only Haroon al Rusheed is worthy of you. is how to deceive the commander of the believers. and embracing her in a transport of joy. at length informed of it. the favourite's women weeping and lamenting. said. and I do not question but that Zobeide herself believes it. ‘`he will not believe she is really dead. distracted by a mortal anxiety. by saying. order Fetnah's woman. over the burial place. and I begin to recover my peace. and that you have ordered Mesrour to cause her to be buried. are always punctually obeyed in whatsoever they command. "which ought not to be forgotten. in short. and will go myself to order the rest.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 139 when the business before you is to still my thoughts. We will shroud it up in linen. You may tell him. where she dressed it like a dead body. and. "it had been much better not to have run yourself into the difficulties you labour under. that she has just found her mistress dead in her bed. you have caused a mausoleum to be built. and perhaps. it was out of respect to him that you paid the last honours to Fetnah. and the happy witness of your being alive. I leave the care of the wooden figure to you." said he to the caliph's fair favourite. She soon put on mourning with all the court." "My dear mistress. snatched away by sudden death. and I am of opinion. you must put on mourning. to give out. that you should immediately cause a wooden image resembling a dead body to be carved. and. she has already acquainted you with the circumstance. Being. he hardly ever went abroad. that. and look upon all the mourning as an artifice to deceive him. His passion for her being extraordinary. and it is certain he will be convinced of her death. as he would have done himself had he been present. and put it into a coffin. and express his gratitude. you would share my fortune. your eunuchs." added the old woman. without offering to go into her chamber. let her add.

that Zobeide. He immediately asked her the cause. as well as the caliph himself. and being naturally of a jealous temper. the grave to be filled. and the principal officers of the court. I have already told you the consequences to be apprehended from such a discovery. but was amazed to see all the officers in mourning. This devout caliph thought it would be a sacrilegious act to suffer the body of the dead lady to be touched. "Commander of the believers. The caliph. whilst they were collecting together. He doubted not of Fetnah's death." At the end of three months the caliph returned to Bagdad with glory. The caliph thinking himself obliged to pay some respect to the grave of his favourite. he durst not proceed any farther. being so agitated at the news. approaching the apartment of Zobeide. and his concern was redoubled when.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete you would follow me. having vanquished all his enemies." said Zobeide. he ordered the tomb to be removed. but the caliph did not give her time. and fainted. he beheld that princess coming to meet him in mourning with all her women. On recovering himself. "I am in mourning for your slave Fetnah. but when he saw the linen wrapped round the wooden image. it is my part always to remember. went to take some rest in his apartment. morning and evening. to convey her so far off that she might never more be heard of. chapters. asked where his dear Fetnah had been buried. he remained in the mausoleum." She would have proceeded. sent for the ministers of religion. that she may not know I am alive. "Sir. and will attend you thither if you desire. ‘that what belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave. and recited long prayers." answered Zobeide. who all the time ceased not to honour the memory of Fetnah with his tears. one of them sitting at the bed's-head. and the readers of the Koraun. "My lord. and the other at the . and the tomb to be made as it was before. all of them in mourning. that he uttered a feeble exclamation.'" 140 The lovely Fetnah. the wax. being tired with sitting up so long. in his camp dress. He entered the palace with impatience to embrace Fetnah. When all the persons he had sent for were come. He went thither just as he was. who died so suddenly that it was impossible to apply any remedy to her disorder. This was all he suspected. might have turned her out of the palace. after which the readers of the Koraun read several. moistening with his tears the marble that covered the phantom of his mistress. In the mean time let us be more cautious than ever. ordering those she had entrusted to conduct her. and we shall find the means privately to inform him of all that has happened.lights round it. I am not surprised at the artifice she uses to conceal her guilt: but let her go on. and fell asleep upon a sofa. "we cannot obstruct the momentary triumph of Zobeide. I have caused a marble mausoleum to be built over her grave." The caliph would not permit Zobeide to take that trouble. and this scrupulous fear prevailed over his love and curiosity. "I myself took care of her funeral. and caused the grave and the coffin to be opened in his presence. the prayers and reading of the Koraun lasted from morning till break of day the next morning. between two of the court ladies. though moved by the tenderness of the passion he expressed. which sufficiently expressed his extreme grief. The same ceremony was performed every day for a whole month. with much agitation. and spared no cost to make it magnificent. he. and would not hear of any business. When he saw the tomb." said she to him. The caliph will return. I flatter myself that sorrow will soon follow her triumph. but contented himself to have Mesrour to conduct him. with a feeble voice. The better to discover the truth himself. yet prevailed with herself not to encourage it. with the grand vizier. ought I to consent? No. for he did not think Zobeide wicked enough to have attempted the life of his favourite. he was amazed that Zobeide should have performed the obsequies of her rival with so much pomp. taking advantage of his long absence. and the magnificence of the mausoleum. the officers of the palace. the caliph being always present. and. He caused the coffin to be shut up again. he stood before the tomb. The last day of the month. suspected his wife's generosity and fancied his mistress might perhaps be yet alive.

I thought fit. she gives me an account of her melancholy adventure. whilst he slept. I will punish her. and attended by a great number of carpenters and masons. Ungrateful creature! whilst I spend the days in bewailing her. the incomparable Fetnah should be still among the living?" She uttered these words with so much vivacity. the charming. and hears what I have to tell him. having hoped that the caliph would have taken the matter in a different light. The caliph. he stood before his master. repair to his house. She perceived her note had been received. and has the effrontery to boast of his attention to her." "O heavens!" cried Nagmatos Sohi. "pardon me this indiscretion. was more concerned at the infidelity he fancied Fetnah had been guilty of towards him. "Is it so?" said he. having received this positive command. "Jaaffier. made a low prostration to the caliph. He asked why they had disturbed his rest? "Alas! my sovereign lord. that the beautiful. were working some embroidery. after reading the note. and finding it stood detached from any other. with the necessary tools for razing a house. the son of Abou Ayoub. When you have learnt this. "if she is not dead?" "Chief of the believers. The first thing he did. in a tone which denoted he would be instantly obeyed. in token that he would rather lose it than disobey him. and so loud. hearing a noise. Go to. went to the judge of the police." replied the other. The officer he sent with these orders brought him back word. Upon this information. believing you must stand in need of it. Fetnah is not dead. the caliph rose. Fetnah and Ganem had just dined: the lady was sitting at a window next the street. who. The grand vizier. she looked out through the lattice. She knew not how long the . who were waiting without. Thirty days are past since my return to Bagdad. and observed a profound silence. who was naturally jealous."There is great news! The commander of the believers our master will be overjoyed when he awakes. she is in perfect health. "you were wrong to defer delivering it to me. written with Fetnah's own hand. instead of being provoked at the inhumanity of Zobeide. interrupting her eagerly. and give audience to his court. said to him. and make an example of that insolent man. whispered to the other. and----" "Give me that note. for putting in execution an important affair I am about to commit to you." The slave immediately presented to him the note. which he opened with much impatience. but enlarged a little too much on the attentions of Ganem. and orders me to acquaint you with it. that he had scarcely been seen for some months. to prevent the young merchant's making his escape. concluded she was their object as well as Ganem. to let you take some few moments' rest." said the caliph.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete feet. if he was there. came in. having his hand on his head. Take four hundred men of my guards with you. and departed." The grand vizier. as I could not suppress. but had not expected such a consequence. "is it possible." answered the slave. with my slave Fetnah. 141 She who sat at the bed's-head. let us take vengeance of a bold woman. and went into a hall where he used to appear in public. and that bold youth who affronts me. and bring him hither. and first inquire where a merchant of Damascus lives whose name is Ganem. approach with his attendants. I could not without transport hear that Fetnah is still alive. who has presumed to fail in respell to me. but first secure Ganem. she passes them in betraying me. with strict orders to find out the house of the unfortunate merchant. and no man knew what could keep him at home. was to send to the syndic of the dealers in foreign stuffs and silks. entered." "What then is become of her. and she now thinks of sending me news of herself. and seeing the grand vizier." demanded the caliph. whom he caused to bear him company. who. "I this evening received a note from a person unknown. and prostrated himself before the throne. and in it Fetnah gave a particular account of all that had befallen her. perceiving the caliph was asleep. and immediately all the courtiers. came to Ganem's residence. "the perfidious wretch has been four months with a young merchant." Having spoken these words. without losing time. called Nagmatos Sohi. The first gate was opened. it caused such emotion in me. in a transport of joy. and cause it to be razed to the foundations. The same officer likewise told Jaaffier where Ganem lived. that the caliph awoke. before I fulfilled my commission. who has lived with him these four months. Then rising. he posted his soldiers round it. your presence is requisite. after your fatigue. that minister. and whose name was Nouron-Nihar.

to whom I am indebted for my life." "Madam. I do not intend to offer you the least harm. He then went out. but at present avoid his fury. he has been gone about a month since to Damascus. what will become of you?" "Let not that trouble you. come into the room. and of the money he had made of his goods." "You shall be obeyed." said she. that minister came into the room where Fetnah was sitting on a sofa. who. she plainly foresaw that his incensed rival might be apt to condemn him." "My lord. whom he commanded to take up the chests. that he is within." "Alas! madam. The orders he gives in the heat of passion are always fatal. she turned to the young merchant and said. "there is no time to be lost. had not Fetnah pressed him to disguise himself. and has left these chests you see under my care. and carry them to Mesrour. little thinking that he was the man he looked for. "My lord. yet apprehended nothing on that account. when he beheld the caliph's guards with their naked cimeters. and would certainly have suffered himself to be seized by the caliph's soldiers. committing to him the care of seeing the house razed. but first to cause diligent search to be made for Ganem. Thus they parted. As for Ganem." The young merchant's affliction was so great. "it is my part to look to that. "Alas! Ganem. on account of his youth and person. you may be taken for a servant belonging to the eating house. and though she was acquainted with his jealous temper. "let us go. the grand vizier. Then put some of these dishes on your head. falling also down till she had raised herself. and order them to be secured. As for what you leave in this house. However. "Ganem. They were both so overwhelmed with sorrow. they ran in among the crowd. whither his business called him. attended by the two slaves who waited on her. she fell upon her face. As for the young merchant. with the civil magistrate at the head of them. I have no farther orders. and got clear of the city. you need only make it known to me. all they could do was to embrace each other tenderly.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 142 prince had been returned from his campaign. and the soldiers made her tremble. I am ready to follow you. I conjure you to cause them to be carried to the palace. Whilst he was making the best of his way from the grand vizier." said the favourite. Those who were behind the grand vizier. and thus favoured his escape He soon reached one of the gates. than the masons and carpenters began to demolish it. and where there were many chests full of Ganem's clothes. that I may perform the promise I made him to take all possible care of them. No sooner was Jaaffier out of the house. put on the habit of one of your slaves immediately. but for Ganem: she did not question clearing herself." answered Jaaffier. whom she loved less out of gratitude than inclination. I will take care of it. than to intreat you will be pleased to go with me to the palace." answered Harem. Ganem went out with some dishes on his head: he was taken for the servant of an eating-house. he is not here. that he knew not what course to pursue. "you only take care of me. if you love me. and immediately sent for porters. when the caliph's anger shall be over. and no one offered to stop him. made way as he had done. At this sight he stood motionless. answer. who was the first that met him. might be hidden. and continuing in that posture. "God forbid any man should presume to lay profane hands on you. and the grand vizier. they were not regarded. and did their . As for Ganem's slaves. without any hesitation. provided the caliph would but hear her. and I hope it will be one day faithfully restored to you." Ganem looked through the lattice." replied Fetnah. and was seized with dread. He submitted to her persuasions. the sight of the grand vizier." replied the favourite. and they will let you pass. gave way and let him pass. not indeed for herself." said Jaaffier. As soon as Fetnah saw the grand vizier. and as they were knocking at the door. On the contrary. we are undone. put on the habit of a slave. taking her with him. he suspected. as it were to receive her death. and to conduct you thither. As soon as the porters were gone. that they could not utter a word. with the merchant that lives in this house. daubed himself with soot. Full of this thought. till he returns. notwithstanding what Fetnah had told him. and it was not known what became of them. he whispered the civil magistrate. "I am ready to undergo the sentence passed against me by the commander of the believers. If they happen to ask you where the master of the house is. and had not power to utter one word. concerned for himself than for Fetnah. and disfigure your face and arms with soot.

if you command me. and when they are naked. has seduced the most amiable of my women slaves. seeing he did not return.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 143 business so effectually. as his master's impatience required. who was then present. But the civil magistrate. When he is in your power. Mahummud looking at it. though every place has been searched. dispatched it by an express. however unjust. and debauches one of his slaves. mother." answered Jaaffier "the house Ganem lived in is levelled with the ground. and laid it on his head. that when you have read my letter. that a merchant of Damascus.' After that you shall send him to me under a strong guard. Besides this. that the caliph would not refuse to speak to her. obeyed this with some reluctance. attended by all his guards. and shut her up in the dark tower. sister. "have you executed my orders?" "Yes. As for his favourite." The caliph having written this letter. and I have brought you your favourite Fetnah. when he heard that Ganem had made his escape. ‘This is the smallest punishment the commander of the believers inflicts on him that offends his lord. but the other merchants with whom he went to Bagdad were returned. The caliph's courier travelled night and day. order the materials to be carried out of the city into the middle of the plain. who resided at Damascus. Mesrour being used to execute his sovereign's orders. It is my will that you cause his house to be plundered. The courier having delivered it. you cause search to be made for Ganem. "Well. and to take pigeons along with him. and went directly to Ganem's house. He sent for the civil magistrate." That tower was within the precinct of the palace. if he has father. In the mean time. and Fetnah affirms that he has been gone a month to Damascus. He opened it. I expect you will without delay execute my command. cause them to be stripped. As for the young merchant. and only hearkening to his passion. forbidding any person on pain of death to afford them shelter. and after it has been razed. went directly to king Zinebi's palace. and being come to Damascus. and by that means advice is speedily received from such places as it is desired. and for three days successively let him receive fifty strokes of the bastinado. and there left her. before that minister reached the palace." said he to the chief of the eunuchs. daughters. immediately descended from his throne. A letter rolled up is made fast under their wing. "This letter is to inform you. or other kindred. that in a few hours none of it remained. Ganem's mother had never received any letter from him since he had left Damascus. wives. without making any answer. and without losing time. expose them three days to the whole city. and secure him. and to follow Mesrour. that he might the sooner hear what had been done by Mahummud Zinebi. you shall cause him to be loaded with irons. and is fled. who conducted her to the dark tower. to denote he was ready submissively to obey the orders it contained." said Haroon al Rusheed. who sat upon his throne to receive the caliph's letter. not finding Ganem. "Mesrour. She was obliged to submit to her hard fate. she could not but be persuaded that he was dead. and knowing the hand. he would neither see nor speak to her." Never was passion equal to that of the caliph. and all of them told her they had left her son in perfect however. his cousin and tributary. proclaiming. the enraged caliph dismissed his grand vizier. that from wherever they may be carried to. after the strictest search. believing that she had been false to him. and commonly served as a prison for the favourites who any way offended the caliph. wrote the following letter with his own hand to the king of Syria. sent to acquaint the grand vizier. she is at your closet door. who was the more grieved because she had assured herself. and was so fully . "take the ungrateful and perfidious Fetnah. the son of Abou Ayoub. kissed the letter. mounted on horseback with the principal officers of his household. they return to Bagdad as soon as they are set at liberty. It is my will. ordering him to make all possible speed. stood up to shew his respect. and having read it. The pigeons of Bagdad have this peculiar quality. Then let him be led through all parts of the city by a crier. whose name is Ganem. we could not find him. and I will call her in. seeing him come into his closet. He signified his concern to Fetnah. especially when they have young ones. called Fetnah.

" The king. He was fully convinced of this. and their faces appeared to him bathed in tears. my dear son!" She would have said more." thought he to himself. and their horse-hair shifts ." said he. chests full of wealth. as plainly made it appear his heart was really pierced with grief and compassion. took off his own robe. There it was he redoubled their affliction.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 144 convinced of this in her imagination. to be made of coarse horse-hair for Ganem's mother. Though the fear of being dethroned prevented his following the dictates of his pity. that she delighted in indulging her grief. and had had the comfort of having his bones in this monument! O my son." The guards whom the king had ordered to search for Ganem. knowing the king of Damascus. It is with the utmost reluctance that I execute such a cruel and ignominious sentence. and ran to cast herself at his feet. to secure them against any insult. "My lord. It was now some time since they had thus devoted themselves to sorrow. came and told him their search had been vain. by causing large shifts. obliging me to persecute persons who have not offended you. and while that was doing. yet he in some measure moderated the rigour of the caliph's orders. "If Ganem alone be guilty. Ganem. these two victims of the caliph's rage were stripped of their clothes. got up. Though the slave had never seen king Zinebi. and with shouts which terrified Ganem's mother and sister the more. When the house was plundered. "I was looking for your son. and mixed her tears with hers. pitied such tender relations. is in that monument. his mother. he hastily entered the house. cushions covered with cloth of gold and silver. when king Mahummud Zinebi knocked at the door. who are innocent. These poor women immediately veiled themselves. but the mother. inquiring for Ganem. "to cause you to be stripped." The king delivered these words with such an air. the son of Abou Ayoub. She had caused a dome to be built in the middle of the court belonging to her house. and exposed naked for three days to the view of the people. where he saw the mother and daughter sitting on a mat. as soon as they beheld a man at the door of the dome. and so far was she from seeking any comfort. caused all the house to be diligently searched by his guards for Ganem. she guessed by his retinue that he must be one of the principal officers of Damascus. "it is a long time since he has ceased to be: would to God I had at least put him into his coffin with my own hands. till nothing remained but the bare walls of the house: and it was a dismal spectacle for the unhappy ladies. lamenting him. and had herself closed his eyes: never mother expressed greater sorrow. the tears of those two women would not leave him any room to doubt. in making me the executioner of your vengeance. all was taken away. in short. and he. "quit this monument with your daughter. for he was a prince of a mild nature. bidding them keep close to him. He then ordered the populace to be let in to plunder. She bewailed Ganem as if she had seen him die. which being opened by a slave belonging to the family. which was performed with the utmost rapaciousness." They went out. "why should the mother and the daughter. he carried away the mother and daughter to his palace. because they knew not the reason." said he to them." said she. Zinebi was moved. Mahummud ordered the civil magistrate to raze the house and monument. that she went into mourning. "My good lady. hearing their cries and lamentations. "My good lady. She spent the greatest part of the days and nights in weeping under that dome. it is no place of safety for you. and covered them both with it. but was oppressed with such violent sorrow that she was unable to proceed. without sleeves. as if her son had been buried there: her daughter bore her company. by acquainting them with the caliph's will." cried the mother. without knowing why they were so cruelly treated. and the neighbourhood. to see all their goods plundered. fine China ware." said he to Ganem's mother. The rabble carried off the richest goods. The next day. not regarding what was said by the slave. and had much compassion for the sufferings of the unfortunate. be punished? Ah! cruel Haroon al Rusheed! what a mortification do you put upon me. and his sister. "He commands me. my mistress. is he here?" "Alas! sir. fine Persian and Indian carpets. He then advanced towards the monument. "that Ganem you inquire for is dead. in which she placed a tomb. It distracted him to be obliged to execute the caliph's order.

with all sorts of refreshments and wine. The queen of Damascus." "My good lady. our mistress. by flight. "Madam. and at the spectacle that occasioned them. and endeavouring to hide their confusion under their hair. clad in such a strange garment." said she. withdrawn himself from that prince's indignation. were along with them. The very children. "I will always follow your example. attended by his officers. But I will cease to murmur and complain. and he is not dead. they were so spent. "My good madam. "we are highly concerned at your affliction. and it hung down to the ground. for fear of incurring his displeasure. and clasping her arms about her neck. the punishment is fallen on you. A crier went before them. as they beheld them through their lattice windows." Ganem's mother entreated the queen's women to return her majesty a thousand thanks from her and her daughter. and in that respect which is due to the commander of the believers. as well as the king her consort. the consternation could not have been greater. in a transport of affection and joy. Not being used to walk bare-foot. and how harsh and unjust soever the caliph's orders may be. It was near night when this dismal scene concluded. In short. with which they covered their faces. and almost past receiving any benefit by what they offered them. In this condition they were exposed to the people. I am only concerned for my daughter. "Yes. more especially the ladies. her sufferings alone afflict me. The mother and daughter were both conducted back to king Mahummud's palace. "the king has not told me why the chief of the believers inflicts so many outrages on us: pray be pleased to tell us what crimes we have been guilty of. O Ganem!" added she. considering them as innocent persons. to recover their spirits. All condemn the caliph's resentment. notwithstanding the caliph's prohibition to relieve them. The queen's women found them still in a swoon. I dare answer for his innocence. who were much affected at the spectacle. We can assure you." answered Ganem's mother. provided heaven has preserved my son. and they were conducted through the city. In the mean time the queen's women. turned to her mother. whatever extremity your love for my brother may reduce us to. I forgive him." The mother and daughter thus interchanging their sighs and tears. and being particularly moved by the daughter's youth and beauty. mixed their cries with the general lamentation. yet I believe her to be so good a sister as to follow my example. they made the air ring with their shrieks. frightened at those shrieks. has done us a favour in employing us to assist you. However." On hearing these words. but having. She ate a morsel out of complaisance. as they passed before their houses. "the origin of your misfortunes proceeds from your son Ganem." said one of the queen's ladies to her." answered the other. that they lay a long time in a swoon.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 145 put upon them. putting all to fire and sword." Whilst they walked in this manner along the streets of Damascus. Ganem's mother immediately returned them thanks for their courtesy. "I have educated him carefully. as you imagine. He is not dead." said she. the best beloved of the caliph's favourites. and her daughter did the like. dear mother. but all fear him. their head-dress was also taken away. He is accused of having seduced the beautiful Fetnah. He cannot have committed the crime he is accused of. and the queen of Syria. who till then had appeared insensible. "This is the punishment due to those who have drawn on themselves the indignation of the commander of the believers. "my dear son Ganem! is possible that you are still alive? I am no longer concerned for the loss of my fortune. who every now and then cried. had an enemy been in Damascus. and you see king Zinebi himself dares not resist his orders. so that their dishevelled hair hung floating on their backs. that princess is much afflicted at your misfortunes. continued a considerable time in such moving embraces. and exhort you to have patience. with much difficulty they were brought to themselves. . omitted no persuasions to prevail with Ganem's mother to take some sustenance. All we can do is to pity you." "I know my son. and then directing her discourse to the lady who spoke to her. The daughter had the finest hair. all the people were dissolved in tears. The civil magistrate. the young lady. highly afflicted at their misfortunes. since it is for him that I suffer. with their arms and feet naked. sent some of her women to comfort them.

and. forbidding them ever to return to the city. "do we carry the plague about us? Must the unjust and barbarous usage we have received render us odious to our fellow-citizens? Come. of what condition soever. They carried them provisions. They treated them as well as their poverty would permit. in the condition already mentioned. and strangers. from morning till night. they in pity gave the wretched ladies some small pieces of money. Ganem's mother told them what she and her daughter had endured. who immediately retreated with as much haste as the rest. upon pain of death. instead of looking through their lattice windows." said Ganem's mother. and kept themselves close within their houses. discoursing in this manner. and their amazement was the greater. Zinebi's men executed their commission. and put on them others which they gave them." The two wretched ladies. The peasants' wives flocked about them. or give them a morsel of bread or a drop of water. They easily perceived that every body shunned them. He soon received the caliph's answer in the same way." added she. In this miserable state they came to the first village. not to afford them the least support. which were very uneasy to them. asked them what was the occasion of their travelling in a habit that did not seem to belong to them. and left to their choice to go where they thought fit. and punished for disobeying the caliph's orders. Jalib al Koolloob and her mother departed from . the streets. But that day and the following. were much surprised. Immediately the king of Syria sent men to the old house. not to receive Ganem's mother and sister into their houses. There was not a person to be seen in the public places through which those unfortunate women were carried.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 146 The caliph having ordered that Ganem's kindred should be exposed three days successively to the sight of the people. at which the good countrywomen were sensibly afflicted. but not knowing the reason. in a word. In the mean time king Zinebi had let fly a pigeon to give the caliph an account of his exact obedience. the unhappy ladies afforded the same spectacle the second time next day. and save their hair. incensed at the ill usage of Abou Ayoub's widow and daughter. were now quite empty. He informed him of all that had been executed. that prince ordered the mother and the daughter to be turned out of the palace. that he should banish them from Damascus for ever. and to conduct them three days' journey from Damascus. but being less exact their master. when coming into any street. or among any persons. with shoes. Having expressed their gratitude to those charitable women. all persons fled from them. which was. All the merchants. "What is the meaning of this. and something to cover their heads. which only served to heighten the curiosity of the peasants. out of charity and compassion. my child. they fell to weeping. came to one of the extremities of the city. they recollected some of their best friends. Thither some Mussulmauns. sent criers into all quarters of the city to make proclamation. Instead of answering the question. and. The ladies. but durst not stay to comfort them. and each of them a scrip. though he did not approve of them. "let us depart from Damascus with all speed. the king resolving punctually to obey the caliph's orders. and retired to a ruined house to pass the night. as it appeared through their disguise that they were people of some condition. and conjured him to direct what he would have done with Ganem's mother and sister. and endeavoured to comfort them. took off their horse-hair shifts. and there to leave them. so great an impression had the late prohibition made upon all. and having their bodies cast to the dogs to be devoured. let us not stay any longer in a city where we are become frightful to our very friends. As soon as they appeared. withdrew into the back parts of their houses. shut up their shops. On the fourth day. resorted to them after the day was shut in. It seemed as if all the inhabitants of Damascus had abandoned their city. which at first had been full of people. and to move their compassion. strictly commanding all the inhabitants of Damascus. for fear of being discovered. When the criers had performed what the king had enjoined them. or hold the least correspondence with them. to carry their provisions. in the strict performance of the caliph's orders. with orders to take the mother and daughter. which they hung about their necks.

As for sustenance. stops. with their misfortunes. is in a miserable condition? Speak freely. since the day that had been so fatal to Ganem and herself. distinctly heard these words. O caliph. her sighs and tears putting a stop to her utterance. At length they came to Aleppo. notwithstanding all they had endured. or else on the bare pavement. and had been much concerned at her disgrace. and the angels shall testify the truth before your face? All the power you are now invested with. it was much less grievous than the thoughts of Ganem's misfortune. She was still confined closely in the dark tower. crossed the river. for he was the most inquisitive prince in the world. he happened to pass by the dark tower. "Fetnah. when you shall appear with Ganem before the tribunal of the Supreme Judge. that. which would otherwise never have reached his ear. barbarous caliph. "Madam. and sometimes. they proceeded to Bagdad. whither has thy cruel fate led thee? Alas! it is I that have made you wretched! why did you not let me perish miserably. This was enough to make the caliph reflect. uttered with a loud voice: "O Ganem. without bidding her rise. the chief of the eunuchs guessed that his master designed to pardon his favourite. too unfortunate Ganem! where are you at this time. He plainly perceived. and continuing their journey towards the Euphrates. on which he valued himself. Thence. and entered Mesopotamia. but would not stay there. the uncertainty of whose fate was a killing affliction. taking short journeys towards Aleppo. he immediately returned to his apartment. and sometimes rested in the public places appointed for the use of travellers. Their conversation was generally about him." Fetnah followed Mesrour. The caliph was accustomed to walk frequently at night within the enclosure of his palace. and so continued. who ought to have rewarded. and take her to him again. with such an air as expressed his satisfaction. and fancying he heard somebody talk. They used at dusk to retire near or into the mosques. and which makes almost the whole world tremble. they did not want. boiled rice. and are obliged to seek for safety in flight." Here Fetnah ceased her complaints. Being resolved to be rightly informed in an affair which so nearly concerned him in point of equity. which Fetnah. and that moment ordered Mesrour to repair to the dark tower. "I think you charge me with violence and injustice. in his walk. and bring Fetnah before him. whose thoughts were always on Ganem. She prostrated herself before him. therefore flying instantly to the tower. but they hoped. By this command. if there was any. for they often came to places where bread. Who is he." said he to the favourite. which they traversed as far as Moussoul. and other provisions are distributed to all travellers who desire it. "be pleased to follow me. you know the natural goodness of my disposition. and they inquired for him of all they met. where they passed the night on the mat. But let us leave Jalib al Koolloob and her mother. who conducted her into the caliph's closet. hoping to find Ganem." said the caliph. and that I love to do justice. by those night-walks. and I draw from this a happy omen. because they wished it. and drawing near the door to listen. However. He was overjoyed at the thought. There was scarcely a moment in which she did not lament him.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 147 that village." . persecutes you. will not prevent your being condemned and punished for your violent and unjust proceedings. I hope you will never more return to this melancholy abode: the commander of the faithful wishes to speak with you. One of those nights. notwithstanding the regard and respell he had for me. her face bathed in tears. came to the knowledge of things that happened in his court. their affection for him increasing instead of diminishing. rather than afford me your generous relief? What melancholy return have you received for your care and respect? The commander of the faithful. and that he had been too hasty in giving such orders against Ganem and his family. that if what he had heard was true. for he respected Fetnah. you lose your fortune. though they ought not to have fancied that he was in a city where the caliph resided. and in requital for having always regarded me as a person reserved for his bed. his favourite must be innocent. and much more by the caliph's manner of speaking. That was the place they had fixed their thoughts upon. disagreeable as her prison was to her. and return to Fetnah. how can you exculpate yourself.

daughter." said he. that Ganem's respectful behaviour. but that which pleased her most was.'" This ingenuous confession might have provoked any other man than the caliph. ‘That which belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave. I would not for the world conceal the truth from you. which Mesrour had received the caliph's orders to convey thither. that he might avoid his indignation." replied the caliph. and making her sit by him. I most humbly beseech you to forgive me." Fetnah had no words expressive enough to thank the caliph for his generosity: she then withdrew into the apartment she had occupied before her melancholy adventure. I must make a confession. You. ‘Ah. I guessed at this." "Well. "if I have let fall any word that is not agreeable to your majesty. but I beg pardon of your majesty beforehand. he still remained steady in his duty. She concluded with the young merchant's escape. provided you conceal nothing from me. passing slightly over what regarded Zobeide. who took upon him to deliver the letter I wrote to Nouron Nihar. to repair the wrong I have done to himself and his family. and that he may safely come to you. but as soon as he heard that I had the honour to belong to you. that. "in requital for having saved your life. Fetnah. Consider. and conceived hopes of engaging me to admit his love. He commanded her to rise. after returning your majesty thanks for Ganem. endeavouring by that means to make the caliph sensible that she had been under the necessity of remaining concealed in Ganem's house. and you will answer for it before the tribunal of God. she highly extolled his discretion." replied Fetnah. then. and afforded me a sanctuary in his house. In short. I most humbly entreat you to cause it to be published throughout your do minions. "from the beginning to the end." "I must do more." rejoined the prince. I must own. but he whose innocence and wretched state you desire to be informed of is Ganem. what I can do for him. but it completely appeased that prince. He perceived it. said." replied Fetnah. before you sent me word where you were?" "Commander of the true believers. and enlarging on the obligations she owed to Ganem." Hereupon the favourite fell down at the caliph's feet. gained him my esteem." "It is enough. madam. but far from availing himself of my frailty. which she plainly told the caliph she had compelled him to." said she. "you may. which perhaps may displease you. was a long time before he could find an opportunity of putting it into her own hands. and I will grant it. to deceive Zobeide." said Haroon al Rusheed. "I acknowledge my fault. well know with what rigour you have treated him. joined to all the good offices he did me." answered Fetnah. "But may I. He saved my life from a grave. "Commander of the true believers. and availed herself of so favourable an opportunity to clear Ganem. "I forgive you all. nothing had been removed. "I believe all you have told me. When she had done speaking. "let me inform you. and rising again. I owe this justice to his virtue to declare. the unhappy son of Abou Ayoub. "Tell me your story." said he." She did so. to make amends for the loss of his fortune.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 148 By these words the favourite was convinced that the caliph had heard what she had said. and to prove to you that I am sincere. with her face to the ground. "Ganem went abroad so very seldom. late a rich merchant of Damascus. with artless simplicity. by heaping favours on the young merchant of Damascus. commander of the true believers. that you need not wonder we were not the first that heard of your return. The same furniture was still in it.' said he." The caliph was not displeased with Fetnah for the freedom of these words. I give him to you for a husband. that you pardon the son of Abou Ayoub. and would willingly make amends for it. I went further yet: you know the tyranny of love: I felt some tender inclination rising in my breast. the caliph said to her. Ganem.' From that moment. Besides. but why was it so long before you let me hear from you? Was there any need of staying a whole month after my return. but above all. "Commander of the true believers. and the respect he has strewn for me. to find Ganem's chests and bales. from the first moment he saw me. and notwithstanding the flame which consumed him. therefore. he perhaps designed to devote himself to me. Ask what you think fit. by the eagerness which he shewed in entertaining me. ‘that which belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave. "rely on the assurance you give me of Ganem's virtue?" "Yes. and all that his passion could force from him were the words I have already repeated to your majesty." "Speak. his behaviour was always suitable to his words. . and doing me all the good offices I so much wanted under the circumstances I was then in.

on which the happiness of two persons. she wept so bitterly that Fetnah and the syndic's wife could not forbear letting fall some tears.thirds of his income in relieving poor strangers. and was satisfied that a slave should shew her the way. "I shall obey your commands with pleasure. Fetnah concluded." Fetnah. "Be so kind as to tell us your misfortunes. I am also satisfied that you prevent their wants. which being granted. after so many misfortunes as have befallen us. that Heaven has not quite forsaken us." answered the syndic's wife. and gave them clean linen. though we had cause to believe it had. She caused her slaves to provide them good beds. "I apply myself to you. A dreadful uneasiness seized her mind. The syndic's wife being informed by the slave. she entreated the caliph to give her leave to seek for Ganem herself. and delivered them to my wife. she took a purse containing a thousand pieces of gold. whilst she herself led them to our warm bath. "I perceive by your obliging offers. I met them yesterday as they were coming into the city. went to the square of the jewellers' shops. desiring their prayers for the accomplishment of an affair. "My good lady. that he had not been able to survive the pain of losing her. I desire you will let me speak with those two strangers that arrived at Bagdad last night. and said. putting the purse into his hands. and viewing her carefully. and returned to the palace in the evening. and it moved me the more. I discovered a noble air. Black eunuchs attended her. but she would not give him the trouble. depended. without knowing why. that a lady from the palace was in her house. You cannot make the relation to any persons better disposed to use all . you will there see two women worthy of your compassion." "Madam. I carried them both to my house. I desire you to distribute that gold among the poor strangers you relieve. Through all the rags that covered them. did not give her time: on her coming into the chamber.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 149 The next day Haroon al Rusheed ordered the grand vizier. who was of the same opinion with me. who was gone before to give notice to his mistress. mounted on a mule from the caliph's stables. Thus she went from mosque to mosque. and will be pleased to step to my house. "Good woman." said she. for a long time elapsed without any news of the young merchant." "Madam. "as a person whose piety is celebrated throughout the city. because I thought they were persons of rank. The caliph's favourite having dried up hers. We know not as yet who they are. bestowing her alms among the devotees of the Mahummedan religion. She spend the whole day and the thousand pieces of gold in giving alms at the mosques. felt a curiosity to see them. sick or in distress. to cause proclamation to be made throughout all his dominions. for I know you make it your business to assist those who apply to your charity." Having uttered these words. "they lie in those beds you see by each other." answered Ganem's mother. she being then in the chamber with Jalib al Koolloob and her mother. and followed the syndic's slave. knowing by her dress that she was a lady belonging to the palace." "Madam. did not make Fetnah wait. the syndic's wife prostrated herself before her. and recount your story. that he pardoned Ganem the son of Abou Ayoub. but as hope is the last thing which forsakes lovers. but this proved of no effect. and went one morning out of the palace. very richly caparisoned. and stopping at the gateway without alighting. with a hand placed on each side of the mule's back. notwithstanding the impression the sun has made on their faces. The syndic would have conducted her to his house. The next day she took another purse of the same value. not to be commonly found in those people I relieve. to express the respect she had for all who belonged to the caliph. and may be of service to you and your companion. "I come to offer you my assistance: I have considerable interest in this city." said she. because we wish to let them take some rest before we trouble them with our questions. said to Ganem's mother. sent one of her black eunuchs for the syndic or chief of them. and that nothing is more grateful to you. The syndic. was hastening to meet her. who was a most charitable man. for they were the persons the syndic had been speaking of to Fetnah." answered the syndic. who had followed the slave. and in the like equipage as the day before. Fetnah raised her up. but Fetnah. they were in a deplorable condition. she told them." The favourite immediately drew near the mother's. and spent above two. She alighted at the door. but if you desire to exercise your charity in person. than to have an opportunity of relieving their misery.

his countenance pale. I have already justified Ganem to the caliph. But how unworthy soever our usage has been. who. and I could meet with him. but why should we despair of seeing him again? We shall find him." said Fetnah. who was so astonished that she could return no answer. in which the syndic's slaves had already laid him. I asked him some questions concerning his family and his country. she said to them. and she felt a sudden emotion. to requite the service he has done me. when Ganem was with you. I should be glad to see him. by my slaves. and treating him as they would do myself. for which she could not account: "Shew me. and all the evils we have suffered on his account. sitting up. is the occasion of all our misfortunes. Blood is no less powerful than love in great minds. but if I have occasioned your misfortune. and that he is no more guilty towards the caliph than his sister and myself. a lady whose name is Fetnah. if he be living. I can assure you of his innocence. to the populace. "a favourite of the commander of the true believers. because he had not strength enough to sit. I should be still comforted were my son alive. who. What a pleasure would it be for his sister and me to see him again! Embracing him we should forget the loss of our property. he gives me to him for his consort. You are no longer his enemies. but I know all the treasure of the world cannot comfort you without Ganem." These words were like a thunderbolt to the favourite. wretched as that sick stranger is. the happiness of meeting with you makes me conceive fresh hopes. and were carrying him into the hospital. to cause our house to be plundered and razed. "I come from seeing a very moving object. who has caused it to be proclaimed throughout his dominions. and doubt not he will do you as much good as he has done you injury. drew near the bed. you so much complain of. I went up to the young man." The caliph's favourite coming into the chamber of the sick stranger." replied Abou Ayoub's disconsolate widow. disfigured. interrupting her there. . perceived that he had need to have particular care taken of him. and being so much used to sick people. that he pardons the son of Abou Ayoub." said she to the syndic." said he to her. who.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 150 possible means to comfort you. coming to trade at Bagdad. for I am too well acquainted with their way of managing the sick. Perhaps this is the last day of your sufferings. whose eyes were closed." "Madam. and the beginning of a greater felicity than you enjoyed in Damascus. it is in my apartment in the palace. viewed him attentively. if I may judge of you by myself. for I am that very Fetnah. I took pity on him. she suffered Ganem's mother to proceed in the following manner: "I am the widow of Abou Ayoub. She saw a young man." Fetnah's heart beat at these words of the jeweller. he wrote to the king of Damascus. I had a son called Ganem. I can in some measure relieve it. The caliph caused search to be made for him every where. "The wealth Ganem had in this city is not lost. and only left her to embrace the daughter. through some fatality in my stars.driver had just carried to an hospital: he was bound with cords on a camel. it is a young man. and then to banish us out of Syria for ever." "No doubt of it." The syndic conducted her." "Having so said. "into the sick man's room. They had already unbound him. has been accused of carrying off Fetnah. and they are now in a private room where I placed him. as Ganem's wife. but all the answers I could get were sighs and tears. a merchant of Damascus. He waits for Ganem. putting on some of my own linen. when I happened to pass by. and fancied his countenance was not altogether unknown to me. I have caused him to be brought to my own house. to put him to death. Fetnah held her long in her arms. and am sensible of the incapacity of the physicians. is not perhaps in a more happy condition. held out her arms to receive her. Alas! I am fully persuaded he is only the innocent cause of them." Fetnah would have proceeded. naked. "Alas! daughter. I would not permit him to be put into the hospital. therefore look on me as your daughter. but suppressing her agitation and concern. whom a camel. To me you must impute the loss of your son. she bowed down on Ganem's mother. and to expose my daughter and myself three days successively. but the syndic of the jewellers coming in interrupted her: "Madam. When the caliph's favourite had strewn the mother and daughter all tokens of affection. if he is no more. and permit me to vow eternal duty and affection. but not finding him. Ganem's mother said to Jalib al Koolloob. your brother. have occasioned you so many misfortunes. and whilst she was going thither. "he is no more guilty than you are. by uniting our fortunes.

saying so many things in commendation of Ganem's mother and sister. when the storm of anger was over. to withstand the earnest desire of being satisfied. as soon as she was told that she could not converse with her son." said he. the lady." said she. and went away. "it was no illusion. looked all around. Having therefore no longer cause to doubt but that he had unjustly persecuted Ganem and his family. exhausted by hard living and toil. Ganem (for it was really he) opened his eyes. but yet she would not believe her eyes. she would have arisen to go and see her son. and nothing ought to obstruct your taking it." Having spoke these words. exclaimed. and having made her sit down. or was it only an illusion?" "No. declaring. She gazed earnestly on him. I will keep the promise I have made you. "Ah! madam. and he was made sensible of the wrong he had done. she sent Mesrour to request a private audience of the caliph. she was again come to herself. hindered her. You now stand in need of rest. that Ganem. that she also swooned away. but the syndic coming in. and also his mother and sister. and being brought into the prince's closet. asked whether she had heard any news of Ganem? "Commander of the true believers. for the present. without hazarding his life. that he forgives him what is passed. I will contribute all in my power towards it. "that your search has proved so successful. it is a real satisfaction to me. the syndic desired the lady to withdraw. sprang up. he desired to see them as well as the young merchant. yet in other respects he appeared so different. Though Haroon al Rusheed was passionate. with her face on the ground. that I have found him. and she satisfied his inquiries. you shall bring him to me with his mother and sister. would know the voice of Fetnah. "Alas! Ganem. He commanded her to rise. "I am overjoyed. where almost the same scene was acted over again. which must be the consequence of the unexpected sight of a beloved mother and sister." The caliph was curious to know how she had discovered them in so short a time. and the most generous prince in the world. she stopped to give the young man time to answer. you are free. she prostrated herself at his feet. and when. but observing that he seemed insensible. as I suppose. however." . has given to a stranger a deceitful resemblance. and not seeing what he sought. representing that Ganem was so weak and emaciated. for when Ganem's mother understood that the sick stranger whom the syndic had brought into his house was Ganem himself. and she fancied she beheld Ganem. she ceased insisting to go and see him. and I here declare you are no longer my slave." said she. and tomorrow morning I will return to you." added she. "is it you I behold?" Having spoken these words. she embraced the mother and the daughter. however indisposed. "Ganem. will acquaint you with the rest. where he was alone. and knowing the caliph's favourite. and had publicly wronged them. "I have been so successful. since you are. but as soon as they perceived he began to revive." said the syndic. You shall marry Ganem. which was immediately granted. and in his heat sometimes guilty of cruel actions. who just now spoke to you. Fetnah and the syndic did all they could to bring him to himself. "Let us bless Heaven for having brought us all together. not so much for your sake as for my own. such a sudden transport of joy seized him that he fainted away. he left Ganem to take his rest. according to custom. her heart beat. sir. charming Fetnah? Did you really appear before my eyes. she was so overjoyed. Go back to that young merchant. "What is become of you. It was I that caused the lady to withdraw. that she durst not imagine it was he that lay before her. and went himself to provide for him such medicines as were proper to recover his strength. There was no occasion for the syndic's saying any more to Ganem's mother.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 151 and bathed in tears. with the assistance of Fetnah and the syndic's wife. yet he was just. with knowing so much. therefore think of nothing but recovering your health. The situation of your affairs is altered. as soon as you are in a condition to bear the interview." At the name of Fetnah. he resolved to make them public satisfaction. and as soon as he has recovered his health. with a trembling voice. "it is not you that I address! My imagination being overcharged with your image." This said. Fetnah then said. Though she found something of Ganem in the objets she beheld." said he to Fetnah. "by what miracle" He could say no more. lest the sight of her should heighten his disorder. that it would endanger his life to excite in him those emotions. The son of Abou Ayoub. During this time Fetnah was in the room with Jalib al Koolloob and her mother. Be satisfied. in favour of whom the commander of the true believers has caused a proclamation to be made in Bagdad. I will return to the palace to give the caliph an account of these adventures. Unable. As soon as she came to the palace. but you shall see her again. The young man having recovered.

the sight of them might occasion too great surprise and joy. how the caliph. to take away your life. that the favourite could no longer defer giving him the satisfaction. and the good medicines he had taken. a camel-driver had undertaken to carry him to the hospital at Bagdad. that they could not forbear weeping. which has brought us all together again. that some charitable peasants had taken care of him. he must appear before the caliph. being impatient to hear of Ganem's health. and then make a sign to the two other ladies to appear. he has doubtless listened to you. bestows me on you for a wife. who was so transported to see her." exclaimed he. having heard her talk in the tower. may I give credit to what you tell me? May I believe that the caliph really resigns you to Abou Ayoub's son?" "Nothing is more certain. who before caused search to be made for you. when she thought it was proper. "what miracle has restored you to my sight? I thought you were in the caliph's palace. chose such as were very handsome. as well as his mother's and sisters. and in the same house with him. nor sufficiently admire the secret workings of Providence which had brought together into their house four persons. drawing near to his bed.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 152 The next morning early Fetnah repaired to the syndic of the jewellers. The syndic himself and his wife were so moved at the spectacle. "Well. when they had related what accidents had befallen them. and embracing him in their turns. who. It was therefore resolved. But when Fetnah informed him. provided he was prepared to receive them. "The caliph. The first person she met was the syndic. and how she had cleared herself. because there was ground to fear. They . had sent for her into his closet. Ganem drew them afresh. which Fetnah told him." answered Fetnah. who was a man of a good taste. desires now to see you. by the recital of what he had suffered from the day he left Fetnah. but above all the different situation of his mind. He told them. he would soon recover his health. not knowing his mother and sister were at Bagdad. what the caliph had done to his mother and sister. and he has restored you to his favour. the syndic announced Fetnah's coming to the sick man. notwithstanding the thoughts which arose in his mind at the prospect of being married to his mistress." These last words occasioned such an excess of joy in Ganem. which she delivered to the syndic. They were at the door waiting for that moment. otherwise than by that passionate silence so well known to lovers. desiring him to buy apparel for the mother and daughter. "you have again found your Fetnah. In conclusion. Accordingly the son of Abou Ayoub was speedily much amended. and had them made up with all expedition. and let us think of nothing but the happiness that awaits us." said she." This said. eagerly interrupting her." Ganem asked. that he may reward the respect you had for him. but finding he did not recover. You have dispelled his jealousy. had wrought so good an effect." "Ah! madam. and who in his fury caused your mother and your sister to suffer a thousand indignities. to make amends for the wrong he has done you. went up to Ganem. he appeared so impatient to see them. and accordingly called them in. and Fetnah let fall abundance." answered the lady. They entered. and that his disorder proceeding altogether from melancholy. At length he broke out in these words: "Beautiful Fetnah. that. When they had dried up their tears. and he could not forbear letting fall some tears at the relation. the cause being removed. whom fortune had so cruelly persecuted. she went to the palace. and there is no question but that he will load your family with favours. Matters being so ordered. Rest. whom you thought you had lost for ever. and tell the mother and daughter the good news she had for them. that he was again near fainting away. As soon as Ganem has recovered his health. till the moment the syndic brought him to his house." "Yes. and soon returned with a purse containing a thousand pieces of gold. he there fell sick. my dear Ganem. The syndic. but I will go and make some provision for them. "Let us bless Heaven. that he knew not for a while how to express himself. Ganem. Fetnah also told them all the uneasiness of her imprisonment. "I have cleared myself before the commander of the true believers. that the syndic thought he might without danger see his mother. that they were actually in Bagdad. and his mistress. kissed him a thousand times. who told her that Ganem had rested well that night. his sister. that Fetnah should first go alone into Ganem's chamber. with his mother and sister. that having taken refuge in a small village. Fetnah said. What tears were shed amidst those embraces! Ganem's face was bathed with them.

and desire to hear from your own mouth where you found my favourite. and then rising. and causing only Ganem and the grand vizier. I give you to Jaaffier. as soon as he entered. They prostrated themselves before him: he made them rise. and many copies being transcribed. Let a cauzee and witnesses be called. after viewing her very attentively. It was afterwards laid up in his library. not to mention strangers. and appeared so sincere. and said. and Syrians. that the caliph was convinced of his veracity. while he was making ready. follow him. prostrating himself with his face to the ground. When the vizier had conducted Ganem to the foot of the throne. than by profoundly bowing his head. Text scanned and proofread by JC Byers (http://www." answered the young merchant. the orders I have differ much from those which I do not wish to revive in your memory. with Abou Ayoub's widow and daughter. Wood FROM THE TEXT OF DR. The caliph was sitting on his throne." added he. with his mother and sister. Fetnah. He had come on horseback. "I am so sorry for having treated your charms so unworthily. Persians. prepared to go abroad. but on the day he had appointed to pay his respects to the caliph. L. Haroon thought this such an extraordinary story. Jaaffier conducted Ganem. the caliph caused him to approach. met with the approbation of the whole court.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 153 were finished in three days. attended by a great number of officers. and whilst Fetnah on another mule led them by a bye-way to the prince's court. to Ganem. I believe you will not disdain to be allied to my grand vizier." The caliph was highly pleased with Ganem's Africans. I am to bear you company. After his compliment. This is not all. viziers. and to present you to the caliph. Arabs. and you. and all that you have done for her. "I am glad to see you. and Ganem finding himself strong enough. it became public. who is desirous to see you. I will have you live in my court. he caused them to be called in. and then mounted a horse brought from the caliph's stables." "Commander of the true believers. Jaaffier came to the syndic's house. He then descended from his throne. my master and yours. retired into his own apartment. encompassed with emirs. the grand vizier. and was so charmed by Jalib al Koolloob's beauty. and. and by that means shall punish Zobeide. he said. that I owe them such a satisfaction as may surpass the injury I have done. After which he said to him. but he was resolved to marry her." Ganem obeyed. who shall become the first cause of your good fortune. according to the custom observed towards those who are admitted to audience. and assigned him a considerable pension.capitalnet. "you are still young. "I am come from the commander of the true believers. as she was of your past sufferings." said he to Ganem. on whom his life and fortune depend." Ganem returned no other answer to the vizier's compliment. "Sir.htm) The "Aldine" Edition of The Arabian Nights Entertainments Illustrated by S. The mother and daughter were mounted on mules belonging to the palace. and the three contracts be drawn up and signed immediately. He ordered a very rich vest to be given him. turning towards Ganem's mother. End of Volume 1. that he ordered his historiographer to commit it to writing with all its circumstances. the young merchant paid his obeisance. Not questioning but that Fetnah was in waiting. which. and brought him into the hall of audience. that it would be honour enough for his sister to be one of his favourites. that. made a handsome compliment in verse. which he managed very gracefully." Ganem would have represented to the caliph. "a slave has no will but his master's. Egyptians. other attendants and courtiers. though the effusion of the moment. "Ganem. I take you to wife. JONATHAN SCOTT . of his own dominions.

and he went down stairs with her. "to go up again." continued he. In the mean time.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete In Four Volumes Volume 2 London Pickering and Chatto 1890 Contents of Volume II. Esdras. and play upon a tabor. and resolved to take him to his house to entertain his wife: "This little fellow." While the servant was gone up to inform her master. being paid beforehand. light. and leaving it there. and should not be neglected. and by whom he was beloved with reciprocal tenderness. Immediately after their arrival the tailor's wife placed before them a good dish of fish." He accordingly invited him. "quick. "Have the goodness. and the other readily accepted the invitation: so the tailor shut up his shop. asked what they wanted. which. The servant maid came down without any light." cried he to the maid." said he. he thought it must needs be a good patient. Prince of the Isles of the Children of Khaledan. Princess of China The Story of the Princes Amgiad and Assad The Story of the Prince Amgiad and a Lady of the City of Magicians The Story of Noor Ad Deen and the Fair Persian THE STORY OF THE LITTLE HUNCH-BACK. and all the other prophets of his nation. that they would be punished as murderers. but when he saw that what he had kicked down was a dead man. the tailor and his wife hastily conveyed the hunchbacked corpse to the head of the stairs. I am ruined: Mercy on me. choked him. and unless Esdras's ass come to assist me. "Light. and clapped into his hand the money she had received. a little hunch-back seated himself at the shop door and began to sing. but as the little man was eating. his wife and he took the corpse. Here." As he spoke. whom he affectionately loved. Favourite of Caliph Haroon Al Rusheed The Story of the Loves of Kummir Al Zummaun. and tell your master we have brought him a man who is very ill. "will divert us both this evening. There was in former times at Casgar. a tailor who had a pretty wife. on the extreme boundaries of Tartary. that he invoked Moses. putting a piece of money into her hand. and of Badoura. and wants his advice. The doctor was transported with joy. "Unhappy man that I am. the maid told the doctor." At last she brought one. the one by the feet and the other by the head. hurried away. and opening the door. Joshua. One day while he was at work. "why did I attempt to come without a light! I have killed the poor fellow who was brought to me to be cured: doubtless I am the cause of his death. "follow me quickly. and came against the corpse with so much violence that he precipitated it to the bottom. "give him that beforehand. if the magistrates should hear of it. Aaron. he hastily ran towards the head of the stairs without waiting for a light. dreading. he unluckily swallowed a bone. and carried it to the physician's house. from which a steep flight of stairs led to his chamber. to convince him that we do not mean to impose. The tailor was pleased with his performance. However. and had nearly fallen with it. quick. 154 The Story of the Little Hunch-Back The Story Told by the Christian Merchant The Story Told by the Sultan of Casgar's Purveyor The Story Told by the Jewish Physician The Story Told by the Tailor The Story Told by the Barber The Story Told by the Barber's Eldest Brother The Story Told by the Barber's Second Brother The Story Told by the Barber's Third Brother The Story Told by the Barber's Fourth Brother The Story Told by the Barber's Fifth Brother The Story Told by the Barber's Sixth Brother The History of Aboulhassen Ali Ebn Ecar. the husband devised a scheme to get rid of the corpse. he was so frightened. "Bring me a light. They knocked at the door. and Schemselnihar. that a man and woman waited for him at the door. desiring he would come down and look at a sick man whom they had brought with them." said he. He reflected that a Jewish doctor lived just by." cried he to the maid. This accident greatly alarmed them both. they will be ." said the tailor. and carried him home. and having formed his plan. notwithstanding all that the tailor and his wife could do.

as if he had been alive. happened to come from his house in this direction on his way to the bath. "we are utterly ruined and undone. he had occasion to stop by the shop where the sultan's purveyor had put the hunch-backed corpse. give your light to none but me in this dangerous juncture. But. a Christian merchant. he fancied he already saw the officers come to drag him to condign punishment. and clapping ropes under his arm-pits. and that the people would soon be called to morning prayers. thou cursed hunch-back. in his way to the mosque. said. The doctor racked his brain in vain. "Wretched man that I am. "Alas. and carried it to the end of the street. and furnished the sultan's palace with various articles. he took the crooked corpse upon his shoulders. perceiving it to be dead. unless thou pity me my life is gone! Cursed.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete here out of hand. I then should not have been thrown into this perplexity on account of this and thy vile hunch. where he placed it in an upright posture against a shop. he could not think of any stratagem to relieve his embarrassment. let him down the chimney into the purveyor's chamber so dexterously that he stood upright against the wall. who was ready to swoon at the sight. who had just returned from a wedding feast." As soon as he had uttered these words. alas. went into his room. and the purveyor redoubled his blows. observing that the body did not move." This Mussulmaun was one of the sultan's purveyors for furnishing oil. Good God. and left the corpse in that posture. I have carried my revenge too far. "I thought the rats and mice ate my butter and tallow. let us carry the corpse to the terrace of our house. and apprehending him to be a thief." He stood pale and thunderstruck. he stood a little time to regard it. he was sensible that the night was far spent. lest some Mussulmaun. and had a magazine in his house. but as soon as he perceived it. he uttered a thousand imprecations against him. and drag me out of my house for a murderer. but it is you who come down the chimney to rob me? However. when the purveyor." said he. A few minutes before day-break. and struck him several times with his stick. and making straight up to the hunch-back. unless we can devise some expedient to get the corpse out of our house this night. He then took the corpse into his wife's chamber." Upon this he attacked hunch-back. he then returned without once looking behind him. he took up a stick. and articles of a similar nature." replied the Jew. The Jewish doctor approving the proposed expedient. the wife and he took the little hunch-back up to the roof of the house. for fear any one passing by should observe the accident of which he reckoned himself to be the author. he had the precaution to shut his door. ten thousand times accursed. where the rats and mice made prodigious havoc. "A thought is just come into my head. cried out "Thieves!" . butter. If we harbour it till morning we are lost. They were scarcely got down into their chamber. The sultan of Casgar's purveyor had never noticed the little man's hump-back when he was beating him. knocked it down." cried she. and throw it down the chimney of our Mussulmaun neighbour. who was very rich. but being a stout fellow. fear succeeded his anger. What a deplorable misfortune is this! What have you done to kill this man?" "That is not now the question. should meet him and carry him to prison for a drunkard. be the fat and the oil that occasioned me to commit so criminal an action. "our business at present is." The doctor and his wife consulted how to dispose of the corpse that night. I think you will have no wish to come here again. and could not tell what resolution to take. "Ah. he therefore quickened his pace to get to the bath in time. they pulled up the ropes. which being jostled by him. and after redoubling his blows. with a lanthorn in his hand. "Ah!" said he. The merchant thinking he was attacked by a robber." 155 Notwithstanding the perplexity and confusion into which he was thrown. Ye stars that twinkle in the heavens. He was not a little surprised to discover a man standing in his chimney. who was more fertile in invention. having sat up all night at a debauch." cried he. but his wife. would to God thou hadst robbed me of all my fat. and then. and I had not found thee here. When he came to the end of the street. The corpse fell down flat on the ground. "thou crooked wretch. Though he was intoxicated. to find a remedy for the evil which threatens us. When they found he had reached the bottom. "what have I done! I have killed a man. tumbled upon the merchant's back.

the officer who attended the execution began to question the purveyor. and kick him down stairs. in their name. took the little man for a thief. come. interrogated the Christian merchant. My wife and I took the corpse. "What reason have you. "to abuse a Mussulmaun in this manner?" "He would have robbed me. and the more he reflected upon his adventure. crying to the executioner to hold his hand. and disappeared. and make room for him to approach. when the tailor appeared. after conveying it up to the roof of the purveyor. "My lord. While she was delivering her message. But the judge considering that little hump-back belonged to the sultan." said he to the executioner. "and impale this man in his stead." said he." added he. and. "this Mussulmaun you are going to execute is not guilty. and received from them a piece of money with a commission to come and desire me. for how can he be guilty of the death of a man who was dead before he touched him? It is enough for me to have killed a Mussulmaun without loading my conscience with the death of a Christian who is not guilty. but he himself had done it. and carried him to the house of the officer of the police. and after beating him concluded he had killed him. since it appears by his own confession that he is guilty. who told him every circumstance of his having killed the little hunchback. and acquainted the sultan with what had happened. and ready to examine him. my maid went and opened it without a light. The purveyor finding it in his house. I went. earnestly intreating him to suspend the execution. When he appeared before the judge. "to put to death an innocent person. "and jumped upon my back in order to take me by the throat. would not put the Christian to death till he knew the sultan's pleasure. and the executioner was about to do his duty. came to my door with a sick man." said the watch. and that it was the crooked Mussulmaun whose death you are now about to avenge. and viewed the corpse. and though it was committed undesignedly. I am the criminal." The chief justice being persuaded that the Jewish doctor was the murderer. for he was one of his buffoons. though he had not committed it. where he was kept till the judge was stirring. and seized the purveyor." Upon this the judge ordered a stake to be prepared. The judge having heard the report of the watch. he heard the voice of the Jewish doctor. "you have revenged yourself sufficiently. At length the merchant was brought to the place of execution. unknown to me. to step down and look at the patient. At length I saw he was dead. "is it thus that a Christian dares to assassinate a Mussulmaun?" So saying. the Christian merchant became sober. But that it was not so you will be convinced by this my deposition. Last night a man and a woman. Accordingly the doctor was just going to be impaled." At the same time he stretched out his hand to help little hump-back up. that he might come and make his confession to the chief judge. but observing he was dead. the officer could do no less than execute justice on the merchant. our next neighbour." said he. Upon that. who came up immediately. he laid hold of the Christian. and sent criers all over the city to proclaim that they were about to impale a Christian for killing a Mussulmaun. calling to him to stop for that the Christian had not committed the murder. "You were about. but just as he was going to impale him. In the mean time. when the sultan's purveyor pushed through the crowd." said he. get off him. the less could he conceive how such slight blows of his fist could have killed the man. which they had taken care to bring to his house. and how he had conveyed his corpse to the place where the Christian merchant had found it. let it down the chimney into his chamber. Room being made." replied the merchant. I am resolved to expiate my crime. and received this answer: "I have no mercy to show to a Christian who kills a Mussulmaun. that I may not have to charge myself with the death of two Mussulmauns. "Oh!" said he. they conveyed the sick person to the stair-head.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 156 The outcry alarmed the watch. I am the sole author of the murder. and finding a Christian beating a Mussulmaun (for hump-back was of our religion). "My lord. without staying till my servant had lighted a candle. gave orders to the executioner to seize him and release the purveyor. "Let the Christian go." Thereupon the executioner released the merchant. whom you were going to put to death unjustly. and make room for him. and in the dark happened to stumble upon the sick person. who could not deny the crime. For this end he went to the palace. "you have narrowly escaped taking ." "If he did." The sultan of Casgar's purveyor having publicly charged himself with the death of the little hunchbacked man.

He sung a little. "release the doctor. spoke as follows: "Most puissant monarch. towards the evening." said he. and though my wife and I did our utmost to relieve him. Then addressing himself to the audience. I carried the hunch-back up stairs. that he ordered his own historian to write it down with all its circumstances. the judge threw himself at the prince's feet and after recovering himself. and charged with the murder of him. asked where he was. and the Christian merchant. The maid came. but if you will have the patience to hear me. the sultan of Casgar. that I have not the honour to be born in any part of your majesty's empire. I beg leave to acquaint you. The judge obeyed. and opened the door. if your majesty will give me leave. before I commence the recital of the story you have permitted me to relate. and tell the judge to bring the accused persons before me immediately and bring also the corpse of poor hunch-back. "Did you ever hear. the Jewish doctor." Upon this intelligence the sultan of Casgar sent an officer to the place of execution. I will relate it. "you have my permission:" and the merchant went on as follows: The Story told by the Christian Merchant. and went strolling about the city. wanting the company of his crooked jester. and happened to arrive at the place of execution at the very time that the executioner had laid his hands upon the tailor. did not dare to proceed. "The hunch. since he confesses the crime." said he. My father was a broker. and withal. The executioner knowing the officer. and then the officer acquainted the judge with the sultan's pleasure. but released the tailor. but in eating.back. and made four of his men carry the hunch-backed corpse along with him. His death afflicted us extremely. who gives himself out for the real author of the murder. "and seize the tailor. and sat down. to encourage him. The doctor coming. The circumstances are such. a Copt by nation. When she was gone." said the sultan. and for fear of being charged with it. that no one can hear them without emotion. threw the corpse down stairs. and all the spectators. and one of his officers told him. that I may see him once more.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 157 away the lives of three innocent persons. got drunk last night. up came a man. he died in a few minutes." The executioner having dismissed the doctor prepared to impale the tailor. whom you inquire after. and laid him upon the uppermost step. and let me die in his stead. and the judge is now examining a third. after falling down. and so I invited him to pass the evening at my house. I know a story yet more astonishing than this. and was disposed to be merry. and this morning was found dead. The story appeared so extraordinary to the sultan. This being the case. which he left me at his death. and by religion a Christian. a bone stuck in his throat. I followed his example. "with all expedition. gave him a faithful relation of what he knew of the story of the hunch-backed man. and went directly to the palace accompanied by the tailor. and contrary to his custom slipped out of the palace. "Go. It is certain this history is very uncommon." The chief justice. Yesterday." Accordingly the officer went. Sir. I will discover to you the real murderer of the crook backed man. I charged her to give him a piece of money. He called aloud to him to suspend the execution. If his death is to be expiated by another. and after him another. "Let the Jewish doctor go. We sat down to supper and I gave him a plate of fish. While I ." said the judge. the little hunch-back came to my door half-drunk. wondered at the strange events which had ensued upon the death of the little hunch-back. and concluded himself to be the author of his death. as I was at work in my shop. and deserves to be recorded in letters of gold. we carried the corpse to the Jewish doctor's house and knocked. but when he was going to be impaled." continued he. which I put into her hand." "Well. that must be mine. and touching the earth with his forehead. I desired her to go up again and ask her master to come down and give his advice to a sick person whom we had brought along with us. and pursued the same employment. He accepted the invitation and went in with me. When they appeared in the sultan's presence. born at Cairo in Egypt. While the executioner was making ready to impale the tailor. A man was brought before the chief justice. who took the charge upon themselves and cleared one another. "such a surprising event as has happened on the account of my little crooked buffoon?" The Christian merchant. and then my wife and I made the best of our way home. and realized considerable property. Sir. I am a stranger.

Full of the expectation of this profit. and not with the right. This I give you. that they would take as much as I could spare at a hundred and ten dirhems per bushel. which I measured out." said he. I will make the most I can of his money. All things being ready. that you shall put yourself to no extraordinary charge on my account. I asked him to do me the honour to walk into my house. we sat upon a sofa. I examined the corn the young man shewed me. we sat down. where you will see a khan at a distance from the houses. he came again at the end of the third month. I went to the Victory gate. and was still mounted on his ass. "No." thought I. and mounted on an ass. whether it was in my power to do otherwise. I have urgent business that obliges me to be at a place just by. any other man would have been afraid I should have run away with it. took leave of him. and every thing was taken away. it should be ready for him whenever he pleased to demand it. leaving so great a sum in my hands without knowing me. with a grateful sense of his generosity. and soon disappeared. we entered into conversation. which was full of sesame. and having carried them off upon asses. in which he had a sample of sesame or Turkey corn." So saying. "I will: but on this condition. "he says he will see me towards the end of the week. He then appeared as richly appareled as before. and pulling out his right arm. which he had hitherto kept under his vest." said he. "there are five hundred dirhems coming to you. but more handsomely dressed than before. I told him it was ready." said I. "has great confidence in me." said I inwardly. kissing his hand." said I." I answered. he heaved a deep sigh. but still he took it with his left hand. he left me the sample." This said." With that he struck the ass. at the rate of ten dirhems per bushel. to my great astonishment. but he may not perhaps return for a great while. and he took me into his granary. "Out of this sum. "to see me feed myself with the left hand. but seemed to have something on his spirits. for it was a full year before I saw my young merchant again. and I presented him with a lozenge by way of dainty. "Well. sold them for five thousand dirhems of silver. and I shewed it to several merchants. who told me. "he has always appeared very polite. "Ever since I have known this young man. but I will return this way. Sir." said the young man. I will come and take it when my other money is all gone. A month passed before he came near me: then he asked for the sum he had committed to my trust. that it had been cut off. there came up to me a handsome young man." To be short.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 158 was standing in the public inn frequented by the corn merchants. "only do me the favour to alight and walk in." replied he. He had then a hundred and fifty bushels. "I know it is in good hands. and told him it was worth a hundred dirhems of silver per bushel. "I cannot alight at present. "Pardon. the liberty I take in asking you what reason you have for not using your right hand? Perhaps you have some complaint in that hand. I was at a loss what to think of this. and I desired him to alight. "I will return towards the end of the week. which may bring me much profit. with a pleasant easy air. and pulling out a handkerchief. I intreated him to alight. "This young merchant. shewed me." "I will do just as you please. and as for the rest which pertains to me. for I have no occasion for it at present. Adieu. but I leave you to judge." Instead of answering." thought I. well dressed. and asked him if he would not take his money? "There is no hurry." "May one ask. asked me how much a bushel of such sesame would fetch." said he. I observed he took the first mouthful with his left hand. I said to him. and keep it till I call or send for it. "For this time. and come to me at the Victory gate. so that I reckoned on getting ten dirhems per bushel for my commission." continued he. where I found the young merchant expecting me. is it possible he can do this out of contempt? What can be the reason he does not use his right hand?" After we had done eating. He was mounted on his ass. and I still expected his return. He saluted me. and should be counted to him immediately. he disappeared. As soon as I saw the young man. and do me the honour to eat a mouthful with me before he received his money. "by what mischance you lost your right hand?" Upon that he . "Doubtless you were displeased." said he. and while this was doing." As it happened. but it was a full month before I saw him again. and then take the money which I desired you would have in readiness." Accordingly he complied. I gave orders to have a repast prepared. and so. I was not deceived in my conjecture. take it out of the merchants' hands. "Pray. "look out for some merchant to take it at that price.

I gave patterns of my stuffs to several of the criers. called the khan of Mesrour. instead of losing. prepossessed me in her favour. Arriving at Cairo. as might easily be perceived by her air. and hearing their wonderful accounts of Egypt. At length he died. and after wiping his eyes. I had a good sum of money to carry home to my lodging at the khan of Mesrour. I laid out a large sum of money in the purchase of several sorts of fine stuffs of Bagdad and Moussol. among several merchants. and the merchants will gain by you. whither I followed. and the other most remarkable places. they will sell them by retail. This done. I retired to my chamber to rest. I went to the khan. and felt a strong desire to travel. One Monday. we will put you in a way to sell your goods without loss. I resolved to take a journey to Cairo. and gave some money to my servants. and would not grant me permission. the most eminent in that city for rank and opulence. After the first month had expired. By this means. a lady of quality. and whether this attention on my part was not agreeable to her. said. Every pay-day. but she let down the crepe that hung over the muslin which covered her face. This vexed me. and gave me the opportunity of seeing her large black eyes. but none of the merchants offered near so much as prime cost and carriage. which I had brought with me upon camels. her graceful carriage in saluting the merchant. In short. . and there divided them among the merchants whom they represented as most reputable and able to pay." said they. I know not whether she observed that I took pleasure in gazing on her. when falling into the company of travellers. some mosques. than I was surrounded with brokers and criers who had heard of my arrival. from whence I brought all my goods to the bazaar. which perfectly charmed me. I amused myself in conversing with them. and inspired me with a desire to be better acquainted with her. I went on other days to pass the morning sometimes at one merchant's house. having thus promised to put me in a way of losing nothing by my goods. and there took lodgings. came into the shop. and seeing what passed in the bazaar. and ordered some of the finest and richest of my bales to be selected and carried by my slaves to the Circassian bazaar. my mind was occupied with ordinary pleasures. you may receive what money they may have taken. taking with me a public officer to inspect their books of sale. that is on Mondays and Thursdays. and conducted them to my warehouse. Having thus regulated my affairs. I asked them what course they would have me pursue . In fine. she inflamed my love to the height by the agreeable sound of her voice. "If you will take our advice. I was interested by their discourse. gave me the following relation.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete burst into tears. as I was sitting in a merchant ‘s shop. After I had eaten." I took their advice. I had no sooner made my appearance. and being then my own master. stipulating that I should not making any demands upon them for the first month. who shewed them all over the bazaar. But my father was then alive. and asking him how he did since she had seen him last. after the fatigue of my journey. and twice a week." The brokers and the criers. 159 You must know that I am a native of Bagdad. "Divide your goods. and by a well-dressed slave attending her. and departed. joined to a natural grace that shone in all her actions. her apparel. the son of a rich merchant. Next day I dressed myself. with a warehouse for my bales. In the mean while you will have time to take your pleasure about the town or go upon the Nile. and sat down by me. you will turn your goods to advantage. with orders to buy some provisions and dress them. and sometimes at that of another. which made the time pass agreeably. and the merchants gave me a formal receipt before witnesses. especially of Grand Cairo. I contracted acquaintance with divers persons of nearly the same age with myself. and to regulate the value of the several coins. I went to view the castle. and the criers observing I was dissatisfied. whose name was Buddir ad Deen. I had scarcely launched into the world. Her external appearance. I began to visit my merchants twice a week. the public squares. and a banker to see that they paid me in good money.

which will repay me with interest. and as for the money. and in the mean time allow me to carry home the stuff.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 160 After conversing with him some time upon indifferent subjects. and he asked for it eleven hundred dirhems of silver. took up the piece of stuff. Buddir ad Deen produced several pieces. When she entered. and gave him the note." These words inspired me with some assurance. I allow a hundred dirhems profit to yourself. I am come for the express purpose of paying the sum you were so kind as to pass your word for yesterday. and shall now write you a note." answered she. "do you use me so? Am not I a customer to your shop And when I have bought of you. saying. leaving me in a very different state of mind from that in which I had entered the shop." said I to the merchant." As she spoke. "give you your price for it." "Madam. I wrote. you may either send it to-morrow or the next day. if he knew the lady." In fine. I asked him." "Give it to the lady then." "Madam. which seemed the longest in my life. perhaps I can find a way to satisfy you both. and that if he had any such as she asked for. saying. though you had no knowledge of me. and letting down the crepe. You treat me with so much politeness. but fearing any one should observe her. in hopes of once more beholding the object that disturbed my repose: and to engage her affection. "all this is true. and may all the city proclaim your generosity. it was on my account that she complied. "Sir. and went away. "I would give you credit with all my heart if the stuff were mine." said Buddir ad Deen. but it belongs to the young man you see here. but could not eat." replied he. she rose up in anger." I went back to the khan of Mesrour." said she. you see I am punctual to my word. if you will. and sat down by me. he would oblige her in showing them." With these words she put the money into my hand." "Pardon me. and sat down to supper. may you live many years after I am dead. empowering you to deduct that sum upon the produce of the other goods you have of mine. throwing the stuff to him. one of which she pitched upon." said I. I care not for you nor any of the merchants. "I desire no other reward for the service I have done you than the happiness of seeing your face." said I." She returned. neither could I shut my eyes all the night. that I should be unworthy to appear in the world again. so I hope you will give me credit till to. and walked out. I continued for some time in great confusion and perplexity. "Madam. but addressing herself to me. "what is the price you must have for this stuff that belongs to me?" "I must have. were I to omit making you my best acknowledgments. by an increase of your fortune. may the gate of paradise be open to you when you remove to the other world. When I saw that the lady walked away. I had but just reached Buddir ad Deen's shop. Such uncommon generosity I shall never forget. but this very day I have occasion for the money." said she. "you may take the stuff with you. "let her take it home with her." returned she. that she came to his shop." said I. I shall not fail. and am sorry you should put yourself to so much trouble." "There. when I saw the lady coming in more magnificent apparel than before. "I will. "Madam." "Why." said the lady in surprise." I replied. "if I had abused your generosity. I became speechless with admiration." "I had been very unjust. she quickly covered her face. as affording the best choice of any in all the bazaar. said. but I have not money enough about me. "Yes. "to send you tomorrow the eleven hundred dirhems.morrow. and called her back. or. May God reward you. signed." said the merchant. You are all alike. took off her veil. "she is the daughter of an emir." said he. ." I had no sooner spoken than she turned towards me. "Madam. Before I took leave of the merchant. As soon as it was day I arose. she gave him to understand that she wanted a particular kind of stuff with a gold ground. did I in any instance fail to send you your money next morning?" "Madam." added she. and then delivered the stuff to the lady. "Buddir ad Deen. accept it as a present from me. I was well satisfied as to my money. and carried home the things without paying ready money for them. do me the favour to return. and attended by her slave. "I mean no such thing. and discovered to me a wonderful beauty. I cannot take less. "you had no occasion to be in such haste. I dressed myself much richer than I had done the day before. you respect no one. I felt interested on her behalf. "eleven hundred dirhems. she did not regard the merchant. and this is the day on which we settle our accounts. I could have gazed upon her for ever. "take your stuff.

" Accordingly I followed her. I followed her with my eyes as long as she continued in sight. and I account myself infinitely happy in having a man of your merit for my lover." The lady consented. The two little slaves conducted me into a saloon magnificently furnished. I was musing on this adventure. I was charmed with the warbling of a great number of birds. have the goodness to tell me where it is. "make no doubt of your sincerity. appeared the most slender and delicate. "nothing can be more agreeable to me than this declaration. continued our conversation till night. ere the lady I loved appeared. When the first compliments were over. but I assure you. to give a favourable answer to the discovery you made of your affection for me. said they. four large gilded dragons at the angles of the basin. the other tarried with me. I need not mention with what joy we met once more. white as snow. we sat down upon a sofa. Will you do me the honour to come to my residence? Or if you will I will go to yours. these two days she has talked of nothing but you. "our mistress expects you impatiently. adorned with pearls and diamonds . and spoke to this purpose. madam. before that merchant." "Madam. and neatly dressed came and opened it. I entered the court. I mounted an ass I had bespoken the day before. and pointed out to me the beauties of the hall. which was of a square form. without knowing where I went. it far exceeded all expression. but she rose and left me very abruptly. I was agreeably surprised to perceive it was the lady's slave." said she. late master of the emirs. Besides the trees which only embellished the place. but the splendour of her eyes far outshone that of her jewels. I directed the owner of the ass to inquire for the house I wanted. No passion can exceed that with which I love you. surnamed Bercour. "on Friday. which is the day after to-morrow. This delicious place gave me a charming idea of the conquest I had made. and mentioned to her the love I had for her. It is more proper. and not to fail to return next morning with the ass. But to speak the truth." This said." "Madam. and took fifty pieces of gold in my purse." "Let us not trifle away the time in needless discourse. "My mistress. I did not wait long in the hall. and after eating. that my heart yielded without resistance. and presently two little female slaves. "Come. I was so far from being offended at it. and found her mistress sitting waiting for me in a banker's shop. if you please to give yourself the trouble to follow me. as if she had been angry with the declaration I had made. I determined to improve it. and my eagerness to seek you this morning may convince you of my regard. he found it. interrupting me.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 161 Having this opportunity of conversing with her. On Friday I put on my richest apparel. after noon-prayers. This fountain formed a very agreeable object. "I mean the young lady you spoke to in the merchant's shop. and you shall quickly be convinced of mine. when I felt somebody pulling me behind. and set out. that I left you so abruptly. there you will find me." I returned. that I should visit you at your house. and while one of them went to acquaint her mistress with my arrival. and fruit adapted to promote drinking. and conducted me thither. and saw a pavilion raised seven steps. We then had excellent wine brought up. My eyes were dazzled with so many charms. which is not the proper place for the reception of a lady of your quality. I knocked at the door. and there conversed together with the highest satisfaction. to carry me again to the khan of Mesrour." said she. that it gave me pleasure. transported with love and joy. Her shape. and turning to see who it was. and formed an agreeable shade. She made me sit down by her. I do not know what impression the first sight of me may have made on you. "I am a stranger lodged in a khan. there was an infinite number of others loaded with all sorts of fruit. directing him to observe narrowly where he left me. and ask for the house of Abon Schama." I replied. We had the most delicious refreshments served up to us. that joined their notes to the murmurings of a fountain. accompanied by the man who let me the ass. then taking leave of the merchant walked out of the bazaar. which was now not disguised by the habit she wore in the city. in the middle of a parterre enamelled with flowers. and I passed the next day in great impatience. and timed our cups to the sound of musical instruments." said she. and surrounded with iron rails that parted it from a very pleasant garden. "Do not be surprised. we parted. joined to the voices of . spouted out water clearer than rock-crystal. I had no sooner beheld you than I found my heart moved with the tenderest emotions of love. I paid him liberally. I thought it not proper. wants to speak with you. Sir. "Be pleased to come in. Since yesterday I have done nothing but think of what you said to me.

who probably had some suspicion of what I had done while his head was turned." At these words I started up. and by chance went towards the castle. that nobody perceived me. and I did not doubt but it contained gold or silver. When the judge had got the purse in his hand. When that was done I attended to my business till the owner of the ass arrived. I could not bear it. with a load of wood upon his back. conjured me at parting to be mindful of my promise. this fellow is a thief. and hopeless of having any more. Some took hold of the horse's bridle to stop the gentleman. I deferred paying him till that time came. who seeing such a crowd about the gentleman on horseback. and conducting me to the door. As soon as I arrived at my lodging. and went directly to the khan. and was received by her with as much joy as before. that he knocked me down." said he briskly. to secure which. and I swooned away. The disgrace was so great. but asked the cavalier if he suspected any body else beside me? The cavalier told him he did not. I passed the night in full enjoyment. and gave his reasons why he believed his suspicions not to be groundless. I came at last to be moneyless." said I. In that moment the devil tempted me. and how much money it . half open. and entertained with equal magnificence. In the mean time the judge called for the purse. and by chance happened to stand by a horseman well mounted and handsomely clothed. The judge did not give ear to all that was said." She seemed to be transported with my answer. passed by on the other side of the horse so near. with a string of green silk hanging out of it. who had upon the pommel of his saddle a bag. As soon as the porter had passed. "I had reason for what I did. unfortunately passed by the judge. not knowing what course to take. Next morning I took leave. or how he came to treat a Mussulmaun so rudely. The purse was heavy. The lady of the house sung herself. for that it was incredible a young man such as I was should be guilty of so base an action: but while they were holding his horse by the bridle to favour my escape. who asked me when I would see her again. I clapped my hand to the bag. concluding the silk-twist might be the string of a purse within: in the mean time a porter. "Madam. and finding the purse upon me. This violence shocked all who saw it. As soon as I came up. and finding his purse was gone. I continued to visit the lady every day. to avoid being hurt. had paid me the whole amount of my goods and. I took the string in one hand. and by her songs raised my passion to the height. which they presently did. he asked the horseman if it was his. presently put his hand to his bag. I wedged in among the crowd. Every body present reflected on the gentleman for treating me so unjustly upon the presence of robbery. and took leave of the lady. and several sorts of cakes. and from my appearance every one took my part. or having his clothes torn by the wood.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete the slaves. the horseman. left her another purse with fifty pieces of gold. In this forlorn condition I walked out of my lodging. my first care was to order my people to buy a lamb. In short. exposed it to the view of all the people. and asked him what reason he had to strike me. ordering the man to come to me again in the afternoon at a certain hour. and with the other pulled out the purse so dexterously. The same man who had carried me thither waited for me with his ass. where there was a great crowd to witness a spectacle given by the sultan of Egypt. 162 Next morning I slipped under the bolster of the bed the purse with the fifty pieces of gold I had brought with me. Upon this the judge ordered his followers to seize me. that the rider was forced to turn his head towards him. I then went along with him to the lady's house. which I mounted. in short. gave me such a blow. came up and asked what the matter was. and returned to my khan. till the merchants whom I employed to sell my goods. and cried out he was a liar. and to leave her every time a purse with fifty pieces of gold. which I sent by a porter as a present to the lady. and whom I visited regularly twice a week. "I give you my promise to return this night. "Do not you trouble yourselves.

Being very weak by loss of blood. to put her to the trial. thinking that if I denied the fact. "Drink that. "It will return. having found the purse upon me. to the great regret of all the spectators. and took the cup. I resolved. dissembling. and obtained it. the cavalier came up to me. he went away. When I had taken the cup in my hand. The cavalier knew it to be his own. tears trickled down my cheeks. and wrapped up the dismembered hand in a cloth. take that fatal purse. When the judge was gone. and saw to her great astonishment that it was cut off. In the mean time the lady. The fumes of the wine.streets. and I slept very soundly till morning." I could not think of discovering to her the true cause. The last time I had the pleasure to see you. "if you would but discover what you so obstinately conceal from me." I replied." I stood silent. and ordered my hand to be cutoff. said. and that I was not well. "I cannot conceive. and at last arrived at the lady's house very weak." resumed she." said I. and to tire out the crowd that followed me." "Alas! madam. and to offer to go to the young lady was running a great hazard." said she. but considering I could only feed myself with my left hand. what is the matter with you?" "Madam. "Come. Your want of appetite." Then with downcast eyes. and asked me to sit down. I should not have found there such relief as I wanted. but I begged the cavalier to intercede for my pardon. I had no sooner made the confession. it being likely she would not look upon me after being informed of my disgrace. without doubt. and instead of an answer." I reached out my left hand. and offering it to me. "your unjust suspicion adds to my misfortune. and so much fatigued. Upon which the judge called me before him. madam. some of the good people of the neighbourhood had the kindness to carry me into a house and give me a glass of cordial. "and why do you take the cup with your left hand. joined to my weakness and weariness. "Why do you sigh and weep so bitterly?" asked the lady. "I find I must resolve at last. which I carried away with me fastened to my girdle. let me know what it is. than she filled me a cup full of wine. "how your illness was occasioned. hearing of my arrival. "I see plainly that necessity drove you to an action so disgraceful and unworthy of such a young man as you appear. and seeing me pale and dejected. "it will give you courage. would convict me of a lie. said." The lady seemed to be much concerned. Was it you that took the gentleman's purse from him? Do not wait for the torture to extort confession. I redoubled my tears and sighs." "Let me see that swelling. I observed. for I took great care to conceal my misfortune. lifted up my garment that covered it. set me asleep." said she. young man. they likewise dressed my arm. alleging it was not ripe enough for such an operation. nay. supper was brought. "I will open it." said he. rather than your right?" "Ah! madam. heaving a deep sigh. Had I returned to the khan of Mesrour in this melancholy condition. This sentence was immediately put in execution. came to me in haste. and holding out the purse." I desired to be excused. which was very large. that he was moved with pity as much as the rest. "Tell me. I have a swelling in my right hand. that I presently threw myself down upon a sofa. to avoid a double punishment I looked up and confessed my guilt." returned I. you were very well. by the cavalier's countenance. I begged to be excused upon the plea of having no appetite. "I have a violent pain in my head.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 163 contained. however." said she. which he did. The judge would likewise have ordered my foot to be cut off. When night came. and she pressed me to eat." I replied." I had no sooner spoken. "what it is that afflicts you. and that I had brought it along with me wrapped up in a . is only owing to your irresolution. Have I unthinkingly given you any occasion of uneasiness? Or do you come on purpose to tell me you no longer love me?" "It is not that. keeping my right arm under my garment. I freely give it you. In the mean time the lady." Having thus spoken. they. and assured the judge he had put twenty sequins into it." said she. and drank off the cup. than the judge called people to witness it. "My dear love. "I beseech you excuse me. Here. "confess the truth. and am heartily sorry for the misfortune you have undergone. There must be something that you conceal from me. I turned down several by. for I had arisen to receive her. curious to know what ailed my right hand.

take it. and died after five or six weeks' illness." She had no sooner spoken. "What I have done for you. He went from hence. Canst thou flatter thyself so far as to believe that the trifling adventures of a young debauchee are more interesting than those of my jester? I will have you all four impaled. came at last." said he. "will plead my excuse for eating with my left hand.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete cloth. a person of quality invited me yesterday to his daughter's wedding. and parted very good friends. the purveyor prostrated himself at the sultan's feet. Sir. "There they are all entire. thanks to God. to your capital. Here is the key . ministers of justice. Hearing this. and accordingly entered upon our travels. After that. "Sir." The sultan having granted his request. to relinquish such a fatal resolution. notwithstanding I have spent a great deal." I conjured her. and found there a large company of men of the law. The Story told by the Sultan of Casgar's Purveyor. I took possession of all her property. which she had ordered to be prepared. notwithstanding all her pressing solicitation. and every body dismissed. and share the profits. and others of the . she opened a large trunk where lay all the purses I had given her from the commencement of our amour. and if it appears to be more extraordinary than that of your jester. a competent estate. sir. She presently apprehended what was my reason for declining a discovery." said he. "I humbly beseech your majesty to suspend your wrath." After I had returned her thanks for her generosity and goodness. "Though you tell me nothing of the matter. sir." said he. to quit Cairo. and I. the young man having formed a design of returning to Persia. Does not your majesty find it more surprising than that of the hunch-back buffoon? The sultan of Casgar fell into a passion against the Christian merchant." I thanked the young man for the present he had made me. we will trade together as equal partners. "What I have now told you. and settling there. If you choose to accompany me." said she. and then to compare it to that of my jester. The grief that I feel on that account will soon end my days. which she concluded had been occasioned only by the love I bore to her. "Thou art a presumptuous fellow. for all is yours." said she. I discerned by her countenance that she was extremely grieved. I offered to take leave of her. I beg you to accept of the sum now in your hand." said she. but she declared I should not go out of her doors. Some time after our arrival here. After mourning for her death as long as was decent. to show how much I love you. "to tell me a story so little worth hearing. and ordered a writing to be drawn up. As I am obliged. and hear my story. and I willingly embraced the proposal of travelling with him. we balanced our accounts. but before I die. and made me eat and drink to recruit my strength. I can never sufficiently recompense your fidelity. to revenge his death. I am resolved never to return to it again. "is nothing. After this was done. This is the story I had to relate. However. that his interest should always be as dear to me as my own. She called for jelly-broth of fowl. that she sickened. as a present from me. and passed the night in the greatest uneasiness on account of my disgrace. to pardon us. the purveyor began thus. I have besides a proposal to make to you. Since I have still. assuring him. I went to his house in the evening at the hour appointed. I must execute a design for your benefit. We fixed a day for our departure. that she might not increase my uneasiness she said not a word. by all the powers of love. and after stopping at several cities. a particular account of which she gave me before she died. But all my remonstrances were ineffectual: she was so afflicted to see me have but one hand. "I am persuaded I am the cause of the misfortune that has befallen you. I am highly obliged to you for the trouble you have given yourself on my account. travelled over Persia. than she called for a judge and witnesses. putting me in possession of her whole property. "I have not touched one of them. on account of this fatal accident. and the corn you sold for me was part of it. I shall not be satisfied unless I die. 164 When I awoke. continue here in your majesty's service. We passed through Syria and Mesopotamia.

"I am but a young man just beginning the world. Among other dishes set upon the table." We requested him to inform us what the reason was of his aversion to garlic. and shewed us that what he said was true. if you will have the patience to hear me. you must do me that favour as well as the rest. wash my hands with alkali forty times. I have not yet forgotten what the tasting of such a dish once cost me. the place of my nativity. however. there was one seasoned with garlic. "This must have been occasioned by some extraordinary accident." I replied. and after washing his hands a hundred and twenty times. that he had no thumb. which was very delicious." said the eunuch. One morning. though it stood just before him. We observed. though he had eaten of other dishes. he ordered his servants to provide a basin of water." As he spoke he put out his left hand. we partook of a splendid feast. "I will take good care. I may. and ate with a reluctance that astonished us." "Sir. continued the purveyor of the sultan of Casgar. I had never beheld any thing so beautiful. a lady mounted upon a mule. which none of us had observed before. After the ceremony was over. together with some alkali. But before he had time to answer. do not expect to be excused from eating of it." The lady looked and perceiving no shop open but mine. took up a bit. as I have made an oath never to taste garlic but on these terms. a relation of which will be agreeable to the company. my father lived at Bagdad. apparently displeased with the constraint put upon him. The lady took a seat in my shop. After she had again lowered her veil. for she allowed me time to view her deliberately. In the reign of the caliph Haroon al Rusheed. that one of the guests did not touch it. "Is it thus you honour my table? This dish is excellent. "But this is not all. But what surprised us yet more was. that the merchant might wash as often as he pleased. you see there is no one yet in the bazaar: had you taken my advice. but it must be on this condition. the master of the house exclaimed." said the master of the house. he addressed the merchant and said. forty times more with ashes. and only concealed her face so far as she thought necessary to avoid being observed. and attended by an eunuch and two slaves. and generally relished. The account will excite at once your astonishment and your pity. I at last. you might have saved yourself the trouble of waiting here. "Madam." replied the merchant. "Alas! madam. I am much mortified not to be able to accommodate you with the . We invited him to taste it. which I am willing to relate. After he had given these instructions. instead of leaving me an ample fortune. I have not capital sufficient for such extensive traffic. however. and soap. would not dispense with the merchant's partaking of the dish seasoned with garlic. But being a man addicted to his pleasures. and neglecting his private affairs." said he. "I hope you do not think my refusal proceeds from any mistaken delicacy. as I opened my shop. which he put to his mouth trembling. but he intreated us not to press him." With this he rose from the table. "I hope you will now do as we do." As the master of the house. and asked me if I had them. stopped near my door. he died in such embarrassed circumstances. I became instantly enamoured. "I have no thumb on either the right or the left hand. and with the assistance of the eunuch alighted. Only allow me first to wash my hands. With this request I of course readily complied. that I was reduced to the necessity of using all the economy possible to discharge the debts he had contracted. and kept my eyes fixed upon her. uncovered her face to take the air. if you insist on my compliance I will submit. and forty times again with soap. and was reputed one of the richest merchants in the city." "Sir. and observing there was no one in the bazaar but the eunuch and myself. I flattered myself that my attention was not unpleasant to her. that after having eaten. the ashes." The merchant. "You have lost your thumb. she told me she wanted several sorts of the richest and finest stuffs." said the gentleman. with your permission. who was a Bagdad merchant. paid them all. "I told you you would be too early.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 165 first rank in the city. "how I touch any dish that is seasoned with garlic. reseated himself. and proceeded with his narrative as follows. I hope you will not feel displeased at this stipulation." continued he: "I have no great toe on either of my feet: I was maimed in this manner by an unheard-of adventure. and by care and good management my little fortune began to wear a smiling aspect. asked permission to sit in it till the other merchants arrived.

I returned. and gave it to the eunuch. She chose some from these to the value of one thousand pieces of gold. I ran for the stuffs she wanted. if you please. but was obliged to forego the pleasure of her conversation. carry it to the banker. or informing me who she was. I had desired my creditors to wait eight days for their money: when this period had elapsed. A whole month passed before I heard any thing of the lady again. and I am surprised that you have not the courage to disclose your passion. She loves you more ardently than you do her. go and get those articles from them. "Let us have your interposition. Do not imagine that she has any real occasion for your stuffs. or where she resided. I answered I never had been. But to save you the trouble of going from shop to shop. Surely she cannot be a cheat. and see that it is all good and right. I then intreated them to give me eight days more. than I perceived that love had led me to a serious oversight. The lady had no sooner disappeared. "a considerable sum. they will all come upon me. because you have inspired her with a violent passion. I carried to the respective owners the money due for their stuffs. Though we talked but of ordinary things. making her believe the merchants that could furnish what she wanted were not yet come. when the merchants arrive. which I prolonged." said she. mounted on her mule. "I have made you wait some time. she gave them such a turn. without speaking a word. and we found it quite right." I replied. but she leaves me responsible for a greater. we agreed for five thousand dirhems of coined silver." thought I. She came straight to my shop. with the same attendants as before." said she." These words dispelled my fear. While I was thus occupied. It was for this reason she asked you if you were married. I was going to sell off all I had. she left me without any security against being made answerable for the goods in case she did not return. and with the burden of such a heavy debt. "She has paid me. Then reaching out the gold to the eunuch." The eunuch who carried the money went along with me to the banker. and then returned home. and had the happiness of conversing with the lady till all the shops of the bazaar were open." She assented to this proposal.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 166 articles you want. would not have patience to wait for their money: I went to them. and was readily intrusted with more. and even after she had remounted her mule. What distressed me was the consideration that while at this rate she risked nothing. and ascertain the lowest prices. who put it under his arm. if you do not marry her. "to accommodate our matters." said she. Before we counted the money. pretending that I knew the lady." In short. and made the best excuse I could. "I have loved her since I first beheld her. and carried them away as before without paying. The merchants were impatient for their money. "Take your weights. I was not less charmed with her wit than I had been before with the beauty of her face. nay. that I was accountable for a large sum to the merchants. however. I followed her with my eyes till she had reached the bazaar gate. and convinced me that I was not mistaken in admiring her wit at our first interview. when one morning the lady returned with the same equipage as before. perhaps. The merchants do not know her. and during that time my alarm increased. when I reflected upon the circumstances in which I was placed. As soon as the merchants had arrived and opened their shops. It will be your own fault. who. that I did not reflect that she went away without paying. she asked me several questions. It had so engrossed my thoughts. and entered into conversation with me. they did not fail to dun me. my love was not so powerful as to stifle the uneasiness I felt. She only makes this her presence to come here. and after she had fixed upon what she liked. which the lady had desired to see. that they appeared new and uncommon. equally affected with love. I will. to which they consented." "It is true. the eunuch whispered in my ear. "and weigh the gold I have brought you. and particularly if I was married. but the next day I saw the lady enter the bazaar. but I durst not aspire to the happiness of thinking my ." Upon which the eunuch fell a laughing. made me weigh the gold. and exactly the same hour of the day. I soon felt sensible. and inflamed my love. She then rose and took leave. and calling me aside. "but here is your money at last. and that I had not informed myself who she was. I wrapped up the stuffs in a small bundle. "I know by your eyes you love this lady. and to satisfy them.

"leave the management of all to me. and ordered them to carry them on board again." added she. One of them stayed behind. and wait there till somebody comes to conduct you. since you have pleased the favourite. who seeks only to oblige her. and told her I was satisfied. and that I had only to obey the directions he might give me in her name. "Fear nothing. she would not withhold her consent. and after passing the day in great impatience. the eunuch her confidant called the other eunuchs who had brought in the trunks. and then retired. and inquired after his mistress's health. in which case she meant herself to defray the expenses of the wedding. In the meantime I reflected very seriously upon the danger to which I had exposed myself. The officer of the eunuchs was displeased at having his rest disturbed." "Very well. I am entirely hers." I considered with myself that I had gone too far to recede." "You have not erred in your judgment on that head. "Then. would not fail to come to you herself. and opening one of the trunks. and suffers nothing to enter without a narrow inspection. "convinced me. "in the evening. desired me to get into it." said she." I finished weighing the gold. and waited some days with impatience for the eunuch. telling me she would send her eunuch to me. you must be at the mosque built by the caliph's lady on the bank of the Tigris. "she is the favourite of Zobeide the caliph's wife. and had been with me that morning." said the eunuch. Zobeide told her. and has desired her consent. and you must be introduced with great secrecy. went in the evening to the prayer that is said an hour and a half after sun-set in the mosque. told her I was ready to obey her orders. for if you do not. you will be equally agreeable to the mistress. The officer was then in bed. On your side you must act your part discreetly. and remained there after all the people had departed. "but you know men are not allowed to enter the ladies' apartments in the palace. I saw the lady also enter the mosque. that being the word they had agreed upon between themselves. Presently after. Thus you see your felicity is certain. "the happiest lover in the world. and it was necessary to call him up." said the eunuch. The lady and the eunuch re-embarked. and while I was putting it into the bag. that being necessary both for her safety and mine. I am sent hither to invite you." "Her noble mien and graceful carriage. whom I perceived to be the eunuch that had accompanied the lady. "and I am ready to follow you whithersoever you please. put several large trunks into the mosque. I received the eunuch very kindly. the rowers of which were all eunuchs. but that she would see you first. and the trunks were carried into the apartment of the officer of the eunuchs. "We have no time to lose. I carried each of the merchants their money. and obeyed her orders. The favourite lady has contrived the matter well.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 167 attachment could meet her approbation. the lady rose and took her leave. and severely chid the favourite lady for . aud were she mistress of her own conduct. the eunuch turned to the lady. and shall not fail to retain a grateful sense of your good offices in this affair. and willingly pass in your society all the days of her life." said I. and approaching her. and made vows and prayers. The boat stopped at the palace-gate. who keeps the key of the ladies' apartments." I gave him repeated assurances punctually to perform whatever he might require. and the boatmen rowed to Zobeide's apartment. and would by no means thwart her inclination. "You are." I replied. when she immediately locked the trunk. At last he came. Having a wish to marry. that she was a lady beyond the common rank. who is the more affectionately attached to her from having brought her up from her infancy. though it was then too late. This done." said he. she has declared to her mistress that she has fixed her affections upon you. and intrusts her with all her affairs. Soon after I saw a boat making up to the mosque. who came on shore. in order to judge if she had made a good choice. your life is at stake. All you have to do is to come to the palace." said he." To this I agreed." "My resolution is already formed. she is impatient to see you.

I am satisfied. besides a number of bottles of Zemzem water sent from Mecca. This trunk is filled with rich goods. have had the presence of mind to manage so difficult a business with so much dexterity. she left that to the last." added she. take heart. order the trunks to be carried away. "Let them go. she told me it was time to go to rest. "lately arrived. your mistress and mine. and do not keep me waiting. and to lengthen out the time. Perhaps another person in my situation would not. "I will see them. which put me into inexpressible fear. some hour on the morrow. alleging the stuffs were only proper for ladies." Encouraged by these words. and if any of these should happen to break. were gone. it was by agreeable disquietudes. and the favourite ordered all the trunks to be brought before him one after another." The words were no sooner spoken than they were moved into her chamber. "go up these stairs that lead to an upper room. As soon as the eunuchs. But come. "Come. The first they took was that wherein I lay. than the caliph came and sat down on the very trunk which had been my prison. and open them one by one. I slept very well. and that she would not fail to introduce me to Zobeide her mistress. who had the key." said she. "let us see what is in that. "I say open them. protested it should not be opened. depend upon it. open them. upon so delicate an occasion. if she complied: "No. nothing less than the love I had for you could have inspired me with courage to do what I have." Upon this the door of the women's apartment was opened. his lady would be deprived of the pleasure of seeing them first." cried he. she came to the chamber where I lay concealed." said she. or if my sleep was interrupted. but her stratagem did not succeed. "Come out." resumed the caliph. "I bring nothing hither but what is for the use of Zobeide. and that was no sooner done. and made many apologies for the alarms she had given me. "and let me see them." She still represented that her mistress would be angry with her. come." She excused herself." She insisted upon this in such peremptory terms. "your majesty will please to dispense with the opening of it. "Here is the caliph! Here comes the caliph!" This put me in such alarm." said she. Zobeide will resent your insolence. . "since that is the case. "was no less than yours. where I began to revive again. "for the caliph never sees her but at night. she locked after me.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 168 coming home so late. when I heard the people cry. The caliph sat down. the goods will be spoiled. "You shall not come off so easily as you think. When she found the coast clear." It was necessary to obey." she replied. and that by opening them." said the caliph. She opened some of them." said the caliph. "My uneasiness. that I tremble every time I recollect my situation." said he: "not one of these trunks shall pass till I have opened it. and wait there till I come to you. "which will be very easy. and you must answer for them. So they conversed together some time. which gave me such alarm. the danger is now over." At the same time he commanded the eunuchs to bring them before him. "What hast thou got in these trunks?" said he to the favourite. it proved to be the caliph." The door. which led to the stairs. since I have run the same risk out of love to you. she opened the trunk in which I was confined. This had been scarcely accomplished. you cannot well doubt of that. The favourite lady. When all the rest were viewed." said she. When Zobeide's favourite saw that the caliph persisted in having this trunk opened: "As for this. which the empress wishes to see." "Open them. he then left her." After much tender conversation. for as they announced." said he angrily. that the officer did not dare to open any of the trunks. "Some stuffs. caused by the hopes of possessing a lady blest with so much wit and beauty. "I will engage she shall not say a word to you. who had brought them. that I wonder I did not die upon the spot. Come. The occasion of this visit did not respect me. no. well. and all the trunks were carried in." "Well. He wished to question the lady about what she had seen or heard in the city. and retired to his apartment." said he. displayed the beauties of each particular stuff. thinking in this manner to tire out his patience. "You know very well. "you may take them away." I am at a loss to tell you whether I was dead or alive that moment. there are some things in it which I cannot shew you without your lady be present. which I purchased from some merchants lately arrived. for I little thought of escaping such imminent danger. Being as unwilling as myself to have the trunk where I lay opened.

I will myself give orders for having it solemnized. you shall be taken care of." "Take. and consent to your marriage. she pushed me away. that she could scarcely walk. This I liked so well. without the power of even asking what she meant. The tenth day being appointed for the last ceremony of the marriage. advanced in age. down with him on the ground." said she in a furious passion. Zobeide told the caliph her resolution of marrying the favourite lady. that I scarcely touched any of the other dishes. the whole apartment of the ladies was lighted up so as to equal the brightness of day. "wherein have I deserved your displeasure?" "You are a villain. and during that time was deprived of the pleasure of seeing the favourite lady: but was so well used by her orders. clothed after the same fashion. I approve of it. I only wiped them. "Take him. She ordered me to rise.) "for I look upon her as such after the care I have take of her education. being placed at some distance on each side of the throne. dressed in rich and uniform habits." Pursuant to the commands of the caliph's lady. were called in. Zobeide ordered the contract of marriage to be drawn up and brought to her. and there were great rejoicings in the palace for nine days. All these ceremonies being over. that I had no reason to be dissatisfied. and they shewed her to me every time she changed her habit. and the favourite lady. and among others. granted the favourite a considerable sum by way of settlement. I remained ten days in the women's apartments. and not wash your hands! Do you think I would suffer such a polluted wretch to poison me? Down with him. stood just by her right hand." (so she used to call the favourite lady. my wife. and the caliph leaving to her the liberty to act in the business as she thought proper. She then carried me into a very magnificent and richly furnished hall. "to eat garlic." continued she. who had accompanied her. But to my misfortune. and so laden with jewels. where we were placed upon two thrones. My bride and I were introduced into a great hall." said they to her. "that my daughter. and while some held my hands. before I was introduced to Zobeide. did me the honour to ask my name. the favourite lady was conducted to a bath. the slaves who came in first made a sign for me to approach. came out of Zobeide's apartment. and others my feet. but I wish my daughter to remain with me ten days before the solemnity. and prostrated myself upon the carpet that was under the princess's feet. the musicians and the dancers. a piece of negligence of which I had never before been guilty. dances. "what has happened since we left you? Let us know. who were slaves. I advanced between the two rows they had formed. instead of washing my hands well. mentioning what questions she would probably put to me. I approached my wife. and acclamations of joy. in that time I will speak to the caliph. such as you have now forced me to eat. "take that vile fellow out of my sight. but instead of returning my transports. and the state of my fortune. "I am glad. She ascended the throne. and dictating the answers I was to return. my family. we were conducted to the nuptial chamber: as soon as the company retired. not only by her countenance. The women who attended her made her robe herself several times. and obtain his consent: mean while do you remain here. When the ten days were expired. addressing herself to the ladies. both male and female. only their habits appeared somewhat gayer. to all which I gave her satisfactory answers. Nothing was to be heard through the palace but musical instruments.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 169 The next day. laid on me as long as she could stand. She then said to the ladies. and placed themselves before the throne in two equal rows. who was presently furnished with a weapon. but by her words. and I to another. the other ladies. "Dear sister." "Why. and the necessary preparations being made for the solemnity. upon which all the ladies of the apartment came running in to inquire the cause: and for my own part. when I rose from table. I was so thunderstruck. as I perceived. according to the usual custom on wedding days. "and bring me a bastinado. that we may try to relieve you. send him to the . her favourite instructed me how to conduct myself. In the middle of these appeared Zobeide with a majestic air. than twenty female slaves. one seasoned with garlic. As soon as the caliph's lady was seated." said she. I had no sooner entered. and cried out. that I stood like a statue. As it was then night. has made this choice. madam?" I asked." They immediately did as they were desired." said she. they were followed by twenty other younger ladies. At night I had all manner of dishes served up to me.

leaving me in inconceivable affliction. I continued thus ten days. When I came to myself. and kissing her fair hands. "she is sick of the poisoned smell with which you infected her. and beloved by all the ladies about the court of our respected mistress Zobeide. and live with you as my husband. By virtue of that admirable balsam. and eagerly wished for liberty herself. of your quality. "upon that condition I am willing to forget what is past. and my wife and I lived together as agreeably as if I had never eaten of the garlic dish. fell down at her feet. One of the ladies applied a certain root to staunch the blood. on the cook who dressed it. "Dear madam. We own he is a man quite ignorant of the world. and be cautious hereafter how he tastes a dish seasoned with garlic without washing his hands. and forgetting to wash my hands? What proportion is there between the punishment and the crime? Curse on the dish. for partaking of a dish seasoned with garlic. by her order. they gave me wine to drink. and on him who served it up." They renewed their solicitations. she had the barbarity to cut off my thumbs and great toes herself. addressing himself to the company. and the respect that is due to you: but we beseech you to overlook and pardon his fault. and gone to bathe. "if ever I again eat of a dish with garlic in it." said she. I solemnly swear to wash my hands a hundred and twenty times with alkali. said. who. for fear of displeasing her." My wife accordingly came on the following evening. and grant us the favour we supplicate. with ashes. One day the old woman told me my spouse was recovered." said the old woman. walked out of the chamber: all the ladies followed her. "I will teach him to know the world. and could not help pitying her. "Ah! madam. have my hand cut off. and with soap. moderate your anger." said I to my wife. but likewise some balsam of Mecca. I swooned away. "that these ladies can be so nice." said they to the favourite lady. as I had always done. I will make him bear sensible marks of his impertinence. I asked her what was become of the favourite lady. threw me upon the ground. "I would have you call up your patience. which they were well assured was not adulterated. to complete my affliction. "must I be beaten unmercifully." 170 "Alas!" cried I. I grew weary of being confined to the caliph's palace." said she. took pity on me. yet I said nothing to my wife on the subject. and after uttering a thousand reproaches against me. and accosted me thus: "You perceive that I must possess much tenderness to you. For she is in other respects a woman of good sense and discretion. dear sister. "She is sick." "Well." She then called the ladies. I was in a few days perfectly cured. and after binding me fast. in not washing your hands after eating of the garlic dish. "Good madam. and. She represented to her mistress in such lively terms the constraint I was under. without seeing any body but an old female slave that brought me victuals. and would come to see me the next day. because they had it out of the caliph's own dispensatory. to recruit my strength. in not living in the city with people of my own rank. "So. but got up. when they heard the cutting off of my hand mentioned. "is the reason why I refused to eat of the dish seasoned with what is now on the table. with a razor." continued the Bagdad merchant." thought I. and endeavour to accommodate yourself to her humour." She made no reply. ." "This." "I have not received adequate satisfaction. for it was gratitude alone that made her continue with Zobeide. but by bleeding and by the pain. "you carry your resentment too far." replied she." "All the ladies who had seen me receive the thousand strokes." The ladies applied to my wounds not only the root I mentioned. she suspected my feelings.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete judge. after the affront you have offered me: but still I cannot be reconciled till I have punished you according to your demerit. However. Why did you not take care to wash your hands after eating of that cursed dish?" "Is it possible. But having been all my lifetime used to enjoy my liberty. and so vindictive for such a trifling fault!" I loved my wife notwithstanding all her cruelty. that the good princess chose rather to deprive herself of the pleasure of having her favourite about her than not to grant what we both equally desired. and let the hand be cut off with which he fed upon the garlic dish.

invested me with a very rich robe. and was conducted into a room. "Then." cried he. if you will be so good as to hear me. though concealed from me. and we ." "Well spoken. and when his attendants had undressed him. in testimony of his satisfaction with my service. and have happily found means to make you contented. from Persia I travelled to Samarcand. The governor of Damascus." said the sultan. where I might eat at his table when I pleased. and thanked me." said she." The Jewish physician prostrated himself before the sultan's throne. "do not be astonished that my hand is cut off. and addressed the prince in the following manner: "Sir. "has something in it extraordinary. but curiosity to see the world put me upon another plan. I sold my house. we went to reside in it. "You never told me. that I may feel your pulse. went with a caravan to Persia. and made a good figure. kept a great many slaves of both sexes." said I. saying. a slave called me to see a patient in the governor of the city's family. and took leave. and go and buy us a house. I flatter myself you will be pleased with a story I have to tell you. and sat down by him. "This. and here are fifty thousand sequins. My mistress Zobeide gives us permission to quit the palace. but it does not come near that of the little hunch-back." said the purveyor to the sultan of Casgar." said the sultan." The Jewish physician. "Pray. my wife came into my room with several eunuchs. and after purchasing several kinds of merchandize. finding the sultan of Casgar disposed to hear him. and that it had not long been cut off. I perceived he wanted the right hand. where I found a very handsome young man. On the tenth day he seemed to be so far recovered. I might have married again. and he asked me if it would be any prejudice to his health if he went and took a walk out of town in the governor's garden? I made answer. "give me your hand. I was much surprised and concerned on seeing his misfortune. and lived honourably at Bagdad." But instead of stretching out his right. We thus began to live in a very agreeable manner: but my felicity was of short continuance. which had been the occasion of his disorder. I saluted him. only a sign with his eyes that he heard me. I continued my visits for nine days. "Doctor. for while the people about him were applying proper remedies externally. Accordingly we went together. he had appointed me a physician of the city hospital. Accordingly I went. and asked me to accompany him to the bath. he gave me his left hand." I replied I was at his command for all that day. Take ten thousand of them. sir. "that you were uneasy in being confined to court. "but if it be not more surprising than that of little hunch-back. gave the following relation. and every time I felt his pulse. but I perceived it. The young man likewise shewed me many civilities. I will recount to you my history. and was just beginning to practise that noble profession with some reputation." said he. he still gave me his left hand. you must not expect to live. but he made no return to my compliments. and after furnishing it richly." After we had returned from the bath. and from thence to this city. of which she has made us a present. who was by. wrote him a prescription. each carrying a bag of silver." I quickly found a house for the money. that the air would be of service to him. I felt his pulse. "is the story that the Bagdad merchant related in a company where I was yesterday. that I only deemed it necessary to prescribe bathing to him. However. and in that relation you will hear very surprising adventures.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 171 A month after our marriage. and physician in ordinary to his house. in order to enable us to live comfortably in the city. When the eunuchs were gone. we sat down to a collation. much dejected by his disorder. at which I was extremely surprised. they had called me to prevent the ill consequence of the fever which was on him. some day or other I will tell you the cause. When I was studying physic at Damascus. "if you will give me your company. for at the end of a year my wife fell sick and died." "This story. which he observed by my countenance. The Story told by the Jewish Physician. Upon which he presently called his servants.

up towards Ethiopia. which filled me with joy. must have surpassed in magnificence and invention all the monarchs who have appeared since. I could not sleep that night. and made me learn every thing proper for my rank. on account of the Nile. All the land there is golden. I mean. If you speak of the Nile. better than to brilliant emeralds set in silver. where nations come for various sorts of grain. I know not how. and being rich merchants. the most populous. but the conversation fell insensibly. it is so fertile. not only in Egypt. of one of the most considerable families in the city." said he. you are to continue in the enjoyment of its sweetnesses. that the Pharaohs. My father joined in opinion with those of his brothers who had spoken in favour of Egypt. Having taken two or three turns there. When I found that they were making preparations for their departure. The young man then gave me his history in the following terms. which produce a thousand times more than other countries that are cultivated with the greatest labour. my father and my uncles continued sitting upon the best carpet in the mosque. I speak of what I know. and assented to all my father had said of the Nile. except my father.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 172 went to the governor's garden. and begged of him.' "If you look. you will be filled with astonishment at the sight of the masses of stone of an enormous thickness. I happened one Friday to be at noon-prayers with my father and my uncles in the great mosque of Moussol. who were all alive and married when my grandfather died. Whatever my other uncles said. it is for you only that it runs from such a distance. Soon after. I went to my father. by way of preference to Bagdad and the Tigris. My imagination was so full of these subjects. my tears will flow as abundantly as its waters. They made a proposal to him. upon the subject of travelling. but in all the world. Is not Grand Cairo the largest. my uncles declared how much they were struck with my father's account. All the women of that country charm you by their beauty and their agreeable carriage. "the man that has not seen Egypt has not seen the greatest rarity in the world. and Alexandria. My father was the eldest of ten brothers. and so many men in building them. for having left monuments so worthy of their memory: monuments so ancient. in calling Bagdad the residence of the Mussulmaun religion. I pass over in silence the maritime cities of the kingdom of Egypt. we seated ourselves on a carpet that his servants had spread under a tree. cloth. that the learned cannot agree upon the date of their erection. and the description he gave infused into me such high admiration. Observe what a poet said of the Egyptians. and he had no child but me. and the richest city in the world? What a number of magnificent edifices both public and private! If you view the pyramids. the rest of the company going away. and of their principal cities. who employed such riches. "Say what you will. when he was obliged to depart from Egypt: ‘Your Nile loads you with blessings every day. To this he assented. When I was grown up. that from that moment I had a desire to travel thither. and I sat down by them. for I spent some years there in my youth. I was born at Moussol. yet such as will last to the end of time. They discoursed of several things. Rosetta. and an infinite number of commodities calculated for accommodation and delight. they resolved to carry with them such commodities as were likely to suit the market. how many other subjects of admiration! I cannot compare the verdure of so many plains. there was not in the world a pleasanter country than Egypt. and began to enter into the world. He took particular care of my education. such as Damietta. Alas! in removing from you. which gave a pleasant shade. that according to the uniform report of an infinite number of voyagers. that they should travel all together into Egypt. where is there a more wonderful river? What water was ever lighter or more delicious? The very slime it carries along in its overflowing fattens the fields. that it enriches its inhabitants. "towards the island that is formed by the two greatest branches of the Nile. After prayers were over. All the brothers were childless. which rear their heads to the skies! You will be obliged to confess. while I am condemned to deprive myself of them against my will. and a thousand other agreeable objects! If you turn your eyes on the other side." added my father. what variety of verdure! What enamel of all sorts of flowers! What a prodigious number of cities. They extolled the beauties and peculiar rarities of some kingdoms." My uncles could make no reply. and the metropolis of all the cities of the earth. canals. of Cairo. villages. made no impression upon me. which I shall always reckon the most agreeable part of my life. But one of my uncles said. with tears in my eyes. watered by the different canals of the island. and of the whole kingdom of Egypt. that he would .

no passion disturbed my repose. I must insist on your taking some from me. you therefore do me wrong. and lived honourably. After their departure. "You may expect me three days hence after sun. sometimes I gave entertainments to such people as I had made an acquaintance with. and my son must be content with leave to go so far. passed the Euphrates. One day. "I am not come to see you.set. "to travel into Egypt. and a garden with fine water-works. did not suppress my eager desire to travel. and I had the view of a city that was large. "may likewise glory in its beauties. I have none. silver foliage. We travelled through Mesopotamia. I rose. what do you think of me? Am I not handsome and agreeable?" "Madam. These being speedily served. and some bottles of wine. she put her hand into her purse." These words. When I saw that the lady had entered the house. This sale brought me a sum so considerable. "The city of Damascus. At last my uncles thought of pursuing their journey. and I received her with all the joy of a person who waited impatiently for her arrival. till they had travelled through Egypt.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 173 suffer me to make one of the party. where we stayed some days. She then took leave of me. however. "You are too young. the fatigue is too great for you. and made merry till midnight. populous. took out ten sherifs. I am sorry to say. and sometimes was treated by them." Transported with joy. but at least handsomely enough for a young man of my rank. if you please. and forced me to take them. a very handsome. From thence we went to Damascus. but she drew back instantly. "Madam." said he. but took care. "I have no occasion for stuffs. I furnished it. as I sat taking the cool air at my gate. than she went into my house. well-dressed lady came to me. It formerly belonged to one of the principal lords of the city. "I only come to see you." said I. and. and having shut the gate. and submitted to his will. and I felt that when she went she carried my heart along with her. where they were to leave me. "I have had stuffs fit to be strewn to you. to whom I paid for it only two sherifs a month. but was then the property of a rich jewel-merchant. the first sight of which struck me with agreeable surprise We lodged all together in one khan. I set out from Moussol in company with him and my uncles." Though my curiosity to see Egypt was very pressing. she spoke thus: "My dear love. to sell my goods so advantageously for me. and arrived at Aleppo. built of marble. "I think this an . I had a number of domestics. and next day at parting she promised to return the third day after." In speaking this. or else I will see you no more. We employed some days in walking up and down the delicious gardens that surrounded it. Thus did I spend my time at Damascus. not so richly indeed as the magnificence of the place deserved. all I ask of you is a light collation. "from interested motives. saying. Next morning I would have put ten sherifs into the lady's hands. So far from receiving money from you. In short. full of handsome people. I ordered the servants to bring us several sorts of fruit. besides." replied she. My father and my uncles left me in Damascus. and discovered such beauty as affected me with emotions I had never felt before. and well fortified. we ate. but at present. to pass the evening in your company. and my only employment was conversing with people of credit. I considered he was my father." said she. But at the same time I took a stately house. I had not before passed a night so agreeably as this." I replied. adorned with paintings of gold. and allow me some stock of goods to trade with on my own account. who at last granted me permission to go as far as Damascus. and prayed her to sit down. and at that interview. The evening and the night we spent as before. She did not. She returned a third time. however. waiting for my father's return." said my father. that I gained by them five hundred per cent. I used great caution not to lay out my money idly. as to fill me with delight." She did not fail to return at the appointed hour three days after. and we all agreed that Damascus was justly said to be seated in a paradise. conducted into a hall. and pursued their journey. and. I made use of my uncles' interest with my father. drank. when we were both warm with wine. and asked if I did not sell stuffs? She had no sooner spoken the words. I am sure you will come off a loser in your traffic. before they went. leave me without forcing me to take ten sherifs more." She removed the veil from her face.

"do what you please. the lady who stayed with me changed countenance.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 174 unnecessary question: the love which I shew you ought to persuade you that I admire you. "I am sure you would speak otherwise. for allowing my friend to bring me hither. with a year's rent in advance and giving him the key. and we soon sat down to our entertainment. I then suspected what was but too true. "No compliments. They both unveiled. fell into violent convulsions. "I told you. I ordered my servants to take up one of the large pieces of marble. but I did not dare to promise her without speaking to you beforehand. as soon as the ladies arrived. "you would have reason to complain. I was afflicted beyond measure with the accident." said I. took what money I had. who observed us." said I." replied I. without opposition." We continued together all night. and I perceive you have already violated the oath you made of being faithful to me. But while she inspired me with a flame. This done I went to the jewel-merchant my landlord. she conversed in very free and lively language. that she had been the cause of her friend's death. After replacing the stone. and expired in my arms while I was calling for assistance to relieve her. to put some very strong poison into the last glass. and enquired for the other lady. let us lay aside all ceremony. which she gave her with her own hand. when my people told me. laughing as well as she. that her friend grew jealous. she had opened the street door and was gone." replied she. addressing herself to me. dig a hole. who is younger and handsomer than I am. and who is your intimate friend. "I now tell you. I waited for the two ladies with impatience and at last they arrived at the close of the day. "it should be my part to make them to you. affixed my own seal on the door of my house. I could not resist her conquering eyes. I had reason to be much more so when I saw her friend. prayed him to keep it for me." returned she. to have the collation served up. that nothing can disengage it." said she. and entreated her to excuse me if I did not give her the reception she deserved. did nothing at first but laugh. I defy all her charms to tear my heart from you. But since you are pleased to suffer it. that I could hardly bear their splendour. You are my queen. if I were wanting in civility to a lady whom you brought hither. pray take care to give her a good reception: we will come at the usual hour. and the malice. I went out immediately." "Ah!" returned she. I thanked her for the honour she did me. in you lies all the felicity of my life." I had given orders. and such sparkling eyes. She rose from the table and went out." I had my hall put in great order. if you saw a certain lady of my acquaintance. I am about to put your heart to a severe trial. and quickly gave us a dismal proof of the inveteracy of her feelings. paid him what I owed. "you would find my friend full of charms. and so far from appearing to be under any constraint. The other lady. both of you might then upbraid me for not performing duly the rites of hospitality. and she made herself mistress of my heart. saying. She is of such a pleasant lively temper. instead of ten sherifs she gave me fifteen. but whatever you may say of your friend. "What will become of me?" I considered there was no time to lose. my sultaness." "Madam. to whom it is so inviolably attached. and a handsome collation prepared against they came. who never ceased looking upon me with a smiling countenance. "Remember. and think only of amusing ourselves. and from the account I have given of you she is dying with desire to see you. "that in two days' time you are to have a new guest." "Madam. "What shall I do?" I exclaimed in agony. the strange lady and I ogled one another with so little reserve. and it being then moon-light. She had the dexterity. and as I had been surprised with the beauty of the first. "A very urgent affair. that she would make the most melancholy people merry: I must bring her hither. I am charmed to see and to possess you. "obliges me to be absent for some time. with which the court of my house was paved. I am . which I was forced to accept. and there inter the corpse of the young lady. an elegant person. She had regular features. She intreated me to procure her that pleasure. and having locked up every thing. I put on a travelling suit. I placed myself opposite the stranger." We continued to drink. I spoke of you to her. she caught it herself." said she. she would be with us presently again: but in a few moments after." "Be not too positive. and next morning at parting. but as the wine warmed us.

who were much surprised to see me. one of my servants found a gold chain necklace. in emulation of each other. and departed with my attendants from Damascus. without saying any thing to them. where I called a crier aside. They sought for me all over the city. instead of selling my furniture. So they began their journey. I had a good journey. wanting money. "I will return presently and bring you an answer. "The reason is.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 175 under the necessity of going to visit my uncles at Cairo. and desired him to show it to the principal jewellers. I could not look upon it without shedding tears. After their departure I continued at Cairo three years. I rested some days to recover from the fatigues of my journey. when I called to mind the lovely creature I had seen die in such a shocking manner. more completely to indulge my curiosity in seeing all the wonders of Egypt. who received me joyfully. He brought it to me. for I designed to return to Damascus. I began to visit my former acquaintance." The crier had been ordered to offer me fifty sherifs by one of the richest jewellers in town who had only made ." said I. and calling me aside. and when I went in. During that time I took care to remit money to the jewel. they began to talk of returning to Moussol. "the pearls are false. and we conversed on different subjects. I abandoned myself to every species of pleasure. that I could not be satisfied without coming to Cairo. instead of telling me the necklace was valued at two thousand sherifs. I went to the bazaar. I had no adventure at Cairo worth relating. I resolved to part with the necklace. was so uneasy.merchant. and promised that my father should not be displeased with me for leaving Damascus without his permission. Arriving at this city. I wrapped it up. and did not appear any more till they were gone. having a wish to view in Egypt what I had not yet seen. but I had so little skill in pearls. who was glad to see me. but doubtless you will be much surprised at that which befell me on my return to Damascus. The crier was surprised to see such a valuable ornament." added he. assured me nobody would give me more than fifty. "How beautiful. but not finding me. and strewing him the necklace. and there to take me up. left my uncles. consider if you will part with it at that price. I went to the jewel-merchant's. I found every thing in the order in which I had left it. after which. to shew me that no one had entered it whilst I was absent. I am sure I shall oblige them highly in strewing it to them." I took my leave of him. I sat with the jeweller. I lodged in the same khan with them. The seal was still entire upon the lock. expecting to find me at Damascus. ordering him to keep my house for me. Having finished their traffic. There I met with my uncles. and went to lodge in another quarter at a distance from their khan. deliver it to them. In sweeping and cleaning out the hall where I had eaten with the ladies. and concluded it had broken off and fallen. "I take your word." exclaimed he. and to make preparations for their departure. and gradually squandered away all my money. and arrived at Cairo without any accident. immediately mounted my horse. and saw all the curiosities of Cairo. and would accompany me to my house. and bring me the money immediately. Being thus reduced. The crier returned. told him I wished to sell it. with ten very large and perfect pearls strung upon it at certain distances. gazing upon it with admiration. that I took my measures very ill. and that of those who know better than myself. when I knew it to be the same I had seen upon the lady's neck who was poisoned." He carried me to a shop which proved to be my landlord's: "Stop here. as you shall hear. "Go. To excuse myself. and you need not doubt they will set a high price upon it. but I. and hearing nothing of them. supposed remorse for having come to Egypt without my father's consent had occasioned me to return to Damascus." said the crier. "never did our merchants see any thing so rich. They received me kindly." While he was running about to shew the necklace. and put it in my bosom. I pretended I was tired of waiting." I took him at his word. and reside there some years longer.

" asked he. "that sold the pearl necklace?" They had no sooner answered yes. how is it possible you could be guilty of such an unworthy action." The Judge sent immediately to seize me. tell me without fear how this necklace fell into your hands. This made a great noise in the bazaar. "the false accuser. has had the impudence to offer it to sale. I told him it was. he asked me if the necklace he had in his hand was not the same that I had exposed to sale in the bazaar. "My son." "I know enough of it already. I confessed. I made a confession as if I had stolen it. Then the governor. He ordered me to be untied. said to me: "My son. "here is a necklace which was stolen from me. they bound and gagged me. "Good God. "this misfortune and affront are unsufferable." demanded he.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 176 that offer to sound me." When I was brought before him. and I was scarcely returned to my house when my landlord came. which he granted. "Alas." replied the governor. under the character of a merchant. Take from hence. whom I never saw. having ordered all present to withdraw." continued he. and the merchant who had falsely accused me of having stolen the necklace. He is willing to take fifty sherifs for a necklace that is worth two thousand which is a clear proof of his having stolen it." The pain of the torture made me tell a lie." thought I. and of good sense. and the thief. and to my landlord: "Is this the man." I related plainly all that had passed. than he continued. However.?" I answered I was. "I do assure you I am perfectly innocent. "you seem to be a young man well educated. or to protect my innocence. after what has happened. how shall I dare to return to Moussol? Nothing I can say to my father will persuade him that I am innocent." said he. It is true. He had no sooner received my answer. you must go and seek for other lodgings. "I will. "Is it true. with tears in my eyes. and try if I was well acquainted with the value of the pearls. accompanied by my landlord." Three hours after this fatal accident my house was forcibly entered by the judge's officers. and when I came before him. but this I did contrary to my conscience. and that one of his daughters had not been heard of since. from whence I augured well. I cannot allow you to remain longer in my house. and it will rest with him either to put me to death." exclaimed the governor. "Well. whose innocence is known to myself. let him be beaten till he owns his guilt. and I would have lent it you? However. "tell the governor the truth." The governor's orders were immediately put in execution." said I. if you will have the goodness to hear me. calling me a thousand abusive names. as that I hear talked of? You gave me an account of your property yourself. "thy . through the force of torture. in a scoffing way "give him the bastinado. and I do not doubt but the account was just." continued he. Judge of my sensations when I heard this intelligence. "that you are willing to sell it for fifty sherifs. and for another reason that I am ready to give you." thought I. what brought them there? But instead of giving me any answer. I asked them. and whose horrible perfidy is the cause of my unjust treatment. who had lost it above three years before. he will quickly confess notwithstanding his merchant's disguise. Why did not you request money of me. and I am much astonished at the injustice that has been done him. and declared I had chosen rather to pass for a thief than to reveal that tragical adventure. though it was not true that I had stolen the necklace. and shewing him the necklace. I summoned all my resolution. I am likewise fully persuaded the necklace never did belong to my accuser. to let me stay three days longer." said he. and is at this minute in the bazaar. "Sir. and addressing himself to the jeweller who accused me. the jeweller was punished as he deserved. and entreated the jeweller. "to do you one part of the justice to which you are entitled. that he is only an artful thief. conceal nothing from me. and the judge ordered my hand to be cut off according to the sentence of our law. let him undergo the same punishment as he caused to be inflicted on this young man." These words giving me courage: "Sir. than he carried the crier to the judge. and telling me the necklace belonged to the governor of Damascus." I was extremely troubled at this. "I am sure he did not steal the necklace. I observed he looked upon me with an eye of compassion.

but could learn nothing of her unhappy fate. and we ought to submit to them without murmuring. but she." said the sultan. unless thou tellest me some adventure that is yet more diverting than that of my hump-backed jester. "I am overcome by your favours. you may have seen what respect they pay me there. she is younger than her sisters. and came at last to settle in this your capital. Accordingly I went through Persia to the Indies. with her valuable pearl necklace. ordered the contract of marriage to be drawn. but I declare freely. I must tell you further. with entire submission. As for the rest." "Well. her younger sister." said he to the Jew. as if he had been sure of success. where I have practised physic with reputation. and had never given me any occasion to complain of her conduce.' I searched for her all over the town. "but do not flatter thyself that I will suffer thee to live. He was not satisfied with punishing the jeweller. I had the curiosity to travel. and. who had falsely accused me. I will hear thee too. interrupting me. " This. . the elder sister became very intimate with her. A citizen of this city did me the honour two days ago to invite me to an entertainment." Upon this the tailor. which will secure to me my inheritance. for which I am truly concerned. After what you have heard. Before I took her home. the stroke thou hast been pleased to inflict upon me. They inform me of my father's death." Then directing his discourse to me: "My son. I hope you will pardon my seeming incivility during the course of my illness. sir.' replied she. became melancholy. The Story told by the Tailor. that a person despatched by my uncles to Egypt. after my death. but confiscated for my use all his property. "I must confess." said the Jewish physician. since you have been called to the governor's house. and will not suffer me to leave him. stay a minute. after his death. and shall never be able to make a sufficient acknowledgment. was my eldest daughter. and invite me to come and take possession of his property at Moussol." "Enough. any more than the rest. Accordingly I went early. sobbing. she is handsomer. Know then. instead of answering. "having now heard the cause of your disgrace. was a truly virtuous girl.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 177 judgments are incomprehensible. and in no respect imitates their conduct." added he. "the story you have told me is very singular. I have one to tell you that will not displease you. my son. you and she shall be heirs to all my property. I will give you in marriage a third daughter I have still left. passing through this city found me out last night. You shall have no other house but mine. Her husband died. and prostrating himself at the sultan's feet. and incessantly bewailed the death of her sister. I will have you all four executed. I asked her elder sister what was become of her. and not abandon one another. The first lady. from whence I formed a fatal presage. and I became the husband of his third daughter." He then called for witnesses. being still in the vigour of my age. But as the alliance and friendship of the governor have fixed me here. who died in that deplorable manner in your arms. so you are not to expect that I will give you your life. in giving you my left instead of my right hand. I pressed her to inform me of what she knew respecting her sister ‘Father. "let us not waste time in idle words. who doubtless repented of her jealous fury. and insensibly made her as wicked as herself. and I assure you is of a disposition calculated to make you happy. I continued at Damascus as long as the governor lived. spoke boldly to the following purpose. I receive. on purpose to inquire for me there." said he. The day after the death of the younger not finding her at home. In the mean time the elder." "Pray. and has not been heard of since." I replied. and much more diverting. and found there about twenty persons. let us unite our sorrow. "is the story I heard from the young man of Moussol. and so put an end to her deplorable days. "since we are both of us equally unfortunate. "Since your majesty loves pleasant stories. But after that. affected to weep bitterly." said he. besides. went out. that I am the father of both the young ladies you were speaking of. she denied her self all manner of food." "My lord. advancing. and she returned home corrupted by every vice too often contracted in Egypt. I will give you an account of the affliction which has befallen myself." said the tailor. who had the impudence to come to your house. my brother's son. that of the little hump-back is: yet more extraordinary. which was very considerable. which he was to give to his friends yesterday morning. Such is the condition of mankind! such are the misfortunes to which we are exposed! However." The sultan of Casgar was well pleased with this story. ‘I can tell you no more than that my sister put on yesterday her richest dress. I have sent back the express with a power. and delivered me a letter from them. I had given her in marriage at Cairo to one of her cousins.

After having watered her flowers." "Sir. though he was born in a country where all the natives are white. For this reason I have sworn to avoid all the places where he is. and you are no sooner got into my house. agitated by a passion the more violent. surprised at his behaviour. a place where I flattered myself I should never see him. from whence I concluded he was her father. sat down.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 178 The master of the house was gone out upon some business. than you are for running away. where stood a pot of beautiful flowers. against my will. who bore so horrid a character. into the real cause of my illness. but lame. It was for this reason that I left Bagdad. I find him here. very well dressed. and tell us the cause of his aversion for the barber. and that I might not meet them. where the young lady had opened the window. on which I had my eyes fixed. and brought with him a young man. and even not to stay in the cities where he resides. but in a short time returned. as I had never felt its assaults before: I retired to bed in a violent fever. The master of the house intreated the stranger to tell us what reason he had for hating the barber. and go. He was going to comply. a stranger. penetrated." We were all surprised to hear the young man speak in this manner. I saw a large party of ladies before me. who had a great affection for me. who all this while looked down and said not a word. When he entered. he would have left us. "for God's sake do not stop me. from which I should not have recovered. whose beauty struck me. and darted upon me a glance full of charms that pierced my heart. My relations. after turning his back on the barber. were so alarmed by the sudden disorder. I lifted up my head. resembles an Ethiopian. where he then dwelt. and a young lady appeared. which I took care not to discover. And now. and attended by five or six servants: he alighted at the door of the house. and was of age to dispose of the plentiful fortune he had left me. I know not how. if a noise in the street had not brought me to myself. gentlemen. and his soul is yet blacker and more horrible than his face. "Where are you going?" demanded he. that they importuned me to tell the cause. I went home in an altered state of mind. When the room was clear. "My son. invited the young man to sit down with us upon the estrade. We joined with the master of the house in his request. I turned down a narrow lane. and having fallen into the most ridiculous and teasing situation you can imagine. but the master of the house earnestly intreated him to stay. and went in. we all rose. I was placed opposite a window. we protested we would not suffer any one to remain in our company. at the extremity of Tartary. This very day I shall take leave of your town. looked upon me with a smile. after all. and after having examined me. and in watering the flowerpot with a hand whiter than alabaster. and travelled so far to settle in this city. if I can." said she. when the window opened. This obliges me. contrary to my expectation. walking in the streets. The master of the house. stopped him. My relations began to despair of my life. "Gentlemen. and out of respect to the master of the house. My father's quality might have entitled him to the highest posts in the city of Bagdad. which I did not squander away foolishly. She took my relations aside. let me go. "you have obstinately . and sat down upon a bench by a door. and at last the young man. because they knew nothing of my distemper. "you must know this cursed barber is the cause of my being lame. and leave her with me alone. yielding to our importunities. I had not yet been disturbed by any passion: I was so far from being sensible of love. mounted on a mule. Immediately she fixed her eyes upon me. One day. that I bashfully avoided the conversation of women. I was his only child. who. that he might not see him. and began to have a very bad opinion of the barber. she shut the window. and left me in inconceivable perplexity. I cannot without horror look upon that abominable barber. and desired all my people would retire out of the room. when an old lady of our acquaintance." replied the young man. but applied to such uses as obtained for me everybody's respect. to deprive myself of the honour of being merry with you." This said. and when he died I had finished my education. and. and handsome." resumed the young man. she sat down on the side of my bed. and made towards the door. without knowing what ground the young man had for what he said. hearing I was ill. at which all the family were much concerned. but suddenly perceiving a barber in our company. saw the first cauzee of the city. to hide my head where he cannot come. "I bring you along with me to do me the honour of being my guest among the rest of my friends. gave us the following narrative of his adventures. Nay. She considered me with great attention. My silence created an uneasiness that the physicians could not dispel. and turning. flew backwards. and by their medicines rather inflamed than checked it. that inspired me with as much love for her as I had formerly aversion for all women. came to see me. but he always preferred a quiet life to the honours of a public station.

"You shall not go without a present. I can find a way to cure you. the daughter of the first cauzee of this city: I am not surprised that you are in love with her. but it requires time. but though what she had said had made a strong impression upon me. However. if you will but inform me who that happy lady is. Next day she came again. when I spoke of nothing but the torment she made you undergo.' demanded she ‘what is the matter with you. "Is it bashfulness. and the girls themselves are so prepossessed with the notion." The old woman took leave. I do not say absolutely that the first cauzee's daughter is of that humour. "If you succeed. and have received relief from me. but what is the news you bring me?" "Dear sir. I shall speedily have the pleasure to see you in perfect health. but very proud. and very well satisfied with me. why are you so cast down?' ‘Alas. you may depend upon it I will be grateful. "I know the lady you speak of. pointed out to her the place where I had seen the object which occasioned it. As soon as I entered. and with transport replied." These words produced a marvellous effect. I have somewhat else to conquer besides the vigilance of a father. I was considered as a dead man. You know how strict our judges are." The good lady told me so many more circumstances that I broke silence. and I am now glad of the opportunity to employ my talents in relieving your pain. who have been in the same condition with yourself. but that does not hinder my fearing to meet with as great obstacles on her side. and am not without hope but I shall compass my end.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 179 concealed the cause of your illness. Would to God you had loved any other." said she. you will not deny when I tell you it is love that makes you sick. as on her father's. and heaved a deep sigh. I will employ all my wits to compass the matter. and found her in good humour. I durst not lay open to her the bottom of my heart. but I no sooner opened my mouth to engage her to allow you to see her. this good woman made several fruitless attacks in my behalf on the proud enemy of my rest. the cauzee you saw is more rigid in that point than any of the other magistrates. ‘My good mother. the fear of her not succeeding in her undertaking inflamed my disorder. The vexation I suffered inflamed my distemper to that degree. declared to her my complaint. They are always preaching to their daughters what a heinous crime it is to shew themselves to men.' I . and began to squeeze out some tears.' "Do not let this cast you down. ‘You are very presumptuous." added I. I have experience enough to penetrate into a secret. and revealing to her the passion with which I burn for her. and they are yet more strict in the observation of them in their own families." "My son. she is. that could move a heart so insensible as yours." To shorten my story. That no one might hear what was said. then I should not have had so many difficulties to surmount. In the mean while take courage and trust to me." replied the old woman. I charge you never to insult me again with such language." The old lady having thus spoken. I was not mistaken. for you have the character of a woman-hater. and I read in her countenance that she had no favourable news to impart. and converse with her. expecting my answer. I raised myself up in the bed. and unravelled all the circumstances of my adventure. who takes pleasure in making every one miserable who suffers himself to be charmed by her. that they make no other use of their own eves but to conduct them along the street. in enjoining the punctual observance of the severe laws that confine women. she will not deign them the least comfort: she heard me with pleasure. "and procure me the happiness of seeing that charming beauty. and as I weighed within myself all the obstacles she had been talking of.' said she. but you have no occasion to reveal it to me. but what I foresaw has come to pass. paused. Yesterday I went to see the lady you love. She is the handsomest and most lovely lady in Bagdad." continued she. that my physicians gave me over. when necessity obliges them to go abroad. "that keeps you silent? Or is it want of confidence in me? Do you doubt the effect of my promise? I could mention to you a number of young men of your acquaintance. she whispered in my ear. my dear and honourable lady. when the old woman came to recall me to life. ‘to make such a proposal to me. and of difficult access. but casting at me a terrible look." said she "you shall not die. She spoke thus: "My son. I only turned to her. without replying a word. as you rightly judged. and I was not the last who perceived that such was your disposition. "Remember the present you owe for the good news I bring you. I put on a sad countenance heaved many deep sighs. You love an insensible object. "I am not easily disheartened.

which was full. and have an appointment precisely at noon. From that moment he languished.' "It is now Tuesday. and obtains my father's consent. said. ‘Perhaps it may. and his disorder has so increased. unless he aspire to marry me.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 180 replied. "Sir. and then. and if you will permit me. From that time. and will come down and open the door for him: we will converse together during prayer-time.' added I. you look as if you were not well. I will instantly seek the young gentleman. he has been at the point of death. "I will content myself with sending for a barber." Immediately I ordered one of my slaves to call a barber that could do his business cleverly and expeditiously." "Since you are recovering from a fit of sickness.' The fear of your death alarmed her.' said she." When the lady was gone. but will not you bathe before you go?" "That will take up too much time. "I do not ask you how you are. and make the necessary dispositions for the interview. do not lose time in prattling.' ‘The best opportunity I can think of." I told him I was just recovered from a fit of sickness.' said she. Let him observe when my father goes out. "I pray God preserve your health. The slave brought me the wretch you see here. How can I have contributed to it?' ‘How?' replied I. and went home. do you desire to be shaved or to be bled?" I replied.' said she. will be next Friday at the hour of noon prayers. and you may readily judge I only want to be shaved: come. "it is to you alone that I owe my cure. and after saluting me. ‘did not you tell me the other day. and tell him he is to have the pleasure of an interview with you. those charms that your mirror daily represents to you.' "‘You well remember. sighing. I found myself perfectly recovered." resumed he. or rather. who came." he continued. I will try the remedy. and proposing a way to save him from the threatened consequences of his complaint. would it were false!' ‘Do you believe. ‘how harshly you treated me at our last interview. may his grace always go along with you. I shall then see him from my window." While the good old lady was speaking. to shave my head. by the time she had done. ‘Has he actually no other disorder than what is occasioned by his love of me?' ‘Ah." continued the old lady "you have the interval between this and Friday to recover your strength.' ‘Madam.' replied I. said. ‘Is your account true?' she asked. he took a very handsome astrolabe out of his case.' ‘I am at a loss to know." "I hope he will grant your wish. ‘it is too true. said. and I saw her face change colour. and went very gravely out of my room to the middle of the court to take the height of the sun: he returned with the same grave pace. take this. ‘that the hopes of seeing me would at all contribute to rescue him from his danger?' I answered. that he sat down before your window when you opened it to water your flower-pot? He then saw that prodigy of beauty. madam. for which I am obliged to you. ‘give him hopes of seeing me. in the year 653. and preparing his razors Instead of putting water into the basin. and choosing out the richest clothes in my wardrobe. from the . I reckon this money better employed than all that I gave the physicians. what you are about is intimation enough of your health. and entering my room. who have only tormented me during my illness. "May God. ‘I have just been with the young gentleman of whom I spoke to you the other day. After I left you I went directly to his house." I replied.'? ‘Well. but he must pretend to no other favours. who is dying on your account. "Sir." said I. that he is reduced to the deplorable condition I have mentioned. but now let me know what I am to do. when I was speaking to you of his illness. just as I was dressing. I have brought my razors and my lancets. On Friday morning the old woman came. and I doubt whether your compassion would not now come too late to save his life. "I am just recovered from a fit of sickness. "Here. and he no sooner learnt from my countenance that I had brought no favourable answer than his distemper increased. for I am in haste." The barber spent much time in opening his case. but he must depart before my father returns.' resumed she. ‘how you make me to be the cause of his death. I found I had strength enough to get up: and my relations finding me so well. if his health permits him to be abroad. ‘your goodness overcomes me. "deliver you from all mischance. you will be pleased to know this day is Friday the 18th of the moon Suffir. ‘for granting him that favour. come and place himself opposite the house. complimented me on the occasion. madam!' I replied. reaching out to her my purse. I felt my illness decrease.

which was almost spent before I was half ready. "will you have done. "and send him away. "for your advice and predictions. what an unseasonable adventure was it for a lover preparing for an interview with his mistress! I was quite irritated." replied the barber. I did not call you to consult your astrology. arithmetic. in my person. I will not be shaved this day. ‘you do me more honour than deserve. and that the conjunction of Mars and Mercury signifies you cannot choose a better time than this very day and hour for being shaved. What could I say when I saw myself so cruelly delayed? "Give him three pieces of gold. and invest him with one of my richest robes." replied he. impertinent fellow. gentlemen. I carried my gratitude further. If I say anything that is worth hearing. a complete orator. and all the refinements of algebra. Every time he sent for me to let him blood. astronomy. and begin to shave me?" "Sir. who am a younger brother. notwithstanding my anger. Your deceased father did me more justice. and spoke of me in all companies as the first man in the world. I could not forbear laughing. as you do. "what reason have you to be angry with me? You do not know. was fully convinced of my merit. the same conjunction is a bad presage to you. I have all our sacred traditions by heart. but of an inconvenience which will attend you while you live. I kept him in a continual strain of admiration. but for me.' I instantly received the present. Nav. I did not know what to say. but here." said I to the slave who was my housekeeper.' he would exclaim. I am a poet. a finished grammarian. he said. But. to avoid this accident. how vexed I was at having fallen into the hands of such a prattling. I then drew his horoscope. to take you under my protection. to whose memory I pay a tribute of tears every time I think of him. ‘Give him a hundred pieces of gold. he was fond of me. in anger. he made me sit down by him. you sent for me. not indeed of losing your life. a profound chemist. Besides. with a coolness that put me out of all patience. Tired with hearing him. it is not my fault. I will not stir out of these doors till I have shaved you. You are obliged to me for the advice I now give you." You may guess. and fretted at the loss of time. and what is it I am not? There is nothing in nature hidden from me. gentlemen. an infallible astrologer. You only sent for a barber.' One day. an historian fully master of the histories of all the kingdoms of the universe. I am willing to attach myself to you. "there should be such another man in the world who takes pleasure." said the barber. "It is impossible. when he was charmed with an admirable discourse I had made him. I elevated him. I shall be sorry if it befall you. you have the best barber in Bagdad. I learn from it. you came hither to shave me." When I heard all this jargon. in making people mad. and in the year 7320 of the epocha of the great Iskender with two horns. he spun out another harangue that was a full half hour long. and guard you from all the evils that your stars may threaten. it is your liberality that inspires me with the sublime thoughts which have the happiness to please you. and was charmed with hearing what witty things I said. and found it the happiest in the world. or begone.' I would answer. and that if you made it your business to search." said I. a subtle logician. do but suppose you had been in my place. it is owing to the favourable audience you vouchsafe me. that this day you run a great risk. I let him blood with cupping-glasses. I am grave and concise in my discourse. I had six brothers." . on the other hand. a mathematician perfectly well versed in geometry. Out of gratitude and friendship for him." "I will call another barber. and as that is the case I swear by the faith of a Moosulmaun. and when I had finished my discourse. whom you might justly have called prattlers. "pray what do you mean? I did not come to seek for you. sir.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 181 retreat of our great prophet from Mecca to Medina." For God's sake." "Sir. I understand all parts of philosophy. "you affront me in calling me a prattler." I exclaimed. ‘My God. Your deceased father.' ‘My dear sir. If you do not know my value. that all of my profession are not like me. you would not find such another. "I care not." This was not all. no man can reach the depth of your knowledge. I am an architect. all the world gives me the honourable title of Silent. that he may disturb me no more. on the contrary. ‘you are an inexhaustible source of science. shave me. an experienced physician. These indeed were impertinent chatterers. "You impertinent prattler!" said I.

"leave off talking. or begone:" with that I started up in anger. only you must hasten to finish shaving me: and pray remember. I make you a present of all that it contains. I am going to shave you this minute. I am entirely at service. A man cannot. interrupting him again. "to leave off these long speeches. I can scarcely forbear falling upon you and strangling you. they are generally repented of. and so left me half shaved. I am sure of it. says the proverb." "Why I told you two hours ago." said I. Pray observe. we are going to begin. and you have only to command me. have done. took up his razor. and it wants three hours of that yet. and besides. fell to shaving me again." said I. that they always highly prized my advice. "God bless you this day." said he. you are hasty. and took up his razor again." said he. as my father made you presents to encourage you to speak. do not be angry." "Softly. But I forget that by reasoning with you. I say. "persons of honour and of their word are rather before their time than after." "Go on and shave me. however. the dog could not forbear prattling. stamping my foot against the ground. They came and consulted me upon all occasions. since your appointment is not till noon. interrupting him. shave me." replied he. he said. if we were always wise and prudent. indeed I had forgotten the engagement.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 182 I thought I might perhaps succeed better if I dealt mildly with my barber." said he. You cursed barber. sir. and exclaimed. men never succeed in their undertakings without the counsel of persons of understanding. it wants three hours of noon. you should avoid these transports that only come from the devil. and you cannot do better than follow the example of your father and grandfather. when things are done precipitately. "Sir. "you have some urgent business to go about." "Just heaven!" cried I." . "my patience is exhausted. I could give you some advice that might be of use to you. I have excellent wine in my cellar. I would tell you my opinion of it." In speaking these words. I will order you as much wine as you have occasion for. that tend to nothing but to distract my head. I am entitled to some consideration on account of my age." At these words he fell a laughing: "It would be fortunate. the less speed he made. and shave me directly: business of the last importance calls me." said I. without vanity. to make merry with me on the recovery of ray health. he clapped his astrolabe in his case." I demanded. and began to shave me. very calmly. "to tell me what the business is you are going about at noon. and I can say. or else all the rules of astronomy are false. I will lay you a wager I guess right. be wise without receiving advice from the wise. and my great virtues. "if our minds were always in the same state. it is your disorder that has caused the change in your temper. I give you mine to induce you to be silent.. and have made no preparation for them. "In the name of God. "perhaps you have not maturely weighed what you are going about." "That is to say. that if you are angry with me. and detain me from my business? Shave me. I told him I was going to meet some friends at an entertainment at noon." "Do not let that trouble you." To satisfy the fellow." "What! cannot I prevail with you then. as I have already told you." He lathered my head. for which reason you stand in need of some instructions. you barber of mischief." "Moderate your passion. When the barber heard me talk of regaling. but had not given four strokes with his razor before he stopped. and took up his astrolabe a second time. and addressed me. to believe. He laid down the razor. When he saw I was in earnest." "I do not mind that. to go and see precisely what hour it was. I can bear this no longer. "If you would be pleased. I wish you would tell me what mighty business this is you are so earnest upon. and took up his astrolabe. I give into the faults of you prattling barbers." I returned. have done. without being moved by my anger: "are you not afraid of a relapse? Be not in a passion." replied he. then laid down his astrolabe. and passing it over the strap which was fixed to his belt. my knowledge. but all the while he was thus employed. sir. "you ought to have shaved me before. "Sir. Back he came. sir." said I. I knew I was not mistaken. as well as all other days!" he cried: "you put me in mind that yesterday I invited four or five friends to come and eat with me as this day. my larder is always well furnished. I am willing. "Sir. "though I dine abroad." The more haste I was in. besides. "and talk no more. The barber quitted his razor again. you have time enough.

"a lamb. I am too much engaged. I heard at this instant the first call to noon-prayers. "then I shall not get clear of this troublesome fellow to-day. I have nothing but what I obtain from the generosity of such gentlemen as you: in which respect. that they are no great talkers. sir. by introducing to them a man who can talk wittily like me. I am determined to accompany you. finish shaving me. it would afford you so much pleasure as abundantly to compensate you for forsaking your friends." I ordered a slave to bring all before him. to let you know. but I beg to be excused. perplexed me much. whereas at my house you shall have nothing but pleasure." Notwithstanding my anger. were you but once in our company. the wretch made no more haste. who cries boiled peas in the streets. and see if I do not imitate it exactly. for. and I assure you I shall have them in perpetual remembrance." said I. that you would have been so liberal. he took up his razor again." "Heavens!" cried I. who sells beans. that has bow the honour to speak to you. "you must allow me to go along with you: I will carry these things to my house. he did not cease till he had imitated. and enough to make four courses. and have each of them their peculiar song and dance. I have no occasion for company. and make you relapse into a disorder worse than that from which you are so lately recovered. the songs and dances of the other persons he had named. I could not forbear laughing at the fellow's impertinence." said he. and to Cassem. and I will return immediately. go to your friends. what should prevent you from allowing me to go with you? You will please them. with which they divert the city of Bagdad. than the caliph in the midst of his court. but then he left off shaving. "Since you will not come to my house." addressing himself to me. leave off your unreasonable jargon. and danced the dance of Zantout. not one is apt so be melancholy. sir. who rubs the people in the baths. "It is very well. I do not deserve the favours with which you have loaded me. we shall never have done. You deserve this piece of complaisance at my hands. sir. Come. they are neither impertinent nor quarrelsome. I resolved to . eat. "to invite all these honest men to my house. and this survey lasted almost half an hour. "I could not have believed. and it was time for me to go." "I have." The barber sung the song. and shaved me for some minutes. drink. and be merry with them. "How. "do not refuse me the favour I ask of you. who rubs the people in the baths." said I. perhaps your friends are already arrived at your house. to look over every thing one after another. exclaimed. I raged and stormed like a madman. and disappoint your friends. Of all these persons. to Akerscha. who sprinkles the streets to lay the dust. that I may see if there will be enough to entertain my friends." replied the barber. any more than your slave. for your kindness: pray shew me these provisions now. However. and make haste home." I replied. "I would accept your invitation. who sells greens. I must go alone." These words. to Salout. gentlemen. who perhaps are great talkers." I found I gained no ground by mild terms. where my friends may eat of them if they like. They will only teaze you to death with their impertinent discourse. but exclaimed. "I cannot be your guest." "Sir. six capons. I begin to perceive that your deceased father lives again in you. I am sure. I would not be so uncivil as to leave you alone. Most certainly. another day I shall be more at leisure. I must needs tell you. a dozen chickens. In fine. besides. they are more contented with their lot. "After that. the place to which I go is not one where you can be received. and leave me at liberty to go to mine. ready to sing and dance. mind me." said he. and knows how to divert company. I would have them satisfied with the good fare I make them." These I ordered likewise. and then we will make up the same party. but what I esteem most in them is." Besides. Here. with four great pitchers of wine. "God reward you. to Aboumecarez. the caliph's lifeguard man. if you will take my advice you will join us. But say what you will." "Let us talk no more of that. to Sali.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 183 He was not satisfied with my promise. and sauce for the meat. but it signified nothing." replied he. "shall I get rid of this cursed barber? If I persist in contradicting him. then stopping suddenly. "if your friends have invited you to a feast. In the name of the living God. sir. "I wish I had no business upon my hands. "I am going. in like manner. sir. I am like to Zantout. pray. and go with all my heart to partake of your entertainment. "but we shall want fruit." "You jest." returned the barber. they are always gay. and let me say what I could to oblige him to finish his buffooneries." thought I. is the song and dance of Zantout.

opened the door. who had deserved chastisement. on the bench from which I had first seen the young lady. and saw the barber sitting over-against the house. They knocked with inconceivable fury at the door. "Take some of my servants to carry these provisions along with you." At last he went.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 184 say nothing. come and search. I sought for a place to conceal myself. you without doubt have had notice of it. conducted me to the chamber of the young lady who was the object of my love. I give you free liberty. and made your slaves bastinado him: but this your wicked action shall not pass with impunity. "You cursed cauzee. whom I do not know and who has done me no harm? my house is open to you. and as I went in I saw an old woman waiting for me. and he will give true and brief justice. and asked what assistance he wanted? "Alas!" cried he. or if you do not. he caned one of his slaves. who. or who could have introduced him?" "Ah! wretched cauzee. who guessed my intention. He descended a high staircase into a court. followed by all my domestics armed with sticks. "for what should I assassinate your master. In fine. and saw through the gate that it was her father already returning from prayers. I know your daughter is in love with our master. He then finished shaving me. and to make as if I consented to his accompanying me. I looked back and saw him at the head of the street which alarmed me to the last degree. with the very same cry in his mouth. the barber thought it was I who cried out. The barber. and the presence of the barber. and I said to him. and as she had forseen that this misadventure might happen. rent his clothes. crying. what reason have you to assassinate our master? What has he done to you?" "Good people." Thereupon the barber and my domestics rushed into the house like furies. threw dust upon his head." and without saying anything more." "What harm could your master do to me. he took it upon his head and carried it away. As soon as the cauzee was come in. As soon as he saw me. with an intent to observe and follow me. I will stay for you. deliver him to us immediately. Let him come out. "to oblige me to abuse him at that rate? Is he in my house? If he is. The neighbours collected." replied the magistrate. returned home. above ten thousand men are going to break into your house by force. we will go in and take him out to your shame." replied the cauzee. after she had shut the door. and the cauzee sent slave to see what was the matter. "you and your long beard shall never make me believe you. but the slave being frightened. how came he in. and I dressed myself as expeditiously as I could. "nor to make so great a noise: if what you say is true. They insolently said to him. after which he concealed himself at the corner of the street. go and find him out. when I arrived at the cauzee's door. he ran all the way to my house. From thence he returned. Prepossessed with this thought. the caliph shall be acquainted with it. when we heard a noise in the streets. which was heard in the streets. The young lady mitigated my apprehension on the first head. went with my servants only within sight of the house and stood there till he saw them enter it. This slave made a horrid noise. and surprised him. I had then two things to fear. and opened the trunk. and looked for me all about." Immediately the cauzee himself ran. and shut it upon me. and you shall hear that my uneasiness was not without ground. she had contrived a way to convey me out safely: but the indiscretion of the accursed barber made me very uneasy. which he crossed hastily. and could find nothing but a large empty trunk. he roared out aloud. "Sir. by assuring me the cauzee. "they are assassinating my master. and at . The young lady put her head to the window. and asked what they wanted. At the same time I looked. and hastened to set out: but the malicious barber. and was maltreated." said the barber. cried the barber. The cauzee's door was half open. and appointed him a meeting during the time of noon-prayer." "There is no occasion for so many words. in which I lay down. came into the chamber where I was. after he had searched everywhere." replied the cauzee. the arrival of the cauzee. my dear patron. I heard the last call to prayers. came but seldom to her chamber. returned to his master." "You bastinadoed him. "I heard his cries not a minute ago. and shall not go without you. and return hither. As I heard all that the barber said to the cauzee. and called the neighbourhood to his assistance. His venerable presence could not inspire them with respect. but we had scarcely begun to converse.

gentlemen. and yet I find him amongst you.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 185 length reached the street door. "But sir. to see whither you went. we were all astonished at the story. who laughed at me. who are so generous. but considering this would have perplexed me farther. which I did. continued the tailor. gentlemen. but not without a great deal of trouble. Thus. and whilst they were gathering it up. and have most wit to my share. and did not retire without calling him a thousand names. I must go whither my ill-fortune leads me. Besides. I was in such a rage. and was as good as his word. I beseech you. the trunk unfortunately flew open. sir. I speak least. the master of the house conducted him to the gate. and then desired him to let me have an apartment until I was cured ." said he. "my silence during the young man's discourse is sufficient to testify that he advanced nothing that was not true: but for all that he has said to you. cured. I cannot think of staying any longer in this town. and divided the rest of my property among my kindred. he was sorry that he had given him. I left Bagdad. I need only relate my own story and theirs. whither the noise had brought him. the barber continued telling all he met what great service he had done me. friends. which till then he had held down. I leaped out into the street with so much haste." answered he. "will it not be more convenient for you to go home?" "I will not return thither. which is a mere slander: of seven brothers. sir? Stay for me. I prayed him. for the sake of heaven. but he would have it known through the whole town. and if I had not resolutely followed. told him he was very much to-blame. I was not sensible of the hurt at first. though innocently. After this. I made my escape by cross streets and alleys. the lame young man rose up and went out. Honour me. to hinder that madman from coming in after me." Accordingly. and turning to the barber. for the obstinate barber would enter in spite of him. you. When the young man was gone. Thus I rid myself of that troublesome fellow. with your attention. I threw handfuls of gold and silver among them. and I shall die of vexation to be continually teazed by him. and of my being reduced to the melancholy necessity of living so far from my kindred. the chamberlain of which knew me. raising up his head. that you would expose your life by your obstinate refusal to let me go with you? See what has happened to you." replied I: "for the detestable barber will continue plaguing me there. that I had a great mind to stop and cut his throat. and therefore got up quickly to avoid the people. I maintain that I ought to have done what I did. crying. if what we had just heard was true. While he was carrying me. and could he have come off so well without my assistance? He may think himself happy to have escaped with the lame leg Did not I expose myself to greater danger to get him out of a house where I thought he was ill-treated? Has he any reason to complain of and abuse me? This is what one gets by serving unthankful people. what would have become of you? Whither do you go. After the chamberlain had shut the gate. I leave you to be judges. and finding him at the gate. and not being able to endure the shame of being exposed to the view and shouts of the mob who followed us. Did not he throw himself into danger. who crowded to the doors or windows. Be not surprised then at my haste to be gone: you may easily judge how unpleasant to me is the sight of a man who was the occasion of my lameness. Perceiving that his calling after me exposed me to vast numbers of people." The Story of the Barber. and told him. when I was. by your own fault. and to whom I and my friends are so much obliged! Did I not tell you truly. so great a subject of mortification. "Gentlemen. the chamberlain prayed me to tell him my adventure. I took all the money I thought necessary for my travels." Thus the barber cried aloud in the street it was not enough for him to have occasioned so great a scandal in the quarter where the cauzee lived. and to convince you of this. and came hither. and country. When he had spoken these words. I had ground to hope that I should not meet this pernicious barber in a country so far from my own. nay. . I chose another course. He accuses me of being a prattling fellow. that I have been lame ever since. But the cursed barber followed me close. why do you run so fast? If you knew how much I am afflicted at the ill treatment you received from the cauzee. or stopped in the street to gaze at me. He promised to do so. after what has befallen me to-day. I entered an inn. "Stay.

seeking victory of God. and that was enough to make them believe me to be one of their number. "Commander of the faithful. hoping they would not object to my making one of the company. The miller. for they are brutish fellows. and was charmed with her beauty. had I the honour of relating them to your majesty:" and the caliph seemed desirous to hear their several stories. whose name was Bacbouc the hump-back. When we quitted the boat. smiling. I make a particular profession of holding my peace. the fourth was blind. who would not have listened to me. on the contrary. But tell me what sort of men were your brothers. My eldest brother. The executioner drew us up in a file within reach of his arm. he looked at me with amazement. and when he came to me. and landed before the caliph's palace: I had by this time had leisure to reflect. and having but very little business. "to cut off the heads of ten highwaymen. take boat: I embarked with them. said to me." I resumed. and why hast thou cut off but nine?" "Commander of the faithful. and perceiving that I had not the face of a highwayman. to bring all the ten to him. could scarcely maintain himself. your majesty may count them. grew angry: "Did not I command thee. He pricked his finger oftener than once. The judge of the police used so much diligence. and instead of treating me as a prattling fellow. whose punishment is a proof of your majesty's justice. I went on without waiting his commands. who will hear no reason: I was with the robbers. "they were all of them loquacious. This morning I saw those ten persons. and thinking they were people who designed to spend the festival in jollity. When we had been brought before the caliph. he admired my discretion and taciturnity." When the caliph saw that what the executioner said was true. The caliph. I entered the boat with them. but shut her window. They had met with such adventures as would enable you to judge of their characters. and had a handsome wife. we were surrounded by a new troop of the judge of the police's guard. by which I am distinguished from my six brothers. he ordered the ten highwaymen's heads to be cut off immediately. as would have made another apt to speak. and on that account have acquired the glorious title of Silent. I might have concluded they were robbers. that is. in a word." "I am glad. which is the most distinguished in our religion." he replied. and ordered him." said the caliph. who have deserved a thousand deaths?" I answered. "Good old man." said he. and the sixth had hare-lips. sent for the judge of the police. and saw ten men richly appareled go into a boat.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 186 In the reign of the caliph Mustunsir Billah." The caliph could not forbear laughing at my adventure. He cut off the heads of the ten highwaymen. and to discover my mistake. and. on pain of death. who bound us all. beginning at the first. and carried us before the caliph. We descended the Tigris. but my attention was fixed on the men themselves. he saw the miller's wife looking out of the window. ten highwaymen infested the roads about Bagdad. that they were taken on the very day of Bairam. "that they gave you a title which you know so well how to use. the fifth had his ears cut off. some days before the feast of Bairam. prating fellows. a prince so famous for his liberality towards the poor. The first was hump-backed. I will make a true confession. And as to their persons. "your majesty need not wonder at my silence on such an occasion. were they like you?" "By no means. and made her appearance no more that day The poor tailor did nothing all day long but lift up his eyes towards the mill. The woman took no notice of him. without speaking one word: for what would it have availed to have spoken. Had I but observed the guards who had them in custody. how came you to be among those wretches. . One day as my brother was at work in his shop. The Story of the Barber's Eldest Brother. thinking they were men going to celebrate this day. the third had but one eye. as this lame young man did. I was walking at the time on the banks of the Tigris. having notice of this. or made any resistance? That had been the way to have got myself ill-treated by the guards. was very wealthy. he stopped." I replied. and as many heads which I have cut off. and by good fortune I was placed last. and sent so many people in pursuit of the ten robbers. I suffered myself to be bound as well as the rest. "Heaven preserve me from disobeying your majesty's orders: here are ten bodies upon the ground. The caliph perceiving that he did not strike me. This is the effect of my philosophy. and for a long time committed unheard-of robberies and cruelties. he hired a shop opposite a mill. the second had rotten teeth. there was still a greater difference betwixt them and me. in this virtue consists my glory and happiness. "Commander of the faithful. was a tailor: when he came out of his apprenticeship.

" The miller's wife shewed herself often at her window. The miller's wife resolved to have sport with my brother: she had a piece of very fine stuff. and sent it to him by a young slave whom she kept. she changes her dress often. and told him he wanted shirts. my mistress charged me to make her compliments to you. that he finished it in the course of the same day. At night. as for her. to encourage my brother. when he was to shut his shop. No sooner did the miller's wife perceive my brother's inclination. and thought she had sent him work so soon after what had passed betwixt them." answered my silly brother. and as it is very handsome. My brother had work enough for five or six days to make twenty shirts for the miller. and was very prodigal of her charms. that he has a mind you should work for him also. telling her. for the miller's wife cast her eyes upon him by chance. and return him again what was left. he could scarcely tell how to do it. When they were finished." My brother doubted not but the miller's wife loved him. The third day he had more ground of satisfaction. of this piece of satin. and ran to his shop. the slave returned to my brother with a piece of satin: "My mistress. and go home. Poor Bacbouc interpreted her carriage to his own advantage. that for these four nights I have not slept one wink. nothing in the world can fit her better. and shewed him a piece of cloth. but that minute made the tailor the most amorous man that ever lived. Next morning the young slave came to see if the vest was ready." My brother was easily persuaded. and the slave came for it. and convince him that he had obtained her favour. she does this on purpose." The young slave went some steps as if she had intended to go away. and flattered himself that she looked upon him with pleasure. than. who asked him what he must have for his pains. went to the tailor's shop. my brother thought she would not let him languish long in expectation of her favours. she resolved to divert herself with it. "spoke to him so much in your praise. In the mean time." said Bacbouc. and then coming back." said she. lest her loud laughter should make him sensible that she only ridiculed him. the young slave came to tell him that the miller wanted to speak to him. "I had forgotten part of my commission. "My mistress. and prays you to make her a vest of this stuff according to this pattern. and to ask how you passed the night. in hopes to see his mistress. she wrapped it up in a fine embroidered silk handkerchief. neither for the trimming he had bought for the vest. He arose betimes in the morning. where he passed but a very uncomfortable night. and told him. she loves you to that degree that she could not sleep. and surprised him as he was gazing at her. He worked at it with so much diligence." said she. "I will do it before I leave my shop: you shall have it in the evening.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 187 and his work was not very regular. whispered to my brother. but brought the tailor no money. She looked at him with a smiling countenance." After such a compliment from the miller's wife. who being taught her lesson. The pair of drawers was soon made. You would have laughed to see him work. that he would lay aside all work for hers and that the vest should be ready next morning. because he still hoped the miller's wife would once more come to the window. Bacbouc delivered it to her neatly folded up. but in so ludicrous a way. she prays you to make her one. whom they only amused. He charged the slave to tell her mistress. but at last he was forced to shut up. instead of allowing it to excite her resentment. this unfortunate lover. as soon as he arrived at his shop. About a quarter of an hour after. though he could not see it. as soon as you can. but he was no happier than the day before. nor for the making. who afterwards gave him another piece of cloth to make him as many pair of drawers. My brother answered. The miller received him very kindly. and my brother returned her smile. and went to the mill with the slave. he would be content . I would engage her by my diligence to employ no other than myself for the time to come." "Tell her. "I have so strong a passion for her. "My mistress gives you her service. with which she had a long time designed to make a vest. so that her custom will be profitable to you. "I am too much concerned to please your mistress to neglect her work. and was forced to borrow money at night to buy his supper. Bacbouc carried them to the miller. poor woman. only to signify that she knew his mind. she will not wear it without a new pair of drawers." "Enough. for the miller's wife did not appear at the window above a minute in the course of the day. that the connection she wishes to form betwixt you and him may crown your mutual wishes with success. "is very well pleased with her vest. which convinced her of what passed in his mind. bade him make it into twenty. when she shewed him your work. had eaten nothing all that day. Next morning. that the miller's wife hastily shut her window.

" Bacbouc. told him. Some of them would have stopped my brother. It is true. where there was a bed. The telling of this story. pray stop a moment. but durst not complain. but the young slave being present. resolving never to think more of the miller's wife. said to him." Backbarah agreed to all this. and refused to take any. made him another sign not to take it. My second brother. he came to me to borrow money to purchase provisions. "Go on. we will reckon another time. and told me they did not pay him. About break of day he left him without untying him. "Neighbour. there he left him. the young slave gave my brother the usual sign. love. "I will bring you into a stately palace." The wretched Bacbouc answered not a word. saying. "Courage. to shew his good nature. "I want one word with you. I gave him some copper money I had in my purse. with three terrible distempers. but only to know how he did." so that the poor ninny went to his shop again. One day he went to the miller. if he would shew him how." "Commander of the faithful. and I have a quantity of corn to grind. The slave. But hark. say but little. and at last the young slave came and untied him. and gave him an upper garment to make. though he wanted it so much that he was forced to borrow some to buy the thread to sew the shirts and drawers. "I say nothing to you but what is true. he would fain have rested. The old woman went on. The miller invited Bacbouc one night to supper." replied the old woman. but crept home to his house. which they accomplished thus. The miller tied him by the middle in the mule's place. "I have ordered something to be given you to make up for the loss of the good dinner you expected. but the miller gave him a dozen sound lashes. About the middle of the night. pray. he was ready to do him that service. The Story of the Barber's Second Brother. and asked what she would have. which he complied with. and upon that he subsisted for some days. and be extremely polite. The miller's wife was not only avaricious. looked at my brother with an angry countenance. are you asleep? My mule is ill. nor had he his fill of that." replied the miller." said he to me. neighbour. you had better stay here all night." "Ho!" exclaimed my brother. "Neighbour. he lived upon nothing but broth. on which he said to the miller. said to him. When the miller drew out his purse. who came up to him. but no sooner did the old woman speak . She will receive you with much pleasure. I need say no more. and went to his wife's chamber. You must be prudent. "why do you beat me?" "It is to make you brisk. I have something to ask of you." said she. and an empty purse. where you shall see a lady as fair as the day. When he had gone five or six rounds. continued the barber." I replied. indeed. the miller came to my brother. "If you have time to come with me. where there was a number of officers and domestics. They came to the gate of a great palace. it is too late for you to return home. "how my mistress and I pitied you! We had no hand in this wicked trick which her husband has played you. "I am no lying hussy. and told the miller he did not come for his money. he was so much fatigued with work and blows." The caliph having signified by his silence that he was willing to hear me. hunger. "Go home. for. and whipping him soundly over the back." and then took him to a place in the mill." "But is what you say true?" demanded my brother. and bade her bring him his weights to see if his money was right. met in a distant street an old woman. "I pray your majesty to let me stay till I have told the story of my other brothers. and said. you must go on without taking breath. you will do me a great kindness if you will turn the mill in her stead." Bacbouc was amazed at this treatment. He knew her meaning. and after giving him a very sorry treat. that he would spoil all if he took money. and said. not content with cheating my brother of his due. otherwise you will spoil my meal. but ill-natured." He did so. made the caliph laugh. offered him some. The miller thanked him. "Ah!" said the treacherous wretch. I went on thus. Bacbouc continued there for some time. going one day through the city. and went to bed with his wife. she provoked her husband to revenge himself upon him for making love to her." The miller obliged my brother to turn the mill thus all night. there is no haste. When he left the miller. The miller immediately called the young slave. who had her lesson. "for without a whip my mule will not go. Bacbouc carried it to him the next day. to signify to him.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 188 with twenty dirhems of silver. neighbour! do not stop. and treat you with excellent wine. and thinking my brother came for money. who was called Backbarah the Toothless. "Brother. and he followed her. who was busy at his work.

He rose and stood while she drank. and promised to follow it. my brother rose and made her a low obeisance." She commanded a collation to be brought." Backbarah thanked her for this advice. My brother bore all this with admirable patience. and in the middle of them he perceived a young lady of extraordinary beauty. to signify that she was going to drink his health. and flattered himself that she would speedily send away her slaves. the colour came into his face. pretending that he did not remove out of any ill-humour. she ordered it to be filled. made him sit down by her. Backbarah. He owned his fault. Backbarah. gazed on the fine things that he saw. and that he had forgotten her advice. but durst not take that liberty before so many slaves. "let her go on. who had never been in such a stately palace before. to be very complaisant. "I cannot desire a greater happiness than to be in your company. and cannot endure to be contradicted. and said to him with a smiling countenance. one gave poor Backbarah several fillips on the nose with all her might." Then the young lady . and presented him the best of every thing with her own hand. who had their eyes upon him. and to make amends. as if she would have pulled them off. and the lady danced with them. My brother. and laughed at their lady's wanton tricks. went near the young lady again. She guessed his thoughts. addressed him in the most pleasant language. but at last gave him such a sound box on the ear. that I should find the lady perfectly kind. My brother. When she had done instead of giving back the glass. The lady then made him sit down by her. The entertainment being finished." replied the old woman. occasioned by a troop of merry slaves. that he might pledge her. and wish you all the happiness you can desire. when he opened his mouth to eat. and he rose up to remove to a greater distance from such a rude playfellow. and perceiving her laugh. and began to play and sing. and when the young lady came up to the sofa. She took the upper seat. she and they laughed heartily. and felt disposed to kiss the charming lady. to let him know that he was in the wrong. another pulled him by the ears. and charming. and amusing herself to flatter him in this mistake. she said to him. she perceived he had no teeth. who was easily known to be their mistress by the respect they paid her." said she. which he kissed at the same time and stood and drank to her. prayed him to sit down. After they had danced some time. My brother took the glass from the young lady's hand. Then the old woman. if you please her in these respects. to please them. and a garden in the middle. they sat down to take breath. and immediately a table was covered with several baskets of fruit and sweetmeats. they rose from the table. he was scarcely able to contain himself for joy. from time to time. looked upon my brother with a smiling countenance. She brought him into a superb court. and others to dance. affecting a gay air. She put her hand behind his head. as they drew near. pleasant. In a short time he heard a great noise. "I am much pleased to see you. and he being placed just opposite to her. concluded it was from the pleasure she derived from his company. In the mean time. gave him a look. ten slaves took musical instruments. I am mightily obliged to you!" "All this is nothing. and remain with him alone. and taking notice of this to her slaves. lifted up his head to look at her. in return for the favour she had done him. who expected private conversation with the lady. "You must remember that the young lady I bring you to loves good-nature and modesty. and others boxed him in a manner that might have made it appear they were not in jest. The lady sat down at the table with the slaves and my brother. and looking at the old woman. till she went to acquaint the young lady with his arrival.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 189 to them than they let him pass. was extremely surprised when he saw so much company with her. that he grew angry. Her slaves took their part in the diversion. said to her with a forced smile. put on a grave countenance. and the young lady calling for a glass of wine. "and to be disposed to pass the time agreeably. and bade him stay a moment. and gave him some tips from time to time with her fingers: ravished with these favours. The young lady continued to tip him with her fingers. "You told me. Then turning to my brother." replied Backbarah. and began to caress him. There was a gallery round it. he thought himself the happiest man in the world. and gave him a thousand malicious squeezes. and judging of his good fortune by the magnificence of the palace. and presented it to my brother. answerable to the magnificence of the palace. She drew him by the arm. indeed. the slaves. who brought him thither." "You seem to be of a pleasant humour. who came towards him with loud fits of laughter. The old woman made him sit down on a handsome sofa." "Madam. you will see other things by and by. you may be sure to obtain of her what you please. danced likewise.

"by such submission! I am well pleased with you. The lady loves you. you may do with me as you please. and going to the old woman. who heard this order. They obeyed. The young lady. "she has a mind to see how you look in a woman's dress." "How you oblige me. should be concerned about his beard. and that is but a small one. who had already played on their instruments and sung. and she wondered that a man. You . you will spoil your fortune. and to dress you like a woman. that she might run the more nimbly. I am glad to find you are so good-humoured and complaisant to bear with my little caprices. and still laughing. Backbarah. who was upon the point of being loved by the finest lady in Bagdad. You must know that my mistress has a custom. and without saying a word went to a chamber with the slave. gained upon my brother: she made him run two or three times round the gallery. My brother's patience then began to fail: "Oh!" said he. and the other with rose-water. that it was to no purpose to have parted with his whiskers. and that is. and whispered in his ear. which could never comport with "woman's dress. "After so much complaisance. prayed her to inform him what they were to do with him. and were going to do the like with his beard. I am wholly yours.. who still followed. How can I appear abroad again without moustaches?" "Beware of refusing what is asked of you. who laughed so heartily when she saw him. for a nasty whisker. the young lady took the advantage of twenty paces. undress yourself without ceremony. to let no one that she loves come near her. one with a silver casket." "Madam. The old woman threatened him with the loss of the young lady's favour. as you see she has done to-day. and bring him back to her again. to renew their concerts. which is now in as favourable a train as heart can wish. because of the darkness of the place: at last perceiving a light. filled with the best of aloes wood. "I consent to that. After this ceremony. and do what she knew. "Brother. except they be stripped to their shirt. and then entering a long dark passage. and from chamber to chamber. with which she perfumed him. When they were ready. and ordered her to take my brother with her. the lady called another slave. After they had danced some time. but to shave me. that all his sufferings were at an end. the slaves in the mean time laughing heartily and clapping their hands. bade him take courage. The old woman continued her discourse to Backbarah thus: "You have only one thing more to do. When he was dressed in female attire. she takes a little advantage of them and begins running before them through the gallery." My silly brother had done too much to hesitate at anything now. and then began to run with surprising swiftness: my brother followed as fast as he could. where they painted his eyebrows with red." The slave told him. Backbarah. considering your nimbleness. if he would not also part with his beard. you will soon overtake her. and went out at a door. instead of losing ground. I should be very much to blame not to love you with all my heart: but there is one thing more you must do for me. because I can wash it off again. they brought him before the young lady. and when they have done so. so that at last he allowed them to do what they would. you know I must not permit. He undressed himself. and did so box and kick him." returned the old woman. The slaves laughed and clapped their hands. they all fell upon the poor wretch. strip yourself then to your shirt. The old woman helped him up again: and that he might not have time to think of his ill-treatment. got up quickly." Upon this. This is one more of her humours: what advantage soever she takes of you. when she has drunk a little. and rose-water. and has a mind to make you happy. till they catch her." said my brother. "l am no more at my own disposal. and while they were thus employed. made her escape. so that my brother was quite out of countenance." replied Backbarah. that she fell backward on the sofa. which she sprinkled on his face and hands. you are a brave man. to cut off your whiskers. laughing as if they had been mad. two slaves went out and returned speedily. having lost sight of her in the passage. and would have you be so with me: bring him perfume. he ran towards it. was obliged to slacken his pace. The young lady got up. "I will never part with my beard. and that he was just about to receive his reward. has orders to paint your eyebrows. My brother was quite enraptured with this handsome treatment. who was charmed with this address. renounce the most delicious favours that man can obtain?" Backbarah listened to the old woman. to dance as we do. and that your humour is so conformable to mine. that he fell down like one out of his senses. and the young lady and her slaves danced with him. cut off his whiskers. who also rose to accompany him and the slave. the young lady commanded the slaves." He obeyed. and will you. said to him. and in the mean time the young lady was stripped to her shift and drawers. and this slave. "My mistress is only curious. which was immediately shut after him.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 190 said to him." "You may paint my eyebrows as much as you please. who is desired to take you with her." returned the lady." replied the old woman softly.

whose name was Backbac." replied my brother. "You seem to be blind. When they reached the chamber. fell to the bottom and hurt his head and his back: he got up again with much difficulty. and without beard or moustaches: they began to clap their hands and shout at him. The Story of the Barber's Third Brother. fool." said the man of the house. "do not you answer at first. who laughed at his fall. knew him by his voice. were going by. asked him again what he wanted? "I have already told you. and carried him through the town exposed to the laughter of the people. and sitting down. was blind." said Backbac. but perceiving a rope hanging down from a beam." said the man of the house. the man let go his hand. and some of them ran after him and lashed his back with leather straps. "Who is there?" but to no purpose." "And why. who did not know that our greatest ladies divert themselves sometimes by putting such tricks upon young people. who was alone. and came down and followed them to my brother's house." The two blind men agreed. we must shut the door. my third brother. his eyes painted red. Commander of the faithful." said the man of the house. "Yes. The blind men being seated. that they saw him come in that condition from the gate of the apartments of the grand vizier's women. and afterwards said. "I have nothing to give you. he would needs know the cause of the tumult." My brother attempted to descend. and the master of the house. One day he knocked thus. "Thus. "and you may go down by yourself if you will.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 191 may imagine how he was surprised to find himself in a street inhabited by curriers. "that I want something for God's sake. cried. no one answered. and asked him what was the matter? He told them what had happened." said I to the caliph. and they were no less surprised to see him in his shirt. and hung by it. "Give me your hand." resumed the master of the house. and they went home with him." "You might have told me that at the door. without breaking off. and of a cunning and malicious disposition. but he only took him by the hand to lead him up to his chamber. which opened into their street." answered my brother. thinking he was going to give him alms. Backbac thought he had been carrying him to dine with him. while the . I conjure you to go along with me to my house. upon which the judge ordered unfortunate Backbarah to have a hundred blows with a cane on the soles of his feet." "Good blind man." The barber. opened the door. "I have eaten nothing to-day. who are so foolish as to be caught in the snare. "I have given an account of the adventure of my second brother. Backbac said to them. as he went by the judge's house. as you brought me up. he caught hold of it. and sent him out of the town with orders never to return." replied the master of the house. He overheard from his window what Backbac had said to his companions. My brother did so." replied the master of the house. "Who is there?" My brother made no answer. that I may take some of the money that we three have in common to buy me something for supper. and knocked a second time: the master of the house asked again and again. as many other people had done. To complete his misfortune. and asked my brother what he wanted? "Give me something for Heaven's sake. two blind men. and went out cursing the master of the house. his companions. when people ask you who is there? Why do you give any body the trouble to come and open the door when they speak to you?" "What will you do with me then?" asked my brother. and not to answer till they opened to him. to my sorrow. but missing a step about the middle of the stairs. He had been so long accustomed to walk through the streets alone. You must know that the master of the house where my brother was so ill used was a robber." "Help me down the stairs then. The curriers told him. upon which he came down. told the story of his third brother in the following manner. and his evil destiny reduced him to beg from door to door. and take care there be no stranger with us. commander of the faithful. As my brother went out of the house." At this the robber was much perplexed. that he wanted none to lead him: he had a custom to knock at people's doors. "I tell you again. "all that I can do for you is to wish that God may restore you your sight. They then took him and set him upon an ass which they met by chance. "Brothers. "and not have given me the trouble to come up stairs." said Backbac." "The stairs are before you.

I must farther confess to you. The last time we reckoned. and if you have a mind that my comrades should confess the truth. The other blind men fell upon him in like manner." The thief. that I and my three comrades do all of us see very well. but having at last succeeded. gave them to his comrades. and seated himself softly by my brother. for which I appeal to those people who brought us before you. and promised him pardon. broke open the door. and exclaimed. "Gentlemen. he is a liar." At the same time he took out of his bag bread and cheese. When they had done. I expect from your justice. cried out. "There they are. where we abuse their weakness. The neighbours came running at the noise. who thinking himself alone with his blind comrades. as a pledge that you will keep your word. and taking out the bags one after another." His comrades answered there was no need. since you are deputed to administer justice by the caliph. The judge perceiving that he looked upon him with his eyes open. if you will pardon me. and being young and vigorous. I will show you that I am not unworthy of the confidence you repose in me. They have all three fallen upon me. "Brothers. begged the judge would put a stop to the blows. cried out "Thieves!" fell upon him. gave furious blows. "Sir. that you will make them deliver me the two thousand five hundred dirhems which is my due. was much surprised. and struck him. that I am their companion. and cried out immediately. Upon my pressing still to have my share. "Rogue. and said to him. they began to eat. pretended to be overcome with pain. the seal-ring which you have on your finger." The neighbours would not interfere in their quarrel.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 192 blind men shut the door. and begin with me. he put his hand among some old clothes. who shut his eyes as soon as the neighbours came. who sat at my brother's right hand. my three comrades and I. The robber. so that if you would know our crime. I will shew you that I have not touched one of them:" having so said. and you will find they will open their eyes as well as I have done. picked out the best. and had much ado to separate the combatants. "I will discover to you an important secret." The judge consented." . and felt about the room with their sticks. who still had hold of the robber. and eat with them. that by this trick we have gained together ten thousand dirhems. I swear to you by heaven. they asked the cause of their quarrel. and they were afraid I should accuse them. besides having the advantage of his eyes. without staying to be examined. but we have all engaged. and putting all upon the table. this man I have hold of is a thief. saying. and women's apartments. had the courage to bear twenty or thirty blows. the robber. you know we had ten thousand dirhems. and took out ten dirhems. sir. which we have been a long time gathering. My brother. When they came before the magistrate. feigned himself blind. said to them. you must order them three times as many blows as I have had. and by the life of the caliph. he stretched out his hand. you need only order us to be bastinadoed. and then the other. and crying out for mercy. "There is no need to lay out anything for supper. "I must confess to you sir. the robber left his rope. upon oath. when. for I have collected as much victuals from good people as will serve us all. "Under this promise. and stole in with us on purpose to rob us of the little money we have. gave him his ring. that we might freely enter people's houses. or you may tell them if you please. you may judge by their weight that they are whole. still feigning himself blind. and that we put them into ten bags. the robber defended himself as well as he could." replied the robber. and each of the other blind men did the like. I declare to you that we are equally criminal. and I demand justice. and some fruit. sometimes to another. and give me. but whatever care he took to make no noise. they did not mistrust him. whom God prosper. so he opened one of the bags. and they refuse to give me my just share. since you have trusted me with the money. he first opened one eve. what is the meaning of this miracle?" "Sir. The robber being under the bastinado. This day I demanded of my partners two thousand five hundred that belonged to my share. but carried them all before the judge. "We are undone. but they refused because I told them I would leave them. My brother put the bags into their place again: after which. and had sat down again in their places. Backbac heard his chaps going. they fell upon me. We feigned ourselves to be blind. "Gentlemen. one of the blind men said to him. and caught hold of the robber by the arm. cried out. sometimes to one. to confess nothing except we be bastinadoed. and cried out "Thieves!" louder than they did." continued the robber. but was not allowed to do so: and the robber was put under the bastinado." My brother would have spoken. there is a stranger among us:" having so said.

Thus I finished the sad adventure of my honest blind brother. and for that end kept rams at their houses." Then addressing himself to the judge. and cried out aloud. "You had better let me go. The caliph laughed at it. which I should be sorry to do. said. said to them. and." "You would have me speak out then. "and we take God to witness that none of us can see. and had his shop always full of the best meat. which presently brought the neighbours about him. When he had done. Alcouz having a mind to buy a lot of sheep. open your eyes. The judge expected them to open their eyes. that they will be maliciously obstinate to the last. was extremely surprised to see nothing in the place where he had laid it." . "do you feign yourselves blind then. and laid hands on him. and to pay for them in this money. and turning to the crowd. "I perceive." said my brother. "good people. opened his chest. "what have you to say against me? I am an honest man in my business. it were better. "help! hear what a cheat this wicked fellow has put upon me. that this fellow. Alcouz was the name of the fourth brother who lost one of his eyes. nor any body. "Poor fools that you are. and paid for it in the same kind of money. "that this treacherous old fellow would come now with his hypocritical looks!" He had scarcely spoken." "How. sells human flesh. and had a particular way of teaching rams to fight. One day when he was in his shop. "Know. there is a man with his throat cut hung up in the shop like a sheep. and by that means make amends for the affront you have put upon me before so many people. sir. weeping. and to send some person along with me for the ten thousand dirhems they have hidden. for fear of bringing myself into danger of assassination. because he spared no cost for the prime of every sort. and kept the rest himself. by which he gained the acquaintance and friendship of the chief lords of the country. if you think fit. All the while the robber said to the blind men. cheat people. an old man with a long white beard came and bought six pounds of meat of him. and see if what I say be not true. and commit such crimes?" "He is an impostor. who loved that sport. I went to him. his comrades and he received each of them two hundred blows. but durst not make the attempt. he told me his misfortune. gave him money for it. good people. no. who were as much surprised as he." The judge consented to give the robber two thousand five hundred dirhems. who came about him. he ran to him. He was a butcher by profession. "Moosulmauns. and will never open their eyes. to pardon them. "No. when he told them the story." said he." All that my brother could say was in vain. that he put it apart by itself: the same old man came every day for five months together. He beat his head." cried he. and as for my brother and his two companions.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 193 My brother and the other two blind men would have cleared themselves of this horrid charge. As soon as I heard what had befallen my brother." and at the same time told a great crowd of people. "O!" cried my brother. as much as at those he had heard before." resumed the old man in the same tone. upon an occasion that I shall have the honour to relate to your majesty. At the end of five months. and ascribed to their obstinacy what really they could not do. instead of selling mutton as he ought to do. the old man said to him very gravely and calmly. and fear not you. They wish certainly to avoid the shame of reading their own condemnation in the face of every one that looks upon them. and I brought him back secretly to the town. which my brother continued to lay apart. but without staying for it. and ordered again that something should be given me. when he saw him at a distance. and have had the robber punished as he deserved. but instead of finding his money. The Story of the Barber's Fourth Brother. I began the story of my fourth brother. but a parcel of leaves clipped round." "You are a cheat. for fear I should put a greater affront upon you. I could easily have justified him to the judge. what he had formerly told his neighbours. He had besides a very good trade." said my brother. as loud as he could. and do not suffer yourselves to be beaten to death. bought a like quantity of meat. do any of you go thither. this very minute while I am speaking to him." cried my brother." continued the old man. and went his way. My brother thought the money so pure and well coined. under that pretext of moving their compassion. he thought he shewed them pity by sentencing them only to be banished. but the judge would not hear them: "Villains.

Let us see if you have not a knife about you. and pursue them with a drawn knife? "Sir. he opened the gate in order to hide himself. who is so barbarous as to murder people. which beat out one of his eyes. if we had not prevented your design. I am thus treated a second time without being more culpable!" The two servants. and gave him all the assistance I could. as he did my brother. and found he had a knife. "we have brought you a man. "cannot a man carry a knife about him without being a robber? If you will hearken to my story." said he. prejudiced against a man accused of such a heinous crime. redoubling their blows. but being weary of this confined life. according to custom: he protested that what the old man said was false. only look upon his back." The judge heard my brother with patience. that we could not sleep." But far from attending to him." "No. "would you have us believe you are an honest man. since. without any other information. "O dog. he went by night to a certain town where nobody knew him. they fell upon him." said they. and ran like madmen into his shop. and forbad him ever to return." replied the unfortunate Alcouz. "my crimes must be very great. and shewed it to the judge. but would believe nothing of the story of the money changed into leaves. brought him to Bagdad privately. to all appearance. Then seeing the scars on his back. nor would you have spared our lives. and after he had shut it. you certainly take me for somebody else. "Thou wicked villain. when he made him take leaves instead of money. entered a court. exposed to the insults of the people. saying. with one crying before him. one of those who held Alcouz gave him a violent blow with his fist." "Sir." replied they. where suddenly he heard a noise of horsemen coming behind him. and ordered him to receive five hundred blows. but you conspired to take his life. instead of having so bad an opinion of me. would go to see whether the charge were true. who enters people's houses to plunder and murder them? If you will not believe us. with the pretended carcase of the man. "we know that you and your comrades are robbers: you were not contented to rob our master of all that he had. no way moved with his complaint. that these horsemen were pursuing him. who asked him how he durst presume to go into their house. laid hold of him. At this sight. and fearing. Every body that could get near him struck him. When he was able to walk. took away his clothes." said the old magician to the judge. "Ho! ho!" cried they. which you had in your hand when you pursued us last night. "I know not what you mean. carried him before the judge. "Heaven be praised. and not content with that. when your back shews us the contrary?" "Alas!" said my brother. you will be touched with compassion at my misfortunes." exclaimed one of the domestics. "and dare you say that you are not a robber?" "Why. they carried him before a judge. to be evidence against him. took it all from him. I was not at Bagdad when this tragical adventure befell my fourth brother. "Thus are men punished who enter people's houses by force. He afterwards made him tell him where his money was. Some people. called my brother a cheat. The public expects that you will punish him in an exemplary manner. and banished him for ever. no. after having made him ride three days through the city upon a camel. for he was a magician. dressed it." and while he said so he uncovered my brother's back. laying hold of him. and said to him. who. and deceived the eyes of all people. dost thou make us eat man's flesh instead of mutton?" And at the same time the old man gave him another blow. The caliph did not ." You may well imagine my brother was much surprised. where he lay concealed till he was cured of the blows with which his back was terribly mangled. told him he would believe his own eyes. He was then by chance near the gate of a house. they searched him. They obliged my brother to quit the old man. He retired into a remote place. trod upon him. "Good people. after what had befallen him." said my brother. the credulous mob. brought me word where he was. commanded his officers immediately to give him a hundred lashes over the shoulders." Having said thus. "I am the most innocent man in the world. and exposed it in the shop. but notwithstanding all his protestations. as the old man had told them. and made him afterwards be carried through the town on a camel." After having treated him thus. a man hung up with his throat cut." "Sir. and tore his shirt. and there he took a lodging. he went to walk in one of the suburbs. after having been abused already so unjustly. where immediately two servants came and collared him. they banished him the town. and am undone if you will not be pleased to hear me patiently: no one deserves more compassion. you have alarmed us so much these three last nights. "will you listen to a robber.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 194 Just before my brother had opened his chest he had killed a sheep. where they saw. that you have come of your own accord to surrender yourself. who met him after the second misfortune. I went. and to sell their flesh instead of mutton. and to reduce him to beggary. from whence he seldom moved.

When I retire with my wife in the evening. As soon as I have married the grand vizier's daughter. Alnaschar. without giving me notice: and when I have a mind to come to her apartment. and all sorts of precious stones: then when I am as rich as I can wish. which I will again lay out in glass-ware. I will keep a good house. with housings of cloth of gold. your humble servant. My wife will send some officer to compliment me. pearls. When I alight at the foot of the vizier's staircase. to do me the more honour. In this posture. He consulted a long time with himself. ‘Our dear lord and master. attended by slaves before and behind. and going on thus. I will trade in diamonds. and since your majesty has been pleased to do me the favour to listen to me so far. that I have heard much of the wonderful beauty. I will clothe my self like a prince. I will sit on the upper seat. I will not accept it. stands before me in all her charms. during which he spoke as follows: "This basket cost me a hundred dirhems. and of these two hundred. slaves. and all the other qualities of his daughter. it shall be in such a manner as to make her respect me. and when I come to ten thousand. and make a great figure in the world. which is all I have in the world. I beg you would likewise hear the adventures of my two other brothers. in a place where he might sell it. the handsomest that can be had. and even better than my promise. all the world will talk of my generosity. without turning my head to one side or the other. and the grand vizier. and mounted upon a fine horse. I shall make two hundred of them by retailing my glass. with his eyes fixed on his basket. ready to receive your caresses. I will return to my own house in the same pomp. I will. that I will give him a thousand pieces of gold the first night after we are married. I will leave off selling glass and turn jeweller. I hope they will be as diverting as those of the former. was very lazy. and ordered something to be given me. and send him back with a rich present. was much perplexed to know what he should do with it. I will ascend through my own people. as long as our father lived. I will ride through the city. for. I will buy her ten young black eunuchs. on account of my visit to the vizier. shall give me the right hand and set me above him. You may make a complete history of them.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 195 laugh so much at this story as at the other. I will affect a grave air. Our father died at a very old age. I will send to demand the grand vizier's daughter in marriage. two of my people shall each of them have a purse with a thousand pieces of gold. He was pleased to pity the unfortunate Alcouz. that will not be unworthy of your library: I shall do myself the honour then to acquaint you. I will not suffer her to go out of her apartment on any account whatever. I shall at last make four thousand dirhems. he began to meditate. I will go to the vizier's palace in view of all the people great and small. If she send me a present. receiving me as his son-in-law. and horses. and whilst my wife. I will go and carry her off before his face. instead of working he used to beg in the evening. as I hope it will. and his back against a wall. ‘There is as much more. which will increase their surprise and grief. Her women about her will say to me. and left among us seven hundred dirhems: we divided equally. which they shall carry with them. by the favour of Heaven. no house shall be better ordered than mine. and said to him: "My sovereign lord and master. bid her. a great estate. here is your spouse. and at last resolved to lay it out in glass-ware which he bought of a wholesale dealer. beautiful as the full moon. go on till I get one hundred thousand dirhems. her father: I will honour the officer with a fine robe. and live upon what he got. I continued my discourse. ‘There is the thousand pieces of gold that I promised the first night of marriage:' and I will offer him the other and say to him. If this comes to pass. and presenting it to the grand vizier. who had never before possessed so much money. I will speak little. finely embroidered with diamonds and pearls. eunuchs. but dismiss the bearer. to shew you that I am a man of my word. and when I have amassed so much. understanding. I will buy a fine mansion. which cannot be supposed.' I will make no answer. He put all in an open basket. I will send for all the musicians and dancers of both sexes in town. of four thousand I shall easily make eight thousand. I will take one. and sat with it before him. sit down.' After such an action as this. In short. that the fifth brother was called Alnaschar. she is wearied with standing so long. I will be always richly clad. Nor will I stop here. at least." The Story of the Barber's Fifth Brother. who will show me the most profound respect. ranged in files on the right and left. I will make as if I did not see her. in a word. I shall make four hundred. tell him. Alnaschar. you see that I do not talk much. They will prostrate themselves at . but much mortified that you do not vouchsafe to look upon her. before you. wit. and represent to that minister. and take her to my house whether he will or no. so that each of us had a hundred for his share. and if the vizier be so uncivil as to refuse his daughter. But without giving his servants time to obey his orders. with a saddle of fine gold.

by the favours which heaven heaps upon you. ‘Sir. "I have a favour to beg of you: the hour of prayer is come." My brother was so full of these chimerical visions. a purse of five hundred pieces of gold. The old woman in the mean time said her prayers. and after they have for a considerable time entreated me to relent. that he was a poor man. Before he opened. perhaps he will not be so cruel as to refuse it from so fair a hand. and will not say one wore to her all night. and a lady of rank passing by upon a mule richly caparisoned. He put his gold in a long strait purse. I conjure you. I will at last lift up my head. and when she finds that I do not look towards her. and confirm her in her good intentions to satisfy you in every thing. my amiable lord. While he was pondering over his good luck. "I will never cease till I prevail with you to drink. and sat down again still full of his new adventure. and resume my former posture: they will suppose that my wife is not handsomely enough dressed. tore his clothes. shake my hand in her face. I assure you that her chief delight is to please you. do her the favour to look upon her." said she. more people went to prayers than usual. he bitterly bewailed his loss. that the basket had fallen. they will return and address me as before. and said to him.' will she say. and seeing that she was well advanced in years. some of them took pity on Alnaschar. he came to himself. and perceiving that he had brought misfortune upon himself by his insupportable pride. and unfortunately gave such a push to his basket and glasses. stopped to know what was the matter. that the neighbours came about him. Upon which my mother-in-law will take a glass of wine. went to his house. and knowing by the voice that it was a woman. ‘My charming spouse. Alnaschar was ready to die with joy when he received it. and the people. "My son. In the mean time. though he knew her not. proper to carry at his girdle. which will rejoice my heart. Her mother will come to wait upon me. She asked who he was. then I will lie down by her with my back towards her. and when she had . beat his face. and say to me. but I will not so much as look upon my wife. who were going to their noon prayers. is it possible that you can suspect my daughter's virtue? You are the first man who ever saw her face: do not mortify her so much. I will not answer her one word.' then. nor answer her. and that she loves you with all her soul. for fear of provoking me by such a familiar style). and broken into a thousand pieces. and putting it in the hand of her daughter my wife. to her mother the grand vizier's wife. which I will give to the tire-women. and cried so loud." The eunuch obeyed.' But nothing of this shall prevail with me. "Give the poor man what you have about you. I will take from one of my servants. wearied with her entreaties. Then she will throw herself at my feet. ‘My heart. his vanity being dispersed with his property. to speak to her. At the same time I will get up and put on a more magnificent suit. and shutting up his shop. where he had no more occasion to sit. kiss them repeatedly. ‘I entreat you not to disdain to look on my daughter. to teach her what she is to expect during the rest of her life. Thus I will begin on the first day of marriage. He gave a thousand blessings to the lady.' But in spite of all my mother-in-law can say. who shall be about me. and spurn her from me with my foot. but keep an obstinate gravity. I will dart a terrible look at her. give her a careless look. Being on a Friday.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 196 my feet. he asked who it was. my brother's situation moved her compassion. who had laid out the little money he possessed in the purchase of a basket of glassware. let me perform my ablutions in your house. till they have prayed and entreated as long as they did at first. redoubling her tears. ‘Sir' (for she will not dare to call me son-in-law. ‘Go. "After the ceremonies of the marriage. and will carry her to her closet to change her apparel. and refuse to come near her. that he acted with his foot as if she had been really before him. he heard somebody knock at his door. and say to me. present him this glass of wine yourself.' My wife will come with the glass and stand trembling before me. that they may leave me alone with my spouse: when they are gone. and what he cried for? They told her. will say." My brother looking at her. she will say to me with tears in her eyes. and putting the glass to my mouth. The next morning she will certainly complain of my contempt and of my pride. and all his glasses were broken. that I may be fit to say my prayers. granted her request. On this fatal accident. respectfully kiss my hands. but that I continue to disdain her. to receive this glass of wine from the hand of your most humble servant:' but I will not look upon her still. and others only laughed at his extravagance. that they were thrown down. and put into my brother's hands a purse with five hundred pieces of gold. he let her in. my wife shall go to bed first. my dear soul. The lady immediately turned to an eunuch who attended her.

The black and the Greek slave having retired. and followed the old woman. and he followed at a distance. and almost at the same time a beautiful and rich wife. crossed a well-paved court. to the gate of a great house. he thought she asked alms. He stayed in the place some time after she was gone. He waited for her. when he told me of his adventures. "you could not have applied to a fitter person: follow me. who changes money. that you took me for one of those impudent beggars who push into people's houses to ask alms? Take back your money: thank heaven. asked for salt: the Greek slave brought him a basin full: they rubbed my brother's wounds with it. so that he took his five hundred pieces of gold. upon which he offered her two pieces of gold. but instead of the lady came in a great black slave with a cimeter in his hand. disguised himself like an old woman." My brother. and introduced him into a hall." she replied. and will weigh them himself to save you the trouble. and threw him into a place under ground. who had put such a barbarous cheat upon him. He perceived this as soon as he came to himself. and very rich. that he lay still without giving any sign of life. and after having spoken some engaging words. My brother fastened the bag of glass about him. and filled it with pieces of glass. "What have you to do here?" Alnaschar was so frightened. but he had so much command of himself. with a smiling countenance. she wished him all happiness. notwithstanding the intolerable pain it put him to. Being meanly clad. so as to be able to walk. The old woman stepped back in a sort of surprise. She told him. the furniture of which confirmed him in the good opinion he had conceived of the mistress of the house. if she could not procure him the honour of seeing that lady. sir. I belong to a young lady of this city. said. prayed him to sit down again. "Cannot you lend me a pair of scales? I am newly come from Persia. where she knocked. "what is the meaning of this? Is it possible. said. and laid it by him. The lady. saying that she would be with him in a moment. carried off his gold. for . The black thinking him to be dead. where she conversed with him for some time: she then left him. He speedily saw the young lady enter: her beauty and rich apparel perfectly surprised him. as if my brother had affronted her. and looking upon my brother with a terrible aspect. where he lay without motion. and counterfeiting a woman's voice. and the weather being hot. give me your hand. She walked on. and conducted him into an inner chamber. that she might catch more. Let us make haste. and follow me. and gave him several flesh wounds with his cimeter. so low. put off his turban. "We do not sit here at our ease. he went up to her. and to put you in possession of her fortune. and he recovered strength by degrees. came to my brother and bowed twice to the ground. among the bodies of several other people who had been murdered. who is a perfect beauty. After two days he opened the trap-door in the night. have brought five hundred pieces of gold with me. and go out to seek another victim. he arose as soon as he saw her. that she touched it with her forehead: then rising up. said to him fiercely. who had enticed my brother into the snare. by making you master of her person. To this end he took a bag. when he saw the cursed old woman open the street gate. he sat down. "With all my heart. I will conduct you to my son. large enough to contain five hundred pieces of gold. The old woman made him enter first." "Good woman. that he had no power to answer.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 197 done. "she will be very glad to marry you. the old woman. who only refused the two pieces of gold. though he had still the use of his senses. Take up your money. The old woman then bowed again. "Good God!" said she. The black stripped him. that she might not see him. and thanked him for his civility. which she opened. and very humble. continued there till break of day. and took a cimeter under his gown. and finding in the court a place proper to hide himself in." At these words she presented him hers. While the old woman went to acquaint the lady. I need it not. The salt rubbed into his wounds preserved his life. and then came to me for shelter. Come." My brother was not cunning enough to perceive the craft of the old woman. He came up just as a young Greek slave opened the gate. and placed herself by him. and would know if they are weight. she was very glad to see him." answered the old hag. for the violence of the fall had taken away his senses. My unhappy brother fell to the ground. transported with his good luck in finding so great a sum of money. and resolved to avenge himself of the old woman. One morning he met the old woman walking through the town to seek her prey. He asked her. she lets me want for nothing. came and dragged him by the feet to a trapdoor. In a month's time he was perfectly cured of his wounds by medicines that I gave him. shut his eyes to all other considerations.

and never to return. if you can carry them off: follow me. for the five hundred pieces of gold of which he had been robbed. who saw my brother and the porters come and go. The pretended son came. "how could you live with such wicked people. However." My brother followed her to the house where she carried him at first. commanded my brother to quit the town immediately. put on my best apparel. Hypocritical hag." My brother went out. threw them both into the place under ground before-mentioned. "Come along with us. and proved to be the villainous black slave. and without his veil. she brought me to this house. to the time the lady made her escape.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 198 fear he should go to his shop." "There is so much. do not you remember?" Then she fell on her knees to beg his pardon. used sometimes to come to see me. when he came out of his house. for they looked upon my brother's conduct as suspicious. he prayed the judge to leave him part of it. but the next morning. I followed her. without promising any thing. and took with me a hundred pieces of gold. "our master would speak with you." replied my brother. but instead of listening to him. and fled. ‘we have a wedding at our house. and you shall see them. came presently with a basin of salt. which he generously granted. that I shall not be punished. and the old woman: and as for what he had carried to his house. The neighbours. twenty of the magistrate's men seized him. but when he went out of the house. if you will give us the honour of your company:' I was persuaded by her. "Come." "By the trade which that cursed black followed. where the black has since kept me by force. had conveyed them all off and disappeared. and having put the goods into his own warehouse. but allow me first to have recourse to your clemency. "Go. old woman." My brother prayed them to have patience for a moment. got ten men together. who was accustomed to the trade. and dragging the corpse with the other. he carried off all the furniture of the house. Sir!" answered she trembling. the Greek slave. as I have so justly revenged myself upon?" "I was. and I have been three years here to my great sorrow. "I am ready to tell you all the truth. they bound him. he forgot to shut the gate. "Madam. "who are you? I do not remember that I ever saw you. which you will be pleased to see. after he had killed the black. and tell the magistrate they could not find him. who knew nothing of what had passed: he sought her out. which was a great deal more than enough to make up the five hundred pieces of gold he had been robbed of. The old woman took my brother to the hall where she desired him to wait till she called her son." said he to my brother. who stopped them awhile. said to her. and the Greek slave opened the door. but he cut her in four pieces." replied he. cut off her head also. Alnaschar slept well enough all night." Alnaschar followed her to a chamber. but was much surprised to find the gate open. and drawing his cimeter. which he took in one hand. "wife to an honest merchant. but when she saw Alnaschar with his cimeter in his hand. the lady and the coffers gone. When the officers brought him before the magistrate. There remained only the lady. followed him. My brother then told him the whole story without disguise. from the period the old woman came into his house to say her prayers. for she being more diligent than he. he went before to conduct him to the place where he designed to murder him." "I give it you. where she shewed him several coffers full of gold. whose wickedness I did not then know." said the magistrate. "and fetch people to carry it all off." she answered. which he beheld with admiration. went and acquainted the magistrate. and offered them a sum of money to let him escape. but in vain. offered them a considerable sum to let him escape." said she. and the old woman." "I am." said she "that you will be made for ever. and brought them with him. The Greek slave. "Treacherous wretch. sent his officers to bring off the whole." said he. that he cut off his head. "rise and follow me:" having spoken thus. They met in the street an old acquaintance of my brother's. The wicked old woman came running at the noise. being resolved not to return empty-handed. "he must have gathered together a vast deal of riches. and my brother seizing her.' said she to me one day. do not you know me?" "Alas. and to beg your promise. asked them why they had seized my brother. "the person to whose house you came the other day to wash and say your prayers. and forced him to go with them." said they. she laid down the basin. where she was ready to sink when she saw him: she begged her life. But my brother overtaking her. gave him such a dexterous blow behind on the neck. he asked him where he had the goods which he had carried home the preceding evening? "Sir. for he was . Alnaschar got up. and found her in a chamber." replied Alnaschar. The judge. ‘Madam.

if he had stayed in the city. he went to one of them. who had a thousand good qualities. "I swear to you I have not eaten one bit to-day. and asked him what he wanted? "My lord. and prayed him to give him alms. which were opened again when the heat was over to let in the fresh air." When he had spoken. my . at last he came to an arcade square building of an excellent architecture. nor will I have you leave me. the Barmecide fell to rubbing his hands as if one had poured water upon them. I carried him a suit." demanded the Barmecide. that we may wash our hands. though nothing appeared." cried he. extremely pleasant to the eye: the lower apartments round this square were most of them open. "that I will abandon you. that the Barmecide lord loved to be merry. boy. which he did with a great deal of dexterity. but you eat as if you had no appetite. and were shut only with great curtains to keep out the sun. and asked him to whom that house belonged? "Good man. "It shall not be said. and do not let us wait. and putting his hand to his mouth began to chew. "I am a poor man who stands in need of the help of such rich and generous persons as yourself. Schacabac judged by this. At first he was industrious enough to improve the hundred dirhems of silver which fell to his share. who expected no such civility. In the mean time. blessed him a thousand times. came forward and did as he was required. if they would have any thing from them. and when the ill news was brought to me. Ho." "Sir. "bring a basin and water presently." "Is it true. I have now only to relate the story of my sixth brother.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 199 afraid." "Pardon me. and knowing that the poor must be complaisant to the rich. friend. "that you are fasting till now? Alas. who said to my brother in a very civil manner." cried he." Though no boy appeared." He could not have addressed himself to a fitter person than this lord." replied the Barmecide. He studied chiefly to get into great men's houses by means of their servants and officers. The Story of the Barber's Sixth Brother. By the way. "Is it possible. The Barmecide seemed to be astonished at my brother's answer. One day as he passed by a magnificent house. "nobody hinders you. with a loud voice. "that I am at Bagdad." My brother. Such an agreeable place would have struck my brother with admiration. which was so large. thanked the porters. called Schacabac." replied my brother. even if his mind had been more at ease than it was." My brother. and he himself understanding raillery. he began to cut as if something had been brought him upon a plate. and my brother saw neither water nor basin. who very well knew the liberality and generosity of the Barmecides. and said to my brother. he would have found some way to represent this injustice to the caliph. where he saw a venerable man with a long white beard. you said you were like to die of hunger. "Go in. poor man! he is ready to die for hunger. and brought him secretly into the town." said he. that he might have access to their masters. and with their permission entered the palace. he will send you back satisfied. as if he would rend his clothes for grief. and bade my brother come and wash with him. in a begging tone. where there was a multitude of servants. and in fact it was the Barmecide himself. and entered by parterres of flowers intersected by walks of several colours. where I took the like care of him as I did of his other brothers. and putting both his hands to his stomach. but a reverse of fortune brought him to beg his bread. eat. that it took him a considerable time to reach the Barmecide's. and obtain their charity. sitting at the upper end on a sofa. fancying that he was going to give him some singular mark of his bounty. whose high gate shewed a very spacious court. and went on very well. with the hare lips. eat as freely as if you were at home. and address yourself to the master of the house. and wished him all happiness. "bring us something to eat. "Come on. come." answered my brother. Alnaschar obeyed without murmuring. "Come. apartment." replied the servant. whence he concluded him to be the master of the house. "whence do you come that you ask me such a question? Does not all that you behold point out to you that it is the palace of a Barmecide?" "My brother. addressed himself to one of his porters (for he had more than one). and that such a man as you is so poor as you say? this is what must never be. and left that town to go to another. He went on till he came into a hall richly furnished and adorned with painting of gold and azure foliage. that he was welcome." said the Barmecide. who stripped him naked. he met with highwaymen.

who was ready to die of hunger. and let us know if you think this wine good." "No. "we must drink now. if it please you." said the Barmecide." My brother thrust out his head. since you like it so well. made up of vinegar. but since I am not accustomed to drink wine." replied my brother. presented him the glass." Both of them made as if they had peeled the almonds. no." replied my brother. bring us another ragout. take away then. I will be content with water. after this. "there is a lozenge. friend. "and bring the fruit. He made as if he poured out wine. my good friend. cloves." resumed the Barmecide. he stretched out his hand as if he had had a piece of lamb in it." "These lozenges. and drank first himself. after having boasted so much of his bread. "your table is most delicious. we must save our stomachs. "eat only a leg and a wing. "Taste these almonds. as if he had reached my brother something." "How pleasant! Honour this ragout. nutmeg. "there are all sorts of fruits. boy. and eaten them. "My lord. the Barmecide invited my brother to eat something else. which my brother ate only in idea." said he. honey." said Schacabac. "but I will drink none if you please. "do not you find it very good?" "O! my lord. cakes. "you shall drink wine. who perfectly imitated what he did. of which my brother. opened his mouth. "Drink my health. bring us another dish:" and though no boy appeared. I would have you eat your belly-full of it. that one does not prevent our tasting the other. "and therefore you see I eat heartily." "Come. dry sweetmeats." A little while after he called for a goose and sweet sauce. to signify that he took the liberty to drink his health. and made as if he took the piece of lamb." and at the same time he commanded some to be brought. which he ordered to be brought up in the same manner." "How like you this bread." "Well. there is no want of musk here. and the most odoriferous herbs." replied Schacabac. in the same manner as the meat and fruit had been served before." said the Barmecide. ginger." continued he." then stretching out his hand." said Schacabac." "Eat your belly-full. and putting it to my brother's mouth. for we have abundance of other dishes to come. and said. and you will judge whether I had not reason to boast of this dish. therefore I pray you. how do you relish it?" "O! it is wonderful." "My lord. "swallow that." He actually called for several others. amber. "do as I do. "I knew you would like it. "are made at my own house. where nothing is wanting to make every article good." said the Barmecide." Schacabac made as if he ate it." The Barmecide." said he. "Boy." "You may drink wine. once more." "Come. that you eat all up. "you see I lose no time." "It is admirably good. "taste this new dish. pretended to eat." said the Barmecide. I fancy you will like that as well as you did the lamb: Well.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 200 lord." "You oblige me highly." resumed the Barmecide." replied the Barmecide. "Look. Ho. and conserves." said the Barmecide. he addressed my brother. and eat it with extreme pleasure. "Here is a dish. and lastly he appeared to drink with all ." replied Schacabac. which were brought just in the same manner as the others had. grey peas. and that I play my part well enough. "for here we taste all at once. and then pouring out for my brother." he continued. saying. to excuse me from drinking any wine." He stayed a moment as it were to give time for his servants to carry away. I am afraid I shall commit some error in point of good breeding. and tell me if ever you ate better mutton and barley-broth than this. "I assure you I am so full that I cannot eat one bit more. bring the ragout. after we have eaten so well." Having spoken thus. and looked as if the colour was good." replied my brother. by the satisfaction I have to see you eat so heartily. "I assure you the woman who bakes me this good bread cost me five hundred pieces of gold to purchase her. my lord. and all these delicacies are so well mixed. pepper. very good for digestion. "I conjure you then." He still bade my brother eat. and put it to his nose to try the flavour: he then made a low salute to the Barmecide. and said to him. because I am forbidden." replied my brother." rejoined the Barmecide. whose jaws ached with moving and having nothing to eat. they are good and fresh gathered. "Look. but what he boasted of more than all the rest was a lamb fed with pistachio nuts. my lord." replied my brother. "There. and dry figs." "No." said the Barmecide." My brother made as if he took the glass. "by eating heartily of it. then. "Come. "for indeed I can eat no more. "The goose is very fat. "There is nothing in the world finer. who saw neither bread nor meat. and contrary to the respect that is due to you." "I will drink then out of complaisance. cried." said the Barmecide "that you will see at nobody's table but my own. after which. "for I see you will have nothing wanting to make your treat complete." "You are too scrupulous. dry raisins. take what you like." said the Barmecide. "Methinks you do not eat as if you had been so hungry as you complained you were when you came in. "I have never eaten anything so white and so fine.

and that you take my house for your home: you have had the complaisance to accommodate yourself to my humour. fell upon my brother in a rage. for I told you beforehand." The Barmecide caressed Schacabac mightily. in the presence of her husband. that it might occasion me to fail in my respect for you. you should have been satisfied with making me eat. and frequently when he went on his excursions left my brother alone with her. lifted up his hand." When he had finished these words. In a word. all his property was confiscated to the use of the prince. came and sung some agreeable airs to their musical instruments." said he. that one day she happened to act in the same manner. and commanded his servants. fell a laughing with all his might. but I think it is not strong enough. and found unfortunate Schacabac in a deplorable condition: I gave him what help he stood in need of." answered the Barmecide. played likewise with her. but unfortunately the caravan was attacked and plundered by a number of Bedouins. "I am your slave. when the Barmecide. my brother discovered to him all his misfortunes. My brother. and give him a treat.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 201 the signs of a man that drinks with pleasure: "My lord. Schacabac protested that it was all in vain. The Barmecide found my brother to be a man of so much wit and understanding. but the Barmecide holding up his hand to ward it off. who put him under the bastinado for several days. "you need only speak. She was so much in the habit of caressing and playing with the miserable Schacabac." "If you would have stronger. who then appeared. to cover the table. "Are you mad?" Then my brother. My brother acquitted himself very well in that employment for twenty years. and not have obliged me to drink wine. richly appareled. and one for my brother. I went thither speedily." Upon which he made as if he poured out another glass for himself. but I desire henceforward we should be friends. Schacabac had all the reason in the world to be satisfied with the Barmecide's civility and bounty. and being vexed to find himself disappointed of a considerable sum of which he reckoned himself sure. and not able to redeem myself. and my brother was treated with all those dishes in reality. and beg you a thousand pardons. that in a few days after he entrusted him with the care of his household and all his affairs. and acting a drunken man. and brought in the wine. said. and told him. The Bedouin had a handsome wife. I am very sorry for it. cried. and therefore avoided being alone with her. Try how you like this. "I have been long. to oblige him to ransom himself. designing to accomplish that pilgrimage by their charity. but I declare to you that I am extremely poor. you have been so good as to admit your slave into your house. he clapped his hands. he joined a caravan of pilgrims going to Mecca. and leaving no heirs. At such times she used all her endeavours to comfort my brother under the rigour of his slavery. and ordered him a suit from his wardrobe." said he. Being reduced to his first condition. She gave him tokens enough that she loved him. for fear he should repent." In a word. and after he had mutilated him in a barbarous manner. and the patience to keep the jest up to the last. He was going to give him another blow. without taking notice that he observed them (so his sins would have it). carried him on a camel to the top of a desert mountain. "I not only forgive the blow you have given me. and endeavoured to soften him with tears." said he." Scarcely had he finished these words. at the end of which the generous Barmecide died. so that the passengers who saw him there informed me where he was. as much as she sought the opportunity to be alone with him. and at the same time a number of handsome slaves. The mountain was on the road to Bagdad. and brought him back to the city. "seeking a man of your character. we will now eat in good earnest. and did this so often. "this is very excellent wine. but the Bedouin was not to be moved. and my brother lost all he had acquired. to avenge himself by this inhumanity for the loss that he thought he had sustained. "My lord. At last they cleared the table. whenever she saw him. The Bedouin. which was speedily done. superior to that of the pilgrims. instead of being in a passion. for he treated him as his familiar friend. "you may dispose of me as you please. but he durst not return her passion. My brother was then taken as a slave by one of the Bedouins. and gave the Barmecide such a box on the ear as made him fall down. immediately supposing that they lived together in a criminal manner. which he ate of before in fancy. feigning to be intoxicated with the wine. making as if he had come to himself again. that Schacabac. where he left him. he took his knife and slit my brother's lips. for I have several sorts in my cellar. .

and I went to my shop. "Silent man. No one can say the contrary for certain reasons. though no one could tell me whither he was gone. it is that of this humpback. we found that the young man was not to blame for calling him a great chatterer. where it was believed the merchant had killed him. The officer and the tailor went immediately and brought the barber.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 202 This is what I told the caliph. life or death. than with the story of my jester: but before I send you all away. When the barber heard it. which he seemed earnestly to wish for." said he. and travelled for several years in distant countries. who must pronounce whether we be worthy of mercy or wrath." said he to him. fell into so great a fit of laughter. there was something under this which he did not understand. "Silent man. that he fell backwards on the ground. by carrying him home with me. It was during this interval that humpback came half drunk before my shop. and dexterously lodged him with the Jewish doctor. he shook his head. it is easy to satisfy my curiosity. We sat down to table. It was on my return to this city that I did the lame young man the important service which you have heard. and we proceed to bury humpback. and after he had looked upon him steadfastly. where he sung and played on his tabor. we carried the corpse out." At the same time he sent an officer with the tailor to find him. "This sir." I yielded to necessity. I returned to Bagdad. but a man justly called Silent. and had so little command of himself. or an old dotard." added the tailor. "Why do you ask?" "Sir. "it concerns me to ask. which restored the tailor and his comrades to life. do here before your majesty?" The sultan smiled at the barber's freedom. I command you to depart this town immediately. If ever any history deserved to be written in letters of gold. in the trouble and fear occasioned by such an unlucky accident. "I cannot doubt but they justly give you the surname of Silent. He fell down dead before us. that Moosulmaun and that dead humpback. he wished him to stay with us. I should divert my wife. took his head between his knees. Understanding at last that the caliph was dead. "I cannot but acknowledge. as if he would say. without considering that he was before the sultan of Casgar. and partake of the entertainment which the master of the house had prepared. "Truly. The Jewish doctor put him into the chamber of the purveyor. that no man dies without a cause. when all the company parted. and of the injurious manner in which he treated me." said he. When the barber had concluded his story. I thought that. "It is said. that Jew. "that I am more struck with the history of the young cripple. and with the adventures of his brothers. who ties on the ground. met him this day. instead of testifying his obligation. where I found not one of my brothers alive." replied the barber. therefore I took him in: my wife gave us a dish of fish." answered the barber. sat down on the ground. "is what I had to say to satisfy your majesty. till it was time to return home. however. I travelled from province to province a long time. witnesses of his ingratitude. with that of the barber. However. at present. he rather chose to fly from me and leave his own country. As soon as he came to himself. which he ate. and let me hear no more of you. You are." cried he. "why ." At this all the people looked on the barber as a buffoon. and were merry together till afternoon prayers. and I presented humpback with some. and when I least expected." He approached him. When I understood that he was not at Bagdad. and his nose very long. "this is a surprising story. however. I most humbly beg your majesty to permit me to ask what that Christian." The sultan commanded them to tell him the story of the humpback." said the sultan. if you please." cried he. his ears hanging down. but I wish to examine humpback a little nearer. since he is in my capital. whom they presented to the sultan: the barber was a venerable man about ninety years of age. "I understand that you know wonderful stories. will you tell me some of them?" "Sir. that prince applauded me with new fits of laughter. I determined to seek him. "let us forbear the stories. "and not without reason. "Now. and replied. and after having in vain essayed to help him. The sultan could not forbear laughing when he saw him. without taking notice of a bone. his eye-brows and beard were white as snow. and the purveyor carried him out into the street. I should like to see the barber who is the occasion of my pardoning you. but I little thought to find him so incensed against me." The sultan of Casgar shewed a satisfaction in his countenance. that your majesty may know I am not so great a talker as some represent me.

She came to buy something. embroidered with pearls and diamonds of an extraordinary bigness. that humpback is not dead: he is yet alive. ordered the story of humpback to be written down. he thrust down his throat a pair of small pincers. and other officers of the first rank. he took a box wherein he had several medicines that he carried about him to use as occasion might require. and kept him near his person. and as she wanted to speak to Ebn Thaher. and his voice charmed all that heard him: he had besides so much wit and judgment. that he entrusted him to provide his favourite ladies with all the things they stood in need of. and he received her with all the marks of the most profound respect. four inches broad. most of whom had the vices which composed the opposites to his virtues. and notwithstanding all his faults. occasioned the sons of emirs.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 203 do you laugh?" "Sir. Favourite of Caliph Maroon Al Rusheed. there lived at Bagdad a druggist. with which he rubbed humpback's neck a long time. who knew his merit. without giving any sign of life. He chose for them their clothes. all very handsome. . and his physiognomy so engaging." answered the barber. and directing her to the most honourable place. he expressed himself in terms proper and well chosen. He held him in such high esteem. to be always about him: his house was the rendezvous of all the nobility of the court Among the young lords that went daily to visit him. Jewish doctor. which he shewed to all the people. named Alboussan Ebn Thaher. which he put betwixt his teeth. he honoured him with a great pension. when the prince was with Ebn Thaher. in the midst of ten female slaves who accompanied her on foot. with which he took out a bit of fish and bone. Nature seemed to have taken pleasure in endowing this young prince with the rarest qualities of body and mind: his face was so very beautiful. which the accident of humpback had occasioned to them. be preserved for ever. He had more wit and politeness than people of his profession generally possess: his integrity. had entire confidence in him. we need not wonder that Ebn Thaher distinguished him from all the other young noblemen of the court. as far as could be judged by their air. began to look upon him as a great physician. stretched forth his arms and feet. entreating her to sit down. "I swear by your majesty's benevolence. and I shall be content to pass for a madman if I do not convince you this minute. purveyor." So saying. When he spoke. and Schemselnihar. with pleasure. as it deserved. as far as the full moon does that of two days old. The lady had a girdle of a rose colour. he did not send them away till he had given each of them a very rich robe. One day. and all who were witnesses of this operation. called Aboulhassen Ali Ebn Becar. Immediately humpback sneezed. then he took out of his case a neat iron instrument. were less surprised to see humpback revive. which was very neat and spacious. and the favour of the caliph. As for the barber. his shape so fine. with a new and agreeable turn. that the tailor. than at the merit and capacity of the barber. He was so reserved and modest. that it was impossible to see him without immediately loving him. and good humour made him beloved and sought after by all sorts of people. and drew out a little phial of balsam. was one whom he took more notice of than the rest. The History of Aboulhassen Ali Ebn Becar. and jewels. In the reign of the caliph Haroon al Rusheed. and with whom he contrasted a particular friendship. His good qualities. sincerity. and for beauty it was easy to perceive that she surpassed all her women. with that of the barber. The sultan. that he thought and spoke of all subjects with admirable exactness. and Christian merchant might remember the adventure. transported with joy and admiration. with admirable taste. and shewed several other signs of life. that he advanced nothing till after he had taken all possible care to avoid giving any ground of suspicion that he preferred his own opinion to that of others. with which he caused them to be clothed in his presence. but. opened his eyes. and great part of a day. after he had passed a whole night. This family had continued at Bagdad ever since the conquest of that kingdom. there came a lady mounted on a piebald mule. that the memory of them might. who performed this. and after he had opened his mouth. entered his shop. originally of an ancient royal family of Persia. a very rich handsome man. Being such a person as I have represented him. The caliph. The sultan of Casgar. Nor did he stop here. and through their veils which covered their faces. furniture. his air so easy.

"therefore the commander of the faithful loves." added she. and this discovery served to inflame her the more towards him. On the other hand. went to Ebn Thaher." He spoke thus to hinder him from engaging in a passion which could not but prove unfortunate to him. "to give you notice to come and see me. and have free converse with him." added he. after which he hastily retired. I perceive. to tell him to come and see her without delay. "my honourable mistress Schemselnihar the chief favourite of the commander of the faithful. He had his eyes constantly fixed upon her. rose up immediately." At this answer. "the world and you would pity me. the lady bowed to Ebn Thaher. the lady could not refrain from looking upon the prince. I conjure you." Ebn Thaher. with an obliging air." answered Ebn Thaher. and discovered to the prince of Persia such an extraordinary beauty as struck him to the heart. and swallowed large draughts of the sweet poison of love. She quickly perceived what passed in his heart. I cannot forbear loving you. rose and stood before her at the lower end of the sofa. and followed her. who forces people to love her. asked the name and country of the prince. she lifted up her veil. unwilling to lose such an opportunity of strewing his good breeding and gallantry. if you knew that the beautiful lady. without answering the slave. our master. this lady. "this young nobleman's name is Aboulhassen Ali Ebn Becar." While the prince of Persia thus consecrated his heart to the fair Schemselnihar. but this served only to inflame it the more. and in whom she placed all her confidence. "pray sit down." said she to him." said she." replied he. "the last kings of Persia were his ancestors." The lady was transported at hearing that the person she already loved so passionately was of so high a rank. that he may have it in his power to say. and took her leave. "Alas!" said the prince. without giving them time to reflect?" "My lord. and began to laugh to see him in this posture." "You will oblige me much. "Do you really mean." pointing to one of her slaves. while he was speaking to the prince. entreats you to come to her palace. and having saluted her. where she waits for you. has carried with her the best part of me. When she saw them together. "I should not be allowed so much as to think of you. however." "She is justly so called. "God preserve me from giving you any occasion of anger: I shall always make it a law to obey your commands. I shall be glad to afford him the opportunity of seeing the magnificence of my house. Tell me. He gave me express orders to furnish her with all that she asked for. "since she is more beautiful than the sun at noonday. without . and after she had given a favorable look to the prince of Persia. that he looked after her as far as he could. than she sent to Ebn Thaher the woman she had pointed out to him. and that the remaining part seeks for an opportunity to go after her. I will love you then. from loving the caliph's favourite." replied Ebn Thaher. not without some reluctance." added the prince. "by making me acquainted with this young nobleman: when I send this woman." answered Ebn Thaher. "I feared. The prince of Persia was so deeply in love with the lady." "True. and he is a prince of the blood royal of Persia. the prince of Persia. "that he is descended from the kings of Persia?" "Yes. or rather adores her. the princes of his family have always made themselves very acceptable at the court of our caliphs. "what cruel lady is this. madam. that she might sit down. She arose. that avarice does not reign at Bagdad among persons of quality." said she." replied Ebn Thaher. to testify his obedience. contrived how she might see. and sat on the edge of the sofa." The prince of Persia obeyed. "this is the celebrated Schemselnihar. my queen. as she went home. and after she had whispered to him the cause of her coming. she remounted her mule. that he remarked several persons observing him." cried he. and departed. and endeavouring to dissuade him. that without hopes of being loved in return. and bless my lot that I am the slave of an object fairer than the meridian sun. who is just gone from you. by kissing the carpet under her feet. "Gentlemen. The slave came to Ebn Thaher's shop. and since the conquest of that kingdom. pray bring him with you. and to anticipate her wishes as far as lies in my power." Ebn Thaher was a man of too much penetration not to perceive the lady's mind by these words: "My princess. She no sooner entered her palace. You know what I mean. by very strong arguments. charming Schemselnihar. The prince also followed he. "Madam. the sight of whom had made the same impressions upon her. and long after she was out of sight directed his eyes that way. for the lady to lean on. "My lord. Ebn Thaher told him. adjusted the cushion of cloth of gold. and bring the prince of Persia with him. It being her custom to be free with Ebn Thaher. the principal favourite of the caliph.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 204 In the mean time.

of the same circular figure as the dome. the walks were of little pebbles of different colours. of the same pattern as the carpet of the saloon. "I doubt not but you look with a great deal of satisfaction upon all these marks of grandeur and power. emptied its water into the lowermost. and birds of various sorts. made the prince very easy: they followed the slave. "Sir. they brought them a golden pot full of the wood of aloes. The prince of Persia and Ebn Thaher were a long time engaged in viewing the magnificence of the place. When they had done. The carpet of this noble saloon consisted of one piece of cloth of gold. after the Arabian fashion. were set upon the banks of the canals at equal distances. Odoriferous water was not forgotten. The prince of Persia thought himself in one of those delicious palaces that are promised to us in the other world: he had never seen any thing that came near the magnificence of the place. waiting for orders to play. "For you. at the end of the walks. jet. though he had been several times in that delicious place. which was ready open. and the dome painted in the same manner. so that. and expressed their surprise at every thing thing saw. Those walks lay betwixt great plots of ground planted with straight and bushy trees. but served in a golden vessel enriched with diamonds and rubies. with which they perfumed their beards and clothes. when the slave entreated them to arise and follow her. and playing together. and on the right they saw a great court with a stair up from the garden. The slave had left them. A little time after Ebn Thaher and he had seated themselves.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 205 reflecting on the danger there might be in such a visit. and that too in a place where he is so potent. porphyry. supported by a hundred pillars of marble. ornaments. could not but observe many new beauties. and that no destiny can be more cruel than mine. presented to the mind one of the most charming objects. the furniture. garnished with gold and jewels. when they perceived a company of ladies richly appareled sitting without. and curious pots of gilt brass. that I cannot think myself sure of my life one moment. in form of a sheet. They both went forward. agate. Ebn Thaher. I wish you could give me as good assurance of the happy success of your passion. white as alabaster. The carpets. I confess to you that I look upon myself to be the most unfortunate of all mankind. crystal. who are a wise man. gilded. fitted up as the sofas. I do not think there is any thing in the world more surprising. the admirable smell of which evinced how deliciously they were seasoned. But when I consider that this is the glorious habitation of the lovely Schemselnihar. The presence of Ebn Thaher. encompassed with beautiful apartments. as I can give you of the safety of your life. especially the prince. but had scarcely sat down. they conversed together. and other precious materials. where she prayed them to be seated. It was a dome of the most agreeable form. hearing the prince of Persia speak. and architecture. to love an object possessed by my rival. and being alone. and that the greatest monarch of the earth keeps her here. and diverted the eye by flying about. While they were eating. and other appendages of the sofa. for my part. embroidered with bunches of roses in red and white silk. they then resumed their places. replied. and joined her at the gate of Schemselnihar's pavilion. at some distance from the dome." said the prince of Persia. looking upon the carpet within and without it seemed as if the dome and the garden with all its ornaments had been upon the same carpet. She opened a door. In a word they never grew weary in admiring so many singularities. and conducted them into a large saloon of wonderful structure. who had liberty to go to the favourite when he pleased. and entered after her into the caliph's palace. or fighting in the air. terminated by two canals of clear water. after which. and it was thrown upon their beards and faces according to custom. who had never beheld any thing like it." Ebn Thaher. with instruments of music in their hands. where a thousand birds formed a melodious concert. who went a little before them. with balconies projecting breast high. each of them upon a seat of Indian plane wood inlaid with silver filigree in compartments. The prospect was. the slave who brought them in waited upon them. jasper. In every space between the columns was a little sofa adorned in the same manner. cushions. were surprisingly rich and beautiful. with flowers and shrubs. and had a full view of the ladies. in these spaces were also so many large windows. a very handsome black slave brought in a table covered with several delicacies. and were thus agreeably employed. The bases and chapiters of the pillars were adorned with four-footed beasts. Though this stately palace . one of which being higher than the other. there was presented to each of them a gold basin full of water to wash their hands. and great vessels of china. The other slaves brought them excellent wine after they had eaten. She introduced them into a great hall. and looking out into the most delicious garden. she took particular care to invite them to eat of what she knew to be the greatest dainties.

She came forward. and seems disposed to leave me. and that they should speedily see her approach the sun. and returns again. who. and accompanied herself at the same time admirably upon her lute. that he repeated some of them with tears in his eyes. who halted a few moments. which receive his splendour without hiding his lustre. but let it be for the welfare and preservation of this weak body. my soul is disturbed." Just as Ebn Thaher had spoken these words. by her fine shape and majestic air. which. "after what we seek. my soul. Intimating. and of inestimable value. and diamonds." he continued. absolutely at her disposal. . they advanced in two rows." said he to Ebn Thaher. she and her companions rose up and sung a chorus. and placed themselves on each side of the throne. I am not my own master. signifying by their words. At the sight of this objets. as they looked towards the court. his eyes were rivetted on her. rubies. each singing and playing upon instruments which she held in her hands. Do you see this charming beauty? She is the cause of all my sufferings. "We cease inquiring. which they set down before them at a certain distance. and that the knowledge of what is passing in my mind has occasioned you to give us a taste of your charming voice by those words? I should not express myself otherwise. to the entrance of a walk. Schemselnihar is preparing for you. I perceive. but he sends Mesrour. and though it makes part of his own palace. saw the favourite's trusty slave giving orders to the ladies to begin to sing. and he. She is not beset by eunuchs to be spies upon her. As soon as the prince of Persia saw Schemselnihar. were well disposed. and called it the palace of eternal pleasures. Pardon me. and well dressed. of a very fine stuff of gold and sky-blue. they saw Schemselnihar's confidant coming towards them. and after they had played some time. carried a throne of massive silver curiously wrought. and rebels. without asking leave of any body: and the caliph never comes to see her. most magnificent. when once the truth is made apparent. Go then." and at these words he burst into tears. being informed beforehand upon what subject she was to sing. one of them began to sing alone. At length they saw advancing from the gate through which the ten black women had proceeded ten other ladies equally handsome." said Ebn Thaher." cried he. I would come. with much difficulty. It is you. and no doubt remains. Schemselnihar was easily distinguished from the rest. who built it on purpose for Schemselnihar. that she may be prepared to receive him. over her other apparel. and can blame no one but myself. and give full attention to the concert of music. All these things kept the prince of Persia and Ebn Thaher in so much the greater expectation. were I to choose. "Is it possible. interrupting himself. You thought to do me a great pleasure. and best contrived that could be imagined. but went on and sung several other stanzas. I allow thee. and sat upon the silver throne that had been brought for her. but chosen with taste. fastened to her shoulders. "that you do me justice. that the full moon was going to rise in all her splendour. "I am glad. and play with the instruments: they all began immediately to play together as a prelude." The lady made no reply. and placed herself in the midst of them. that he could not forbear applauding her at the end of the couplet. with which the prince was so affected. She goes into the city when she pleases. the chief of his eunuchs. The words were so agreeable to the prince of Persia's sentiments. who came out last. this is her private house. as well as by a sort of mantle. as they were curious to know how they would end. the black slaves then retired behind the trees. however severe and lasting. In fact. cruel Ebn Thaher.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 206 belongs to the caliph. After this came twenty handsome ladies richly appareled alike. and will never forbear to bless. who are the cause of this disorder. when once it is in view. with a majesty resembling the sun in its course amidst the clouds. which adorned her. which discovered plainly enough that he applied them to himself. and that the prince of Persia would soon have the pleasure of beholding her. Therefore you may be easy. followed by ten black women. expecting the favourite. but I perceive I am only come to complete my ruin. that Schemselnihar was coming. in bringing me hither. When she had finished. "that you have the gift of knowing people's hearts. which was the most handsome. "I am mistaken. The pearls. which I bless. yet you must know that this lady lives here at absolute liberty. not many in number. the prince of Persia. to give her notice.

"Attend to me likewise. following his example. that they fainted. and advancing to a balustrade. with eagerness. the first thing Schemselnihar did was to look about: and not seeing Ebn Thaher. All that you see here ought to disengage you. who were sitting before she came resumed their places. and you are to think of nothing but of acknowledging the honour which Schemselnihar has done you. shall be equal to the obligation. their hearts. recall then your wandering reason. that he could not contain himself. where they took one another by the hand. and as they advanced. "If we love because we find one another amiable. could say with tears in their eyes. were united. the meaning whereof was. They met at the door. that Schemselnihar was the caliph's chief favourite. The women. I did it on purpose to prevent that fatal passion which you please yourself with entertaining. nor have loved the most amiable person in the world. not without reason. and expressed her joy in the most obliging terms: "Ebn Thaher. Schemselnihar was much pleased to see Ebn Thaher. by ordering me to bring you with me. and would have fallen. and prepare to appear before her. and being thus persuaded of his passion. if possible. All that I have now to say to you is." At the same time she sung in such a manner. he came forward.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 207 When I told you at first. When they had recovered. who came out of the walk into which they had retired. but since the thing is done. which he leaned upon. The more Schemselnihar. as more deeply to penetrate the heart of the prince of Persia. with the favourite's throne and the women on each side of her. and that my gratitude." . they rose. that charming favourite chose one of those women to sing. that some disagreeable consequence might follow what he had seen. as perfectly expressed the violence of his love. after she had spent some moments in tuning her lute. and embraced with so much passion. to approach. she advances: were we to begin again. and applying pungent odours to their nostrils. At last she turned her eyes from him. and dreaded. looked upon the prince. that. the more she found in his looks to confirm her opinion that he was in love with her. but as soon as he heard Schemselnihar inquire for him." He then sung with an air so tender and passionate. thought herself the happiest woman in the world. if the woman who followed Schemselnihar had not hindered them. Assure yourself I shall not die ungrateful. who. said to one of the women. saluted them both by bowing her head. sung a song. that love is a traitor. where he was? He had withdrawn out of respect whilst her women were engaged in recovering her. the black women. and their seats were so disposed. they formed a semicircle before them. without you. and advanced towards the door of the hall. as good breeding requires. but she fixed her eyes on the prince of Persia. "Do me the favour to accompany me with your lute. he said to her. and sitting down upon her throne. See. in the front of the dome where Ebn Thaher and the prince of Persia stood. I should never have seen the prince of Persia. Schemselnihar. who perceived her design. He arose. who answered her by a new air. I know not how to make you proper returns for the great obligations you have put upon me. by throwing odoriferous water on their faces. ought we to be blamed? Let destiny bear the blame. beckoned to one of the companions of the woman who had just done singing. though in two bodies. with the permission of Schemselnihar. when any thing opposed their desires. who may involve you in difficulties from which you will never be able to extricate yourself. to come near." Schemselnihar evinced so plainly by her eyes and gestures that those words were applicable to herself and the prince of Persia. She arose from her throne in transport. because Schemselnihar approached. who ordered them by a sign. I would take other measures. and went to meet her. As soon as he had done. rose up immediately. I pray God we may not have cause to repent. who began to sing first. where they were brought to themselves. brought their seats. in a song which you shall hear me sing. When she had got near enough. she asked. more passionate than the former." Ebn Thaher had no time to say more. The prince. The two lovers having declared their mutual affection by their songs. and accompany my song. and. and placed them near the window. and they spoke to one another in a silent language intermixed with sighs. to command the women. by which in a few moments they spoke more than they could have done by words in a much longer time. Schemselnihar yielded to the force of hers. They supported them to a sofa. that when two lovers entirely loved one another with affection boundless.

praying him to drink for love of her. who sat by her. she took up one of the cups. said to him. which she set down betwixt her mistress and the prince of Persia. and wished the favourite the accomplishment of all her desires. "you will do me the greatest injustice. ate only out of complaisance. who thanked her for her kindness. that she seemed to be transported out of herself: and the prince of Persia stood with his eyes fixed upon her. and tormenting grief. and in a little time brought a collation of fruits upon a small silver table. and play upon instruments. you need not doubt but mine is as great towards you: but let us not flatter ourselves. Schemselnihar kept with her only ten black women. she did not take amiss what he said. turning towards the prince of Persia. "Madam Mesrour and two other officers. with several eunuchs that attend them. notwithstanding this conformity of our sentiments. that he could not forbear expressing in his song. it is time for us to be going. She did not forget to invite Ebn Thaher to eat with them. who know the cause of my tears. and holding it in her hand sung some tender words. which she took. and wishing himself at home. and ate in the same manner. that he knew not whether he was going to drink the wine she had presented to him.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 208 Ebn Thaher answered this compliment by a low obeisance. are at the gate. she ordered the slave. What will it be when you are obliged to part? But why do I talk of that? We have been a long while here. Schemselnihar took some of the best. as she had drunk for love of him. and presented it to the prince. Pains. the prince of Persia. with ten others who began to sing. that. and for the honour she did him. After the collation was taken away. till she had put herself in a condition to . and how great soever your love may be to me. said. At this instant. her confidant. allow me to represent to you. and put to his mouth that part which she had touched. to refer ourselves to the disposal of Heaven. "I am well assured you love me." Speaking these words he shed tears in abundance. madam. upon a golden salver. revived their courage by a sigh. I see nothing for you and me but trouble. and to wait its determination of our destiny." replied the prince of Persia. I understand not this grief. and washed together. but he thinking himself not safe in that place. they afterwards returned to their places. who immediately went out. "Madam. obstacles. with water in a vessel of gold. and looking upon him with some confusion after what had passed. and the two other officers. they brought a silver basin. He received the cup with a transport of love and joy." When the prince of Persia and Ebn Thaher heard these words. and sung to it in such a passionate manner. When she had done. instead of melting into tears. to go and speak to Mesrour. nothing shall prevent my loving you. praying him to eat it for her sake. After Schemselnihar had quieted the fears of the prince of Persia and Ebn Thaher. and three of the ten black women brought each a cup of rock crystal full of exquisite wine. and will continue so after death. and then he presented some to her. and Ebn Thaher. which one of her women accompanied with her lute. That they might be the more private. that I can justly say it makes the best part of it. and after she had sent away all the rest. but made a proper use of his intimation She made a sign to the slave her confidant. for." "Madam. you ought to rejoice that you are now together. Schemselnihar at last presented the third cup to Ebn Thaher." "Ah! how cruel are you!" replied Schemselnihar. and Schemselnihar was not able to restrain hers. impatience. which another woman accompanied with an instrument: and as he sang the tears fell from his eyes in such abundance. torments. or his own tears. have you no pity for my unfortunate condition? Oh! sad fatality! What have I done to subject myself to the severe law of not being able to join with the only person I love?" Persuaded as she was that Ebn Thaher spoke to her only out of friendship. which they placed before Schemselnihar. but before he drank. and addressing herself to her mistress. "You. and afterwards took up one of the other cups and presented it to the prince. he sung also a song. Ebn Thaher took this opportunity to speak to the favourite. if you doubt for a moment the continuance of my love. and began to tremble as if they had been undone: but Schemselnihar who perceived their agitation. her trusty slave came in great alarm. she drank. he took it. they changed colour. and you know. and want to speak with you from the caliph. There is no other remedy for our evils but to love one another constantly. After this she took a lute from one of her women. It is so interwoven with my soul. as if he had been enchanted. Schemselnihar.

she went out at the gate leading to the garden. therefore I entreat you to curb his majesty's impatience. and I am come to give you notice. that.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 209 receive them. and the painted cloth on the side of the garden to be let down: and after having assured the prince and Ebn Thaher that they might continue there without any fear. when I compare your lot with my sad destiny! No doubt you will suffer by my absence. that you will receive him with as much pleasure as he feels impatience to see you." Her tears and sighs hindered her from going on. to what torments I shall be exposed when I can see you no more. "take them both to the gallery which looks into the garden on the one side. "Madam. and you know the caliph will be here immediately." Having spoken thus. Will not the arrival of the caliph put me in mind of your departure? And how can I. let them out by the back gate. she asked what news he brought? He answered. who only wished to get out of the palace. but I must be tormented with the presence of one whom you have made hateful to me. and the least complaisance which I shew to his love will stab me to the heart. "Madam. just Heaven! what a terrible trial am I brought to! I must not only be deprived of the sight of the only person whom I love. She came up to him again with tears in her eyes. Ebn Thaher. that they may retire with safety. she tenderly embraced the prince of Persia. he may not find things out of order. and to the Tigris on the other. and could send her to introduce them. to be placed near the window." The chief of the eunuchs and his retinue being gone. the commander of the faithful has sent me to signify that he cannot live longer without seeing you. but that is all. who thought it no good omen. who advanced first. and his two subaltern officers." "O Heaven! how cruel is this separation!" cried the favourite. and closed it upon them: but whatever assurance she had given them of their safety. He hopes. which served the women who played on the instruments. and to exhort them to have patience: but the trusty slave again interrupted them." At the same time she ordered the slave her confidant to tell the black women appointed for that service to get the palace ready to receive the caliph. "how happy do I think you. and how unhappy do I think myself. which heightened Ebn Thaher's fear. As soon as Schemselnihar had reached the garden with the women that had followed her. deprived him of the power of speech." At these words the favourite Schemselnihar prostrated herself to the ground. When she rose. and when the night grows dark." said she to Schemselnihar. but his own grief. as a mark of that submission with which she received the caliph's order. the eunuchs begin to arrive. and having got things in order. prince. that I shall always reckon it my glory to execute his majesty's commands. with cimeters by their sides. she said. was obliged to comfort them. "You see it requires some time to get all things ready. which she returned them from her throne. "I perceive you are come to tell me that we must part: if there be nothing more to dread. madam. they made her a profound reverence. and that of his mistress. and gold belts of four inches broad. "you have no time to lose. extremely concerned at the necessity she was under of sending back the prince of Persia sooner than she had intended. "Make haste. "Pray tell the commander of the faithful. I hope Heaven will give me the patience which is necessary to support your absence. he designs to do himself that pleasure this night. and that his slave will do her utmost to receive him with all the respect that is due to him. said to him. without being able to say one word more." said she to the confidant. Can I relish his kind words and caresses? Think. When they approached. Schemselnihar returned to the saloon. and went to meet the caliph in such . They appeared. when he arrives. she ordered all the seats. and the prince of Persia would have replied. when I am taken up with your dear image. Immediately she ordered all the windows of' the saloon to be shut. they were full of apprehension all the while they remained there. and you may comfort yourself with hopes of seeing me again. "Madam. and dismissing the chief of the eunuchs. followed by twenty black eunuchs all handsomely clothed. she sat down upon her silver throne: she then sent notice to the slave her confidant to bring in the chief of the eunuchs. she arose and went to meet Mesrour." "Alas!" replied the too tender Schemselnihar. As soon as they perceived the favourite Schemselnihar at a distance." said the prince to her. where the prince of Persia and Ebn Thaher heard them. that you may be ready to receive him. but as for me. express to that prince the joy which he always observed in my eyes whenever he came to see me? I shall have my mind perplexed when I speak to him.

than all the windows flew open at once. betwixt Mesrour their captain on his right. besides those flambeaux which the young eunuchs held." said he. and formed a charming concert. who guarded the ladies of the caliph's palace. The favourite no sooner saw the prince appear. When the caliph had seated himself. and demanded the reason." cried he. "if your sad eyes witness what I do. "come near." Let us return to the prince of Persia and Ebn Thaher. The twenty women made a circle round them upon other seats. for he had no sooner spoken. you would have me know there are as fine nights as days. and beheld with great satisfaction the garden illuminated with many other lights. with many tender expressions. madam. the trusty slave conducted the prince and Ebn Thaher to the gallery. I cannot deny this. but she advanced and prostrated herself at his feet. judge of my hard lot." The caliph was delighted to see Schemselnihar: "Rise. if the caliph or any of his officers should happen to come there. expressed his surprise. "Dear Ebn Thaher. as she closed the door upon them. within herself.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete disorder as cannot well be imagined. who carried flambeaux. my patience is exhausted. he looked round him. he took her by the hand. at this sight. while the young eunuchs. if I were humbling myself so before you." As he spoke. assuring them. "Charming Schemselnihar. adorned with necklaces and ear-rings of large diamonds. all these things serve only to increase my torment." he exclaimed. in a much better manner than ever he had beheld it before. but taking notice that the saloon was shut. but I do not think any thing can be seen so surprising and magnificent! All that is said of enchanted palaces does not come up to the prodigious spectacle we now behold. and armed with cimeters. went and sat down upon the silver throne which Schemselnihar caused to be brought for him. "I understand you. Schemselnihar waited for the caliph at the entrance of a walk. they forgot she had assured them they had nothing to apprehend. "Prince of Persia. and the presence of the caliph threw him into inconceivable grief. that they had nothing to fear. caused them to approach them to see from whence it came. whom we left in the gallery. they played and sung on their instruments. "and I have seen great entertainments in my time. my disorder overwhelms . and while she was doing this. I am angry with myself that I should have deprived myself so long of the pleasure of seeing you. and she sat down on a seat before him. I cannot resist it." said she. that the caliph might the better enjoy the cool of the evening. and at this instant I feel a death stroke to my heart. and left them there. and he saw it illuminated within and without. Can I see the caliph familiar with the objets of my love. and the caliph came after them. and that she would come for them when it was time When Schemselnihar's trusty slave had left the prince of Persia and Ebn Thaher. "would to God I had my mind as much at liberty to attend to those objects of admiration as you! But alas! I am in a quite different situation. carried by as many young eunuchs: these were followed by more than a hundred others. dispersed themselves at a certain distance from one another. It was occasioned by a hundred flambeaux of white wax." said he to her. and Vassif their second officer on his left hand. he could look on nothing but Schemselnihar. and were seized with extreme fear. After what I have seen. which they suddenly beheld through the lattices on the garden side. It was done on purpose to surprise him. They examined the gallery. 210 In the mean time. accompanied by twenty women all of surprising beauty. clothed. and. Ebn Thaher could not enough admire all that he saw: "I am not young. my dear Ebn Thaher. A great light. because they knew no means of escape. and not die of grief? Must so ardent a passion as mine be disturbed with so potent a rival? O heavens! How cruel and strange is my destiny! It is but a moment since I esteemed myself the most fortunate lover in the world. my heart would feel no reluctance. as Schemselnihar had appointed. What riches and magnificence united!" The prince of Persia was not at all interested by the objects which so delighted Ebn Thaher. in the same manner as those I spoke of before.

who was in the gallery. I lost no time to find him. all the . to have before her an object whose presence she could no longer enjoy. He did all he could to recover the prince. that she fainted and fell backwards upon her seat. The caliph had ordered one of the women. He recollected he had a friend in the neighbourhood. until they came to the Tigris." said he. and entered out of breath.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 211 me. and returned in an instant. and I would not advise you to go to your palace. all is in confusion here. and I fear this will be the last of our days. and supported him on each side. whom he knew not. and was so sensibly touched with grief. which is a great deal farther." While he was speaking. he asked them where they had been so late. "Consider. we have a great way to walk before we reach my house. and when she could go no farther she took leave of them and returned. Ebn Thaher comforted him. but instead of finding him standing. was attacked by a sudden illness. "approach. and that is the cause of our being so late. that he could not rise alone. who had frequently entertained him with the like testimonies of her affection. recovered. and he admired that strange effect of sympathy. and by the way I met with this young nobleman. being surprised at this accident." In the mean time the boatman rowed with all his might. but in vain. Ebn Thaher and the confidant lent him their hands. But this was not now Schemselnihar's meaning. This convinced him of the violence of the prince's passion for Schemselnihar. In our return home. when Schemselnihar's confidant opened the gallery door. and when he had made them sit down. which obliged him to be silent and to turn all his attention that way." When the slave saw him in a swoon. "Dear object of my soul. We had a great deal of trouble to bring the man to reason. The words she sung were very passionate. and she began to sing. They reached a little iron gate which opened towards the Tigris. "I heard this evening that a man who owed me a considerable sum of money was setting out on a long voyage. but the prince had so little strength that he could not walk. His friend received him very cheerfully. who was near him. "that when we are landed. let us endeavour to save our lives. therefore. to whom I am under a thousand obligations. and the caliph. had not some of the women given her timely assistance. and exhorted him to take courage. Ali Ebn Becar and his comrade went aboard. he did me the favour to go along with me. and came towards them with one rower. with a mournful voice. Ebn Thaher answered. exert yourself. taken her up. he saw something pass in the garden. which put Ebn Thaher into great perplexity. for knowing my debtor. she ran for water. she applied them to her dear Ali Ebn Becar." "Alas! how would you have us go?" replied Ebn Thaher. and carried her into the saloon. this good lord." said Ebn Thaher to him." Ebn Thaher's friend took all this for truth. to play upon her lute. We have at length succeeded. to whom I am for ever bound to shew all possible respect. told them they were welcome. and Schemselnihar's confidant accompanied the prince of Persia and Ebn Thaher walking along the side of the canal. and came to the side of a little canal which communicated with the river. went out at it." cried she "that I may let you out. interpreted them in his own favour. turned towards the prince of Persia. as one who knew not where she was." He was so feeble. and see what a condition the prince of Persia is in. and immediately a little boat appeared. at this hour and in this condition. flattering myself that you would be pleased to lodge us this night. Ebn Thaher. and the confidant remained at the side of the canal. Ebn Thaher was in this perplexity. The prince of Persia continued very feeble. and looking through the window as before. which put him into a mortal fear on account of the place they were in. and offered the prince of Persia. that my heart shall for ever preserve the fire with which it burns for you. he was extremely amazed to discover him Iying at his feet motionless. "Come speedily. and my courage fails. after they had thrown water on his face. and laying the other on his heart. The confidant clapped her hands. persuaded that she sung thus by order of Schemselnihar." At last they went out of the boat. At last the prince of Persia. "Prince. exclaimed with a feeble voice. receive my faith with this hand. he stretched out one hand towards the palace. "we run the risk of perishing if we stay here any longer. which made me take the liberty to knock at your door. As soon as the prince was seated in the boat. which having no arms to support her. she must have fallen. while I assure you with the other. and carried the prince thither with great difficulty.

and sent to acquaint his friends with his condition. after he had taken leave of his friend." When Ebn Thaher saw that he could gain nothing upon the prince. and renewed his trouble. His friends and physicians retired one after another. and returned home. I will not fail to impart them. but am not able to profit by it. and when he was with him alone in his chamber. because he never used to sleep out. and the apprehensions her fainting have occasioned in me. who could not discover the cause of his illness. "you have reason to hope that her fainting was not attended with any bad consequences: her confidant will quickly come and inform me of the issue. and said. so that Ebn Thaher being alone with him.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 212 assistance he could desire. that I shall carry to the grave the love I bear to Schemselnihar. nor forbear to give me the usual testimonies of your friendship. and as soon as I know the particulars. In the mean time he begged him to compose himself. As soon as he saw Ebn Thaher. His uneasiness to know the state of the prince of Persia's health would not suffer him to wait any longer without seeing him. so that next day his distemper seemed to increase. You cannot do me a greater favour than to inform me of the destiny of my dear Schemselnihar." "My lord. surrounded by a great many of his friends. and the first thing the prince of Persia did. and several physicians. gave a concert of vocal and instrumental music in the evening. approached his . the one. He would have taken his leave of Ebn Thaher towards the evening. who had delivered him from the danger he had been in. but how hard for me to follow it! I am sensible of its importance. but in vain. instead of assuaging it." As soon as Ebn Thaher had time to recollect himself. that he obliged him to stay till next day. and said. "Kind Ebn Thaher. Upon which he conducted them to an apartment. he looked at him with a smile. Though the prince of Persia slept. he was interrupted by troublesome dreams. that his distemper was of such a nature as to require nothing but rest. Not being in a state to go to his own palace. who rose at break of day to prayers At last he reached his house. I have said already. "Ah! dear Ebn Thaher. and would have retired. to command in his house. who used all their art to discover the cause of his disorder." exclaimed the prince. I beg you would not charge it on me as a crime. and in the mean time. he took his leave. and where he was. where he left them. yet it afforded him some relief. nor did she come on the following. I conjure you to deal with me as if I were not at your house. which in the end would neither prove fortunate to himself nor to the favourite. who had notice of his indisposition. Ebn Thaher was very impatient to be at home. He arose and departed early in the morning. and increased his affliction. His friend understood by this that they desired to go to bed. Upon this Ebn Thaher did not oppose his going home. The prince of Persia interrupted him. but Ebn Thaher spoke for the prince. were out in their reasonings. "I thank you heartily for your obliging offers. as weary as if he had been a long journey. and found him lying on his bed as ill as ever. when you hear of her. since I have declared to you that it is not in my power to follow your wise counsels." answered Ebn Thaher. was to lie down upon a sofa. where he expected Schemselnihar's confidant all the rest of the day. Those friends passed the greatest part of the day with him. that he was glad to see him. He went to his palace to exhort him to patience. but this concert served only to remind him of the preceding night. and doubted not but his family was under great apprehension. "how easy is it for you to give this advice. I would not stay one moment. "but that I may not be any ways troublesome to you. he told his family all that had passed at Schemselnihar's palace. and though their conversation could not extinguish those melancholy ideas which were the cause of his trouble. Ebn Thaher ordered a chamber to be prepared for him. to signify that he had two things to tell him. and to dispose of all things as he pleased. keep me in this languishing condition you reproach me with. he represented to him all those arguments which might influence him to a generous effort to overcome his passion. but this faithful friend found him still so weak. and concluded by thanking God. to divert him. if I thought my presence would incommode you in the least. the other how much the physicians. who had walked so far with much trouble." Ebn Thaher left the prince in this hope. The prince of Persia's principal domestics came to receive his orders at Ebn Thaher's house. which represented Schemselnihar in a swoon at the caliph's feet. but took care to accompany him." said the prince. and in a little time there arrived several of his friends. The uncertainty I am in concerning her fate.

‘I henceforth renounce all pleasure as long as I am deprived of the sight of you. if we knew the cause of her disorder. ‘Madam. You will not cease to weep and mourn until I see you. As soon as she heard him speak. which he reckoned a bad omen. "how much I suffer by seeing so many people about me." "Reject so afflicting a thought. and the uncertainty of the lovely Schemselnihar's fate. and does still suffer for my mistress. In the mean time we all wept to see her suffer so long. which has occasioned this indisposition." said the confidant. Your company alone relieves me. the slave began thus: "If the prince of Persia has suffered. In the name of God. which continually gathers new strength. He asked news of her mistress. The caliph. to preserve it. than the tears came into his eyes. "I may indeed hinder my tongue from revealing the secrets of my heart." answered the prince. notwithstanding the care you ought to take to conceal your thoughts. that it did not allow me to expire at your majesty's feet to testify thereby how sensible I am of your favours.' replied .The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 213 bed to ask him how he had been since he had last seen him. as you shall hear. and taking leave of her. you need not doubt it: if you have heard no news of her. and advise you to stay here to-night. After I departed from you. are you resolved to kill yourself. "I must tell you." Whatever his judicious adviser could say." replied Ebn Thaher. "that my passion. for fear the motion should affect you. "for I was in great trouble to see the prince of Persia go away in that condition. who had the patience to wait the event. they would discover you by this.' said she. that he had not seen her yet. lest she should fall into the same state. it was not possible for the prince to refrain from weeping." Ebn Thaher told her all that she wished to know. augment my disorder every moment. and I hope you will hear from her to-day.' He then commanded a little wine to be brought to strengthen her. and cast me into such a state as afflicts my kindred and friends. ‘and I command you to preserve yourself for my sake.' exclaimed she. ‘I have reason to complain of heaven. and me in particular. who is so deeply interested in your life." said he. she endeavoured to recover her seat. "Tell me yours first. when Schemselnihar's confidant arrived with a melancholy countenance. and not return to your chamber. take care. and breaks the measures of my physicians.' "‘I am persuaded you love me. "My companions and I were a long time recovering her. he could not answer one word. "suffer me to tell you. abstain from it for the future. "As soon as the caliph had departed. that you are too ingenious in tormenting yourself. "Schemselnihar is yet alive. who importune me.' ‘I am much obliged to you. I only follow your example. it was almost midnight before she came to herself." he added.' replied the caliph. and whom I cannot in civility put away. I am glad to see you better. which made her easy on that head. ‘Prince." To this he added several other consoling arguments. she suffers no less for him. "Wise Ebn Thaher. upon such an alarming subject as Schemselnihar's danger. from which we had so much trouble to recover her: but my precautions were in vain. which she uttered in a manner expressive of the violence of her passion. but I conjure you not to dissemble with me: what news do you bring of Schemselnihar? Have you seen her confidant? What says she to you?" Ebn Thaher answered. I returned to the saloon. when he had recovered his speech. You have probably exceeded in something to-day. "Prince. Ebn Thaher had scarcely reached his own house. I entreat you. before he could hinder her. who do not understand it. and then withdrew.' At these words. You cannot think. If I have understood your heart right. my mistress gave me a sign to come near her. at last she came to herself. I shall not survive her a moment. wipe away your tears: if any of your people should come in. where I found Schemselnihar not yet recovered from her swoon. He asked all the women. No sooner had he communicated to the prince of Persia this sad intelligence. but we kept all secret. and when he had done. and told him we were altogether ignorant of it. his heart was so oppressed. In a word. notwithstanding all the assistance they endeavoured to give her. was rejoiced at her recovery. returned to his apartment. She asked me earnestly concerning you: I assured her that you had been gone a long time. and after she had kissed his feet. and asked Schemselnihar the cause of her illness. I took care not to speak of the prince of Persia's fainting. and then I said to her. and to make us also die with you? I entreat you. and forgot nothing that might any ways relieve her. If that adorable and only objets of my desires be no longer in the world. she fainted a second time in my arms. but I have no power over my tears. ‘Sir. The caliph was sitting near her with all the signs of real grief. in the name of the prince of Persia. it is because she could find no opportunity to send to you." added Ebn Thaher.

I come to tell you that Schemselnihar sent her confidant to ask me about you. but to sacrifice my life for you. whom she kept all night with her. that the prince of Persia waits for some account of her with an impatience equal to her own. he asked earnestly what news he had to communicate? "The best you can expect. and immediately she spoke to him thus: "My mistress salutes you. Ebn Thaher opened the door himself. which she had no sooner reached. I am ready. The prince knew her. and assure her. "My lord." The zealous Ebn Thaher took the letter. ‘ for your care. The prince was alone. making. because they were ignorant of the cause of her malady. that had destined her to the caliph. with a transport of joy. "I confess I dread her transports. which may prove fatal to us all. She got a little rest however this night. and not for him whom she loved so dearly. as she was not commodiously lodged in the saloon. not only to give one of my eyes to save one of yours." said Ebn Thaher. all the afflicting or comforting reflections that so passionate a lover was capable of. You may assure yourself that I said nothing but what might confirm the excess of your passion for her mistress. "I am sensible of the affliction you have endured since I had the . and wait for him a moment in the ante-room. exhort her to moderation. The prince listened with all the different emotions of fear. The next morning. and waits for your orders to come in. for fear she should drop before the caliph some word." answered Ebn Thaher: "you are as dearly beloved as you love. but they do not know your worth. for we can expect no end of our torment but in the grave' "One of my companions would have diverted these sad thoughts by playing on the lute. But this is not the present business. Above all." replied the confidant. she has brought you a letter from her mistress." "As for me. accompanied by the confidant slave." "Let her enter. which was augmented by the presence of the caliph. "so return to your mistress. who had but just come from the prince of Persia's lodgings. who was not long before he arrived himself." said he to him. O heavens! what a night it was! she passed it in tears and groans. and returned to the prince. your care. I am confounded with all that you do for me with so much affection. sat up to receive her." said she to him. your zeal. by order of the caliph. As soon as the prince saw him. except me. and ordered all of them to retire." "I have already informed you of his case. and so saying. as this trusty friend returned home. I have taken the liberty to tell her my mind. "do not speak thus. thought it not convenient to return so soon. affection. Their conversation continued so long that the night was far advanced. upon every thing which he heard. as soon as he saw him. and incessantly naming the prince of Persia. whom she could not love. jealousy. he therefore went not till the evening. but alas! they are useless to me: you are not to flatter us with any hopes. so that the prince of Persia obliged Ebn Thaher to stay with him. She lamented her lot. and compassion. and the trouble you give yourself to oblige me. than all the physicians of the palace came to see her. and no better than in the morning. I entreat you. and received her with great politeness. which this conversation could inspire. and as soon as she awoke. Schemselnihar's confidant is in your anteroom. but she commanded her to be silent. I helped her to her chamber. and neglect his own important affairs." cried the prince. and brought in the confidant." Then Ebn Thaher gave him a particular account of all that had passed betwixt the trusty slave and him.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 214 she. to learn some news of the prince of Persia. which you discover to me by your zeal." "Prince. "Next morning. and I know not how I shall be able to express my gratitude. there came a woman to him whom he knew to be Schemselnihar's confidant. and I am come to entreat you in her name to deliver this letter to the prince of Persia. "Ebn Thaher." answered Ebn Thaher. and left him alone with their master. she charged me to come to you. he prayed her to stay. and at the same time to inform me of her condition. The medicines which the physicians prescribed to Schemselnihar were ineffectual. and am persuaded that she will not take it ill that I tell her this from you. and the constancy with which you love her. The prince's attendants retired as soon as they saw Ebn Thaher. and your advice. When Ebn Thaher entered the prince of Persia's house with Schemselnihar's confidant. "you have doubtless many friends. and to overcome her feelings." Ebn Thaher.

and an inkhorn.The Arabian Nights Entertainments Complete 215 honour to conduct you to the boat which waited to bring you back. Although your picture is deeply engraver in my heart. my imagination. and after he had kissed it several times. if they be any considerable time deprived of this felicity. "Alas!" cried the prince. proceed from the bottom of my heart." So saying. a wound which I bless a thousand times. when Ebn Thaher observed to him that the confidant had no time to lose. and therefore read it again with more leisure. repeating them again and again. m a word. or guide a reed to write. sometimes heaved deep sighs. if our united desires were not thwarted by invincible obstacles. I can. and that is every moment. my distress. their tender glances have sufficiently assured me of this." So saying. "how would you have me reply to so kind a letter! In what terms shall I express myself in my present disturbed state! My mind is tossed with a thousand tormenting thoughts. my eyes desire to have the original continually before them. I feel that I think more than I can tell you. my grief. Tell me that you love me always. I should then enjoy your company. . and preserves my life. I salute Ebn Thaher. Alas! whatever expressions I use. and was beginning to read it a third time. my torments. which are lost the moment they are conceived. will vouch for what I write. In short. my afflicted heart. May I flatter myself that yours have the same impatience to see me? Yes. for I have not been myself since I saw you. and read as follows: Letter from Schemselnihar to the Prince of Persia. notwithstanding the cruel torments I endure through your absence. sometimes shed tears. "It is said that patience is a cure for all evils. with the same pleasure as if I had the happiness of speaking to you in person. and that he ought to think of giving an answer. to whom we are so much obliged. My eyes. to make way for others. and sometimes broke out into transports of joy and tenderness as the contents affected him. So long as my body is influenced by the impressions of my mind. paper. the sighs that escape me as often as I think on you. and what could I desire more? "Do not imagine that I say more than I think." The prince of Persia was not satisfied with reading the letter once. and from the incurable wound which you have made in it. I would reckon all that opposes our love nothing. but I hope the letter I have brought will contribute to your cure. were I not persuaded that you love me: but this sweet comfort balances my despair. were I only allowed to see you sometimes with freedom. and which I express with incredible pleasure. which are continually watching and weeping for your return. which have allowed me no ease since I was deprived of your presence. how shall I be able to hold the paper. obstacles which afflict me the more sensibly as they affect you. and grant us an opportunity to say that we love one another without fear. he took out of a little desk which was near him. opened it. he could not keep his eyes off those characters drawn by so beloved a hand. how happy for Schemselnihar. would it be for you. a cane ready cut. but instead of relieving it heightens my sufferings. which represents no other object to me than my dear prince. I endeavour to deceive myself by conversing with you by these ill. and that we shall never cease thus to love. How happy.written lines. "The person who will deliver to you this letter will give you more correct information concerning me than I can. and they will lose all their light. and read it a thousand times a-day: I shall endure my afflictions with less impatience: I pray heaven may cease to be angry at us. "Am not I unhappy to be born to dove. He took it. she presented him the letter. without hope of enjoying the object of my passion? This afflicting thought oppresses me so that I should die. "These thoughts which my fingers write. he thought he had perused it with too little attention. Adieu. prince. I will keep your letter carefully. Deprived of your presence. and while so doing. which desires you alone. the complaints that I make to heaven for the rigour of my destiny.

and giving it to Ebn Thaher. and went to his house. He returned the letter to the prince of Persia. I pray. after all the marks you have given me of an affection so uncommon: yes. You would have me declare that I always love you. &