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The "Aldine" Edition of The Arabian Nights Entertainments Illustrated by S. L. Wood FROM THE TEXT OF DR. JONATHAN SCOTT 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.
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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 perfect editions for the student. 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.

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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,
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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 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
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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
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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 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
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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." Shaw- zummaun, not being able to withstand these pressing entreaties, replied, "Well then, brother, I will satisfy you, 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;

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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 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
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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
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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 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

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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 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

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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 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.
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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."

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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 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
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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 would bring him Scheherazade. 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.

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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?" Shierear 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.

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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, where he could procure no sort of provisions. He arrived without any accident at the end of his journey; and having dispatched his affairs, took horse again, in order to return home. 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
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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 night." The sultan, without waiting for Scheherazade to ask his permission, bade her proceed with the story of the genie and the merchant; upon which Scheherazade continued her relation as follows. [FN: In the original work Scheherazade continually breaks off to ask the sultan to spare her life for another day, that she may finish the story she is relating. As these interruptions considerably interfere with the continued interest of the stories, it has been deemed advisable to omit them.] When the merchant saw that the genie was going to cut off his head, he cried out aloud to him, "For heaven's sake hold your hand! Allow me one word. Have the goodness to grant me some respite, to bid my wife and children adieu, and to divide my estate among them by will, that they may not go to law after my death. When I have done this, I will come back and submit to whatever you shall please to command." "But," said the genie, "if I grant you the time you ask, I doubt you will never return?" "If you will believe my oath," answered the merchant, "I swear by all that is sacred, that I will come and meet you here without fail." "What time do you require then?" demanded the genie. "I ask a year," said the merchant; "I cannot in less settle my affairs, and prepare myself to die without regret. But I promise you, that this day twelve months I will return under these trees, to put myself into your hands." "Do you take heaven to be witness to this promise?" said the genie. "I do," answered the merchant, "and you may rely on my oath." Upon this the genie left him near the fountain, and disappeared. The merchant being recovered from his terror, mounted his horse, and proceeded on his journey, glad on the one hand that he had escaped so great a danger, but grieved on the other, when he reflected on his

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" said she. "at your return. in a word. But he. When they heard this afflicting intelligence. His wife uttered the most piteous cries.html fatal oath. that his family apprehended something calamitous had befallen him. to receive death from his hands. beat her face. He made presents to his friends. set his slaves of both sexes at liberty. appointed guardians for such of them as were not of age. but you alarm us by your lamentations. not being able to resist the impulse of nature. "I have but a year to live. and informed her that he had given him his oath to return at the end of the year. made the house resound with their groans. and tore her hair. mingled his tears with theirs: so that." He then related what had passed betwixt him and the genie. wept so bitterly. pray tell us the cause of your sorrow. The children.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_002. His wife enquire reason of his excessive grief and tears. divided his property among his children. and first of all to pay his debts. they exhibited the most affecting spectacle possible. instead of returning their caresses.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:15 AM] . they all began to lament in the most distressing manner." "Alas!" replied the husband. When he reached home. and after restoring to his wife all that was due to her by their marriage file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_002. On the following morning the merchant applied himself to put his affairs in order. all in tears. and the father. gave liberal alms to the poor. his wife and children received him with all the demonstrations of perfect joy. "We are all overjoyed.

he addressed them in the following terms: "My dear wife and children. submit with fortitude to this necessity. and that he was resolved to stay and see the issue. when there arrived a third old man leading a mule. I will be witness of your interview with the genie. after they had saluted one another." He then seated himself by the merchant. waited the coming of the genie. and took his seat by them. "if you be not asleep. with all that had passed between them. I obey the will of heaven in quitting you.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:18 AM] . and asked why the merchant who sat with them looked so melancholy? They told him the reason. The old man listened with astonishment. which is possessed solely by evil spirits. At last the year expired.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003. may I ask why you are come into this desert place. "and must leave off. Sir." Having thus spoken. which she did as follows. When. however. which appeared to him so extraordinary. Whilst he languished under this painful expectation. After they had saluted one another. and related to him the adventure which obliged him to be there. He put his burial clothes in his wallet. "Brother. he went out of the hearing of the cries of his family." But the sultan. followed by two black dogs. the old man said to him. their grief surpassed description. while the merchant and the old man who led the hind were conversing. The next morning Dinarzade made the same request to her sister as before: "My dear sister." The sultan resolving to hear the end of it. arrived on the day appointed at the place where he had promised to meet the genie. He addressed himself to the two former. "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 he also resolved to witness the result. one might indeed suppose the place inhabited. He added.html contract. it became necessary for him to tear himself from these dear objects. but it is in reality a wilderness. where it is dangerous to remain long. bade her proceed with that. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003. wishing to learn what followed betwixt the merchant and the genie. particularly the merchant's oath. tell me one of those pleasant stories that you have read. and they entered into conversation. they saw another old man coming towards them. and for that purpose sat down with them. but resolved to go and die with him." The merchant satisfied his curiosity. They had scarcely begun to converse together. and consider that it is the destiny of man to die. However. with all the sorrow imaginable. The second old man thinking it also worth his curiosity. and pursuing his journey." said she. Follow my example. resolved to do the same. he gave her in addition as much as the law would allow him. exclaimed. an old man leading a hind appeared and drew near him. yet the best of the story is to come. He alighted. and seating himself down by the fountain. suffered her to live that day also. that it was the day agreed on. and he was obliged to depart. They could not reconcile their minds to the separation. "This is the most surprising thing in the world! and you are bound by the most inviolable oath. and when he had done. but when he came to bid his wife and children adieu." said Scheherazade. and where consequently you cannot be safe? From the beautiful trees which are seen here.

and was ten years old. and do me the favour to hear me. her kinsman. She however employed that time to satisfy her hatred. and when she had learnt enough of that diabolical art to execute her horrible design. nay. with attention." The genie took some time to deliberate on this proposal. Before I went. I have not seen him this two months. advancing towards them. My desire of having children only induced me to purchase a slave. She applied herself to magic. I agree. I still treated her with much kindness and affection. I pray you. Mean time my son grew up. what is more.html In a short time they perceived a thick vapour. like a cloud of dust raised by a whirlwind. and about to kill him. However. and gave him to my farmer to fatten. by her enchantments. We lived together twenty years." I was afflicted at the death of the slave. he threw himself at the feet of the monster. the wretch carried my son to a desolate place. "Get thee up. she changed him into a calf. said. I hope you will pardon the unfortunate man a third of his offence. "Prince of genies. and gave her also to my farmer. which was to be for a whole year. that I knew nothing of it till it was too late. and taking him by the arm. who was extremely promising. I shall begin my story then. went to the merchant with a drawn cimeter.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003. "is dead. and the genie appeared. She was only twelve years of age when I married her. and kissing them. who. listen to me. and prayed her to take care of them during my absence. When the festival of the great Bairam was to file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003. that I may kill thee. but concealed her aversion so well. without any children. I was in hopes he would shortly return. of whom I had no mistrust. Her barrenness did not effect any change in my love. when I was obliged to undertake a long journey. I will tell you the history of my life. where. and I heard nothing of him. as thou didst my son. This hind you see is my cousin." The Story of the First Old Man and the Hind. but answered at last. Her enmity did not stop at this abominable action. and her husband. I know not what is become of him. my wife." said she.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:18 AM] . she ought to regard me equally as her father. without saluting them. I most humbly request you to suspend your anger. eight months passed. and as for your son. by whom I had a son." The merchant and the three old men began to lament and fill the air with their cries. but she likewise changed the slave into a cow. When it had come up to them it suddenly vanished. so that I may justly say. pretending she had bought him. I enquired for the mother and child. and of the hind you see. but as she informed me my son had only disappeared. the slave and her son. At my return. and if you think it more wonderful and surprising than the adventure of the merchant. said to him. "Your slave. I recommended to my wife. cherished a hatred for both mother and child. When the old man who led the hind saw the genie lay hold of the merchant. My wife being jealous. "Well then.

which suspended the sacrifice." said I to him. she bellowed piteously. and told my wife positively that I would have another calf to sacrifice. in a languishing manner. "I will not sacrifice him. by promising that I would sacrifice him against the Bairam of the following year. "Take her yourself. I tied the poor creature.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003. and desired him to take it and sacrifice her himself. was going to give her the fatal blow." "Wife. less compassionate than myself. found her to be nothing except bones. that he broke his cord. husband? Sacrifice that cow. she cried out. This seemed to me very extraordinary. when the victim redoubling her tears. and pacified her a little. and pray do not you oppose me. I let the knife fall. and bellowing. "What are you doing. but as I was going to sacrifice her. and combating my compassion." I replied. he affected me so much that I had not strength to kill him. Though I knew not the calf was my son. though to she seemed very fat." Out of deference to my wife. I came again to the cow. "dispose of her in alms. but I continued firm. She used all her endeavours to persuade me to change my resolution. I then put the mallet into the farmer's hands. threw himself at my feet. I file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003. I sent to my farmer for one of the fattest cows to sacrifice. towards me. for her tears and bellowing pierced my heart. and finding myself moved with compassion.' replied she. and resisting an order which disappointed her malice. I bound her. and bring me another in his stead immediately. "carry home that calf. bring it me in her stead. your farmer has not a finer. and I could perceive tears streaming from her eyes." The wicked woman had no regard to my wishes.html be celebrated. but soon after he had taken her away. the unfortunate mother of my son. Yesterday. I perceived she laughed when she saw him. he made so great an effort to come near me. disarmed me a second time. but when he flayed her. and did as much as was possible for him. than with the tears of the cow. yet I could not forbear being moved at the sight of him. The next morning my farmer desired to speak with me alone. he returned with a fat calf. to signify that he was my son. "I come. sacrifice no other calf but that. or rather. was enraged at my tenderness. for which I hope you will return me thanks. or any way you please: and if you have a very fat calf. I have a daughter that has some skill in magic. was going to plunge it into my son's throat. when turning his eyes bathed with tears. and taking up the fatal knife. as I carried back the calf which you would not sacrifice. My wife. The farmer. On his part. husband? Take my advice." said he. nor one fitter for the festival. but ordered my farmer to get me another. "What are you about. I will spare him.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:18 AM] ." As soon as my wife heard me give this order. "Go. and not that." said I to the farmer. conjuring me not to be so cruel as to take his life. take great care of him. she hated my son too much to consent that I should save him. and the cow which was brought me proved to be my slave. as soon as he beheld me. she exclaimed. "to communicate to you a piece of intelligence. which interested me on his behalf." I did not enquire what he did with the cow. He accordingly sent me one. ‘ rather. and in a moment after fell a weeping. who was present. I could not find in my heart to give her a blow. with his head against the ground. ‘ the calf you bring back is our landlord's son. as if he meant to excite my compassion. I asked her why she acted two such opposite parts at one and the same time. I felt a tender pity. I was more surprised and affected with this action. sacrificed her. nature did its duty.

except on two conditions: the first is. "I agree with all my heart: nay." "Ah!" said I. I doubt not but in acknowledgment you will make your deliverer your wife. As soon as I arrived. I will make you mistress of all my fortune. only I must pray you not to take her life." said I. I thought fit to take her everywhere with me. she threw water upon him." "I am going then." said the genie. till I should return home. "to treat her as she treated your son. a person who has been capable of committing such a criminal action. to speak to his daughter myself. "and I come to acquaint you with it. "You are our master. my son is become a widower. that you give him to me for my husband.html laughed for joy to see him still alive. a considerable fortune for yourself. you shall see how I will reward the great service I expect from you. "and on that account forgive the merchant one third of his crime.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:18 AM] . independently of what I design for my son: in a word. I went forthwith to the stall where my son was kept. Since that time. by the permission of the sovereign Creator. "it is heaven that hath sent us this young maid." said I. I am come abroad to inquire after him. who was changed into a cow. immediately embracing him with such a transport of joy that I knew not what I was doing." As she spoke. continue in that form." I replied. and in an instant he recovered his natural form. I leave her to your disposal. but if thou be a man. "I can. as fully satisfied me he was my son. if thou west created by the almighty and sovereign master of the world such as thou appearest at this time. and to avenge the injury done to you and your mother. "can you restore my son to his former shape?" "Yes. and I well know what I owe to you. It being now several years since I heard of him." She answered me. and art changed into a calf by enchantment. These two metamorphoses were made by the enchantments of our master's wife. but received them in such a manner. smiling." said the farmer. rather than another less agreeable.' This is what my daughter told me. but I cannot restore your son to his former shape. that we might see her in the family without horror. I went immediately to my farmer." He joyfully consented. to remove the horrible charm by which you were enchanted. he could not return my embraces. "if you do. I also agree." The damsel then took a vessel full of water. As to what relates to my wife. pronounced over it words that I did not understand. as I have promised. that you allow me to punish the person who changed him into a calf." cried I. justly deserves to be punished. but before they married. who hated both the mother and son. "O calf. she changed my wife into a hind. and not being willing to trust anybody with my wife. my dear son." she replied. The farmer's daughter then came to us: "My good maid." "As to the first. and this is she whom you see here. and gone to travel. "provided you first of all restore to me my son. and wept at the remembrance of the sacrifice that was made the other day of his mother." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003." I leave you to judge how much I was surprised. I promise you more.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003." answered she. and the second. "My son. and addressing herself to the calf." "To this I consent. I desired she might have this shape. return to thy natural shape. "This is the history of myself and this hind: is it not one of the most wonderful and surprising?" "I admit it is.

At the expiration of this time. and said: "I am going to tell you what happened to me. and recognised him: "Ah." Then the second old man began in this manner-- The Story of the Second old Man and the Two Black Dogs. I made him a present of them. would also sell his estate. left each of us one thousand sequins. and bought goods suited to the trade intended to follow. and continued. and having repaired his fortunes. and asked him concerning his health and the success of his travels. that I had doubled my stock. "how could I know you in this condition?" I made him come into my house. you see all: it would only renew my grief. "Is it possible you do not know me?" Upon this I looked at him narrowly. He went away. and departed. that my story is yet more surprising than that which you have just heard. my eldest brother. "and what have you gained by it? Who can assure file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003. my second brother. that I was worth two thousand sequins. when he died. At the end of the year he returned in the same condition as my other brother. that is to say. and these two black dogs you see by me. I hope you will be pleased to pardon the merchant another third of his offence. one of my brothers came to me to propose that I should join them in a trading voyage. he sold his estate." cried I. I immediately declined. Finding on examining my books. the two black dogs and myself. you may make up your loss. and with the money bought such goods as were suitable to the trade which he designed to follow. as before. Some time after. I gave him one half. which have reduced me to my present condition. addressed the genie. "brother. and was absent a whole year. He disposed of it. and taking him to a bath. resolved to travel and trade in foreign countries. the second." He joyfully accepted the present. I said to him. "With that. one of these two dogs. a poor man. "You have travelled. A little time after we had opened shop. Some time after.html When the first old man had finished his story." said I. gave him the best clothes I had. and I am certain you will say. But when I have done this." I immediately shut up my shop. who I thought had come to ask alms. "God help you." said I. and continued his trade. embracing him. With this view. With that sum. Our father. you must know that we are three brothers. we all became merchants. presented himself before me in my shop." said he. to relate to you the particulars of the misfortunes I have experienced since I left you." replied the genie. "Do not ask me that question. "when you see me. With this sum he furnished his shop. brother. who is the other of these two dogs. "provided your story surpass that of the hind.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:18 AM] ." He returned my salutation. He joined a caravan. Having myself by this time gained another thousand sequins. Great prince of genies.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003. we lived together. but without effect. who led the two black dogs. His elder brother and myself did all we could to divert him from his purpose." "I will.

and one night. we may have wherewith to assist us. I did not. I buried the other three thousand in a corner of my house. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003. But I am incensed against your brothers. I thanked the fairy the best way I could. After two months sail. we must venture these three thousand sequins. 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. we arrived happily at port.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_003. on this account. I have not rewarded you ill for your kindness to me. we put to sea with a favourable wind. and nothing will satisfy me but their lives. upbraid them. My wife proved to be a fairy. she said to me. so that she could not be drowned. kissed my hand. which we freighted betwixt us. my stock being still six thousand sequins. When we were ready to embark on our return. who had not managed their affairs as successfully as I had mine. "My brothers. and being upon the sea-shore.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:19 AM] . You must know. sold mine so well. When. and carried me to an island. a genie. that I gained ten to one. and. when she took me up. and keeping as much for myself. but poorly clad. threw us both into the sea. I took her on board. for the great kindness she had done me.shore a lady." I listened to this discourse with admiration. and we set sail. I had a mind to try your goodness. "You see. I shared the half of it with them. husband. She walked up to me gracefully. "But. especially." I gave each of them a thousand sequins. that by saving your life. handsome enough. and after having married her. however. and that I should have all the reason in the world to be satisfied with her conduct. We purchased goods. envied my prosperity. that I am a fairy. and had a very good market for our goods. When day appeared. that my love to her every day increased. that at last they overcame my resolution. I had scarcely fallen into the water.html me. and suffered their feelings to carry them so far. but after having resisted their solicitations five whole years. they importuned me so much. by consequence. when you were going to embark. I met on the sea. and to enable us to follow our ancient way of living. I found my wife possessed so many good qualities. and hide the rest in some secure place: that in case our voyage be not more successful than yours was formerly. and I am glad of an opportunity of returning my acknowledgment. without her help. when my wife and I were asleep. I ordered proper apparel to be made for her. to carry back with us for sale. that they conspired against my life. besought me with the greatest earnestness imaginable to marry her. but she urged so many things to persuade me that I ought not to object to her on account of her poverty. I. it is certain I must have perished. You have dealt generously by me. and having embarked them on board a vessel. according to form. telling them. I felt a strong desire to have you for my husband. and presented myself before you in disguise. for I constantly refused. and take her along with me. that at last I yielded. I made some difficulty to agree to this proposal. but for me. where we landed. In the mean time my two brothers. With the produce we bought commodities of that country. I found they had spent all. On the contrary. the time arrived that we were to make preparations for our voyage. to buy the goods necessary to the undertaking. and had not one dirrim left of the thousand sequins I had given to each of them.

who immediately appeared. which came up to me in a very submissive manner: I could not divine the meaning of this circumstance. The genie made him the same promise as he had given the others. I will destroy their vessel. that the genie was astonished." I pacified her by these words. I perceived there two black dogs. "I remit the other third of the merchant's crime on account of your story. my neighbours. each of them proceeded on his way." said she. I am not cruel enough to desire their death. upon my return. I descended. in the variety of wonderful adventures." replied the genie. said. and bidding him adieu. and asked her by what power they were so transformed. "I must immediately pursue those ungrateful traitors. and sink them into the bottom of the sea. and the good old man who led the hind. they are your brothers. but this increased her indignation. and it exceeded the two former stories so much. I am travelling in quest of her." said I. and dug up the three thousand sequins I had formerly secreted. Their perfidiousness too well deserves such a penance. "Husband. be not surprised to see these dogs. The merchant failed not to make due acknowledgment to his deliverers. This is my history." I then informed her what I had done for them. The third old man related his story to the genie." Having spoken thus he disappeared. "I did it. and as I passed this way. I beg you to pardon them. But the fairy. O prince of genies! do not you think it very extraordinary?" "I own it is. than he said to the old man. and that we ought to return good for evil." Having thus spoken and told me where I might hear of her. and as soon as I had concluded. The five years being now nearly expired. "and on that account I remit the merchant the second third of the crime which he has committed against me. and she exclaimed. provided what he should relate surpassed in singularity of incidents the narratives he had already heard. for to this he owes his life. "as for my brothers. after repeating the request of the two former. she transported me in a moment from the island to the roof of my own house. whatever cause of resentment they have given me. I went afterwards to my shop. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004. that the genie would pardon the merchant the other third of his crime. They rejoiced to see him out of danger." "My good lady." I was troubled at this declaration. I have condemned them to remain five years in that shape. who at the same time sunk their ship. consider that they are my brothers. she disappeared. "for heaven's sake forbear. I met this merchant.html Madam. to the great contentment of the company.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:22 AM] . and was complimented by the merchants. and no sooner heard the conclusion. which I also opened. the third began his story." As soon as the second old man had finished. moderate your anger. but I will compensate you another way. and passed the rest of his days with them in peace. for having delivered him out of his danger by what you have related. opened the doors. The merchant returned to his wife and children. and sat down by them." replied I. and take speedy vengeance on them. He is greatly obliged to all of you. "or at least authorised one of my sisters to do it. As to your two brothers. You have lost the goods you had on board. which was terraced. When I went back to my house. and instantly disappeared. which greatly astonished me.

html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:22 AM] . "to the founder. but he found nothing except a basket full of gravel and slime." Having finished this complaint. When the fisherman had mended his nets. having the impression of a seal upon it. he took a knife. However. He went every day to fish betimes in the morning. I have already drawn them three times. and with the money buy a measure of corn. but instead of fish. which the carcass of the ass had broken in several places. with the impression of the seal upon the leaden cover. which grieved him extremely. As he drew them towards the shore. nor persecute a wretch who prays thee to spare him. which from its weight seemed not to be empty. This turn of fortune rejoiced him. to try if its contents made any noise. who was so poor. and he added to them this petition: "Lord. but brought up nothing. He turned the mouth downward.html THE STORY OF THE FISHERMAN. found a great deal of resistance. and he observed that it was shut up and sealed with lead. But I am to blame to complain of thee. and opened it with very little labour. undressed himself. No language can express his disappointment. and when he thought it was proper. cast his nets the fourth time. "I will sell it. without the least reward for my labour: I am only to cast them once more. which obliged him to retire two or three paces back. "O fortune!" cried he. but while he viewed it attentively. cast them the third time. which made him think he had taken abundance of fish. and thought he had a good draught of fish. and cast in his nets. with great difficulty. To try this. and advancest those who have no virtue to recommend them. There was an aged fisherman. "be not angry with me. and shook it. with a lamentable tone. He went one morning by moon-light." said he. perceiving that instead of fish his nets contained nothing but the carcass of an ass. he did not forget to say his prayers. thou knowest that I cast my nets only four times a day." He examined the vessel on all sides. and coming to the seaside. when day began to appear. he found them very heavy. and to leave great men in obscurity. made him think it inclosed something precious. I came hither from my house to seek for my livelihood. while thou shewest favour to the wicked. thou takest pleasure to persecute honest people. and mud. like a good Moosulmaun. except stones. he fretfully threw away the basket. I can scarcely provide what is absolutely necessary for my family. that he could scarcely as much as would maintain himself. he was almost distracted. I pray thee to render the sea favourable to me. and thou pronouncest against me a sentence of death. He placed it before him. shells. his wife.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004. This circumstance. and when he drew them. but heard nothing. at which he rejoiced. he threw them in a second time. but in a moment after. not to cast his nets above four times a-day. found nothing in them but a vessel of yellow copper. but nothing came out. there came out a very thick smoke. I have no other trade but this to subsist by: and notwithstanding all my care. as thou didst to Moses " The fisherman having finished this prayer. which surprised him extremely. and three children. and imposed it as a law upon himself. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004. drew them as formerly. and washing his nets from the slime. he was much vexed.

said. I remember it. commanded me to acknowledge his power. the great prophet. When the smoke was all out of the vessel. or I will kill thee. "why would you kill me? Did I not just now set you at liberty. nearly all the other genies owned Solomon." "And what is that?" asked the fisherman. what is it you say? It is above eighteen hundred years since the prophet Solomon died. To punish me. "Thou must speak to me with more respect. to be always near him in spirit. thou art a presumptuous fellow to call me a proud spirit. "shall I speak to you more civilly. "but that shall not save thy life: I have only one favour to grant thee. with a fierce look. and to submit to his commands: I bravely refused. in what manner thou wouldst have me put thee to death." replied the fisherman. but was so frightened. "and that thou mayest know the reason. pardon. to apprehend me. "Solomon. "Solomon. that he could not move. he shut me up in this copper vessel." The genie turning to the fisherman. that I would open all the treasures of the earth to any one that might set me at liberty. and we are now at the end of time. Asaph seized my person. and have you already forgotten my services?" "Yes. of which was formed a genie twice as high as the greatest of giants. "Thou proud spirit. "During the first hundred years of my imprisonment. and yielded to his authority." cried the genie immediately." said the genie. hearken to my story. and that I might not break my prison. with orders to throw me into the sea. Sabhir and I were the only two that would never be guilty of a mean submission: and to avenge himself. which we may well imagine filled the fisherman with astonishment. than swear fealty as he required. Tell me your history. I will never more oppose your will. his chief minister. it re-united and became a solid body. the son of Barakhia. his seal with the great name of God engraver upon it. but with no better success. the son of David. and extending itself along the sea and upon the shore formed a great mist. I promised to make my deliverer a potent monarch. and said to him." answered the genie." When the fisherman heard these words of the genie. and to grant him every day three file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004. "It is. I will obey all your commands.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:22 AM] . In the third. "Solomon. I swore that if any one should deliver me before the expiration of that period." "Ah!" replied the fisherman. pardon. I would make him rich. During the second. That was accordingly done. the fisherman would fain have fled." answered the genie. he himself stamps upon this leaden cover. "Is that your reward for the service I have rendered you?" "I cannot treat thee otherwise.html The smoke ascended to the clouds. and told him. the great prophet." "But wherein have I offended you?" demanded the fisherman. and brought me by force before his master's throne. and nobody did me that good office. At the sight of a monster of such an unwieldy bulk. which to my sorrow were executed. I would rather expose myself to his resentment. I made an oath." "I am one of those rebellious spirits that opposed the will of heaven. and how you came to be shut up in this vessel. He then gave the vessel to one of the genies who had submitted." said the genie. he recovered his courage. that great monarch sent Asaph. "to give thee thy choice. and call you the owl of good luck?" "I say. "speak to me more respectfully. even after his death: but that century ran out." "Very well.

and said. "that I was there just as you see me here: Is it possible. of what nature soever they might be: but this century passed as well as the two former. for certainly there can be nothing more contrary to reason. and how should it be possible that your whole body should lie in it?" "I swear to thee. as on account of his three children. in consideration of the service I have done you." said the fisherman. "to come hither to do such a kindness to one that is so ungrateful." said he to the genie. to find myself a prisoner so long." "No." replied the genie. I swore. "nor will I believe you." "In good faith." The fisherman perceiving the genie to be resolute. "Since I must die then. that I was. trembled. I am in the vessel. being collected.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004. "it is for that very reason I must kill thee. if you grant me my life. "Alas! be pleased to take pity on me. when immediately a voice came forth. Nevertheless. At last being angry. which it continued to do by a slow and equal motion." replied the genie. extending as before upon the sea shore. "I cannot believe you." interrupted the genie. and therefore.html requests. do not you believe me now?" file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004. not so much for himself. and at last. I find now by cruel experience that it is but too true. The fisherman bethought himself of a stratagem. the son of David. I thought it was false. the vessel is not capable of holding one of your size. and revoke such an unreasonable oath. heaven will protest you from all attempts against your own. which said to the fisherman." "That is strange. that thou cost not believe me after the solemn oath I have taken?" "Truly not I. "only choose in what manner you will die. "I submit to the will of heaven. that if afterwards any one should deliver me. or rather mad. and I continued in prison.' I must confess. "are you resolved to reward good with evil? The proverb says. pardon me." cried he." "I have told thee already. and replied to the fisherman. I would kill him without mercy. it began to re-enter the vessel." said the fisherman." "Do not lose time. "all thy reasonings shall not divert me from my purpose: make haste. and heaven will pardon you. He endeavoured still to appease the genie. but before I choose the manner of my death. "Ask what thou wilt. I conjure you by the great name which was engraver upon the seal of the prophet Solomon. I beg you to consider your injustice. "Well now." This discourse afflicted the fisherman extremely: "I am very unfortunate.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:22 AM] ." Upon which the body of the genie dissolved and changed itself into smoke. and bewailed the misery they must be reduced to by his death. incredulous fellow. to answer me truly the question I am going to ask you. I give thee that choice." answered the fisherman." The genie finding himself obliged to a positive answer by this adjuration. or the laws of society. but make haste." The fisherman then said to him." said the genie. thy death is resolved on. and grant him no other favour but to choose the manner of his death. ‘That he who does good to one who deserves it not is always ill rewarded. and tell me what kind of death thou preferest?" Necessity is the mother of invention. unless you go into the vessel again. "I wish to know if you were actually in this vessel: Dare you swear it by the name of the great God?" "Yes. "I do swear by that great name. was extremely grieved. since thou hast delivered me to-day. till no part remained out." replied the genie. notwithstanding.

instead of answering the genie." The genie. It is a story I have a mind to tell thee.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:22 AM] . thy crafty discourse will signify nothing. "thou who wast but a moment ago the greatest of all genies. There was in the country of Yunaun or Greece. This physician had learnt the theory of his profession in Greek. I begged of thee in God's name not to take away my life. and I promise to satisfy thee to thy own content. "I know. "give me my liberty. I will enrich you and your posterity. "now it is your turn to beg my favour. a king who was leprous. it is better that I should throw you into the sea. but if you will accept my service. I will engage to cure you without potions." "O genie!" replied the fisherman. and understood that his physicians had given him over. Do you assure me that you will cure my leprosy without potion. for he thought fit to dissemble his anger. "If you be able to perform what you promise. took the cover of lead." "Thou art a traitor. Arabic. through file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004. If thou hast been there already so long as thou hast told me. "take heed you do not what you threaten. therefore listen to it. and fully understood the good and bad qualities of plants and drugs." The king listened to what he said. Syriac. he found means to present himself before him. I am obliged to treat thee in the same manner. thou may'st very well stay there till the day of judgment. to the sea thou shalt return. when a very able physician. "I promise myself success. "that your majesty's physicians have not been able to heal you of the leprosy. Latin. and thou didst reject my prayers. and now art the least of them. As soon as he was informed of the king's distemper.html The fisherman." replied the fisherman. or external applications. Persian. and Hebrew books. 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. but it was impossible. after the usual ceremonials. where I will reside and give notice to all fishermen who come to throw in their nets." The genie omitted nothing that he thought likely to prevail with the fisherman: "Open the vessel. or applying any external medicine?" "Yes. but not so. whence I took you: and then I will build a house upon the shore." said he.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004. and having speedily replaced it on the vessel. to beware of such a wicked genie as thou art. and answered." The Story of the Grecian King and the Physician Douban. struggled to set himself at liberty. "Fishermen. enraged at these expressions. and to choose which way I shall put you to death." said he. Sire." said he. he was an experienced natural philosopher. named Douban. Perceiving that the fisherman had got the advantage of him. Turkish. who hast made an oath to kill him that shall set thee at liberty. arrived at his court." replied the physician. for the impression of Solomon's seal prevented him. "Genie." cried he. for what I spoke to you was only by way of jest. and his physicians had in vain endeavoured his cure. "I should deserve to lose my life.

with your majesty's permission. The physician Douban entering the hall. His majesty did not stop here: but as he treated all his court that day. for then the medicine will have had its effect. and shewed himself to his courtiers: who. and then the medicine shut up in the handle of the mace had its operation. he played so long. and when they saw the king perfectly cured. that his leprosy was cured. The king did so. The king having asked what it was? "Sire. I will make the trial. and go to the place where he used to play at mall. As soon as he was dressed. "it is highly dangerous for a monarch to confide in a file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004." The physician returned to his quarters. and thinking that he could never sufficiently acknowledge his obligations to him. and he therefore resolved to lessen him in the king's esteem. came thither betimes. and gave him all the commendation he deserved. said to the king. The next morning when he arose. But this king had a vizier. it will penetrate your whole body. but caused him to be clad in a rich robe. and strike the ball until you find your hands and body perspire. and after a profound reverence. He could not behold without envy the presents that were given to the physician. envious. with which next morning he presented himself before the king. Upon this the king left off play." said he. and said. and cause yourself to be well washed and rubbed. When the medicine I have put up in the handle of the mace is heated with your hand.html God's assistance. made him sit down by his side. as the physician had said. and naturally capable of every kind of mischief. expressed great joy. eager to know the success of the new medicine.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_004. and his body as clean as if it had never been affected. kissed the ground. The Grecian king was not satisfied with having admitted the physician Douban to his table. which was returned by his officers who played with him. The physician Douban rose up. and when you rise to. ordered him two thousand pieces of gold. and observed very exactly his physician had prescribed to him. he went to the king. "Exercise yourself with this mace." The king took the mace. with his face to the ground. and as soon as you perspire. Immediately on your return to your palace. he made also a ball in such a manner as suited his purpose. then retire to bed. The king perceiving him. made a hollow mace. To effect this.morrow you will find yourself cured. he perceived with equal wonder and joy. bowed himself before the throne. returned to his palace. that his hands and his whole body were in a sweat. who was avaricious. you may leave off the exercise. and falling down at his feet. he came into the hall of audience. made him eat at his table alone with him. go into the bath. whose other merits had already begun to make him jealous. and to-morrow. continued every day to load him with new favours. that he had some information of the greatest consequence to communicate. and struck the ball.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:22 AM] . and at the handle he put in his drugs. and told him in private. where he ascended his throne. the physician came to him with the mace. entered the bath. and when he arrived there. presented him to the assembly. he judged it meet that his majesty should take horse.

his master.html man whose fidelity he has never tried. I remember too well what a vizier said to king Sinbad. some urgent affairs obliging him to go from home." interrupted the king. nay. that the physician Douban left his native country. why did he save me then? He needed only to have left me to my disease. He brought it in a cage to his house.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. "have you the suggestion which you dare pronounce? Consider to whom you are speaking. and then departed. On his return. your majesty does not know that he is a traitor." What the Grecian king said about king Sinbad raised the vizier's curiosity." replied the vizier. for I once more repeat. vizier. and take care of it during his absence. whom you suspect to be a villain and a traitor. or rather by what miracle. and that you are advancing what I shall not easily believe. I perceive it to be his virtue that raises your envy." demanded the king. he went to a place where all sorts of birds were sold." "No. "I pray your majesty to pardon me. lest on the accusation of a mother-in-law he should commit an action of which he might afterwards repent." "From whom." "Sire. be pleased to awake. no. "after having represented to king Sinbad. and agreed that the parrot must have been file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. A certain man had a beautiful wife. You know by what medicine. whom he loved so dearly. who said. but all of them swore they had been faithful. sent by your enemies to take away your life. 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. to prevent his putting to death the prince his son. is one of the best and most virtuous of men. which not only spoke well. but could also give an account of every thing that was done in its presence. I could not have escaped it. "I am well informed of what I have had the honour to reveal to your majesty. that this physician. he questioned the parrot concerning what had passed while he was from home. though I were to share with him all my riches and dominions. One day. that he ought to beware. Though you heap favours upon the physician Douban. Forbear then to fill me with unjust suspicions: instead of listening to you. desired his wife to put it in his chamber." said he. for the sole purpose of executing the horrible design which I have intimated. and came to settle himself at your court. that he could scarcely allow her to be out of his sight." The Story of the Husband and the Parrot." The Grecian king had the condescension to satisfy him: "That vizier. "I am certain. She concluded some of her slaves had betrayed her. as life was fast decaying. he cured me of my leprosy: If he had had a design upon my life. and bought a parrot. therefore do not rest in dangerous security: if your majesty be asleep. that from this day forward I will give that great man a pension of a thousand pieces of gold per month for his life. and the bird told him such things as gave him occasion to upbraid his wife. but do not think I will be unjustly prejudiced against him. told him this story. I tell you. I should never pay him sufficiently for what he has done.html (1 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:25 AM] .

" The Story of the Vizier that was Punished. and examined the parrot again about what had passed during his absence." The husband. nor rain in the night. Yet afterwards he understood from his neigbours." The mischievous vizier was too desirous of effecting the ruin of the physician Douban to stop here. that I cannot tell how much I suffered. 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. If the accusation be false. Her husband being gone another journey. over the cage." "What had the vizier done. "Good master. made him repent that he had killed it. It is not envy which makes me his enemy. thunder. with the concern I have for preserving your majesty's life. you would have me cut him off. this is not a doubtful case. There was a king who had a son that loved hunting. who knew that there had been neither thunder. but I will beware lest I should repent as the husband did after killing his parrot. the wife began to devise how she might remove her husband's jealousy. backward and forward against a candle. "to deserve punishment?" "I will inform your majesty.html (2 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:25 AM] . lightning. Sir.tale. When the Grecian king had finished the story of the parrot. and at the same time revenge herself on the parrot. and acquitted themselves with much skill." said he. that the poor parrot had not deceived him in what it had stated of his wife's base conduct. "And you. that makes me give you my advice in a matter of this importance. fancied that the parrot. and it is better to sacrifice the innocent than to spare the guilty. "if you will be pleased to hear me." demands the Grecian king. The slaves spent a great part of the night in doing what their mistress desired them. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. I deserve to be punished in the same manner as a vizier formerly was. Next night the husband returned. The bird answered. Upon this. he added.html the tell. upon which he took it out of the cage. and rain so much disturbed me all night. "the death of the parrot was but a trifle. she commanded a slave in the night-time to turn a hand-mill under the parrot's cage. who never did you any injury. But. and a third to move a looking-glass. bare suspicion ought to pass for certainty. He allowed him to pursue that diversion often. "Sir. she ordered another to sprinkle water. the physician Douban has certainly a mind to assassinate you. but gave orders to his grand vizier always to attend him. the lightning. not having spoken truth in this. in resemblance of rain. before the parrot. it is only my zeal.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. because of the hatred you bear to the physician Douban." said the vizier. and threw it with so much force to the ground that he killed it. vizier. might also have lied in the other relation.

He happily found his way." replied she. and deliver me from this enemy. "the daughter of an Indian king. which answered immediately. dismounted himself. for we are very hungry?" The prince heard enough to convince him of his danger. if you do not take care. in the country. was one of those savage demons." said she. "Almighty Lord. and perceiving she had missed her prey. I bring you a young man for your repast. and endeavoured to return to the vizier." After the counterfeit Indian princess had bidden the young prince recommend himself to God. ordered him to be immediately strangled. who thought the vizier followed him." and other voices. nor had he firmness enough file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. who called herself the daughter of an Indian king. he met on his way a handsome lady. and with so much earnestness. pursued the game so far. and not radically. cast shine eyes upon me. Whilst he was thus riding about. said. but thought herself sure of him. who knows but the medicine he has given you. which she willingly did. prince: Who are you? Whom do you seek?" "I have lost my way. the ghole entered the ruins again. and went near the building." continued the Grecian king's vizier. I am very well assured that he is a spy sent by your enemies to attempt your majesty's life. and what she wanted. he could not believe she spoke sincerely. leading his horse after him. As I was taking the air on horseback. "Where is he. whom they afterwards devour. "recommend yourself to God. the confidence you put in him will be fatal to you. my children.html One hunting day. I grew sleepy." After this prayer.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. and enquired who she was. The prince stopped. and luckily escaped. and the prince rode off with all possible haste. the huntsman having roused a deer. called Gholes. the lady expressed a desire to alight. "and am endeavouring to find it. and fell from my horse. exclaimed." "If you have lost your way. may in time have pernicious effects?" The Grecian king was not able to discover the wicked design of his vizier. that he separated himself from the company. and employ a thousand wiles to surprise passengers. but not knowing the country he wandered farther. Perceiving he had lost his way he stopped. and arrived safe at the court of his father. "I am. the prince. who wept bitterly. and having put her down. "Fear nothing. who is run away. He stopped his horse.html (3 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:25 AM] ." The young prince taking compassion on her. how she came to be alone in that place. who live in desolated places. But you may judge how much he was surprised. "to return to the physician Douban. when he heard the pretended lady utter these words: "Be glad. and therefore lifting up his hands to heaven. "Sir. being incensed against that minister. requested her to get up behind him." replied he. you will say: but alas! who can assure you of that? He has perhaps cured you only in appearance. to whom he gave a particular account of the danger he had been in through the vizier's neglect: upon which the king. He has cured you. He perceived that the lady. The prince instantly remounted his horse. he will deliver you out of your perplexity. and I know not what is become of him. The pretended princess appeared that very moment. As they were passing by the ruins of a house.

" asked the physician. knowing nothing of the king's purpose. The courtiers who were present. and God will prolong yours. and that the weak prince was imposed on." said he. "Sir. by taking away thy life. "No." The Grecian king. but a second time ordered the executioner to strike the fatal blow. I beg. begged the king to pardon him." When the physician heard this cruel order. continued he. "why I sent for thee?" "No. is to send immediately for the physician Douban. "prolong my days. and was going to draw his cimeter. he may be come on purpose to take away my life." No man can express the surprise of the physician. "you see that what passed betwixt the Grecian king and his physician Douban is acted just now by us. The physician then had recourse to his prayers. but it was now too late. when he heard the sentence of death pronounced against him. instead of having regard to the prayers of the physician." When the vizier found the king in such a temper as he wished. being moved with compassion. "that you came to my court only to attempt my life. genie. no. who was present. at file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. his eyes tied up." said he.html (4 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:25 AM] ." When he had spoken thus." answered he." cried he. "to rid myself of thee. addressed himself once more to the king: "Sir. "since your majesty will not revoke the sentence of death. "Sir. do not put me to death." replied the king. otherwise you may assassinate with as much art as you cured me. came to the palace in haste. I will be sure of yours." said he." said the king. who begged him to spare his life. and ordered him to go for the physician. "the surest and speediest method you can take to secure your life." said he. "I wait till your majesty be pleased to inform me. lest God treat you in the same manner. "why would your majesty take my life? What crime have I committed?" "I am informed. "Well. He repented that he had cured him of his leprosy." said the king. "and deliver me from a perfidious wretch. and order his head to be struck off. "Alas." "In truth. without bewailing himself for being so ill rewarded by the king.html to persist in his first opinion." The physician." "I sent for thee. he called for one of his officers. Give the blow. "Knowest thou. who came hither on purpose to assassinate me. and ready to receive the fatal blow. which he may easily do by the smell of his drugs. The physician being on his knees.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005." replied the king. "Is it thus. and that they would answer for his innocence: but the king was inflexible. but to prevent you. I must of necessity cut you off. "thou art in the right. he readily judged that the honours and presents he had received from the king had procured him enemies. assuring his majesty that he was not guilty of the crime laid to his charge. to apply it to the genie. prepared for death. "that you reward me for curing you?" The king would not hearken to him." said he to the executioner. who." said he. cruelly replied. "I believe that is the way we must take to frustrate his design. when he saw him. Sir." The fisherman broke off his discourse here. Sir. This discourse staggered him: "Vizier. The executioner tied his hands.

he took the book out of the physician's hand. it is my will you should die. as soon as it is placed there. my head." "What is it." answered the king. officers of the guard. and finding no writing on the place where he was desired to look for it. and ordered the executioner to do his duty. and wetted it with spittle. "now you see how princes are treated. The king went on. and that the king had but a few moments to live.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. put his affairs in order. and. abusing their authority. that you would give me leave to return to my house. O genie! Could I have prevailed with thee to grant file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. he called for a basin. and he fell down at the foot of the throne in violent convulsions." said he. then presenting the book to the king." demanded the king. and worthy of being laid up carefully in your treasury. and advancing to the foot of the throne. He did thus till he came to the sixth leaf. during that time. order that it be put into the basin upon that cover. or rather his head. and all the spectators. after being cut off. "Physician." it cried. with a book in his hand. the prince found himself suddenly taken with an extraordinary fit." As he said this." said he. but finding that the leaves adhered to each other. to give alms. then to the great surprise of the king. deferred his death till next day." replied the head. and laid upon it the cover in which the book was wrapped. the viziers. The physician." "Turn over some more leaves. whom he still kept shut up in the vessel. I have one particularly I would present to your majesty. and sent him home under a strong guard. the blood will stop. who. "and after my head is cut off. until the poison with which each leaf was imbued. and read the third line of the left page. God would have continued his life also. I protest to you that I am innocent. The physician Douban was brought in. its eyes. when the king fell down dead. and the report being spread. and my head will answer your questions. to bid farewell to my family. "it possesses many singular and curious properties. and were it for nothing but to hear your head speak after your death.html (5 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:25 AM] . and the case is the same with thee." The king being curious.html least. "Tyrant. that if your majesty will give yourself the trouble to open it at the sixth leaf. "If the Grecian king. but he rejected his most humble prayers. As soon as the fisherman had concluded the history of the Greek king and his physician Douban. it is a very precious book. The head was so dexterously cut off that it fell into the basin. "Take this. will answer all the questions you ask it. and the head itself lost what life it had. emirs. the whole court. repaired next day to the hall of audience. he put his finger to his mouth. "that makes it so valuable?" "Sir. for God's sake grant my request. coming to have its effect. "had suffered the physician to live. his eye-sight failed. When the physician Douban. of which the chief is. "are in vain. saw that the poison had taken effect. to give orders about my burial. in a word. and said." "Your prayers." said he. will your majesty be pleased to open the book?" The king proceeded to do so. putting always his finger to his mouth. and to bequeath my books to those who are capable of making good use of them. he made the application to the genie. that he might turn them with more ease. then open the book. "Sir. "there is nothing written." Scarcely had the head spoken these words. cut off innocent men: God punishes soon or late their injustice and cruelty. But permit me once more to implore your majesty's clemency. that an unheard of prodigy was to happen after his death." replied the physician. that they might be witnesses of it. and was no sooner laid upon the cover of the book than the blood stopped.

from whence they descended into a vast plain." said he. red. for having set thee at liberty. thou didst persist in thy design to kill me. and catch fish. and judging that he might get a considerable sum for them. when you have let me out. I will shew thee a way to become exceedingly rich. At that instant the smoke ascended. and came to the top of a mountain." The genie laughed at the fisherman's fear. I should now take pity on thee. "No. fisherman. but he was extremely surprised. but with some distrust. and God will prolong your days. I am just going to throw thee into the bottom of the sea.html me the favour I supplicated. and to see if thou wouldst be alarmed at it: but to convince thee that I am in earnest. "Ho!" says the genie. in my turn. "Carry those fish. he struck his foot upon the ground." The hope of delivering himself from poverty. I only did it to divert myself. When they reached the side of the lake. to be equally hard-hearted to thee. Thou mayest come every day to fish in this lake. take thy nets and follow me. that it is not good to avenge one's self. "Genie. Having never seen the like before. white. "I will not let thee out. nay." replied the genie. and that on the other hand. "I conjure thee once more. and I will open the vessel. but since. "Cast in thy nets. that lay betwixt four hills. he walked before the fisherman. be not afraid. and after it had swallowed him up closed again. not to be guilty of such cruelty. because he saw a great number in the water. followed him. and brought out one of each colour." "No. They passed by the town. which opened. but I give thee warning not to throw in thy nets above once a day. I do not believe you will dare to break such an oath. notwithstanding the extreme obligation thou west under to me. swear to me by the great name of God. as the physician Douban said to the Grecian king. and the genie having resumed his form. "will not you keep the oath you just now made? And must I say to you. upon which the fisherman immediately took off the covering of the vessel. that you will faithfully perform what you promise." said the fisherman. and yellow." Having spoken thus. "the fisherman did not doubt of taking some. it is commendable to do good for evil. "if you have a mind to be informed. "and present them to thy sultan." said he. the first thing he did was to kick the vessel into the sea. he could not but admire them. and answered." "My good friend fisherman." "And what did Imama to Ateca?" enquired the fisherman. which brought them to a lake. 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.html (6 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:25 AM] . prevailed with the fisherman." The genie swore to him." cried the genie. he was very joyful. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. "I promise to do thee no hurt. far from that. blue. "were there any credit to be given to thy word. "I could listen to thee. consider." said the genie to him. suffer me to live. when he found they were of four colours. who having taken up his nets. otherwise thou wilt repent." As he spoke these words. This action alarmed the fisherman." "Hear me one word more. he will give thee more money for them. He threw in his nets. it is in vain to talk of it. I am obliged. the genie said to the fisherman. do not treat me as Imama formerly treated Ateca. that is to say.

html (7 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:25 AM] . He went immediately to the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005. forbore casting in his nets a second time. and returned to the town very well satisfied. and making a thousand reflections upon his adventure.html The fisherman being resolved to follow the genie's advice.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_005.

said. we pay ours. but thought the whole must be a dream. and are content. The sultan was much surprised. "Yes. The fisherman. bid him bring four more such fish. went to take up the fish that had fallen on the hearth. "and carry them to the cook. we reckon. she put them upon the fire in a frying-pan. with a rod in her hand. "what will become of me? If I tell the sultan what I have seen. after the Egyptian manner. he invented an excuse that satisfied him. who ordered him to give the fisherman four hundred pieces of gold of the coin of that country. and bracelets of gold set with rubies. The fisherman. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. she turned them upon the other. in order to excuse himself from bringing them that day." said he to his vizier. but. "Alas!" said she. when he saw the four fish which the fisherman presented. but would certainly bring them on the morrow. yes: if you reckon. "Fish. and delivering them to the cook. when the wall of the kitchen divided.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:28 AM] . if you fly. the lady overturned the fryingpan. but found them blacker than coal. the grand vizier entered. and a young lady of wonderful beauty entered from the opening. until he found it otherwise. As soon as the sultan's cook had gutted the fish. carried them as he was directed. and viewed them with attention. and after having admired them a long time. he orders you to dress them:" he then returned to the sultan his master. so that they were not fit to be carried to the sultan. which he did accordingly. The cook was greatly frightened at what had happened. a necklace of large pearls. and then the four fish lifted up their heads. could scarcely believe his good fortune.html sultan's palace. She moved towards the frying-pan. to the great amazement of the cook. and replied." The vizier. with oil. without saying any thing of what the genie had told him. but without speaking a word of it to the sultan. who continued fixed by the sight. and she fell to weeping most bitterly. for a misfortune had befallen the others. "Here are four fish just brought to the sultan. and not fit to be carried to the sultan." While she was thus bewailing herself. are you in duty?" The fish having answered nothing. and returned into the open part of the wall. with pendants in her ears. we overcome. she repeated these words. O monstrous prodigy! scarcely were they turned. fish. This grievously troubled her. "Take those fish. and asked her if the fish were ready? She told him all that had occurred. He took them up one after another.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. and became as it was before. which we may easily imagine astonished him. which closed immediately. said. if you pay your debts." As soon as they had finished these words. but will be enraged against me. told the vizier. by being able to provide necessaries for his family with the produce of his fish. I am sure he will not believe me. and coming a little to herself. he had a great way to go for them. who had never seen so much money. to offer his fish. whom the emperor of the Greeks has sent me. She was clad in flowered satin. and sending immediately for the fisherman. and when she thought them fried enough on one side. I cannot imagine but that they must be as good as they are beautiful. and striking one of the fish with the end of the rod.

put them into the pan. struck one of the fish. being witness to what had passed: "This is too wonderful and extraordinary. and put them on the fire. and said to him. and retired into the wall. "After what I have seen. he ordered them to be carried into his closet. we reckon. as she had done the four others the day before. but instead of the young lady. sent immediately for the fisherman. there came out a black. The minister took them himself. and all four gave her the same answer. it was not above three hours journey. are you in your duty?" At these words. we pay ours. the sultan commanded all his court to take horse. which they found to be situated betwixt four hills as the fisherman had described. beyond the mountain that we see from hence. and entering again into the aperture. the fish raised up their heads. as he did not expect them so soon. The grand vizier. if you fly. I will inform him of this prodigy. "If your majesty will be pleased to allow me three days. carried them to the kitchen." Having obtained his time." said the sultan to the vizier. "Fisherman. he caught four fish. and ordered him four hundred pieces of gold.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. if you pay your debts.html Accordingly the fisherman went away by night. and touching one of the fish with his staff. "Fish. and brought them directly to the sultan. "it will not be possible for me to be easy: these fish." said he. at the hour appointed. and she had turned them upon the other. They all ascended the mountain. a vast plain. and coming to the lake. she overturned the frying-pan with her rod. He advanced towards the pan. we are: if you reckon. and are content. in the habit of a slave. than the black threw the pan into the middle of the closet. "Yes. and shutting himself up with the cook. that nobody had observed till then. and the same lady came in with the rod in her hand. with all that was necessary for frying them. upon this assurance. Having done this. threw in his nets betimes next morning. the minister gutted them. and when they were fried on one side. "Friend. and having shut himself up with the vizier. signify something extraordinary. with a great green staff in his hand. After the four fish had answered the young lady. without doubt. we overcome. "to be concealed from the sultan. and at the first throwing in of his net." He sent for the fisherman.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:28 AM] . where did you catch them?" "Sir. she gutted them. make me very uneasy. then the wall of the closet opened. took four fish like the former." replied the vizier." The sultan. and at the foot of it they saw. I will do it. it closed. "I never so much as heard of it. As soon as the sultan had the fish. the kitchen wall again opened. who was so much the more rejoiced. although I have for sixty years hunted beyond that mountain. "No. and the wall appeared just as it did before. and brought them to the vizier. and reduced the fish to a coal. cannot you bring me four more such fish?" The fisherman replied. he went to the lake immediately. spoke to it as before. and at last they came to the lake. that they observed all the fish to be like those which the fisherman had brought to the palace. the fish you have brought us. The water was so transparent." answered he. turned them upon the other. and of a gigantic stature. and answered." "Knowst thou not that lake?" said the sultan to the vizier. how far the lake might be from the palace? The fisherman answered. "I fished for them in a lake situated betwixt four hills." The sultan asked the fisherman." The fish had no sooner finished these words. he retired fiercely. yes. to their great surprise. and when he came. being much surprised. said to him. said with a terrible voice. and the fisherman served them for a guide. When they were fried on one side. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006.

thus: "Vizier. and the porches with the richest stuffs of India. He rejoiced at the sight. Being highly pleased that he had so speedily met with something worthy his curiosity. but discovered none. that I cannot resist my impatient desire to have it satisfied. of black polished marble. He then advanced towards the gate. the sultan retired under his pavilion. and took his cimeter. one of them open. as smooth as glass. To this end. and as soon as he found that all was quiet in the camp. but no one yet appearing. and looked on every side for inhabitants. he ordered his court to encamp. which had two leaves. He put on a suit fit for walking. The silence increased his astonishment: he came into a spacious court. and when he came within the porch. and covered with fine steel. send them away. who comes in for some refreshment as he passes by?" He repeated the same words two or three times. the sultan was resolved. he knocked harder the second time. and to-morrow morning. and immediately his pavilion and the tents of his household were planted upon the banks of the lake. endeavoured to divert the sultan from this design. They all answered. and waited for some time. and spoke to the grand vizier. at this novelty. the alcoves and sofas were covered with stuffs of Mecca. and the fish that we heard speak. that I am somewhat indisposed. When night came. a vast building. and the following days tell them the same thing.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. and considered it with attention. which was within so short a distance of the town. "I have nothing to fear. and then he saw before him. and as I am no less astonished than you are. he found it was a magnificent palace." Having spoken thus. went out alone. yet he thought it best to knock. he found the descent still more easy. When he drew near. he was exceedingly surprised. and if it be inhabited. he represented to him the danger to which he might be exposed. for he could not think that a castle in such repair was without inhabitants.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:28 AM] . "Is there no one here to receive a stranger. and supposing he had not been heard. I am resolved to withdraw alone from the camp. This he did at first softly." The grand vizier. and tell them. and I order you to keep my absence secret: stay in my pavilion. I am resolved not to return to my palace till I learn how this lake came here. till I return. and why all the fish in it are of four colours. he cried. demanded of his courtiers. and that all his labour might perhaps be in vain: but it was to no purpose." At last he entered. and wish to be alone. but though he spoke very loud. though he might immediately have entered. and after that he knocked again and again. my mind is uneasy: this lake transported hither." said he to himself. or rather a strong castle. in hopes of receiving there the information he sought. he stopped before the front of the castle. "If there be no one in it. if it were possible they had never seen this lake. The sultan entered the grand halls. and when he came to the plain. mixed with gold and file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. at a considerable distance. which were hung with silk tapestry. he was not answered. I have wherewith to defend myself.html The sultan stood upon the bank of the lake. and passed over one of the hills without much difficulty. that they had never so much as heard of it. walked on till the sun arose. "Since you all agree that you never heard of it. when the emirs and courtiers come to attend my levee. but seeing no one. the black that appeared to us in my closet. and after beholding the fish with admiration. all these things so much excite my curiosity.

would to God that it lay in my power to ease you of your trouble! I would do my utmost to effect it. nets being spread over the garden. "how is it possible but I should grieve. and that the other half of his body was black marble. The sultan drew near. Melancholy was painted on his countenance. and afflicted by your grief. forbear to persecute me. which. and by a speedy death put an end to my sorrows. whatever your apology be. reflecting what he had already seen." said he. and whatever could concur to embellish it. and heard distinctly these words: "O fortune! thou who wouldst not suffer me longer to enjoy a happy lot. but am hindered by sad necessity. not being able to rise. lifting up his robe. must be extraordinary. and to complete the beauty of the place. shrubbery. at the same time saying. He came afterwards into a superb saloon. so that I am impatient to hear your history. "Alas! my lord. and saluted him. and always remained there. opened it. the young man began to weep bitterly.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. with a lion of massy gold at each angle: water issued from the mouths of the four lions. which had a view over the garden. I flatter myself that you will relate to me the history of your misfortunes. formed diamonds and pearls. I heartily accept it. "My lord. after so many torments as I have suffered!" The sultan rose up. richly habited. "How inconstant is fortune!" cried he. I should rise to receive you. and whose day is always clear and serene?" The sultan. seated upon a throne raised a little above the ground. and fastened to the palace to confine them. when he saw the deplorable condition of the young man. The sultan walked from apartment to apartment." replied the sultan. with parterres of flowers. he shewed the sultan that he was a man only from the head to the girdle. and then beheld: when suddenly he heard the voice of one complaining. no doubt. "while it fills me with horror. therefore I conjure you to relate it. "That which you shew me. which springing from the middle of the fountain. Being tired with walking. prayed him to relate the cause of his excessive grief. 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. Where are they who enjoy quietly the happiness which they hold of her. he sat down in a verandah or arcade closet. He listened with attention. moved with compassion to see him in such a condition. Alas! is it possible that I am still alive. on three sides. where he found every thing rich and magnificent. was encompassed by a garden. and my eyes be inexhaustible fountains of tears?" At these words. in the middle of which was a fountain. You will find some comfort in so doing. an infinite number of birds filled the air with their harmonious notes. resembling a jet d'eau.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:28 AM] . The castle. and as it fell. "she takes pleasure to pull down those she had raised. and coming to the door of a great hall. excites my curiosity." replied the young man. in lamentable tones. since it is file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. "I am much obliged to you for having so good an opinion of me: as to the reason of your not rising. but inform me first of the meaning of the lake near the palace. rose nearly to the top of a cupola painted in Arabesque. Being drawn hither by your complaints. and therefore hope you will not be offended. and saw a handsome young man. advanced toward the place whence he heard the voice. the young man returned his salutation by an inclination of his head. I come to offer you my help." "My lord. The sultan was much surprised. and I am persuaded that the lake and the fish make some part of it.html silver.

You must know that my father. and returned. yet. I found myself inclined to repose and lay down upon a sofa." "I will not refuse your request. your mind. "how should he? she mixes every evening in his liquor. and the lady I chose to share the royal dignity with me. to prepare your ears. and threw out the water so quickly. One of them said to the other. and with what sentiments it inspired me. came and sat down. which takes its name from the four small neighbouring mountains. that nothing could surpass the harmony and pleasure of our union. for things which surpass all that the imagination can conceive. 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. I heard all their conversation. was king of this country. I had sufficient self-command to dissemble. which makes him sleep so sound all night. "Is not the queen wrong. but instead of putting it to my mouth. and as day begins to appear. after dinner. I had no sooner succeeded him. we supped together and she presented me with a cup full of such water as I was accustomed to drink. Two of her ladies. the juice of a certain herb.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. and feigned to awake without having heard a word. The sequel of my history will inform you of those changes. and to prevent the flies from disturbing me. loved her with so much tenderness. I perceived the queen. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. ceased to delight in my attentions. The king my father died when he was seventy years of age. "I do not understand the reason. on my part. neither can I conceive why she goes out every night." replied the other. not to love so amiable a prince?" "Certainly.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:28 AM] . my lord." The History of the Young King of the Black Isles. This lasted five years. how much I was surprised at this conversation. and spoke in whispers. I had so much reason to be satisfied with her affection. that the unfortunate find relief in making known their distress. while she was at the bath.html certain. "though I cannot comply without renewing my grief. and the other at my feet." replied the young man. one at my head. and. This is the kingdom of the Black Isles. named Mahmoud. and wakes him by the smell of something she puts under his nostrils. was my cousin. at the end of which time. I went to a window that was open. and leaves him alone!" "Is it possible that he does not perceive it?" "Alas!" said the first. she comes and lies down by him again. than I married. They thought I was asleep. But I give you notice before hand. and even your eyes. One day. The queen returned from the bath. whatever emotion it excited. that she has time to go where she pleases." You may guess. but as I only closed my eyes. who were then in my chamber. my cousin. that she did not perceive it. with fans in their hands to moderate the heat.

file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. I will." As the queen finished these words she and her lover came to the end of the walk. and brought him to the ground. before sun-rise convert this great city. fell asleep. that I soon heard the sound of her feet before me. and therefore retired speedily without making myself known to the queen.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:28 AM] . or the bounds of the habitable world. and being satisfied with having punished the villain who had injured me. I went thither by another way. she got up with so little precaution. and all shall be changed. and may you never wake again!" She dressed herself. and her lover being next me.html We went to bed together. I heard the queen loudly lamenting. You well know the reason. I concluded I had killed him. owls. believing that I was asleep. inhabited only by wolves. and followed her so quickly. I went to bed. As I crossed the garden to return to the palace. I dressed myself in haste. I was pleased that I had spared her life. turned to enter another. If you would have me transport all the stones of those walls so solidly built. She passed through several gates. I cannot tell you whether she slept or not. into frightful ruins. which she entered. because she was my kinswoman. that she might not perceive me. and passed before me. and revens. I did not fail to lend the most attentive ear to their discourse. I am ready to give you others more decisive: you need but command me. and concealing myself behind the palisadoes of a long walk. beyond mount Caucasus. for fear of being heard. that she said loud enough for me to hear her distinctly. I saw her walking there with a man. and judging by her cries how much she was grieved. As soon as I had reached my apartment. you know my power. whose walks were guarded by thick palisadoes. but by her enchantments she preserved him in an existence in which he could not be said to be either dead or alive. and when I awoke next morning. "Sleep on. As soon as the queen my wife was gone. and heard her address herself thus to her gallant: "I do not deserve to be reproached by you for want of diligence. and went out of the chamber. I struck him on the neck. if you desire it. and this superb palace. and then walked softly after her. whom I chose to spare. The wound I had given her lover was mortal. and the last she opened was that of the garden. I stopt at this gate. as she passed along a parterre. took my cimeter. which opened upon her pronouncing some magical words. then looking after her as far as the darkness of the night permitted. but if all the proofs of affection I have already given you be not sufficient to convince you of my sincerity. found the queen lying. I saw her enter a little wood. but file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_006. and soon after. speak but the word. I had already drawn my cimeter.

which were several times interrupted by her sighs and sobs. Yet." said she. by potions which she had administered to him. At my return. giving herself wholly up to sorrow. I am continually speaking to you. and I concluded she had not suspected me of being the author of her lover's death. he was not only unable to walk or support himself. I should feel surprise if you were insensible to such heavy calamities: weep on. where. the queen. which may be seen from hence. I heard her thus address her lover: "I am afflicted to the highest degree to behold you in this condition. "so far from blaming." At these words. and to say to him all that her senseless passion could inspire. and exhibited no sign of life except in his looks. your tears are so many proofs of your tenderness. I am as sensible as yourself of the tormenting pain you endure. her hair dishevelled." She retired into her apartment. madam?" said I. and said. she could not cure him.html I arose. One day my curiosity induced me to go to the Palace of Tears. she told me.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:31 AM] . "that of the king my father killed in battle. dear soul. I beseech you to put no restraint upon me. went to my closet. and she built a stately edifice. which dishonours both. and dressed myself." When I perceived that my remonstrance. within the bounds of the palace." "Alas! what are they. I was well apprised of this. came up to her. she begged permission to erect a burying place for herself. instead of restoring her to a sense of duty. who has fallen down a precipice. where she would continue." "Sire. to observe how the princess employed herself. 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 called it the Palace of Tears. "if you have any kindness or compassion for me left. to the end of her days: I consented. "I come to beg your majesty not to be surprised to see me in this condition. with all her enchantments. I cannot live at a distance from you. "The death of the queen my dear mother. and part of it torn off. and she continued to convey them to him herself every day after he came to the Palace of Tears. to the empire of the universe. she caused her lover to be conveyed thither. it is time to give over this sorrow. but. I lost all patience: and discovering myself. and would prefer the pleasure of having you always before me. you have wept enough. Though the queen had no other consolation but to see him. but pretended ignorance. but I hope that time and reflection will moderate your grief. I assure you I heartily commiserate your sorrow. When it was finished.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. At the end of that period. from the place to which she had caused him to be carried the night I wounded him: she had hitherto prevented his dying. and said. presented herself before me. you have too much forgotten what you owe to me and to yourself. yet every day she made him two long visits. and from a place where she could not see me. "Madam." I was not displeased that she used this pretext to conceal the true cause of her grief. and of one of my brothers. she spent a whole year in mourning and lamentation. "Madam. My heavy affliction is occasioned by intelligence of three distressing events which I have just received. which it is impossible for time to assuage." said I." she replied. I afterwards held my council. served only to file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. crowned by a cupola. but had also lost the use of his speech. allow me to indulge my grief. clad in mourning.

The white are the Moosulmauns." I must confess. you answer not the proofs I give you of my love by my sighs and lamentations. in a rage. she pronounced words I did not understand. and apostrophising the tomb in my turn. and the metamorphosis of my person.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. She continued every day to visit her lover. for. I cried. He was a black Indian. thou hast too long abused my goodness. had metamorphosed me thus. the Christians and the yellow. It was thy barbarous hand that brought the objets of my fondness into this lamentable condition. the blue. After the cruel sorceress. this adored mortal. the fishes of four colours in the lake are the four kinds of inhabitants of different religions. rose up like a fury. but regarding me stedfastly. by another enchantment she destroyed my capital. no. Is it from insensibility. I gave over and retired. I concealed myself again." "Yes. Tell me rather. 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. related to me these effects of her rage. and reduced the site of the whole to the lake and desert plain you have seen. by what miracle thou becamest the depositary of the rarest treasure the world ever contained. she annihilated the houses. and for two whole years abandoned herself to grief and despair. she throws over me a coarse stuff of goat's hair. "Miscreant!" said she "thou art the cause of my grief. she comes every day. this beloved. I command thee to become half marble and half man. "O tomb! why dost not thou swallow up that monster so revolting to human nature. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. but to mock me. according to his desert. her revenge not being satisfied with the destruction of my dominions." As I spoke these words. I now repent that I did not. The four little hills were the four islands that gave name to this kingdom. unworthy of the name of queen. one of the original natives of this country. do not think I am ignorant of this. was by no means what you would imagine him to have been. my lord. and thou hast the cruelty to come and insult a despairing lover. to add to my affliction.html increase her anguish.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:31 AM] . I ought to have treated thee in the same manner. or rather why dost not thou swallow up both the lover and his mistress?" I had scarcely uttered these words." Immediately. I became what you see. who. this I cannot think. who worship fire. I went a second time to the Palace of Tears. and over that this robe of brocade. and lifted up my hand to punish her. the Persians. the public places and markets. my lord. and were all my delight? No. which was very flourishing and populous. the Jews. in truth. that I discovered myself. and brought me into this hall. who sat by the black. I have dissembled too long." said I. "it was I that chastised that monster. and a living man among the dead. and afterwards added. But this is not all. I was enraged at these expressions. I drew out my cimeter. the red. and gives me over my naked shoulders a hundred lashes with a whip until I am covered with blood. When she has finished this part of my punishment. "Moderate thy anger. and heard her thus address her lover: "It is now three years since you spoke one word to me. which the city contained. she said with a jeering smile. I learned all this from the enchantress. a dead man among the living. when the queen. not to honour. I was so enraged at the language addressed to him." At the same time. "By virtue of my enchantments. while she was there.

is lodged in the Palace of Tears. but I hope thy infinite goodness will ultimately reward me. having never slept since he was enchanted. he went and lay down in the black's bed. and perfumed by a delicious scent issuing from several censers of fine gold of admirable workmanship. 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. and prepared to execute his design. "her lover. which might encumber him. who is entombed before his death. He found it lighted up with an infinite number of flambeaux of white wax. The queen arrived shortly after." said the sultan. As soon as he perceived the bed where the black lay." The sultan.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:31 AM] . still indulging some hopes of being speedily delivered from his misery. and those who write your history will have the advantage of relating what surpasses all that has hitherto been recorded. and I will omit nothing in my power to effect it." "Prince. and waited to complete his design. the revenge to which you are entitled. and for what purpose he had entered the castle. "You had no compassion file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. the sultan took some rest. exclaimed. Never did any thing so extraordinary befall any man. and the sultan was himself so affected by the relation. the sultan told him who he was. placed his cimeter under the covering. and you see I am not in a condition to defend myself.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. after having executed her bloody vengeance upon me. and with unexampled barbarity gave him a hundred stripes. that he could not find utterance for any words of consolation. he drew his cimeter. as I have already told you. since it is thy will things should be as they are. dragged his corpse into the court of the castle. and always complains of his never having spoken to her since he was wounded. said to him." "My lord. She first went into the chamber of her husband. They agreed upon the measures they were to take for accomplishing their design. As to the queen. Shortly after. and conjured her in the most affecting tone to take pity on him. and threw it into a well. Next morning the sultan arose with the dawn. "Inform me whither this perfidious sorceress retires. and anxious to avenge the sufferings of the unfortunate prince. the king of the Black Islands. and to the decrees of thy providence: I endure my calamities with patience. The unfortunate prince filled the palace with his lamentations. She carries to him the potion with which she had hitherto prevented his dying. "your condition can never be sufficiently deplored: no one can be more sensibly affected by your misfortunes than I am. the young king.html When he came to this part of the narrative. and afterwards informed him of a mode of revenge which he had devised. hiding his upper garment. I submit myself to thy judgments. I cannot tell you precisely whither she retires." In his subsequent conversation with the young prince. "Mighty creator of all things. the night being far spent. lifting up his eyes to heaven. One thing only is wanting. and without resistance deprived him of his wretched life. the young king could not restrain his tears. but the cruel wretch ceased not till she had given the usual number of blows. stripped him. he then proceeded to the Palace of Tears. and where may be found her vile paramour. After this. but every day at sun-rise she goes to visit her paramour. greatly moved by the recital of this affecting story. without sleep. but deferred the execution of it till the following day. In the mean time. but the young prince passed the night as usual." replied the prince.

" resumed the queen. "and you are to expect none from me. "do not I deceive myself. I conjure you." The young king. whom thou treatest every day with so much indignity and barbarity. my life. The enchantress then said to him. "make haste to set him at liberty. and as she entered renewed her tears and lamentations: then approaching the bed. you have only removed a part of the evil. the enchantress returned to the Palace of Tears. answered the queen with a grave tone. "understand you not that I allude to the town. "My dear lord. as if it had been on the fire. who did not expect them. where he patiently awaited the event of the design which the sultan had so happily begun. "If the creator of all things did form thee as thou art at present. yielding to necessity. and retired to a remote place." The sultan. Hadst thou disenchanted him. when I make thee feel the effects of my resentment! Does not thy barbarity surpass my vengeance? Traitor! in attempting the life of the object which I adore. speak one word to me at least." replied the sultan. her husband." said the enchantress. addressing herself to the sultan. "was it to disturb the satisfaction so tender and passionate a lover as I am? O cruel prince. and his brocade gown over all. she took a cup of water. and supposing that she still spoke to the black. and pronounced some words over it." "Well. and become what thou west before. went away from the enchantress. said. prevent my sleeping night or day. saying. of which you complain. resume thy natural shape. still counterfeiting the pronunciation of the blacks. and counterfeiting the pronunciation of the blacks." At these words the enchantress. and have recovered the use of my speech. is it certain that I hear you. and threw the water upon him. said. "What you have now done is by no means sufficient for my cure. This is the cause of my silence. without affording me the comfort of hearing again from your own lips that you love me? My soul.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:31 AM] . and cry for file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007." The enchantress went immediately out of the Palace of Tears. "the groans and tears of thy husband." The sultan. destroyed by thy enchantments? The fish every night at midnight raise their heads out of the lake.html on my lover." cried she. you must cut it up by the root. but if thou art in that condition merely by virtue of my enchantments. would you have me restore him?" "Yes. where she thought her paramour lay. "why do you reproach me thus?" "The cries. which caused it to boil. and that you speak to me?" "Unhappy woman. "Dear love.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. hast thou not robbed me of mine? Alas!" said she. she put on again his covering of goat's hair. without replying a word. or if he be angry with thee. rose up and returned thanks to God. She afterwards proceeded to the young king her husband. that I be no longer disturbed by his lamentations. "art thou worthy that I should answer thee?" "Alas!" replied the queen. finding himself restored to his former condition. "what do you mean by the root?" "Wretched woman." She had scarcely spoken these words. will you always be silent! Are you resolved to let me die." "My lovely black." returned the sultan. a hundred blows with the whip. nothing now prevents your rising and giving me the satisfaction of which I have so long been deprived. uttered a loud exclamation of joy. I have done what you required. as if he had awaked out of a deep sleep. conceiving him to be the black "My sun. and its inhabitants. when the prince. she went afterwards to the Palace of Tears." said the sultan." After the enchantress had given the king. and the four islands. I am ready to execute your commands. "to pacify you. "What cruelty. and never return on pain of death." replied the sultan. "There is no strength or power but in God alone. I should long since have been cured." said she." cried she. "Get thee from this castle. who reproachest me that I am inhuman. do not change. who is almighty. Meanwhile.

" "Come near. restore things to their former state." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. This done he left the body on the spot. Go speedily." he continued. she took a little water in her hand. your cruel enemy is dead. as I have no child. well-peopled city." "Potent monarch. the trouble of returning to my own country is sufficiently recompensed by the satisfaction of having obliged you. inspired with hope from these words." said he. and have as much honour and respect shown you as if you were in your own kingdom. freemen or slaves. and seizing her by the arm so suddenly. because mine was enchanted. "approach nearer. were it to the utmost corners of the earth. who found all things as they were before the enchantment. things are changed: however. and in return wished him long life and happiness. and thou shalt help me to arise. To return to the enchantress: As soon as she had effected this wonderful change. he with a blow of his cimeter cut her in two. as they were before: every one having recovered his natural form." Accordingly she went that instant. "dwell peaceably in your capital." The young prince returned thanks to the sultan in a manner that sufficiently the sincerity of his gratitude. But the young king of the Black Islands convinced him beyond a possibility of doubt. I look upon you as such. that she might receive her reward. so that one half fell one way and the other another. and to leave my kingdom without regret. or Jews. and going out of the Palace of Tears. and by acquiring you for a son. I am willing to accompany you. Mahummedans. as she entered." said the prince "I do indeed believe that you came hither from your capital in the time you mention. but since the enchantment is taken off. were astonished to see themselves in an instant in the middle of a large. and at thy return I will give thee my hand. "Prince. This is the true cause of the delay of my cure. and from this moment appoint you my heir and successor. "you think then that you are near your capital?" "Yes. who waited for him with great impatience." said the sultan. my soul. handsome." said the sultan." cried she." "It will take you a whole year to return. who found themselves encamped in the largest square. He then rose up. "My dear lord.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:31 AM] . for since you will do me the honour to accompany me. Then the sultan replied. that she had not time to discover him. "rejoice. When he found him. The houses and shops were immediately filled with their inhabitants. went to seek the young king of the Black Isles. "My heart." The enchantress. and give me your hand. The fish became men. and children. "I know it is not above four or five hours' journey. for I will immediately do as you command me. Persians. which is near: you shall there be welcome. she returned with all expedition to the Palace of Tears. You are my deliverer. then pray rise. She did so." replied the king. you have now nothing to fear. still counterfeiting the pronunciation of the blacks. "I come to rejoice with you in the return of your health: I have done all that you required of me." said the sultan. "You may henceforward. and sprinkling it. you shall soon be restored to your health. than the city was immediately restored. and when she came to the brink of the lake. had no sooner pronounced some words over the fish and the lake. unless you will accompany me to mine." She obeyed. and that I may give you proofs of my acknowledging this during my whole life. embracing him. this shall not prevent my following you. Christians.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. The sultan's numerous retinue. "You are not near enough. to whom I am so much indebted. and could not imagine how it could be. cried out in a transport of joy. "It is no matter.html vengeance against thee and me." The sultan was extremely surprised to understand that he was so far from his dominions. women.

perfectly well mounted and dressed They had a pleasant journey. with a hundred camels laden with inestimable riches from the treasury of the young king. As for the fisherman. and made public rejoicings for several days. the sultan gave file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. and of the adventure which had occasioned it. which. and. who was willing to leave a great kingdom. the principal officers came to receive him. he made each of them presents according to their rank. as he was the first cause of the deliverance of the young prince. after which the young prince employed himself in making preparations for his journey.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:31 AM] .file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_007. approached his capital. and to assure him that his long absence had occasioned no alteration in his empire. had detained him so long. the sultan and the young prince began their journey. The inhabitants also came out in great crowds. who had sent couriers to give advice of his delay. He acquainted them with his having adopted the king of the Four Black Islands. to accompany and live with him. in reward for their loyalty. which were finished in three weeks. who agreed to receive at his hands one of his nearest kindred for their monarch. to the great regret of his court and subjects. contrary to his expectation. followed by fifty handsome gentlemen on horseback. At length. and when the sultan. received him with acclamations. The day after his arrival the sultan gave all his courtiers a very ample account of the circumstances.html The conversation between the sultan and the king of the Black Islands concluded with most affectionate embraces.

I shall not be able to bear it. walnuts. AND OF THE FIVE LADIES OF BAGDAD. all sorts of confectionery. she bid the porter put all into his basket. with a great basket. the porter continued his exclamation. whose front was adorned with fine columns. and such other fruits. citrons. oranges. preserved in vinegar: at another. charmed with these words. a handsome young lady. STORY OF THE THREE CALENDERS. ginger. waiting for employment.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008. and she ordered him to follow her. accosted him. porter. and followed the lady. and at another." The lady laughed at the fellow's pleasant humour. sassafras." The porter. and other herbs. and some other flowers and fragrant plants. They walked till they came to a magnificent house. she commanded him to follow her. without speaking. and several other Indian spices. notwithstanding his mean and laborious business. exclaiming." said he. cucumbers. went in. "you ought to have given me notice that you had so much provision to carry. this quite filled the porter's basket. almonds.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:35 AM] . a porter. set it on his head. jessamin. In the reign of Caliph Haroon al Rusheed. cloves. "Hark you. took his basket immediately. lemons. and ordered him still to follow her. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008. she made him weigh her twenty five pounds of his best meat. quinces. "O happy day! This is a day of agreeable surprise and joy." This being done. sweet basil. pronounced in so agreeable a manner. and perceived that it grew full. and said with a pleasant air. filberts. SONS OF SULTANS. brought a large jug of excellent wine. or rather a camel. There they stopped. she bought pistachios. and knocked: a Christian. musk. O day of good luck!" In a short time the lady stopped before a gate that was shut. and she put money into his hand.html him a plentiful fortune. and the lady knocked softly. peaches. apricots. which made him and his family happy the rest of their days. for if you buy ever so little more. kernels of pine-apples. lilies. which she ordered the porter to put also into his basket. and then I would have brought a horse. and as she proceeded. but the Christian. "O happy day. she took capers. and follow her. myrtles. who knew what she wanted. opened it. covered with a great muslin veil. "and put it in your basket. there was at Bagdad. and a great piece of ambergris. for the purpose. take your basket and follow me. where she furnished herself with all manner of sweet-scented waters. pepper. When the porter had put all these things into his basket. At another shop." said the lady to the porter. One morning as he was at the place where he usually plyed. where she bought several sorts of apples. "Take this jug. with a venerable long white beard. and had a gate of ivory. As she went by a butcher's stall. who. tarragon. "My good lady. and in a little time. was a fellow of wit and good humour. She then went to a druggist." The lady stopped at a fruit-shop.

the beautiful Amene took out money.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:35 AM] . when she came to them. after having passed through a splendid vestibule. He wondered that such a fine lady should come abroad to buy provisions. were adapted chiefly for those who could drink and make merry. Zobeide also assisted. the lady who had opened the gate shut it. she descended as soon as she saw the two others. "come in. This lady was called Zobeide. At the farther end of the court there was a platform. and advanced towards them: he judged by the respect which the other ladies showed her. Zobeide said to the two ladies. that he had nearly suffered his basket to fall. What surprised him most was. the one before and the other behind. she who opened the gate Safie. in which he was not mistaken. her air was too noble. He was chained to the spot by the pleasure of beholding three such beauties. that she was the chief. was a third lady. but when he ought to have departed. he could not summon sufficient resolution for the purpose. another lady came to open the gate. In the middle of the court there was a fountain." said the beautiful portress. as the dry fruits. and paid the porter liberally. Just as he was about to ask her some questions upon this head. or rather so much struck with her charms. perceiving his disorder. who appeared to him equally charming. entered a spacious court. and when they had done. The porter. yet most of the provisions he had brought in. and was seated upon the throne just mentioned.html While the young lady and the porter waited for the opening of the gate. which was copiously supplied out of the mouth of a lion of brass. what do you stay for? Do not you see this poor man so heavy laden. and the several sorts of cakes and confections. and all three together set it on the ground. but what particularly captivated his attention. could not but admire the magnificence of this house. then emptied it. for Amene having now laid aside her veil. why do not you ease him of it?" Then Amene and Safie took the basket. which had a communication with several apartments of extraordinary magnificence. proved to be as handsome as either of the others. that he is scarcely able to stand. "Sisters. and she who went to buy the provisions was named Amene. Sister. that he saw no man about the house." When she entered with the porter. and took so much pleasure in watching his looks. and full of clear water. do not you see that this honest man is ready to sink under his burden. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008. that he was perfectly surprised. richly furnished. with a throne of amber in the middle. though heavy laden. and all three. enriched with diamonds and pearls of an extraordinary size. that she forgot the gate was opened. the porter made a thousand reflections. "Pray. The porter was well satisfied with the money he had received. was greatly diverted. and covered with red satin embroidered with Indian gold of admirable workmanship. encompassed with an open gallery. supported by four columns of ebony. faced with white marble. he concluded she could not be a slave. and knowing the cause. The lady who brought the porter with her. and therefore he thought she must needs be a woman of quality. and appeared to him so beautiful. who seemed to be more beautiful than the second. and the excellent order in which every thing was placed. for he had never seen any beauty that equalled her.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008.

his alacrity. "by your very air. how canst thou expect the breast of another to be more faithful?'" "My ladies.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:35 AM] . and allow me. and I conceive that I am not mistaken. in all probability. and do not reveal it to any one. and would abuse our confidence. had it not been for his readiness. and said to Zobeide and Safie." replied the porter." The beautiful Safie seconded her sister. and that. "Sister. "That the table is not completely furnished. and though you do not deserve that I should enter into any explanation with you. who transact our affairs with so much secrecy that no one knows any thing of them. but we hesitate not to discover it to the prudent." To this he added several other pleasant things. ‘If you bring something with you. when I tell you. to say. of this you perceive he is capable: I assure you. if Amene had not taken his part." said she. The ladies fell a laughing at the porter's reasoning. answered him. smiling." replied the porter. give him something more. have retired in confusion. Though fortune has not given me wealth enough to raise me above my mean profession. as you have seen. to prove what he said. 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. you shall depart empty?'" The porter. I could not have done so much business. and said to the porter.html Zobeide thought at first. where I to repeat to you all the obliging expressions he addressed to me by the way. If thy own breast cannot keep thy counsel. after which Zobeide gravely addressed him. and did not forget the Bagdad proverb. she continued. "it is not that which detains me. and courage to follow me. you shall carry something away.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008. "Friend. "My dear sisters. and a good author that we have read. He that makes his secret known it no longer its master. I beseech you. the key of which is lost." "Madam. at a considerable expense. because we know that with them it is safe. by reading books of science and history. have you never heard the common saying." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008. I am already more than paid for my services. except there be four in company:" and so concluded. notwithstanding his rhetoric. I judged at first that you were persons of extraordinary merit. and the door sealed up. I conjure you to let him remain. I am sensible that I act rudely in staying longer than I ought. says. 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." Zobeide perceiving that the porter was not deficient in wit. yet I have not omitted to cultivate my mind as much as I could. it is not just that you should now partake of the entertainment without contributing to the cost. you presume rather too much. ‘Keep thy own secret. "You know that we have been making preparations to regale ourselves. "Friend. besides. but thinking he wished to share in their festivity. "are you not sufficiently paid?" And turning to Amene. must. that since they were but three. but perceiving that he remained too long.' A secret in my keeping is as secure as if it were locked up in a cabinet. that the porter staid only to take breath. but I hope you will the goodness to pardon me. "What do you wait for. but if you bring nothing. I have no objection to inform you that we are three sisters. you would not feel surprised at my taking his part. We have but too much reason to be cautious of acquainting indiscreet persons with our counsel. they wanted another. I need not tell you that he will afford us some diversion. that he may depart satisfied. in so short a time.

poured some wine into it. wine." When he had spoken these words he would have returned the money he had received.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:35 AM] . and fastened her robe to her girdle that she might act with the greater freedom. ladies. "Most beautiful lady. and my eye like a looking-glass. if you will take my advice." replied the porter. I shall leave the best part of myself behind. "we can refuse you nothing. In short. you may chance to hear what you will not like. No. and said to the porter. who drank in course as they sat." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008." said she. "Sisters. "We are willing once more to grant your request. and drank first herself. in any place you please. read what is written over our gate on the inside. and made the porter sit down by them. that you shall have no cause to complain. Amene took a cup. I am pleased with the request. The song pleased the ladies much. do not think that I will abuse it. kissed Amene's hand. whatever we do in your presence relating either to ourselves or any thing else." Amene pleaded the second time for the porter. and be not too inquisitive to pry into the motives of our actions. cried. whither do you command me to go in my present condition? What with drinking and your society. kissed the ground at her feet. she then brought in several sorts of meat. as he received it. the ladies took their places. "that what we demand of you is not a new thing among us. he having already diverted us so well. I must forewarn you." and then turning to the porter. I shall never find the way home. and far less to punish my indiscretion.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008. but upon this new condition. allow me this night to recover myself. let us keep him for the remainder of the night. the charming Amene put off the apparel she went abroad with. which retains nothing of the objets that is set before it. "What we have once given. so the wine he was going to drink. not willing to leave good company. My friend. saying. and nothing was wanting that could serve to render it agreeable. "since you do me so great an honour. but we also require you to attend to the strictest rules of good manners. the porter was so transported with joy. The day drawing to a close. but Zobeide ordered him to keep it. in consenting to your staying with us. she then filled the cup to her sisters. and raising himself up. "Madam. that he fell on his knees." said he. you began my good fortune to-day." During this address. it is time for you to depart. After they had eaten a little. which lasted a considerable time. "I promise to abide by this condition. or look upon myself as deserving of the distinction.html At these words of Amene. that. "Alas! ladies. and each of them afterwards sung one in her turn. As to the rest. for if you put any questions respecting what does not concern you. who was overjoyed to see himself seated with three such admirable beauties. and at last she filled it the fourth time for the porter." "To shew you. and before he drank. received a more exquisite flavour than it naturally possessed. or if you love me as much as I think you do. that it is not the only condition we impose upon you that you keep inviolable the secret we may entrust to you." But the porter." answered Zobeide. Soon after. coming from her fair hands. he is right." said Zobeide with a serious countenance. That as the wind bears with it the sweet scents of the purfumed places over which it passes. I cannot adequately express my acknowledgments." "Sister. who. said. and. we never take back. they were all very pleasant during the repast. and cups of gold. said. "to reward those who have served us. sung a song to this purpose. "Arise. Safie spoke in the name of the three ladies. you do not so much as open your mouth to ask the reason. and now you complete it by this generous conduct. I shall always look upon myself as one of your most humble slaves. my tongue shall be immovable on this occasion. beware therefore. I am quite beside myself. addressing himself to all the three sisters. but go when I will.

which her sisters perceiving. They say. whom they saw clad almost like those devotees with whom they have continual disputes respecting several points of discipline." said she. But being very desirous to obtain this favour. they heard a knocking at the gate. and not knowing where to find a lodging. at least they appear to be such by their habit. you will not suffer it to go by. it being night." said he. written in large characters of gold: "He who speaks of things that do not concern him. "and bring them in. they resumed their seats. but what will surprise you is. they will afford us diversion enough. we shall finish the day better than we began it. that they were glad of the opportunity to oblige them. but do not forget to acquaint them that they must not speak of any thing which does not concern them. they would be satisfied with a stable. Safie returning." These preliminaries being settled." said Zobeide. under pretext of making him drink their healths. as well as a delicate light. and after she had lighted up the room with tapers. they could not refuse her. she sat down with her sisters and the porter. When the ladies heard the knocking. But I cannot without laughing think of their amusing and uniform figure. and eye-brows shaved." Safie ran out with joy. but Safie was the nimblest. Amene brought in supper. "I believe we have file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008. they are but just come to Bagdad. The ladies diverted themselves in intoxicating the porter. and seem not to want spirit. and in a little time after returned with the three calenders. which yield a most agreeable perfume. for reasons which she herself well knew. shall hear things that will not please him. They are young and handsome. before they sat down. At their entrance they made a profound obeisance to the ladies. and if you agree with me. they are all three blind of the right eye." Zobeide and Amene made some difficulty to grant Safie's request. They care not what place we put them in. and at last invited them to sit down with them. who rose up to receive them. "My dear sisters. and resolve to leave us as soon as day appears. said. "Sisters. The magnificence of the place. "I swear to you that you shall never hear me utter a word respecting what does not relate to me. and told them courteously that they were welcome. When they were all in the best humour possible. and the repast was enlivened by reciprocal flashes of wit. because they desire shelter only for this night." Here Safie laughed so heartily. "you will permit them to come in.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008. inspired the calenders with high respect for the ladies: but. and to contribute towards relieving the fatigues of their journey. and receive them into the house.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:35 AM] . because they never shave their beards nor eye-brows. where they never were before. They began again to eat and drink. and pray us. and put us to no charge. or wherein you may have any concern. "Go then. to sing. provided they may be under shelter. that the two sisters and the porter could not refrain from laughing also. and the civility they received.html The porter went and read these words. beards. one of them said. we have a very fine opportunity of passing a good part of the night pleasantly. for the love of heaven. it is impossible but that with such persons as I have described them to be. and cause them to read what is written over the gate. to have compassion on them. There are three calenders at our gate. and have their heads. "Ladies." Returning again to the three sisters. made of aloe-wood and ambergris. having by chance cast their eyes upon the porter. and repeat verses. they all three got up to open the gate. they happened by chance to knock at this gate.

and went to see who it was. and passing through the street where the three ladies dwelt. and pacified them. and fall into excessive laughter. without stirring from his place. returned again in a moment. answered.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:35 AM] . Each man took the instrument he liked. the ladies interposed. when the company were in the midst of their jollity. The caliph Haroon al Rusheed was frequently in the habit of walking abroad in disguise by night. In the height of this diversion. and would cause them to be brought: they willingly accepted the proposal. and a tabor. When the calenders were seated. we should be sorry to give you the least occasion. a knocking was heard at the gate. that he might discover if every thing was quiet in the city.html got here one of our revolted Arabian brethren. as he wished to enter file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008. on the contrary. "Sit you down. and all three together began to play a tune The ladies. all disguised in merchants' habits. and see that no disorders were committed. "do not put yourself in a passion. 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. we are ready to receive your commands. to put an end to the dispute. being highly pleased with them. and fair Safie going to fetch them. he heard the sound of music and fits of loud laughter. did not let them want for wine." The porter having his head warm with wine. but the words of the song made them now and then stop. accompanied by Jaaffier his grand vizier. if they had any instruments in the house. who knew the words of a merry song that suited the air. but follow ours. they signified to the ladies. took offence and with a fierce look. and presented them with a flute of her own country fashion. joined the concert with their voices." "Honest man. After the calenders had eaten and drunk liberally. to knock. that they wished to entertain them with a concert of music. Safie left off singing. another of the Persian. the ladies served them with meat. and Safie. This night the caliph went out on his rambles.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_008. upon which he commanded the vizier." Upon which. and Mesrour the chief of the eunuchs of his palace." said the calender.

"you shall be obeyed. with a very low salutation said. "We are three merchants of Mossoul. We happened this evening to be with a merchant of this city. "It is that. the sound of music. which we have in a warehouse at a caravan-serai. while here. they at last consented to let them in. and the vizier. but we had the good fortune to escape by getting over the wall. and somewhat overcome with wine. we supposed you were not yet going to rest. nor impertinently curious. and will not be opened till morning: wherefore. Zobeide. "I command you to knock. as we passed by this way. in vain represented to him that the noise proceeded from some women who were merry-making." Jaaffier complied. he sent for a company of dancers. without meddling with what does not belong to us. hearing. and that it would not be proper he should expose himself to be affronted by them: besides. she would return with an answer. "No matter. who were said to be merchants like himself. Safie opened the gate. if not." Zobeide continued. and the music and dancers making a great noise. before we get home to our khan. it is enough for us to notice affairs that concern us. passing by." "Alas!" said the vizier. before we can arrive there the gates will be shut. entertained the ladies in conversation. While the vizier. Safie made the business known to her sisters.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:38 AM] . where we had a splendid entertainment: and the wine having put us in good humour. Besides. we are afraid of meeting that or some other watch. The ladies returned their salutations. addressed them with a grave and serious countenance. who arrived here about ten days ago with rich merchandise. they drank to the health of the new-comers. his grand vizier. and told them that she was not mistress of the house. that she was an incomparable beauty." replied the vizier. perceiving by the light in her hand. and speak not of any thing that does not concern you. and therefore he ought not to disturb them in their mirth. who invited us to his house. and his two companions. as the chief. and said. Night being come on." "Madam.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. and the chief of the eunuchs. Safie had time to observe the vizier. "You are welcome. "what favour? We can refuse nothing to such fair ladies. to make some amends for the interruption we have given you. to beg the favour of lodging ourselves in the house till morning. that without question their heads were warm with wine.html to ascertain the reason. supposing them to be merchants. and having granted the same favour to the three calenders. very courteously saluted the ladies and the calenders. we will endeavour to contribute to your diversion to the best of our power. The caliph. Being strangers." Whilst Jaaffier was speaking. being introduced by the fair Safie. the watch. but if they would have a minute's patience. it was not yet an unlawful hour. I hope you will not take it ill if we desire one favour of you. and the company being united." said the caliph. the caliph could not forbear admiring their file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. lest you hear what will by no means please you. caused the gate to be opened and some of the company to be taken up." Upon this they all sat down. and made bold to knock at your gate. But before I proceed farther. which was natural to her. who considered for some time what to do: but being naturally of a good disposition. where we have also our lodging. The vizier. we only beg the favour of staying this night in your vestibule. and if you think us worthy of your good company. We are not censorious. but no tongues. you would have eyes. that you question us not for the reason of any thing you may see.

and you shall not be idle long. ought not to be idle. "Get up. and entered the closet. who is one of the family. When the three calenders had finished their dance. together with the instruments which the calenders had played upon.html extraordinary beauty. and the neatness of the house. These circumstances. graceful behaviour. the exact order of every thing. answered. nothing struck him with more surprise than the calenders being all three blind of the right eye. but the conditions so lately imposed upon himself and his companions would not allow him to speak. and then went towards a closet. kissed her. pleasant humour." said she. sister. held her head up in a supplicating posture. and bring the other to me. which augmented the good opinion the ladies had conceived of them. this being done. and he brought them into the middle of the apartment. and looking upon her with a sad and pitiful countenance. trimmed the lamps." A little time after. put every thing again in its place. "stay till you are spoken to. and danced after their fashion. nor to her cries that resounded through the house. moved very gravely towards the porter. carried away the dishes. arise. returned the chain to the porter. and returned immediately. Safie was not idle. for the company will not be offended if we use our freedom. Zobeide. "Pray. Upon this the bitch that he held in his hand began to howl." Amene understanding her sister's meaning. but swept the room. said. "Here am I. they both wept: after which. and taking Amene by the hand. and the different ways of making merry. and having spent her strength. with her handkerchief.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. "let us perform our duty:" she then tucked up her sleeves above her elbows. but Zobeide. and taking the chain from the porter. rose from her seat. threw down the rod.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:38 AM] . the flasks and cups. she requested the three calenders to sit down upon the sofa at one side. and the caliph with his companions on the other: then addressing herself to the porter. and ready wit. "Porter. each of them secured by a collar and chain. and their presence need not hinder the performance of our customary exercise. and procured them the esteem of the caliph and his companions. the calenders arose. and turning towards Zobeide. and put fresh aloes and ambergris to them. whipped her with the rod till she was out of breath." The porter. Zobeide. and receiving a rod from Safie. Zobeide arose. "deliver one of the bitches to my sister Amene." He obeyed." replied Safie. and said. she said. which would have moved pity. desired file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. which she placed in the middle of the room. "Come hither and assist me. made him think they were in some enchanted place. being somewhat recovered from his wine." said she. Amene came in with a chair. "Come. heaving a deep sigh. she beckoned to the porter. Having opened the door. having no regard to the sad countenance of the animal. Their conversation happening to turn upon diversions. they appeared as if they had been severely whipped with rods." The porter did as he was commanded. and prepare yourself to assist us in what we are going to do. on the other hand. lifted up the bitch by her paws. leading two black bitches. He would gladly have learnt the cause of this singularity. with the richness of the furniture. a man like you. ready to obey your commands." "Very well. wiped the tears from the bitch's eye. rising from her seat between the calenders and the caliph. arose immediately. and having tied the sleeve of his gown to his belt.

She went towards Safie and opened the case. The porter led back the whipped bitch to the closet. with so much sweetness. Having sung with much passion and action. and kiss them." The caliph. "Pray take it. with the caliph and his companions. and accompanying the instrument with her voice. Safie. and treated her after the same manner. by the words of the song. and was so much affected. should weep with them. but with so much vehemence. who requested him to hold her as he had done the first. and receiving the other from Amene. and sat down upon the sofa. were black and full of scars. and went into another closet. Zobeide sat still some time in the middle of the room. that it charmed the caliph and all the company. and returned her to the porter: but Amene spared him the trouble of leading her back into the closet. but being pressed by repeated signs. and bring her the other. that I may also aft my part?" "Yes. "We had better have slept in the streets than have come hither to behold such spectacles. took up the rod.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:38 AM] . Zobeide. she dried her eyes. at last. and the three calenders. longed exceedingly to be informed of the cause of so strange a proceeding." "Very willingly. but. They muttered among themselves. were extremely surprised at this exhibition. who file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. and presented it to her: and after some time spent in tuning it. the whole company remained silent for some time. and when she had wept over her." replied Zobeide. and the caliph. "Sister. sister. having the caliph. said. sister.html him to carry her to the place whence he took her. However. Jaaffier. could not forbear making signs to the vizier to ask the question: the vizier turned his head another way. near to that where the bitches were. who. after having so furiously beaten those two bitches. on her right hand." Amene rose. she said to Amene. and did it herself. "Dear sister. who. richly embroidered with gold and green silk. spoke to her sister Amene. and a song in my stead. and Mesrour. taking the lute from her sister Safie. for she fell into a fit. for air. this gave her no ease. to uncover her neck and bosom. Amene played and sung almost as long upon the same subject. for my voice fails me. sat down in her place. you have done wonders. from whence she took a lute. When Zobeide and Safie had run to help their sister. I conjure you to rise." Amene was prevented from answering this civility. The three calenders. wipe off their tears. presented her to Zobeide. being more impatient than the rest. sung a song about the torments that absence creates to lovers. and we may easily see that you feel the grief you have expressed in so lively a manner. or rather transported. you know what I would say. "Dear sister. that it was not yet time for the caliph to satisfy his curiosity. her heart being so sensibly touched at the moment. which surprised and affected all the spectators. sitting on a chair in the middle of the room. to recover herself of her fatigue. with the porter. Safie began to play. will you not be pleased to return to your place. and then went. on her left. which did not appear so fair as might have been expected. desirous of testifying her satisfaction. that she was obliged. one of the calenders could not forbear saying." replied Amene. on the contrary. kissed her. and could not comprehend why Zobeide. and Safie called to her. that her strength failed her as she finished. where she had whipped the two bitches.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. he answered by others. that by the moosulman religion are reckoned unclean animals. oblige the company with a tune. and brought out a case covered with yellow satin. After Zobeide had taken her seat.

"Gentlemen. I pray you. as well as the calenders. that if you know nothing of all this. "Sir." said the caliph. and resolving to satisfy his curiosity. You know the conditions on which these ladies consented to receive us. The next business was to settle who should carry the message." said the calenders. and if you are surprised to see me I am as much so to find myself in your company." This increased the caliph's astonishment: "Probably. he addressed him as if he had been a merchant. and that which increases my wonder is. and said. who was recovered of her fit. and whispered to him. and having overheard them speaking pretty loud. let us try if we can oblige them to explain what we have seen." One of the calenders beckoned the porter to come near. Without discovering the prince to the calenders. without knowing themselves to be in a condition to punish us for its violation. where you may be informed of all that you desire to know. "The night will soon be at an end. what will they say of us if we break them? We shall be still more to blame." said he. and how the bosom of that lady who file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. had supposed the porter to be one of the family. but I never was in the house until now." Here the vizier took the caliph aside. Zobeide returned from her sister Amene. if any mischief befall us. I live in this city.html heard this. these gentlemen beseech you to inform them why you wept over your two bitches after you had whipped them so severely. the caliph rejected it. and at last they agreed that the porter should be the man: as they were consulting how to word this fatal question. who appears to have been so basely abused?" "Sir. I will to-morrow morning bring these ladies before your throne." The grand vizier Jaaffier objected to this. and said. "this man who is with you may know something of the matter. the caliph said to the rest. and have but three women to deal with. "I can swear by heaven. and shewed the caliph what might be the consequence. "We know no more than you do. that our reputation is at stake. and if your majesty will only be pleased to have so much patience. whether he knew why those two black bitches had been whipped.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009." Though this advice was very judicious. I know as little as you do." "What. said. and why Amene's bosom was so scarred. and if they refuse by fair means. It is true. but they excused themselves. but would immediately have his curiosity satisfied. and hoped he would have been able to give them the information they sought.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:38 AM] . what is the subject of your conversation? What are you disputing about?" The porter answered immediately. "Madam. he would not wait so long. "Consider. but finding he could not. and asked them what might be the meaning of all this? They answered. we came in but a few minutes before you. came to him and the other calenders. that I have not seen one man with these ladies. we are in a condition to compel them by force." said the porter. for it is not likely that they would have extorted such a promise from us. "this is the first time of our being in the house. The caliph endeavoured to prevail with the calenders to speak first. and which we agreed to observe. and asked him. "We are seven men. She drew near them. desired the vizier to hold his tongue. "are you not of the family? Can you not resolve us concerning the two black bitches and the lady that fainted away." The caliph and his company.

html lately fainted away came to be so full of scars? These are the questions I am ordered to ask in their name. Zobeide would not have allowed him time: for having turned to the calenders. naturally warm. and her sisters: "High. that it is more glorious to pardon such a wretch as I am. was infinitely more indignant than the rest.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. when he found she wished to know who they all were. to find his life depending upon the command of a woman: but he began to conceive some hopes. when informed of his quality. and adorable mistresses. for if you were. mighty." On which she exclaimed.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:38 AM] . and consider. Zobeide put on a stern countenance. and say who you are. in a tone that sufficiently expressed her resentment." Zobeide. One of them answered." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. cried. threw him on the ground. but that shall not excuse your rudeness. "Before we granted you the favour of receiving you into our house. they are to blame. there is no town in the world but suffers wherever these inauspicious fellows come. who have no way to help myself." As she spoke these words. every one seized a man." The caliph. because we are alone." At these words. brandishing a cimeter over his head. who spoke not a word. except the vizier Jaaffier. than to sacrifice me to your resentment. do not put me to death for another man's crime. gentlemen. I beg you not to destroy the innocent with the guilty. could not but laugh within herself at the porter's lamentation: but without replying to him. and to prevent all occasion of trouble from you. "No. lest you might hear that which would not please you. "I must examine them first. I am innocent. It is true that our easy temper has occasioned this. "Yes. weeping. that is to say. more prudent. and therefore answered." "Were you born blind of the right eye. who. "We have what we deserve. as we observe the same rules. you would have been more modest and more respectful to us. madam. we imposed the condition that you should not speak of any thing that did not concern you. madam." But if he had intended to speak as the caliph commanded him. "Come quickly:" upon this. and yet after having received and entertained you. and clapping her hands as often together. she asked if they were brothers. resolved to save his master's honour." The frightened porter interrupted her thus: "In the name of heaven. and not let the world know the affront he had brought upon himself by his own imprudence. "how pleasantly did we pass our time! those blind calenders are the cause of this misfortune. Madam." continued she? "No. no otherwise than as we are calenders. "Is it true. that he had not taken the advice of his vizier. therefore he spoke with a low voice to the vizier. and turning towards the caliph and the rest of the company. and seeing them all blind with one eye. Before they would strike the fatal blow." said she. but too late." said Zobeide. for he imagined she would not put him to death. you make no scruple to break your promise. she spoke a second time to the rest. one of the slaves said to Zobeide. a door flew open." "Alas!" said he. was from his ill-timed curiosity on the point of forfeiting his life. or persons of authority or distinction in your own countries. to declare it speedily: but the vizier. and seven black slaves rushed in. otherwise you shall not live one moment longer: I cannot believe you to be honest men. she gave three stamps with her foot. "that you desired him to ask me these questions?" All of them. "Answer me. and dragged him into the middle of the room. who was near him. the calenders and porter. with Mesrour. do you command us to strike off their heads?" "Stay. answered. We may easily conceive the caliph then repented. notwithstanding her anger.

but the last who spoke added.html answered he. where you had the goodness file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. and the occasion of their coming. "Madam. let them go where they please. so that what I have to say will be very short. that it would be instructive to every body were it in writing: after that misfortune I shaved my beard and eyebrows. and a druggist's.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_009. to shew you that we are no common fellows. the eunuch Mesrour. your sister. lemons. that I might get my bread." The three calendars. Those who tell us their history. were all in the middle of the hall." Zobeide asked the other two calenders the same question. and said. spoke first. then I came hither. with my basket upon my head as full as I was able to carry it. the caliph. then to one where oranges. My lady. but do not spare those who refuse to give us that satisfaction. then to a grocer's. be pleased to know. and I assure you that the sultans from whom we derive our being were famous in the world. then to a herb-shop. seated upon a carpet in the presence of the three ladies. and that you may have some consideration for us. yet we have had time enough to make that known to one another. who reclined upon a sofa. the grand vizier. you know my history already. and the slaves stood ready to do whatever their mistresses should command. and said to the slaves. do them no hurt. and though we never met together till this evening. Jaaffier. "I lost my eye in such a surprising adventure. and the occasion of my coming hither. and took the habit of a calender which I now wear." At this discourse Zobeide suppressed her anger. "Madam. "Give them their liberty a while. and citrons were sold.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:38 AM] . The porter. I followed her to a vintner's. that we are all three sons of sultans. but remain where you are. understanding that he might extricate himself from danger by telling his history. next to a confectioner's. and had the same answers. called me this morning at the place where I plyed as porter to see if any body would employ me. and the porter.

glad at heart to have escaped the danger that had frightened him so much. The last time I saw him. I must tell you. one of the three calenders directing his speech to Zobeide. after the rest have had the pleasure to hear my history. began thus: The History of the First Calender. a favour that I shall never forget. and magnificently apparelled: he did not intimate who she was." Being true to my oath. and resolving one day to give me a treat.html (1 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:41 AM] . at whose court I amused myself for a month or two. "Stay here till I return." replied the porter. we must lose no time. and accordingly he came with a lady in his hand. conversing upon indifferent subjects. let us see you here no more.html to suffer me to continue till now. This. I went regularly every year to see my uncle. he made great preparations for that purpose. enter it together. I will be with you in a moment. After I had learned my exercises. madam. and conducting her to such a place. as the principal of the three ladies. and by the directions file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. I very readily took the oath required of me: upon which he said to me. "you will hardly be able to guess how I have been employed since your last departure from hence. which will be very speedily. neither did I think it would be polite to enquire." The affection and familiarity that subsisted between us would not allow me to refuse him any thing. and the prince his son and I were nearly of the same age. "Depart. Zobeide said to him. Madam. and tarry till I come. We continued a long time at table. but took the lady by the hand. After which the prince said. he sat down at the end of the sofa. and now and then filling a glass to each other's health. "I beg you to let me stay.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. according to the confidence I repose in you. But first you are to promise me upon oath. in order to inform you how I lost my right eye. where you will see a tomb newly built in form of a dome: you will easily know it. After him. and after we had both supped. "Cousin. is my history. These journeys cemented a firm and intimate friendship between the prince my cousin and myself. I have caused an edifice to be built. We sat down again with this lady at table. the gate is open." said he. that you will keep my secret. it would not be just." "Madam." When the porter had done. that I am a sultan's son born: my father had a brother who reigned over a neighbouring kingdom. and then returned again to my father's. I have had a great many men at work to perfect a design I have formed. and why I was obliged to put myself into a calender's habit. he received me with greater demonstrations of tenderness than he had done at any time before. where we continued some time. which is now finished so as to be habitable: you will not be displeased if I shew it you. the sultan my father granted me such liberty as suited my dignity. I made no farther enquiry. therefore pray oblige me by taking this lady along with you." And having spoken thus. about a year past. of singular beauty. that I should not also have the satisfaction of hearing theirs. "Cousin.

had long entertained a mortal hatred against me. madam. and a little bag of mortar. The hatchet served him to break down the empty sepulchre in the middle of the tomb. As soon as I understood this. and the prince began to follow. and put out one of his eyes. "My dear cousin. who surrounded me as I entered. I sent to enquire if the prince my cousin was ready to receive a visit from me. and carried me before the tyrant: I leave you to judge. Next morning. for he came to me like a madman. contrary to custom. But now that he had me in his power. and had been hunting for several days. and went down. the army has proclaimed the grand vizier. however. I was sensibly afflicted. and laid them in a corner. that they knew not what was become of him. surmising what was become of the prince: but because of my oath to keep his secret. the vapours of the wine got up into my head. and went to bed. I asked the reason. I reached my apartment. and went to the public burying-place. and were in much trouble in consequence. he then dug up the ground. I left the ministers of the sultan my uncle in great trouble. This rebel vizier. as soon as he saw me." "Dear cousin. speaking to the lady. and the commanding officer replied." I could get nothing farther from him. and underneath perceived the head of a staircase leading into a vault. I began to reflect upon what had happened. it is by this way that we are to go to the place I told you of:" upon which the lady advanced. and thrusting his file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. Adieu. I loved to shoot with a cross-bow. said. I thank you. a bird happening to come by. "Prince. he expressed his feelings. that all this while the sultan my uncle was absent. who is dead. and having prayed his ministers to make my apology at his return. I not only sent to make my excuse to him. as opportunity offered. carrying a pitcher of water. We were scarcely got thither.html which the prince my cousin had given me. but did it in person: yet he never forgave me. left his palace. where I saw a trap-door under the sepulchre. but first turning to me. but when they brought word back that he did not lie in his own lodgings that night. he took away the stones one after another. when we saw the prince following us. and thus I spent four days successively in vain. when I awoke. where there were several tombs like that which I had seen: I spent the day in viewing them one after another. where. I found a numerous guard at the gate of the palace. made me sensible of his resentment." At these words the guards laid hold of me. who was taking the air upon the terrace of his own house." I cried. I fancied it was nothing but a dream.html (2 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:41 AM] . I am infinitely obliged to you for the trouble you have taken. and I take you prisoner in the name of the new sultan. which he lifted up. and after recollecting all the circumstances of such a singular adventure. I brought her to the place. "you may return the way you came. I durst not tell them what I had seen. and. and being one day upon the terrace of the palace with my bow. I grew weary of waiting for him. how much I was surprised and grieved. but was obliged to take my leave. You must know. and set out towards my father's court. I shot but missed him. instead of your father." replied he. Full of these thoughts. said. for this reason. When I was a stripling. Then my cousin. As I returned to my uncle's palace. a hatchet. I arrived at my father's capital. but could not find that I sought for. "Madam.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. I conceived that the strange event of the tomb was too true. and the ball by misfortune hit the vizier. "what is the meaning of this?" "Be content.

" I thanked him for the favour he did me. and commanded the executioner to carry me into the country. At these words. in order to execute the barbarous sentence. When we came to the foot of the stairs. I fancy we shall find it: but since he ordered it to be built privately. From this antechamber we came into another. notwithstanding all the enquiry he could make. The executioner conveyed me thus shut up into the country. and was the more rejoiced. Before us there appeared a high estrade. because I had formerly sought it a long time in vain. and you took your oath to keep his secret. full of thick smoke of an ill scent. and came to his capital. as you will perceive by the sequel of my story. and lighted by several branched candlesticks. I gave him a long detail of the tragical cause of my return.html finger into my right eye. which he did not then tell me. by considering that I had very narrowly escaped a much greater evil. very large. which obscured the lamp. and see you reduced to this deplorable condition?" He told me how uneasy he was that he could hear nothing of his son. that we ought to go in quest of it without other attendants. supported by columns." said he. "get you speedily out of the kingdom. We disguised ourselves and went out by a door of the garden which opened into the fields. and I can guess pretty nearly the place. he ordered me to be shut up in a machine. But the usurper's cruelty did not stop here.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. so that. but by my prayers and tears. I knew the tomb. the unfortunate father burst into tears. but we were much surprised not to see any person. I followed. and take heed of returning. but must I have also news of the death of a brother I loved so dearly. I told the sultan all that I knew.html (3 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:41 AM] . "Nephew. I am of opinion. or you will certainly meet your own ruin. and provisions of several sorts stood on one side of it. and of the sad condition he saw me in. we had great difficulty in raising it. There was a cistern in the middle. because the prince had fastened it inside with the water and mortar formerly mentioned. it was impossible for me to keep the secret any longer. and when I had done. At last I arrived in the dominions of the sultan my uncle. to cut off my head. and was so much afflicted. I knew that my son ordered that tomb to be built. and travelled as far by night as my strength would allow me. pulled it out. "was it not enough for me to have lost my son." said he to me." But he had another reason for keeping the matter secret. and be the cause of mine. and leave me to be devoured by birds of prey. I could not travel far at a time. and found the iron trap pulled down at the head of the staircase. and as soon as I was left alone. "Alas!" cried he. notwithstanding my oath to the prince my cousin. and with the idea you still have of it. I retired to remote places during the day. and soon found what we sought for. and an important one it was. that pitying his grief. comforted myself for the loss of my eye. We entered. but at last we succeeded. and thus I became blind of one eye. and we went down about fifty steps. The sultan my uncle descended first. that gave a very faint light. we found a sort of antechamber. Being in such a condition. His majesty listened to me with some sort of comfort. "what you tell me gives me some hope. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. I moved the man's compassion: "Go.

he pulled off his sandal." replied the sultan. and shut her up so close that she could have no conversation with her brother.html which we mounted by several steps." cried he. with all sorts of provisions.html (4 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:41 AM] . instead of testifying his sorrow to see the prince his son in such a condition. that all the obstacles which by my prudence I could lay in the way served only to inflame her love. I am forced to suspend it. casting his eyes upon me. "My son being persuaded of his sister's constancy. I shall happily find in you what will better supply his place. as you see. which he has supplied. but God." At these words. and taken out before they were consumed. "This is the punishment of this world. At last. After a while. But that unfortunate creature had swallowed so much of the poison. has justly punished them both. and I joined mine with his. "Sir. because I did not foresee its pernicious consequence. "whatever grief this dismal sight has impressed upon me. as she did him: I did not check their growing fondness. and the eternal disgrace he would bring upon my family. on presence of building a tomb. with a disdainful air. to enquire of your majesty what crime the prince my cousin may have committed. and gave the corpse of his son a blow on the cheek.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. This tenderness increased as they grew in years. laying before him the horrible nature of the passion he entertained. The sultan went up. that I dreaded the end of it. if he persisted. he came and shut himself up with her in this place." said I. and opening the curtains. but I also represented the same to my daughter. as much as lay in our power. and such other materials as the tomb was built of. as if they had been thrown into a fire." The reflections he made on the doleful end of the prince and princess his daughter made us both weep afresh. "if I have lost that unworthy son. that though this spectacle filled me with horror. I applied such remedies as were in my power: I not only gave my son a severe reprimand in private. embracing me. "I must tell you. that his corpse should deserve such indignant treatment?" "Nephew. which ought to be a subject of horror to all the world. that he might enjoy detestable pleasures. the sultan my uncle. caused this subterraneous habitation to be made. "Dear nephew. and covered it with earth. to enter by force into the place of his sister's confinement. and upon this there was a large bed. and to such a height. that my son (who is unworthy of that name) loved his sister from his infancy. spat on his face. and departed at last from that dismal place. I cannot adequately express how much I was astonished when I saw the sultan my uncle abuse his son thus after he was dead. We ascended the stairs again. and to bring her hither. with curtains drawn. And after so damnable an action." and not content with this. so terrible an effect of the wrath of God. But what surprised me most was. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. He took advantage of my absence. who would not suffer such an abomination. but burnt and changed to cinder. We let down the trap door. but that of the other will last to eternity. perceived the prince his son and the lady in bed together. on purpose to hide. but this was a circumstance which my honour would not suffer me to make public. in hopes of finding one day or other an opportunity to possess himself of that objets which was the cause of his flame. he melted into tears. and exclaimed.

drums. and stopping a little while to consider which way I was to turn. another calender came up. I had recourse to a stratagem. whose generosity is renowned throughout the world. soon became masters of it. as I am. but seeing we were forced to submit to a superior power." said I to myself. "I shall move him to compassion." "It is enough. I passed. by degrees. when you received us with so much kindness." said I. could not resist so numerous an enemy.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. and we knew not where to seek a lodging in the city. who with a vast number of troops was come to possess himself of that also of the sultan my uncle. out of the city. unknown by any." "You are not mistaken." said he. and sold his life at a dear rate. where we had never been before. and usurped his place. and told us he was a stranger newly come to Bagdad. the glorious and renowned caliph Haroon al Rusheed. Being thus surrounded with sorrows and persecuted by fortune. in obedience to your commands. which was the only means left me to save my life: I caused my beard and eye-brows to be shaved. "you may retire to what place you think fit. We soon understood by the thick cloud of dust." and that he might also hear those of the three other persons in company." replied he. I thought on my retreat.html (5 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:41 AM] . which I had the good fortune to effect by some back ways. It was now late. which almost darkened the air. unperceived by any one. we made bold to knock." The calender begged the ladies' permission to stay till he had heard the relations of his two comrades. But good fortune having brought us to your gate. and I him: "You appear. after that." said he. by taking the bye-roads. resolving not to separate from one another. into which I entered about the dusk of evening . that we are incapable of rendering suitable thanks. and putting on a calender's habit. than a third calender overtook us. "This. "by the relation of my uncommon misfortunes. and the gates being opened to them without any resistance. he saluted me. and without doubt he will take pity on a persecuted prince. "leave with honour. He saluted us." In short." said Zobeide. "to be a stranger. and considering what I was to do. and got to one of the sultan's servants on whose fidelity I could depend. so that as brethren we joined together. My uncle. wherefore my beard and eye-brows are shaved. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. until I had reached the empire of the mighty governor of the Moosulmauns. the account I was to give how I lost my right eye. after a journey of several months. I avoided passing through towns. and how I came to be with you at this time. and broke into the palace where my uncle defended himself. "is. but we heard a confused noise of trumpets. and not suffer me to implore his assistance in vain. I fought as valiantly for a while. who then had only his usual guards about him. madam. and other instruments of war. He had no sooner returned this answer. I found it easy to quit my uncle's kingdom. I resolved to come to Bagdad. they invested the city. intending to throw myself at the feet of that monarch. I arrived yesterday at the gate of this city. that it was the arrival of a formidable army: and it proved to be the same vizier that had dethroned my father. when I thought myself out of danger. "Whom I cannot.html We had not been long returned to the palace.

and my retinue was but small. and under that we saw very soon fifty horsemen well armed.html (6 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:47:41 AM] . I applied myself to geography. and succeeded in. when the sultan my father (for you must know I am a prince by birth) perceived that I was endowed with good natural ability. by whose commentaries it had been explained. but never any that equalled in surprising incident that of the calender. could not forbear whispering to the vizier "Many stories have I heard. that nothing could be more improving to a prince of my age than to travel and visit foreign courts. When we had travelled about a month. I added to this study. As we had ten horses laden with baggage. and hoped they would attempt nothing contrary to the respect due to such sacred characters. and presents to the sultan of Hindoostan. and versification. I made myself perfect in polite learning. and to speak the Arabian language in its purity." Whilst he was saying this. in the works of poets. who. Fame did me more honour than I deserved. thinking by this means to save our file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. who rejoiced at this embassy for several reasons. No sooner was I able to read and write. by the great men that were contemporary with him. for she not only spread the renown of my talents through all the dominions of the sultan my father. and he wished to gain the friendship of the Indian monarch. from my father. but with no great retinue. I read the works of the most approved divines.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_010. was penmanship. I was not satisfied with the knowledge of all that had any relation to our religion. to obey your commands. but especially to the caliph. you may easily judge that these robbers came boldly up to us.html The story of the first calender seemed wonderful to the whole company. chronology. who were robbers. The Story of the Second Calender. but I learned the Koraun from beginning to end by heart. was persuaded. that of all the traditions collected from the mouth of our prophet. But one thing which I was fond of. but carried it as far as the empire of Hindoostan. and that I might be thoroughly instructed in it. that admirable book. notwithstanding the slaves stood by with their cimeters drawn. I departed with the ambassador. whose potent monarch. desirous to see me. we discovered at a distance a cloud of dust. which contains the foundation. and spared nothing proper for improving it. I must of necessity give you the account of my life. we told them. but made also a particular search into our histories. the precepts. sent an ambassador with rich presents: my father. the second calender began. addressing himself to Zobeide. not forgetting in the meantime all such exercises as were proper for a prince to understand. and to shew you by what strange accident I became blind of the right eye. and the rules of our religion. advancing towards us at full speed. Madam. wherein I surpassed all the celebrated scribes of our kingdom. I was scarcely past my infancy. and not being in a posture to make any opposition. that we were ambassadors.

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I went in. "how you discover to any person what you have related to me. should he hear of your being in this city. and in a strange country.html the robbers most insolently replied. but he shortly after. and not be file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. He ordered something to be brought for me to eat. My face. and reflecting that most princes of our religion applied themselves to some art or calling that might be serviceable to them upon occasion. perceiving by my air that I was a person of more note than my outward appearance bespoke. and offered me at the same time a lodging in his house. and asked me who I was. Here you see me. expressed himself disposed to follow his counsel." said he. by my long journey. who was also very much wounded. and feet were black and sunburnt. I returned the tailor thanks for his advice. judged the robbers were not willing to quit the booty they had obtained. alone. from weariness and the loss of blood. my clothes were all in rags I entered the town to inform myself where I was. and staid there that night with little satisfaction. they surrounded and fell upon us: I defended myself as long as I could. I pass it over in silence. and situated so much the more advantageously. which I accepted. from whence I came. he augmented my sorrow: "Take heed. I came to a large town well inhabited. nor made I any scruple to discover my quality. if I had learned any whereby I might get a livelihood. fell down dead. When I had bound up my wound. my boots were quite worn out.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. and seeing the ambassador with his attendants and mine lying on the ground. who. The pleasant objects which then presented themselves to my view afforded me some joy. where I perceived a passage into a cave. I cleared myself from him unhurt. and finding that I was not pursued. fearing I might fall again into the hands of these robbers. nor are we upon his territories:" having spoken thus. and rode away as fast as he could carry me. and addressed myself to a tailor that was at work in his shop. which was not dangerous. instead of giving me any consolation. but finding myself wounded. "For what reason would you have us shew any respect to the sultan your master? We are none of his subjects. I walked on the rest of the day. The tailor listened to me with attention.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:44 AM] ." I made no doubt of the tailor's sincerity. and. and he will certainly do you some mischief. and suspended for a time the sorrow with which I was overwhelmed. Some days after. and what had brought me thither? I did not conceal anything that had befallen me. hands. after I had eaten some fruits that I had gathered by the way. so that I was forced to walk bare-footed. I made use of what strength was yet remaining in my horse. destitute of help. but after had done speaking. and assured him that his favours should never be forgotten. as it was surrounded by several streams. I durst not take the high road. for the prince of this country is the greatest enemy your father has. when he named the prince: but since that enmity which is between my father and him has no relation to my adventures. and besides. and arrived at the foot of mountain. wounded. finding me tolerably well recovered of the fatigue I had endured by a long and tedious journey. so that it enjoyed perpetual spring. without finding any place of abode: but after a month's time. I continued my journey for several days following. made me sit down by him. he asked me.

and of a good constitution. having by chance penetrated farther into the wood than usual. supported by pillars of jasper. I took away the earth that covered it. before I have the honour to satisfy your curiosity. "By all this. dress yourself in a labourer's habit. by reason that few would be at the trouble of fetching it for themselves. I hastened to meet her. that they might take me into their company. "I have no correspondence with genies. and above all." said she.html burdensome to others? I told him that I understood the laws. and I can assure you this employment will turn to so good an account that you may live by it. to purchase yourself one morsel of bread. fastened to a trap door of the same metal. "are you come hither? I have lived here twenty-five years.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. nothing is of less use here than those sciences. discovered a flight of stairs. and repaid my tailor what he had advanced to me I continued this way of living for a whole year. that I could write with great perfection. on account of a great light which appeared as clear in it as if it had been above ground in the open air. and in pulling up the root of a tree. a hatchet. and since you appear to be strong.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:44 AM] . I happened to light on a pleasant spot. in this country. my eyes were taken off from every other objets. I went forward along a gallery. and the sweetness and civility wherewith she received me." said I. and having lifted it up. and the necessity I was under of getting a livelihood. "What are you. fetching a deep sigh. when heaven shall think fit to dispel those clouds of misfortune that thwart your happiness. The day following the tailor brought me a rope. madam. They conducted me to the wood. When I had reached the bottom. One day. and recommended me to some poor people who gained their bread after the same manner. and by this means you will be in a condition to wait for the favourable minute. and perhaps it may give me an opportunity of making you also file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. Being desirous to spare the lady the trouble of coming to me. I will take care to supply you with a rope and a hatchet. but if you will be advised by me. and felt great consternation. which offers me an occasion of consolation in the midst of my affliction. for though the wood was not far distant from the town. extremely beautiful. "Madam. that I was a grammarian and poet. and as I was saluting her with a low obeisance. that I am infinitely gratified with this unexpected meeting. give me leave to tell you." The fear of being known. emboldened me to say. a man or a genie?" "A man. of the money of that country. I gained a good sum of money in a short time. both divine and human. without dependence upon any man. which you may bring to the market to be sold. the base and capitals of messy gold: but seeing a lady of a noble and graceful air. where I began to cut. made me agree to this proposal. and the first day I brought in as much upon my head as procured me half a piece of gold. which I descended with my axe in my hand." said he. notwithstanding the meanness and hardships that attended it. I found myself in a palace. you shall go into the next forest and cut fire-wood. I espied an iron ring. and oblige you to conceal your birth. she asked me. yet it was very scarce. and you are the: first man I have beheld in that time. and a short coat. coming towards me. "you will not be able." "By what adventure. which had already smitten me." Her great beauty.

before I was conducted to my husband. I fainted with alarm. that he is married to another wife. and how fortune had directed that I should discover the entrance into that magnificent prison where I had found her. to refuse so obliging an offer. "leave this discourse. "The sultan. as she contrived every means to please me. with a smile. who would grow jealous if she should know his infidelity. but on my weddingnight.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:44 AM] . where. conjured me not to touch the talisman." The princess. and how brave or redoubtable soever he be. the genie appears. We sat down on a sofa covered with rich tapestry. she brought in. of which you have been deprived so many years. who knew the consequence. if I have occasion for him by day or night. When my head grew warm with the agreeable liquor. instead of my own clothes I found another very costly suit. It is now the fourth day since he was here. sighing once more. "Alas! prince. to have obtained so great a favour without asking. and when I came forth. with the conjuration that is written about it. and the excuse he makes for it is. "Fair princess. a bottle of old wine. in the midst of the rejoicings of the court and capital. Let him come. "Every ten days." "Princess. as soon as I touch a talisman. which I did not esteem so much for its richness. Twenty-five years I have continued in this place. and the most sumptuous imaginable. at dinner. for my part. The next day. the fairest day would be nothing in my esteem. We ate." I related to her by what strange accident she beheld me. together. had chosen for me a husband." I thought myself too fortunate. that I will break in pieces his talisman. and some time after she covered a table with several dishes of delicate meats. in such a condition as I appeared in her presence. the son of a sultan. a genie took me away. the most excellent that ever was tasted. my father. according to appearance. the most commodious. The princess made me go into a bath. as also the evening. "you have been too long thus buried alive. which is at the entrance into my chamber. I value him so little. you may stay five days. I was long inconsolable. and out of complaisance drank some part of it with 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.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. which he never exceeds. Meanwhile. follow me." replied she. if you out of ten days will grant me nine. I must confess." continued the princess. with cushions of the rarest Indian brocade. if you please. in an unpleasant situation." said I. "it is the fear of the genie that makes you speak thus. and him first. and passed the remaining part of the day with much satisfaction. It is not possible but you have heard of the sultan of the isle of Ebene. and resign the last to the genie." said I. a prince who was my cousin. "For that would be the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. and also every thing that can satisfy a princess fond of dress and splendour." "Prince. enjoy the real day. and remains with me one night. I am the princess his daughter. and abandon this artificial though brilliant glare. I have all that I can wish for necessary to life. and I do not expect him before the end of six more. and I will endeavour to entertain you according to your quality and merit." said she. as because it made me appear worthy to be in her company. so called from that precious wood which it produces in abundance. found myself in this place. and when I recovered. I will expect him. I will make him feel the weight of my arm: I swear solemnly that I will extirpate all the genies in the world. "the genie comes hither.html more happy than you are. so. but time and necessity have accustomed me to see and receive the genie.

if you do not fly immediately." said I.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. and speak not the truth." said the princess. and why did you call me?" "A violent spasm. "has disquieted me much. with a hideous noise like thunder.html means. and broke it in several pieces. I had scarcely reached the stairs by which I had descended. and returned to the city with a burden of wood. out of which I drank twice or thrice. had I forborne to break file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011." said the princess. which I bound up without knowing what I did." I thanked him for his zeal and affection. "of ruining both you and me. and alternate darkness. how came that axe and those cords there?" "I never saw them till this moment. "What has happened to you. and by mischance made a false step. I could not endure to hear the pitiful cries of the princess so cruelly abused. and seemed ready to fall. the tailor. I had already taken off the suit she had presented to me. but. I retired to my chamber. I was becoming the most criminal and ungrateful of mankind. of the folly I had committed." The fumes of the wine did not suffer me to hearken to her reasons. but too late. it may be." I let down the trap-door. without any concern for her own misfortune. "made me fetch this bottle which you see here. liberty excepted she wanted nothing that could make her happy.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:44 AM] . "Princess. God be praised for your return. and I knew not what to think." At this answer. "Your coming in such an impetuous manner has. as you had entrusted me with the secret of your birth. where I reproached myself a thousand times for my excessive imprudence: "Nothing." cried I." said he. and fell upon the talisman. and by sacrificing the fairest princess on earth to the barbarity of a merciless genie. which is broken. so great was my trouble and sorrow. as I had been the cause of so great a misfortune. accompanied with flashes of lightning. The talisman was no sooner broken than the palace began to shake. and brought upon her the cruelty of an unmerciful devil. "she has been a prisoner these twenty-five years." I followed her advice. forced them up in some place as you came along. when the enchanted palace opened at once. "could have paralleled the princess's good fortune and mine. This terrible noise in a moment dispelled the fumes of my wine. and made a passage for the genie: he asked the princess in great anger. the more distracted with sorrow and compassion. of which I heard the noise. when I came out of the bagnio: I made haste upstairs. was very much rejoiced to see me: "Your absence. the furious genie told her. My folly has put an end to her happiness. but I gave the talisman a kick with my foot." said she. "what means all this?" She answered. My landlord. "You are a false woman. nor of the reason why I came back without my hatchet and cords. "It is true. but my fears were so great. covered it again with earth. that I forgot my hatchet and cords. and that is all. I was afraid somebody had discovered you." said I. which I had laid on the stairs the day before. and made me sensible. and put on my own. but not a word durst I say of what had passed." The genie made no other answer but what was accompanied with reproaches and blows. "Alas! you are undone. I know what belongs to genies better than you. and so brought them hither without your knowing it.

carried me up to the skies with such swiftness. before the fair princess of the isle of Ebene." Upon which. my chamber-door opened. While the tailor was asking me the reason. "would you have me lie on purpose to ruin him?" "Oh then. "An old man. He grasped me by the middle." "With all my heart. brings your hatchet and cords. which on a sudden he caused to open with a stroke of his foot. and mounting into the air." "Alas. turning to me. weltering in her blood. come out and speak to him. take this." While I was thus giving myself over to melancholy thoughts. the tailor came in and said. as much as possible. nor was it in my power. and answered mournfully. when I never saw her till now?" "If it be so." said he. But. He descended again in like manner to the earth. madam. Do not think. after he had treated her with the utmost barbarity. and if I could. "how is it possible that I should execute such an act? My strength is so far spent that I cannot lift up my arm. and laid upon the ground. I did it only to demonstrate by my behaviour." said he. and the most perfidious of all mankind." At these words I changed colour. pulling out a cimeter and presenting it to the princess." said the genie to the princess. "How should I know her. "And thou. "he is the cause of thy being in the condition thou art justly in. "sufficiently informs me of your crime. and yet darest thou say thou cost not know him?" "If I do not know him. when I found myself in the enchanted palace. as thou gayest." said the princess." "What!" said the genie." said the genie. alas! what a spectacle was there! I saw what pierced me to the heart. that I drew near to the fair princess of the isle of Ebene to be the executioner of the genie's barbarity. so much had his terrible aspect disordered me. "I do not know him. "if you never saw him before. this poor princess was quite naked. and fell a trembling." replied the princess. I therefore answered the genie. "take the cimeter and cut off her head: on this condition I will set thee at liberty. with her cheeks bathed in tears. if I had not strewn myself as faithful to the princess as she had been to me. "Perfidious wretch!" said the genie to her. "I am a genie. whom I do not know. how should I have the heart to take away the life of an innocent man. "son of the daughter of Eblis. and says he understood from your comrades that you lodge here. pointing at me. and the old man. I never saw him till this moment. who had thus disguised himself. and took the cimeter in my hand. "dost thou not know her?" I should have been the most ungrateful wretch. and sunk down at once. having no patience to stay. "is not this your gallant?" She cast her languishing eyes upon me. dragged me out of the chamber." replied I." said he. and cut off his head.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. more like one dead than alive.html the talisman.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:44 AM] . he gave me no time to answer. and one whom I do not know?" "This refusal. the ravisher of the fair princess of the isle of Ebene. This was the genie. that as she had file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. prince of genies: is not this your hatchet. which he found in his way as he tells me. and are not these your cords?" After the genie had put the question to me. who had been the cause of her misfortunes. for then I shall be convinced that thou hast never seen her till this moment. for he will deliver them to none but yourself. appeared to us with my hatchet and cords. speaking to me. that I was not able to take notice of the way he conveyed me.

if you pardon me. and that which gushed out then. "I should for ever." At these words the monster took up the cimeter and cut off one of her hands." said the genie. and of file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. I cannot obey your barbarous commands. notwithstanding her pain and suffering." said I to the genie. madam. and I believe. she has received thee here. which she signified by an obliging look. not only a person whom I do not know. who is already on the point of expiring: do with me what you please. since I am in your power. I would put thee to death this minute: but I will content myself with transforming thee into a dog.html strewn her resolution to sacrifice her life for my sake. and were I certain that she had put any further affront upon me. "for I am ready to receive the mortal blow. For the blood she had lost before. I would not refuse to sacrifice mine for hers. "be hateful to all mankind were I to be so base as to murder. ape. take thy choice of any of these." said he. why he made me languish in expectation of death: "Strike. The Story of the Envious Man. I will leave it to thyself." "I see. "how genies treat their wives whom they suspect of unfaithfulness. "that you both out-brave me. you will not be displeased if I now repeat it. "Behold. did not permit her to live above one or two moments after this barbarous cruelty.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_011. "moderate your passion." said I. and since you will not take away my life. lion. or bird. Upon this I stepped back. I shall always remember your clemency. which I related to him. and made me understand her willingness to die for me. the sight of which threw me into a fit." These words gave me some hopes of being able to appease him: "O genie. but both of you shall know by my treatment of you of what I am capable. understood my meaning. as one of the best men in the world pardoned one of his neighbours that bore him a mortal hatred. which left her only so much life as to give me a token with the other that she bade me for ever adieu.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:44 AM] . and said. and that she was satisfied to see how ready I was also to die for her. and threw the cimeter on the ground. he would have patience till he heard the story." But instead of agreeing to that. and insult my jealousy. The princess. I expostulated with the genie. and expect it as the greatest favour you can show me. but a lady like this. give it me generously. The genie asked me what had passed between those two neighbours." cried I. When I was come to myself again.

wherein there was a deep well. and pushed him into it. not file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012. This old well was inhabited by fairies and genies. that the envious man.html him that he Envied." said he. and "that nobody may hear us. The honest man having made this purchase put on a dervise's habit. and caused several cells to be made in the house. The great reputation of this honest man having spread to the town from whence he had come. which said. for they received and supported him. with what goods he had left. which must otherwise have cost him his life. and a pretty spacious court. till he saw his opportunity. for though he had done him several pieces of service. so that he got no hurt." To which the first replied. The envious man told him that he was come on purpose to communicate a business of importance. however. which was not in use. He soon heard a voice. and all who visited him. intending to lead a retired life. and carried him to the bottom." The chief of the dervises did as he was required. and seeing night begins to draw on. he found that his hatred was not diminished. without being seen by any one. and retired to the capital city of a kingdom which was not far distant. being fully persuaded that the object of his hatred was no more. but he neither saw nor felt anything. In short. "Then I will tell you. which happened luckily for the relief of the head of the convent. and getting the good man near the brink of the well. One of them conceived such a violent hatred against the other. This man out of charity. that he left his house and affairs with a resolution to ruin him. and has established himself in this place. being persuaded that their being neighbours was the only cause of this animosity. he returned. through which he acquired the esteem of many people. He soon came to be publicly known by his virtue. command your dervises to retire to their cells.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:47 AM] . which lay about half a league from the city. where he had a convenient house. as well of the commonalty as of the chief of the city. to whom we have done this piece of service?" Another voice answered. he gave him a thrust. left the town he lived in. let us. "take a walk in your court. with a garden. that the hated party resolved to remove to a distance. "Do you know what honest man this is. People came from afar to recommend themselves to his prayers. Here he bought a little spot of ground. and reached his own house well satisfied with his journey. he was much honoured and courted by all ranks. he therefore sold his house. he began to tell him his errand. he had acquired such a general esteem. it touched the envious man so much to the quick. the purest ever known. He perceived that there was something extraordinary in his fall. In a considerable town two persons dwelt in adjoining houses. which he could not do but in private. When the envious man saw that he was alone with this good man. With this intent he went to the new convent of dervises. Having done thus. got out at the gate of the convent without being known. of which his former neighbour was the head. walking side by side in the court. but he found himself mistaken. who received him with all imaginable tokens of friendship. where in a short time he established a numerous society of dervises. published what blessings they received through his means.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012. "No. in hopes to cure one of his neighbours of the envy he had conceived against him.

that she is possessed by genie Maimoun. the thing is very easy. Sir. saying. as soon as daylight appeared. and he had no sooner thrown the seven hairs upon the burning coals. with a white spot at the end of her tail. he gave them a brief account of the wickedness of the man to whom he had given so kind a reception the day before." "Yes. The other dervises. and I will explain it to you. and he could discern the nature of his situation. who keeps his residence in the neighbouring city. "Good Sheik. by which he crept out with ease. and pulled seven hairs from the white spot that was upon her tail. that he will never dare to approach her again. burn them. He has a black cat in his convent. as she was accustomed to do. I am in hopes. "You do not know. who had been seeking for him. the son of Dimdim.html able to endure it. than the genie Maimoun. and he would have accomplished his design. which the fairies and the genies had mentioned the night before. through God's assistance and favour. and smoke the princess's head with the fume. and laid them aside for his use when occasion should serve. came to fawn upon her master. who remained silent the remainder of the night. The sultan called their chief aside. whose reputation is so great. but be so safely delivered from Maimoun. and without being seen. But I well know how this good head of the dervises may cure her. "Where file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012." The prince. had it not been for the assistance we have given this honest man. Shortly after the black cat. He commanded his guards to halt. "What need had the princess of the dervise's prayers?" To which the first answered." "Sir. who is fallen in love with her. he took her up. The chief of the dervises caused a pall to be held over her head. about the bigness of a small piece of Arabian money. it seems. and retired into his cell." replied the sultan. Soon after sunrise the sultan. The next morning. upon which. "You will give me new life if your prayers. The dervises received him with profound respect." The head of the dervises remembered every word of the conversation between the fairies and the genies. so that her face was not seen. you may probably be already acquainted with the cause of my visit. whilst he with his principal officers went in.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:47 AM] . left the princess at liberty. came hither on purpose to ruin him. the son of Dimdim. but veiled. to recommend the princess his daughter to his prayers. and rose up to see where she was. who would leave no means untried that he thought likely to restore the princess to perfect health. she took the veil from her face." replied he gravely. uttered a great cry. it is the disease of the princess which procures me this unmerited honour." Another voice asked. that the sultan. transported with joy. was to pay him a visit to-morrow. that she will be effectually cured. the well being broken down in several places. were rejoiced to see him. and said. he saw a hole. who soon appeared with a numerous train of ladies and eunuchs. "if your majesty will be pleased to let her come hither. restore my daughter's health. sent immediately for his daughter. as I hope they may. "if I do not mistake. she will not only be immediately cured. the son of Dimdim. let him only pull seven hairs out of the white spot. arrived at the gate of the convent." "That is the real case." said the good man.

I descended the mountain. but it was impossible to move his compassion. to grant thee thy life. and placed myself astride upon it. Here he took up a handful of earth." Some time after the prime vizier died. and who brought me hither?" At these words the sultan. that the earth appeared like a little white cloud." After he had given this charge to the officer.side. but take care you do not frighten him. the sultan said.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:47 AM] . I am extremely glad to see you. and left me alone. and alighted upon the summit of a mountain." said he. and the sultan conferred the place on the dervise. one hundred pieces of gold: let him have also twenty loads of the richest merchandize in my storehouses. threw it upon me. and pronouncing. "and I make him my son-in-law from this moment. and the good man was declared and acknowledged sultan by general consent. not knowing whether I was near or far from my father's dominions. "Go. and a sufficient guard to conduit him to his house. and entered a plain level country. but do not flatter thyself that I will allow thee to return safe and well. and take that of an ape. "Friend. The honest dervise. I employed all my eloquence to persuade him to imitate so good an example. "the form of a man. and kissed her eyes. or rather muttering. and calling one of the viziers that attended as he was one day in the midst of his courtiers on a march. I made an application of it to himself: "O genie!" said I. he seized me violently. and I espied a vessel about half a league from the shore: unwilling to lose so good an opportunity. "What reward does he deserve that has thus cured my daughter?" They all cried. It happened at the time to be perfectly calm. upon which the religious orders and the militia consulted together. and carried me through the arched roof of the subterraneous palace. which opened to give him passage. the murderer of the princess of the isle of Ebene. and when the envious man was brought into his presence. with a stick in each hand to serve me for oars. which took me a month to travel over. espied the envious man among the crowd that stood as he passed along. he ascended with me into the air to such a height. "and cause to be paid to this man out of my treasury." said the sultan. having ascended the throne of his father-in. and said to his officers. I broke off a large branch from a tree. and sent him back loaded with the favours I have enumerated. whispered him in his ear. "Go immediately. and overwhelmed with sorrow in a strange country." "That is what I had in my thoughts. When I had finished the recital of this story to the genie. "He deserves her in marriage." So saying. he bade the envious man farewell. embraced his daughter. overcome with excess of joy. transformed into an ape. "Quit." He instantly disappeared. The sultan himself also died without heirs male. "All that I can do for thee." 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 proceeded on his march. bring me that man you see there. but also treated him kindly. and then I came to the sea. "is." said he.html am I. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012. and to grant me pardon." The vizier obeyed.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012. some words which I did not understand." said he. he then descended again like lightning. carried it into the sea. he also kissed the chief of the dervises' hands." In short. I must let thee feel what I am able to do by my enchantments.

the capital of a powerful state. He took me under his protection. When I had approached sufficiently near to be seen.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:47 AM] .file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012. The wind that succeeded the calm was not strong. where we came to anchor. and rowed towards the ship. and of great trade." and a third. and brought us safe to the port of a city. though I had not power to speak. one of the officers told them. I showed by my gestures every mark of gratitude in my power. but to this day. they wished to take the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012. together with the tears which he saw gush from my eyes. and all of them regarded me with astonishment. The event has greatly affected the sultan. and made a sign that I would write in my turn: their apprehensions then changed into wonder. or to inquire for those they had left behind them in the country from whence they had come. thought if they received me on board I should be the occasion of some misfortune to them during their voyage. as they had never seen an ape that could write." another. cried out. especially the merchants. Many have presented specimens of their skill. "Let us throw him into the sea. well peopled. This minister a few days since died. However. 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." Some one of them would not have failed to carry his threat into execution had I not gone to the captain. he has made a solemn vow. but all the people. it continued to blow in the same direction for fifty days. Amongst the rest. but favourable. The merchants appearing. being both superstitious and scrupulous. threatened to be revenged on any one that would do me the least hurt. and took the roll out of the gentleman's hand. The merchants. who besides possessing great abilities for the management of public affairs could write in the highest perfection. wrote one after another what they thought fit. That you may understand the design of this request. that he rejoices in your safe arrival. jumped upon the deck. I exhibited to the seamen and passengers on the deck an extraordinary spectacle. and laying hold of a rope. On this account one of them said. On my part. you must know that we had a prime vizier. and since he can never behold his writing without admiration. and loaded me with a thousand caresses. thrown myself at his feet. and beseeches each of you to take the trouble to write a few lines upon this roll. "I will destroy him with a blow of this handspike. In the meantime I got on board. This action. who came to congratulate their friends on their safe arrival.html I launched out in this posture. and taken hold of his skirt in a supplicating posture. "The sultan our master hath commanded us to acquaint you. After they had done." Those of the merchants who thought they could write well enough to aspire to this high dignity. no one in the empire has been judged worthy to supply the vizier's place. moved his compassion. not to give the place to any one who cannot write equally well. and could not be persuaded that I was more ingenious than others of my kind. Our vessel was instantly surrounded with an infinite number of boats full of people. or throw it into the sea. desiring in the name of the sultan to speak with the merchants. till they saw how properly I held the roll. "I will shoot an arrow through his body. or out of curiosity to see a ship that had performed so long a voyage. some officers came on board. I advanced. that I would tear it.

with the richest trappings. He went from his chamber of audience into his own apartment. windows. The sultan was incensed at their rudeness. on the contrary." The sultan was too much surprised at this account not to desire a sight of me. and none remained by him but the chief of the eunuchs." replied the officers. "Take the finest horse in my stable. who wrote them in our presence. but apes never speak. and bring him thither. and a robe of the most sumptuous brocade to put on the person who wrote the six hands. and wrote six sorts of hands used among the Arabians. the streets. and the advantage I had of having been a man did not now yield me that privilege. The whole assembly viewed me with admiration. and he himself was more astonished than any. I took the pen. who flocked from every part of the city to see me. who could not forbear to express their surprise by redoubling their shouts and cries. If he only scribbles the paper. whilst the sultan waited for me at his palace with a great number of courtiers. and would have punished them had they not explained: "Sir. the officers took the roll. the usual ceremony of the audience would have been complete. but by an ape. he writes well. When I had done. "allow him to write. I made my obeisance three times very low. The sultan dismissed his courtiers. "we humbly beg your majesty's pardon: these hands were not written by a man.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012. terraces. In short." "What do you say?" exclaimed the sultan. for the rumour was spread in a moment. and each specimen contained an extemporary distich or quatrain in praise of the sultan. I declare that I will adopt him as my son. and bring me speedily that wonderful ape. are they not written by the hands of a man?" "No. the public places. and at last kneeled and kissed the ground before him. "we assure your majesty that it was an ape. because I never saw an ape so clever and ingenious.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:47 AM] . but the captain took my part once more. and after having served for a spectacle to the people. "Let him alone." said he. "Those admirable characters. "The sultan's command must be obeyed. and houses. If. I found the prince on his throne in the midst of the grandees. and carried it to the sultan. except mine. Sir. palaces. which pleased him so much that he said to the officers. that the sultan had chosen an ape to be his grand vizier. where he ordered dinner to be brought. I arrived at the sultan's palace. and therefore said." At this command the officers could not forbear laughing. the harbour. and so quick of apprehension. but was such as they had not before seen in that country. The sultan took little notice of any of the writings. My writing not only excelled that of the merchants. The procession commenced. and could not comprehend how it was possible that an ape should so well understand how to pay the sultan his due respect. were filled with an infinite number of people of all ranks." The officers returned to the vessel and shewed the captain their order.html roll out of my hand. I promise you that I will immediately punish him." Whereupon they clothed me with the rich brocade robe. As he sat at table he made me a sign to approach and eat with them: to shew my file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012. where they set me on horseback. "Do what I command you. a little young slave. who answered. as I hope he will. could I have added speech to my behaviour. whom he gathered together to do me the more honour. and afterwards took my seat in the posture of an ape. and carried me ashore. and myself." said they." Perceiving that no one opposed my design.

called the Lady of Beauty. and asked me by a sign if I understood that game. He won the first game. son of a powerful sultan. on whom the chief of the eunuchs.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:47 AM] . which I made a sign to have brought me. and would play with him? I kissed the ground. "your majesty shall soon understand that I am not in the wrong. the eunuch your governor. I wrote upon a large peach some verses expressive of my acknowledgment to the sultan. son of the daughter of Eblis. I drank. daughter!" said the sultan. and immediately brought the princess. and laying my hand upon my head.html obedience I kissed the ground. and yet you lower your veil. who had her face uncovered." The eunuch went. and myself. and wrote upon the glass some new verses. but she had no sooner come into the room. So many circumstances appearing to the sultan beyond whatever had either been seen or known of the cleverness or sense of apes. and ate with discretion and moderation.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012. but I won the second and third." said the sultan to him." said the princess. and placed myself at the table. "and bid your lady come hither: I am desirous she should share my pleasure. and has been metamorphosed into an ape by enchantment. he determined not to be the only witness of these prodigies himself. but having a daughter. "A man that was capable of doing so much would be above the greatest of his species. "you do not know what you say: there is no one here. having got it. I espied a standish. "Go. than she put on her veil. of which he caused them to give me a glass. in which I told him that two potent armies had been fighting furiously all day. who having read them after I had presented the peach to him. and said. but that they concluded a peace towards the evening. they brought him a particular liquor." The sultan caused to be brought to him a chessboard. then present. waited. but the little slave. A genie. and said to the sultan. When the things were removed. I made a quatrain to satisfy him. I am surprised that your majesty has sent for me to appear among men. who have the liberty to see your face. after many sufferings. Before the table was cleared. was still more astonished. and perceiving he was somewhat displeased at my success. which explained the state I was reduced to. That seeming ape is a young prince. and passed the remaining part of the night very amicably together upon the field of battle. and blame me for having sent for you. has maliciously done him this file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_012. your majesty must needs have forgotten yourself. arose. "Sir. The sultan read these likewise." "How. signified that I was ready to receive that honour." "Sir.

Immediately the princess turned herself into a serpent." "Sir. being on her guard." said the sultan. and myself." "Sir. therefore do not be surprised if I should forthwith relieve this prince. "Thou shalt quickly have thy reward for the trouble thou hast given me:" with that he opened his monstrous jaws.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. "I justly may reproach thee with having done so. but I think I ought not to boast of them. where she began incantations. she was a most expert magician." The lion answered fiercely." said the sultan. She placed herself in the middle of the court. changed it into a sharp sword. "I can restore him to his original shape." "Daughter. and repeated verses of the Koraun. she placed herself in the centre of it. where she made a great circle. if what his daughter said was true? Finding I could not speak. "How do you know that this prince has been transformed by enchantments into an ape?" "Sir. asked me. turned towards me. "you cannot do me a greater pleasure. and taught me seventy rules of magic." replied the princess. descend into a private court of the palace. the son of the daughter of Eblis. and by whom they have been enchanted. in the twinkling of an eye. transport your capital into the midst of the sea. "you can dispel the prince's enchantment." said the princess. and fought the scorpion. and within it she wrote several words in Arabian characters. who. As soon as the princess perceived this monster. Upon this the sultan said again to his daughter. the little slave. or beyond mount Caucasus. and he shall marry you." "Yes." The princess." replied the princess. and there left us under a gallery that went round it. and by pronouncing three or four words. finding himself worsted. thinking to frighten me?" "And thou. dare you present yourself in this shape. "instead of creeping before me. "I am ready to obey you in all that you should be pleased to command me. in spite of the enchantments. got time to pull out one of her hairs." said the sultan. but she.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:51 AM] .html wrong. By this science I know all enchanted persons at first sight: I know who they are. "I did not believe you to have understood so much. stepped back. "your majesty may remember that when I was past my infancy I had an old lady who waited on me. with which she cut the lion in two through the middle. went into her apartment. sir. "art thou not afraid to break the treaty which was solemnly made and confirmed between us by oath. and our fear increased when we saw the genie." "Do it then. after having cruelly taken away the life of the princess of the isle of Ebene." replied the Lady of Beauty. as if it had been night. When she had finished and prepared the circle as she thought fit. astonished at this declaration. which had some Hebrew words engraven on the blade: she made the sultan. from that which prevents his appearing in your sight in his natural form." replied the lion. and brought thence a knife." said she. by virtue of which I can. not to wrong or do one another any injury?" "Wretch. The air grew insensibly dark. the master of the eunuchs. while the head changed into a large scorpion. "Dog." "Since it is so. took the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013." The sultan. some of them ancient. and speaking no more by signs. The two parts of the lion disappeared. but in plain words. I put my hand to my head' to signify that what the princess spoke was correct." said the princess. appear suddenly in the shape of a lion of a gigantic size. and the whole world were about to be dissolved: we found ourselves struck with consternation. and sprang forward to devour her. "these things are curious and worth knowing. for I will have him to be my vizier. the Lady of Beauty.

The sultan and I expected but death. as if he would ask us whether there were any more seed. and out of it came forth a black and white cat. and defend himself against her. and I find it is gradually consuming me. turned into a pike. and pursued the small fish. and swallowed it. and take that of a man which thou hadst before. but just as he was going to pick it up. and hastily called for a cup-full of water. running to our assistance. with her hair standing on end. till they came to close combat. changed into a worm. when we heard a cry of "Victory! Victory!" and instantly the princess appeared in her natural shape. ran speedily thither. came to the gallery where we stood. when I again became a man. which. and now fell to picking up the seeds of the pomegranate one after another. excepting the loss of my eye. she could not hinder the sultan's beard from being burnt. it then fell down again into the court. in every respect as I was before my transformation. rolled there for some time backward and forward. the ground opened before us. notwithstanding all her exertions. and mewing in a frightful manner. and his face scorched. making a great noise. had I perceived the last of the pomegranate seeds. I have gained the victory over the genie.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:51 AM] . The cock leaped into the river. I have but a few minutes to live. but the pomegranate swelled immediately. but not broad. They threw flashes of fire out of their mouths at each other. and turned into a little fish. for the genie having got loose from the princess. We must all have perished had not the princess. forced him to retire.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. and became as big as a gourd. which made us tremble. There was one lying on the brink of the canal. "If thou art become an ape by enchantment. and you will not have the satisfaction to make the match you intended. and blew flames of fire upon us. This would not have happened. the seed rolled into the river. the chief of the eunuchs from being stifled. threw it upon me. and after pronouncing some words over it. but it is a victory that costs me dear. and hid itself. brought her. and making it blind. I was prepared to return the princess my thanks. and we knew not what was become of them. who had received no hurt. and being near a pomegranate accidentally fallen from a tree on the side of a canal which was deep. but finding no more. Some time after they had disappeared. which the cock perceiving as he went back. But we very soon had a more pressing occasion of fear. She took it. which the young slave. they continued both under water above two hours. The wolf had in the meanwhile transformed itself into a cock. and a spark from entering my right eye.html shape of an eagle. The cat. being thus hard pressed. and pursued him. and broke into several pieces. the fire has pierced me during the terrible combat. he came towards us with his wings spread. but she prevented me by addressing herself to her father: "Sir. that was black and much stronger. as your majesty may see." These words were hardly uttered. and a little while after we saw the genie and princess all in flames. and flew away: but the serpent at the same time took also the shape of an eagle. with a thick burning smoke which mounted so high that we had reason to apprehend it would set the palace on fire. then the two fires increased. pierced the pomegranate in an instant. change thy shape. so that we lost sight of them both. but the genie was reduced to a heap of ashes. and gave her no time to rest. but suddenly we heard terrible cries. saying. The princess approached us. as I file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. a black wolf followed close after her. mounting up to the roof of the gallery. yet.

addressed her in a tone that sufficiently testified his grief. is dead.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:51 AM] . and with much difficulty brought him to himself. between heaven and earth. which is approaching. to which the princess and the genie had been reduced. for his tears. It was not necessary that the prince or myself should relate the circumstances of the adventure. and it is only through a miracle that I am myself yet alive You are the cause of all these misfortunes. without farther delay. I made the genie know that I understood more than he. I have conquered and reduced him to ashes. to be preserved. The effect of that fire was so extraordinary. upon which he went on thus: "I have constantly lived in perfect felicity. to convince them of the affliction it had occasioned us. my daughter is dead. for I must file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. The ashes of the genie were thrown into the air. The grief of the sultan for the loss of his daughter confined him to his chamber for a whole month. which made her still cry "I burn!" until death had put an end to her intolerable pains. cried piteously. and beat himself on his head and breast. until being quite overcome with grief. Public mourning was observed for seven days. and upon that the success of the combat depended. but those of the princess were collected into a precious urn." He could say no more. as the genie had been. Suddenly the princess exclaimed. sighs. and to fight with those mighty arms as I did. that in a few moments she was wholly reduced to ashes. to go on with the recital of her combat.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. constructed for that purpose on the spot where the princess had been consumed. how much I was grieved at so dismal a spectacle. your life must answer if you do not carry them into execution. were a sufficient demonstration. The sultan being afflicted all that can be imagined. and without danger to me. which would have been successful. her governor is no more. depart hence therefore in peace." I assured him of exalt obedience. in spite of all his redoubtable art and experience. and many ceremonies were performed. "you see in what condition your father is." said he." The sultan suffered the princess. and when she had done. and the urn was deposited in a superb mausoleum. all the people bewailed the misfortune of the princess. In the mean time. the eunuchs and officers came running at the sultan's lamentations. in your presence. but I cannot escape death. and the prince whom you have delivered from his enchantment has lost one of his eyes. "My daughter. than to have seen my benefactress thus miserably perish. "I burn! I burn!" She found that the fire had at last seized upon her vital parts. When the knowledge of this tragical event had spread through the palace and the city. "attend to the commands I now give you. and sobs. madam. Before he had fully recovered his strength he sent for me: "Prince. which made me fear for his life. but was under the necessity of being supported to his apartment." said he. the eunuch. deprived him of the power of utterance.html did the others when I was changed into a cock: the genie had fled thither as to his last intrenchment. he fainted away. and commiserated the sultan's affliction. but by your arrival all the happiness I possessed has vanished. under which it is impossible that I should be comforted. alas! I wonder that I am yet alive! Your governor. the Lady of Beauty. the Lady of Beauty. I cannot tell you. The sultan was hardly able to stand. for. This oversight obliged me to have recourse to fire. I had rather all my life have continued an ape or a dog. The two heaps of ashes.

besides merchantmen and light vessels. My name is Agib. as the death of the two fair princesses. These voyages gave me some taste for navigation. and take care never to appear again in my dominions. you are at liberty. but mine I lost through my own fault. and continued in the city where he had resided. besides a number of valuable islands. Our voyage was very pleasant for forty days successively. to whom he had addressed his speech. and by hastening to seek my own misfortune. I passed through many countries without making myself known. and the cause of my having the honour to be here. The two princes who have spoken before me have each lost an eye by the pure effects of their destiny. and withal so boisterous that we were near being lost: about break of day the storm abated.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. and went to my islands to gain the hearts of my subjects by my presence. our brother. as you shall hear by the sequel of the story. very much differs from what you have already heard. I arrived this evening. and I was obliged to quit the palace. Depart. and the first man I met was this calender. but on the forty-first night the wind became contrary. which lie almost in sight of my capital. most honourable lady. It is situated on the sea-coast. You know the remaining part. I am persuaded that your presence brings misfortune with it. who spoke before me. not so much deploring my own miseries. but he prevented me by words full of anger. here I caused my beard and eyebrows to be shaved. that I resolved to make some discoveries beyond my own territories. After his death I took possession of his dominions. and set sail. and put on a calender's habit. "It is well. No consideration whatever shall hinder me from making you repent your temerity should you violate my injunction. rejected." I was going to speak. to move his compassion by relating to him my unfortunate adventures. The History of the Third Calender. I began my journey.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:51 AM] . of which I have been the occasion." But instead of departing.html myself perish if you remain any longer. in hopes of getting myself introduced to the commander of the faithful. an outcast from the world. said. he also petitioned the lady to shew him the same favour vouchsafed to the first calender. My first object was to visit the provinces: I afterwards caused my whole fleet to be fitted out. Zobeide. and went and sat down by him. My kingdom is composed of several fine provinces upon the main land. My story. madam. an arsenal capable of fitting out for sea one hundred and fifty men of war. and I am the son of a sultan who was called Cassib. at last I resolved to come to Bagdad. has one of the finest and safest harbours in the world. banished. the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. Before I left the city I went into a bagnio. When the second calender had concluded his story. in which I took so much pleasure. and to confirm them in their loyalty. to which end I caused ten ships to be fitted out. embarked.

we are all lost. and my good fortune brought me to a landing place. "The tempest has brought us so far out of our course. began to weep afresh. where they fixed. Sir. which were so narrow. and beating his breast with the other. but that right a-head he perceived a great blackness. "Oh. All my people were drowned. On the summit there is a dome of fine brass. so that your vessels will fall to pieces and sink. Upon the tenth day. and then put off again to sea. but I perceived at the same time that my pilot knew not where we were. We reached an island. where we remained two days to take in fresh provisions. with a rider on his back. At the sight of these steps. for there was not a space of ground either on the right or left whereon a man could set his foot. Sir. that I gave orders to steer back to my own coast. and when we approach within a certain distance. and all the rest of the ship's company did the same." Having spoken thus.html clouds dispersed. as I began to ascend the steps. I gave thanks to God. and permitted me to save myself by means of a plank. by virtue of a will. About noon we were so near. not one of us can escape. cried. "is inaccessible. which at this very minute draws all your fleet towards it. and being uncertain of the event. I did not receive the least hurt. that to-morrow about noon we shall be near the black mountain. and with all my skill it is not in my power to effect our deliverance. and to that end took all imaginable precaution. for the tempests we had experienced had so much abated my curiosity. likewise of brass. and their cargoes sunk into the sea. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. After ten days' sail we were in hopes of seeing land. that we found what the pilot had foretold to be true. and the weather became fair. his despondence threw the whole ship's crew into consternation. for all the nails and iron in the ships flew towards the mountain. I had no other thought but that my days were there to terminate. and that it will ever continue to be fatal to all those who have the misfortune to approach. and fasten to the mountain. that all the nails will be drawn out of the sides and bottoms of the ships.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:51 AM] . The pilot changed colour at this account. the attraction of the adamant will have such force. until it shall be thrown down. with a horrible noise. supported by pillars of the same metal. the ships split asunder. "This mountain. which the wind drove ashore just at the foot of the mountain. by the violence of the attraction. that had the wind raged it would have thrown me into the sea. In the mean time every one began to provide for his own safety. I asked him what reason he had thus to despair? He exclaimed." The pilot having finished his discourse. and recommended myself to his holy protection. and throwing his turban on the deck with one hand.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. but God had mercy on me. gave notice that on starboard and larboard he could see nothing but sky and sea. that this statue is the chief cause why so many ships and men have been lost and sunk in this place. or mine of adamant. where there were steps that led up to the summit of the mountain. he lamented like a man who foresaw unavoidable ruin. The next morning we distinctly perceived the black mountain. the tradition is. they all made one another their heirs. and on the top of that dome stands a horse." continued the pilot. upon which some talismanic characters are engraver. by virtue of the iron in your ships. who has a plate or lead fixed to his breast. for the benefit of those that should happen to be saved. a seaman being sent to look out for land from the mast head.

He rowed without ceasing till the ninth day. and did not fail to observe everything that he had commanded me." I had no sooner spoken these words. and said. this man is also of metal. gave God thanks for his mercies. where thou shalt find an opportunity to return to thy country. When it has come so high. I stept aboard. but the horse will fall by thy side." said I. thou wilt perceive a boat with one man holding an oar in each hand. step on board. and with the third arrow I overthrew him. but different from that thou hast thrown down. and three arrows of lead. and I perceived the man was made of metal. he fell into the sea. He will in ten days' time bring thee into another sea. afar off. The excess of my joy made me forget what I was forbidden: "Blessed be God. thou must bury it in the place where thou findest the bow and arrows: this being done. and let him conduct thee. and the horse fell by my side. provided. at last.html But. neither spoke I one word. and took great heed not to pronounce the name of God. I took the bow and arrows out of the ground. In the mean time. When it came as high as the foot of the dome upon the top of the mountain. that are made under certain constellations. but without mentioning the name of God. Agib. without accident. thou dost not mention the name of God during the whole voyage. "Hearken. as soon as thou art awake dig up the ground under thy feet: thou wilt find a bow of brass. and kneeling on the ground. I reached the top. In my sleep an old grave man appeared to me. "God be praised. leaving me upon the surface. which gave me hopes that I should escape all the danger that I feared. shot at the horseman. When I awoke I felt much comforted by the vision. I buried it in the place whence I took the bow and arrows. than the boat sunk with the man of metal. and the rider will fall into the sea." This was the substance of the old man's discourse.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:51 AM] . to deliver mankind from the many calamities that threaten them. I passed the night under the dome.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. I file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_013. At last the boat made land. I sat down. I saw. Shoot the three arrows at the statue. when I saw some islands. and I returned God thanks that everything succeeded according to my dream. a boat rowing towards me. the sea will swell and rise to the foot of the dome. the sea swelled and rose up by degrees. I went into the dome. as I have told thee. and the man of metal began to row off from the mountain. as I had dreamt.

a sultan. Nevertheless. I got up into a very thick tree. where I saw them stop. After they had again come up. The first thing I did was to strip. is not capable of doing you any injury: on the contrary. They all descended when the trap door had been opened. carrying a spade and other instruments for digging up the ground.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:54 AM] . steered their course towards the main land. fearing another wave might wash me back. I had not walked far before I found I was upon a desert." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014. I saw a vessel coming from the main land. a couch covered with tapestry. Sir. till I came to a stone that was two or three feet square. where it seems you have been buried alive. when he perceived me was considerably alarmed. but to quiet his apprehensions. that you suffered yourself to be entombed in this place without any resistance. This made me believe that he had staid behind in the subterraneous place. and went forward to discover what sort of country I was in. though a very pleasant. together with fruits and flower-pot standing about him. The young man. and returned to the creek where the ship lay. and a wave vast as a mountain threw me on a flat. as I am. before the wind. which much diminished the joy I felt at having escaped the danger of the seas. which made me suppose it led to a subterraneous dwelling. which they carried to the place where they had been digging: they then descended. and not knowing where I was. But what surprises me (for you must know that I have been witness to all that hath passed since your coming into this island). and getting the vessel under weigh. as it displayed several sorts of trees and wild shrubs bearing fruit. it is probable that your good destiny may have brought me hither to deliver you out of this tomb. I doubted not but they were coming to anchor there. which were also of stone. wring the water out of my clothes. where ten slaves landed. which was still warm from the heat of the day. and cushions of rich stuff. I removed the earth by degrees. but the wind began to blow hard. I came down from the tree. island. I thought it not safe to be seen. but I saw not the young man in their company. where it left me. They returned again to the vessel. and retreated. covered it over with earth. with a fan in his hand. I lifted it up. I put them on. My strength at last began to fail. When I perceived they had proceeded to such a distance that I could not be seen by them. they let down the trap door. who led in his hand a handsome lad of about fourteen or fifteen years of age. and at the bottom found myself in a large room. I swam at random.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014. is. I made haste ashore. from whence I might safely view them. I recommended myself to God and prayed him to dispose of me according to his will. and being uncertain what sort of people they might be. "Whoever you are. and lay them on the dry sand. and went directly to the place where I had seen the ground broken. They went towards the middle of the island. The old man and the slaves went on board. upon which the young man sat. I descended. These things. The vessel came into a little creek. a circumstance which exceedingly surprised me. Immediately after. and return soon after with an old man. directly towards the island. and found that it covered the head of a flight of stairs. I saw by the light of two wax tapers. furnished with a carpet. and unloaded several sorts of provisions and furniture. Next morning the sun dried my clothes. whether friends or foes. I said to him as I entered. and dig for a considerable time. after which I thought I perceived them lift up a trap door. and the son of a sultan. A very dark night succeeded. I saw them once more go to the ship. for reasons to me unknown. and I despaired of being able to save myself.html swam the remaining part of the day towards that land which appeared nearest. do not fear. but I perceived it was far from the continent.

He has many slaves. for I thought myself so far from being likely to verify their prediction. and promised at the end of forty days to return and fetch me away. "My father is a merchant jeweller. and in the mean while I will do you all the service in my power: after which. that he had scarcely done speaking. as it is ten days since this happened. ‘Your son shall live happily till the age of fifteen. "My father. When I had complied. Some days after. "Dear Sir. He had notice given him yesterday. I laughed at the astrologers who had foretold that I should take away his life. has acquired considerable property.html The young man felt assured at these words. that stands upon the summit of the mountain of adamant. and endeavour to demonstrate file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014. and was answered. and when I am returned into my kingdom. and cannot believe that prince Agib will seek for me in a place under ground. But if his good destiny preserve him beyond that time. when I told him with great joy. to maintain his correspondence at the several courts. which occasioned great joy in the family. I rejoice that after my shipwreck I came so fortunately hither to defend you against all who would attempt your life. till the expiration of the fifty days after the throwing down of the statue. that the statue of brass had been thrown into the sea about ten days ago. "Upon the prediction the astrologers. whom he employs as supercargoes in his own ships. consulted astrologers about my nativity. though his life would be but short. he said "Prince. my mother acquainted him that she was with child. For my own part I am sanguine in my hopes. when it was intimated to him in a dream that he should have a son. when his life will be exposed to a danger which he will hardly be able to escape. shall be thrown into the sea by prince Agib. but that you are acquitted of it from this hour.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014. at which he was much concerned when he awoke. and with a smiling countenance requested me to take a seat by him. he will live to a great age. who. in the midst of a desert island. he sought by all means possible to falsify my horoscope. This news alarmed him much. I am to acquaint you with what will surprise you by its singularity. with leave of your father and yourself. of which the foolish astrologers have made you apprehensive. He took the precaution to form this subterranean habitation to hide me in. your son will be killed fifty days afterwards by that prince. which he furnishes with precious stones. as the stars prognosticate. and fear nothing. who had observed the very moment of my birth. At the end of nine months she was brought to bed of me. by his industry and professional skill. I will remember the obligations I owe you. which is the fifteenth of my age. and also agents. he came hastily hither to conceal me. son of king Cassib." While the jeweller's son was relating this story. I will not leave you till the forty days have expired. It will be' (said they) ‘when the statue of brass. and.' "My father took all imaginable care of my education until this year. consider it as a debt you had to pay.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:54 AM] . and what she supposed to be the time of her conception agreed exactly with the day of his dream. trust in the goodness of God. I shall have the benefit of getting to the main land in your vessel. and therefore. and to preserve my life. "He had been long married without having issue.

and if I be guilty of his death. and inspired him with confidence. my face. that I may eat some to refresh me. "There is one. I asked the young man if he knew where there was one." said he. and having supped. he awoke.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:54 AM] . I found the young man of ready wit. and will furnish you with every necessary accommodation for your return to your kingdom: but." I set the water on the fire. But. let me file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014. madam. and I am not dead. the youth went in. O Lord!" said I." This discourse encouraged the jeweller's son. The next morning. I fell most unhappily upon the young man. and I both washed and rubbed him." Out of several melons that remained I took the best. he said to me with a transport of joy that he could not restrain. and the knife pierced his heart. I beat my head. and I on my part regarded him with so much affection. and laid it on a plate. and used every precaution not to give him any cause to suspect who I was. and when it was hot poured it into the moveable bath. of which he had enough to have lasted beyond the forty days. After he had slept a while. when he arose. not only for that day. I held the basin of water to him. then I became his murderer. After supper we conversed for some time. "Dear prince. pray do me the favour to fetch me a melon and some sugar. we retired to bed as before. we spent thirty-nine days in the pleasantest manner possible in this subterraneous abode. this is the fortieth day. We passed the time in various conversation till night came on." continued he. At this spectacle I cried out with agony. "Prince. that. every acknowledgment of his gratitude for your attentions. I found he loved me.html my gratitude by suitable acknowedgments. and laid himself down in his bed that I had prepared. At last he came out. We had sufficient time to contrast mutual friendship and esteem for each other. My father will not fail to make you. and breast. while I had it in my hand. my foot being entangled in the carpet. lest I should alarm his fears. I tore my clothes. "Those astrologers who predicted to his father that his son should die by my hand were impostors. I took care not to inform him I was the very Agib whom he dreaded. I threw myself on the ground with unspeakable sorrow and grief! "Alas!" I exclaimed. and made so much haste to reach it. and at the proper time placed it on the table: after we had dined I invented a play for our amusement. and verified the prediction. to receive my father with the more respect. The fortieth day appeared: and in the morning. though he had had more guests than myself. "upon this cornice over my head:" I accordingly saw it there. thanks to God and your good company. "while we are waiting his arrival. and partook with him of his provisions. "I intreat thy pardon. and at last retired to bed. I also provided dinner. "there were only some hours wanting to have put him out of that danger from which he sought sanctuary here. I prepared supper after the same manner as I had done the dinner. and when I thought the danger past. and said." In short. that I may wash my body and change my dress. that I often said to myself. I beg you will provide me some warm water in that portable bath. and as I could not find a knife to cut it with. but for those that followed. very shortly. when the young man awoke. lifting up my face and my hands to heaven. for it is not possible that I could commit so base a crime.

laid down the great stone upon the entrance. and went down. they changed colour. The slaves. brought him up in their arms. and covered it with earth. the forty days being expired. I led this wearisome life for a whole month. which stood out to sea. "If I am seen by the old man. and. I perceived the vessel coming to fetch away the young man. but he not answering. casting my eyes upon the sea towards the main land. with a countenance that shewed some hope. will not always happen according to our desire. but notwithstanding all the pains they took to recover him. After the old man and his slaves were gone. but at last he came to himself. Nevertheless. It is better then to withdraw while it is in my power. their fears increased. and carried to the ship. which increased my sorrow: the old man fell down in a swoon. and at length found him lying upon the bed with the knife in his heart. but when they saw the earth had been newly removed. which I ascended in hopes of concealment. considering that all my tears and sorrows would not restore the young man to life.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014. threw the first earth upon the body. At this sight they cried out lamentably. dressed in his best apparel. and made them more than once despair of his life. was laid upon a litter. I quitted the subterranean dwelling. which they had shut up. I was left alone upon the island. overcome with sorrow. with the remaining provisions. and. But what we wish.html not live any longer.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:54 AM] . The old man. and when the day came. In file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014. than I saw the vessel come to the creek where she lay the first time. after which the slaves filled up the grave. The old man with his slaves landed immediately. At the expiration of this time I perceived that the sea had receded. and perhaps cause me to be massacred by his slaves. when. whether it be good or evil. The old man. I began then to consider what I had best do. and was no sooner fixed in a place where I could not be perceived. I might be surprised by his father. 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 when they had made a grave they buried it. and his face covered with tears. and stopped in such places as I thought most proper for repose." After this misfortune I would have embraced death without any reluctance. to give him air. I had scarcely done. and advanced towards the subterranean dwelling. the main land too seemed to be drawing nearer." There happened to be near a large tree thick with leaves. all the furniture was brought up. he will certainly seize me. and laid him at the foot of the tree where I was concealed. They lifted up the stone. they called the young man by his name. and in a short time was out of sight. for I had not power to take it out. I walked round the island. I lay that night in the subterranean dwelling. the unfortunate father continued a long while insensible. particularly the old man. I said to myself. They proceeded to seek him. and not being able to stand. supported by two slaves. put on board the vessel. than to expose myself to his resentment. The slaves then brought up his son's corpse. had it presented itself to me. This being done. that the island had increased in dimensions.

and let not your curiosity extend any farther. all covered with blue stuff. upon which the old man before-mentioned sat down. but of the same colour. it not being possible that this fire should kindle of itself. Before I had taken such a view of this magnificent building as it deserved. They thought my story so extraordinary. But as each sofa could only contain one man. on which they sat by day and slept at night. distributed to each man separately his proportion. I found my error. brought in supper. and it furnished conversation for a good part of the night. very well furnished. and seemed glad to see me. bed-chambers. I saw a good way before me something that resembled a great fire. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014. and sat down to admire its noble structure. who was very tall. but he returned in a minute or two. the water sunk so low. As I was conjecturing by what adventure these men could come together. I could not suppress my astonishment at the sight of so many half blind men in company. they inquired what had brought me thither. They did so. and we passed through a great many halls. and discovered that what I had taken for a fire was a castle of red copper. In the middle of this circle stood an eleventh sofa. as the rest did. I saw ten handsome young men coming along. As I drew nearer. for I said to myself. I shall find here some persons. which the beams of the sun made to appear at a distance like flames. that there remained between me and the continent but a small stream. which I ate apart. the young gentlemen prayed me to accompany them into the castle. separate from one another. I stopped in the neighbourhood of the castle. and do not inquire into anything that concerns us. however. After I had concluded my account. but what surprised me was. I walked so long a way upon the slime and sand that I was very weary: at last I got upon more firm ground. he placed one before every gentleman." The old man having sat a short time. sit down upon that carpet in the middle of the room. said to the old man.html fact. and went out. One of the gentlemen observing that it was late. I accepted their offer. and went into a closet.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014. and the water did not reach above the middle of my leg. that they made me repeat it after supper. they approached. be content with what you see. that they were all blind of the right eye. as if they had been taking a walk. but if they would take the trouble to sit down. nor the reason why we are all blind of the right eye. They were accompanied by an old man. one after another. and closets. which afforded me some comfort. "Comrade. ante-chambers. and the young gentlemen occupied the other ten. and of a venerable aspect. and brought out thence upon his head ten basins. and likewise brought me mine. "You do not bring us that with which we may acquit ourselves of our duty. arose. which I crossed. which filled them with astonishment. I told them my story would be somewhat tedious. and I related to them all that had happened to me since I had left my kingdom. together with a light. and when I had proceeded some distance from the sea. After the first salutations. where there were ten small blue sofas set round." At these words the old man arose. and when supper was almost ended. not so high as the rest. and every one deprived of the same eye.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:54 AM] . he presented to each of us a cup of wine. and came at last into a spacious hall. one of the young men said to me. 1 would satisfy their curiosity. and to rest myself.

"Do not wonder at our conduit in regard to yourself. Whatever misfortune befalls me. you have convinced me that you do not want understanding. therefore I conjure you to satisfy my curiosity. that I must renounce the law which you prescribed to me last night." To these pressing instances they answered only. yet. and to see every night such an odd exhibition. I earnestly prayed them to satisfy me. We passed that day in conversation upon indifferent subjects. which contained ashes. and when night was come and every man had supped. not being able to resist my curiosity. that it was no business of mine to make such inquiries. coal-dust.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:54 AM] . After having thus blackened themselves. and the young gentlemen as before bedaubed their faces. without being permitted to know the reason. "Gentlemen. and that file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014. I declare to you. and ask questions. You may judge how uneasy I felt all this time. You are men of sense. they wept and lamented. nor was it possible for me to sleep that night. we went out to walk. At last. and lamp-black. One of the gentlemen answered on behalf of the rest. which were spoiled. for I cannot observe it. for it was impossible for me to keep them company any longer. with which they washed their faces and hands.html They uncovered their basins. the old man brought in the blue basins. "This is the fruit of our idleness and debauches. and that I should do well to hold my peace. crying. and crying continually. I cannot forbear asking. and rubbed and bedaubed their faces with it in such a manner as to make themselves look very frightful. I wished a thousand times to break the silence which had been imposed upon me. 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 continued the same actions the following night. wept and beat themselves. "This is the fruit of our idleness and debauches. soon after we had arisen. and put on others. or to shew me how to return to my own kingdom. the old man brought them water. they mixed all together. they changed all their clothes. so that they exhibited no appearance of what they had been doing." They continued this strange employment nearly the whole of the night. beating their heads and breasts. and then I said to them. I have seen you do such actions as none but madmen could be capable of. The next day. and when they left off.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_014.

" said they. the roc at the sight of me flew sway. to save you the pain of being reduced to the same condition with ourselves." I replied. and carry them to the tops of mountains.html hitherto we have not granted your request: it is out of kindness. and left me alone. cut the skin with your knife. I was ready to submit. and let it cost me what it would. and the penance which you have been witness to. I told them. killed it. called a roc. that it has cost each of us our right eye." said the same gentleman. which always stands open. and throwing it off. but walk on till you come to a spacious castle. We have each of us been in that castle. "We must sew you in this skin. The roc they spoke of soon arrived. let what would be the consequence. and soar with you to the sky: but let not that alarm you. Do not stay. and other precious stones: go up to the gate. telling me it would be useful to me on an occasion which they would soon explain. because their number was complete. and lay you on the top of a mountain. that a large volume would not contain them. that I got thither in half a day's journey. This roc is a white bird. and we will give you the satisfaction you desire. took me in his talons like a sheep. Being impatient to reach the castle. will pounce upon you. his strength is such. I entered a square court. took a sheep. so large that there were round it ninety-nine gates of wood file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. he pounced upon me. "we advise you to restrain your curiosity: it will cost you the loss of your right eye. that he can lift up elephants from the plains. covered with plates of gold. where he feeds upon them. if I were so disposed. of a monstrous size. and no addition could be made to it." I told them I was resolved on it. they retired into the hall. but to myself. "and then leave you. When you find yourself on the ground. All that we can inform you is. and throw it off. and after they had taken off the skin.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:57 AM] . The ten gentlemen perceiving that I was so fixed in my resolution. and leave you at liberty. and walk in. I begged them to grant my request." When the gentleman had thus spoken." He farther represented to me. and taking you for a sheep. you need but speak. will appear in the air. you will learn by your own experience. and after the young gentlemen had been at the trouble to sew the skin about me. upon which a bird of a monstrous size. he will descend with you again. I cut the skin with the knife. but will tell you nothing of what we saw. held fast the knife which was given me. large emeralds. "Once more. I lost no time. The history of each of us is so full of extraordinary adventures. but if there were a necessity for it. that it would be a great satisfaction to me never to part from such agreeable gentlemen. "be assured that if such a misfortune befall me. and I must say that I found it surpassed the description they had given me of its magnificence. I will not impute it to you. I wrapt myself in the sheep's skin. is what we are obliged to observe in consequence of having been there. and carried me up the summit of the mountain. But we cannot explain ourselves farther. As soon as the roc sees you. If you have a mind to try our unfortunate destiny. presented me with a knife. When I found myself on the ground." "No matter. or what befell us there. The gate being open. but made so much haste. he will fly away for fear. that when I had lost an eye I must not hope to remain with them.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015.

One brought hot water to wash my feet. with admirable grace." said they. witty. a side-board was set out with several sorts of wine and other liquors. and when I expressed my uneasiness. seeing it was dark. and they disposed them with so much taste as to produce the most beautiful effect possible. I ate and drank. couple after couple. and without waiting my salutations. as the solicitude and eagerness of those fair ladies to do me all possible service. ready to obey your commands. you are welcome. whilst the rest. notwithstanding all the opposition I could make. so much astonished me. "We have long been in expectation of such a gentleman as you. and judge. "Noble Sir. or into apartments which contained many things wonderful to be seen. said to me. and in the most charming manner possible. Other ladies covered a table with dry fruits. which lasted till night came on. The hundred doors I spoke of opened into gardens or store-houses full of riches. it is time for you to retire to rest. master. "That is your place. and we continued a long while at our repast. to sit down on a seat that was higher than their own. as they were all equally beautiful. and everything proper to relish the liquor. some of them who sat nearest me staid to keep me company. that led to apartments above. and when everything was ready. your lodging is prepared: but before you depart choose which of us you like best to be your bedfellow. without reckoning those of several superb staircases. and change of apparel. "You are doubtless wearied by the journey you have taken to-day.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. When I had finished my narrative to the forty ladies. besides many more which I could not see. I gave them a full relation of my adventures. Some of the ladies brought in musical instruments.html of sanders and aloes. with demonstrations of joy." They obliged me. and we hope you will not find our company disagreeable or unworthy of yours. they invited me to sit down to supper. and danced two and two. others brought me all kinds of necessaries. your mien assures us. As soon as they saw me they arose." I answered. a second poured sweet scented water on my hands. The others began a kind of ball. I saw a door standing open just before me. and that I would not be guilty of so much incivility as to prefer one before file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. They brought a prodigious number. and the rest came with glasses in their hands to fill me delicious wines." Nothing. The ladies sat down with me. all in good order. sweetmeats. and we are your slaves. through which I entered into a large hall." And one thus addressed me in the name of the rest. and formed a most charming concert. and worthy of my respects and service. "you are at present our lord. "That I knew not how to make my own choice. It was past midnight ere these amusements ended. which by the wonderful light they emitted exhibited the resemblance of day. At length one of the ladies said to me. rose to fetch tapers. madam. after which the ladies placed themselves about me. others again brought in a magnificent collation. and desired an account of my travels. They that were to play upon the instruments and sing arose. that you are master of all the good qualities we can desire. Here I found forty young ladies of such perfect beauty as imagination could not surpass: they were all most sumptuously appareled.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:57 AM] . and one of gold.

dear prince." I was obliged to yield to their entreaties.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:57 AM] . I was greatly surprised that these forty ladies. After which they conveyed me to a bath. and received them into my bed one after another: and during all the time of this voluptuous life. they prayed me again to make choice of one of them for my companion In short. "if it be in my power to comfort you." "Ladies." After they had spoken these words. let me know. we must acquaint you that we are all princesses. when the other thirty-nine ladies came into my chamber. When the year was expired. but if it be your wish we should. they began to weep bitterly. "I understand not what you mean. to day we must leave you." said one of them. and our own personal interests. "what but the necessity of parting from you could thus afflict us? Perhaps we shall never see you more.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. "Fair ladies. and if you possess sufficient self-command for the purpose. daughters of kings. especially those of the hundred doors." Instead of returning a direct answer. they made me put on another suit much richer than the former. and of the separation they spoke of. where they left us. gave me hers. served me with everything I needed. saying. we know not how to live without you. We live here together in the manner you have seen. "My dear ladies.html another. instead of appearing with their usual cheerfulness to ask me how I did. therefore make your selection. entered my chamber one morning all in tears. not to weary you with repetitions. "Adieu. I was scarcely dressed next morning. We were conducted to a sumptuous apartment. for we are agreed among ourselves. where you will find enough to satisfy your curiosity. where they washed me themselves. pray explain yourselves more clearly. we file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. we met not with the least kind of trouble. but let not this hinder you. that pleasantness of humour. madam. "we had never seen or known you! Several gentlemen have honoured us with their company before you." "Alas!" said they. and offered my hand to the lady who spoke. I must tell you that I continued a whole year among those forty ladies. and lose no time to take the repose you need. that sweetness. but at the end of every year we are obliged to be absent forty days upon indispensable duties. adieu! for we must leave you. and when forty days are past. and whether I would or no." I replied. but never one of them had that comeliness." The lady who had spoken to me before answered. "have the kindness not to keep me any longer in suspense: tell me the cause of your sorrow. We assure you. "We are very well satisfied of your civility. Yesterday was the last of the year." said I. and find it is your fear to create jealousy among us that occasions your diffidence. in return. and inquired after my health. which we are not permitted to reveal: and afterwards we return again to this castle. all in different dresses from those they had worn the day before: they bade me good-morrow. and who. Before we depart we will leave you the keys of everything." "Well. to begin again. "Would. and then every one retired to her own chamber. that the good fortune of her whom you choose shall cause no feeling of the kind. it is not impossible but that we may again enjoy the pleasure of your company." said I. and when I came out of the bath. They embraced me with great tenderness one after another. and when it was bed-time. We passed the whole day almost constantly at table." Their tears affected. and to relieve your solitude during our absence. and that merit which you possess. and this circumstance is the cause of our grief. that every one of us shall in her turn have the same honour. But for your benefit. or if my assistance can be any way useful to you." said they. I prayed them to tell me the reason of their grief. "to satisfy you.

Others conveyed it in smaller quantities to those whose fruits were already formed: some carried still less to those whose fruits were swelling. therefore take heed. nevertheless. Their departure sensibly afflicted me. their freshness and beauty. We would willingly take the key of the golden door with us. you will do yourself a considerable injury. I went out at last with my mind file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. they departed. The agreeableness of their company. those channels that watered the trees whose fruit was ripe had no more moisture than just what would preserve them from withering. We hope. I did not even notice a thousand curious objects that every day offered themselves to my view. I opened the first door. except that which our religion promises us after death. and though their absence was to be only forty days. and expressed my willingness to perform what was much more difficult. for if you do we shall never see you again. that I neither had time nor desire to see the wonders contained in this enchanted palace. and I remained alone in the castle. and only wanted to be ripened. had so much absorbed my attention during the whole year. depends upon your compliance. but that it would be an affront to a prince like you to question your discretion and firmness. We separated with much tenderness. and to give us the satisfaction finding you here again at the end of forty days. I took the first of the keys of the other doors.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:57 AM] . I could not imagine any thing to surpass it. delighted my senses. I determined not to forget the important advice they had given me. I omitted not to declare how much their absence would afflict me. and others carried only so much as was just requisite to water those which had their fruits come to perfection. I thanked then for their good advice. and the happiness of your life. and other amusements. If you suffer yourself to be swayed by a foolish curiosity. had I not conceived a still higher idea of the other things which I had not seen. I should never have tired in examining and admiring so delightful a place. which were hung in regular order. so much was I charmed by the beauty of those ladies. the admirable order of the trees. it seemed to me an age to live without them. The symmetry. the neatness. There were channels so artificially and proportionately dug.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. that they carried water in considerable quantities to the roots of such trees as required much moisture. your own peace. which I believe the universe could not equal. but as I was permitted to satisfy my curiosity in everything else. the abundance and diversity of unknown fruits. not to open the golden door. and entered an orchard. nor have left it. and the pleasure they seemed to take in promoting my gratification. their hospitality. assuring them that I would follow it. Nor must I omit to inform you. and after I had embraced them all. and the apprehension of this augments our grief. that this delicious orchard was watered in a very particular manner. They far exceeded in size the ordinary fruits of our gardens.html recommend you to forbear opening the golden door. We conjure you to avoid the indiscretion. to secure the happiness of passing the rest of my days with ladies of such beauty and accomplishments. their musical entertainments. Lastly." This speech of the fair princesses grieved me extremely. that you will attend to our advice.

jessamines. and opened the next. this aviary was so exceedingly neat. topazes. I exclaimed. gold-finches. in the fifth. and in the two following. I went to my chamber. jasper. chrysolites. I opened the third door. and other rare singing-birds. The next day I opened the fourth door. "If all the treasures of the kings of the universe were gathered together in one place. and an infinite number of flowers. who then began to perch upon such places as suited them for repose during the night. tulips. not watered so profusely as the former. Filled with astonishment and admiration at the view of all these riches. larks. the description of which I will omit. charmed with the chirping notes of the multitude of birds. either here or in the gardens I had before examined. resolving on the following days to open all the rest of the doors. which do not grow in other places but at certain times. and yet I could not perceive a weed. canary birds. furnishing no more water than just what each flower required. not only with branches. I judged there must be not less than a hundred persons to keep it clean. I found here a flower garden. there were diamonds. I shall only say. what I now beheld transported me into perfect ecstacy. and as large as pigeons' eggs. or any thing superfluous or offensive to sight. emeralds. ingots of silver. The first was stored with heaps of pearls: and. to avoid prolixity. How fortunate am I to possess all this wealth with so many admirable princesses! " I will not tire you. with a detail of all the other objects of curiosity and value which I discovered on the following day. Besides. without mentioning agate. and nothing could be more delicious than the fragrant smell which they emitted. they could not equal the value of these. In the second treasury. It contained a vast number of nightingales. considering its extent. and to admire all that presented itself to my view. which was no less extraordinary in its kind.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. and hyacinths. and coral. money. money. all open. what is almost incredible. exceeded the number of those of the ordinary size. but with greater niceness. which I had never heard of. the number of those stones which are most precious. in the sixth. turquoises. and rubies.html filled with the wonders I had viewed: I shut the door. cornelian. and the vessels that held their seed and water were of the most precious jasper or agate. and found a large aviary. madam. of which there was a store house filled. violets. in the third. I entered a large court surrounded with buildings of an admirable structure. daffodils. opals. but all this while not one appeared. The sun went down. lilies. This building had forty doors. and through each of them was an entrance into a treasury: several of these treasuries contained as much wealth as the largest kingdoms. were there flourishing all at once. carbuncles. The rest contained amethysts. so that there was file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. The trellis work was made of sandal wood and wood of aloes. but whole trees. that. that thirty-nine days afforded me but just as much time as was necessary to open ninety-nine doors. pinks. If what I had seen before was capable of exciting my surprise. in the fourth. hyacinths. and I retired. anemonies. The roses. Instead of an orchard. with all the other stones known to us. paved with marble of several fine and uncommon colours. excepting that of gold.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:57 AM] . ingots of gold. It contained a spacious plot.

and the pleasure of seeing them again ought to have restrained my curiosity: but through my weakness. burning perfumed oils of various kinds. the pavement of which was strewed with saffron. I should have been this day the happiest of all mankind. made me faint away. The fortieth day after the departure of those charming princesses arrived. after waiting some time for the external air to correct the effluvia of the place. of the most perfect symmetry and beauty that ever was beheld. It was illuminated by several large tapers which emitted the perfume of aloes and ambergris. Among the many objects that attracted my attention was a black horse. and with the end of his tail he struck out my eye. This light was augmented by gold and silver lamps. and considering the fear that had seized me. and found he had on a saddle and bridle of massive gold. but too powerful for my senses. I soon recovered: but instead of taking warning from this incident to close the door. I opened that fatal door! But before I had moved my foot to enter. which I was forbidden to open. and the other with rose-water. and endeavoured to make him move: but finding he did not stir. I approached in order the better to observe him. I sat well. than he began to neigh in a most horrible manner. and felt myself no longer incommoded.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. However. and restrain my curiosity. flew up with me into the air.html only the hundredth door left. One part of his manger was filled with clean barley and sesame. I found myself in a spacious vaulted apartment. a smell pleasant enough. as to throw me behind him. At length he directed his course towards the earth. and were placed in candlesticks of solid gold. I yielded to the temptations of the evil spirit. and led him out to view him by daylight. and lighted upon the terrace of a castle. which I shall ever repent. I entered. without giving me time to dismount. I mounted. shook me out of the saddle with such force. My thoughts were fully in keeping my seat. whereas now I am the most unfortunate. curiously wrought. He had no sooner felt the blow. Thus it file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_015. and extending his wings. I laid hold of his bridle. They were to return the next day. and. and had I but retained so much self-command as I ought to have had. who allowed me no rest till I had involved myself in the misfortunes I have since suffered. which I had not before perceived. I struck him with a switch I had taken up in his magnificent stable.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:47:57 AM] .

The third calender having finished this relation of his adventures. The great noise we made brought in the watch. and the eleventh in the middle. therefore. and soon disappeared. at a merchant's house of this city. We are merchants of Moussol come to Bagdad to sell our merchandize. They seemed not at all surprised to see me. who. attended by the old man. "to lay it to your charge. I have had a long journey. to implore those favours which you have been generously pleased to grant us. being strangers as well as myself. I walked upon the terrace. which made us determine to knock at your gate. I then recollected the predictions of the ten young gentlemen. and we had the good fortune to escape: but it being already late. The horse again took wing. I departed." "I should do you wrong. I have only myself to accuse. We would gladly receive you into our company. we beg you to pardon our curiosity. sent for men and women dancers. But we have already stated to you the reasons that render this impossible: depart. We dined today with several other persons of our condition. You have been no wiser than we. but came in soon after. On the road I caused my beard and eye-brows to be shaven. "It is now your turn to relate your adventures. nor at the loss of my eye. and musicians. after he had treated us with choice dainties and excellent wines. and we had still continued to enjoy them. "We are sorry that we cannot congratulate you on your return. where you will meet with the person who is to decide your destiny. who arrested some of the company. we knew not whither to retire. All that has happened to you we have also endured." "If. but said. but we are not the cause of your misfortune. answered Zobeide: "Madam. we each of us tasted the same pleasures during a year." But one of them answered. when the princesses were absent. We have only had time enough to bring us hither." After they had explained to me the road I was to travel. We chanced as we passed along this street to hear mirth at your house. we need only repeat what we have already said. Zobeide addressed him and his fellow calenders thus: "Go wherever you think proper. and said to them.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. but at last I arrived this evening." The grand vizier who had all along been the spokesman. and permit us to hear the stories of those gentlemen who have not yet spoken." Then the lady turned to the caliph. for it pained me exceedingly. that I was in the castle whence I had been carried by the roc. therefore speak.html was I became blind of one eye. and then descended. the vizier Jaaffier.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:00 AM] . to join with us in the penance to which we are bound. "it be a subject of consolation to the afflicted to know that others share their sufferings. I got up much vexed at the misfortune I had brought upon myself. lower than the rest. and proceed to the court of Bagdad." said they. and the door of our khan shut up. had we not opened the golden door. in obedience to your commands. and Mesrour. you are at liberty. and assumed a calender's habit. and have incurred the same punishment. This is all the account that we can give you. and met these my brother calenders at the gate. "Madam. in order to obey you. covering my eye with one of my hands. The ten young gentlemen were not in the hall when I entered. but we had not leisure to converse long on the subject of our misfortunes. and the duration of which we know not. We were mutually surprised at one another. as we could wish." I replied. and entered into a hall. I soon discoved by the ten sofas in a circle." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. which lies in the khan where we lodge. you have in us this alleviation of your misfortune. to see that we were all blind of the same eye.

make haste. the porter went to his quarters." "Follow us. he took along with him the three calenders." Zobeide having given this command in a tone that signified she would be obeyed. and tomorrow morning bring them to me. and the caliph and Mesrour returned to the palace. The grand vizier entered soon after. who. and the porter departed.html Zobeide having heard this statement. I will cause their history to be put in writing. "and we will convey you out of danger. When the ladies were thus disposed of. in all those matters that have so much surprised me. and placed the three calenders near his person. without taking any notice of what had passed the night before at their house. "You gentlemen. that of the three ladies and the two black bitches is the most urgent: my mind cannot rest till I am thoroughly satisfied." He then whispered to the vizier. and went to the ladies. sufficiently evinced that they were not ignorant before whom they had the honour to appear. lest you may have given me offence. that he might observe proper decorum before the officers of his court who were then present." The vizier who knew his master's quick and fiery temper. without saying one word: for the presence of the seven slaves with their weapons awed them into silence. who are newly come to town. and sat upon his throne. I pardon you all. which way do you design to go. for it deserves a place in the annals of my reign. which the calenders perceiving. to whom he communicated. "When I acquaint you that I was last night in your house. the caliph." resumed the caliph. The ladies put on their veils. since it is not yet day?" "It is this. bring those ladies and the calenders at the same time." said the caliph. Day began to appear whilst he was thinking upon these things. the caliph said to the calenders. The caliph went to bed. the orders with which he was charged. seemed to hesitate what to say. "the affairs that we have to consider at present are not very pressing. ordered that the ladies should be placed behind the hangings of the door which led to his own chamber." The vizier Jaaffier took the three calenders along with him. he was most concerned to know the history of Zobeide. you may perhaps believe that I have sent for you for no other purpose file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. The vizier conducted them to the palace with so much expedition.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. and the gate was closed after them. As soon as they had quitted the house. the three calenders. "Vizier. "Well then. without knowing him. you may probably be alarmed. "Take them along with you." said she. "you shall all be equally obliged to me. and said. that the caliph was much pleased.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:00 AM] . to bring them before the caliph. This prince. Go. what reason she could have to be so severe to the two black bitches. the vizier Mesrour. being perplexed by the extraordinary things he had seen and heard. But above all. hastened to obey.. he arose and went to his council chamber. provided you immediately depart. without making himself known." they replied. the caliph turned towards them. and why Amene had her bosom so scarred. in a civil way. who in the interval had learnt that they had seen and spoken with the caliph. prayed her to grant the same favour to the three Moussol merchants as she had done to them. and went with the vizier As he passed his own house. but could not sleep. and remember that I impatiently expect your return. and paid his respects as usual. by their respectful behaviour. "that perplexes us. disguised in a merchant's habit.

and to ask for what reason one of you. I was then a merchant of Moussol. the fifth caliph of the glorious house of Abbas. they left me to live with their mother. After our father's death. began thus: The Story of Zobeide. I received her with every possible tenderness.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:00 AM] . and finding himself reduced to poverty. are also my sisters by the father's side. the three ladies heard him well enough. Assure yourself there file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. by riotous living and debauchery' spent all. who was then alive. and I esteem you as my mother: during your absence. My other two sisters and myself stayed with our mother.html than to shew some marks of my resentment. and left me alone. I took her to a bath. I have only sent for you to know who you are." Though the caliph pronounced these words very distinctly. clothed her with my own apparel. after the rudeness of which we were guilty. and inquiring into the cause of her distress. and the employment I follow of breeding silk-worms. yet the vizier out of ceremony. you are the elder. you may rest assured that I have forgotten all that has past. the name of the other is Safie. why another of you has her bosom so full of scars. but be not afraid. the property that he left was equally divided among us. The two ladies who live with me. after the caliph by his address had encouraged her. Her misfortunes affected me: and I mingled my tears with hers. Zobeide. Some time after. wept with them? And I am no less curious to know. but by another mother: she that has the scars upon her breast is named Amene. repeated them. after severely whipping the two black bitches. the relation which I am about to give your majesty is singularly extraordinary.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. and am well satisfied with your conduct. I shall always remember the moderation with which you acted. and as soon as these two sisters received their portions. She returned to this city. and with that money and my sister's portion they went both into Africa. and my own Zobeide. and hold the place of our great prophet. God has blest the portion that fell to my share. the two eldest (for I am the youngest) married. and having suffered incredible hardships by the way. came to me in so lamentable a condition that it would have moved the hardest heart to compassion to behold her. and are now here. and put her away. she told me with tears how inhumanly her husband had behaved towards her. found a pretext for divorcing my sister. As soon as we had received our portions. and thus addressed her: "Sister. but am at present Haroon al Rusheed. Commander of the faithful. and who when she afterwards died left each of us a thousand sequins. I wish that all the ladies of Bagdad had as much discretion as you evinced before me. my eldest sister's husband sold all that he had. where her husband. The two black bitches and myself are sisters by the same father and mother. and I shall acquaint you by what strange accident they came to be metamorphosed.

html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:00 AM] . I made no doubt but it was the palace of the prince who file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. where I bought a ship ready fitted for sea. on presence that they would not be chargeable to me." My answer was. We continued thus a whole year in perfect love and harmony." Upon this I embraced them. Seeing that God had increased my small stock. But after some months were past. and be welcome to remain: for what I had would be sufficient to maintain us all three. and I received her likewise with the same affection as I had done the former. to embark some of it in a commercial speculation. To this end. I shall feel much surprised if such be the case. and cast anchor. in a manner answerable to our condition. and account us your slaves. where at different intervals stood men in various attitudes. "I rather believe you wish to marry again. I went with my two sisters to Bussorah. in the heart of the city. and the twentieth day saw land. I have not altered my mind with respect to you since we last parted: come again. and begged my pardon a thousand times for not following my advice. they were resolved to marry. if you will vouchsafe to receive us once more into your house.html is nothing I have but is at your service. is it possible you dare venture a second time? You know how rare it is to meet with a husband perfectly virtuous and deserving." I added." said they. they might lay those thoughts aside. and we lived together as before. and as much at your disposal as my own. It was a very high mountain. In the quarter inhabited by the merchants I found most of the shops shut." We lived very comfortably together for some months. I took courage. which stood open. and went nearer. but perceiving they remained stationary. we soon reached the harbour. I had not patience to wait till my sisters were dressed to go along with me. "but abundantly more wise than we. I observed. when we had reached the open sea. they returned again. and soon cleared the Persian gulf. After the experience you have had of the little satisfaction there is in wedlock. "But. and laded her with such merchandise as I had carried with me from Bagdad. and soon accomplished their wishes. but went ashore alone in the boat. I projected a voyage. and in such as were open I likewise found the people petrified. After I had surveyed the building. I saw there a great number of men upon guard. and they had all such dreadful countenances that I was greatly alarmed. We set sail with a fair wind. I entered the town and passed through several streets. and take part of what I have. and others standing with sticks in their hands. covered with plates of gold. and wondering we received no intelligence of her. Having reached a vast square. As we were one day conversing about our third sister. a curtain of silk stuff seemed to be drawn before it: a lamp hung over the entrance. that if putting me to expense was the only reason. Making directly to the gate of the town. we shall never commit a similar fault again. told me they intended to marry again. "Dear sisters. but all motionless and petrified. at the bottom of which we perceived a great town: having a fresh gale. we steered our course to the Indies. and did not so much as move their eyes.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. some sitting. Some time after. I perceived a large folding gate. Believe what I say. "You are our youngest sister." All my persuasion was in vain. when I found they were all turned into stones. and let us live together as comfortably as we can. my two sisters. she came in as bad a condition as the eldest: her husband had treated her after the same manner.

I file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. and upon the throne there was a bed of rich stuff embroidered with pearls. the large diamond. The doors being all open. which was inestimable in value. however. In the mean time night came on. At the head of the bed there stood on each side a lighted flambeau. for I could not believe that the torches continued thus burning of themselves. and a necklace of pearls about her neck. not without some dread to be alone in a desolate place. but for what use I could not comprehend. and representations of men and beasts in silver. the carpet. it was so pure. and to depart the next morning early. raised several steps above the floor. but above all. passed from one chamber to another on that side from whence the sound proceeded. and lifting up my head. In short. I approached her to have a nearer view of it. I approached in hopes to find some.html reigned over that country: and being much astonished that I had not met with one living creature. and was surprised at beholding no one but the guards in the vestibule all petrified. and the sofas. Being extremely glad to hear it. I immediately arose. and it sparkled with so much brilliancy. and the torches stood. I looked into the offices and store-rooms. I surveyed some other apartments. where I perceived a lady in the same situation. and some lying. and enriched with large enchased emeralds. the wonders that everywhere appeared so wholly engrossed my attention. and in a large hall I found several black eunuchs turned into stone. I lifted up the curtain. but I could not find it. that I could not find the least blemish in it. I lost myself among the apartments. Several other rarities detained my curiosity in this room. I knew it to be the queen. and taking a torch in my hand. and never beheld a finer objets. What surprised me most was a sparkling light which came from above the bed. which were all ornamented with Indian stuff of gold. and at last came into a large room. I entered. by the crown of gold on her head.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. each of them as large as a nut. Being curious to know whence it proceeded. I ascended the steps. and thought of nothing but gratifying my curiosity. were it only for the diamond I mentioned. to get aboard my ship.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:00 AM] . after the same manner. admirably executed. the couch. where I saw before me a stately building. I resolved to take my night's lodging there. that when I saw it by day-light I could not endure its lustre. and this fear hindered my sleep. and perceiving I was come back again to the large room. where the throne. I stood some time admiring the riches and magnificence of the room. some sitting. which were full of riches. and in the same tone as it is read in our mosques. or but half shut. the cushions. lying upon a low stool. I laid myself down upon a couch. I proposed to return the way I had entered. that were as beautiful as those I had already seen. the windows of which were inclosed with gates of messy gold: I concluded it to be the queen's apartments. About midnight I heard a voice like that of a man reading the Koraun. it made me imagine that there was some living creature in this place. I quitted the chamber where the petrified queen was. I went from thence into a room richly furnished. which reminded me that it was time to retire. and passed through several other apartments and closets richly furnished. some standing. that I forgot my ship and my sisters. I came to a large court. saw a diamond as large as the egg of an ostrich. where there was a throne of massive gold.

a niche. and may he be graciously pleased to protect us in the same manner. dear object of my soul. and told him how much I was struck by the frightful desolation which I had seen in the city. "have patience for a moment. sir. 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. At this sight I was transported with admiration. O Lord. as we have in our mosques. and what has brought you to this desolate city? And. put it into a rich case. It had.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016. and why I alone am safe in the midst of such a terrible disaster. I could not forbear saying. and stood still. went in. I repeated this prayer aloud: "Praise be to God. "Lady. I took that opportunity to observe him. He made me sit down by him. to direct us whither we are to turn to say our prayers: there were also lamps hung up. in return. I opened it. and how I safely arrived at the port after twenty days' sailing. until we arrive again in our own country." said the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_016." The young man turned his eyes towards me. I set down my torch upon the ground. The door being only half shut. found it to be an oratory." said the young man. with an air that discovered the sentiments I felt. which lay before him on a desk. and looking through a window. what had made me undertake the voyage. not doubting that it came from thence.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:00 AM] . and said. and grant my request. and two candlesticks with large tapers of white wax burning." I told him in a few words whence I had come. and I did not doubt but there was something in the circumstance very extraordinary. why the inhabitants of this city are reduced to the state you see them in. and standing upright before the niche.html came to the closet-door. and before he began his discourse." At these words he shut the Koraun. who has favoured us with a happy voyage. I felt emotions I had never known before. let me know by what miracle you alone are left alive among so many persons that have died in so strange a manner. when I had done. and a comely young man sat on this carpet reading with great devotion the Koraun. Hear me. I prayed him to perform his promise. I saw a little carpet laid down like those we have to kneel upon when we say our prayers. "My good lady. and perceiving in him so much good nature and beauty. what has happened to me. "Amiable sir. and my curiosity cannot be satisfied too soon: therefore pray. and laid it in the niche." "Madam. I will you who I am. 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. pray let me know who you are.

for which I render him infinite thanks. for I must own that this solitary life is extremely irksome. On the last day of that year. and particularly the last. and I dare engage to promise you sanctuary there. you will find that it is not in vain to implore his assistance." All these expressions. 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. "About three years and some months ago. That prince. that he has sent you hither for my comfort. were magi. who rebelled against God. as he is to be seen in this palace. "But though I was born of an idolatrous father and mother. but no one was converted.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017. "there is no doubt but Providence has brought me into your port. his whole court. you have given me to understand that you have a knowledge of the true God. I will acquaint you with the most remarkable effect of his greatness and power." said I. for he was metamorphosed into a black stone. I had the good fortune in my youth to have a governess who was a good Moosulmaun. and the adoration of fire. the ancient king of the giants. until the mighty commander of the faithful. "by the prayer you just now addressed to him. and all his other subjects. had the like destiny. and of Nardoun. and ever since I have continued to serve God with more fervency than before.' would she oftentimes say. You must know. The words were these: ‘Inhabitants. every one in the condition and posture they happened to be in. shew you the honour that is due to your merit. After her death I persisted with constancy in the belief of its divinity: and I abhor the false god Nardoun. and as soon as he is informed of your arrival in his capital. to afford you an opportunity of withdrawing from this dismal place. worshippers of fire. This renowned prince lives at Bagdad. As soon as I was capable of understanding it. that nobody could miss hearing it. I am persuaded. over which the sultan my father reigned. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017. where you may absolutely command as you shall think fit." He accepted the offer. that this city was the metropolis of a mighty kingdom. The ship I came in may serve in some measure to convince you that I am in some esteem at Bagdad.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:04 AM] . and infused piety into my mind. she explained to me all the passages of this excellent book. all the inhabitants were changed in an instant into stone. and of fire. and the queen.html young man. dear lady. shared the same fate. vicegerent to our prophet whom you acknowledge. She happened to die. where I have left considerable property. ‘Dear prince. ‘there is but one true God. and the book she gave me to study was the Koraun. abandon the worship of Nardoun.' She taught me to read Arabic.' "This voice was heard three years successively. my father. but not before she had perfectly instructed me in all that was necessary to convince me of the truth of the Moosulmaun religion. the inhabitants of the city. The sultan. a thundering voice was suddenly sounded so distinctly. take heed that you do not acknowledge and adore any other. and we conversed the remainder of the night concerning our embarkation. "I am the only person who did not suffer under that heavy judgment. "Prince. my mother. through the whole city. at four o'clock in the morning. and worship the only God who shews mercy. unknown to my father or any other person. greatly increased my love for him.

all much troubled at my absence.html As soon as it was day we left the palace. and as I walked along I found several kinds of fruit. when day appeared. at last we set sail with a wind as favourable as we could wish." and upon that. After I had presented my sisters to the prince. I humbly beg of you to give your consent. but for my part. my sisters watched their opportunity. madam. enjoyed ourselves for some time very agreeably. 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. which gave me some hopes of preserving my life. said. and to resign myself wholly to your commands. We left the furniture and goods. and the cause of the desolation of so fine a city. for my sisters grew jealous of the friendship between the prince and myself. and the slaves. and proved to be a flat on the coast. considering the fair wind. how I had met with the young prince. I instantly arose. not with any intention to have you as a slave. After we had laden the vessel with what we thought most desirable. which consisted of an infinite quantity of plate. "Sir. the captain. I had just laid myself down to rest in a shade. because our vessel could not carry it. I seriously declare before these ladies.. and had come within a short distance of Bussorah (where I hoped. They did the same to the prince. 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. such as jewels. that from this moment I heartily accept your offer. when I perceived a very large winged serpent coming towards me. 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). by what I could discern. and maliciously asked me one day. his story. but as my lady and mistress: nor will I pretend to have any power over your actions. when in the night. and went aboard my ship. "I will take him for my husband. We entered the Persian gulf. and hanging out its tongue. seemed to be land. and embarking in its stead all the precious things in the palace. "I know not.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017. The seamen were taken up several days in unlading the merchandize I brought with me. turning myself to the prince. and by good fortune. therefore. with an irregular waving movement. I answered. lying about twenty miles from Bussorah. which induced me to conclude it had received some injury. and perceived that it was pursued by a larger file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017. who was drowned. I found to be a desert island." The prince replied. But alas! this good understanding did not last long. we might have arrived the day following). &c. while I was asleep. I felt ground. and threw me overboard. for as soon as we come to Bagdad I desire to offer you my person to be your slave. which. and money. I floated some minutes on the water. resolving to put it off with a jest.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:04 AM] . where we found my sisters. your sisters. The young prince. or rather miracle. to do you all the service that is in my power. my sisters and myself." At these words my sisters changed colour. gold. I told them what had hindered my return the day before. I went towards a dark spot. whether you be in jest or no. I soon dried my clothes in the sun. and I could perceive afterwards that they did not love me as before. and likewise fresh water.

Commander of the faithful. and fell asleep. and said. Amene addressed herself to the caliph. This perilous situation of the first serpent excited my pity. I sat up. to give each of your sisters every night one hundred lashes with a rod. and the young prince. and was endeavouring to devour it. took wing and flew away. who held in her hand two bitches of the same colour. "the serpent whom you lately delivered from my mortal enemy. as the punishment of the crime they have committed against yourself. But this punishment will not suffice. and the two bitches under the other. and afterwards sunk it. I called together several of my companions. and asked her who she was? "I am.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:04 AM] . to see standing by me a black woman of lively and agreeable features. whom I have transformed into this shape. I looked after it for some time till it disappeared. After the caliph had heard Zobeide with much astonishment. to avoid repeating what your majesty has already heard in my sister's story. and to avenge your wrongs. where I found in my storehouses all the riches with which my vessel had been laden. My tears testify with how much sorrow and reluctance I perform this painful duty. as soon as I was liberated by your generous assistance. I then sought another shady spot for repose. fairies like myself. that after my mother had taken a house for herself to live in. she file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017. finding itself at liberty. she delivered to me the two bitches. whereof your majesty has been a witness.html serpent which had hold of its tail. The treachery of your sisters was well known to me. I shall only add. which I hit upon the head and killed. conveyed into your storehouses at Bagdad all the lading of your vessel. fastened together. whom they have drowned. during her widowhood. he desired his grand vizier to request Amene to acquaint him wherefore her breast was disfigured with so many scars." I was forced to promise obedience." said she. Judge what was my surprise when I awoke.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017. If there be any thing else relating to myself that you desire to know. Since that time I have whipped them every night. The other. "If you would not be changed into a similar form. and in this your majesty may see I am more to be pitied than blamed. and conveyed us to my house in Bagdad. and my will is that you treat them hereafter in the way I shall direst. and began her story after this manner: The Story of Amene. and instead of retreating I assumed courage to take up a stone that lay near me. my sister Amene will give you full information in the relation of her story. Before she left me. I command you." As soon as she had thus spoken the fairy took me under one of her arms. and to throw it with all my strength at the other. 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. in the name of him that governs the sea. though with regret. "These two black bitches are your sisters.

because the ladies of our country. The interest of this money was sufficient to maintain me very honourably. are now met together. if you would vouchsafe to honour the wedding with your presence. I will grant you the favour you desire. the old woman called upon me.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017." We immediately set out. where I was received by a young file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017. I caused to be made for me ten different dresses. which she spoke with tears." This poor woman's address. and said. She and I are both strangers.html gave me in marriage. and said to me kneeling. "do not afflict yourself." said she. madam. "My compassionate lady. and at the end of the year I began to wear them. excuse the freedom I take to trouble you. You need not at present trouble yourself." said I." As soon as she was gone. and rings set with the finest and most sparkling diamonds.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:04 AM] . and make your heart as joyful as you have made theirs. when informed that a lady of your rank has strewn us this respect. she saluted me by kissing the ground. I was told that a lady desired to speak to me. I am ready to conduct you. I was conducted towards the lower end of the court. When the night closed in. we shall be infinitely obliged. I gave orders that she should be admitted. to a gentleman who had one of the best estates in the city. 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. into a large hall. who is to be married this day. pendents for my ears. she walked before me. the confidence I have in your charity makes me thus bold. But. at a spacious gate with a lamp. I took the suit I liked best. for my mind presaged what would befall me. will then know that we are not regarded here as unworthy and despised persons. of such magnificence that each came to a thousand sequins. "Dear lady. alas! madam. "Good woman." The old woman knocked. newly swept and watered. which much perplexes me. you may come when you please. it will be time enough for you to go when I call for you in the evening. rising. and the gate was opened immediately.000 sequins." The old woman was so transported with joy at my answer. how great will be our mortification! we know not where else to apply. and I will meet you as soon as I am dressed. which amounted to 90. if you refuse this request. and was left in possession of all my husband's property. with a necklace of large pearls. with a countenance full of joy. that she kissed my feet before I had time to prevent her. "My dear lady. "God will reward the kindness you have shewed to your servants. by the light of which I read this inscription in golden letters over the entrance: "This is the everlasting abode of pleasure and joy. tell me whither I must go. and I was followed by a number of my women and slaves properly dressed for the occasion. When the first six months of my mourning was over. She kissed my hands. So farewell. I must acquaint your ladyship that I have an orphan daughter. bracelets. with the portion my father left me. till I have the honour to see you again. while I was alone engaged in my domestic affairs. who are the principal ladies of the city. most beautiful lady. moved my compassion. We stopt in a wide street. the relations of my son-in-law. She was a person advanced in years. and have no acquaintance in this town. I had scarcely been a year married when I became a widow. One day.

that I was foolish enough to take her advice. so I became the principal actress in a wedding to which I had only been invited as a guest. "What the merchant desires of you is no such great matter." I was easily persuaded. and that you may not fatigue yourself by running from shop to shop. and I found from his conversation that his merits far exceeded the eulogium of his sister. He sat down by me. since you want silk stuffs. if I complied in this respect. The woman desired me to speak myself. can prevail. of which one pleased me better than the rest. "Dear mistress. she said. but I hope it will be a different wedding from what you expected. The merchant shewed me several stuffs." I ordered the old woman to tell him. The only condition that my new husband imposed upon me was. Our marriage was concluded and finished after this manner. but I will make her a present of it. having occasion for some stuffs. and I can assure you he is in no respect unworthy of your alliance. accompanied with a blush. which I ought to keep. About a month after our marriage. and immediately a closet-door opened. As soon as I had given consent by my silence. but only present him your cheek. "I will not sell it for gold or money. I must take you to a young merchant of my acquaintance." After the death of my husband I had not thought of marrying again. and after having embraced me. When she perceived that we were satisfied with one another. He answered the old woman. and so graceful a behaviour. I have a brother. But instead of obeying me. madam. and bade the old woman desire him to shew me the finest silk stuffs he had. "Madam. that his fate depends wholly upon you.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017. and I took with me the old woman of whom I spoke before. He knows your quality. and humbly beg you will not refuse the proposal of being his wife. but I bade her ask the price. who has a great variety. When we came to the street where the merchants reside. and out came a Cauzee.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:04 AM] . but I told her it was one of the articles of my marriage contract not to speak to any man but my husband. the young lady claps her hands. I sat down. I can assure you that you will find in his what no other can furnish. that I thought myself happy to have made so great a conquest. out of which came a young man of a majestic air.html lady of admirable beauty. you need not speak." The stuff pleased me so much. and we entered a shop belonging to a young merchant who was tolerably handsome. if she will give me leave to kiss her cheek. But I had no power to refuse the solicitation of so charming a lady. I should have no reason to complain of him. I asked my husband's permission to go out to buy them. she being one of the family. and two of my own female slaves. she claps her hands a second time. one of the handsomest men in the world: he is fallen so much in love with the fame of your beauty. "you are brought hither to assist at a wedding. If my prayers. on which was raised a throne of precious wood set with diamonds. which he granted. and he will be the unhappiest of men if you do not take pity on him. The old woman and my slaves stood up. that he was very rude to propose such a freedom. signed it himself. the old woman said. who wrote our contract of marriage." said she. that I should not be seen by nor speak to any other man but himself. I shall join them with his. and he vowed to me that. She drew near. and caused it to be attested by four witnesses he brought along with him. made me sit down by her upon a sofa. that nobody file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017.

I told him I had the head-ache. But at last I got home." Fearful of occasioning the death of so many innocent persons. I will to-morrow order the lieutenant of the police to seize all those brutes of porters. "shall not go unpunished. "That as I was going." "Sir. where I again fainted. while he was looking another way. I found my cheek covered with blood: the old woman and my slaves took care to cover it with my veil. were I to be the cause of so much mischief. that one of the sticks grazed my cheek. which I hoped would have satisfied him." I replied. and cause them to be hanged. carrying a load of wood. for they are not guilty. came so near to me." At file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017. and continued insensible so long. under his permission. I therefore said. The old woman who accompanied me being extremely troubled at this accident. "to-morrow morning." "For the love of God. having brought you to this merchant. let us hasten home.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:04 AM] . "Sir. My husband came to me at night." The fit had made me so weak." This account put my husband into a violent passion. The pain and my surprise were so great. because he is my countryman: but I never thought he would be guilty of such a villainous action. but supposed I had only had a fainting fit. but he took a candle.html might see. the merchant bit me so violently as to draw blood." "How. to purchase some silk stuff. endeavoured to comfort me. I came to myself. I said. that I fell down. that the people who came about us could not perceive it. but had not done me much hurt. and hurt my cheek upon some glass. I should be sorry so great a piece of injustice should be committed." said he. "how came you by this wound. the old woman applied her remedy. "My dear mistress. who coming behind me. and fell down. "That it was occasioned by the inadvertency of a broom-seller upon an ass." said my husband. but instead of kissing me. his ass came against me with so much violence. and saw my cheek was hurt: "How comes this wound?" said he." said she. that I fell down in a swoon. and went to bed. a porter. and cause all the broom-sellers to be put to death." said I. Sir. yet I could not think of owning the truth. "I beg your pardon. "This act. "I was taken with a giddiness." he demanded. to make such an avowal to a husband. Besides. But do not grieve." "I answered. asked me the reason. that the merchant had time to escape. for I should deem myself unpardonable. and seeing my head bound up. that not the least mark shall be visible. When I came to myself. Though I did not consider myself as guilty of any great offence." "Then tell me sincerely. Meanwhile. Pray refrain. and that is the whole matter. I will apply a remedy that shall in three days so perfectly cure you. for I am the cause of this misfortune. as I went into my chamber. the grand vizier Jaaffier shall be informed of this insolence." "If that is the case." said he. and I put up my veil. "let me beg of you to pardon them. before sun-rise. that I was scarcely able to walk. I considered as somewhat indecorous. madam. "what then am I to believe? Speak.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_017. for I am resolved to know the truth from your own mouth. in a narrow street.

but against whom could I complain? The perpetrator had taken good care to conceal himself. What will the world say of such sanguinary violence?" She spoke these words in such an affecting manner. you saw yesterday. Consider. She told me also by what accident they were transformed file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018. to carry me into a house. but he had no regard to them. My husband was not at all moved. "I have. "for your sake I will spare her life. the executioners of his fury.html these words my husband lost all patience. "cut her in two. To her I made known my misfortune. and it would have been in vain to attempt a reply. 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. which threw me into a swoon. by his order. and advised me to bear my ambition patience. This is the punishment I inflict on those to whom I have given my heart. but she shall bear about her person some marks to make her remember her offence. gave me upon my sides and breast so many blows. on the contrary." said she. "Well then. she received me with her accustomed goodness. As soon as I was able to walk. that he tore away both skin and flesh. and that you will stain your reputation." said he. The old woman. "you are near the last moment of your life. "This is the way of the world." In confirmation of her remark. whose adventures your majesty has just heard. she at the same time gave me an account of the loss of the young prince. but I could not find the site whereon it had stood. and casting an affectionate look on my husband. our friends. contrary to my wish. "Alas! to what a condition am I reduced! must I then die in the prime of my youth!" I could say no more. I resolved to retire to the house which was left me by my first husband. and then throw her into the Tygris. "and lay her in the middle of the floor. "too long listened to your falsehoods." When he saw that the slave hesitated to obey him." said he. "Why do you not strike?" said he." said he to his nurse. have remained ever since. another by the feet. "What do you wait for?" "Madam." When he had thus spoken. I kept my bed four months." said the slave then. and some." The slaves obeyed. occasioned by the jealousy of her two sisters. with a little cane. went on to reproach me. accompanied with tears. let me beg the favour of you to grant me her life. I had recourse to my dear sister Zobeide. one of the slaves. "since I have been your nurse and brought you up. that he who kills shall be killed. or our lovers. in the heat of his resentment. and endeavoured to appease his wrath. and in came three slaves: "Pull her out of bed. I believe such an act of violence was never heard of before. and go abroad. and when he had brought it. fell down upon her knees. But suppose I had discovered him." As he spoke he clapped his hands. where the old woman took care of me. who had been his nurse. but caused every other house in the same street to be razed to the ground. he commanded the third to fetch a cimeter. which was granted me. came in just at that moment. and commanded the slaves to proceed to execution." said she. for my tears and sighs choked my utterance. that she prevailed upon him at last to abandon his purpose.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:07 AM] . I had recourse to intreaties and prayers. said. one holding me by the head." I begged permission to speak one word. "which either robs us of our property. consider if you have any thing to dispose of before you die. was not satisfied with the demolition of that. I lifted up my head. times of all together. In this state he caused the same slaves. when they falsify their promise. and forfeit the esteem of mankind. "Strike. My second husband.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018." said he. "My son. but. at last I recovered: the scars which.

"Commander of the faithful. for I long to see her. yet we contented ourselves with demanding from them the history of their lives." demanded the caliph." said she to the prince. and publicly expressed his admiration of what he had heard. I will file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018. and she threw the whole bundle of hair into it. they in their own way entertained us with a concert of music. Having returned our grateful acknowledgments to God for having thus brought us together. the grand vizier. fire was brought in. and never again to separate. to punish them. and the fairy appeared before the caliph in the form of a lady very richly dressed. but if your majesty commands me. if I only burnt two tufts of this hair.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018. I happened to go abroad yesterday for this purpose. "Madam. "you see I am ready to receive your commands. as well as justice on our side. The caliph having satisfied his curiosity. men of good appearance. To evince my gratitude. He himself. and imposed such a rigorous command upon you. As it was my business to manage the affairs of the house.html into bitches: and in the last place. saying. who begged the same favour which the calenders had obtained before. that her presence would one day be of use to me. tell you where her place of abode was? Or rather. We have now long enjoyed this tranquil life. spoke to Zobeide. "where is the bundle of hair?" She answered. though she were beyond mount Caucasus. opened the case which contained it." Upon which she pulled it out. and then." answered Zobeide. that I always carry it about me. without making use of his minister. "Ever since that time I have been so careful of it. by changing them to bitches. "I forgot to tell your majesty that the fairy left with me a bundle of hair." said the caliph. and after we had made them sit at table with us. Though we had power. Three calenders happened to come to our door as it began to grow dark. "Well then. and the things I bought I caused to be carried home by a porter. and denying them the asylum they requested. after a thousand testimonials of her love towards me. we resolved to preserve our freedom. who proving to be a sensible and jocose fellow. and also to give the three ladies some proof of his bounty. and prayed us to give them shelter till the next morning We admitted them upon certain conditions which they agreed to observe. did not this fairy. At this time we heard knocking at our gate. "let us bring the fairy hither. The palace at that instant began to shake. thought himself obliged to shew his generosity to the calender princes.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:07 AM] . after they had done. and shewed it to him. The caliph was well pleased to be thus informed of what he desired to know. but neither of them kept their promise. I always took pleasure in going myself to purchase what we wanted." "Madam. who had likewise taken sanctuary with her after the death of her mother. that shewed herself to you in the shape of a serpent. we kept with us for a little diversion. The lady who gave me this call by your order did me essential service. This proceeded from three merchants of Moussol. We consented upon the same conditions. and afterwards confined our revenge to dismissing them. and restore those bitches to their natural shape?" "Commander of the faithful. she introduced me to my youngest sister. you could not call her in a better time. did she not promise to see you." Zobeide having consented. I revenged her of her sisters' inhumanity. she would be with me in a moment.

" "Generous fairy. who has had such cruel usage from an unknown husband. who could not be contented to exercise his outrageous and unmanly cruelty upon her person. oblige me with the name of this barbarous wretch." The caliph sent for the two bitches from Zobeide's house. and having much satisfaction in the changes that had happened through his means. a glass of water was brought to the fairy by her desire. but received her again immediately. for the lady his spouse had been a little too easy. She pronounced over it some words which nobody understood. The caliph assigned each of them a magnificent palace in the city of Bagdad." replied the caliph. drew a thousand blessings upon himself. After which the caliph declared that he would give his own heart and hand to Zobeide. After which the fairy said to the caliph. and the caliph in promoting by his patronage the happiness of many persons who had suffered such incredible calamities. for it is prince Amin." "To oblige your majesty. who falling passionately in love with this lady from the fame of her beauty. where he married her. and how he had ill-treated Amene upon a very slight cause. and when they came. then throwing some part of it upon Amene. vouchsafe them that favour.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018. "you cannot do me a greater pleasure. he sent for his son Amin. As you undoubtedly know all things. acted in such a manner as will perpetuate his memory to all ages. your eldest son. without having come to my knowledge. The prince being filled with admiration. Upon this the prince did not wait for his father's commands. who accepted them for their brides with much joy. I must now discover to you the unknown husband you enquire after. This is all I can say to satisfy your curiosity. but has also most unjustly taken from her all her substance. and vanished. and the excuses she had made were calculated to lead him to believe she was more faulty than she really was. and I will so cure the lady of her scars. he is in some measure excusable. and even in my residence.html restore them to their former shape. and offered the other three sisters to the calenders. He is very nearly related to yourself. the latter became two ladies of surprising beauty. The chief Cauzee of Bagdad being called. "I will restore the two bitches to their former state. promoted them to the highest dignities of his empire." answered the fairy. sons of sultans. I have another boon to ask in favour of that lady." At these words she saluted the caliph. and the rest upon the bitches. that it shall never appear she was so beaten. But besides. "Commander of the faithful. and the scars that were upon Amene disappeared. wrote the contracts of marriage. First. with witnesses. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018. and admitted them to his councils. by stratagem had her brought to his house. and I will also tell you who it was that abused her. As to the blows he caused to be given her. told him that he was informed of his secret marriage. I only wonder how such an unjust and inhuman action could be performed under my authority.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:07 AM] . and I will find some means to comfort them for their hard penance.

for Sinbad. his master. For. As he could not desire a better place to rest and recruit himself. The porter. he struck his foot against the ground. all ready to attend his pleasure. who has sailed round the world?" The porter. In the reign of the same caliph Haroun al Rusheed. near a large mansion. One day. and the smell of several sorts of savoury dishes. with great rejoicings within. he came into a street where a refreshing breeze blew on his face. and know not that this is the house of Sinbad. This charming melody. and the pavement was sprinkled with rose-water. whilst happy Sinbad profusely expends immense riches. he lifted up his eyes to heaven. Whilst the porter was thus indulging his melancholy. and of a banquet so file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018. and behind him stood a number of officers and domestics. and were so urgent with him. wanted to speak to him. peculiar to the climate. that he could not leave his burden in the middle of the street. the sailor. and having still a great way to go. with a long white beard. His business seldom leading him that way. "do you live in Bagdad. who had heard of this Sinbad's riches. This personage was Sinbad. and asked the name of the proprietor. "Almighty creator of all things. your majesty may easily imagine. 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. and other birds. and taking him by the arm. 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. there lived at Bagdad a poor porter called Hindbad. and leads a life of continual pleasure. that the repining Hindbad was not a little surprised at this compliment. where a number of people sat round a table. consider the difference between Sinbad and me! I am every day exposed to fatigues and calamities. alleging. The servants brought him into a great hall. he was afraid Sinbad had sent for him to punish him: therefore he would have excused himself.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:07 AM] . he knew not to whom the mansion belonged. that he was obliged to yield. completely perfumed and embalmed the air. and of pastils that came from the house. for the agreeable smell of wood of aloes. like a man absorbed in grief and despair. But Sinbad's servants assured him they would look to it. but to satisfy his curiosity. he heard from within a concert of instrumental music. He was much pleased that he stopped in this place. mixing with the scent of the rose-water. considering what he had said.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018. "How. Sir. he was employed to carry a heavy burden from one end of the town to the other. that famous voyager. whose fear was increased at the sight of so many people." replied one of them.html THE STORY OF SINBAD THE VOYAGER. At the upper end sat a comely venerable gentleman. bade him follow him. a servant came out of the house. covered with all sorts of savoury dishes. when the weather was excessively hot. he took off his load and sat upon it. whom I have already mentioned. accompanied with the harmonious notes of nightingales. made the porter conclude there was a feast. Being much fatigued. he went to some of the servants. whom he saw standing at the gate in magnificent apparel. and said loud enough to be heard. and can scarcely get coarse barley-bread for myself and my family. Besides.

" answered he. I consider your condition.html sumptuous. the most valuable." Sinbad had himself heard the porter complain through the window. but I perceived my error. that I have acquired." "I am very glad to see you. he ordered his burden to be carried to the place of its destination. I collected the remains of my fortune. and replied. and occasioned me to utter some indiscreet words. which I had frequently heard from my father. without labour and trouble. and this it was that induced him to have him brought in. I took the advice of such file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018." replied Sinbad." he added. the ease and indulgence which I now enjoy. "my name is Hindbad. and calling him brother. But I must rectify your error concerning myself. The First Voyage. I confess that my fatigue put me out of humour.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018. "I can assure you. When the repast was over. Sinbad addressed his conversation to Hindbad. to acquire riches. That death is more tolerable than poverty. and then proceeded. Struck with these reflections. I farther considered. no doubt. I did not attain to this happy condition. and since I have this opportunity. and seating him at his right hand." resumed Sinbad. and instead of upbraiding. that they were calculated to discourage the most covetous from undertaking such voyages as I did. But do not mistake. enquired his name and employment. which is. and the dangers I encountered." "Do not think I am so unjust. not doubting but it will be acceptable. and gave him excellent wine. Hindbad hung down his head in confusion. my troubles were so extraordinary. the greater part of which I squandered in my youth in dissipation. gentlemen. "My lord." As Sinbad wished to relate his adventures chiefly on the porter's account. Perhaps you have never heard a distinct account of my wonderful adventures. that by my irregular way of living I wretchedly misspent my time. according to the manner of the Arabians. Sinbad bade him draw near.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:07 AM] . and sold all my effects by public auction. in my seven voyages. of all things. "My lord. Yes. who traded by sea. You think. which I beg you to pardon. and quickly consumed by such ill managers as myself. of which there was abundance upon the sideboard. At this request. served him himself. I will give you a faithful account of them. and reflected that riches were perishable. when they are familiar one with another. commiserate you. saluted the company trembling. I remembered the saying of the great Solomon. I inherited from my father considerable property. without enduring for several years more trouble of body and mind than can well be imagined. I then entered into a contract with some merchants. speaking to the whole company. "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. "as to resent such a complaint.

Then. I went to Bussorah. but little elevated above the level of the water. which contributed much to recover me. and we were called upon to re-embark speedily.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:07 AM] . and is 4.500 leagues in length to the isles of Vakvak. Meanwhile. tied to a stake. when he dived into the sea. where we sold or exchanged our goods. I went towards it. The nimblest got into the sloop. for I knew not whether in advancing I was more likely to endanger or to preserve my life. We set sail. Having reached the land. I heard from beneath the voice of a man. though I was very feeble. having received those on board who were in the sloop. As I approached. so that it was impossible for me to recover the ship. and despaired of saving my life. where at a great distance I perceived a horse feeding. who immediately appeared. had it not been for some roots of trees. of this number I was one. we were becalmed near a small island. according to common opinion is seventy leagues wide at the broadest place. which fortune seemed to have preserved in this place for my safety. The captain ordered his sails to be furled. and shook us terribly. the island on a sudden trembled. I perceived it to be a very fine mare. By this time I found my strength gone. I lay down upon the ground half dead. But while we were enjoying ourselves in eating and drinking. The eastern sea. and resembling a green meadow. or we should all be lost. and asked me who I was? file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018. and had the good luck not only to procure some. and embarked with several merchants on board a ship which we had jointly fitted out. but likewise to discover a spring of excellent water. when happily a wave threw me against an island. and. others betook themselves to swimming. so that I could scarcely have got up. I struggled for my life all the rest of the day and the following night.html as I thought most capable of assisting me: and resolving to improve what money I had. In our voyage we touched at several islands. and at last reached a fine plain. but speedily recovered my health. I crept along to find some herbs fit to eat. At first I was troubled with the sea-sickness. After this I advanced farther into the island. and taken up some of those that swam. both from hard labour and want of food. is very spacious. and was not afterwards subject to that complaint. the captain. and steered our course towards the Indies. The bank was high and rugged. which is formed by the coasts of Arabia Felix on the right. for what we took for an island proved to be the back of a sea monster. Whilst I was admiring its beauty. resolved to improve the favourable gale that had just risen. It is bounded on one side by the coasts of Abyssinia. but for myself I was still upon the back of the creature.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_018. and permitted such persons as were so inclined to land. as well as that of the Indies. and recovering ourselves from the fatigue of the sea. and hoisting his sails pursued his voyage. One day. until the sun appeared. whilst under sail. Thus was I exposed to the mercy of the waves. and by those of Persia on the left. The trembling of the island was perceived on board the ship. fluctuating between hope and fear. through the Persian gulf. 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.

they began to unload her. and plunged into the sea. and it would have been impossible for me to have got thither without a guide. While they entertained me thus. whence the mariners fancied that it was the residence of Degial. For the Maharaja's capital is situated on the sea. took me with them. and presented me to the Maha-raja. They assured me that every night a noise of drums was heard there. and in my way thither saw fishes of 100 and 200 cubits long. and by what adventure I had come into his dominions? After I had satisfied him. and has a fine harbour. which commands his officers were so generous and careful as to see exactly fulfilled. I frequented also the society of the learned Indians. I saw likewise other fish about a cubit in length. where ships arrive daily from the different quarters of the world. he left her. his tributaries. for they are so timorous.coast. I took care to make my court regularly to the Maha-raja. but was prevented by their noise. I partook of some provisions which they offered me. They put a thousand questions respecting my country. and conversed with the governors and petty kings. and fastened them as I had seen. and looked to the name. and the merchants on board ordered their goods to be carried into the customhouse.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. he told me he was much concerned for my misfortune. Next morning they returned with their mares to the capital of the island. and had I been one day later. There belongs to this king an island named Cassel. who afterwards endeavoured to destroy the mares. but being persuaded that he believed me file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. that they were grooms belonging to Maha-raja. that perchance I might hear news from Bagdad. but withal. and the horses thus produced were kept for the king's use. I frequented men of my own profession. that had heads like owls. He asked me who I was. they brought thither the king's mares. I must have perished. covered the mare. the horse came out of the sea. he led me into a cave. or find an opportunity to return. I determined to visit this wonderful place. asked them concerning every thing which I thought worth knowing. where there were several other people. and particularly enquired for those who were strangers. and obliged to return to the sea. sovereign of the island. that were about him. The mares when in foal were taken back.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:10 AM] . because the inhabited part of the island was at a great distance. but upon a great noise made by the grooms. and took delight to hear them converse. and as soon as she cast anchor. and at the same time ordered that I should want nothing. and perceived the bales to be the same that I had embarked at Bussorah. As I was one day at the port after my return.html I related to him my adventure. As I cast my eye upon some bales. I found my own. Being a merchant. I then asked them what they did in such a desert place? to which they answered. They added. as they had told me. and I being willing to inform myself as to their laws and customs. a ship arrived. that they were to return home on the morrow. no less amazed to see me than I was to see them. that every year. that occasion more fear than hurt. I also knew the captain. until they were covered by a sea-horse. at the same season. and called seahorses. after which. and afterwards would have devoured her. taking me by the hand. that they will fly upon the rattling of two sticks or boards.

after I had exchanged my goods for the commodities of that country. which the story had interrupted. Most of the persons who were upon him perished. which he generously refused." "Very well. to whom I may return the profit. who did not fail to return thanks to God for what providence had sent him by the hand of Sinbad. "do me the favour to hear what I have to say. as did also the passengers on board. "speak. pepper.000 sequins. He was pleased at my good luck. "Heaven be praised. and embracing me. but one day. I carried with me wood of aloes. resolving to forget the miseries I had suffered. and among them the unfortunate Sinbad. which was only a monstrous fish. and expressed much joy at seeing me alive. I bought slaves of both sexes.html to be drowned. Upon this. in order to possess yourself of what does not belong to you. as was supposed. and come back to-morrow to hear more of my adventures. there are your goods. began to move." I thanked him. and the present made him. and in requital. 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. What impudence is this? To look on you. At last he recollected me himself. sandal. and in return gave me one much more considerable. "for your happy escape. I went.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. upon this island. I took out what was most valuable in my bales.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:10 AM] . and he was at length persuaded that I was no cheat: for there came people from his ship who knew me. and asked him whose bales these were? He replied. return to your home. "I am that Sinbad. who came to sea with him. The company continued enjoying themselves till the evening. and ginger." said I. and went aboard the same ship. and yet you tell me you are that Sinbad." When the captain heard me speak thus. The account of this adventure proved very agreeable to his wife and children. We passed by several islands. that they belonged to a merchant at Bagdad. me. one would take you to be a man of probity. and I am resolved to trade with them until I meet with some of his family. astonished at the honour done. knowing my misfortune. take and do with them as you please. Hindbad. who." replied I. I saw Sinbad perish with my own eyes. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. he went ashore. accepted my present." said he. when Sinbad sent for a purse of 100 sequins and giving it to the porter. and ordered the musicians to proceed with their concert. to dress some victuals. and at last arrived at Bussorah." "Have patience. I cannot express the joy it affords. I acquainted him with the circumstance of their recovery. His confidence began to abate upon this declaration. and it was time to retire. I took leave of him. "Take this. "whom can we trust in these times? There is no faith left among men. who had brought me to his court. Thus I settled myself. and presented them to the Maha-raja. said. and to enjoy the pleasures of life. camphire. being near an island. and a landed estate. I am ready to hear you. Those bales belonged to him. from whence I came to this city. and dived under water. nutmegs. Sinbad stopped here." The porter went away. and those bales are mine. "whom you thought to be dead. called Sinbad. My family and I received one another with all the transports of sincere affection." said he. and yet you tell a horrible falsehood. with several other passengers. acknowledged his probity. and by what adventure I met with the grooms of Maha-raja. cloves. and built a magnificent house. with the value of l00. "Heavens!" he exclaimed. paid me great compliments. offered him part of my goods as a present. asked me how I came by such rarities." Then I told him how I had escaped.

the distance being so great. and when I came up to it. and my repentance too late. and continued a long time. It was at least fifty paces file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. When it was ended.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:10 AM] . and Sinbad proceeded. to spend the rest of my days at Bagdad. but we could see neither man nor animal. I upbraided myself a hundred times for not being content with the produce of my first voyage. as I had the honour to tell you yesterday. But all this was in vain. and coming down." Upon which every one held his peace. who received him with a pleasant air. and welcomed him heartily. At last I resigned myself to the will of God. but saw it was not. beat my head and breast. I got up and looked around me.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. set sail. and put to sea a second time with merchants of known probity. that might have sufficed me all my life. but at such a distance. We embarked on board a good ship. said. I was much alarmed at finding the ship gone. I leave you to guess at my melancholy reflections in this sad condition: I was ready to die with grief. but it was not long ere I grew weary of an indolent life. but when I awoke the ship was gone. and threw myself upon the ground. one afflicting thought being succeeded by another still more afflicting. but could not see one of the merchants who landed with me. One day we landed in an island covered with several sorts of fruit-trees. My inclination to trade revived. I thought it to be a white dome. The Second Voyage. I climbed up to the top of a lofty tree. Whilst some diverted themselves with gathering flowers. and returned to the bountiful traveller. When all the guests had arrived. and found it to be very smooth. I took what provision I had left. and after recommending ourselves to God. As I approached.html Hindbad put on his best apparel next day. I went round to see if it was open on any side. along the streams that watered them. after my first voyage. and went towards it. of a prodigious height and extent. I made a good meal. We traded from island to island. from whence I looked about on all sides. but looking over the land I beheld something white. to see if I could discover any thing that could give me hopes. I designed. When I gazed towards the sea I could see nothing but sky and water. I cannot tell how long I slept. be pleased to listen to the adventures of my second voyage. I perceived the ship under sail. where I lay some time in despair. I touched it. that I lost sight of her in a short time. I bought goods proper for the commerce I intended. and exchanged commodities with great profit. they deserve your attention even more than those of the first. which formed a thick shade. "Gentlemen. Not knowing what to do. I cried out in agony. I took my wine and provisions. Sinbad. and sat down near a stream betwixt two high trees. and that there was no climbing up to the top as it was so smooth. We went to take a little fresh air in the meadows. and afterwards fell asleep. dinner was served. that I could not distinguish what it was. and other fruits. addressing himself to the company.

I took pleasure in looking upon them. that I walked upon diamonds. when the roc. As I perceived her coming. put me into such extreme fear. the bird alighted. flew away. that came flying toward me. but not so far as to exclude the light. This was a large piece of raw meat. where I thought I might repose in safety. By this time the sun was about to set. I tied myself strongly to it with my turban. so monstrous. In short. and I came out of the cave trembling. that the merchants come to the neighbourhood of this valley. and all of a sudden the sky became as dark as if it had been covered with a thick cloud. When night came on. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. where they hid themselves from the roc their enemy. I speedily untied the knot. and had scarcely done so. some of which were of a surprising bigness. so that I had before me one of the legs of the bird. I supped on part of my provisions. and carried me so high. 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. I remembered that I had often heard mariners speak of a miraculous bird called Roc. in hopes that the roc next morning would carry me with her out of this desert island. I crept to the egg. I spent the day in walking about in the valley. resting myself at times in such places as I thought most convenient. but much more when I found it occasioned by a bird of a monstrous size. For the fact is. I had always regarded as fabulous what I had heard sailors and others relate of the valley of diamonds. fell asleep. and conceived that the great dome which I so much admired must be its egg. The spot where it left me was encompassed on all sides by mountains. when something that fell by me with a great noise awaked me. I found that I had gained nothing by the change. and of the stratagems employed by merchants to obtain jewels from thence. without feeling any inclination to touch them. but the serpents. and which I could not view without terror. that seemed to reach above the clouds. They retired in the day-time to their dens. When day appeared. But when I found myself on the ground. After having passed the night in this condition.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:10 AM] . that I could not discern the earth. which began hissing round me. a great number of serpents. and at the same time I saw several others fall down from the rocks in different places. namely. that the least of them was capable of swallowing an elephant. This was a new perplexity: so that when I compared this place with the desert island from which the roc had brought me. she afterwards descended with so much rapidity that I lost my senses. after having eaten a little more of my provision. and came out only in the night. that you may easily imagine I did not sleep. I was much astonished at this sudden darkness. not having closed my eyes during the night.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. and sat over the egg. I perceived it was strewed with diamonds. As I walked through this valley. I can justly say. I went into a cave. and notwithstanding my apprehensions. But I had scarcely shut my eyes.html round. I secured the entrance. which was low and narrow. At last I sat down. with a great stone to preserve me from the serpents. but now I found that they had stated nothing but truth. and so steep that there was no possibility of getting out of the valley. which was as big as the trunk of a tree. the bird flew away as soon as it was daylight. the serpents retired.

to take as many for his share as he pleased." I had scarcely done speaking. 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. He contented himself with one. much astonished to see me. which are stronger in this country than any where else. and that too the least of them. which I regarded as my grave. stick to them. and then laid myself upon the ground with my face downward. the eagles." replied I. and could scarcely believe myself out of danger. and travelled file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. which is valuable enough to save me the trouble of making any more voyages. and there having opened my bag. when the other merchants came crowding about us. and confessed that in all the courts which they had visited they had never seen any of such size and perfection. without fear of doing me any injury. and throwing great joints of meat into the valley. the bag of diamonds being made fast to my girdle.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019." said he.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:10 AM] . carried me to his nest on the top of the mountain. tied it close round me with the cloth of my turban. with the piece of meat to which I was fastened. Yet they did not so much admire my stratagem to effect my deliverance. as my courage in putting it into execution. Each of them seized a piece of meat. "I am very well satisfied with this. Until I perceived the device I had concluded it to be impossible for me to get from this abyss. who owned the nest to which I had been carried (for every merchant had his own). and when I pressed him to take more. to whom I related my story a second time. "with more civility. They conducted me to their encampment. I thought myself in a dream. and one of the strongest having taken me up. Do not be uneasy. and asked. The merchants immediately began their shouting to frighten the eagles. The merchants had thrown their pieces of meat into the valley for several days. I afterwards took the largest of the pieces of meat. but recovering himself. more than all the other merchants together. pounce with great force upon those pieces of meat. and when they had obliged them to quit their prey." I spent the night with the merchants. but I selected for myself in the bottom of the valley those which you see in this bag. why I stole his goods? "You will treat me. I prayed the merchant. instead of enquiring how I came thither began to quarrel with me. we left the place the next morning. for the satisfaction of those who had not heard it. I began to collect together the largest diamonds I could find. they were surprised at the largeness of my diamonds. I could not moderate my joy when I found myself delivered from the danger I have mentioned. but they were much more surprised when I told them my story. He was much alarmed when he saw me. disturb and drive off the eagles by their shouts. I have diamonds enough for you and myself.html when the eagles have young ones. and began to think upon the means of my deliverance. but now I changed my opinion. "No. one of them came to the nest where I was. when you know me better. the diamonds. and will raise as great a fortune as I desire. And each of them being satisfied with the diamonds that had fallen to his lot. and put them into the leather bag in which I used to carry my provisions. Whatever they have they owe to chance. I had scarcely placed myself in this posture when the eagles came. upon whose points they fall. and take away the diamonds that stick to the meat.

strange to relate! the roc comes and carries them both away in her claws. and invited him to come the next day to hear the account of the third. We took shipping at the first port we reached. lest I should be troublesome to you. and brought us before the port of an island. where there were serpents of a prodigious length. we landed at Bussorah. and being in the flower of my age. having by this time almost forgotten his former poverty. an animal less than the elephant. which drove us from our course. and making him blind. which we had the good fortune to escape. The rhinoceros fights with the elephant. that one hundred men may easily sit under its shade. about a cubit in length. but larger than the buffalo. The tempest continued several days. The Third Voyage. It has a horn upon its nose. The juice. being out in the main ocean.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:10 AM] . and touched at several ports. is received in a vessel. and touched at the isle of Roha. In this island is also found the rhinoceros. and at last. having touched at several trading towns of the continent. for food for her young ones. This tree is so large. I grew weary of living without business. gave Hindbad another hundred sequins. upon this may be seen white lines. and becomes what we call camphire. and one may be sure the porter did not fail. and carries him off upon his head but the blood and the fat of the elephant running into his eyes. went from Bagdad to Bussorah with the richest commodities of the country. from whence I proceeded to Bagdad. The rest of the guests returned to their homes. runs his horn into his belly. and hardening myself against the thought of any danger I might incur. One day. and lived honourably upon the vast riches I had brought.html near high mountains. and gained with so much fatigue. and then. Thus Sinbad ended the relation of the second voyage. and cleft through the middle. we were overtaken by a dreadful tempest. this horn is solid. Here I exchanged some of my diamonds for merchandize. There I embarked again with some merchants. but file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. representing the figure of a man. where it thickens to a consistency. From hence we went to other islands. where the trees grow that yield camphire. We made a long voyage. Sinbad demanded attention. When dinner was over. as follows. the tree withers and dies. which the captain was very unwilling to enter. I soon lost in the pleasures of life the remembrance of the perils I had encountered in my two former voyages.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_019. after the juice is thus drawn out. There I immediately gave large presents to the poor. he falls to the ground. and its branches so thick. and gave them an account of his third voyage. of which the camphire is made. exudes from a hole bored in the upper part of the tree. and came again the following day at the same hour. where we carried on a considerable trade. I pass over many other things peculiar to this island.

html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:13 AM] . He had but one eye. He slept thus till morning. the gate of the apartment opened with a loud crash. and afterwards carried the ship into another island from whence they had come. The captain being the fattest. the captain told us. When day appeared the giant awoke. for a reason you shall presently hear. which was as deep as that of a horse. This account of the captain. but without daring to defend ourselves. where he lay and fell asleep. and thrust a spit through him. where it looked as red as a burning coal. roasted. and turned round as a butcher would do a sheep's head. went out. and lay like dead men. and. and on the other a vast number of roasting spits. and stood out of his mouth. At the sight of so frightful a giant. and there came out the horrible figure of a black man. As to ourselves. We entered the court. that this. and whilst we were in the lamentable condition I have described. They spoke to us as they came near. and perceiving me to be so lean that I had nothing but skin and bone. fell to the ground. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. as tall as a lofty palmtree. As we advanced. and ate him in his apartment for his supper. and laying his hand upon me. that we must make no resistance. In short. and saw him sitting in the porch looking at us. but we were forced to bear our affliction with patience. His fore-teeth were very long and sharp. We beheld all this with dread. came swimming towards us. but we expected nothing but death. The sun set. he then kindled a great fire. snoring louder than thunder. they would all fall upon us and destroy us. he advanced towards us. When we had furled our sails. He took up all the rest one by one. and covered his shoulders. and that in the middle of his forehead. we became insensible. and left us in the palace. which we forced open. but we understood not their language. took me up by the nape of my neck. about two feet high. made us all get out. we perceived at a distance a vast pile of building. covered all over with red hair. where we saw before us a large apartment. he let me go. His upper lip hung down upon his breast. with a porch. were inhabited by hairy savages. We went forward into the island. At last we came to ourselves. he held him with one hand. and if we happened to kill one of them. Having finished his repast. they climbed up the sides of the ship with such agility as surprised us. so that we passed the night in the most painful apprehension that can be imagined. and hauling to the shore. and lay a long time motionless. We trembled at this spectacle. elegantly built. and encompassed our ship. as I would do a sparrow. yet our misfortune was such. he returned to his porch. and very lofty.html we were obliged to cast anchor. it was not possible for us to enjoy any rest. continued Sinbad put the whole company into great consternation and we soon found that what he had told us was but too true. His ears resembled those of an elephant. and his nails were as long and crooked as the talons of the greatest birds. who would speedily attack us. and being fatigued with travelling. having on one side a heap of human bones. with a gate of ebony of two leaves.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. it being very dangerous to stay there. got up. seized with deadly apprehension. When he had considered us well. though they were but dwarfs. and made towards it. We found it to be a palace. After having examined me. they took down our sails. cut the cable. an innumerable multitude of frightful savages. for they were more in number than the locusts. where we gathered some fruits and herbs to prolong our lives as long as we could. and some other neighbouring islands. and viewed them in the same manner. or to divert them from their mischievous design. All voyagers carefully avoided the island where they left us.

" Having thought of a project for this purpose. we broke the melancholy silence we had preserved the whole of the night. though difficult of execution. and endeavoured to persuade the others to follow their example. and put to sea." said I. and fell asleep. "Brethren. In the evening we sought for some place of shelter. and myself. leave them there till we find it convenient to use them. let us make several rafts capable of bearing us. if you will be advised by me. that several of my comrades designed to throw themselves into the sea. We quitted the palace after the giant. The giant failed not to return. "That we were forbidden to destroy ourselves: but even if that were not the case.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:13 AM] . supporting ourselves with fruits and herbs as we had done the day before. he lay down on his back. who has already devoured two of our number?" My advice was approved. We returned to the palace towards the evening. We were forced to submit to seeing another of our comrades roasted. according to his custom. As soon as we heard him snore. But at last we revenged ourselves on the brutish giant in the following manner. I communicated it to my comrades. but if it happen to miscarry. After he had finished his cursed supper. it never occurred to us to effect our deliverance by putting him to death. after which he slept. but determined upon none. and when they are done. we may remain here patiently awaiting the arrival of some ship to carry us out of this fatal island. took each of us a spit. we thrust them into his eye all at once. we will take to our rafts.html When we thought him at a distance. to return to the palace. and had but one enemy. and went out. and we made rafts capable of carrying three persons on each. Upon which one of the company answered. was the only design we ought naturally to have formed. This enterprize however. and filled the palace with our lamentations and groans. we spent the day in traversing the island. and put them file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. "you know there is much timber floating upon the coast. it was much more reasonable to devise some method to rid ourselves of the monster who had destined us to so horrible a fate. we will carry into execution the design I proposed to you for our deliverance from the giant. where we had left our rafts. Though we were several in number. but found none. and stretched out his hands. I admit that by exposing ourselves to the fury of the waves. In the mean time. and the giant arrived shortly after. and blinded him. he groped for the gate. and after having sought for us in vain. whether we would or not. Our situation appeared to us so dreadful. who approved it. so that we were forced. nine of the boldest among us. and putting the points of them into the fire till they were burning hot.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. and then went out and left us as before. and snored till day. in order to sacrifice some of us to his rage: but we ran to such places as he could not reach. The pain made him break out into a frightful yell: he started up. and supped once more upon one of our companions. and came to the shore. howling in agony. We thought of several other expedients. and submitting ourselves to what it should please God to order concerning us. rather than die so painful a death. and if it succeed. we run a risk of losing our lives. but is it not better to be buried in the sea than in the entrails of this monster.

At night we went to sleep on the sea-shore but were awakened by the noise of a serpent of surprising length and thickness. we saw a large tall tree upon which we designed to pass the following night. sometimes on one side. when we perceived our cruel enemy." As we walked about. We rowed with all our might. which afforded us great relief. and making them up into faggots. and submitted myself to the will of God. and sometimes on another. But when we got out to sea.html immediately to sea. and tossed about. We waited till day. which we still heard. in order to get upon them. I withstood this dictate of despair. but we hoped if he did not appear by sun-rising. The giants. made a wide circle with them round the tree. swallowed him at once. that they sunk all the rafts but that I was upon. "O heaven. and running to the shore. we were exposed to the mercy of the waves and winds. . when the evening came. 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 disposes of our lives at his pleasure. but next morning we had the good fortune to be thrown upon an island. and having satisfied our hunger with fruit. and a great number more coming before him at a quick pace. It swallowed up one of my comrades. This filled me with horror. and went off. that I had neglected nothing which could preserve me from the cruel destiny with which I was threatened. except the two with me.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:13 AM] . brambles. the serpent came hissing to the foot of the tree. more like a dead man than one alive.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. I shut myself up within this circle. and spent that night and the following day under the most painful uncertainty as to our fate. when I exclaimed. notwithstanding his loud cries. leading him. for our security. Having done this. In the mean time I collected together a great quantity of small wood. Shortly after. and meeting with my comrade. and dry thorns. and the efforts he made to extricate himself from it. entered the water up to the middle. and gave over his howling. whose scales made a rustling noise as he wound himself along. and then came down. and if that happened to be the case. in case the giant should come towards us with any guide of his own species. took up great stones. we mounted it according. expecting the same fate with my two companions. The following day. and all my companions. who sat lower than I. dashing him several times against the ground. I remained upon the tree till it was day. and got out of the reach of the giants. but the natural love of life prompting us to prolong it as long as we can. The serpent failed not to come at the usual hour. that he would prove to be dead. it crushed him. and not to risk our lives upon the rafts: but day had scarcely appeared. though we had fled to a considerable distance. who perceived this. were drowned. and went file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. where we landed with much joy. raised himself up against the trunk of it. we resolved to stay in that island. and threw so exactly. to our great terror. now are we fallen into another danger equally dreadful. with the melancholy satisfaction. and recruited our strength. We did not hesitate to take to our rafts. accompanied with two others almost of the same size. and I advanced some steps to throw myself into the sea. we saw the serpent again. We found excellent fruit. and also tied some of them to the branches over my head. and we could hear it gnaw and tear the poor wretch's bones. and put to sea with all the speed we could.

and at last landed at that of Salabat. We had the wind in our stern." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. "Certainly. and said. who sailed some time on board this ship. and looking stedfastly on the captain." replied he. and after I had related to them all that had befallen me. seeking for an opportunity to devour me. but I dared not to leave my fort until the sun arose. I knew not by what mistake. The merchants began to unload their goods. Sinbad?" "Yes. I ran towards the sea. for just as I was going to throw myself into the sea. and suffered so much from his poisonous breath. And when he asked the captain in whose name he should enter those he had given me the charge of. and the captain. When day appeared. "that was his name. displayed it. "No. and so fresh a gale. But I could not recollect him at first. was so generous as to give me one of his own suits. "look at me." I thanked him for thus affording me an opportunity of employing myself. I sailed without observing that he did not re-embark with us. "Brother. the oldest among them said to me. when I find who they are. I hope you will take care to sell them. and came abroad by night.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. and he being dead. they had several times heard of the giants that dwelt in that island. that they were cannibals. which is of great use in medicine. "in the name of Sinbad. in my second voyage. After having testified their joy at my escaping so many dangers.html round the tree. and embarked on board my ship at Bussorah. neither I nor the merchants perceived it till four hours after. I have here some goods that belonged to a merchant. captain. and sailed without me. I design to dispose of them for the benefit of his heirs." said I. I knew him to be the person who. that it was not then possible for us to tack about for him. touched at several islands. or sending to see for me. to know how I came into that desert island. I felt so much fatigued by the labour to which it had put me.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:13 AM] . he said. We continued at sea for some time." I could not hear myself named without some emotion. God took compassion on my hopeless state. In the mean time. and you may know that I am Sinbad. with a design to throw myself into it. did not recognize me. had left me in the island where I fell asleep. the merchants and seamen flocked about me." The bales he spoke of lay on the deck. and. "Captain. so that he lay till day. and as to the serpents. where sandal wood is obtained. and you shall have factorage. like a cat watching in vain for a mouse that has fortunately reached a place of safety. believing me to be dead. that they might observe me. with the names of the merchants to whom they belonged. One day." "You believe him then to be dead?" said I. not thinking of the resignation I had the preceding day resolved to exercise. "was the merchant's name. the captain came to me. the crew perceived me. and ate men raw as well as roasted. that death seemed more eligible to me than the horrors of such a state." I resumed. whom you left in that desert island. I was not surprised that he. "There are the goods. and the captain sent his boat for me. to whom those bales belonged. because I hated to be idle. As soon as I came on board. I called as loud as I could. I perceived a ship at a considerable distance." answered he. he came from Bagdad. they added. in order to sell or exchange them. "Enter them. This had the desired effect. The clerk of the ship took an account of all the bales." said the captain. and taking the linen from my turban. seeing that I was in rags. and came to anchor. but was prevented by the rampart I had made. he was so much altered since I had seen him. We entered the port. he retired. they brought me the best of their provisions. and shewing them to me. I came down from the tree. that there were abundance in the island that hid themselves by day. when we landed at an island to take in water and other refreshments.

"God be praised. and take all other necessary precautions to prevent the danger that threatened us. after a long voyage. and some of the eastern islands. I saw another. We staid all night near the place where we had been cast ashore. gave another hundred sequins to Hindbad. its skin is so hard. with several of the merchants and mariners. I gave a great deal to the poor.html The captain. when they returned.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. and from thence returned to Bagdad. and other spices. which preserved our lives. which had the shape and colour of a camel. Hindbad and the company retired. In short. invited him to dinner again the next day. The Fourth Voyage. Thus Sinbad finished the history of his third voyage. I set out on my journey. As we sailed from this island. where I furnished myself with cloves. to hear the story of his fourth voyage. and my love of novelty. which I always took care to preserve. and on the following day. There are your goods. our misfortune had so much dispirited us that we could not deliberate. and put out to sea: we were overtaken by such a sudden gust of wind. as obliged the captain to lower his yards. saw file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. and having provided a stock of goods fit for the traffic I designed to engage in. we walked from the shore. with so much wealth that I knew not its extent. We observed also an amphibious animal like a cow. I took the route of Persia. that they usually make bucklers of it. Next morning. as soon as the sun was up." I took them from him. the sails were split in a thousand pieces. without consulting what we should do. several of the merchants and seamen were drowned and the cargo was lost." said he. again prevailed. recognized me. There we found fruit and spring water. we saw a tortoise twenty cubits in length and breadth. I therefore settled my affairs. having considered me attentively.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:13 AM] . where I embarked. travelled over several provinces. "I rejoice that fortune has rectified my fault. and bought another considerable estate in addition to what I had already. The pleasures and amusements which I enjoyed after my third voyage had not charms sufficient to divert me from another. cinnamon. My passion for trade. and made him the acknowledgments to which he was entitled. which gave milk. and we were carried by the current to an island which lay before us. we went to another. embracing me. and touched at several ports of the continent. I arrived at Bussorah. and advancing into the island. Sinbad after dinner continued the relation of his adventures. I had the good fortune. From the isle of Salabat. We hoisted our sails. continued Sinbad. and the ship was stranded. and then arrived at a port. But all was in vain our endeavours had no effect. to get upon some planks.

for they devoured my comrades. which they made signs to us to eat. I perceived my companions had lost their senses. who seized us. My comrades not taking notice that the blacks ate none of it themselves.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:13 AM] . they knew not what they said. having killed and eaten my companions. and five of my comrades. which was usual with them. I redoubled my speed. who were not sensible of their condition.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. An old man. I grew leaner every day. who had lost their reason. being sure that they could not arrive time enough to pursue me. as the rest did. thought only of satisfying their hunger. being cannibals.html some houses. Meanwhile I had much liberty. The negroes fed us afterwards with rice. seeing me to be withered. but very sparingly. As soon as we drew near. that we might not be aware of the sad destiny prepared for us. and my comrades. of which file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_020. their design was to eat us as soon as we grew fat. and carried us to their respective habitations. and ate with greediness. and that when they spoke to me. and to make my escape. which proved my safety. and saw some white people like myself. were carried to one place. but I speedily set forward again. when I stopped to rest a little. Therefore. turned all my food into poison. suspecting some trick. On the eighth day I came near the sea. I went on till night. the rest being abroad. At that time there was none but the old man about the houses. we were encompassed by a great number of negroes. would not so much as taste it. lean. gathering pepper. and not to return till night. and to eat some of the provisions I had secured. and they supplied us with rice to fatten us. I also partook of it. ate of it greedily. which served me both for meat and drink. They gave us that herb at first on purpose to deprive us of our senses. here they made us sit down. and travelled seven days. I. and sick. for the negroes. I fell into a languishing distemper. but instead of obeying him. and suspected my design. and quickly got out of sight. deferred my death. The fear of death under which I laboured. you may easily guess that instead of growing fat. prepared with oil of cocoa-nuts. and gave us a certain herb. This accordingly happened. and this gave me an opportunity one day to get at a distance from the houses. so that scarcely any notice was taken of what I did. who saw me. which happened well for me. But I. which we approached. for. avoiding those places which seemed to be inhabited. but my senses being entire. called to me as loud as he could to return. and lived for the most part upon cocoanuts. shared us among them. for in little time after.

and. which to me appeared very extraordinary. and for some time we lived together in perfect harmony. The ceremonies of marriage being over. so that in a very little time I was looked upon rather as a native than a stranger. as a mark of my obedience to your majesty. I went immediately to a workman. bridle. by giving them an account of my shipwreck. which thou must grant. and gave him a model for making the stock of a saddle. who all of them made me presents that enriched me in a little time. This I took to be a good omen. which surprised him. and embroidered it with gold. could file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. there was not a person more in favour with him than myself. and was so pleased with them." "I have a mind thou shouldst marry. and also some stirrups. that I talked to him of things which nobody knew the use of in his dominions." "Sir. I have one thing to demand of thee. I could not avoid making several others for the ministers and principal officers of his household. and put them upon one of his horses. he said to me one day." answered I. This made me one day take the liberty to ask the king how it came to pass? His majesty answered. When that was done. and asked me in Arabic who I was. and the kindness of this generous prince completed my satisfaction. and by what miracle did you escape their cruelty?" I related to them the circumstances I have just mentioned. I staid with them till they had gathered their quantity of pepper. The people who gathered pepper came to meet me as soon as they saw me. consequently. noble. beautiful. All the people. whose power over me is absolute. and rich. His majesty mounted immediately. and went to them without any scruple. which my present settlement. He had the patience to hear the relation of my adventures. and then sailed with them to the island from whence they had come.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:16 AM] . and commanded care to be taken of me. how advantageous soever. that he testified his satisfaction by large presents. who made me a bit. or stirrups." I durst not resist the prince's will. "that so thou mayst stay in my dominions. "Sinbad. I love thee. I observed one thing. the king himself not excepted. at which they were wonderfully surprised. and think no more of thy own country. "there is nothing but I will do. who was a good prince. When I had all things completed. I covered it myself with velvet and leather. and satisfied their curiosity. and he afterwards gave me clothes." replied they. satisfied with my banishment." replied he. and all my subjects who know thee. I was not. rode their horses without saddle. As I paid my court very constantly to the king. however. and the capital a place of great trade. every man in court and city sought to oblige me. according to the pattern I shewed him.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. "eat men.html there was great plenty in that place. The island was very well peopled. This agreeable retreat was very comfortable to me after my misfortunes. I presented them to the king. plentiful in everything. and how I fell into the hands of the negroes. They presented me to their king. and to return to Bagdad. I also made some for the people of best quality in the city. I afterwards went to a smith. and he gave me one of the ladies of his court. I went and dwelt with my wife. therefore designed to make my escape the first opportunity. In a word. "Those negroes. and whence I came? I was overjoyed to hear them speak in my own language. which gained me great reputation and regard. treat thee according to my example.

At this time the wife of one of my neighbours.shore." I returned home much depressed by this answer. and finding him absorbed in sorrow. and it is always observed inviolably. and followed the corpse. which covered the mouth of a deep pit. then they placed her on an open coffin." returned the king (smiling at the occasion of my question). When all was ready for the ceremony." "I wish you. with whom I had contrasted a very strict friendship." "Alas!" replied he. and seven small loaves. my wife. his kindred. and neighbours. to be interred alive. "a long life. of burying the living with the dead. This is a law which our ancestors established in this island. I shall be interred with the queen. and the living wife with the dead husband. embracing his kindred and friends." said I. It was necessary. while the rest were scarcely moved." "What do you mean. but never heard of so cruel a law. and submit to the will of God. The mountain was of considerable length. friends. but my days are at an end. the very relation of which chilled my blood. with a pot of water. The living husband is interred with the dead wife. Judge of my sorrow. It is needless for me to tell you that I was a most melancholy spectator this funeral.html not make me forget. The ceremony being over. occasioned me very uneasy reflections. and died. seemed to me as deplorable a termination of life as to be devoured by cannibals." said I. came in a body to assist at the funeral. if they be married in this island. Then the husband. and began their march to the place of burial. if she die first. I must have patience. the corpse was put into a coffin. I have been a great traveller. The husband walked at the head of the company. But there was no remedy. Nothing can save me. I went to see and comfort him in his affliction. The king and all his court expressed their wish to honour the funeral with their presence. and seen many countries. and died. for the fear of my wife's dying first. with all her jewels and her file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. and all her jewels. "I cannot but feel astonished at the strange usage observed in this country. and the most considerable people of the city did the same. Alas! in a little time my fears were realized. "they are not exempted. if strangers be obliged to observe this law?" "Without doubt." While he was giving me an account of this barbarous custom." he replied. They proceeded to a high mountain. and the pit was very deep.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:16 AM] . "do not entertain such a melancholy thought. "how do you think I should obtain the favour you wish me? I have not above an hour to live. fell sick." "But. I said to him as soon as I saw him. the aperture was again covered with the stone. and let down the corpse with all its apparel and jewels. the custom was to them so familiar. however. "may I presume to ask your majesty. and the company returned. They dressed the corpse of the woman in her richest apparel." "Pray. Sir. every one must submit to this law. "God preserve you and grant you a long life. and extended along the sea. I hope I shall enjoy your company many years.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. I could not forbear communicating to the king my sentiment respecting the practice: "Sir. they took up a large stone. suffered himself to be put into another open coffin without resistance. and that I should be interred alive with her. for I must be buried this day with my wife. and when they had reached the place of their destination." I said. and was let down in the same manner. to submit. as if it had been her wedding-day. Sinbad?" replied the king: "it is a common law. I trembled however at every little indisposition of my wife. for she fell sick.

Nevertheless. When that was spent. Before we reached the mountain. yet I always found my coffin again.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. as there was then a sort of mortality in the town. with a large bone. reflecting on my melancholy case. no one was moved by my address. and as soon as I perceived they were again covering the mouth of the cave. for the bread and water that was in my coffin. they letdown another dead woman. they ridiculed my dread of death as cowardly. and lay down upon the ground. "Consider.html most magnificent apparel. the fatal ceremony being performed. I at last prepared for death. held my nose. I discovered by the aid of the little light that came from above the nature of this subterranean place. I felt still an inclination to live. with my nose stopped. "that God disposes all things according to the degrees of his providence. it seemed an endless cavern. that instead of calling death to my assistance in that miserable condition. and abandoning myself to the most afflicting thoughts. and the cave seemed to be more spacious and fuller of bodies than it had appeared to be at first. Though the darkness of the cave was so great that I could not distinguish day and night. "It is true. "that I am a stranger. and lowered me down the next moment in an open coffin. and getting at a distance from the bodies. and a living man. However." said I. I went next the corpse. and might be about fifty fathom deep. I heard the stone lifted up from the mouth of the cave. notwithstanding my grief and piteous lamentations. but. 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. and took some of it. I fancied that I heard some of them sigh out their last." Although I spoke in the most pathetic manner. At last. nay. on the contrary. unfortunate wretch! shouldst thou not rather have remained at home. unhappy Sinbad. bathed in tears. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. I must tell you. While they let down the woman I approached the place where her coffin was to be put. with my eyes full of tears. gave the unfortunate wretch two or three violent blows over the head. by continuing this practice I did not want for provisions. I committed this inhuman action merely for the sake of the bread and water that was in her coffin. and immediately the corpse of a man was let down When reduced to necessity. bowing before them to the earth. I lived for some days upon my bread and water. which stunned. I made an attempt to affect the minds of the spectators: I addressed myself to the king first. and as second actor in this doleful tragedy. which being all spent. and that I have another wife and children in my own country. The procession began. But thou hast drawn all this upon thyself by thy inordinate avarice. I went groping about. and kissing the border of their garments. made haste to let my wife's corpse into the pit." said I. I prayed them to have compassion upon me. they covered over the mouth of the pit. and thus I had provision for some days more. bewailing my deplorable fate. As I was thinking of death. killed her. As I approached the bottom. and then to all those that were round me. to say the truth. and ought not to be subject to this rigorous law. and so terrible in all its circumstances. when I got down. I immediately left my coffin. I was annoyed by an insufferable stench proceeding from the multitude of bodies which I saw on the right and left. and quietly enjoyed the fruits of thy labour?" Such were the vain complaints with which I filled the cave.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:16 AM] . with full of water and seven loaves. it is natural to come to extreme resolutions. where I stayed a considerable time. In short. I killed the man in the same manner. or. beating my head and breast out of rage and despair. and to do all I could to prolong my days. Ah. and.

Indian canes.html One day after I had dispatched another woman. and afterwards entered the cave again to fetch bread and water. waiting till some ship might appear. and convinced of the reality of my escape. sometimes lost sight of it. when they asked by what misfortune I came thither. till at last I perceived a light. that I could scarcely persuade myself that the whole was not a dream. but always found it again. about ten days' sail from Serendib. resembling a star.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. After two or three days. without fear of rain. which is about two days journey in extent. where we landed. and among others that called the isle of Bells. the captain was so well pleased to have saved me. I leave you to guess the excess of my joy: it was such. and groped among the coffins for all the diamonds. and found myself upon the sea shore. but always fled and blew as I approached. and at last discovered that it came through a hole in the rock. and breathing or panting as it walked. large enough to admit a man. They heard me. I perceived a ship just come out of the harbour. and generously refused some jewels which I offered him. I stopped some time to rest. and found it to be situated betwixt the sea and the town. but without hesitation took me on board with my goods. The inhabitants are so barbarous that they still eat human flesh. We passed by several islands. nor enquire into the probability of what I told them. these I brought to the shore. and six from that of Kela. that he also took the story of my pretended shipwreck upon trust. for it was then the dry season. pearls. I perceived what I had followed to be a creature which came out of the sea. I made a sign with the linen of my turban. I advanced towards that side from whence I heard the noise. I followed the noise. I heard something tread. and the isle of Bells. and excellent camphire. and on my approach the creature puffed and blew harder. I told them that I had suffered shipwreck two days before. and called to the crew as loud as I could. and tying them up neatly into bales. I prostrated myself on the shore to thank God for this mercy. rubies. with a regular wind. I laid them together upon the beach. I got through.. and so much taken up with his own affairs. gold bracelets. 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. the rocks on the sea side being high and perpendicularly steep. as if running away from me. I pursued it for a considerable time. and was accustomed to enter the cavern and feed upon the bodies of the dead. But when I was recovered from my surprise. When I came to the ship. and the thing seemed to stop sometimes.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:16 AM] . with the cords that let down the coffins. I went on. and rich stuffs I could find. I examined the mountain. Upon this. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. The king of the isle of Kela is very rich and powerful. and made shift to get ashore with the goods they saw. It was fortunate for me that these people did not consider the place where I was. This island produces lead mines. being much fatigued with the rapidity of my progress: afterwards coming up to the hole. but without any passage to or communication with the latter. and sent a boat to bring me on board. is also subject to him. making for the place where I was.

and who landed with me. and touched at several other ports. to prevent the misfortune which he saw would otherwise befall us. and roasted it. I had earnestly intreated them not to meddle with the egg. enjoying myself with them in festivities and amusements. where we found an egg of a roe. but they would not listen to me. Hindbad and the other guests took their leave and retired. departed with them for the best sea-port. at my own charge. We sailed with the first fair wind.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. We hastened on board. The pleasures I enjoyed had again charms enough to make me forget all the troubles and calamities I had undergone. Scarcely had they finished their repast. said they were the male and female roc that belonged to the young one. In the mean time. I went on board with my goods. broke the egg with hatchets. which appeared more surprising to the company than the three former. pulled out the young roc piecemeal. and hear the story of his fifth voyage. and when dinner was over. the two roes approached with a frightful noise. that I might not be obliged to depend upon a captain. whom he requested to return with the rest next day at the same hour to dine with him. equal in size to that I formerly mentioned. which they redoubled when they saw the egg broken. I contributed liberally towards the support of several mosques. Next morning when they all met. and its bill had begun to appear. I therefore bought goods. Out of gratitude to God for his mercies.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:16 AM] . at last I arrived happily at Bagdad with infinite riches. and after a long navigation the first place we touched at was a desert island. while we made all the sail we could to endeavour to prevent that which file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. when there appeared in the air at a considerable distance from us two great clouds. of which it is needless to trouble you with the detail. and their young one gone. and made a hole in it. The captain whom I had hired to navigate my ship. but could not cure me of my inclination to make new voyages. There was a young roc it just ready to be hatched. I agreed to take with me several merchants of different nations with their merchandize. Sinbad began the relation of his fifth voyage as follows. When the ship was ready. and pressed us to reembark with all speed. but have a ship at my own command. they sat down at table. The Fifth Voyage. gave myself up to the society of my kindred and friends. and set sail with all possible expedition. They flew back in the direction they had come. and the subsistence of the poor. knowing by experience what they meant. and disappeared for some time. but not having enough to load her.html After we had finished our traffic in that island. He made a new present of one hundred sequins to Hindbad. Here Sinbad finished the relation of his fourth voyage. we put to sea again. The merchants whom I had taken on board. I remained till one was built on purpose. and there.

that he might get off with ease. rather than undertaking this last voyage. I myself was of the number of the latter. but always holding fast my board. some of them bearing green. and streams of fresh pure water running in pleasant meanders.html unhappily befell us. bade him get down. he made a sign for me to take him upon my back. I ate of the fruits. of a monstrous size. I spent best part of the night in alarm.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:16 AM] . When I was a little advanced into the island. I asked him why he sat so still. and walked among the trees.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. and at first I took him to be one who had been shipwrecked like myself. but he only slightly bowed his head. who appeared very weak and infirm. or rather rocks. as to split it into a thousand pieces. They soon returned. but instead of answering me. I fortunately caught hold of a piece of the wreck. I went towards him and saluted him. and got ashore. The mariners and passengers were all crushed to death. to recover myself from my fatigue. I found trees everywhere. I sat down upon the grass. signifying that it was to gather fruit. after which I went into the island to explore it. I believed him really to stand in need of my assistance. I lay down upon the grass in a convenient spot. I came to an island. The other roe. to our misfortune. and swimming sometimes with one hand. These reflections carried me so far. and for that end stooped. however. When night closed in. but could not sleep an hour at a time. and carry him over the brook. or sunk. took him upon my back. and we observed that each of them carried between its talons stones. clasped his legs nimbly about file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_021. I overcame that difficulty. It seemed to be a delicious garden. He was sitting on the bank of a stream. I got up. which I found excellent. but as I came up again. and falling into the sea. who to me appeared quite decrepid. my mind being apprehensive of danger. but daylight dispersed these melancholy thoughts. but not without some fears. but by the dexterity of the steersman it missed us. the wind and the tide favouring me. divided the water so that we could almost see the bottom. they hovered. and having carried him over. that I began to form a design against my life. but instead of doing so (which I laugh at every time I think of it) the old man. and others ripe fruits. and reproached myself for my imprudence in not remaining at home. whose shore was very steep. I saw an old man. threw his messy burden so exactly upon the middle of the ship. and sometimes with the other. When they came directly over my ship. and one of them let fall a stone. and drank of the water. which was very light and good.

Every morning he pushed me to make me awake. I tasted it. that he forced me to rise up against my will.html my neck. gentlemen. pressed into it some juice of grapes. and held my throat so tight. Having arisen. When I had done so. Notwithstanding my fainting. I was extremely glad to be thus freed for ever from this troublesome fellow.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:20 AM] . and forced me now and then to stop. I then took up a great stone. he became drunk immediately. to gather and eat fruit such as we found. the captain received me with great kindness. he began to sing after his manner. I threw him upon the ground. where he lay without motion. who used to gather cocoa-nuts. so that the merchants and mariners who landed upon it. The old man. and having recommended me to some people of the town. which abounded in the island. He never left me all day. I handed him the calebash. and carried me to a place appointed for the accommodation of foreign merchants. that I began to sing and dance as I walked along. Finding that he did not press me as before. He sat astride upon my shoulders. and the liquor pleasing his palate. to take in water. and after some days' sail. I put it by in a convenient place." After having informed me of these things. He gave me a large bag. One of the merchants who had taken me into his friendship invited me to go along with him. when I perceived his skin to resemble that of a cow. I took a large one. he thrust one of his feet against my stomach. laid himself down with me.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. and crushed his head to pieces. and he has made this island notorious by the number of men he has slain. and when I lay down to rest at night. I now walked towards the beach. and so exhilarated my spirits. but opened his legs a little to give me time to recover my breath. when they told him what had befallen me. and are the first who ever escaped strangling by his malicious tricks. "You fell." said they. the ill-natured old fellow kept fast about my neck. They were surprised to see me. and found the wine so good. and after cleaning it. till he had destroyed them. the houses of which were built with hewn stone. and afterwards obliged me to get up and walk. he made me walk under the trees. that it soon made me forget my sorrow. perceiving the effect which this liquor had upon me. There being a considerable quantity of it. and that I carried him with more ease than before. He put out again to sea. we arrived at the harbour of a great city. He never quitted those he had once made himself master of. and going thither again some days after. His jolting made him vomit. the apprehension of which make me swoon and fall down. he drank it all off. and the fumes getting up into his head. holding always fast about my neck. and pressed me with his feet. that I thought he would have strangled me. One day I found in my way several dry calebashes that had fallen from a tree. durst not advance into the island but in numbers at a time. and to dance with his breech upon my shoulders. and he loosened his legs from about me by degrees. what trouble I was in. desired them to file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. You may judge then. "into the hands of the old man of the sea. gave me new vigour. they carried me with them to the ship. and struck me so rudely on the side with the other. where I met the crew of a ship that had cast anchor. but more so at hearing the particulars of my adventures. made me a sign to give him some of it. having filled the calebash. to be loaded with such a burden of which I could not get rid.

but he could not embark with me. who loaded her with cocoa-nuts. as I had done upon my return from my other voyages. who brought me up some that were very large and pure. and pearls. and from time to time threw stones to provoke the apes. which it had been impossible otherwise to have done. but next morning the same company returned to dine with rich Sinbad. as sufficiently testified their anger and resentment. and whose inhabitants have made it an inviolable law to themselves to drink no wine. and climbed up to the top of the trees with surprising swiftness." said he." Having thus spoken. I embarked in a vessel that happily arrived at Bussorah." I thanked him for his advice. I gave the tenth of my gains in alms. where the merchant.html take me with them. "Go. and endeavoured to dissipate my fatigues by amusements of different kinds. took leave of the merchant who had been so kind to me. When we had gathered our number. "and do the like every day. where I made vast sums of my pepper. and with such gestures. because he had not finished his business at the port. and suffer no place of debauch. The Sixth Voyage. who retired with the other guests. he gave me provisions for the journey. gave me the value of the cocoas I brought: "Go on. We gathered up the cocoa-nuts. so that by this stratagem we filled our bags with cocoa-nuts. and went with other merchants a pearl-fishing. wood of aloes." said he. and gave the following account of his sixth voyage. where pepper grows in great plenty. I embarked in her all the cocoanuts I had. and act as you see them do. When Sinbad had finished his story. where the best species of wood of aloes grows. When we entered the forest we saw a great number of apes of several sizes. I expected the arrival of another. The merchants with whom I was. from thence I returned to Bagdad. we returned to the city. otherwise you may endanger your life. very lofty.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:20 AM] . "follow them. he ordered one hundred sequins to be given to Hindbad. We came to a thick forest of cocoa-trees. and when she was ready to sail. I exchanged my cocoa in those two islands for pepper and wood of aloes. and I went with them. requested their attention. until you have got money enough to carry you home. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. with trunks so smooth that it was not possible to climb to the branches that bore the fruit. The vessel in which I had come sailed with some merchants. after having treated them as formerly. I hired divers. which anchored soon after for the like loading. who had sent me to the forest. We sailed towards the islands. but do not separate from them. I did the same. and gradually collected as many cocoa-nuts as produced me a considerable sum. who. From thence we went to the isle of Comari. gathered stones and threw them at the apes on the trees. and the apes out of revenge threw cocoa-nuts at us so fast.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. who fled as soon as they perceived us.

bewailing our deplorable lot. The mountain at the foot of which we were wrecked formed part of the coast of a very large island. and we embraced each other. If they be driven thither by a wind from the sea. yet in such a manner that we saved our lives. which may well be called a gulf. you long without doubt to know. our provisions. the height of the mountain stops the wind. we cannot escape. and arrived at a sea-port. and beat his head like a madman. Instead of taking my way by the Persian gulf. for we are all in so fatal a place. if he do not take pity on us. since nothing ever returns from it. who did all in their power to dissuade me. "A rapid current carries the ship along with it. where I embarked in a ship. and escaped so many dangers. that he was in the most dangerous place in all the ocean. and the ship was carried by the current to the foot of an inaccessible mountain.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:20 AM] . Pray to God to deliver us from this peril. I travelled once more through several provinces of Persia and the Indies. notwithstanding the intreaties of my kindred and friends.html Gentlemen. turned into ambergris: and this the waves throw up on the beach in great quantities. equal in goodness to those of Comari. and we shall all perish in less than a quarter of an hour. and if they come into it when a land-wind blows. and he answered. I could resolve again to tempt fortune. it is not possible for ships to get off when once they approach within a certain distance. and the best of our goods. In all other places. and at the same time so unfortunate. But be that as it may. the wind and the current impel them. This being over. after a year's rest I prepared for a sixth voyage. after having been shipwrecked five times. and which filled us with horror. the captain of which was bound on a long voyage. astonished at my conduct when I reflect upon it. that the stones of the mountain are of crystal. They however at last discovered where they were. Here is also a sort of fountain of pitch or bitumen. so that the force of the current carries them ashore: and what file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. Trees also grow here. We asked him the reason. and from the vast number of human bones we saw everywhere. and must certainly have been actuated by my destiny. that none shipwrecked here ever returned to their homes. whose entrance is very high and spacious. myself. that the captain and pilot lost their course." At these words he ordered the sails to be lowered. and evacuate soon afterwards. What is most remarkable in this place is. but here a river of fresh water runs out of the sea into a dark cavern. but we had no reason to rejoice at the circumstance. rubies. "God has done what pleased him. It was long indeed. or other precious stones. It was covered with wrecks. and bid the world adieu. Suddenly we saw the captain quit his post. the captain said to us. which the fish swallow. All these objects served only to augment our despair. To finish the description of this place. pulled his beard.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. and expose myself to new hardships? I am. and occasions a calm. rivers run from their channels into the sea. It is also incredible what a quantity of goods and riches we found cast ashore. Each of us may dig his grave. we concluded that multitudes of people had perished there. where she struck and went to pieces. that runs into the sea. how." His discourse afflicted us sensibly. most of which are wood of aloes. He threw off his turban. but all the ropes broke. which might seem to favour their getting out again. uttering loud lamentations.

and leave myself to the current. I loaded it with some bulses of rubies. and repented that I had ever undertaken this last voyage. Who knows but fortune waits. I went on board with two oars that I had made. but perhaps find some new occasion of enriching myself. As soon as I entered the cavern. which made me cautious afterwards to avoid the like danger. Considering its probable course with great attention. it will convey me to some inhabited country. which runs thus under ground. I lost all light. I recited the following words in Arabic aloud: "Call upon the Almighty. At first we divided our provisions as equally as we could. or of escaping by sea. that I soon made a very solid raft. to compensate my shipwreck with usury. that I knew not whether I was asleep or awake. that there is no possibility of ascending the mountain. upon my getting off this dangerous shelf. When I had finished. But it pleased God once more to take compassion on me. and leaving it to the course of the river. and began to tear my hands with my teeth. and the use he made of his provisions. and once found the arch so low." I immediately went to work upon large pieces of timber and cables. but had well nigh hastened my own death. I said to myself." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. and bales of rich stuffs. If I be drowned. but when I revived. yet. I could not but reproach myself as the cause of my own ruin.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:20 AM] . thou needest not perplex thyself about any thing else: shut thy eyes. rock-crystal. resigned myself to the will of God. "This river. and saluted them. because there was no one left to inter me. but I did not understand their language. I was so transported with joy. and expected death every day. resolving to lie down in it. for I had choice of them. and while thou art asleep. I was surprised to find myself in an extensive plain on the brink of a river. I must confess to you at the same time. all my provisions were spent. ambergris. notwithstanding my frugality. If I make a raft. amidst a great number of negroes. that I thought I could not long survive: I dug a grave. and thus every one lived a longer or shorter time. I had so little remaining. but being persuaded that I was not asleep. I got up as soon as I saw them. or I shall perish. Having balanced my cargo exactly. for besides that I husbanded the provision that fell to my share better than they. Those who died first were interred by the survivors. according to his temperance.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. that while I was thus employed. I had some of my own which I did not share with my comrades. and put it in my mind to go to the bank of the river which ran into the great cavern. emeralds. Then a pleasing stupor seized upon me. Nor did I stop at reflections only.html completes the misfortune is. I lose nothing. and I paid the last duty to all my companions: nor are you to wonder at this. he will help thee. All this while I ate nothing but what was just necessary to support nature. God will change thy bad fortune into good. We continued upon the shore in a state of despair. must somewhere have an issue. but only change one kind of death for another. that it very nearly touched my head. where my raft was tied. Thus I floated some days in perfect darkness. They spoke to me. yet when I buried the last. and the stream carried me I knew not whither. and tied them together so strongly. and fastened it well to the raft. and if I get out of this fatal place. I cannot tell how long it continued. I shall not only avoid the sad fate of my comrades.

not only my person is at your majesty's service. and that I must go along with them. and said. far from lessening your wealth. We marched till we came to the capital of Serendib. "Brother. perceiving your raft. by digging little canals from this river. and came hither to-day to water our fields. As soon as I had finished. came towards me. and spent the rest of my time in viewing the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. and tell it their king myself. received me with an obliging air. and brought it thither. I assured them that I was ready to do whatever they pleased. it being too extraordinary to be related by any other than the person to whom the events had happened. I fell prostrate at his feet. for it was in that island I had landed. I prostrated myself at his feet. The officer was very faithful in the execution of his commission. where we fastened it. and caused all the goods to be carried to the lodgings provided for me. and viewed the most remarkable among them one after another.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. I will take care not to covet any thing of yours. I related all that had befallen me.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:20 AM] . the rubies and emeralds. and. Observing that he looked on my jewels with pleasure. for it must be extraordinary. but the cargo of the raft. because of the many voyages I have undertaken. for he had none in his treasury that equalled them. we are inhabitants of this country. or to take any thing from you that God has given you." "But. and will not let you quit my dominions without marks of my liberality. which was brought in a little time. some of them walked before to shew the way. and when I had satisfied my hunger. and I answered." All the answer I returned were prayers for the prosperity of that nobly minded prince. "how came you into my dominions. They gave me several sorts of food. and from whence came you last?" I concealed nothing from the king. Pray tell us your history. and ordered people to serve me at his own expence. and then I would satisfy. and having helped me to mount. He first asked me my name. and whence did you come?" "I begged of them first to give me something to eat. I went every day at a set hour to make my court to the king. "People call me Sinbad the voyager. went to see what it was. "Sir. until you should awake. that is to say. He charged one of his officers to take care of me. I approached his throne. and I would beg of you to dispose of it as your own. hearing me speak thus. and took the liberty to say to him. "Sinbad. I design to augment it." resumed he. and commendations of his generosity and bounty. who understood Arabic. They immediately sent for a horse. and saluted him as I used to do the kings of the Indies. while the rest took my raft and cargo and followed.html One of the blacks. and I am a citizen of Bagdad. We observed something floating upon the water. and made me sit down near him. how did you venture yourself into this river. and his majesty was so surprised and pleased. above all. they told me." He answered me with a smile. and laid up in the archives of his kingdom. he admired the quantity of wood of aloes and ambergris. that it was one of the most wonderful stories they had ever heard. I related to him all that I have told you. one of us swam into the river. be not surprised to see us. that he commanded my adventures to be written in letters of gold. The prince ordered me to rise. which comes out of the neighbouring mountain. but. which they listened to with attentive surprise. At last my raft was brought in. and the bales opened in his presence. their curiosity. The blacks presented me to their king. by the person who spoke Arabic and interpreted to them what I said. as you see.

before whom march one hundred elephants. he gave me one much more considerable. There is also a pearl-fishing in the mouth of its principal river. our sovereign. and when I went to take my leave of him. of one single ruby made into a cup. so that the days and nights there are always of twelve hours each. and in some of its valleys are found diamonds. and had the curiosity to go to the top of the mountain. "Though the present we send you be inconsiderable. The capital stands at the end of a fine valley. They are seen three days' sail off at sea. and he granted me permission in the most obliging and most honourable manner. I made. and assure him of my friendship. because of its being so scarce. and filled with round file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022." The present consisted first.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_022. an inch thick.html city. who lives in a palace that shines with one hundred thousand rubies." I took the present and letter in a very respectful manner. The characters of this letter were of azure. and who has in his treasury twenty thousand crowns enriched with diamonds. encompassed by mountains the highest in the world. especially cedars and cocoa-nut. and ordered them to treat me with all possible respect. and the contents as follows: "The king of the Indies. All kinds of rare plants and trees grow there. saying to me. and this letter to the caliph. by way of devotion. this prince sent for the captain and the merchants who were to go with me. and as many in breadth. Rubies and several sorts of minerals abound.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:20 AM] . We desire the same part in your friendship. and at the same time charged me with a letter for the commander of the faithful. in the middle of the island. and of which we are willing to give you proof. "I pray you give this present from me. and the rocks are for the most part composed of a metalline stone made use of to cut and polish other precious stones. and promised his majesty punctually to execute the commission with which he was pleased to honour me. in consideration of the hearty friendship which we bear for you. being of the same dignity with yourself. The letter from the king of Serendib was written on the skin of a certain animal of great value. a pilgrimage to the place where Adam was confined after his banishment from Paradise. receive it however as a brother and a friend. Adieu. He would needs force a rich present upon me. We conjure you this in quality of a brother. When I returned to the city. considering that we believe it to be our merit. and what was most worthy of notice. to caliph Haroon al Rusheed. and of a yellowish colour. and the island is eighty parasangs in length. The isle of Serendib is situated just under the equinoctial line. I prayed the king to allow me to return to my own country. Before I embarked. about half a foot high.

before him. with thirty grains of camphire as big as pistachios. that there are no judges in his dominions. followed by the beautiful slave. whose apparel was all covered over with jewels. and the powerful Maha-raja. They understand and observe justice rigidly of themselves. gave him the letter and present. Nothing is more worthy of admiration than the magnificence of his palace.html pearls of half a drachm each. must die. and marches betwixt two ranks of his ministers. I took the king of Serendib's letter. who is before him on the same elephant. 2. so great and so powerful. he asked me. 4. and such of my own family as carried the presents. clad in cloth of gold and silk. and was immediately conducted to the throne of the caliph. on the top of which is an emerald half a foot long. whose scales were as large as an ordinary piece of gold. the king of Serendib is so just. the potent and redoubtable sultan of the Indies. upon the same elephant. I bear him witness. When the prince appears in public. "appears in his letter. with a column of gold. Fifty thousand drachms of the best wood of aloes.' After he has pronounced those words.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. must die. and next night proceeded thus. said. I stated the reason of my coming. and had the virtue to preserve from sickness those who lay upon it.' "Farther.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:23 AM] . before him march a guard of one thousand men. When he had read what the king of Serendib wrote to him. he dismissed me. Scheherazade stopped. must die. the officer behind the throne cries in his turn. and who possesses twenty thousand crowns of diamonds. and an inch thick. an officer carries a golden lance in his hand. "Commander of the faithful. "The wisdom of that king. because day appeared. ‘This monarch.' And the officer before replies. and from thence I went to Bagdad." Having spoken thus. and his people deserve so wise a prince. A female slave of ravishing beauty. ‘Praise be to him who lives for ever. whose palace is covered with one hundred thousand rubies. Sinbad left off. and other people of his court. The ship set sail. and next day they returned to hear the relation of his seventh and last voyage. and rising again. favourites. if that prince were really so rich and potent as he represented himself in his letter? I prostrated myself a second time. and after a very successful navigation we landed at Bussorah. he has a throne fixed on the back of an elephant. with a loud voice. who stands upright." said he. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. "While the king is on his march. ‘Behold the great monarch. 3. Hindbad having first received one hundred sequins. and after what you tell me. and went to present myself at the gate of the commander of the faithful. I can assure your majesty he doth not exceed the truth. His people have no need of them. and sent me home with a rich present. I made my reverence. The skin of a serpent. and behind the throne there is another. after a short speech. that his wisdom is worthy of his people. cries from time to time." The caliph was much pleased with my account. and mounted on elephants richly caparisoned. I must confess. and his company retired. where the first thing I did was to acquit myself of my commission. the officer. Behold the monarch greater than Solomon. and.

besides that my age now required rest. As soon as I had finished. yet you must for my sake undertake this voyage which I propose to you." I made my compliment to him. so that I thought of nothing but to pass the rest of my days in tranquillity." he said.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:23 AM] . one of my servants came and told me that an officer of the caliph's enquired for me. He sent him also a rich file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. But you must go." I replied. and Alexandria. the bottom of which represented in bass relief a man with one knee on the ground. It is but just I should return his civility. I absolutely laid aside all thoughts of travelling. You will only have to go to the isle of Serendib. Suez. "The caliph. a vessel of agate broader than deep. I bless the day on which we see one another once more. ready to discharge at a lion. for. I prepared for my departure in a few days.html The Seventh and Last Voyage. you must carry my answer and present to the king of Serendib. where being presented to the caliph. and went to him." I followed the officer to the palace. One day as I was treating my friends. and I was conducted to the palace in an honourable manner. "that the things you tell me are very extraordinary. and after having thanked him for his kindness. "I confess. for you know it would not comport with my dignity. said Sinbad. Being returned from my sixth voyage. and as soon as the caliph's letter and present were delivered to me. Having arrived at the isle of Serendib. I rose from table. an inch thick. and had a very happy voyage. the finest of Cairo. I have also made a vow never to go out of Bagdad. where I saluted the king by prostration.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. where I embarked. and prayed them to get me speedy audience. "I am ready to do whatever your majesty shall think fit to command. according to custom. I was resolved no more to expose myself to such risks as I had encountered. "Sinbad." said he to me. that he must speak with you. The caliph's present was a complete suit of cloth of gold. I have many times thought of you since you departed." said he. "you are welcome. I went to Bussorah. and testified very great joy at seeing me. who held bow and an arrow. and ordered me one thousand sequins for the expences of my journey." Hence I took occasion to give him a full and particular account of all my adventures." said he." This command of the caliph was to me like a clap of thunder. fifty robes of rich stuff. a hundred of white cloth. valued at one thousand sequins. He was very well pleased. They did so. "I stand in need of your service. That prince knew me immediately. which he had the patience to hear out. but I beseech you most humbly to consider what I have undergone. delivered the caliph's letter and present. to be indebted to the king of that island. After that you are at liberty to return. and half a foot wide. I saluted him by prostrating myself at his feet. and told him that I was willing to obey. and deliver the commission which I give you. "Commander of the faithful. I acquainted the king's ministers with my commission." Perceiving that the caliph insisted upon my compliance. "Sinbad. "has sent me to tell you. which he received with all imaginable satisfaction. I submitted.

file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. We hope when you look upon it. Some of the crew offered resistance. carried me to a thick forest some leagues from the town. who sold me. "can you shoot with a bow?" I answered. Three or four days after my departure. we were attacked by corsairs. and at last one of the elephants fell. I fell into the hands of a rich merchant. Haroon al Rusheed. who. for there is a prodigious number of them in this forest. and left me at liberty to go and acquaint my patron with my booty. that the bow was one of my exercises in my youth. and had much difficulty to obtain it." The king of Serendib was highly gratified that the caliph answered his friendship. as soon as the sun was up. I saw no elephant during that time. as soon as he bought me." said he. and that the corsairs. Adieu. because it was no vessel of force. but a merchant. "Climb up that. but had not the good fortune to arrive there so speedily as I had hoped. that I was no mechanic. I embarked immediately to return to Bagdad. to the potent and esteemed Raja of Serendib. who were not so imprudent. We penetrated a great way into the wood. I solicited leave to depart. When I had informed him. belonged to the great Solomon. he left me victuals. and send you this from our imperial residence. and if any of them fall.html tablet. when he dismissed me. A little time after this audience. according to tradition. he gave me a good meal. commended my dexterity. when the rest retired immediately. then shewing me a great tree. where they sold us. he bade me alight. and instead of our own clothes. my patron designing to return when it was rotten. and caressed me highly. "and shoot at the elephants as you see them pass by. the garden of superior wits. made me a very considerable present. they gave us sorry rags. We went afterwards together to the forest. had robbed me of all I possessed. and. "But tell me. Some days after. I shot several arrows among them." Having spoken thus. from the dependent on God. But for myself and the rest. in the name of the sovereign guide of the right way. who easily seized upon our ship. and returned to the town. the corsairs saved us on purpose to make slaves of us. We were all stripped. "We received your letter with joy. treated me well. I procured it however at last. I perceived a great number." replied he.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:23 AM] . but next morning. which. whom God hath set in the place of vicegerent to his prophet. not knowing who I was. come and give me notice. and I continued upon the tree all night. and the king. God ordered it otherwise. where we dug a hole for the elephant. He gave me a bow and arrows. and carried us into a remote island. you will perceive our good intention and be pleased with it. and clad me handsomely for a slave. and take his teeth to trade with. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. The caliph's letter was as follows: "Greeting. taking me behind him upon an elephant. after his ancestors of happy memory. and when he thought fit to stop. he asked me if I understood any trade? I answered. carried me to his house. which cost them their lives.

" exclaimed he. plucked it up. the condition I was in: I thought myself in a dream. after having travelled a day and a night. As soon as my patron saw me. in such number that the plain was covered. with their trunks extended." To this obliging declaration I replied. and by what good chance thou art still alive. but turned towards the city. You have procured me incredible wealth. that. those crafty animals destroyed them one time or other. that my bow and arrows fell out of my hand. I despaired of ever. which made me think they had retired farther into the forest. seeing you more. and found I was upon a long and broad hill. that I give you your liberty. getting sometimes upon one tree. "for I will treat you no more as my slave. I will also give you considerable riches. After having lain some time. and all fixed their eyes upon. to leave me at liberty to come back to the hill without any obstacle.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. and was so much terrified. and has bestowed that favour upon you only. who followed him in troops. where I found a tree newly pulled up. God bless you with all happiness and prosperity. and killed an elephant every day. and a bow and arrows on the ground. We loaded the elephant which had carried us with as many teeth as he could bear. Formerly we could not procure ivory but by exposing the lives of our slaves. I got up. whom we sent to seek ivory. after having made such a discovery as will enrich me. he found to his great joy that what I had told him was true. as I looked for the elephants. where I sat more like one dead than alive. For all the cautions we could give them.html I continued this employment for two months." said my patron. God has delivered you from their fury. I met no elephant in my way. Conceive. and after having sought for you in vain. "Patron. I concealed from you what I am now going to tell you. He put himself afterwards at the head of the rest. I perceived with extreme amazement. instead of passing by me across the forest as usual. and sometimes upon another. almost covered with the bones and teeth of elephants. and that they carried me thither on purpose to tell me that I should forbear to persecute them. "I was in great trouble to know what was become of you. It is a sign that he loves you. They encompassed the tree in which I was concealed. At this alarming spectacle I continued immoveable. "The elephants of our forest have every year killed us a great many slaves. laid me on his back. since I did it only for their teeth. and shook under them. and has some use for your service in the world." I satisfied his curiosity. I have been at the forest. "Ah. then laid me down on the ground. poor Sinbad. I confess to you. One morning. and came to me with a horrible noise. I admired the instinct of those animals. I declare before him. they stopped.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:23 AM] . for after the elephants had stared upon me some time. "Brother. and threw it on the ground. I did not stay on the hill. if you can. God preserve you. Pray tell me what befell you. and seeing the elephants gone. with my quiver on my shoulder. I could engage all our city to contribute towards making your fortune. Do not think I pretend to have rewarded you by giving you your liberty. and the elephant taking me up with his trunk. and when we were returned. and now our whole city is enriched by your means. but I will have the glory of doing it myself. I fell with the tree. and. and retired with all his companions. My fears were not without cause. carried me a considerable way. one of the largest of them put his trunk round the foot of the tree. I came to my patron. that this object furnished me with abundance of reflections. and going both of us next morning to the hill. Your giving me my liberty is enough file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. I doubted not but that was their burying place.

The other merchants. and give you wherewith to bear your charges. did the same. and suffered much. from serpents." said he. that he might have reason to remember Sinbad the voyager. but endured all with patience. Sinbad here finished the relation of his seventh and last voyage. but are worthy of all the riches you enjoy. sir. but that he always hoped God would preserve me. and besides obliged me to accept a present of some curiosities of the country of great value. and then addressing himself to Hindbad. he seemed much surprised." I thanked him again for my liberty and his good intentions towards me. when I considered that I had nothing to fear from the seas. I was a long time on the way. because you make of them such a good and generous use. and I arrived safe at Bagdad. we made so many journeys to the hill. from pirates. and lay them up in his treasury. I made vast sums of my ivory. I went immediately to wait upon the caliph. resolving to proceed on my journey by land. to be so curious. who traded in it. and my patron. and not being willing to venture by sea to Bussorah. I went aboard. Our vessel being come to a port on the main land in the Indies. That prince said he had been uneasy. May you therefore continue to live in happiness and joy till the day of your death!" Sinbad gave him one hundred sequins more. We set sail. and when my equipage was ready. I landed my proportion of the ivory. and as the adventure which procured me this liberty was very extraordinary. The ships arrived at last. Hindbad drew near to him. my troubles are not comparable to yours: if they afflict me for a time." "Very well. I will then send you home. friend. All these fatigues ended at last. that we filled all our warehouses with ivory. After I had returned him a thousand thanks for all his favours. and the presents which he gave me. said. loaded half of it with ivory on my account. received him into the number of his friends. desired him to quit his porter's employment." said he. "Well. When I told him the adventure of the elephants. himself having made choice of the ship wherein I was to embark. or of any mortal that has gone through so many vicissitudes? Is it not reasonable that.html to discharge what you owe me. We stopped at some islands to take in fresh provisions. but leave to return to my own country. kindred.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. laid in provisions in abundance for my passage. after all this I should enjoy a quiet and pleasant life?" As he said this. I had it continually in my thoughts. "did you ever hear of any person that suffered so much as I have done. or from the other perils to which I had been exposed. and the other relations I had given him. You not only deserve a quiet life. we touched there. for it could not be long concealed from them. and kissing his hand. and I desire no other reward for the service I had the good fortune to do to you and your city. I staid with him expecting the monsoon. bought several rarities. I comfort myself with the thoughts of the profit I get by them.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:23 AM] . He deemed this story. as I was so long in returning. which I intended for presents. and would never have given any credit to it had he not known my veracity. "the monsoon will in a little time bring ships for ivory. and during that time. that you have gone through many imminent dangers. set out in company with a large caravan of merchants. and friends. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. that he ordered one of his secretaries to write them in characters of gold. and ever since I have devoted myself wholly to my family. "I must acknowledge. and come and dine every day with him. I retired well satisfied with the honours I received. and gave him an account of my embassy.

The Caliph Haroon al Rusheed one day commanded the grand vizier Jaffier to come to his palace the night following. "Vizier. who carried nets on his head. a tall man. he. to their great amazement. moved with compassion. The caliph made the grand vizier pay him one hundred sequins immediately. and very heavy.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. If. To satisfy the caliph's impatience. but cut the thread with a knife. and from that time to this I have not been able to catch one fish." said the vizier. and sent him away. it will be an ample recompence. to inform myself what people say. As they entered a small street. the corpse of a young lady. and if they give me the hundredth part of what they promise. and particularly how they are pleased with my officers of justice. but one of the poorest and most miserable of the trade. when he drew it again.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:23 AM] . who shall officiate better. and bound about with a rope.html THE THREE APPLES. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_023. and the covering of it sewed with red thread. "To judge from his appearance." said the caliph. at the same time I have a wife and small children. said to the fisherman. shut up. and by several markets. Mesrour. that he returned to the palace with all speed. I went from my house about noon a fishing. and Mesrour. there be any that have gained their applause. and Mesrour the chief of the eunuchs. accompanied by the caliph. on the contrary. they would not take time to undo it." The caliph. forgetting all his day's toil. "I will take a walk round the town. the fisherman. and the caliph was so very eager to know what it contained. took the caliph at his word. with a white beard. they found." said he. carried the trunk on his shoulder. and a staff in his hand. and the fisherman. "who art thou?" The old man replied. disguised themselves so that they could not be known. brought up a trunk close shut. and returned to the Tigris." The grand vizier being come to the palace at the hour appointed." At this proposal." "Honest man. the caliph. saying to himself as he went. "Sir. and took out of the basket a package wrapt up in a sorry piece of hanging. "that old man is not rich." They came to the bank of the river. and put others in their stead. let us go to him and inquire into his circumstances. we will have that esteem for them which they deserve. When the trunk was opened. they found in it a large basket made of palm-leaves. Jaaffier. which being untied. they perceived by the light of the moon. "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. I am a fisher. "These gentlemen seem too honest and reasonable not to reward my pains. If there be any against whom they have cause of just complaint. by his master's order. and nothing to maintain them. They passed through several places. having thrown in his net. and went out all three together. we will turn them out.

an officer came to the unfortunate minister. let them come to the square before the palace. the criminal judge. but I will not burden my conscience with such a barbarous action. and cause him to be put to death to satisfy the caliph. and perhaps may be already gone from hence? Any other vizier than I would take some wretched person out of prison. He answered. "Thou wretch. The caliph asked him for the murderer. "Commander of the faithful." replied the grand vizier. "than three days. "Alas!" said he "how is it possible that in such a vast and populous city as Bagdad. "is this your inspection into the actions of my people? Do they commit such impious murders under thy ministry in my capital. The multitude of people that filled the square could not without grief and tears behold this tragical sight. The astonishment of the caliph was great at this dreadful spectacle. so that the vizier concluded his life to be lost. with a summons to follow him. what pains soever they took they could not discover the murderer. not only in Bagdad. who undoubtedly committed the crime without witness." said the caliph. His surprise was instantly changed into passion. Nothing could prevent the execution of this prince's severe and irrevocable sentence. I have not found any person that could give me the least account of him. for they were no less concerned in this matter than the vizier. all cut in pieces. The third day being arrived." He ordered the officers of the police and justice to make strict search for the criminal. and throw my subjects into the Tigris. and the lives of the most deserving people in the city were just going to be sacrificed." When all things were ready.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:26 AM] . that they may cry for vengeance against me at the day of judgment? If thou dost not speedily avenge the murder of this woman.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. They sent their servants about. and orders were sent to seize forty Bermukkees in their houses. for the grand vizier and the Bermukkees were loved and honoured on account of their probity. I will rather die than preserve my life by the sacrifice of another innocent person. and impartiality. which the vizier obeyed. to cry thus: "Those who have a desire to see the grand vizier Jaaffier impaled." The caliph. with forty of his kindred. and ordered that he and forty Bermukkees should be impaled at the gate of the palace. But all their endeavours were to no purpose. and many officers belonging to the palace. by the death of her murderer. when a young man of handsome mien file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. set each by the stake designed for him. gave him many reproachful words." "Commander of the faithful. but through all the dominions of the caliph. bounty. I should he able to detect a murderer. full of fury and rage. In the mean while the stakes were preparing. having brought out the grand vizier with the forty Bermukkees." "I will allow thee no more. that I will cause thee and forty more of thy kindred to be impaled. and darting an angry look at the vizier." said he.html whiter than snow." The vizier Jaaffier went home in great perplexity. I swear by heaven. "I beg your majesty to grant me time to make enquiry. and they were not idle themselves. a public crier was sent about the city by the caliph's order.

and what is it that moves thee to offer thyself voluntarily to die?" "Commander of the faithful." said the caliph. "Wretch. in whose look he saw something that instead of evincing guilt was engaging: but as he was about to answer him." "But. I have lived a long while in the world. and spake after this manner: "Commander of the faithful. I renounce my part of happiness amongst the just at the day of judgment. "it is despair that brought you hither. When he came before the prince. believed him. The Story of the Lady who was Murdered. that I am the man who killed the lady. I killed that lady who was found in the trunk." "Sir. who has raised the heavens so high. "Do not believe what this young man tells you. She was not above twelve years old. let me therefore sacrifice my life for yours. it would be a history that might be useful to other men. "if all that has past between that lady and me were set down in writing." said the old man. and of the Young Man her Husband. and nobody else had any concern in it. and it is time for me to be gone. cut her in pieces. It is I who murdered her. and threw her into the Tigris? The young man assured him it was he. if what I say be not truth. especially since the old man made no answer. therefore I am he that ought to suffer." The caliph asked the criminals which of them it was that so cruelly murdered the lady. The young man obeyed. Sir. and let me expiate the death of the lady that was thrown into the Tigris. and this punishment ought only to fall upon me. and about four days ago threw her into the Tigris.html pressed through the crowd till he came up to the grand vizier. "I swear by the great God. let me die without delay." At these words the young man spoke again. Whereupon.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. and began his history. being glad to serve the vizier." "My son." said he. daughter of this old man." said the young man to the vizier. came up to him. Commander of the faithful. "I do protest that I am he who committed this vile act." said he again to the vizier. each of whom declares himself to be the sole murderer of the lady. "what made thee commit that detestable crime. and after he had kissed his hand." The caliph being surprised at this oath. turning to the young man. I file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. but the old man maintained the contrary." said he. and comforter of the poor." The controversy between the old and the young man induced the grand vizier to carry them both before the caliph. and I deserve to be punished for my offence. Withdraw. I have brought here before your majesty this old and this young man.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:26 AM] . when eleven years ago he gave her to me. you are not guilty of the crime for which you stand here. he kissed the ground seven times." Though these words occasioned great joy to the vizier." "Sir. a tall man advanced in years. "Most excellent vizier. and you would anticipate your destiny." said the vizier. "and cause them both to be impaled. who had likewise forced his way through the crowd. to which the judge criminal consented. "Go. it would be unjust to take the lives of both. yet he could not but pity the young man. "if only one of them be guilty. who is my uncle by the father's side. said. chief of the emirs of this court. saying. "I tell you once more I am the murderer." said the caliph to the grand vizier." "I command thee then to relate it. this murdered lady was my wife. I conjure you in the name of God not to punish the innocent for the guilty.

ran home with all speed. the gardener would not let me have them for less. and I must own it is come to that height. went to Bussorah. that if I be not satisfied very soon. with an apple in his hand. "Cousin. for I could not expect to find apples any where but in your majesty's garden at Bussorah. I got up by times in the morning. when I took my leave of her. About two months ago she fell sick. pr'ythee tell me where thou hadst this apple?" "It is a present" (said he. "Good slave. which cost me a sequin apiece. and seeing only two. and spared nothing that could promote her speedy recovery. yet alive. and. all boys. but I could not get one. she satisfied herself with receiving them. if you would get me any." At this reply I was convinced what the slave had told me was true. nor in any of the gardens in the vicinity. I returned home much dissatisfied at my failure. "I long for some apples. and after I had told her my design. and laid them down by her. only I happened to meet an old gardener. which I knew to be one of those I had brought from Bussorah. and giving myself up to madness and jealousy. "Cousin. and would not neglect to satisfy her. of good behaviour. looked immediately for the apples. I rose. which I packed up in a bundle. I dressed myself in a traveller's habit. you would greatly please me." said I. that all my pains would signify nothing. I fear some misfortune will befall me. asked what was become of the third. and said. I called to him. And on my part I ardently loved her. and I must do her the justice to say. and perceiving there were but two. put all file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. I presented them to my wife. and made it her whole business to please me. She told me the good man. I afterwards cut off her head. My wife.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:26 AM] . and in every thing rather anticipated than opposed her wishes." This account rendered me distracted. and asked her where she had them. for as there were no more left. As I loved my wife passionately. and I knew not what remedy to procure for her relief. "and do all in my power to make you easy. answered me coldly. I know not what is become of it. she was chaste. and made my journey with such speed. had made a fortnight's journey on purpose. and for my wife. and brought them to her. turning her head to the place where the apples lay. I have longed for them a great while. As soon as I came home. Before she went. that she never gave me the least occasion for offence." "I will cheerfully try. I saw an ugly. smiling) "from my mistress. who told me. I took all imaginable care of her. After a month thus passed she began to grow better.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. I went to see her to-day. she became so very uneasy. but her longing had ceased. I saw three apples lying by her. though I offered to pay a sequin a piece. I had no reason to doubt it. her husband. when she returned from the bagnio. Some few days after I returned from my journey." I went immediately round all the markets and shops in the town to seek for apples. I brought away this apple. that I returned at the end of fifteen days with three apples. and expressed a wish to go to the bath. and thrust it into the unfortunate creature's throat." said she (for so she used to call me out of familiarity). because I was certain there was not one to be had in Bagdad. tall. and saw no apples. and went through all the gardens. and found her out of order. sewed it up with a thread of red yarn. and going to my wife's chamber. drew my knife from my girdle. shut up my shop.html have three children by her. and divided her body into four quarters. sitting in my shop in the public place where all sorts of fine stuffs are sold. We had a collation together. In the mean time she continued sickly. but had no better success than the day before. black slave come in. that she could not sleep all night.

carried it on my shoulder down to the Tigris. and we together wept three days without intermission. and excusable with men. he would not restore it. and then ran away as fast as he could from one lane to another. instead of reproaching me. where I sunk it. commander of the faithful. had thought himself out of danger. And as I still followed him. is the sincere confession your majesty required from me. "Father. from what he had learnt of my son. that he made not the least enquiry after him. You have now heard all the circumstances of my crime. had invented that fatal falsehood. My son's account afflicted me beyond measure. demanding it back. and retired melancholy to his house. that it belonged to my mother. began to speak in his favour: "This young man's crime. "I give you three days' time to find him out. he departed from his presence. finding he was rather to be pitied than condemned. a tall slave passing by snatched it out of my hands. the third was out. The two youngest of my children were asleep. he joined his tears with mine. "is pardonable before God." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. whose hasty temper he knew too well. and repented too late of having so easily believed the calumnies of a wretched slave. I then found myself guilty of an enormous crime. not to tell my mother of it. and I for the loss of a beloved wife. he turned and beat me. and when night came. but. without her knowledge. and besides told him. But this just prince. "Is it possible.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:26 AM] . how severe soever it may be. nothing can save my life.html together in a trunk. of whom I had deprived myself in so cruel a manner by giving too easy credit to the report of a lying slave. who. who was sick. you shall die in his stead. The wicked slave is the sole cause of this murder. "I took this morning from my mother. it is he alone that must be punished: wherefore. lest it should make her worse!" When he had thus spoken he fell a weeping again more bitterly than before. I ran after him. looking upon the grand vizier. he for the loss of a daughter whom he had loved tenderly. Upon this. for he was so fully persuaded that he should not find the slave. if you do not bring him within that space. one of those three apples you brought her. I found him sitting by my gate. dear father. as I was playing some time ago with my little brother in the street. I shall not in the least complain. for I concealed nothing from him." said he. was perplexed at this order of the caliph. "that in such a city as Bagdad. till at length I lost sight of him. This." continued he. I asked him the reason. The caliph was much astonished at the young man's relation. but at my return. but as he durst not return any answer to the prince. to pray you. and without staying for his censure. but all to no purpose. and that you had made a fortnight's journey to procure it. My uncle here present came just at that time to see his daughter. and I must humbly beg of you to order the punishment due for it. crying out. understood from me that she was dead. convinced that he had but three days to live. I have since been walking without the town expecting your return." said he. where there is an infinite number of negro slaves." The unfortunate Jaaffier. declared myself the greatest criminal in the world. and carried it away." said he. but esteem it too easy and light. weeping. and kept it a long while. but instead of finding her alive. 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 carried it away. for I do not believe you can save your slave." said the messenger. upon condition that if your majesty finds it more astonishing than that which gives me occasion to tell it. "where hadst thou this apple?" "My lord. he prayed the messenger to give him leave to stop a moment." Upon this. but the other day. "I am therefore ordered." replied the slave. "it is an apple which our slave Rihan sold me for two sequins. Never was any surprise so great as that of the caliph. he sent for notaries and witnesses' who signed his will. telling me it was not his own. "but you undertake a hard task." said he. "My dear little one. obeyed the mandate." said the vizier. and when he came before the caliph. All his family were drowned in tears. and that his father." At these words apple and slave. yet he could not refrain from falling into excessive fits of laughter. kissed her several times: as he kissed her. about five or six years of age. who was not far off." said he. "what hast thou in thy bosom?" "My dear father. and one who had nothing to trouble his conscience. intermixed with joy. He caused the slave. and sold it for two sequins to the little lady your daughter. The child ran after me. the grand vizier. "to bring you before his throne. who was sick. and the chance which led him to the discovery of his crime." said the caliph. whereof this was one. as an honest minister. and when he came. but as he was going out. but belonged mother. and putting his hand into the child's bosom. and had a sweet scent. they brought him his youngest daughter. who sat round him weeping and complaining of the caliph's cruelty. having heard nothing from him concerning the negro slave whom he had commanded him to search for. and brought home three apples. "but his guilt is not unpardonable: I remember the wonderful history of a vizier. one of them having it in his hand." The afflicted vizier. to receive his last blessing.html He spent the first two days in mourning with his family. that since his slave had been the occasion of murder. he deserved an exemplary punishment. and taking his daughter in his arms. At last he recovered himself. he prepared himself to die with courage. to be brought immediately. as I was passing through a street where three or four children were at play. He carried the slave along with him. As he had a particular affection for that child. uttered an exclamation of surprise. He said all he could to prevail upon me to give it him back. and with a serious air told the vizier. gave the prince an exact account of what the slave had told him. to satisfy her longing.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:26 AM] . After which he took leave of his wife and children. the story of the apples being so very singular. so that there never was a more sorrowful spectacle. The third day being arrived." she replied." "I consent. had made a long journey. which he had taken from his mother without her knowledge. "I swear to you that I neither stole it in your house. and am ready to relate it. and bade them farewell.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. you will be pleased to pardon my slave. he perceived she had something in her bosom that looked bulky. Jaaffier began his story thus: file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. nor out of the commander of the faithful's garden. and so brought it home. "I must own it. "Rascal." Jaaffier could not reflect without astonishment that the mischievousness of a slave had been the cause of an innocent woman's death. pulled out the apple. but I refused. At last a messenger came from the caliph to tell him that he was out of all patience. and nearly of his own. I snatched it from him. of Cairo.

for my part. and should happen to be brought to bed on one day. When the sultan hunted. the next day being the elder brother's turn to hunt with the sultan. I will agree to any thing you approve. This sultan had a vizier.html The Story of Noor ad Deen Ali and Buddir ad Deen Houssun." said he. yours of a son. They did not go abroad for a month. a strict observer of justice." said he farther.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. and this honour they had by turns. and mine of a daughter. and retired to make due preparation for their father's interment. gracious. "there cannot be a better thought. sagacious. we will give them to each other in marriage. who was prudent." "But this is not all. whom he advanced to the highest dignities. would you expect file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_024. and protected the learned. he said to his younger brother. Commander of the faithful. one of the brothers accompanied him." answered the other vizier. let us both wed the same day sisters out of some family that may suit our quality. such a marriage will perfect our union." The two new viziers humbly thanked the sultan. One evening as they were conversing together after a cheerful meal. and because I know you live together. "if this marriage should happen. the sultan caused them both to put on the robes of a vizier. "as you are for the loss of your father. after which they repaired to court." said the elder. and his valour made him terrible to his neighbours. "I am as sorry." "Nay. and love one another cordially. merciful. The latter was endowed with all the good qualities that man could possess. This minister had two sons." said Noor ad Deen aloud. He loved the poor. and imitate your father's conduct. But then. who in every thing followed his footsteps. "my fancy carries me farther: Suppose both our wives should conceive the first night of our marriage. What do you think of this plan?" "Brother. brother.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:26 AM] . "Since neither of us is yet married. and we live so affectionately together. and attended their duties. I will bestow his dignity upon you conjointly. and liberal. go. there was formerly a sultan of Egypt. The vizier their father being dead. and the younger Noor ad Deen Ali. "I must acknowledge that this prospect is admirable. and I willingly consent to it. wise. and well versed in all sciences. The eldest was called Shumse ad Deen Mahummud.

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.html that my son should settle a jointure on your daughter?" "There is no difficulty in that. departed. he rode by way of the desert towards Arabia. and rather to die than return home. who was passing through the city to see that the inhabitants kept good order and discipline. looked very attentively upon him. and returned him thanks for his kindness. stopped his train. and equal in title and dignity? Do not you and I know what is just? The male being nobler than the female." "No. Noor ad Deen alighted. after hearing these words. it is your part to give a large dowry with your daughter. born at Cairo." The grand vizier. and stood still till he had passed. that besides the usual articles of the marriage contract.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:29 AM] . that Shumse ad Deen concluded by threatening: "Were I not to-morrow. he saw a person of quality with a numerous retinue. I may perhaps make you forget the misfortunes which have forced you to leave your own country. he was very uneasy all night. to whom all the people shewed the greatest respect. This minister casting his eyes by chance on Noor ad Deen Ali." This pleasant quarrel between two brothers about the marriage of their children before they were born went so far. Shumse ad Deen rising early next morning. By what I perceive. but at my return." said the younger "I will not consent to that. I would not marry my daughter to your son though you would give him more than you are worth. and supposing it would not be possible to live longer with a brother who had treated him with so much haughtiness. asked him who he was. do not pursue your design. I would treat you as you deserve. but his mule happening to tire. he provided a stout mule. three landed estates. you are a man that would have your business done at another's charge. "I am an Egyptian. that since you are so vain. and from whence he came? "Sir. When out of Cairo. As he went about to seek for a lodging. who was a good-natured man. furnished himself with money and jewels." said he. you must needs have lost your judgment to think you are my equal. beware." Upon this he retired to his apartment in anger. by good fortune overtaking him. said to him. his brother being of a hasty temper. and as he saw him in a traveller's habit. took him up behind him. since you prefer him before my daughter." Although Noor ad Deen spoke these words in jest. I would have you to know. and three slaves. and say we are colleagues. perceiving something extraordinary in his aspect. A courier who was going to Bussorah. you will not fail to promise in his name at least three thousand sequins. This personage was grand vizier.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025. was offended. As soon as the courier reached that city." Noor ad Deen followed the grand vizier. to the sultan of Bussorah. and conceived for him file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025." replied the other. attended the sultan. and have left my country. resolved to travel through the world." said Noor ad Deen. "to attend the sultan. and having told his people that he was going on a private journey for two or three days. you are not sensible of the hardships you must endure. As for Noor ad Deen. are we not brethren. and falling into a passion said. because of the unkindness of a near relation. was forced to continue his journey on foot. "A mischief upon your son. I wonder you had so much confidence as to believe him worthy of her. "Son. who soon discovered his good qualities. who went to hunt near the pyramids. Follow me. "for I am persuaded.

and to acquaint me with the cause of your quarrel. to bathe. Upon this the vizier sent for his chief domestics. that. and the office you held at the court of Egypt." When the grand vizier had concluded this kind and generous proposal. You have also told me of a difference betwixt you and your brother. The lords met at the vizier of Bussorah's palace. Noor ad Deen fell at his feet." Noor ad Deen informed him of every circumstance of the quarrel. who could not be offended at his preferring his nephew to the great matches that had been proposed. I am. to honour him with their company. he said to the noblemen present. after which. ordered them to adorn the great hall of his palace. I have an affection for you. sat down to a magnificent repast.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:29 AM] . and went to compliment the vizier. whom he would not marry in the court of Egypt. having testified their satisfaction at the marriage of his daughter with Noor ad Deen Ali. so far gone in years. "My son. and rich vestments provided for him in the greatest profusion. I will acquaint the sultan my master that I have adopted you by this marriage. and wished that God might prolong his days to enjoy the satisfaction of the happy match. my son. his father-in-law. is the young man I now present to you as my son-in-law. "you have declared to me who you are. preferring you before all those who have demanded her. I hope you will do me the honour to be present at his wedding." The noblemen. but I would not grant their request. my lords. but he was also wrong in being angry at what you only spoke in file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025. and said. he was perfumed with the most odoriferous essences. and think you so worthy to be received into my family. I am ready to accept you for my son-in-law. burst out into a fit of laughter. Having bathed and dressed. I have a brother. and now fit for marriage. allowed that he had very good reason for his choice. to discover a circumstance which hitherto I have keep a secret. for now you have no reason either to doubt my affection. "I am now. that it is not probable I shall live much longer. which I am resolved to celebrate this day. and prepare a splendid feast. In the mean time. or to conceal any thing from me. and when they were all met (Noor ad Deen having made known his quality). and when the company had departed. at which the vizier. who was exceedingly pleased with his noble demeanour. assured him. He had fine new linen. nothing being more requisite for me than ease in my old age. that one day he said to him in private. I will not only put you in possession of great part of my estate. and the chief lords signed it. This brother has but one son. as you see. If you like the proposal. "My son. He afterwards sent to invite the nobility of the court and city. but sent him hither to wed my daughter in order that both branches of our family may be united. His son. "This is one of the strangest occurrences I ever heard. who is as beautiful as you are handsome." said he. which occasioned you to leave your country. notaries came in with the marriage contrast. and intreat him to grant you the reversion of my dignity of grand vizier in the kingdom of Bussorah. Is it possible. Several nobles of the highest rank at this court have sought her for their sons. the grand vizier ordered his servants to have every thing in readiness for Noor ad Deen Ali. 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. I desire you to make me your entire confidant. for he thought it proper to speak thus on purpose to satisfy those to whom he had refused his alliance. but leave the administration of public affairs to your management.html so great an affection. and expressing himself in terms that demonstrated his joy and gratitude. Heaven has bestowed on me only one daughter. that he was at his command in every way. were willing to be witnesses to the ceremony. whom I knew to be my nephew as soon as I saw him.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025. Having made him sit down. who is grand vizier to the sultan of Egypt.

and I ought to thank heaven for that difference which has procured me such a son-in. But." continued the vizier. as he himself had done. his joy was complete. and hope he will receive you in such a manner as shall satisfy us and reverence and affection of the people. and most humbly besought the sultan to grant Noor ad Deen Ali his office. his elder brother. but in the meantime matched with the daughter of one of the greatest lords in Cairo. The grand vizier. such as state drums. who was hunting with the sultan of Egypt. that he might have the comfort before his death to see his son in-law made grand vizier. Shumse ad Deen intended to make further inquiry after him in other parts. was absent for a month. And to shew his son-in-law the great esteem he had for him. and retired to his bridal apartment. At his return. and on the same day the lady of Noor ad Deen was delivered of a son at Bussorah. It vexed him so much the more. readily granted his father-in-law's request. I will present you to the sultan. The sultan. and as far as Aleppo. continued it often for so long a period. because he did not doubt but the harsh words he had used had occasioned his flight. At the end of nine months the wife of Shumse ad Deen was brought to bed of a daughter at Cairo. who was called Buddir ad Deen Houssun.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:29 AM] . the particulars of which are as follow: After Noor ad Deen Ali left Cairo. with an intention never to return. who had conceived a distinguished regard for Noor ad Deen when the vizier. Noor ad Deen Ali conducted himself with that dignity and propriety which shewed him to have been used to state affairs.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025. "it is late. and perform all the offices of grand vizier. she expects you: tomorrow. When the courier returned and brought no news of him.html jest. seeing a. who went to Damascus. upon the same day in which his brother married the daughter of the grand vizier. in his stead. standards. He sent a messenger in search of him. The next day. had presensed him upon his marriage. of Bussorah. when the father saw his son-in-law preside in council. of Bussorah testified his joy for the birth of his grandson by gifts and public entertainments. go to your bride. Shumse ad Deen was much surprised when he understood. that under presence of taking a short journey his brother departed from Cairo on a mule the same day as the sultan. and had ever since heard every body speak well of him. but Noor ad Deen was then at Bussorah. The old vizier of Bussorah died about four years afterwards with great satisfaction. branch of his family that promised so fair to support its future consequence and respectability. 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. for the sultan being fond of the chase. and caused Noor ad Deen immediately to be invested with the robe and insignia of the vizarut. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025. my son. he went to the palace. and had never appeared since. and writing apparatus of gold richly enamelled and set with jewels. and engaged the approbation of the sultan." Noor ad Deen Ali took leave of his father-in-law. and time for you to retire.

who received him graciously. His father put him afterwards to other tutors. Hitherto his father had kept him to study. The child had a ready wit. and that of your birth. disposed himself to die a good Mussulmaun. "Take and read it at your leisure. His father proposing to render him capable of supplying his place. by what you have learnt from your tutors. provided him an excellent tutor. as his physiognomy promised wonders. who taught him perfectly to read. so as to have no trouble of conscience for not having acted the part of a really honest man. and gave him a thousand blessings. where I have raised myself to the high dignity I now enjoy. But you will understand all these matters more fully by a manuscript that I shall give you. As for your religion. you see this world is transitory. as I have done. but now he introduced him to the sultan. and you cannot come to that knowledge without you first understand who I am. and said. saying. As it is a necessary thing to know one's self.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025. was first minister to the sultan of that kingdom. you must prepare for it without murmuring. These are circumstances which perhaps you may hereafter have occasion to know. his name is Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. and finding himself past recovery. therefore you must keep it very carefully. your uncle. he learnt the Koran by heart. your grandfather. but called for him. of which I hope you will make good use. that when he was twelve years of age he had no more occasion for them. accustomed him to business of the greatest moment. "My son. to that sultan. I had myself the honour to be vizier.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:29 AM] . and sensibly touched with his discourse. and a genius capable of receiving all the good instructions that could be given." At the same time. In that last and precious moment he forgot not his son. And then. "I am a native of Egypt. performed his last duty to him with all possible love and gratitude. and your own study. After Buddir ad Deen had been two years under the tuition of his master. my father. he was admired by all who saw him. he was suddenly seized by a violent fit of sickness. Noor ad Deen Ali gave to his son a memorandum book. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025. And as soon as his son Buddir ad Deen Houssun had attained the age of seven years. and come into this country. The people who saw him in the streets were charmed with his demeanour. who I suppose is yet alive. and so has my brother. among other things. the day of my marriage. there is nothing durable but in that to which I shall speedily go. In short. you will find. I shall now inform you. You must therefore from henceforth begin to fit yourself for this change." Buddir ad Deen Houssun being sincerely afflicted to see his father in this condition. But as he began to enjoy the fruits of his labour. by whom his mind was cultivated to such a degree. I shall give you some instructions. could not but weep when he received the memorandum book. on purpose to qualify him betimes. you are sufficiently instructed in it. he omitted nothing to advance a son he loved so well. and promised at the same time never to part with it. and as to what belongs to an upright man. I was obliged to leave him.html Noor ad Deen Ali. who taught him such things as became his birth.

and make but a bad use of them. Noor ad Deen was buried with all the honours due to his rank. the first instruction I give you. with all his other houses. as the proverb says. or so much as going abroad to pay his duty to his sovereign. You also know what one of our poets says upon this subject. You ought to consider the world as a creditor. save yourself file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025. That our speech ought not to be like a storm of hail that spoils all.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025. "Fourthly. and not to tell your thoughts too easily. The way to live happy is to keep your mind to yourself. "Secondly. and forbearance. Not to say a word when you are reproached. as melancholy as if his father had been but newly dead. to whom you owe moderation. Not to do violence to any body whatever. compassion. ‘That silence is the ornament and safe-guard of life'. ‘He that keeps silence is out of danger. you will have many friends. no sooner understood the vizier's errand. and seize upon it. according to custom. cried out. without seeing any body.html That very moment Noor ad Deen fainted. He fell down at his feet out of breath. and leave you to yourself. lands. accompanied by his officers.' And in this case particularly you ought to practice it. To be frugal in your way of living. The new grand vizier. I do not mean you should be either profuse or niggardly. but if on the contrary you have great riches. called for the new grand vizier. because born in that city. But one of Buddir ad Deen Houssun's slaves happening accidentally to come into the crowd. if you do not squander your estate. Buddir ad Deen Houssun of Bussorah. suffered his passion to prevail. The sultan being displeased at his neglect. but he came to himself again.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:29 AM] . In short. whereas many have been sorry that they spoke so much. the virtuous Noor ad Deen continued till the last aspiration of his breath to give good advice to his son. (for he had created another on the death of Noor ad Deen). He found him sitting in the vestibule of his house. without leaving any thing for Buddir ad Deen Houssun. for so he was called. To drink no wine. for. and effects. and spoke as follows: "My son. so that it was thought he would have expired. "My lord. for that is the source of all vices. and alter he had kissed the hem of his garment. all the world will forsake you. Not to make yourself familiar with all sorts of people. for in that case you will draw every body's hatred upon you. if you husband it well. "Thirdly. and to confine his person. than he ran before to give his master warning. commanded him to go to the house of the deceased. and lay it out on proper occasions. " Fifthly. Never did any man yet repent of having spoken too little. was with grief for the death of his father. and looking upon it as a alight. is. and in his anger. it will maintain you in time of necessity. that instead of a month's time to mourn. and when he was dead he was magnificently interred. went immediately to execute his commission. for though you have little. he kept himself shut up in tears and solitude about two months.

"My lord. and so much troubled? Has any thing disquieted you?" "Yes.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:29 AM] . put his feet in his sandals. "there is no time to be lost. who was a banker and merchant. I am able to pay down ready money for all the goods that are in your ships: and to begin. dare I be so bold as to ask whither you are going at this time of night alone. and came out immediately to go and pray upon his tomb. be gone immediately. had erected for his sepulture. and belong to you. "the grand vizier. "May not I have so much time.ground. I started out of my sleep in alarm. "your father of happy memory. Isaac the Jew. which Noor ad Deen Ali. after he had paid his respects to Buddir ad Deen Houssun." said he. save yourself." The unhappy youth rose hastily from his sofa." and drawing out a bag from under his vest." The words of this faithful and affectionate slave occasioned Buddir ad Deen Houssun great alarm. and my good lord. exclaimed." replied the slave. the sultan is incensed against you. and my father appeared to me in a dream. looking very fiercely upon me. said." said the Jew (who did not know the true reason why Buddir ad Deen had left the town)." said Buddir ad Deen. "My lord. "What news dost thou bring?" "My lord. and as it was growing dark." said he. covered by a dome. has sent to confiscate your estates. He ran without stopping till he came to the public burying. and after he had covered his head with the skirt of his vest. without knowing what way to go. and was returning from a place where his affairs had called him. as is common with the Mussulmauns. and dispossessed of all that he had in the world. knowing Buddir ad Deen. resolved to pass that night in his father's tomb. he shewed it him sealed up with one seal. had store of merchandize in several vessels. looked on this proposal of the Jew as a favour from heaven. The Jew. if you will give me those that happen to come in the first that arrives in safety.html immediately. "as to take some money and jewels along with me?" ``No. Sir. Buddir ad Deen Houssun being banished from home. I beg the favour of you to grant me the refusal of them before any other merchant. I will pay you down in part of payment a thousand sequins. It was a large edifice." "My lord. and saluted him very courteously. which are yet at sea. fled. by kissing his hand. as if much displeased. to the city. will be here this moment. that his face might not be known." said the Jew. "then you sell me for a thousand sequins the lading of the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025." The unfortunate youth lifting up his head. to avoid the impending danger. and therefore accepted it with joy. "a while ago I was asleep. On the way Buddir ad Deen met a Jew. and to seize your person. stopped.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_025.

replied." answered Buddir ad Deen. he pulled the inkhorn from his girdle." answered the genie. I would have her for my bride: will not you consent?' The vizier. "that the sultan of Egypt has a vizier." said the perie. was troubled." As he spoke. presented it to him with a piece of paper. he said to himself. "I sell it to you for a thousand sequins. where meeting by chance with a perie. entered the sepulchre. his sorrows returned more violently than before." Upon this the Jew delivered him the bag of a thousand sequins. according to his custom. whom God has sent to put the world in a flame by his charms. Buddir ad Deen Houssun wrote these words: "This writing is to testify. who has a daughter most beautiful and accomplished. where I dwell. after he had satisfied himself with looking at him. sent the other day for her father. but I am just come from seeing an objets at Cairo. so that he sighed and mourned. till. he prostrated himself to the ground. "unfortunate Buddir ad Deen. ‘I understand you have a daughter to marry. he tool. When the genie had attentively considered Buddir ad Deen Houssun. that Buddir ad Deen Houssun of Bussorah. has sold to Isaac the Jew. and both descended in an instant. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. He had not slept long." The perie consented. "Look. "Pray descend with me into the cemetery. but at last rose up. 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." said he. While Isaac pursued his journey to the city. When he came to it." said the genie. The sultan having heard of this young lady's beauty. who did not expect this proposal. "did you ever see a youth more beautiful?" The perie having attentively observed Buddir ad Deen. and. and was intending. and drops asleep. deplored his miserable condition. "To judge of this creature by his beauty.html first of your ships that shall arrive in port?" "Yes. and finding Buddir ad Deen lying on his back.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:33 AM] . a flight into the air." At last. "Since it is so. when a genie. and I will shew you a beauty worthy your admiration. he sunk upon the floor. "be pleased to favour me with a small note of the bargain we have made. was surprised at his beauty. and offered to count them." "You will very much oblige me. received in hand. the lading of the first of his ships that shall arrive in this port. with his eyes full of tears. and taking a small reed out of it neatly cut for writing. they saluted one another. to range about the world at night. after which he said to her.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. shewing her Buddir ad Deen Houssun. "You must know then. and if you will hear me. it is done. but Buddir ad Deen said he would trust his word. more admirable than this. for the sum of one thousand sequins. he would seem to be an angel of the terrestrial paradise. "Alas!" said he. after having stamped it with his seal. I will relate her unhappy fate." This note he delivered to the Jew. "I must confess that he is a very handsome man. my lord. they came into the tomb. who had retired to the cemetery during the day. and leaning his head upon his father's tombstone. Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. overcome with heaviness. and then took his leave of him. and said. Buddir ad Deen made the best of his way to his father's tomb.

who had the honour. and I swear that your daughter shall be married to the most contemptible and ugly of my slaves. I consent to your revenge upon the sultan of Egypt. and overwhelmed in despair. 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.back was to come with a train of slaves that file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. and there having been an agreement between us to match our children together. that I heard he died at Bussorah. for the crook-back groom. I have seen her. where she is to receive her hump-backed bridegroom. and when I departed from Cairo. let us comfort a distressed father. who is hump-backed. and being desirous to fulfil the promise on my part. and I am persuaded you will not be backward.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:33 AM] . to go along with them to his bride. the genie lifted up Buddir ad Deen Houssun gently. I will do my utmost endeavours to make this project succeed." When the perie left off speaking. he caused the contract to be made and signed by witnesses in his own presence." "You are in the right. which another in his place would certainly have done. and I think it were a deed worthy of us to obstruct the sultan of Egypt's injustice. which was the cause of his leaving me suddenly. and put this young gentleman in the room of the slave. each with a flambeau in his hand. and I most humbly beseech you to pardon me. the genie said to her. and is this minute expecting him. "This very day the sultan sent for one of his grooms. whence hump. being grand vizier to the sultan of that kingdom.' "The sultan of Egypt." "I will not dispute it with you. and this very moment all the slaves belonging to the lords of the court of Egypt are waiting at the door of a bath. and after having commanded the vizier to marry his daughter to this ghastly slave. "Whatever you think or say. I am not worthy of the honour you would confer upon me. to be one of your viziers: we had some difference together. "for I must confess he deserves to be married to that charming creature. crook legged." The perie and the genie having thus concerted what they had to do. "‘He has left a son.html and instead of accepting it joyfully. Since that time I have had no account of him till within these four days. big-bellied. when we have accomplished our design. I am persuaded he intended that match when he died. I will be at the pains to carry him to Cairo before he awakes. if I do not accede to your request." answered the perie. let us deceive him. The preparations for this fantastical wedding are all ready. whom they design for hump. and as ugly as a hobgoblin. that no person can behold her without admiration. he angrily commanded the vizier to quit his presence. You know I had a brother.back. as well as myself. who is already dressed to receive him. and make his daughter as happy as she thinks herself miserable. who is bathing. and with an inconceivable swiftness conveyed him through the air and set him down at the door of a building next to the bath." answered the genie. I cannot be persuaded that the girl's beauty exceeds that of this young man. and afterwards leave it to your care to carry him elsewhere. The vizier retired to his palace full of confusion. "I am extremely obliged to you for so good a thought. the ladies met for that purpose were going to conduct her in her nuptial attire to the hall. I conjure your majesty to grant me permission.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. and do assure you.' Having thus spoken. he answered the sultan: ‘May it please your majesty.

who sat near the vizier's daughter on a throne most richly adorned. came near him to have a full view of his face." Buddir ad Deen. they found him so handsome that they could not withdraw their attention. The first thing he did was to light his torch at that of a slave. advanced towards the door of the bath. and mounted a horse from the sultan's own stable. be sure to take out a whole handful. She appeared very lovely. At last they came to the gates of the vizier who little thought his nephew was so near. The doorkeepers. distribute them among the musicians and dancers as they go along.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:33 AM] . Buddir ad Deen was likewise refused. who came out of the bath. who had free entrance. and then mixing among them as if he belonged to some noblemen of Cairo. and forbad him to speak. and men and women dancers. holding a large wax taper in her hands. but in her face there was nothing to be seen but vexation and grief. he marched along as they did. saying. but every time you put your hand in your purse. and after they had a full view of his face. viziers. placed him at the right hand of the hump-backed bridegroom. Observe to do everything exactly as I have desired you. They took his torch out of his hand. when she had by her side a bridegroom so very deformed. being well instructed in all that he was to do. "Go. but the musicians. be not afraid of any person. and the beauty of his face. and carried him with them in spite of the porters. kept back all the slaves that carried torches. they put him in the midst of them. and admiring his shape. Buddir ad Deen coming near to the musicians.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. who will order matters as he thinks fit. and was naturally alarmed at finding himself in the middle of a city he knew not. were placed on each side. He is certainly a young stranger. He then put a torch in his hand. where they are going to celebrate a marriage. Put yourself at the right hand as you go in. and do not spare them. and by that you will easily know him. but the genie touched him gently on the shoulder. who went just before the bridegroom. and mix with the crowd at the door of the bath. and leave the rest to a superior power. and when you are got into the hall. who is curious to see the ceremonies observed at marriages in this city. and several other ladies of the court and city. When he was seated every one deft their seats. and you will soon be satisfied. The bridegroom is a hump-backed fellow. pulled out time after time whole handfuls of sequins. if they hindered him from accompanying them. those of the sultan's bed-chamber. and having brought him into the hall. "look upon him. "He is not one of the slaves'" said they. The nuptial seat was in the midst of an estrade.html waited for him. The cause of this was easily to be guessed. his behaviour. a little lower. Buddir ad Deen awoke. and so unworthy of her love. every one according to her rank. to prevent any disorder. and would not admit them. stood still. open the purse of sequins you have in your bosom." and saying thus. give money also to the female slaves you see about the bride. The ladies of the emirs. and protested they would not go in. all who received it fixed their eyes upon him. and richly dressed. which he distributed among them: and as he thus gave his money with an unparalleled grace and engaging mien. follow them till you come into a hall. all fixed their eyes upon him. and followed humpback. they could not forbear looking upon him. When they saw Buddir ad Deen Houssun. gave it to the first they met. and all found themselves moved file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. he was going to cry out.

When the ceremony of changing habits was passed. The genie went to him in the shape of a monstrous cat. that he stood gaping and could not utter one word. and instructed him how he should behave himself. who made such a contemptible figure. withdrew. she stood upon her hinder feet. gave him a cross look. and introduce yourself into the bride's chamber. mewing louder than she did at first. In the mean time we will take care that the hump-back shall not return. but his fear was so great. and not to this ugly humpback. but instead of retreating. whose shouts for some time put a stop to the concert of music in the hall. "Thou hump-backed villain!" At these words the affrighted groom cast himself upon the ground. The bride repaired to the nuptial chamber. "Sovereign prince of buffaloes." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. It was pleasant to see how they pushed one another to gather it up. the genie changed himself immediately into a large buffalo. The disparity between Buddir ad Deen Houssun and the hump-backed groom. return. suspecting him to be his rival. and the women who had dressed the bride surrounded her. failed not to put his hands in his purse. to the great satisfaction of the spectators. At last the musicians began again. and said. he clapped his hands to drive her away. As soon as you are alone with her. At this sight. so as to put him out of countenance. hump-back is not in the hall. insomuch that the ladies cried out. That he might have no time to recover. but also threw money to them. Buddir ad Deen. "Whither are you going?" said the perie. "We must give our bride to this handsome young gentleman. and in this stripe called to him. and increasing in size till she was as large as an ass. On this occasion. what dost thou wait for? Why art thou not gone as well as the rest? Depart!" Buddir ad Deen having no pretence to stay. and went towards Buddir ad Deen. not knowing what to do with himself. the genie and the perie met and stopped him. whither her attendants followed to undress her. according to the instructions given him by the genie.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:33 AM] ." While the perie thus encouraged Buddir ad Deen. but uttered imprecations against the sultan. mewing at a most fearful rate. and let nothing hinder your passing the night with your bride. hump-back had really gone out of the room for a moment. who. with a voice that redoubled his fear. abusing his absolute power. Hump-back called to the cat. who was enraged at Buddir ad Deen. But before he got out of the vestibule. Nor did he forget the players and dancers. occasioned great murmuring among the company. Hump-back. before whom she presented herself in her new attire. that the sultan's intention was only to make sport with the groom." Nor did they rest here. They also mocked the bridegroom. looking fiercely at him. "stay. They shewed themselves thankful for his liberality. and some of the domestics. "And thou. the music ceased and the company retired. staring with her eyes like fire. and pulled out handfuls of sequins. and none remained in the hall but the hump-back groom. Each time that the bride retired to change her dress. hump-back would have cried out for help. that he might not see this dreadful beast. and covering his face with his vest. Buddir ad Deen. would unite ugliness and beauty together.html with love and admiration.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. tell her boldly that you are her husband. she on her return passed by hump-back without giving him one look. for she is yours and not his. which he distributed among the women that followed the bride.

"What! my dear friend. it shall cost thee thy life. who gracefully addressed her. "you do not consider that you speak degradingly of my husband. "before the sun rise. it is through ignorance. We have sent hump-back to his stable again. let us not be overtaken by day. or speakest a word till the sun rises. he returned to the hall. for so much beauty must never be sacrificed to the most contemptible of mankind." said she. who came no farther than the door." replied the genie.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. "to meet with so pleasing a surprise. and all the servants of your family. the dancers. "If thou stir. "if thou goest out from hence." said she. if I am guilty. from whence he slips into the bride-chamber. "I did not expect." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. that I possess in you a man worthy of my tenderest affection. "by your being here at this time of night you must be my husband's comrade?" "No. for if thou hast the impudence to return. and laid his vesture aside. "I pray you to pardon me." replied the genie. as I have told thee already." When the genie had done speaking. that Buddir ad Deen was charmed with her graces. "what is it you want of me?" "Woe be to thee. but he chose me to be your real husband. expecting the success of his adventure. your women. Prompted by the genie and the presence of the perie. I give you my oath that I am ready to obey you. took hump-back by the legs. But my good fortune is so much the greater. was still full. were pleased with this comedy. madam. notwithstanding all the money he had dispersed. I will crush thy head to pieces. It is I that am the happy mortal for whom it is reserved. he transformed himself into the shape of a man." "But. retired with his bride. I will take thee by the heels again." Buddir ad Deen." "He your husband." 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." said she. I did not know that this lady had a buffalo to her sweetheart: command me in anything you please. overjoyed to see himself possessor of so many charms. which made her so handsome. by putting this trick upon the vizier your father. the musicians. without looking in to see whether it were hump-back or another that was there. and then retired. conducted by an old matron. You might have observed how the ladies. and dash thy head in a thousand pieces against the wall.light. After a while the bride arrived. while the two lovers were asleep.html said he. who had met again with the perie. and I had condemned myself to live unhappy all my days. I warn thee to obey. the genie. said. and after having set him against the wall with his head downwards. The beautiful bride was agreeably surprised to find instead of hump-back a handsome youth. go you and bring off the young man again without awaking him. which will soon appear. The sultan had a mind to make himself merry. "hast thou the presumption to venture to marry my mistress?" "O my lord. Towards morning.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:33 AM] . "I am of another quality than that ugly hump-back." replied he: "can you retain those thoughts so long? Be convinced of your mistake. "It is time to finish what we have so successfully carried on." said he." To return to Buddir ad Deen. which. with the bag that he had from the Jew." "By death. where he sat down." said Buddir ad Deen." said hump-back.

The gate of the city being opened." and so went away. A small puff of wind happening to blow at this time. perhaps. could be last night at Cairo?" file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. When I lay down to sleep last night I was at Cairo. close by the gate. and many people assembled.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:33 AM] . being this morning at Damascus. they were surprised to see a youth lying in his shirt and drawers upon the ground. appointed for that end." said another. His surprise was as great as theirs." Others were of another opinion. and then. How is it possible that you. some of the people. The perie laid Buddir ad Deen softly on the ground. till he has got drunk. moved with compassion for him. "It is a pity that such a handsome young man should have lost his senses. 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. and encompassed by a crowd of people gazing at him. when he found himself at the gate of a city where he had never been before. were calling the people to prayers at break of day. "He has been hard put to it to get away from his mistress. the gates of the city were just now opened.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_026. exclaimed. "Inform me. "how people expose themselves. uncovered his breast. "for God's sake. where I am. which was whiter than snow. and not having his senses about him. "My son. they spoke so loud that they awaked him. where they arrived just at the time when the officers of the mosques. that he could not get time to put on his clothes.html The perie went into the bed-chamber where the two lovers were fast asleep. was overtaken with sleep." said an old man to him. Every one being struck with admiration at the fineness of his complexion." "Look. "you know not what you say. "Young man. One said. and departed with the genie." said he. and what you would have?" One of the crowd spoke to him saying." When he had said this. instead of returning. but nobody could guess what had been the real occasion of his coming thither. is come this length. sure enough he has spent most part of the night in drinking with his friends. having occasion to go out. "surely you mock me. and in company with the genie with wonderful swiftness fled away with him to the gates of Damascus in Syria. took up Buddir ad Deen in his under vest and drawers.

without being able to penetrate into all those wonderful adventures." Though this adoption was below the son of a grand vizier. "He's a fool.cook. Buddir ad Deen was glad to accept of the pastry-cook's proposal. they dispersed." "What I say. however. and cried out. how." Upon this some looked out at their windows. you will let no man know those matters you have revealed to me. not concealing his birth. yet they could not forbear to laugh at him: which put him into such confusion. without being exposed any more to the insults of the rabble. but patiently wait till heaven thinks fit to put an end to your misfortunes. and one among the company said to him. as soon as he came out to the rabble who followed Buddir ad Deen. and at last. nor the death of his father the grand vizier. and though he was become a citizen of Damascus. and this morning at Damascus? Surely you are asleep still. where I am very certain I was in person." said the same person who spoke before. wherefore." He had no sooner said this than all the people fell into a fit of laughter. could not forbear again at this declaration. when he found himself at Damascus.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:36 AM] . and others joined with those that were about him." All those who laughed before. he found himself when he awoke at Cairo. and went into it to avoid the rabble." answered the young man. "is so true that last night I was married in the city of Cairo. calling out as they did. come rouse up your spirits. and the bag of sequins I had at Cairo?" Though he assured them that all these things were matters of fact. where he behaved himself to every one's satisfaction. each time dressed in a different habit. judging it the best thing he could do. "and I swear to you.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. "Pray can you tell me how it was possible for me to go in a dream to Cairo. "you must have dreamt all this. you do not consider what you say. some came to their doors. and where my bride was seven times brought before me. After Buddir ad Deen Houssun had confidently affirmed all that he said to be true. I want to know what is become of my vest. Buddir ad Deen told him all. Is it possible that a man could yesterday be at Bussorah." said the pastry. he rose up to go into the town. The cook file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. You shall be welcome to stay with me till then. to whom they intended to give her? Besides. he's a madman." but not knowing for what. "A madman. The pastry-cook asked him who he was. the same night at Cairo. who plundered the caravans. He afterwards gave him an account why he had left Bussorah. and the fancy still possesses your brain. "Recollect yourself. after you are so adopted. my turban. if you consent. I will own you for my son." said Buddir ad Deen. a fool. considering his circumstances. you may freely walk the city. and as I have no children.html "It is true." answered Buddir ad Deen Houssun. In this perplexity the affrighted young man happened to come before a pastry-cook's shop. that he knew not what to think of all those adventures. after he had fallen asleep the night following upon his father's tomb. where he had married a lady." There were some. you must certainly be crazed. in what amazement he was. "A madman. that pitied him because of his youth. "but if you will follow my advice. and every one who followed him called out." "I am sensible of what I say. "My son. "Your history is one of the most surprising. yet he was dreaded by all who knew him. that I was all day yesterday at Bussorah. and where I saw an ugly hump backed fellow. This pastry-cook had formerly been captain to a troop of Arabian robbers. and what brought him thither.

"Ah. thought he was After this. to bewail her sad destiny. but with my dear spouse. when he heard hump-back speak thus. She kissed his hand. bade him move. to make room for a noble youth." said he. "do you appear before me thus? after the hideous sacrifice you have just consummated. While this passed at Damascus. I have not forgotten what he enjoined me. "that hump-back----" "Let us talk no more of hump-back. "that put me out of my senses by your incredulity. that he was forced to run away and hide himself. and his heels uppermost. without looking behind him. it is not the hump-back fellow. "What! Did not crook-back lie with you tonight?" "No. sir. it is not that monster I have married. "Alas! alas! it is you then that would marry me to the mistress of a genie in the form of a buffalo. who expected to find her drowned in tears." "What fable do you tell me?" said Shumse ad Deen. and opened the door. who. when hump-back ran off." Shumse ad Deen went out to seek him.html clothed him. "a curse upon hump-back. instead of going away." replied she. and made him stand up. "Unhappy wretch!" said he in a passion. "can you give me no farther light in this miraculous affair?" "Sir. and exclaimed in anger. the daughter of Shumse ad Deen awoke. whom I abhor more than death. that I did not bed with him. Here are my husband's clothes. and learned the pastry. As she was in expectation of him. and put him so out of countenance." said she. roughly. sir." At these words the vizier. who is my real husband. her father the vizier. said to him. and leave me here. but. and went before a notary." replied the vizier." said hump-back. as the genie had set him against the wall." said she. Know. that she surprised the vizier. supposed he had risen softly for fear of disturbing her. who laughed heartily when informed how the genie had served him. called for witnesses. that when I came last night to your palace. He called her by her name. wicked woman! you will make me distracted!" "It is you. who has large eyes and black eyebrows. where he acknowledged him for his son. and coming to the palace presented himself to the sultan. was surprised to find hump-back with his head on the ground. (who was vexed at the affront put upon him by the sultan) came and knocked at her chamber-door. and as much grieved as himself. and finding Buddir ad Deen gone. "What is the meaning of this?" said he. Father. Every body laughed him to scorn. answered. lost all patience. it is not true. "I can give you no other account than I have done already. "For God's sake." "So. and stand upon his legs. and in an instant grew as big as a buffalo. knowing it to be the vizier.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:36 AM] . sir. I believe. "My abused daughter. Buddir ad Deen lived with him under the name of Houssun." said she. took him by the heels. I assure you once more. and received him with so much pleasure in her countenance. "who placed you thus?" Crookback. "I will take care how I stir. instead of seeing Buddir ad Deen. can you see me with so much satisfaction?" The new bride seeing her father angry at her pleasant countenance. is not far off.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. suddenly a black cat appeared to me." The vizier. "unless the sun be risen. Shumse ad Deen returned to his daughter's chamber. "it was the youth I mentioned. but would soon return. immediately got up. father. more astonished than before. do not reproach me wrongfully. and she knowing him by his voice. therefore you may depart." Shumse ad Deen Mabummud. which he put off last file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027.

" said he. After he had waited seven days in vain. "Delivered to my lord Buddir ad Deen Houssun. and was so much pleased with the relation of this adventure. and fainted away. and the women she called to her assistance. "I should take this to be a vizier's turban. sold to me upon its arrival in this place. and the rest of Buddir ad Deen's file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. but could procure no intelligence of him." Then looking again upon his brother's writing. Shumse ad Deen having opened the paper. for the cargo of the first of those ships that formerly belonged to the noble vizier. and was impatient to receive him to his arms. who pardoned what was past. found the paper which Noor ad Deen Ali had given to his son upon his deathbed. he wondered at the exact coincidence which appeared in every circumstance. saying. and when he compared them with the day of his own marriage. God be praised for all things. which the Jew had written. of blessed memory." She then shewed him Buddir ad Deen's turban. The thousand sequins in the bag reminds me of a quarrel I had with him. Shumse ad Deen could not comprehend the reason why his nephew did not appear. notwithstanding all the liberality of Buddir ad Deen. he kissed it several times." In order to certify it.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:36 AM] .file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. he expected him every moment. that he caused it with all its circumstances to be put in writing for the information of posterity. that he took the book. knew his brother's hand. The vizier Shumse ad Deen being recovered from his fit by the aid of his daughter. if it were not made after the Bussorah fashion. which threw him into great perplexity. he thought fit to draw up in writing with his own hand an account of the manner in which the wedding had been solemnized. and found this superscription. of his marriage. "that ever happened. that lay under the garments. He looked over the book from beginning to end. with the ticket of the bag. which he examined narrowly on all sides. "Daughter. and the birth of his daughter at Cairo. he called for scissors. with the other circumstances. the vizier." said he. and found it full of sequins: for. "do not alarm yourself at this accident. the bag. when he groaned heavily. and which Buddir ad Deen Houssun had sewn in his turban for security. and of the birth of his son. and having unripped it. He likewise made the turban." But perceiving something to be sewed between the stuff and the lining. shedding abundance of tears. how the hall and his daughter's bed-chamber were furnished. and shewed them to the sultan. his father. his daughter delivered him the bag. which demonstrates his almighty power. the son of my beloved and deceased brother.html night. which he likewise opened. he searched through all Cairo. The happy discovery put him into such a transport of joy." He had scarcely read these words." Before he could make any reflections upon it. "For my son Buddir ad Deen Houssun. it was still kept full by the genie and perie. Your bridegroom is your cousin. He read the following words upon a note in the bag: "A thousand sequins belonging to Isaac the Jew. and particularly for this miraculous adventure. Meanwhile. In it he found the date of his brother's arrival at Bussorah." And these lines underneath. and is without the dowry he gives you. "This is the strangest occurrence. occasioned by what is scarcely credible. perhaps you may find something among them that may solve your doubt.

" But when he saw that Agib grew still more and more overbearing. he would call them a thousand names. according to the example of their master. and you shall not play with us. "That they must have patience. "Let us begin a play. that every one who desires to play shall tell his own name. but a genie lay with her. and one of them called out. and as they were all inferior to him in rank." said he to his scholars. scoffing him. and let one of you call out. but upon condition. no. vizier to the sultan.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. We only know that the sultan was going to marry your mother to one of his grooms.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:36 AM] . said. I will shew you how to mortify him. He answered. who many times would pass by faults in him that he would correct in his other pupils. In short." "A curse on you. they who refuse shall be esteemed bastards. do not you know that the vizier is not your father. but be master every where. which mortified Agib so much that he wept. and would submit to nothing from them. Nay. "Come. Agib used to play with his schoolfellows." Having spoken thus. A nurse was provided for the child. The schoolmaster who was near. and after nine months was brought to bed of a son. "My name is Agib. put him to school with a master who was in great esteem. shall not play at all. This is hard upon you." Next day when they were gathered together. When he comes again to-morrow. "Children. "What! dare you say that the vizier is not my father?" "No. he became proud and insolent. and many times beat them." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. and his grandfather called him Agib. came up. but your grandfather. and two slaves were ordered to wait upon him. and not be suffered to play in our company. instead of teaching him to read at home. but on condition that he who cannot tell his own name." At these words all the children cried out. besides other women and slaves to wait upon him. the vizier's daughter perceived herself pregnant. but ought to teach you to treat your schoolfellows with less haughtiness. a humpback fellow. and the names of his father and mother. but your grandfather. and if any took the liberty to thwart him." Then he that spoke first asked every one the question. and laughing among themselves. When young Agib had attained the age of seven. and locked them up." said he in a passion. "he is your grandfather.html raiment into a bundle." They all cried out. and complained of him to their master. my mother is called the lady of beauty. let us play. the vizier. This indulgence spoiled Agib. Nay we will take care how we come into your company. and so did Agib. They placed themselves round Agib. they shewed him great respect. and all fulfilled the condition except Agib. "I find Agib is a little insolent gentleman. and speaking to Agib. place yourselves round him. what do you say? That is not the name of your father. and the father of your mother the lady of beauty? We know not the name of your father any more than you do. "Agib. who answered. and occasioned him much trouble. I believe it will make him leave the school. they all left him. would have his play-fellows bear all from him. they failed not to follow their master's instructions. and that of his father and mother. all the scholars grew weary of his insolence." cried they with great laughter. "Agib. so that he shall never torment you any more. and my father Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. After some days were past. "We consent. and heard all that passed.

and pitched their tents upon the banks of a river which fertilizes the vicinity.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. and the abundance of its conveniences. they halted. the vizier entered. not knowing how to express his gratitude to the sultan. who every day caresses you so kindly. Shumse ad Deen. to grant that the vizier might conduct him to Cairo. He could not answer for tears." she replied. began to shed tears. asked the reason. he was mortified to the quick.html Agib being nettled at this. and gave him leave to travel. and none of mine. and the preparations were carried on with so much diligence. ran hastily out of the school. Whilst the lady of beauty and Agib were both weeping. The sultan was much concerned at the vizier's affliction. The lady told him the shame Agib had undergone at school. but on the twentieth. "he is your father. while the floods of tears he shed bore sufficient testimony to his feelings. and others by the opportunity of vending the Egyptian goods they had brought with them. so great was his mortification. and celebrated for its elegant buildings. is your father. who demanded the reason of their sorrow. They travelled nineteen days without intermission. and his grandson Agib. and it was long ere he could speak plain enough to repeat what had been said to him. the politeness of its inhabitants. and had occasioned his sorrow. He went directly sobbing to his mother's chamber. accompanied with his daughter the lady of beauty." returned Agib. But whose son am I?" At this question. and pursue his journey on the third. the lady of beauty calling to mind her wedding night. most humbly intreated permission to make a journey in search of his nephew Buddir ad Deen Houssun. where he disposed every thing for his journey. The vizier declared he would stay in that pleasent place two days. fell down before him a second time. once the capital of the caliphs. arriving at a pleasant mead. and judging from this that the misfortune which had happened to his daughter was the common discourse of the town. and the rarities of the country. repining bitterly at the loss of so handsome a husband as Buddir ad Deen. and runs through the town. requesting in the strongest terms all kings and princes in whose dominions Buddir ad Deen might sojourn." said he "for the love of God be pleased to tell me who is my father?" "My son. or buying stuffs." "You do not tell me truth. The file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. Being thus afflicted. he went to the sultan's palace. which so much affected the vizier that he joined his tears with theirs. "Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. For he could not bear any longer that the people of the city should believe a genie had disgraced his daughter. When he came to himself. "Mother. who being alarmed to see him thus grieved. In the mean time he gave his retinue leave to go to Damascus. one of the pleasantest in Syria. he took his leave and returned to his house. approved his resolution. having wished the sultan all manner of prosperity. At last. which had been succeeded by a long widowhood.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:36 AM] . that in four days after he left the city. He caused a passport also to be written for him. and falling prostrate at his feet. a small distance from the gate of Damascus. and almost all of them made use of it: some influenced by curiosity to see a city they had heard so much of.

They had no sooner entered the city. who were gazing so attentively upon Agib and the black eunuch. do not imagine that I will suffer any such thing. ordered the black eunuch." "It would be a fine thing truly." "Alas! my lord. Little Agib was moved when he saw his emotion. and left him his shop and all his property. Buddir ad Deen found himself moved. that I may have the pleasure of admiring you at my ease." cried Buddir ad Deen. laying aside his business. he knew not how.html beautiful lady desiring her son Agib might share in the satisfaction of viewing that celebrated city. to conduct him thither. but kept pace with him.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:36 AM] . let us step into his house. and bestow a thousand benedictions on the father and mother that had given being to so fine a child. and turning to the eunuch.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. Some got out of their houses to gain a nearer and narrower view of him. than Agib. "to see the son of a vizier go into a pastry-cook's shop to eat. made up to Agib. who. and taste his pastry. and with an engaging air. and eat a bit of such fare as I have. another cause unknown to him gave rise to the uneasiness and emotion he felt. said. and there the crowd was so great. It was the force of blood that wrought in this tender father. "My good friend. "pray do not hinder file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_027. He was not struck like the people with the brilliant beauty of the boy. be so kind as to come into my shop. and he conducted the pastry trade so dexterously. to prolong the pleasure of the agreeable sight: in fine. that I cannot avoid complying with his request. stepped out to see them himself. said to him: "My little lord. went with the eunuch. that they were forced to halt. fair and glorious as the day. Having cast his eyes upon Agib. "This honest man speaks in such an affectionate manner. who hast won my soul. in magnificent apparel. 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. that he had gained great reputation in Damascus. nor for what reason. "it is cruelty to trust the conduct of you in the hands of a person who treats you so harshly. who acted in quality of his governor." replied the slave. Agib. By chance the eunuch and he passed by the shop of Buddir ad Deen Houssun. Buddir ad Deen seeing so great a crowd before his door. others put their heads out of the windows." Then applying himself to the eunuch. that tears trickled from his eyes. attracted the eyes of the people. who had a large cane in his hand." continued he. The pastry-cook who had adopted Buddir ad Deen Houssun had died some years before." These words he pronounced with such tenderness.

The eunuch was so charmed with these verses." said he. and went in with him himself. and wounded him so that his face was covered with blood. "do not trouble yourself. and the road is free to every body. Buddir ad Deen Houssun. he took a cream-tart out of the oven. but the child had no time to gratify his curiosity. perceiving he was within two paces of him. shut up his shop immediately. instead of being black as you are?" This set the eunuch a laughing. took him away as soon as he had done eating. and by so doing. implying. The eunuch perceiving he followed them. and overtook them before they had reached the gate of the city." This answer. "that I am master of the secret to make you white. I am persuaded you will find them good. who made them incomparably well. and after strewing upon it some pomegranate kernels and sugar.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:39 AM] . who turning to Agib. eat of them. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. for the eunuch pressing him to return to his grandfather's tent. While they were both eating. till they came near the vizier's tents. said." replied Agib. "This is all owing to you. Buddir ad Deen Houssun ran after Agib and the eunuch. and followed him. it came into his mind that possibly he might have such a son by his charming wife. that. "I will tell you. falling again to the work he had discontinued "I was making. I have a little business out of town. In this dread. Buddir ad Deen Houssun was overjoyed at having obtained what he had so passionately desired. Buddir ad Deen viewed Agib very attentively. set it before Agib. Agib.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. and I must needs go and look after it. "he has real business out of town. do not put such mortification upon me: rather do me the honour to walk in along with him. with submission. "cream-tarts." "Perhaps. and. hit him in the forehead. The eunuch gave Buddir ad Deen to understand. without further hesitation." This said. and the people send to buy them of me from all quarters of the town. upon which they turned about to see if Buddir ad Deen followed them. according to the different emotions that affected him. and the very thought drew tears from his eyes. Do you know." replied Buddir ad Deen. you will let the world know. who repeated some verses in praise of black eunuchs. was extremely surprised: "You impertinent fellow." said he. He intended to have put some questions to little Agib about his journey to Damascus. he took up a large stone that lay at his foot and throwing it at Buddir ad Deen. your inside is as white. not contented with looking after him. I foresaw I should repent of my complaisance. and he gave the same judgment. without looking behind them. that it was by their ministry that the honour of princes and of all great men was secured.html this young lord from granting me the favour I ask. you would needs go into the man's shop. he had no reason to complain of a mischance that he had merited and brought upon himself. and had eaten there. and then he asked what that secret was. it was not wisely done in me to give you leave. "what do you want?" "My dear friend. reddened and whitened alternately. He was afraid the grand vizier his grandfather should come to know he had been in the pastry shop. and after looking upon him again and again. for my own mother. that. who found it very delicious. and you must. though your outside is brown like a chestnut. from whom he had been so soon and so cruelly separated. he suffered Agib to go into the shop. Another was served up to the eunuch. with an angry tone." While this passed they kept walking together." replied Buddir ad Deen. taught me. however. did not at all satisfy the eunuch." continued he.

and that very hour went to her house. "for leaving my house." replied the vizier "I come to know what is become of the son of my brother. without waiting till the next day. who were yet more unfortunate than he. He went by way of Emaus. that she was in a small building covered by a dome. and nobody has seen him since. and repeatedly embraced the beautiful lady and her file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. The widow of Noor ad Deen Ali resided still in the same place where her husband had lived. and after passing through Mardin. than she arose. received him very favourably. he had his wound dressed. Immediately after his arrival he desired audience of the sultan. and inquired the occasion of his journey to Bussorah. and the piece of marble upon which his brother's name was written in letters of gold. notwithstanding all the inquiry I ordered to be made. Singier. "I was a fool." "Noor ad Deen Ali. then crossed the Euphrates. It was a stately fabric. and weaned from the affairs of this world. At his entry he kissed the gate." said he within himself. whom she lamented so bitterly. informed her he had the honour to be her brother-in-law.html Buddir ad Deen turned towards the city staunching the blood of the wound with his apron. and after beseeching her to suspend her tears and sighs. after acquainting his sister-in-law with all that had passed at Cairo on his daughter's wedding-night. adorned with marble pillars: but Shumse ad Deen did not stop to view it. She was pouring tears over his memorial when Shumse ad Deen entering." When he got home. Moussoul. "has been long dead. about two months after his father's death. to take so much pains about this brat.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:39 AM] . The widow of Noor ad Deen. and his uncle Shumse ad Deen Mahummud went from thence three days after his arrival. "Sire. He made his compliment. Hanah. and having obtained permission. 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.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. accompanied with his daughter and his grandson." Shumse ad Deen Mahummud desired leave of the sultan to take her to Egypt." said the sultan. no sooner understood by his discourse that her dear son. But his mother. to which they directed in the middle of a very spacious court. Shumse ad Deen Mahummud. and softened the sense of his mischance by the reflection that there was an infinite number of people upon the earth. He asked to speak with his sister-in-law. and was told by her servants. might still be alive. as for his son. that he disappeared suddenly. presented to her Agib and the beautiful lady. and several other towns. who had still continued sitting like a woman dejected. all I can tell you of him is. and Halep. who has had the honour to serve your majesty. Buddir ad Deen kept on the pastry-trade at Damascus. and acquainted her with the reason of his journey from Cairo to Bussorah. for doubtless he would never have used me after this manner. which he had not put off. found her buried in the deepest affliction. inquired after her place of abode. is still alive. and informing her of the surprise occasioned by the discovery of the paper sewed up in Buddir ad Deen's turban. Diarbeker. if he had not thought I had some ill design against him. whom she supposed to be dead after so long an absence. who was no sooner informed of his quality than he admitted him to his presence. who is the daughter of one of my viziers. arrived at last at Bussorah.

"My lord. They entered Damascus by the Paradise-gate. and ordered preparations to be made for her departure.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. he was confused. went along with him towards the city. after leave obtained of the beautiful lady his mother. of my own daughter. and of my own adventures. Agib begged the black eunuch his governor to carry him through the city. You drew me after you. and instead of making any answer. and recognizing him (such was the surprising effect of paternal love!). and if we do. whom they still found employed in making cream tarts. and another of great value for the sultan of Egypt. The eunuch complying with his request." "My file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. "be so kind as to come once more with your governor into my house. you must think of going with us to Egypt. and buy up curiosities to present to the sultan of Egypt. and after taking leave of the sultan. is still employed in buying up rarities for a present to the sultan of Egypt. While he was employed in selecting the finest stuffs which the principal merchants had brought to his tents. and gave him a considerable present for himself. continued a long time without uttering a word. I was at that time not myself.html grandchild Agib.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:39 AM] . and suppress your sighs. The sultan of Bussorah gives me leave to carry you thither. She could not forbear kissing the youth. If you give me your promise." Agib. and perceiving in the youth the features of Buddir ad Deen. since the vizier my grandfather. I will not enter your house. and transmitted to posterity. When he arrived in the neighbourhood of Damascus. the history of him. will deserve to be committed to writing. Shumse ad Deen desired a second audience. and unless you engage under oath not to follow me when I go from hence. astonished at what Buddir ad Deen said. he ordered his tents to be pitched without the gate. "Sister. "do you know me? Do you remember you ever saw me before?" Buddir ad Deen hearing these words. and took a view of the superb mosque at the hour of prayer. "I salute you sir. While they were making. in order to see what he had not had leisure to view before. at which he designed to enter the city. 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 I doubt not you will consent. recovering himself. and to inquire what was become of the pastry cook whom he had wounded. who dismissed him with ample marks of respect. fixed his eyes upon him. to give his suit rest. "it is time to dry your tears. of you. for the trouble I gave you in following you out of town. and the violence of the attraction was so soft. for his part. who." The widow of Noor ad Deen heard this proposal with pleasure. he set out from Bussorah once more for the city of Damascus. I did not know what I did. and prove a man of your word. between noon and sun. felt the same emotion as when he saw him first. When they passed by the shop of Buddir ad Deen Houssun. and taste a cream-tart. I beg your lordship's pardon. I am in hopes we shall at last find out your son my nephew." said he." said Shumse ad Deen. that I could not withstand it. received her embraces with all the demonstrations of joy he was capable of shewing.set. drops tears different from what she had been so long accustomed to shed. and gave out he would tarry there three days. At length." said Agib. I will visit you again to-morrow. replied: "There is an excess in the kindness you express.

and in embracing Agib.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028." "My good mother." Buddir ad Deen sat down. more incensed against the eunuch than before. than he pretended he did not like it. "Ah. "we went into his shop. "What!" said she." said he.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:39 AM] . and running to the tent of Shumse ad Deen. Agib and the eunuch went into the shop. The vizier who was naturally passionate. Agib and his governor having fared well. and ate of one much better than yours. and left it uncut. "does my child thus despise the work of my hands? Be it known to you. "I will do whatever you would have me. and when he complained of being hungry. though sufficiently convicted by Agib's testimony. who drank it all off at once. as tended more to inflame the vizier than to dispose him to excuse it. Agib no sooner touched the piece of cream-tart that had been set before him. and put snow into it. did not fail on this occasion to display his anger. and that in such terms. my child!" said she. "Wretch." This said. and offering it to Agib. "Come. no one in the world can make such besides myself and your father. But the child persisting in what he had affirmed. and a very white napkin to wipe their hands. In fine. and Shubbaunee (which was the eunuch's name) did the same." replied Agib. said. "I can assure you we file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. relating to the walk he had been taking with the eunuch. Shubbaunee. Buddir ad Deen obeyed. and I am sure you never tasted better. we did stop a little while and talked with the pastry-cook." said Agib. Presently after.html lord. if you do not know how to make better. and repeated some extempore verses in praise of Agib: he did not eat. if I had the pleasure of embracing your father as I now embrace you. He went forthwith to his sister." She made Agib sit by her. the lady. and there ate a cream-tart. Then he filled a large china cup with sherbet. "it is true. We were at his shop. he brought them water to wash." Agib having drunk of it with pleasure. When they arrived at the tents of Shumse ad Deen Mahummud." said he. and attempted to embrace Agib. as a testimony of the joy he conceived upon sitting by him." On hearing this. and eat with us. Agib's grandmother received him with transports of joy: her son ran always in her mind. she gave him a piece of cream-tart. there is a pastry. When they had done. it being then late. But Agib pushed him away." "Pardon me. and moved homewards. Buddir ad Deen took the cup from him. whom I taught. "This. to carry him to eat at pastry-shops like a beggar?" "Madam. but made it his business to serve his guests. "Grandfather. the's tent. and was indeed very good: she likewise gave some to the eunuch. but we did not eat with him." replied the eunuch. "my joy would be perfect." said Agib. have you the impudence to abuse the trust I repose in you?" Shubbaunee. "How now. the remembrance of him drew tears from her eyes. "give me leave to tell you. "is sherbet of roses. was the care of my grandchild committed to you. and put several questions to him. that was full as good as what they had eaten before. rose in a passion from the table. frowning upon the eunuch." Upon this. desiring him not to be too familiar. and said to the eunuch. denied the fact still. Buddir ad Deen set before them a cream-tart. and presented it to the eunuch. returned thanks to the pastry-cook for their good entertainment. "sit down by me." replied Buddir ad Deen. informed him of the eunuch's crime. The widow of Noor ad Deen Ali observed with regret that her grandson did not like the tart. which she had made for herself.cook in this town that outdoes you.

and was very active in recovering her." Though Shubbaunee had crammed himself up to the throat before. must needs be her son. the poor wretch shrieked out aloud. for we shall quickly know the truth." The widow of Noor ad Deen thought it was out of spite to her." cried Shumse ad Deen. and pretended he had over-eaten himself the day before. that the maker of the tart. he was obliged to spit it out of his mouth.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:39 AM] . All we have to do. but reflecting that his joy might prove groundless. the pastry-cook treated us also with a great bowl of sherbet." "Madam. "after all this. than she cried out and swooned away. broke a piece off. and follow Shubbaunee." Buddir ad Deen chose one of the best. where he called for fifty of his men. but that so very heartily. he agreed to stand that test. that we have no occasion for supper: besides. is to bring the pastry-cook hither. Shubbaunee returned speedily to the tents.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. "I own. "do you think there may not be a pastry-cook in the world." cried he. and then you and my daughter will readily distinguish whether he be your son or not. he was overjoyed. and accordingly said." When the vizier Shumse ad Deen heard his sister-in-law say. As soon as she came to herself. gave the tart to Noor ad Deen's widow. but as I make them in a peculiar manner. In undergoing this punishment. but after all. and accordingly took a piece of tart." This said. and the conjecture of Noor ad Deen's widow be false. But you must both be concealed so as to have a view of Buddir ad Deen while he cannot see you.html not only ate. "Let me have one of your cream-tarts. and gave it to the eunuch. Come. "there may be pastry-cooks that can make as good tarts as he." said the vizier "I believe my grandchild. and with a desire to mortify her. I am resolved to satisfy myself upon that head. will you continue to deny that you entered the pastry-cook's house. The vizier irritated with all the eunuch's frivolous presences. and had not recovered his appetite. and only my son was let into the secret. my dear Buddir ad Deen who made this tart. he threw water upon her face. "I entreat you to moderate your impatience. we have at last found what we have been so long looking for." "Well. snatching it greedily. and said. "let us call up mirth and joy. that Shubbaunee commended the pastry-cook's tart. "Then you are a liar. brought by the eunuch. My design is to delay the discovery till we return to Cairo. and at last confessed the truth. and that it was much better than that upon the table. for I would not have our interview and mutual discovery happen at Damascus. "it must needs be my son. if you can eat up this cream-tart I shall be persuaded you have truth on your side." The eunuch repaired to Buddir ad Deen's shop. and convinced of his guilt. "My God!" cried she. who knows how to make cream-tarts as well as your son?" "I own. Yet he still pursued the lie. "that we did eat a cream-tart at the pastry cook's. it must absolutely be he that made this." said the vizier answer. who. but his stomach rising against it." said he. one of our ladies wants to taste them. "Madam. ordered him to be soundly bastinadoed. and ate there?" Shubbaunee had still the impudence to swear it was not true. my brother." replied she. who will conduct you to file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. The vizier was extremely surprised at the accident. but no sooner put it to her mouth. "I cannot believe the cook's tarts are better than mine. Where does he live? Go immediately and buy me one of his tarts. and said to them: "Take each of you a stick in your hands. and retired to his own." added she in a transport. he left the ladies in their tent.

conducted by the black eunuch." replied they. they continued to break all round them. took his part. "that sold this eunuch the cream-tart?" "Yes." However. said with a pitiful tone. "Pray tell me what crime I have committed to deserve this usage?" "Was it not you.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. nor do him the least harm. asked the reason of such violence." said they. kettles. and surprised to see fifty armed men committing such a disorder. went with expedition to Buddir ad Deen's house. and bring him along with you." The vizier's orders were immediately executed. If he answer in the affirmative. seize his person. why do you serve me so? What is the matter? What have I done?" "Was it not you. only ask him in return if it was not he that made the cream-tart that was brought from his house. and. The mob gathering. and Buddir ad Deen said once more to the rioters. after dragging him by force out of his shop. "that made the cream-tart you sold to the eunuch?" "Yes." Instead of giving him an answer. break and dash in pieces all you find in the shop: if he demand the reason of your outrage. When you arrive there. but take care you do not beat him. and all the other moveables and utensils they met with. astonished at the sight. tied his hands with it behind his back. and who says any thing against it? I defy any one to make a better. Go." replied he. from compassion to Buddir ad Deen. copper pans. "Pray. they seized his person. broke in pieces the plates. and inundated the sherbet-shop with cream and comfits. yes. "I am the man. for Shumse ad Deen Mahummud had in the mean time gone to the governor's house to acquaint him with the order he file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_028. and favoured the carrying off of Buddir ad Deen. good people. and the oven itself was not spared. In the mean time the neighbours took the alarm." replied he. and. fetter him. "I maintain it is a good one. it was I.html a pastry-cook in this city. snatching the cloth off his turban.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:39 AM] . I do not deserve this treatment. but officers from the governor of the city dispersed the people. and lose no time. Buddir ad Deen. without listening to him. marched off. The detachment.

was served in the same manner." said the vizier "and you are to expect no other usage from me. and the necessary preparations to be made for his journey. In short." said Buddir ad Deen." said Shumse ad Deen. would fain have run up and fallen upon his neck. for sending me such a sorry tart. who were concealed behind curtains." This said. and when they recovered. When they arrived at Cairo. the ladies. that Shumse ad Deen could hardly keep his countenance: "Alas!" said he. "but pray what crime is that?" "I will punish you according to your deserts. "what do you mean to do with a stake?" "Why. and all the next day. He ordered Buddir ad Deen to be secured in a sort of cage." "Ah!" exclaimed Buddir ad Deen. restrained the tender emotions of love and of nature. notwithstanding he had been so long absent. saw Buddir ad Deen." "Why. and the governor. that the people may have the spectacle of a worthless pastrycook. "Alas!" said Buddir ad Deen. that they swooned away." replied Buddir ad Deen. and all for not putting pepper in a cream-tart? Are these the actions of Moosulmauns. "is it a capital crime to make a bad cream-tart?" "Yes.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:42 AM] . "it shall cost you your life. It was in vain for Buddir ad Deen to ask those who carried him off. "My lord. and laid on a camel. the pretended culprit was brought before him. with tears in his eyes. who commanded all Syria in the name of the sultan of Egypt. but the promise they had made to the vizier of not discovering themselves. in his presence.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029." exclaimed the vizier "was it not you that made the cream-tart you sent me?" "I own I am the man." While this interview lasted. who makes cream-tarts without pepper. "pray do me the favour to let me know wherein I have displeased you. ordered the tents to be struck. and Buddir ad Deen was taken out of his cage. "No. and then renewing his complaint. you wretch. and good works?" With these words he shed tears. and to demand the interposition of force to favour the execution. of persons who make a profession of probity. and during the whole expedition. They were so transported with joy. they conducted him to the tents. justice. "never was a man used so unjustly. "must I suffer a death as cruel as it is ignominious. nor so severely. "and then to have you carried through all the quarters of the town. and gave orders. Buddir ad Deen cried out so ludicrously. which lasted twenty days. Is it possible they file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. they encamped in the neighbourhood of the city. without stopping In the evening they halted. and travelled the rest of that night. to impale you." replied Shumse ad Deen. and at last impaled." said Buddir ad Deen. and made him wait there till Shumse ad Deen returned from the governor of Damascus. must I be imprisoned in a chest.html had given. Shumse ad Deen called for Buddir ad Deen. Upon the vizier's return. to prepare a stake. for not putting pepper in a cream-tart?" "How. Shumse ad Deen having resolved to set out that night. "must I be rifled." continued he. in order to be served with the necessary refreshments. what fault had been found with his cream-tart: they gave him no answer. The vizier and his retinue began their march. but still carefully kept at a distance from his mother and his wife. was unwilling to refuse any thing to his master's vizier. and recognized him.

to conduct him in that condition to the hall. that they did not give him time to see where he was. and left her to undress herself and go to bed.html should be capable of taking a man's life for not putting pepper in a cream. to strip him to his under vest and drawers. he arrived at his palace. and when the stake was brought. and go to bed. excepting two or three. that the vizier's domestics had taken him out of the chest and stripped him before he awoke." The beautiful lady went joyfully to execute her father's orders. or renouncing my religion. whom he desired to remain. "Heaven!" said he. These he commanded to go and take Buddir ad Deen out of the cage.morrow morning you will divert your mother-in-law and me. his domestics placed every moveable in the described order. by giving us an account of your interview." Night being then pretty far advanced. "Undress yourself. and shut the door upon him. he took Buddir ad Deen's mother and his daughter aside. for this happy occasion of meeting your cousin and your husband! You remember. and to." This said. he said to the beautiful lady. which I caused to be taken upon that occasion." 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.tart? Cursed be all creamtarts. ordered the camel that carried his nephew to march before him. that when you awoke. The throne was not forgotten. 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. "can you suffer me to die an ignominious and painful death? And all this. and if your memory do not serve you.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:42 AM] . After passing through several streets. with the purse of sequins. cried out bitterly at the horrid sight. When he found himself alone in the hall. but for not putting pepper in a cream tart. While his retinue were unlading the other camels. but not opened till farther orders. Buddir ad Deen. for what crime? not for robbery or murder. 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. he file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. As soon as Buddir ad Deen enters your room. As he went over his manuscript. I can aid it by a written account. and tell him. the day shall not elapse before I give orders for your death. and entered the city with all his suit. When every thing was arranged in the hall. of course. where no one appeared.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. you were astonished you did not find him by you. he went from his daughter's apartment. "my child. and they carried him so suddenly into the hall. where he ordered the chest to be taken down. and addressed himself to the latter: "God be praised. to leave him there alone. the vizier went into his daughter's chamber and put in their due place Buddir ad Deen's apparel. Shumse ad Deen Mahummud ordered all his domestics to depart the hall. "Stay there till to-morrow. Press him to come to bed again. my child. was asleep so soundly. saying to him. 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. This done." said he. and the vizier mounting his horse. though overwhelmed with grief. complain of his being from you so long.

" Buddir ad Deen was enraptured. that I have since lived ten years at Damascus. Pray tell me what I am to think. Did not you rise from me but now? Surely your mind is deranged. and put the question to himself. Now. he entered the room. These two points are inconsistent. and the objects he beheld recalling to his memory the circumstances of his marriage. this dream of mine will be very pleasant to you." said the beautiful lady laughing heartily. "would they have used you so cruelly? Surely you must have committed some enormous crime. to be sure whether it was true or not. but thanks be to God all was a dream. he spied his own raiments where he remembered to have left them on his wedding night.backed groom of the stables. I had an infinity of other adventures. "doubtless you were light-headed when you thought you were at Damascus. and said to her. I was strangely surprised when I awoke in not finding you by me. I remember indeed to have been with you. that I was at the gate of Damascus in my shirt and drawers. he perceived. too tedious to recount: and all I can say is. that it was the place where he had seen the sultan's groom of the stables. with astonishment." answered she." "As for that matter. was selling a cream-tart that had no pepper in it. my lord. the most ridiculous thing you can imagine. "I must say they did you great injustice. when approaching softly the door of a chamber which he found open." "Ah!" replied he. I cannot have been from you so long." replied Buddir ad Deen. once more. "I do assure you my thoughts are not very composed. whether my marriage with you is an illusion. In fine. He distrusted his felicity. if I was actually in bed with you this night. and I am now in bed with the fair lady designed for him. which then appeared. madam." said he. "am I asleep or awake?" The beautiful lady. taught me his trade. "My God!" said he.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:42 AM] .html looked round him. if you please. when the vizier Shumse ad Deen. who was pleased to see his confusion. "Is it long since I left you?" "The question. He awoke from time to time. "My lord. and." cried the lady. Do but imagine. he went to the place where his vestments lay with the purse of sequins. what do you wait for?" He stepped towards the bed. that it was well that I awoke. or whether my absence from you is only a dream?" "Yes. "that was not all. His surprise was still the greater. "I am not mistaken. whether he dreamed or was awake." Day-light. that I fled to a pastry cook who adopted me. All the crime I was charged with. For this cursed cream-tart was every thing in my shop broken to pieces. and not being able to persuade himself that it could all have happened in the compass of one night." "Madam. "it was for nothing but a mere trifle. had not yet dispelled his uneasiness. for they were going to impale me!" "And for what." cried she. that methinks I am there still. "What a comical fancy is this! I assure you. that I entered the town with the halloo of a mob who followed and insulted me. looked round the room." said she. his uncle." replied Buddir ad Deen. feigning astonishment. and flung into a chest. and bending her head forward. myself bound and fettered." Buddir ad Deen was not easy all night. "By Allah these are mysteries which I can by no means comprehend!" The lady." Upon this Buddir ad Deen laughed heartily. said." "Not the least. knocked at the door. and after examining them very carefully. and at the same time went in to bid him good morrow. exclaimed. and left me all he had when he died. with a soft. and said. that after his death I kept a shop. rubbing his eyes. "My dear lord. but I remember at the same time. "this is the same chamber where I entered instead of the hunch. "what do you do at the door? You have been out of bed a long time. but reverting to all that had passed during a ten years' interval. tender air. "surprises me. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. opened the curtains of her bed suddenly.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. who in the mean time was diverting herself with his astonishment. as I am here now. where I lay so close.

thought he could not give sufficient testimonies of his affection. she mentioned the grief she had felt for his long absence. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. and maintained him till he died. After Shumse ad Deen's return to his palace." added he. and carefully preserved among the archives of the kingdom. "I ask your pardon for all I have made you undergo since I discovered you. the vizier was gone to the palace." The vizier fell a laughing." No words can adequately express the joy of Buddir ad Deen. and who now appeared with a different air from that with which he pronounced the terrible sentence of death against him. "My dear nephew. married him to one of his slaves. bestowed liberal gifts upon him.html Buddir ad Deen was extremely surprised to see a man he knew so well. And Buddir ad Deen Houssun. The caliph found the story so surprising. and will likewise bring to you your son. when he saw his mother and his son. which ought now to be so much the dearer to you. instead of flying his father's embraces. then he acquainted him that he had discovered him to be his nephew by the memorandum of his father. and the tears she had shed. They embraced. who is beyond measure impatient to see you. I resolved to bring you to my palace before I told you your happiness. and all the household passed the day in festivity and mirth. by the ministry of a genie (for hunch-back's relation made him suspect the adventure). and pursuant to that discovery had gone from Cairo to Bussorah in quest of him. The vizier Jaaffier having thus concluded the story of Buddir ad Deen. that he ordered it to be taken down in writing. as at Damascus. embracing him with every expression of tenderness. you shewed so much affection. and for whom.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:42 AM] . and shewed all the transports that love and tenderness could inspire. that without farther hesitation he granted his slave Rihan's pardon. "Ah!" cried Buddir ad Deen. the thoughts of which make me shudder. and had married his daughter instead of the sultan's groom of the stables.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. "it was you who condemned me so unjustly to a kind of death. divided between two objects so worthy of his love. While this passed. comfort yourself with the joy of being in the company of those who ought to be dearest to you. told the caliph that this was what he had to relate to his majesty. and the sultan was so moved with the recital of the story. as it has cost you so much perplexity and distress. received them with all the marks of pleasure. and to put him out of suspense. While you are dressing yourself I will go and acquaint your mother. Little Ajib. SON OF ABOU AYOUB. without knowing him. he had been at his palace. and to console the young man for the grief of having unhappily deprived himself of a woman whom he had loved so tenderly. To atone for all your afflictions. to give the sultan an account of the happy success of his travels. told him how. THE HISTORY OF GANEM. The mother spoke to Buddir ad Deen in the most moving terms. whom you saw at Damascus. and all for a cream-tart without pepper. he sat down with his family. AND KNOWN BY THE SURNAME OF LOVE'S SLAVE.

to write the name of the city he designed to repair to on every bade. and concerning the loads of merchandize in the warehouse." Mahummud. They continued some time silent. Haroon al Rusheed. I cannot but commend you for designing to follow your father's example. asked her the meaning of what was written upon each bale. and I think it will be proper for me to hasten my departure. and the excellent qualities of his mind had been improved by able masters.html There was formerly at Damascus a merchant. or that we should lose the opportunity of selling them to the best advantage. and replied. and drew from her a shower of tears. surnamed Zinebi. and having provided all other necessaries. had bestowed that kingdom on him as his tributary. signifying Ravisher of hearts. and he had one son and a daughter. because her beauty was so perfect that whoever saw her could not avoid loving her. who had by care and industry acquired great wealth. without being equally so himself. His name was Abou Ayoub. and it was customary with him. Besides. before he set out. they had no weight with him. and on every bale was written in large characters. and as soon as he found his mother calm enough to listen to him." answered his mother. Ganem could not see his mother so sensibly affected. hired a hundred camels. that you are too young.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. Ganem conversed with his mother about their domestic affairs. and take up with a moderate profit. was much concerned at this resolution. who were going to trade at Bagdad. for fear those commodities should perish. Abou Ayoub died. Soon after the death of Abou Ayoub. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. The daughter's name was Alcolom. and adding to that sorrow with which I am already oppressed? Is it not better to sell those goods to the merchants of Damascus. The son was called Ganem. her entreaties. and left immense riches: a hundred loads of brocades and other silks that lay in his warehouse were the least part. and to accomplish himself by a thorough knowledge of the world. urged him to set out. An inclination to travel. "For Bagdad. His person was graceful. "My son. and prevailed over all his mother's remonstrances. said. entered upon his journey. than expose yourself to the danger of perishing?" It was in vain for her to oppose Ganem's resolution by the strongest arguments. who tenderly loved her son. but consider. the son of Soliman.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:42 AM] . "Since my father designed these goods for Bagdad. but at length he recovered himself. on which he lived in a very honourable manner. He went to the market where slaves were sold. The loads were ready made up. He had provided all things to take a journey to Bagdad. reigned at that time at Damascus. when death"----She had not power to finish. the capital of Syria. with five or six merchants of Damascus. can you think of leaving me. and bought such as were able-bodied. the lively remembrance of the loss of her husband would not permit her to say more. and was on the point of setting out. His kinsman." Abou Ayoub's widow. and sometimes into another. "My dear child. but afterwards surnamed Love's slave. and unaccustomed to the fatigue of travelling. and even her tears. I will prepare myself to perform that journey. inexperienced. "your father used to travel sometimes into one province.

he was told. to the place of burial. that he every day sold all the goods he exposed. They alighted at the most magnificent and most frequented khan in the city. and repaired to the public place. and walked towards the mosque. to whom he first made application. and followed by the kindred. on account of its many waterworks and shady groves. but Ganem chose to be lodged conveniently. or chief. He got thither before the prayers were ended. They had no other difficulty to encounter. and whence the body was to be conducted to the grave. and hired a spacious house in the neighbourhood. It was a stone structure. which were easily forgotten when they came in sight of the city of Bagdad. richly furnished. made up such a considerable caravan. that they had nothing to fear from the Bedouin Arabs. that all the company might be sheltered during the ceremony. where they arrived in safety. in form of a dome. which he had caused to be carried from the warehouse to his own house. that one of the first merchants. he then went to the public rendezvous. He only left his goods there in a warehouse for their greater security.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:42 AM] . after which it was shut up. The merchants received Ganem very courteously. and other ministers of the mosque. purposely built to receive the bodies of all the family of the deceased. This seemed somewhat extraordinary to him and having asked the cause. Ganem inquired for the mosque. and perfectly recovered of the fatigue of his journey. which were said in a hall hung with black satin. bought all his parcel. and Ganem. at the price set down in the ticket annexed to every piece of stuff. and their syndic. the merchants. He had but one bale left. carrying a parcel of fine stuffs and silks. Then the imam. where prayer was to be said. and by himself. sat down in a ring on carpets. where he found all the shops shut. and recited the rest of the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. attended by their slaves. which was at some distance without the city. where the merchants met to transact business. and being very small. they had pitched tents around. The monument was opened.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_029. having a garden which was very delightful. whom he knew. and accompanied by several other travellers. was dead. and having been informed. Some days after this young merchant had been settled in his house. and that all his brother traders were gone to his funeral. and the corpse laid in it. who make it their only profession to range the country. he dressed himself richly. in the largest tent. than the usual fatigues of a long journey. A slave followed him. and attack and plunder the caravans when they are not strong enough to repulse them. sent back his slave with the goods.html Those merchants. The corpse was taken up. Ganem continued his trade so successfully.

and the two others followed him.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:46 AM] . so that it was near midnight when he came to the city gate.html prayers. plying his hands and feet so well. when he saw meat served up. The kindred and merchants sat round. in the same manner. and then one of the three slaves said to his comrades. whom. he plainly perceived three men. between five and six feet long.tree. began to be uneasy. and whither shall I go to look for them?" Full of these thoughts. which seemed to come towards him. and got up as fast as he could to the top of the palm-tree. to add to his misfortune. thieves may take the opportunity of my absence. He advanced to some high walls. enter into the burial-place. and then departed. but. and slipped away from the company." said he to himself. he knew to be slaves. He was also told that the tents had been set up not only against the heat of the sun. which. and shut the door after him. closed the door. He concluded that the chest must contain something of value. that it reached from the city to the very place he had left. This was a fresh affliction to him. One of them advanced with a lantern. and return to the city. and after having passed before the door several times. loaded with a chest. in memory of the deceased. since we are enjoined so to do. He got up. and rob my house. and fell to work upon the pit. and he was obliged to look for some convenient place in which to pass the rest of the night till the gate was opened. we will leave the chest here." replied another. which enclosed a small field. but also against the evening dew. opened it. and the more so. because they should not return to the city before the next morning. finding that the burial-place where the palm-tree grew was open. It was near night before all was ended: Ganem who had not expected such a long ceremony. Ganem. being the mausoleum of a family. "that would not be executing our mistress's orders. and covered it with the earth they had taken out. they put the chest into it. Let us bury the chest. could not tell what to think of the adventure. He lay down on the grass and tried to sleep. which had nothing to secure it but a latch. and that the person to whom it belonged had some particular reasons for causing it to be buried in the cemetery. They began to break ground with the tools they had brought for that purpose. that in file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030. behind the ministers. They also read the Fateah. no. than by the help of the light which had alarmed him. and in which there was a palm-tree. was shut. These words perplexed Ganem. went into it." "No. He made all possible haste. so spacious. without knowing why. He was startled at the sight. we may have cause to repent not doing as we were commanded. "Brethren. and immediately perceived at a distance a light. they may run away with all the gold I have received for my goods. When they had made a deep trench. My slaves may be tempted by so favourable an opportunity.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030. the departure of the slaves having dissipated his fear. or introductory chapter of the Koraun. came down from the palm. No sooner was he up. if you will be advised by me. but his uneasiness at being absent from home would not permit him. he went astray in the dark. "I am a stranger. "and have the reputation of being a rich merchant. Ganem. They set it down. by their habit. which they carried on their shoulders. who from the top of the palm-tree had heard every word the slaves had spoken. according to the custom of the Mahummedans. looking upon that as the safest retreat under his present apprehensions. He went into a burial-place. he ate a few mouthfuls hastily. appointed for the burial of the dead. as it often happens that the more a man hurries the less he advances. He resolved immediately to satisfy his curiosity." The two other slaves complied.

" Before the young merchant left the lady. and in the mean time be assured that you have not obliged an ungrateful person. in the first place. Let me beg of you to go into the city. then. with bracelets and pendants of diamonds. prevailed on him to afford the unfortunate beauty all the assistance in his power. and provide a muleteer. if she were only asleep. and carry me to your house in this chest. not only compassion and natural inclination to relieve persons in danger. Nouron Nihar. Nonzbetos Zaman. why do you not answer? where are you?" These were the names of six female slaves that used to wait on her. Shijher al Mirjaun. and a necklace of pearls. but presented himself before her with all possible respect. but for fear of stifling her. Her habit was so costly. She called them. Casabos Souccar. she sneezed. and her gentle regular breathing. then opening and rubbing her eyes. and perceiving she was in a burial-place. so large. that he made not the least doubt of her being one of the principal ladies of the court. laid her again in the chest.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030. much louder than before. she with such a voice as charmed Ganem. with which her stomach seemed to have been loaded. returning. but at length looking about. The lady. he did not put it quite close. but he could not conceive why. I will give you an account of myself. he saw several great stones about the burial-place. she had not awaked at the noise he made in forcing off the padlock. took the lady in his arms. some one might take notice of it. "Zohorob Bostan. for. whom she did not see. he. but since you have begun so charitable a work. and how they had buried the chest. but something more powerful." said she "for having sent so worthy a person as you are to deliver me from death. Her fresh and rosy complexion. when. Nagmatos Sohi. with which he easily knocked off the padlock. my dress being different from that of the city ladies. satisfied him she was alive. was seized with fear. "I am not able to express my joy at having happened to be here to do you the service I have. "I return thanks to God. When I shall be in your house. As soon as she was exposed to the air. This new obstacle to the satisfying of his curiosity was no small mortification to him. he discovered a young lady of incomparable beauty. and what accident had brought him to that place. instead of money. and. that it did not look as if the padlock had been forced off. "What. yet he was not discouraged. At the sight of so beautiful an object. was extremely sensible of the obligations she owed him. and in the most courteous manner. there came from her mouth a liquor. by the motion in turning her head. and wondered that nobody answered. "Madam.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:46 AM] . he drew the chest out of the pit. Next he acquainted her with the coming of the three slaves. to come with his mule. which it highly concerns me to prevent. cried out. and follow me. Ganem was strangely surprised. told her who he was. leaving room for the admittance of file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030.html a short time he uncovered the chest. who had covered her face with her veil as soon as Ganem appeared." cried she. which Ganem could not then account for. He first shut the gate of the burial-place. He picked out one. and laid her on the soft earth which he had thrown off the chest." In order to persuade the lady to repose confidence in him. I conjure you not to leave it imperfect. which the slaves had left open." said he. and to offer you all the assistance you may need under your present circumstances. but found it secured by a padlock. should I go with you on foot. which he filled up with earth. but the day beginning then to appear. and then with much impatience opened the chest. and shut it in such a manner. "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.

and the uneasiness he felt at following the muleteer at a distance. to give directions for an entertainment. and not willing to trust any but himself with the care of entertaining so charming a guest. as she did the handsome presence and engaging mien of her deliverer. and helped the muleteer to lay the chest across his mule. telling him. he thought himself more than requited by so singular a favour. because he appeared very respectful. soon found what he sought. was embroidered along the edge with golden letters. Ganem on his part was sensible of the favour so lovely a lady did in uncovering her face to him. Ganem observing that the lady's veil. As soon as he returned home. He returned with speed to the burial place. whose politeness and obliging behaviour heightened her gratitude. being in haste to return home. "I have satisfaction sufficient in what you have done for me. and conducted her to his apartment. lamenting how much she must have endured in such close confinement. while a more solid entertainment.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:46 AM] . he saw the chest unloaded. when. The lady dived into Ganem's thoughts. and having caused a slave to shut the door of his house. buying also the choicest wine. had minded nothing but his business. gave her his hand. but she declared she would not touch any thing." said he. He dismissed the muleteer. and the same bread that was eaten at the caliph's table. "a merchant would be ill-qualified to manage his business if he could not at least read and write. He obeyed. and now felt its first attacks. being arrived safe at home. "Madam. Going out of the burial-place." He would have continued standing before her. yet was not at all alarmed. that he came to that place the night before. since his arrival at Bagdad. who. judging she might have occasion to eat. It had not been in his power to look upon the young lady without being dazzled. and in the pleasure of seeing myself out of danger. took off her veil. "be pleased to make choice of some of this fruit." "Well. opened the chest. "read the words which are embroidered on that veil. asking him whether he could read? "Madam. and to give the merchant to understand how sensible she was of the service done her. is preparing. Whatever obligations she owed him." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030. to remove all cause of suspicion. he with his own hands made a pyramid of the fruit he had bought. and delivered it to him.html air. had laid down the chest where he saw it. taught him to unravel his thoughts. with another muleteer." said she.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030. then. or rather felt he had already a most violent passion for her. was still unacquainted with the power of love. unless he sat down and ate with her. Ganem. he drew the door after him. He was more than usually delighted. and more worthy yourself. He. begged her permission to look on the embroidery. The lady immediately took up the veil. of the finest china-ware. went out with a slave to an eating-house. who. and when they had eaten a little. where he chose the finest and best fruit." said she." Though Ganem's apartment was very richly furnished. with a modest air. the lady did not so much regard its appearance. She sat down on a sofa. and the fear lest any accident might happen by the way that should deprive him of his conquest. helped the lady out. and serving it up himself to the lady in a large dish." replied he. and the city gate being then open. which she laid down by her on a sofa. which gives me an opportunity of telling you my story. "If I have suffered. From thence he went to a fruiterer.

and. that it is easy to dispose of those who have taken it. my submission. she concealed her feelings." That descendant from the prophet's uncle was the caliph Haroon al Rusheed." said he. "I have just saved your life. You are not ignorant yourself. had I thought it would have given you so much uneasiness. I question not but she had corrupted one of my slaves. my sovereign lord and yours. Mahummud's uncle. but at length I fell under the last effort of her jealousy. because it was judged that the sight of me would one day occasion many calamities. and as many eunuchs. has a favourite so called. Of this you cannot be ignorant. "Alas! madam. and that makes my presumption excusable. in some lemonade. "I should have been very cautious. and no sooner have I formed the flattering design. and as if she had not regarded what Ganem had said. my constancy. Pardon. "in order to acquaint you with my story. my assiduity. 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. that I saw myself richer than any queen in the world. that nothing can dispel it for the space of seven or eight hours. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030. and was descended from Abbas.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030. I proposed to myself to touch your heart by my respectful behaviour." answered she. but it convinces me I am the most unfortunate of men. be that as it will. the liberty I take. could not but be jealous of my happiness. for her heart began to yield.html Ganem took the veil. that it was not in my power to refuse it you. which was given me at my birth. But. I shall have the satisfaction of dying entirely yours. that she felt secret joy.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:46 AM] . I conjure you. and you are mine. madam. and this writing is my death! I do not comprehend all the mystery." He could not utter those words without letting fall some tears. Though Haroon has all the regard imaginable for her. I have the more reason to judge so. I made no little progress in all they took the pains to teach me. that my name is Fetnah (which signifies disturbance). thou descendant from the prophet's uncle. "I was carried into his palace in my tenderest years. The lady was moved. You may judge by what I have said. my care. gave me a drug. but was so far from being displeased at the declaration he made." proceeded she. That prince was not satisfied with such a mark of distinction. Proceed. "Hitherto I had secured myself against all her snares. in a melancholy tone. but I do not perceive that what I have to say to you can make your condition so deplorable as you imagine. madam. because naturally I am a very bad sleeper. with some share of beauty. "I am yours." "You must understand. I cannot long survive so great a misfortune. which causes such a dead sleep. the caliph's wife and kinswoman. However. When Ganem perceived these words. that Zobeide. and give me full information of my unhappy fate. she has taken every possible opportunity to ruin me. must now have been exposed to inevitable death. than I am robbed of all my hopes. since there is nobody in Bagdad but knows that the caliph. and read these words. who then reigned. and ever since he has made me such considerable presents. who allotted me a particular apartment adjoining to his own. had it not been for you. "of strewing you my veil. who last night. and apt to wake at the least noise. but it was impossible for me to see you without giving you my heart. he appointed twenty women to wait on me. gained me the affection of the caliph. for that sleep is so profound. and that.

and I shall never cease to love you into whatever part of the world I may go to expire. who went lately to put himself at the head of his troops. and shall never forget. who is no less your conquest than the caliph. believing you to be one. but you see it highly concerns me that you should keep my secret. after having lost you. Ganem said. outrageous as she is. and his situation affected her. I should never again have beheld the light of the sun. I shall be safe in your house as long as the caliph is from Bagdad. madam. I shall find means to acquaint him with all that has happened. and that I have bought you. I return you a thousand thanks for having given me the information I took the liberty to desire of you. she would punish you for having saved me. my rival." Fetnah perceived that Ganem was under the greatest of afflictions. "Madam. durst not have presumed to attempt any thing against my life. should they know by what accident and in what place I had the happiness to find you. but considering the uneasiness she was likely to bring upon herself. who have formed a league of rebellion. "I perceive. "When the caliph returns. But great as he is. though now in its infancy. that you are here in safety. Were it not for this opportunity. to declare. My life depends on it. and I beg of you to believe.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:46 AM] . They will also conclude that I have some particular reasons for bringing you home as they saw I did. give me leave. has all the force of a love strengthened by a perfect of situation. It concerns you to keep my adventure private. 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. therefore.html "Zobeide. when I reflect that. that somebody just then knocked at the door. they may perhaps fail of the fidelity they owe me. ‘that what belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave. I dare assure you. by calling you back to him. I can never sufficiently express my gratitude. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030. I know not what she will do to conceal this action from the caliph. that they will not have the curiosity to inquire. Powerful as that prince is. that you may remember the unfortunate Ganem. has availed herself of the absence of the caliph. It is so natural for young men to purchase beautiful slaves. "that this conversetion gives you too much uneasiness. "As for my slaves. He cannot love you more passionately than I do." It was happy for them both. let us change the subject. for should Zobeide know the obligation I owe you. without your assistance. that nothing can make me recall the present I have made you of my heart. however. which might insensibly lead her to discover the inclination she felt for him. I wish your august and most fortunate lover may avenge you of the malice of Zobeide. that it will be no way surprising to them to see you here. Ganem went to see who it was. at rest. I shall not need to be so much upon my guard." said she.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030. by prosecuting the conversation on that subject. and talk of the infinite obligation I owe you." As soon as Haroon al Rusheed's beautiful favourite had done speaking. and I am fully persuaded he will be more earnest than myself to requite a service which restores me to his love. it is not in my power to overcome a passion which. to chastise some neighbouring kings.' but I loved you before you told me that you were engaged to the caliph. the better to put her design in execution. and when you shall be restored to his wishes. I flatter myself he will not be able to blot me out of your remembrance. as to that point. Set your heart. I know. the sentiments you have inspired are a pledge of my secrecy.

would have none of his slaves come into the room where Fetnah was. he left her. and served it up himself to his beautiful guest." Fetnah. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030." Having thus spoken. "you may now perhaps desire to take some rest." said he to Fetnah. whose soul was ravished to behold what attention he paid her. When they had eaten.html and found it to be one of his slaves come to acquaint him that the entertainment was ready. I perceive you are not one that will do things by halves: you add by your courtesy to the obligations I owe you already. and when you have reposed yourself. "My lord. a person of your quality cannot be without two waiting-maids. and went to purchase two women. be pleased to accept of these. and that heaven will soon place me in a condition to requite all your acts of generosity. one of fine linen. to serve you. Ganem took away. saying. by way of precaution. "Madam. He also bought two parcels. as he had covered the table.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_030.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:46 AM] . but I hope I shall not die ungrateful. and having delivered all things at the door of the apartment to his slaves. you shall find me ready to receive your commands. said. at least. Ganem. admiring Ganem's attention. "Madam. who. Having conducted home the two women. he sat down on the sofa. he presented them to Fetnah.slaves." When the women-slaves were withdrawn into a chamber adjoining.slaves. and the other of all such things as were proper to make up a toilet fit for the caliph's favourite. I will leave you. took what was brought.

" Ganem was enraptured at this declaration. encouraged by his example. interrupting her at the word lord. for he could not prevail upon himself to lose a moment that might be spent in her company. and the night was far advanced before they thought of parting. who. they agreed that neither should take another glass without first singing some air. They lived together in this manner for several days.html but at some distance from Fetnah. leaving Fetnah where she was. treat me.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:49 AM] ." "No. interrupting him in her turn. on her side. he wept for joy. thus snatched from the jaws of death. and always containing something which Ganem might take in a sense favourable to himself. and I will not hesitate to own. Whilst Fetnah. that I do not regard your care with indifference. that I should misbehave myself towards you. and Fetnah." said he." replied Fetnah. no. except in this. on his part. "to excite the least sensibility in a heart like yours. He then began to discourse of his passion. madam. was satisfied with telling her. that as she knew what she owed to the caliph. destined for the greatest prince in the world. do not give me this title of honour. to follow the dictates of my gratitude.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. and at first complimented each other on the fruit as they presented it reciprocally. and even for that took the time when the lady was reposing. unless upon of the utmost consequence. and having drunk two or three glasses. she most exactly observed the fidelity due to the caliph. Ganem then withdrew to another apartment. fond as they were of each other. he rose up to fetch a light. Leave me. as also a collation. which he brought in himself. therefore. The young merchant went not abroad. Alas! it would be a comfort to me in my misfortune. it does not belong to me. in return for the benefits I have received. their respect for the caliph kept them within due bounds. Zobeide was not without some apprehensions in the palace of Haroon al Rusheed." answered Fetnah "Alas! madam. The collation continued till very late. However. I beseech you. You know the reasons that condemn me to silence. the women slaves he had bought coming in to wait upon her. was not ignorant "that what belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave. Ganem sung verses ex tempore. that you have not looked upon the excess of my love with indifference. gave way to her inclination. and not being able to find expressions significant enough." said Ganem. I am too sensible of your respectful behaviour to abuse it. the presence of the women-slaves hindered me the first time from taking notice of it to you: in the name of God. I should be ungrateful. in his own opinion. "this is the second time you have done me the honour to call me lord. "I shall be cautious how I treat with such disrespect a man to whom I owe my life. and shall never cease to be so. "I dare not so much as hope. All his thoughts were taken up with his dear Fetnah. passed her time so agreeably with Ganem. expressive of the vehemence of his passion. as your slave: I am. I shall never be guilty of such conduct. They both sat down at table. could I say or do any thing that did not become you. in token of respect. if I could but flatter myself. confessed she had no less affection for him than he had for her. and do not require of me." "My lord. The excellence of the wine insensibly drew them both to drink. composed and sung verses relating to her adventure. which still heightened their passion. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. to return Fetnah thanks." Night drawing on. he.

as he would have done himself had he been present. and embracing her in a transport of joy. sleep fled from her eyes. and putting it on her finger. as soon as he shall see the figure of a dead body buried. over the burial place. He may. It cannot fail of success. and that you have ordered Mesrour to cause her to be buried. Still she met with difficulties. a thousand perplexing thoughts disturbed her rest. and all the officers of the palace. to give out. and knew not where to fix. All that must now be thought of. your eunuchs. and in order that they may only think of lamenting. and will go myself to order the rest. you shall then immediately cause a marble mausoleum to be built.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:49 AM] . than she was seized with a tormenting uneasiness. said. carried away the chest. and express his gratitude. and perhaps. in the form of a dome. "How infinitely am I beholden to you. As soon as it was day. she sent for her. ‘`he will not believe she is really dead. and erect a tomb." added the old woman. my good mother! I should never have thought of so ingenious a contrivance. he will certainly go to shed tears upon her grave. and sees you all and the palace in mourning. in short. it is now. His passion for her being extraordinary. and. but since the thing is done. order Fetnah's woman. There lived with her a lady advanced in years. and look upon all the mourning as an artifice to deceive him. among her companions. "it had been much better not to have run yourself into the difficulties you labour under. "loves Fetnah more than ever he did any of his favourites. You may tell him. I leave the care of the wooden figure to you. you have caused a mausoleum to be built. madam. As for the wooden image. and having entrusted her with the secret. What shall I say to him at his return. I will myself undertake to have it cut by a carver in the city. It is likely he will cause the coffin to be taken up and opened. We will shroud it up in linen. and prevent his making inquiries after her. and I am of opinion. possibly. or so much as the least curiosity to inquire (being used to pay a blind obedience to her commands). and it is certain he will be convinced of her death." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. said. As for your part. if ever I stood in need of it. by saying." replied the old lady. and to show me some way to satisfy the caliph. that you have paid all the last honours to his favourite. snatched away by sudden death. Zobeide took a rich diamond ring out of her casket. who had bred her up from her infancy." said she. and set about with great candlesticks and large wax tapers. when he inquires of me after her?" Many contrivances occurred to her. it was out of respect to him that you paid the last honours to Fetnah. and cause the same to be done by your own and Fetnah's women. which shall be covered with embroidered cloth. you must put on mourning. he will not fail to ask the occasion of it.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. There is another thing. When the caliph returns. without offering to go into her chamber. it shall be buried in some part of the palace. and she spent the night in contriving how to conceal her crime. but none were satisfactory." As soon as the old lady had spoken. and I begin to recover my peace. suspect you have turned her out of the palace through jealousy. is how to deceive the commander of the believers. that you should immediately cause a wooden image resembling a dead body to be carved. without knowing what it contained." "My dear mistress. when the business before you is to still my thoughts. "My consort. and when shut up in a coffin. she has already acquainted you with the circumstance. who shall not know the purpose for which it is designed. distracted by a mortal anxiety. the best consolation is to think no more of it. let her add. "which ought not to be forgotten. "My good mother. entrusted with the execution of her revenge. He will be pleased with all you shall have done. that she has just found her mistress dead in her bed. who yesterday gave her the lemonade.html No sooner had the three slaves. You will then have an opportunity of insinuating yourself into his favour. you have always assisted me with your advice." added the old lady.

Such potent princesses as the consort of a monarch." said he to the caliph's fair favourite. "we cannot obstruct the momentary triumph of Zobeide. and fainted. but the caliph did not give her time. and buried with the usual ceremonies in the place appointed by Zobeide. and I do not question but that Zobeide herself believes it. ‘that what belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave. he. and." said she to him." At the end of three months the caliph returned to Bagdad with glory. and that only Haroon al Rusheed is worthy of you. but contented himself to have Mesrour to file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. In the mean time let us be more cautious than ever. would to God. I flatter myself that sorrow will soon follow her triumph. The caliph will return. as I have before observed. approaching the apartment of Zobeide. I have already told you the consequences to be apprehended from such a discovery." She would have proceeded. taking advantage of this false report. "Madam. and put it into a coffin. that. and spared no cost to make it magnificent. the favourite's women weeping and lamenting. yet prevailed with herself not to encourage it. at length informed of it. and the happy witness of your being alive. for." said Zobeide. I am not surprised at the artifice she uses to conceal her guilt: but let her go on.'" The lovely Fetnah. that he uttered a feeble exclamation. On recovering himself. Being. according to orders. "Commander of the believers. "My lord. with much agitation. Supposing you could resolve to give him up for me. the mausoleum was finished in a short time. however. "I myself took care of her funeral. and then conveyed by the old lady herself into Fetnah's bed-chamber. and his concern was redoubled when. who died so suddenly that it was impossible to apply any remedy to her disorder. and will attend you thither if you desire. he beheld that princess coming to meet him in mourning with all her women. where she dressed it like a dead body. you would share my fortune. She soon put on mourning with all the court. she who had given her the lemonade setting them an example by her cries and lamentations. Ganem was one of the last who heard of it." answered Zobeide. that she may not know I am alive. 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. which sufficiently expressed his extreme grief. so that the news of Fetnah's death was quickly spread over the city. and that you would follow me.html The wooden image was got ready with as much expedition as Zobeide could have wished. and we shall find the means privately to inform him of all that has happened. though moved by the tenderness of the passion he expressed. whose power extended from east to west. who was himself deceived by it. "Sir. He entered the palace with impatience to embrace Fetnah. he hardly ever went abroad.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:49 AM] . He immediately asked her the cause. I bless heaven that I am the cause. "you are supposed in Bagdad to be dead. That very day Zobeide sent for the architect of the palace. it is my part always to remember. are always punctually obeyed in whatsoever they command. "I am in mourning for your slave Fetnah. caused the coffin and the representation of Fetnah to be carried away. having vanquished all his enemies. I have caused a marble mausoleum to be built over her grave. ought I to consent? No. but was amazed to see all the officers in mourning. Then Mesrour." The caliph would not permit Zobeide to take that trouble.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. asked where his dear Fetnah had been buried. with a feeble voice. being so agitated at the news.

chapters."There is great news! The commander of the believers our master will be overjoyed when he awakes. and recited long prayers. the wax. and the other at the feet. went to take some rest in his apartment. The last day of the month. were working some embroidery. She who sat at the bed's-head. "I this evening received a note from a person unknown. morning and evening." "O heavens!" cried Nagmatos Sohi. and this scrupulous fear prevailed over his love and curiosity. he ordered the tomb to be removed. This devout caliph thought it would be a sacrilegious act to suffer the body of the dead lady to be touched. between two of the court ladies. The better to discover the truth himself.html conduct him. and the readers of the Koraun. called Nagmatos Sohi. "is it possible. the grave to be filled. This was all he suspected. "pardon me this indiscretion. but when he saw the linen wrapped round the wooden image." "What then is become of her. might have turned her out of the palace. after which the readers of the Koraun read several. the caliph being always present. being tired with sitting up so long. and the principal officers of the court. "if she is not dead?" "Chief of the believers. who all the time ceased not to honour the memory of Fetnah with his tears. sent for the ministers of religion. and fell asleep upon a sofa. all of them in mourning. Fetnah is not dead." answered the slave. and. and the tomb to be made as it was before. He caused the coffin to be shut up again. taking advantage of his long absence. she is in perfect health. the officers of the palace. whispered to the other. and hears what I have to tell him. and caused the grave and the coffin to be opened in his presence. he durst not proceed any farther. in his camp dress. it caused such emotion in me. suspected his wife's generosity and fancied his mistress might perhaps be yet alive. the incomparable Fetnah should be still among the living?" She uttered these words with so much vivacity. who. and being naturally of a jealous temper.lights round it. and whose name was Nouron-Nihar. perceiving the caliph was asleep. to convey her so far off that she might never more be heard of. she gives me an account of her melancholy adventure. he stood before the tomb. I thought fit. one of them sitting at the bed's-head. he remained in the mausoleum.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. He went thither just as he was. whilst he slept. moistening with his tears the marble that covered the phantom of his mistress. that the beautiful. written with Fetnah's own hand. ordering those she had entrusted to conduct her. in a transport of joy. the charming. The caliph thinking himself obliged to pay some respect to the grave of his favourite. he was amazed that Zobeide should have performed the obsequies of her rival with so much pomp. the prayers and reading of the Koraun lasted from morning till break of day the next morning." demanded the caliph. as well as the caliph himself. and observed a profound silence. and the magnificence of the mausoleum. that the caliph awoke. He doubted not of Fetnah's death. as I could not suppress. and would not hear of any business. with the grand vizier. for he did not think Zobeide wicked enough to have attempted the life of his favourite. whilst they were collecting together." replied the other. and so loud. I could not without transport hear that Fetnah is still alive. He asked why they had disturbed his rest? "Alas! my sovereign lord. When all the persons he had sent for were come. The same ceremony was performed every day for a whole month.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:49 AM] . before I file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. and orders me to acquaint you with it. When he saw the tomb. that Zobeide. The caliph.

who has lived with him these four months. was more concerned at the infidelity he fancied Fetnah had been guilty of towards him. to let you take some few moments' rest. and seeing the grand vizier. I will punish her. and finding it stood detached from any other.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:49 AM] . and----" "Give me that note. and has the effrontery to boast of his attention to her." Having spoken these words. and make an example of that insolent man. "Jaaffier. Take four hundred men of my guards with you. The first thing he did. She perceived her note had been received. whom he caused to bear him company. having his hand on his head. your presence is requisite. interrupting her eagerly. for putting in execution an important affair I am about to commit to you. Thirty days are past since my return to Bagdad. was to send to the syndic of the dealers in foreign stuffs and silks. who has presumed to fail in respell to me. and give audience to his court. and cause it to be razed to the foundations. that he had scarcely been seen for some months. The officer he sent with these orders brought him back word. if he was there. The grand vizier. having hoped that the caliph would have taken the matter in a different light. hearing a noise. came in. repair to his house. The first gate was opened. the son of Abou Ayoub. who were waiting without. but enlarged a little too much on the attentions of Ganem. in token that he would rather lose it than disobey him. in a tone which denoted he would be instantly obeyed. and no man knew what could keep him at home. to prevent the young merchant's making his escape. he posted his soldiers round it.html fulfilled my commission. after reading the note. instead of being provoked at the inhumanity of Zobeide. believing you must stand in need of it. she passes them in betraying me. but first secure Ganem. let us take vengeance of a bold woman. "the perfidious wretch has been four months with a young merchant. Upon this information. and in it Fetnah gave a particular account of all that had befallen her. and that bold youth who affronts me. with the necessary tools for razing a house. that minister. approach with his attendants. without losing time.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. who was naturally jealous. and prostrated himself before the throne. having received this positive command. Fetnah and Ganem had just dined: the lady was sitting at a window next the street. "Is it so?" said he." said the caliph. said to him. the caliph rose. entered. The same officer likewise told Jaaffier where Ganem lived. Go to. and went into a hall where he used to appear in public. came to Ganem's residence. which he opened with much impatience. and attended by a great number of carpenters and masons. "you were wrong to defer delivering it to me. She knew file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. and she now thinks of sending me news of herself. made a low prostration to the caliph. When you have learnt this. and bring him hither. Ungrateful creature! whilst I spend the days in bewailing her. she looked out through the lattice. and immediately all the courtiers. but had not expected such a consequence. with strict orders to find out the house of the unfortunate merchant. concluded she was their object as well as Ganem. went to the judge of the police. The caliph. and departed." The grand vizier. after your fatigue. he stood before his master. and first inquire where a merchant of Damascus lives whose name is Ganem." The slave immediately presented to him the note. Then rising. who. with my slave Fetnah.

whom she loved less out of gratitude than inclination. "you only take care of file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. "Alas! Ganem. and the grand vizier. "there is no time to be lost. However. At this sight he stood motionless. with the civil magistrate at the head of them. and though she was acquainted with his jealous temper." Ganem looked through the lattice. when he beheld the caliph's guards with their naked cimeters. "Ganem.html not how long the prince had been returned from his campaign. on account of his youth and person. without any hesitation. As for Ganem. not indeed for herself. the sight of the grand vizier." said the favourite. and the soldiers made her tremble. put on the habit of one of your slaves immediately. and disfigure your face and arms with soot. we are undone. Full of this thought. she turned to the young merchant and said." answered Harem. and had not power to utter one word.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_031. concerned for himself than for Fetnah.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:49 AM] . that he is within. yet apprehended nothing on that account. and was seized with dread. if you love me. answer. you may be taken for a servant belonging to the eating house. If they happen to ask you where the master of the house is. Then put some of these dishes on your head. but for Ganem: she did not question clearing herself. and they will let you pass. provided the caliph would but hear her." "Alas! madam. she plainly foresaw that his incensed rival might be apt to condemn him.

not finding Ganem." replied Fetnah. As soon as the porters were gone. and order them to be secured. he whispered the civil magistrate. sent to acquaint the grand vizier. and would certainly have suffered himself to be seized by the caliph's soldiers. But the civil magistrate. and to conduct you thither. On the contrary. and has left these chests you see under my care. He then went out. that he knew not what course to pursue. As for what you leave in this house.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032. As soon as Fetnah saw the grand vizier. Those who were behind the grand vizier. falling also down till she had raised herself. and it was not known what became of them. I have no farther orders. had not Fetnah pressed him to disguise himself. to whom I am indebted for my life. No sooner was Jaaffier out of the house. "My lord. the grand vizier. that they could not utter a word. than to intreat you will be pleased to go with me to the palace. taking her with him. but first to cause diligent search to be made for Ganem. he is not here. they ran in among the crowd. As for the young merchant. till he returns. Ganem went out with some dishes on his head: he was taken for the servant of an eating-house. The orders he gives in the heat of passion are always fatal. as it were to receive her death." "You shall be obeyed. I will take care of it. and immediately sent for porters. come into the room. who." The young merchant's affliction was so great. "let us go." said she. He submitted to her persuasions. notwithstanding what Fetnah had told him. and carry them to Mesrour. I am ready to follow you. he has been gone about a month since to Damascus. daubed himself with soot. As for Ganem's slaves. she fell upon her face.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:52 AM] . he suspected. you need only make it known to me. with the merchant that lives in this house. I conjure you to cause them to be carried to the palace. and continuing in that posture." said Jaaffier. and did their business so effectually." replied the favourite. and thus favoured his escape He soon reached one of the gates." "Madam. "it is my part to look to that. after the strictest search. when the caliph's anger shall be over. whom he commanded to take up the chests. before that minister reached the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032. "I am ready to undergo the sentence passed against me by the commander of the believers. might be hidden. and I hope it will be one day faithfully restored to you. than the masons and carpenters began to demolish it. and where there were many chests full of Ganem's clothes. attended by the two slaves who waited on her. whither his business called him. committing to him the care of seeing the house razed. I do not intend to offer you the least harm. They were both so overwhelmed with sorrow. and got clear of the city. Whilst he was making the best of his way from the grand vizier." "My lord. and as they were knocking at the door. that in a few hours none of it remained." answered Jaaffier. Thus they parted. what will become of you?" "Let not that trouble you. "God forbid any man should presume to lay profane hands on you. but at present avoid his fury. and of the money he had made of his goods. that I may perform the promise I made him to take all possible care of them. all they could do was to embrace each other tenderly. and no one offered to stop him. who was the first that met him. they were not regarded. put on the habit of a slave. made way as he had done. that minister came into the room where Fetnah was sitting on a sofa. little thinking that he was the man he looked for.html me. gave way and let him pass.

we could not find him. without making any answer. the son of Abou Ayoub." said he to the chief of the eunuchs. "have you executed my orders?" "Yes." said Haroon al Rusheed. In the mean time. daughters. dispatched it by an express. though every place has been searched. and secure him. A letter rolled up is made fast under their wing. when he heard that Ganem had made his escape. the enraged caliph dismissed his grand vizier. Mesrour being used to execute his sovereign's orders. The pigeons of Bagdad have this peculiar quality. sister. As for his favourite. that from wherever they may be carried to. has seduced the most amiable of my women slaves. "Well. I expect you will without delay execute my command. that a merchant of Damascus. and Fetnah affirms that he has been gone a month to Damascus. "This letter is to inform you. and only hearkening to his passion. and I have brought you your favourite Fetnah. that he might the sooner hear what had been done by Mahummud Zinebi. proclaiming. and by that means advice is speedily received from such places as it is desired." The caliph having written this letter." answered Jaaffier "the house Ganem lived in is levelled with the ground. Then let him be led through all parts of the city by a crier. who was the more grieved because she had assured herself.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:52 AM] . and after it has been razed. It is my will that you cause his house to be plundered. She was obliged to submit to her hard fate. if he has father. cause them to be stripped. obeyed this with some reluctance. He signified his concern to Fetnah. "take the ungrateful and perfidious Fetnah. It is my will. who resided at Damascus. ordering him to make all possible speed. who conducted her to the dark tower. or other kindred. and when they are naked. that the caliph would not refuse to speak to her. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032.' After that you shall send him to me under a strong guard. and for three days successively let him receive fifty strokes of the bastinado." Never was passion equal to that of the caliph. expose them three days to the whole city. forbidding any person on pain of death to afford them shelter. he would neither see nor speak to her. and there left her. and commonly served as a prison for the favourites who any way offended the caliph. who was then present. As for the young merchant.html palace. called Fetnah. she is at your closet door. ‘This is the smallest punishment the commander of the believers inflicts on him that offends his lord. mother.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032. whose name is Ganem. and debauches one of his slaves. When he is in your power. however unjust. wives. order the materials to be carried out of the city into the middle of the plain. they return to Bagdad as soon as they are set at liberty. seeing him come into his closet. believing that she had been false to him. and to follow Mesrour. wrote the following letter with his own hand to the king of Syria. you cause search to be made for Ganem. if you command me. and shut her up in the dark tower." That tower was within the precinct of the palace. and I will call her in. and to take pigeons along with him. "Mesrour. you shall cause him to be loaded with irons. Besides this. his cousin and tributary. and is fled. especially when they have young ones. that when you have read my letter.

my mistress. he hastily entered the house." said he." The king. and laid it on his head. "why should the mother and the daughter. and being come to Damascus. and went directly to Ganem's house. in which she placed a tomb. The courier having delivered it." thought he to himself. but the other merchants with whom he went to Bagdad were returned. hearing their cries and lamentations.html The caliph's courier travelled night and day. caused all the house to be diligently searched by his guards for Ganem. lamenting him. who sat upon his throne to receive the caliph's letter. as if her son had been buried there: her daughter bore her company. "My good lady. She bewailed Ganem as if she had seen him die. she could not but be persuaded that he was dead. Ganem's mother had never received any letter from him since he had left Damascus. the son of Abou Ayoub. and all of them told her they had left her son in perfect however. and had herself closed his eyes: never mother expressed greater sorrow. and mixed her tears with hers. not regarding what was said by the slave. that she delighted in indulging her grief. for he was a prince of a mild nature. is in that monument. and without losing time. kissed the letter. attended by all his guards. as his master's impatience required. "that Ganem you inquire for is dead. where he saw the mother and daughter sitting on a mat. and had had the comfort of having his bones in this monument! O my son. immediately descended from his throne. seeing he did not return. He sent for the civil magistrate. and had much compassion for the sufferings of the unfortunate. when king Mahummud Zinebi knocked at the door. He opened it. He then advanced towards the monument. and was so fully convinced of this in her imagination. Though the slave had never seen king Zinebi. to denote he was ready submissively to obey the orders it contained. pitied such tender relations. It was now some time since they had thus devoted themselves to sorrow. who are innocent. and their faces appeared to him bathed in tears. inquiring for Ganem." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032." said she. knowing the king of Damascus. is he here?" "Alas! sir. and so far was she from seeking any comfort. Mahummud looking at it. Ganem. she guessed by his retinue that he must be one of the principal officers of Damascus. went directly to king Zinebi's palace. mounted on horseback with the principal officers of his household. obliging me to persecute persons who have not offended you. his mother. "I was looking for your son." cried the mother. These poor women immediately veiled themselves.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032. "If Ganem alone be guilty. be punished? Ah! cruel Haroon al Rusheed! what a mortification do you put upon me. and ran to cast herself at his feet. She spent the greatest part of the days and nights in weeping under that dome. got up. Zinebi was moved. stood up to shew his respect. as soon as they beheld a man at the door of the dome. but the mother. but was oppressed with such violent sorrow that she was unable to proceed. and knowing the hand. that she went into mourning. which being opened by a slave belonging to the family.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:52 AM] . my dear son!" She would have said more. She had caused a dome to be built in the middle of the court belonging to her house. "My lord. and the neighbourhood. in making me the executioner of your vengeance. "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. and having read it.

without sleeves.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:52 AM] . In this condition they were exposed to the people. The next day. It is with the utmost reluctance that I execute such a cruel and ignominious sentence. all was taken away. to secure them against any insult. fine Persian and Indian carpets. bidding them keep close to him. "My good lady. which was performed with the utmost rapaciousness. There it was he redoubled their affliction. cushions covered with cloth of gold and silver. "He commands me. took off his own robe. The mother and daughter were both conducted back to king Mahummud's palace. and at the spectacle that occasioned them. The very children. chests full of wealth. he carried away the mother and daughter to his palace. The queen of Damascus. their head-dress was also taken away.html The guards whom the king had ordered to search for Ganem. as they beheld them through their lattice windows. and it hung down to the ground. they made the air ring with their shrieks. "This is the punishment due to those who have drawn on themselves the indignation of the commander of the believers. without knowing why they were so cruelly treated. these two victims of the caliph's rage were stripped of their clothes. in short." said he to them. and he. yet he in some measure moderated the rigour of the caliph's orders. it is no place of safety for you. The daughter had the finest hair. to see all their goods plundered. by causing large shifts. It distracted him to be obliged to execute the caliph's order. the tears of those two women would not leave him any room to doubt. so that their dishevelled hair hung floating on their backs. because they knew not the reason. and with shouts which terrified Ganem's mother and sister the more. mixed their cries with the general lamentation. they were so spent. Mahummud ordered the civil magistrate to raze the house and monument. A crier went before them. the consternation could not have been greater. were along with them. The rabble carried off the richest goods. He was fully convinced of this." The king delivered these words with such an air. attended by his officers. and being particularly moved by the daughter's youth and beauty. that they lay a long time in a swoon. When the house was plundered. It was near night when this dismal scene concluded. notwithstanding the caliph's prohibition to relieve them. and exposed naked for three days to the view of the people. with which they covered their faces." They went out. He then ordered the populace to be let in to plunder. and covered them both with it. had an enemy been in Damascus. and their horse-hair shifts put upon them.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032. The civil magistrate. frightened at those shrieks. Not being used to walk bare-foot. "quit this monument with your daughter. who every now and then cried. all the people were dissolved in tears. and while that was doing. by acquainting them with the caliph's will." Whilst they walked in this manner along the streets of Damascus. sent some of her women to comfort them. with their arms and feet naked. more especially the ladies. fine China ware. considering them as innocent persons. and his sister. "to cause you to be stripped. till nothing remained but the bare walls of the house: and it was a dismal spectacle for the unhappy ladies. came and told him their search had been vain." said he to Ganem's mother. as they passed before their houses. and endeavouring to hide their confusion under their hair. as plainly made it appear his heart was really pierced with grief and compassion. highly afflicted at their misfortunes. to be made of coarse horse-hair for Ganem's mother. In short. putting all to fire and sword. with all sorts of file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032. and they were conducted through the city. clad in such a strange garment. Though the fear of being dethroned prevented his following the dictates of his pity.

but all fear him. the streets. He cannot have committed the crime he is accused of. as well as the king her consort. She ate a morsel out of complaisance. The ladies. who were much affected at the spectacle. The queen's women found them still in a swoon." The mother and daughter thus interchanging their sighs and tears. I dare answer for his innocence. I am only concerned for my daughter. the young lady. "Madam." answered Ganem's mother. to recover their spirits. the punishment is fallen on you. since it is for him that I suffer. He is accused of having seduced the beautiful Fetnah. and the queen of Syria. However. "we are highly concerned at your affliction. were now quite empty. provided heaven has preserved my son. In the mean time the queen's women. by flight. "My good madam." said she. O Ganem!" added she. He is not dead. in the condition already mentioned." Ganem's mother entreated the queen's women to return her majesty a thousand thanks from her and her daughter. All the merchants. withdrew into the back parts of their houses. which at first had been full of people. But that day and the following. for fear of incurring his displeasure." "I know my son. and clasping her arms about her neck. dear mother. that princess is much afflicted at your misfortunes. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032." "My good lady. who till then had appeared insensible. But I will cease to murmur and complain. We can assure you. the unhappy ladies afforded the same spectacle the second time next day. as you imagine. and how harsh and unjust soever the caliph's orders may be. "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. and in that respect which is due to the commander of the believers. and her daughter did the like. and exhort you to have patience. incensed at the ill usage of Abou Ayoub's widow and daughter. but having. in a transport of affection and joy. "I have educated him carefully.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032. Ganem's mother immediately returned them thanks for their courtesy." said one of the queen's ladies to her. continued a considerable time in such moving embraces. our mistress. the best beloved of the caliph's favourites. with much difficulty they were brought to themselves. and you see king Zinebi himself dares not resist his orders. and almost past receiving any benefit by what they offered them.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:52 AM] . turned to her mother.html refreshments and wine." said she. and then directing her discourse to the lady who spoke to her. and kept themselves close within their houses." On hearing these words. her sufferings alone afflict me. yet I believe her to be so good a sister as to follow my example. whatever extremity your love for my brother may reduce us to. instead of looking through their lattice windows. "I will always follow your example. All we can do is to pity you. All condemn the caliph's resentment. The caliph having ordered that Ganem's kindred should be exposed three days successively to the sight of the people. and he is not dead. omitted no persuasions to prevail with Ganem's mother to take some sustenance." answered the other. shut up their shops. "my dear son Ganem! is possible that you are still alive? I am no longer concerned for the loss of my fortune. "the origin of your misfortunes proceeds from your son Ganem. "Yes. has done us a favour in employing us to assist you. from morning till night. I forgive him. withdrawn himself from that prince's indignation.

resorted to them after the day was shut in. It seemed as if all the inhabitants of Damascus had abandoned their city. they recollected some of their best friends." The two wretched ladies. As soon as they appeared. my child. the king resolving punctually to obey the caliph's orders. or among any persons. discoursing in this manner.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032. "do we carry the plague about us? Must the unjust and barbarous usage we have received render us odious to our fellow-citizens? Come. not to receive Ganem's mother and sister into their houses. On the fourth day. for fear of being discovered. but durst not stay to comfort them. and left to their choice to go where they thought fit. and. strictly commanding all the inhabitants of Damascus. and strangers. so great an impression had the late prohibition made upon all. out of charity and compassion. sent criers into all quarters of the city to make proclamation." said Ganem's mother. that prince ordered the mother and the daughter to be turned out of the palace. They easily perceived that every body shunned them. but not knowing the reason. or hold the least correspondence with them. though he did not approve of them. Thither some Mussulmauns. upon pain of death. and punished for disobeying the caliph's orders. They carried them provisions." added she. and having their bodies cast to the dogs to be devoured. came to one of the extremities of the city. when coming into any street. who immediately retreated with as much haste as the rest. of what condition soever. "What is the meaning of this. In the mean time king Zinebi had let fly a pigeon to give the caliph an account of his exact obedience. "let us depart from Damascus with all speed. He informed him of all that had been file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_032. not to afford them the least support.html There was not a person to be seen in the public places through which those unfortunate women were carried. all persons fled from them. let us not stay any longer in a city where we are become frightful to our very friends. and their amazement was the greater.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:52 AM] . in a word. or give them a morsel of bread or a drop of water. When the criers had performed what the king had enjoined them. were much surprised. and retired to a ruined house to pass the night.

Instead of answering the question. and continuing their journey towards the Euphrates. but they hoped. and entered Mesopotamia. and return to Fetnah. Jalib al Koolloob and her mother departed from that village. But let us leave Jalib al Koolloob and her mother. As for sustenance. where they passed the night on the mat. and other provisions are distributed to all travellers who desire it. One of those file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. they fell to weeping. and there to leave them. They used at dusk to retire near or into the mosques. because they wished it. However. crossed the river. Their conversation was generally about him. notwithstanding all they had endured. came to the knowledge of things that happened in his court. Having expressed their gratitude to those charitable women. with their misfortunes.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:56 AM] . Zinebi's men executed their commission. that he should banish them from Damascus for ever. and sometimes rested in the public places appointed for the use of travellers. which only served to heighten the curiosity of the peasants. hoping to find Ganem. with shoes. asked them what was the occasion of their travelling in a habit that did not seem to belong to them.html executed. and sometimes. their affection for him increasing instead of diminishing. boiled rice. which they traversed as far as Moussoul. That was the place they had fixed their thoughts upon. and they inquired for him of all they met. and to conduct them three days' journey from Damascus. which was. forbidding them ever to return to the city. and. they in pity gave the wretched ladies some small pieces of money. In this miserable state they came to the first village. took off their horse-hair shifts. The peasants' wives flocked about them. Thence. and each of them a scrip. since the day that had been so fatal to Ganem and herself. disagreeable as her prison was to her. She was still confined closely in the dark tower. taking short journeys towards Aleppo. At length they came to Aleppo. with orders to take the mother and daughter. as it appeared through their disguise that they were people of some condition. The caliph was accustomed to walk frequently at night within the enclosure of his palace. Immediately the king of Syria sent men to the old house. He soon received the caliph's answer in the same way. if there was any. and endeavoured to comfort them.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. but would not stay there. they proceeded to Bagdad. for they often came to places where bread. for he was the most inquisitive prince in the world. it was much less grievous than the thoughts of Ganem's misfortune. and something to cover their heads. and put on them others which they gave them. There was scarcely a moment in which she did not lament him. and to move their compassion. which were very uneasy to them. they did not want. but being less exact their master. or else on the bare pavement. though they ought not to have fancied that he was in a city where the caliph resided. which would otherwise never have reached his ear. by those night-walks. which they hung about their necks. at which the good countrywomen were sensibly afflicted. the uncertainty of whose fate was a killing affliction. and conjured him to direct what he would have done with Ganem's mother and sister. in the strict performance of the caliph's orders. and save their hair. Ganem's mother told them what she and her daughter had endured. They treated them as well as their poverty would permit. to carry their provisions.

he perhaps designed to devote himself to me." By these words the favourite was convinced that the caliph had heard what she had said. will not prevent your being condemned and punished for your violent and unjust proceedings.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. and take her to him again. in his walk. and I draw from this a happy omen. uttered with a loud voice: "O Ganem. and are obliged to seek for safety in flight. and afforded me a sanctuary in his house. By this command. He plainly perceived. "if I have let fall any word that is not agreeable to your majesty.' said he. how can you exculpate yourself. O caliph. rather than afford me your generous relief? What melancholy return have you received for your care and respect? The commander of the faithful. He was overjoyed at the thought. ‘Ah. and in requital for having always regarded me as a person reserved for his bed. and that moment ordered Mesrour to repair to the dark tower. notwithstanding the regard and respell he had for me. too unfortunate Ganem! where are you at this time. barbarous caliph. and much more by the caliph's manner of speaking. "be pleased to follow me. I must own. the unhappy son of Abou Ayoub. "Commander of the true believers. which Fetnah. that. and doing me all the good offices I so much wanted under the circumstances I was then in. on which he valued himself." said she.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:56 AM] . who conducted her into the caliph's closet. the chief of the eunuchs guessed that his master designed to pardon his favourite. her face bathed in tears. I guessed at this. but he whose innocence and wretched state you desire to be informed of is Ganem." said he to the favourite. her sighs and tears putting a stop to her utterance. "Fetnah. and so continued. and fancying he heard somebody talk. I hope you will never more return to this melancholy abode: the commander of the faithful wishes to speak with you. and drawing near the door to listen." Here Fetnah ceased her complaints.html nights.' From that moment. Being resolved to be rightly informed in an affair which so nearly concerned him in point of equity. from the first moment he saw me." Fetnah followed Mesrour. and availed herself of so favourable an opportunity to clear Ganem. Who is he. and had been much concerned at her disgrace. ‘that which belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave. persecutes you. you lose your fortune. and bring Fetnah before him. with such an air as expressed his satisfaction. and conceived hopes of engaging me to admit his love. that. without bidding her rise. stops. by the eagerness which he shewed in entertaining me. whose thoughts were always on Ganem. you know the natural goodness of my disposition. madam. I most humbly beseech you to forgive me. "I think you charge me with violence and injustice. He saved my life from a grave. that if what he had heard was true. therefore flying instantly to the tower. his favourite must be innocent. he happened to pass by the dark tower. I file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. and which makes almost the whole world tremble. and the angels shall testify the truth before your face? All the power you are now invested with. but as soon as he heard that I had the honour to belong to you. whither has thy cruel fate led thee? Alas! it is I that have made you wretched! why did you not let me perish miserably. "Madam. he immediately returned to his apartment. is in a miserable condition? Speak freely. and that he had been too hasty in giving such orders against Ganem and his family." said the caliph. late a rich merchant of Damascus. who ought to have rewarded. and that I love to do justice. She prostrated herself before him. for he respected Fetnah. distinctly heard these words. when you shall appear with Ganem before the tribunal of the Supreme Judge. This was enough to make the caliph reflect.

" replied Fetnah. Ask what you think fit. I would not for the world conceal the truth from you. after returning your majesty thanks for Ganem. "you may." "I must do more. "I believe all you have told me. but above all. I most humbly entreat you to cause it to be published throughout your do minions. to file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. but far from availing himself of my frailty. "I forgive you all. and the respect he has strewn for me." replied the caliph. daughter. and rising again. nothing had been removed." "Well.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. and enlarging on the obligations she owed to Ganem. then." She did so. that he might avoid his indignation. the caliph said to her. to repair the wrong I have done to himself and his family. passing slightly over what regarded Zobeide. and notwithstanding the flame which consumed him. Consider. and I will grant it. I give him to you for a husband. was a long time before he could find an opportunity of putting it into her own hands." The caliph was not displeased with Fetnah for the freedom of these words. endeavouring by that means to make the caliph sensible that she had been under the necessity of remaining concealed in Ganem's house." said he. to deceive Zobeide. ‘That which belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave. "Ganem went abroad so very seldom. therefore." said Haroon al Rusheed. and all that his passion could force from him were the words I have already repeated to your majesty." said he. that you pardon the son of Abou Ayoub. before you sent me word where you were?" "Commander of the true believers. which perhaps may displease you. He perceived it. by heaping favours on the young merchant of Damascus. In short. said. "But may I. he still remained steady in his duty. commander of the true believers. "let me inform you." rejoined the prince. and to prove to you that I am sincere.'" This ingenuous confession might have provoked any other man than the caliph. He commanded her to rise. Besides. but it completely appeased that prince. I went further yet: you know the tyranny of love: I felt some tender inclination rising in my breast. but I beg pardon of your majesty beforehand. When she had done speaking." Hereupon the favourite fell down at the caliph's feet." answered Fetnah. You. provided you conceal nothing from me. and you will answer for it before the tribunal of God. his behaviour was always suitable to his words. gained him my esteem. joined to all the good offices he did me.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:56 AM] . "Commander of the true believers. and would willingly make amends for it. that you need not wonder we were not the first that heard of your return. with her face to the ground. The same furniture was still in it. she highly extolled his discretion." 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." "Speak. with artless simplicity. "Tell me your story." replied Fetnah. 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. that Ganem's respectful behaviour. and that he may safely come to you. and making her sit by him. I must make a confession. "in requital for having saved your life. well know with what rigour you have treated him. "rely on the assurance you give me of Ganem's virtue?" "Yes. but that which pleased her most was.html owe this justice to his virtue to declare. which she plainly told the caliph she had compelled him to. to make amends for the loss of his fortune. Fetnah. who took upon him to deliver the letter I wrote to Nouron Nihar. She concluded with the young merchant's escape. "I acknowledge my fault. "from the beginning to the end. Ganem. what I can do for him." "It is enough.

she entreated the caliph to give her leave to seek for Ganem herself. and that nothing is more grateful to you. and went one morning out of the palace. and was satisfied that a slave should shew her the way. and spent above two. who was of the same opinion with me. but if you desire to exercise your charity in person. who was gone before to give notice to his mistress. The syndic would have conducted her to his house." answered the syndic. but this proved of no effect. The next day Haroon al Rusheed ordered the grand vizier. desiring their prayers for the accomplishment of an affair. that he pardoned Ganem the son of Abou Ayoub. and in the like equipage as the day before. she took a purse containing a thousand pieces of gold. Black eunuchs attended her. because we wish to let them take some rest before we trouble them with our questions. sick or in distress. and gave them clean linen. The syndic. they were in a deplorable condition.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:56 AM] ." Fetnah. "as a person whose piety is celebrated throughout the city. I desire you to distribute that gold among the poor strangers you relieve. to cause proclamation to be made throughout all his dominions. she being then in the chamber with Jalib al Koolloob and her mother.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. Thus she went from mosque to mosque. and will be pleased to step to my house. for a long time elapsed without any news of the young merchant. but she would not give him the trouble. was file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. which Mesrour had received the caliph's orders to convey thither. for they were the persons the syndic had been speaking of to Fetnah. for I know you make it your business to assist those who apply to your charity. depended." said she. you will there see two women worthy of your compassion. knowing by her dress that she was a lady belonging to the palace. with a hand placed on each side of the mule's back. because I thought they were persons of rank. "I apply myself to you. The next day she took another purse of the same value. and it moved me the more. Through all the rags that covered them. than to have an opportunity of relieving their misery. went to the square of the jewellers' shops. putting the purse into his hands. whilst she herself led them to our warm bath. and delivered them to my wife. and returned to the palace in the evening. bestowing her alms among the devotees of the Mahummedan religion. Fetnah concluded. The syndic's wife being informed by the slave.thirds of his income in relieving poor strangers. and followed the syndic's slave. I discovered a noble air. that he had not been able to survive the pain of losing her. felt a curiosity to see them. which being granted. I met them yesterday as they were coming into the city. she told them. I am also satisfied that you prevent their wants. did not make Fetnah wait. We know not as yet who they are. and stopping at the gateway without alighting. notwithstanding the impression the sun has made on their faces. I carried them both to my house. She alighted at the door. mounted on a mule from the caliph's stables. A dreadful uneasiness seized her mind. She spend the whole day and the thousand pieces of gold in giving alms at the mosques." "Madam. who was a most charitable man. "I shall obey your commands with pleasure. on which the happiness of two persons. not to be commonly found in those people I relieve.html find Ganem's chests and bales. but as hope is the last thing which forsakes lovers. sent one of her black eunuchs for the syndic or chief of them. very richly caparisoned. that a lady from the palace was in her house. without knowing why. She caused her slaves to provide them good beds.

and permit me to vow eternal duty and affection. it is in my apartment in the palace." "Madam. Alas! I am fully persuaded he is only the innocent cause of them. and that he is no more guilty towards the caliph than his sister and myself." "Having so said. "they lie in those beds you see by each other. he gives me to him for his consort. When the caliph's favourite had strewn the mother and daughter all tokens of affection. to the populace. "Good woman. but Fetnah. he wrote to the king of Damascus. and then to banish us out of Syria for ever. I desire you will let me speak with those two strangers that arrived at Bagdad last night. I had a son called Ganem. but suppressing her agitation and concern. she wept so bitterly that Fetnah and the syndic's wife could not forbear letting fall some tears." "Madam." said Fetnah. naked. who. if I may judge of you by myself. who had followed the slave. she suffered Ganem's mother to proceed in the following manner: "I am the widow of Abou Ayoub. if he is no more. for I am that very Fetnah. who. You cannot make the relation to any persons better disposed to use all possible means to comfort you." "Madam. that Heaven has not quite forsaken us. a lady whose name is Fetnah. 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. "Be so kind as to tell us your misfortunes. "I come to offer you my assistance: I have considerable interest in this city. but I know all the treasure of the world cannot comfort you without Ganem." answered the syndic's wife. coming to trade at Bagdad. that he pardons the son of Abou Ayoub. "a favourite of the commander of the true believers. The caliph caused search to be made for him every where. who was so astonished that she could return no answer. you so much complain of. I have already justified Ganem to the caliph. and may be of service to you and your companion. You are no longer his enemies. by uniting our fortunes. and to expose my daughter and myself three days successively. and I could meet with him. said to Ganem's mother. I can in some measure relieve it. But how unworthy soever our usage has been. and doubt not he will do you as much good as he has done you injury. have occasioned you so many misfortunes. therefore look on me as your daughter. but if I have occasioned your misfortune. "The wealth Ganem had in this city is not lost." said she. is the occasion of all our misfortunes. who. "he is no more guilty than you are." answered Ganem's mother. but not finding him." replied Abou Ayoub's disconsolate widow. to put him to death. Fetnah held her long in her arms. "I perceive by your obliging offers. He waits for Ganem. and recount your story. Fetnah raised her up. has been accused of carrying off Fetnah. and said. through some fatality in my stars." The favourite immediately drew near the mother's. held out her arms to receive her. Blood is no less powerful than love in great minds. To me you must impute the loss of your son. who has caused it to be proclaimed throughout his dominions. she said to them. to requite the service he has done me." "No doubt of it. did not give her time: on her coming into the chamber. the syndic's wife prostrated herself before her. "My good lady. a merchant of Damascus. and all the evils we have suffered on his account. interrupting her there. and only left her to embrace the daughter. as Ganem's wife." Having uttered these words.html hastening to meet her. she bowed down on Ganem's mother. after so many misfortunes as have befallen us.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033." These words were like a thunderbolt to the favourite. sitting up. to express the respect she had for all who belonged to the caliph.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:56 AM] . The caliph's favourite having dried up hers. though we had cause to believe it had. to cause our house to be plundered and razed. I should be still comforted were my son alive. but why should we despair of seeing him again? We file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. I can assure you of his innocence. and viewing her carefully.

driver had just carried to an hospital: he was bound with cords on a camel. and they are now in a private room where I placed him. by my slaves. and were carrying him into the hospital. whom a camel. putting on some of my file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. the happiness of meeting with you makes me conceive fresh hopes. I went up to the young man. I took pity on him." Fetnah would have proceeded.html shall find him.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_033. and am sensible of the incapacity of the physicians. I have caused him to be brought to my own house. viewed him attentively. and fancied his countenance was not altogether unknown to me. I asked him some questions concerning his family and his country. for I am too well acquainted with their way of managing the sick. perceived that he had need to have particular care taken of him. They had already unbound him." said he to her. when I happened to pass by. and being so much used to sick people. "I come from seeing a very moving object. but the syndic of the jewellers coming in interrupted her: "Madam. because he had not strength enough to sit. when Ganem was with you.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:48:56 AM] . it is a young man. I would not permit him to be put into the hospital. Perhaps this is the last day of your sufferings. but all the answers I could get were sighs and tears. and the beginning of a greater felicity than you enjoyed in Damascus.

and nothing ought to obstruct your taking it. The son of Abou Ayoub." added she. There was no file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. with a trembling voice. The young man having recovered. in favour of whom the commander of the true believers has caused a proclamation to be made in Bagdad.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. her heart beat. who just now spoke to you. "Alas! daughter. however. She gazed earnestly on him. She saw a young man. I should be glad to see him. to withstand the earnest desire of being satisfied. looked all around. sprang up. and she fancied she beheld Ganem. yet in other respects he appeared so different. and she felt a sudden emotion. if he be living. such a sudden transport of joy seized him that he fainted away. "is it you I behold?" Having spoken these words." The caliph's favourite coming into the chamber of the sick stranger. in which the syndic's slaves had already laid him. The situation of your affairs is altered. "What is become of you. I will contribute all in my power towards it. with knowing so much. or was it only an illusion?" "No. Though she found something of Ganem in the objets she beheld." At the name of Fetnah. and treating him as they would do myself. the syndic desired the lady to withdraw." Having spoke these words. Be satisfied. is not perhaps in a more happy condition. that she also swooned away. where almost the same scene was acted over again. "into the sick man's room. his countenance pale. for the present. the lady. Ganem (for it was really he) opened his eyes. Fetnah and the syndic did all they could to bring him to himself. disfigured. for when Ganem's mother understood that the sick stranger whom the syndic had brought into his house was Ganem himself. You now stand in need of rest. would know the voice of Fetnah.html own linen. she was again come to herself. that it would endanger his life to excite in him those emotions. drew near the bed. with the assistance of Fetnah and the syndic's wife." The syndic conducted her. but you shall see her again. that she durst not imagine it was he that lay before her. exclaimed. "Alas! Ganem. whose eyes were closed." said the syndic. hindered her. declaring. and knowing the caliph's favourite. she was so overjoyed. that Ganem. wretched as that sick stranger is. as I suppose. but observing that he seemed insensible. but as soon as they perceived he began to revive. and went himself to provide for him such medicines as were proper to recover his strength. exhausted by hard living and toil. since you are. sir. therefore think of nothing but recovering your health. "by what miracle" He could say no more. and whilst she was going thither. and when. will acquaint you with the rest. however indisposed." said she. representing that Ganem was so weak and emaciated. "it is not you that I address! My imagination being overcharged with your image. that he forgives him what is passed. Unable. charming Fetnah? Did you really appear before my eyes. "it was no illusion. and not seeing what he sought. but the syndic coming in. which must be the consequence of the unexpected sight of a beloved mother and sister." Fetnah's heart beat at these words of the jeweller. but yet she would not believe her eyes. he left Ganem to take his rest." said he. for which she could not account: "Shew me. "Ganem.html (1 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:48:59 AM] . Ganem's mother said to Jalib al Koolloob. as soon as you are in a condition to bear the interview. and bathed in tears. During this time Fetnah was in the room with Jalib al Koolloob and her mother. she would have arisen to go and see her son. she stopped to give the young man time to answer." said she to the syndic. your brother. has given to a stranger a deceitful resemblance. "Ah! madam. It was I that caused the lady to withdraw. lest the sight of her should heighten his disorder.

Fetnah then said. had wrought so good an effect. asked whether she had heard any news of Ganem? "Commander of the true believers. yet he was just. but above all the different situation of his mind. she sent Mesrour to request a private audience of the caliph. and had publicly wronged them. not so much for your sake as for my own. his sister. Accordingly the son of Abou Ayoub was speedily much amended. "Well. and that his disorder proceeding altogether from melancholy. You shall marry Ganem. and in his heat sometimes guilty of cruel actions. Matters being so ordered. that Fetnah should first go alone into Ganem's chamber. He commanded her to rise. when the storm of anger was over. she prostrated herself at his feet." This said. you are free. the syndic announced Fetnah's coming to the sick man. the sight of them might occasion too great surprise and joy. and having made her sit down. and went away." said she.html (2 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:48:59 AM] . which was immediately granted. because there was ground to fear. when she thought it was proper. he has doubtless listened to you." The next morning early Fetnah repaired to the syndic of the jewellers. it is a real satisfaction to me. he would soon recover his health. she embraced the mother and the daughter. The first person she met was the syndic. As soon as she came to the palace.html occasion for the syndic's saying any more to Ganem's mother. provided he was prepared to receive them. and also his mother and sister. where he was alone. the cause being removed. "Let us bless Heaven for having brought us all together. and tell the mother and daughter the good news she had for them. you shall bring him to me with his mother and sister. and tomorrow morning I will return to you. and he has restored you to his favour. that he was again near fainting away. that. who told her that Ganem had rested well that night. according to custom. Though Haroon al Rusheed was passionate. saying so many things in commendation of Ganem's mother and sister." The caliph was curious to know how she had discovered them in so short a time. being impatient to hear of Ganem's health. drawing near to his bed. and she satisfied his inquiries. It was therefore resolved. Go back to that young merchant." exclaimed he. not knowing his mother and sister were at Bagdad. he desired to see them as well as the young merchant. I will return to the palace to give the caliph an account of these adventures. whom you thought you had lost for ever." "Ah! madam. and the good medicines he had taken. and his mistress. who was so transported to see her. You have dispelled his jealousy. she ceased insisting to go and see him. and then make a sign to the two other ladies to appear." said he to Fetnah. he resolved to make them public satisfaction. with her face on the ground. "I have been so successful. Ganem. Rest. "I am overjoyed. and as soon as he has recovered his health. and I here declare you are no longer my slave. and the most generous prince in the world." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. "you have again found your Fetnah. eagerly interrupting her. and he was made sensible of the wrong he had done. I will keep the promise I have made you. Having therefore no longer cause to doubt but that he had unjustly persecuted Ganem and his family. and being brought into the prince's closet. that I have found him. as soon as she was told that she could not converse with her son." said she. that the syndic thought he might without danger see his mother. without hazarding his life. "what miracle has restored you to my sight? I thought you were in the caliph's palace.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. "that your search has proved so successful.

which she delivered to the syndic. In conclusion. to make amends for the wrong he has done you. desires now to see you. and Ganem finding himself strong enough. Jaaffier came to the syndic's house. "Let us bless Heaven. and he could not forbear letting fall some tears at the relation. that some charitable peasants had taken care of him. with his mother and sister.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. which Fetnah told him. chose such as were very handsome. to take away your life. my master and yours. prepared to go abroad. that having taken refuge in a small village. who. Ganem drew them afresh. and there is no question but that he will load your family with favours. and soon returned with a purse containing a thousand pieces of gold. but on the day he had appointed to pay his respects to the caliph." These last words occasioned such an excess of joy in Ganem. The syndic. kissed him a thousand times. he appeared so impatient to see them. he there fell sick. He told them. He had come on horseback. as soon as he entered. but I will go and make some provision for them. how the caliph." answered the lady. and let us think of nothing but the happiness that awaits us. otherwise than by that passionate silence so well known to lovers.html (3 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:48:59 AM] . They were finished in three days. till the moment the syndic brought him to his house. and in the same house with him. while he was making ready. nor sufficiently admire the secret workings of Providence which had brought together into their house four persons. At length he broke out in these words: "Beautiful Fetnah. that they were actually in Bagdad. he must appear before the caliph. that he may reward the respect you had for him. and how she had cleared herself. my dear Ganem. attended by a great number of officers. and who in his fury caused your mother and your sister to suffer a thousand indignities. Fetnah also told them all the uneasiness of her imprisonment. 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. with his mother and sister. But when Fetnah informed him. the grand vizier. notwithstanding the thoughts which arose in his mind at the prospect of being married to his mistress. As soon as Ganem has recovered his health. and had them made up with all expedition. desiring him to buy apparel for the mother and daughter. a camel-driver had undertaken to carry him to the hospital at Bagdad. They were at the door waiting for that moment. that the favourite could no longer defer giving him the satisfaction. "I have cleared myself before the commander of the true believers.html "Yes. whom fortune had so cruelly persecuted. she went to the palace. When they had dried up their tears. but finding he did not recover." answered Fetnah. which has brought us all together again. had sent for her into his closet. went up to Ganem. as well as his mother's and sisters. They entered. "I am come from the commander of the true believers. by the recital of what he had suffered from the day he left Fetnah. that he knew not for a while how to express himself. "The caliph. What tears were shed amidst those embraces! Ganem's face was bathed with them. "Sir. that they could not forbear weeping." This said. who before caused search to be made for you. Fetnah said. the orders I file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. and accordingly called them in. what the caliph had done to his mother and sister." said he to Ganem. The syndic himself and his wife were so moved at the spectacle. and Fetnah let fall abundance." Ganem asked. bestows me on you for a wife. and embracing him in their turns. who was a man of a good taste. when they had related what accidents had befallen them.

"I am glad to see you. retired into his own apartment. than by profoundly bowing his head. Africans. It was afterwards laid up in his library." "Commander of the true believers. of his own dominions. that it would be honour enough for his sister to be one of his favourites. and appeared so sincere. according to the custom observed towards those who are admitted to audience. and many copies being transcribed. and said. and the three contracts be drawn up and signed immediately. that he ordered his historiographer to commit it to writing with all its circumstances. and then mounted a horse brought from the caliph's stables. which. and Syrians. "a slave has no will but his master's. I believe you will not disdain to be allied to my grand vizier. on whom his life and fortune depend." Ganem returned no other answer to the vizier's compliment." Ganem obeyed. he caused them to be called in. met with the approbation of the whole court. "I am so sorry for having treated your charms so unworthily. The caliph was sitting on his throne. "you are still young. After which he said to him. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. This is not all. He then descended from his throne. I will have you live in my court. I am to bear you company. I give you to Jaaffier. turning towards Ganem's mother.html have differ much from those which I do not wish to revive in your memory. and you. it became public. Not questioning but that Fetnah was in waiting. They prostrated themselves before him: he made them rise. I take you to wife." Ganem would have represented to the caliph.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. which he managed very gracefully. viziers. and whilst Fetnah on another mule led them by a bye-way to the prince's court. made a handsome compliment in verse. as she was of your past sufferings. prostrating himself with his face to the ground. that. after viewing her very attentively. the young merchant paid his obeisance. not to mention strangers. and all that you have done for her. and. and brought him into the hall of audience. Fetnah." added he. to Ganem. and assigned him a considerable pension. other attendants and courtiers. "Ganem. and was so charmed by Jalib al Koolloob's beauty. follow him. When the vizier had conducted Ganem to the foot of the throne. he said. and causing only Ganem and the grand vizier. that I owe them such a satisfaction as may surpass the injury I have done. and desire to hear from your own mouth where you found my favourite. and by that means shall punish Zobeide. and to present you to the caliph. encompassed with emirs. After his compliment. Egyptians. the caliph caused him to approach." The caliph was highly pleased with Ganem's reply. with Abou Ayoub's widow and daughter.html (4 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:48:59 AM] . though the effusion of the moment. who is desirous to see you. that the caliph was convinced of his veracity. He ordered a very rich vest to be given him. The mother and daughter were mounted on mules belonging to the palace. who shall become the first cause of your good fortune. Let a cauzee and witnesses be called. End of Volume 1. Haroon thought this such an extraordinary story. and then rising." answered the young merchant. Arabs. but he was resolved to marry her. Jaaffier conducted Ganem. Persians.

a little hunch-back seated himself at the shop door and began to sing. on the extreme boundaries of Tartary. Wood FROM THE TEXT OF DR. a tailor who had a pretty wife.htm) The "Aldine" Edition of The Arabian Nights Entertainments Illustrated by S. and play file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. and of Badoura. L. 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. JONATHAN SCOTT In Four Volumes Volume 2 London Pickering and Chatto 1890 Contents of Volume II. 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. One day while he was at work. and Schemselnihar. whom he affectionately loved. There was in former times at Casgar.html Text scanned and proofread by JC Byers (http://www.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. Favourite of Caliph Haroon Al Rusheed The Story of the Loves of Kummir Al Zummaun.capitalnet. and by whom he was beloved with reciprocal tenderness.html (5 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:48:59 AM] . Prince of the Isles of the Children of

putting a piece of money into her hand. and tell your master we have brought him a man who is very ill. but when he saw that what he had kicked down was a dead man. but as the little man was eating. and leaving it there. and the other readily accepted the invitation: so the tailor shut up his shop. he thought it must needs be a good patient. being paid beforehand. if the magistrates should hear of it. the one by the feet and the other by the head. "give him that beforehand. light. his wife and he took the corpse." As he spoke. let us carry the corpse to the terrace of our house. Aaron." said he. If we harbour it till morning we are lost. and wants his advice. he had the precaution to shut his door. but his wife. that he invoked Moses. "will divert us both this evening. In the mean time." He accordingly invited him. "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. "Have the goodness. and all the other prophets of his nation. desiring he would come down and look at a sick man whom they had brought with them. 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. who was ready to swoon at the sight. "Bring me a light. he unluckily swallowed a bone. and unless Esdras's ass come to assist me. He then took the corpse into his wife's chamber. "our business at present is. choked him. "we are utterly ruined and undone. and should not be neglected. they will be here out of hand.html upon a tabor. to convince him that we do not mean to impose." replied the Jew. The doctor was transported with joy. he could not think of any stratagem to relieve his embarrassment." At last she brought one. asked what they wanted. I am ruined: Mercy on me. and came against the corpse with so much violence that he precipitated it to the bottom." cried he to the maid. which. Esdras. "Unhappy man that I am. Here. However. he was so frightened. hurried away." The doctor and his wife consulted how to dispose of the corpse that night. This accident greatly alarmed them both. from which a steep flight of stairs led to his chamber." cried she. and had nearly fallen with it." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034. who was more fertile in invention." said he. for fear any one passing by should observe the accident of which he reckoned himself to be the author. The servant maid came down without any light. "follow me quickly. dreading. and clapped into his hand the money she had received. "Light. said." said the tailor. and he went down stairs with her. and having formed his plan. unless we can devise some expedient to get the corpse out of our house this night." Notwithstanding the perplexity and confusion into which he was thrown. the husband devised a scheme to get rid of the corpse." cried he to the maid. he hastily ran towards the head of the stairs without waiting for a light. quick. They knocked at the door. and carried him home. the tailor and his wife hastily conveyed the hunchbacked corpse to the head of the stairs. "Alas. and throw it down the chimney of our Mussulmaun neighbour. Joshua. and opening the door. notwithstanding all that the tailor and his wife could do." continued he. the maid told the doctor. The tailor was pleased with his performance. and carried it to the physician's house.html (6 of 7) [09-Jan-10 10:48:59 AM] . He reflected that a Jewish doctor lived just by. "quick. that a man and woman waited for him at the door. that they would be punished as murderers. The doctor racked his brain in vain. What a deplorable misfortune is this! What have you done to kill this man?" "That is not now the question. "to go up again. and drag me out of my house for a murderer. to find a remedy for the evil which threatens us. Immediately after their arrival the tailor's wife placed before them a good dish of fish. "A thought is just come into my head.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_034.

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"Ah!" said he. perceiving it to be dead. and furnished the sultan's palace with various articles. and clapping ropes under his arm-pits. "thou crooked wretch. when the purveyor. observing that the body did not move. They were scarcely got down into their chamber. but it is you who come down the chimney to rob me? However. He was not a little surprised to discover a man standing in his chimney. he was sensible that the night was far spent. who had just returned from a wedding feast. with a lanthorn in his hand. The merchant thinking he was attacked by a robber. cried out "Thieves!" The outcry alarmed the watch. "I thought the rats and mice ate my butter and tallow. The Jewish doctor approving the proposed expedient. they pulled up the ropes. and left the corpse in that posture. and had a magazine in his house. alas. let him down the chimney into the purveyor's chamber so dexterously that he stood upright against the wall. be the fat and the oil that occasioned me to commit so criminal an action. fear succeeded his anger. and then. he fancied he already saw the officers come to drag him to condign punishment. When he came to the end of the street. When they found he had reached the bottom. where the rats and mice made prodigious havoc. and apprehending him to be a thief. unless thou pity me my life is gone! Cursed. But. as if he had been alive. and making straight up to the hunch-back. and finding a Christian beating a Mussulmaun (for hump-back was of our religion). happened to come from his house in this direction on his way to the bath. he had occasion to stop by the shop where the sultan's purveyor had put the hunch-backed corpse. but as soon as he perceived it. and could not tell what resolution to take.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:02 AM] .html articles of a similar nature. in his way to the mosque. "what have I done! I have killed a man. and struck him several times with his stick. he then returned without once looking behind him. lest some Mussulmaun. he therefore quickened his pace to get to the bath in time." He stood pale and thunderstruck. The sultan of Casgar's purveyor had never noticed the little man's hump-back when he was beating him. would to God thou hadst robbed me of all my fat. ten thousand times accursed. "to abuse a Mussulmaun in this manner?" "He would have robbed me. and I had not found thee here. which being jostled by him. he uttered a thousand imprecations against him. "What reason have you. and after redoubling his blows. "Ah. knocked it down. a Christian merchant. The corpse fell down flat on the ground. should meet him and carry him to prison for a drunkard. where he placed it in an upright posture against a shop." replied the merchant. Good God. give your light to none but me in this dangerous juncture." said he. who came up immediately. "and jumped upon my back in order to file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. "Wretched man that I am. thou cursed hunchback. but being a stout fellow. Though he was intoxicated. having sat up all night at a debauch. and carried it to the end of the street. A few minutes before day-break. Ye stars that twinkle in the heavens. I have carried my revenge too far. and the purveyor redoubled his blows.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. I then should not have been thrown into this perplexity on account of this and thy vile hunch." said he. and that the people would soon be called to morning prayers. who was very rich." As soon as he had uttered these words. he took the crooked corpse upon his shoulders." Upon this he attacked hunch-back. went into his room." cried he. tumbled upon the merchant's back. he stood a little time to regard it. I think you will have no wish to come here again. he took up a stick. the wife and he took the little hunch-back up to the roof of the house.

which they had taken care to bring to his house." Thereupon the executioner released the merchant. whom you were going to put to death unjustly. where he was kept till the judge was stirring. but just as he was going to impale him. While she was delivering her message. At length I saw he was dead. since it appears by his own confession that he is guilty." said he. Upon that. I went. I am the criminal. to step down and look at the patient.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:02 AM] . but he himself had done it. and ready to examine him. At length the merchant was brought to the place of execution. In the mean time. unknown to me. The purveyor finding it in his house." At the same time he stretched out his hand to help little hump-back up." said he to the executioner. who could not deny the crime. and seized the purveyor. Last night a man and a woman. earnestly intreating him to suspend the execution. would not put the Christian to death till he knew the sultan's pleasure. "Let the Christian go. The judge having heard the report of the watch. without staying till my servant had lighted a candle. after conveying it up to the roof of the purveyor. when the sultan's purveyor pushed through the crowd. for he was one of his buffoons. "to put to death an innocent person. who told him every circumstance of his having killed the little hunchback. For this end he went to the palace. and disappeared. calling to him to stop for that the Christian had not committed the murder. they conveyed the sick person to the stair-head. and received this answer: "I have no mercy to show to a Christian who kills a Mussulmaun. and kick him down stairs. the Christian merchant became sober. and acquainted the sultan with what had happened." said the watch. and make room for him to approach. and the more he reflected upon his adventure. our next neighbour. and sent criers all over the city to proclaim that they were about to impale a Christian for killing a Mussulmaun. though he had not committed it. "you have revenged yourself sufficiently. "and impale this man in his stead. the officer could do no less than execute justice on the merchant.html take me by the throat. and in the dark happened to stumble upon the sick person. "You were about. and viewed the corpse. get off him. let it down the chimney into his chamber. took the little man for a thief. and the executioner was about to do his duty. the officer who attended the execution began to question the purveyor. and carried him to the house of the officer of the police. 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. and that it was the crooked Mussulmaun whose death you are now about to avenge." The sultan of Casgar's purveyor having publicly charged himself with the death of the little hunchbacked man. the less could he conceive how such slight blows of his fist could have killed the man." "If he did. "Oh!" said he. but observing he was dead. and after file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. "is it thus that a Christian dares to assassinate a Mussulmaun?" So saying. and received from them a piece of money with a commission to come and desire me. interrogated the Christian merchant. "My lord. he heard the voice of the Jewish doctor. But the judge considering that little hump-back belonged to the sultan." Upon this the judge ordered a stake to be prepared.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. My wife and I took the corpse. and how he had conveyed his corpse to the place where the Christian merchant had found it. in their name. and. When he appeared before the judge. he laid hold of the Christian. "this Mussulmaun you are going to execute is not guilty. come. came to my door with a sick man." added he. my maid went and opened it without a light.

and for fear of being charged with it. who gives himself out for the real author of the murder. did not dare to proceed. We sat down to supper and I gave him a plate of fish. he died in a few minutes. "Let the Jewish doctor go. crying to the executioner to hold his hand." The executioner having dismissed the doctor prepared to impale the tailor. and sat down. He accepted the invitation and went in with me. and charged with the murder of him. I am the sole author of the murder. to encourage him." The chief justice. and after him another. the little hunch-back came to my door half-drunk. "with all expedition. I charged her to give him a piece of money." The chief justice being persuaded that the Jewish doctor was the murderer. and contrary to his custom slipped out of the palace. It is certain this history is very uncommon. "you have narrowly escaped taking away the lives of three innocent persons. If his death is to be expiated by another. and let me die in his stead. and happened to arrive at the place of execution at the very time that the executioner had laid his hands upon the tailor. a bone stuck in his throat. and make room for him. "release the doctor. Yesterday. and then the officer acquainted the judge with the sultan's pleasure. He sung a little. but in eating. that I may see him once more." said the judge. I will discover to you the real murderer of the crook backed man. While the executioner was making ready to impale the tailor.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:02 AM] . The maid came. the sultan of Casgar. The file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. But that it was not so you will be convinced by this my deposition. When she was gone. and all the spectators. His death afflicted us extremely. "Go. towards the evening." Accordingly the officer went. up came a man. Accordingly the doctor was just going to be impaled. "The hunch. and withal. and laid him upon the uppermost step. gave orders to the executioner to seize him and release the purveyor. and tell the judge to bring the accused persons before me immediately and bring also the corpse of poor hunch-back." continued he. and so I invited him to pass the evening at my house. and went strolling about the city. and then my wife and I made the best of our way home. and concluded himself to be the author of his death. and this morning was found dead. The doctor coming. Room being made. and though it was committed undesignedly. who took the charge upon themselves and cleared one another.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. as I was at work in my shop. Sir. and deserves to be recorded in letters of gold. whom you inquire after. I carried the hunch-back up stairs. He called aloud to him to suspend the execution. got drunk last night. wondered at the strange events which had ensued upon the death of the little hunch-back. The executioner knowing the officer. and the judge is now examining a third. but if you will have the patience to hear me. and opened the door." said he. 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." Upon this intelligence the sultan of Casgar sent an officer to the place of execution. "My lord. but released the tailor. since he confesses the crime. we carried the corpse to the Jewish doctor's house and knocked. A man was brought before the chief justice. asked where he was. and one of his officers told him.back. and was disposed to be merry. that he might come and make his confession to the chief judge. and though my wife and I did our utmost to relieve him. I am resolved to expiate my crime. This being the case. when the tailor appeared. that must be mine. that I may not have to charge myself with the death of two Mussulmauns. which I put into her hand. "and seize the tailor." said he. wanting the company of his crooked jester. threw the corpse down stairs.html beating him concluded he had killed him. but when he was going to be impaled.

"you have my permission:" and the merchant went on as follows: The Story told by the Christian Merchant. and by religion a Christian. "there are five hundred dirhems coming to you. and mounted on an ass. "Out of this sum. "such a surprising event as has happened on the account of my little crooked buffoon?" The Christian merchant. it should be ready for him whenever he pleased to demand it. While I was standing in the public inn frequented by the corn merchants." said he. and as for the rest which pertains to me. Full of the expectation of this profit. a Copt by nation. and pulling out a handkerchief. My father was a broker. and having carried them off upon asses.html judge obeyed. I went to the Victory gate. that they would take as much as I could spare at a hundred and ten dirhems per bushel." said the sultan. and come to me at the Victory gate.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:02 AM] . where you will see a khan at a distance from the houses." I answered. before I commence the recital of the story you have permitted me to relate. well dressed. after falling down. Sir. where I found the young merchant expecting me. He saluted me. "look out for some merchant to take it at that price. and he took me into his granary. and told him it was worth a hundred dirhems of silver per bushel. The story appeared so extraordinary to the sultan. take it out of the merchants' hands." said the young man. the Jewish doctor. I beg leave to acquaint you. so that I reckoned on getting ten dirhems per bushel for my commission. which I measured out. Then addressing himself to the audience. "Pray. and I shewed it to several merchants. at the rate of ten dirhems per bushel. I will relate it." said he. with a grateful sense of his generosity. and so. the judge threw himself at the prince's feet and after recovering himself. that I have not the honour to be born in any part of your majesty's empire. took leave of him. "Did you ever hear. and keep it till I call or send for it. which he left me at his death. When they appeared in the sultan's presence. that no one can hear them without emotion. there came up to me a handsome young man. he left me the sample. which was full of sesame." So saying. sold them for five thousand dirhems of silver. spoke as follows: "Most puissant monarch.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. I am a stranger. and went directly to the palace accompanied by the tailor. He had then a hundred and fifty bushels. I know a story yet more astonishing than this. and realized considerable property. and made four of his men carry the hunch-backed corpse along with him. that he ordered his own historian to write it down with all its circumstances. who told me. in which he had a sample of sesame or Turkey corn. gave him a faithful relation of what he knew of the story of the hunch-backed man. This I give you. and the Christian merchant. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. and pursued the same employment. for I have no occasion for it at present. I followed his example. asked me how much a bushel of such sesame would fetch. kissing his hand. if your majesty will give me leave. and touching the earth with his forehead. The circumstances are such." "Well. I examined the corn the young man shewed me. born at Cairo in Egypt.

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. which may bring me much profit. 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. I had scarcely launched into the world. All things being ready." said I inwardly. and then take the money which I desired you would have in readiness." As it happened.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. he heaved a deep sigh." continued he. and while this was doing. to my great astonishment. and I presented him with a lozenge by way of dainty. and hearing their wonderful accounts of Egypt. but I leave you to judge. especially of Grand Cairo. I laid out a large sum of money in the purchase of several sorts of fine stuffs of Bagdad and Moussol. we sat down. he disappeared. but it was a full month before I saw him again. I was at a loss what to think of this. and after wiping his eyes. As soon as I saw the young man. and every thing was taken away." This said. leaving so great a sum in my hands without knowing me. but seemed to have something on his spirits. and I desired him to alight. and pulling out his right arm. which he had hitherto kept under his vest. I intreated him to alight. and asked him if he would not take his money? "There is no hurry. I observed he took the first mouthful with his left hand." said I." Accordingly he complied." thought I. He was mounted on his ass. "he has always appeared very polite. "No. "has great confidence in me.html A month passed before he came near me: then he asked for the sum he had committed to my trust. "by what mischance you lost your right hand?" Upon that he burst into tears. "Doubtless you were displeased. "I cannot alight at present. I said to him. I will come and take it when my other money is all gone. and felt a strong desire to travel. and being then my own master. for it was a full year before I saw my young merchant again. and should be counted to him immediately. "Ever since I have known this young man. But my father was then alive. the son of a rich merchant." said he. I resolved to take a journey to Cairo. he came again at the end of the third month. gave me the following relation." "May one ask. with a pleasant easy air. Sir. that you shall put yourself to no extraordinary charge on my account." thought I. He then appeared as richly appareled as before. "I know it is in good hands. but more handsomely dressed than before. and would not grant me permission. "I will: but on this condition." To be short. "only do me the favour to alight and walk in. Adieu. "to see me feed myself with the left hand. the most eminent in that city for rank and opulence. shewed me. "Pardon." said he. and do me the honour to eat a mouthful with me before he received his money." said I." Instead of answering. but he may not perhaps return for a great while." With that he struck the ass. and not with the right. and file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. whether it was in my power to do otherwise. "he says he will see me towards the end of the week. "Well. I was not deceived in my conjecture." replied he. and soon disappeared. and I still expected his return. but I will return this way. that it had been cut off. "I will return towards the end of the week. I was interested by their discourse. At length he died. I told him it was ready. "For this time." said he. any other man would have been afraid I should have run away with it. I asked him to do me the honour to walk into my house. I have urgent business that obliges me to be at a place just by.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:02 AM] . but still he took it with his left hand. I will make the most I can of his money. we entered into conversation. I gave orders to have a repast prepared. we sat upon a sofa." "I will do just as you please. when falling into the company of travellers. and was still mounted on his ass. "This young merchant. You must know that I am a native of Bagdad.

they will sell them by retail. After I had eaten. among several merchants. "If you will take our advice. the public squares. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:02 AM] . I asked them what course they would have me pursue . you may receive what money they may have taken." said they. I went to view the castle. we will put you in a way to sell your goods without loss. and ordered some of the finest and richest of my bales to be selected and carried by my slaves to the Circassian bazaar. said. I gave patterns of my stuffs to several of the criers.html departed. with orders to buy some provisions and dress them. whither I followed. that is on Mondays and Thursdays. having thus promised to put me in a way of losing nothing by my goods. I had no sooner made my appearance. and gave some money to my servants. and twice a week. and the other most remarkable places. but none of the merchants offered near so much as prime cost and carriage. after the fatigue of my journey. This done. Next day I dressed myself. "Divide your goods. and there took lodgings. who shewed them all over the bazaar. which I had brought with me upon camels. some mosques. I retired to my chamber to rest. than I was surrounded with brokers and criers who had heard of my arrival. By this means. Arriving at Cairo. This vexed me. with a warehouse for my bales.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_035. and the criers observing I was dissatisfied. called the khan of Mesrour. I went to the khan." The brokers and the criers.

and the merchants will gain by you. whose name was Buddir ad Deen. After the first month had expired. she rose up in anger. and to regulate the value of the several coins. he would oblige her in showing them. but I have not money enough about me. throwing the stuff to him. you will turn your goods to advantage. one of which she pitched upon. I went on other days to pass the morning sometimes at one merchant's house. she gave him to understand that she wanted a particular kind of stuff with a gold ground. In short. her graceful carriage in saluting the merchant. I began to visit my merchants twice a week. and seeing what passed in the bazaar." said Buddir ad Deen. In fine. joined to a natural grace that shone in all her actions. and asking him how he did since she had seen him last. and he asked for it eleven hundred dirhems of silver. which made the time pass agreeably. and this is the day on which we settle our accounts. "I will. "all this is true. taking with me a public officer to inspect their books of sale. Her external appearance. and carried home the things without paying ready money for them.html instead of losing. In the mean while you will have time to take your pleasure about the town or go upon the Nile. as affording the best choice of any in all the bazaar. and in the mean time allow me to carry home the stuff. as might easily be perceived by her air. and there divided them among the merchants whom they represented as most reputable and able to pay. and a banker to see that they paid me in good money. and whether this attention on my part was not agreeable to her." As she spoke. and gave me the opportunity of seeing her large black eyes." "There. and sometimes at that of another. but this very day I have occasion for the money. I care not for you nor any of the merchants." said the merchant. Having thus regulated my affairs." said she. "do you use me so? Am not I a customer to your shop And when I have bought of you. and the merchants gave me a formal receipt before witnesses. I contracted acquaintance with divers persons of nearly the same age with myself. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036. One Monday. but it belongs to the young man you see here. she inflamed my love to the height by the agreeable sound of her voice. but she let down the crepe that hung over the muslin which covered her face.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036. Buddir ad Deen produced several pieces." "Madam. and inspired me with a desire to be better acquainted with her. and sat down by me. After conversing with him some time upon indifferent subjects." "Why. "give you your price for it. "I would give you credit with all my heart if the stuff were mine. I shall not fail. I amused myself in conversing with them. which perfectly charmed me. and that if he had any such as she asked for." I took their advice.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:05 AM] . "take your stuff. stipulating that I should not making any demands upon them for the first month. my mind was occupied with ordinary pleasures. and conducted them to my warehouse." added she.morrow. and walked out. a lady of quality. that she came to his shop. Every pay-day." said the lady in surprise. as I was sitting in a merchant ‘s shop. you respect no one. came into the shop. I know not whether she observed that I took pleasure in gazing on her. from whence I brought all my goods to the bazaar. prepossessed me in her favour. I had a good sum of money to carry home to my lodging at the khan of Mesrour. "to send you tomorrow the eleven hundred dirhems. and by a well-dressed slave attending her." said she. did I in any instance fail to send you your money next morning?" "Madam. her apparel. so I hope you will give me credit till to. You are all alike.

when I saw the lady coming in more magnificent apparel than before. but fearing any one should observe her. and called her back. which will repay me with interest. "I desire no other reward for the service I have done you than the happiness of seeing your face. "you had no occasion to be in such haste. perhaps I can find a way to satisfy you both." With these words she put the money into my hand. I wrote. by an increase of your fortune. may you live many years after I am dead. As soon as it was day I arose. I followed her with my eyes as long as she continued in sight." "I had been very unjust. and shall now write you a note. neither could I shut my eyes all the night. may the gate of paradise be open to you when you remove to the other world. accept it as a present from me. and sat down to supper. and am sorry you should put yourself to so much trouble. You treat me with so much politeness. "Yes. "Buddir ad Deen. and mentioned to her the love I had for her. she quickly covered her face." I replied. and discovered to me a wonderful beauty. saying." said I to the merchant. Having this opportunity of conversing with her. took up the piece of stuff. empowering you to deduct that sum upon the produce of the other goods you have of mine. in hopes of once more beholding the object that disturbed my repose: and to engage her affection. she did not regard the merchant." I went back to the khan of Mesrour. I am come for the express purpose of paying the sum you were so kind as to pass your word for yesterday. and went away. I became speechless with admiration." "Madam. "I mean no such thing. I determined to improve it. I felt interested on her behalf." said I. "what is the price you must have for this stuff that belongs to me?" "I must have. signed. though you had no knowledge of me." answered she." said he. but addressing herself to me." said I. that I should be unworthy to appear in the world again.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:05 AM] . said. "Madam." replied he. "Madam. leaving me in a very different state of mind from that in which I had entered the shop. and may all the city proclaim your generosity. I cannot take less. were I to omit making you my best acknowledgments. "Sir. but could not eat. May God reward you. Such uncommon generosity I shall never forget. "she is the daughter of an emir. When she entered." returned she. you see I am punctual to my word. I dressed myself much richer than I had done the day before. and attended by her slave. if you will. and gave him the note. I could have gazed upon her for ever." She returned. and then delivered the stuff to the lady." I had no sooner spoken than she turned towards me. then taking leave of the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036. I asked him. do me the favour to return. took off her veil. if he knew the lady.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036. I was well satisfied as to my money. as if she had been angry with the declaration I had made. which seemed the longest in my life. and letting down the crepe. "you may take the stuff with you. "eleven hundred dirhems. you may either send it to-morrow or the next day. I allow a hundred dirhems profit to yourself. it was on my account that she complied. or." In fine. and as for the money. but she rose and left me very abruptly." These words inspired me with some assurance. Before I took leave of the merchant." "Give it to the lady then. "Madam. "let her take it home with her. I had but just reached Buddir ad Deen's shop." "Pardon me. saying. "if I had abused your generosity.html When I saw that the lady walked away. and sat down by me." said I. I continued for some time in great confusion and perplexity.

"Come. "Be pleased to come in." "Let us not trifle away the time in needless discourse. This fountain formed a very agreeable object. to carry me again to the khan of Mesrour. I had no sooner beheld you than I found my heart moved with the tenderest emotions of love. My eyes were dazzled with so many charms. No passion can exceed that with which I love you. I was musing on this adventure. if you please to give yourself the trouble to follow me. and I account myself infinitely happy in having a man of your merit for my lover. I do not know what impression the first sight of me may have made on you. and not to fail to return next morning with the ass." said she. I knocked at the door. and turning to see who it was. transported with love and joy. and while one of them went to acquaint her mistress with my arrival. I was charmed with the warbling of a great number of birds." I replied. and presently two little female slaves. I was so far from being offended at it.html merchant walked out of the bazaar. directing him to observe narrowly where he left me. we parted. and set out. "our mistress expects you impatiently. that joined their notes to the murmurings of a fountain. I thought it not proper. and formed an agreeable shade." I returned." "Madam. accompanied by the man who let me the ass. and ask for the house of Abon Schama. "My mistress. have the goodness to tell me where it is. "I mean the young lady you spoke to in the merchant's shop. and I passed the next day in great impatience. "Do not be surprised. Will you do me the honour to come to my residence? Or if you will I will go to yours. when I felt somebody pulling me behind. before that merchant." The lady consented. surnamed Bercour. It is more proper. there was an infinite number of others loaded with all sorts of fruit. I entered the court. and neatly dressed came and opened it. and spoke to this purpose." Accordingly I followed her. I paid him liberally. She made me sit down by her. that I left you so abruptly. these two days she has talked of nothing but you. This delicious place gave me a charming idea of the conquest I had made. and took fifty pieces of gold in my purse. late master of the emirs. and surrounded with iron rails that parted it from a very pleasant garden. but I assure you. Besides the trees which only embellished the place. white as snow. which was of a square form. and saw a pavilion raised seven steps. the other tarried with me. I directed the owner of the ass to inquire for the house I wanted. spouted out water clearer than rock-crystal." This said. and you shall quickly be convinced of mine. "make no doubt of your sincerity. wants to speak with you. "nothing can be more agreeable to me than this declaration. Since yesterday I have done nothing but think of what you said to me. The two little slaves conducted me into a saloon magnificently furnished. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036. and my eagerness to seek you this morning may convince you of my regard.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:05 AM] . I mounted an ass I had bespoken the day before. in the middle of a parterre enamelled with flowers. interrupting me. that it gave me pleasure. "I am a stranger lodged in a khan. and found her mistress sitting waiting for me in a banker's shop. and conducted me thither." said she. without knowing where I went. there you will find me. On Friday I put on my richest apparel. said they. "on Friday." "Madam. and pointed out to me the beauties of the hall. which is the day after to-morrow. after noon-prayers. But to speak the truth. that my heart yielded without resistance." said she. to give a favourable answer to the discovery you made of your affection for me. four large gilded dragons at the angles of the basin. he found it. which is not the proper place for the reception of a lady of your quality. that I should visit you at your house. Sir. I was agreeably surprised to perceive it was the lady's slave. madam.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036.

with a load of wood upon his back. and whom I visited regularly twice a week. "I give you my promise to return this night. but the splendour of her eyes far outshone that of her jewels. and to leave her every time a purse with fifty pieces of gold. my first care was to order my people to buy a lamb. In that moment the devil tempted me. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036. ere the lady I loved appeared. left her another purse with fifty pieces of gold. adorned with pearls and diamonds . which was now not disguised by the habit she wore in the city. I then went along with him to the lady's house. half open. and returned to my khan. In this forlorn condition I walked out of my lodging. that the rider was forced to turn his head towards him. We then had excellent wine brought up. The lady of the house sung herself. and timed our cups to the sound of musical instruments. As soon as I arrived at my lodging. to secure which. and conducting me to the door. and I did not doubt but it contained gold or silver. where there was a great crowd to witness a spectacle given by the sultan of Egypt. we sat down upon a sofa. and with the other pulled out the purse so dexterously. I took the string in one hand. When the first compliments were over. conjured me at parting to be mindful of my promise. and several sorts of cakes. As soon as I came up. When that was done I attended to my business till the owner of the ass arrived. and fruit adapted to promote drinking. and was received by her with as much joy as before. and by chance went towards the castle. which I sent by a porter as a present to the lady. had paid me the whole amount of my goods and. to avoid being hurt. and went directly to the khan. appeared the most slender and delicate. and entertained with equal magnificence. and there conversed together with the highest satisfaction. with a string of green silk hanging out of it. which I mounted. or having his clothes torn by the wood. We had the most delicious refreshments served up to us. Her shape. and hopeless of having any more. passed by on the other side of the horse so near. joined to the voices of the slaves." said I. The same man who had carried me thither waited for me with his ass.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:05 AM] .html I did not wait long in the hall. Next morning I slipped under the bolster of the bed the purse with the fifty pieces of gold I had brought with me. who had upon the pommel of his saddle a bag. I passed the night in full enjoyment. it far exceeded all expression. "Madam. I came at last to be moneyless. till the merchants whom I employed to sell my goods. I clapped my hand to the bag. I deferred paying him till that time came. I continued to visit the lady every day. and by chance happened to stand by a horseman well mounted and handsomely clothed. not knowing what course to take. who asked me when I would see her again. and after eating. in short. Next morning I took leave. I need not mention with what joy we met once more. concluding the silktwist might be the string of a purse within: in the mean time a porter. that nobody perceived me. and took leave of the lady. continued our conversation till night. and by her songs raised my passion to the height." She seemed to be transported with my answer.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036. In short. I wedged in among the crowd. The purse was heavy. ordering the man to come to me again in the afternoon at a certain hour.

I should not have found there such relief as I wanted. Upon which the judge called me before him. Every body present reflected on the gentleman for treating me so unjustly upon the presence of robbery. than the judge called people to witness it. and holding out the purse. and I swooned away. and obtained it. and finding the purse upon me. "I see plainly that necessity drove you to an action so disgraceful and unworthy of such a young man as you appear. some of the good people of the neighbourhood had the kindness to carry me into a house and give me a glass of cordial. to avoid a double punishment I looked up and confessed my guilt. The judge would likewise have ordered my foot to be cut off. and to offer to go to the young lady was running a great hazard. "Do not you trouble yourselves. and assured the judge he had put twenty sequins into it. who probably had some suspicion of what I had done while his head was turned. by the cavalier's countenance. and how much money it contained. and ordered my hand to be cutoff. however. it being likely she would not look upon me after being informed of my disgrace. When the judge had got the purse in his hand.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036." said he briskly." Then with downcast eyes. thinking that if I denied the fact. The judge did not give ear to all that was said.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:05 AM] .streets. I observed.html As soon as the porter had passed. exposed it to the view of all the people. who seeing such a crowd about the gentleman on horseback. In the mean time the judge called for the purse. and finding his purse was gone. "I had reason for what I did. I freely give it you. The cavalier knew it to be his own. Some took hold of the horse's bridle to stop the gentleman. This sentence was immediately put in execution. "Come. they likewise dressed my arm. which I carried away with me fastened to my girdle. Had I returned to the khan of Mesrour in this melancholy condition. Being very weak by loss of blood. I turned down several by. the cavalier came up to me. he asked the horseman if it was his. but I begged the cavalier to intercede for my pardon. and gave his reasons why he believed his suspicions not to be groundless. but asked the cavalier if he suspected any body else beside me? The cavalier told him he did not. The disgrace was so great. I resolved. and at last arrived at the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036. presently put his hand to his bag. or how he came to treat a Mussulmaun so rudely. Upon this the judge ordered his followers to seize me." said he. gave me such a blow. to the great regret of all the spectators. he went away. and to tire out the crowd that followed me. having found the purse upon me. and from my appearance every one took my part." At these words I started up. that he was moved with pity as much as the rest. young man. came up and asked what the matter was. and asked him what reason he had to strike me. and cried out he was a liar. Was it you that took the gentleman's purse from him? Do not wait for the torture to extort confession." Having thus spoken. which he did. nay. unfortunately passed by the judge. said. I had no sooner made the confession. would convict me of a lie. which they presently did. to put her to the trial. and am heartily sorry for the misfortune you have undergone. and wrapped up the dismembered hand in a cloth. the horseman. they. Here. When the judge was gone. take that fatal purse. This violence shocked all who saw it. 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. "confess the truth. this fellow is a thief. that he knocked me down. I could not bear it.

tears trickled down my cheeks. that I presently threw myself down upon a sofa. and instead of an answer. "It will return. and offering it to me. and took the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:05 AM] .file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_036." said she." I reached out my left hand. than she filled me a cup full of wine." said she. When night came. and seeing me pale and dejected." I could not think of discovering to her the true cause." I replied. "your unjust suspicion adds to my misfortune. "Tell me." I stood silent. Your want of appetite. "I cannot conceive. "Drink that. is only owing to your irresolution. let me know what it is. In the mean time the lady. "what it is that afflicts you." The lady seemed to be much concerned. There must be something that you conceal from me. for I had arisen to receive her. keeping my right arm under my garment. without doubt. "how your illness was occasioned. what is the matter with you?" "Madam. you were very well. supper was brought. and she pressed me to eat. but considering I could only feed myself with my left hand." returned I. for I took great care to conceal my misfortune." resumed she. and asked me to sit down. and that I was not well." said she." "Alas! madam. hearing of my arrival. "I have a violent pain in my head. came to me in haste. The last time I had the pleasure to see you. "if you would but discover what you so obstinately conceal from me. heaving a deep sigh. said." said I. 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." I had no sooner spoken.html lady's house very weak. and so much fatigued. dissembling. "I find I must resolve at last. I begged to be excused upon the plea of having no appetite. madam. "My dear love. "it will give you courage.

"I am persuaded I am the cause of the misfortune that has befallen you. for all is yours. I have a swelling in my right hand. After that. that she sickened. After this was done. I discerned by her countenance that she was extremely grieved.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:09 AM] . notwithstanding all her pressing solicitation. on account of this fatal accident. to relinquish such a fatal resolution. I can never sufficiently recompense your fidelity. I shall not be satisfied unless I die. curious to know what ailed my right hand. and saw to her great astonishment that it was cut off. rather than your right?" "Ah! madam. and I slept very soundly till morning. "is nothing. she opened a large trunk where lay all the purses I had given her from the commencement of our amour. which she had ordered to be prepared. which she concluded had been occasioned only by the love I bore to her." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037. we will trade together as equal partners. and the corn you sold for me was part of it." I conjured her. lifted up my garment that covered it. and passed the night in the greatest uneasiness on account of my disgrace. joined to my weakness and weariness. The grief that I feel on that account will soon end my days.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037. "will plead my excuse for eating with my left hand. but before I die. I offered to take leave of her. I must execute a design for your benefit. and ordered a writing to be drawn up. a competent estate. I took possession of all her property. Here is the key . "and why do you take the cup with your left hand. "I have not touched one of them. After mourning for her death as long as was decent." "Let me see that swelling. I beg you to accept of the sum now in your hand. thanks to God. "I beseech you excuse me. and died after five or six weeks' illness." I desired to be excused. I am highly obliged to you for the trouble you have given yourself on my account." said she." said he. I redoubled my tears and sighs. take it. alleging it was not ripe enough for such an operation. As I am obliged. and every body dismissed. However. to show how much I love you. In the mean time the lady. She presently apprehended what was my reason for declining a discovery. and drank off the cup. She called for jelly-broth of fowl. I have besides a proposal to make to you. "What I have now told you. than she called for a judge and witnesses. The fumes of the wine. putting me in possession of her whole property. "Why do you sigh and weep so bitterly?" asked the lady. Since I have still. and made me eat and drink to recruit my strength. to quit Cairo. "Though you tell me nothing of the matter." After I had returned her thanks for her generosity and goodness. by all the powers of love. "There they are all entire." I replied. set me asleep. "What I have done for you. a particular account of which she gave me before she died. that she might not increase my uneasiness she said not a word.html cup. "I will open it." said she." said she. But all my remonstrances were ineffectual: she was so afflicted to see me have but one hand. which was very large. and that I had brought it along with me wrapped up in a cloth." She had no sooner spoken. I am resolved never to return to it again. notwithstanding I have spent a great deal. When I had taken the cup in my hand. If you choose to accompany me. and share the profits. When I awoke." said she. but she declared I should not go out of her doors. as a present from me.

with your permission. I may. but it must be on this condition. and parted very good friends." "Sir. however.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:09 AM] . a person of quality invited me yesterday to his daughter's wedding. and forty times again with soap. which was very delicious. and hear my story. if you insist on my compliance I will submit. and accordingly entered upon our travels. He went from hence. Among other dishes set upon the table. to revenge his death. the purveyor prostrated himself at the sultan's feet. 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. would not dispense with the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037. sir. "I will take good care. "to tell me a story so little worth hearing. we partook of a splendid feast." said he. But before he had time to answer." We requested him to inform us what the reason was of his aversion to garlic. travelled over Persia. "how I touch any dish that is seasoned with garlic. and settling there. that his interest should always be as dear to me as my own." said he. and found there a large company of men of the law. as I have made an oath never to taste garlic but on these terms. I went to his house in the evening at the hour appointed. "Sir. "I hope you do not think my refusal proceeds from any mistaken delicacy. Hearing this. though it stood just before him. I hope you will not feel displeased at this stipulation. continued the purveyor of the sultan of Casgar. to your capital. and I. continue here in your majesty's service. you must do me that favour as well as the rest. and I willingly embraced the proposal of travelling with him. We fixed a day for our departure. wash my hands with alkali forty times. and generally relished. We observed.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037. The Story told by the Sultan of Casgar's Purveyor. the master of the house exclaimed. This is the story I had to relate. We passed through Syria and Mesopotamia. and after stopping at several cities. the purveyor began thus. came at last. that after having eaten. Some time after our arrival here." As the master of the house. who was a Bagdad merchant. "I humbly beseech your majesty to suspend your wrath. sir. but he intreated us not to press him. "Is it thus you honour my table? This dish is excellent." said the gentleman. there was one seasoned with garlic. ministers of justice. and then to compare it to that of my jester. that one of the guests did not touch it. to pardon us. "Thou art a presumptuous fellow. the young man having formed a design of returning to Persia." The sultan having granted his request. 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. do not expect to be excused from eating of it. I have not yet forgotten what the tasting of such a dish once cost me. After the ceremony was over." said he. we balanced our accounts. and others of the first rank in the city. assuring him. and if it appears to be more extraordinary than that of your jester. forty times more with ashes. Sir.html I thanked the young man for the present he had made me. We invited him to taste it.

html merchant's partaking of the dish seasoned with garlic. "But this is not all." The merchant. that I was reduced to the necessity of using all the economy possible to discharge the debts he had contracted. One morning. uncovered her face to take the air. In the reign of the caliph Haroon al Rusheed. apparently displeased with the constraint put upon him. The lady took a seat in my shop. go and get those articles from them. which I am willing to relate. you might have saved yourself the trouble of waiting here. a lady mounted upon a mule. if you will have the patience to hear me. "Madam. and observing there was no one in the bazaar but the eunuch and myself." With this he rose from the table. she told me she wanted several sorts of the richest and finest stuffs. though he had eaten of other dishes. which none of us had observed before. you see there is no one yet in the bazaar: had you taken my advice. and kept my eyes fixed upon her. I am much mortified not to be able to accommodate you with the articles you want. stopped near my door.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:09 AM] . I at last. and soap. I will. and only concealed her face so far as she thought necessary to avoid being observed." The lady looked and perceiving no shop open but mine. I have not capital sufficient for such extensive traffic. "Alas! madam. After she had again lowered her veil. instead of leaving me an ample fortune. and with the assistance of the eunuch alighted.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037. he ordered his servants to provide a basin of water." continued he: "I have no great toe on either of my feet: I was maimed in this manner by an unheard-of adventure. and shewed us that what he said was true. together with some alkali. I had never beheld any thing so beautiful. and neglecting his private affairs. if you please. the ashes. my father lived at Bagdad. With this request I of course readily complied. But what surprised us yet more was. and asked me if I had them. as I opened my shop. But to save you the trouble of going from shop to shop. The account will excite at once your astonishment and your pity. "I am but a young man just beginning the world. and was reputed one of the richest merchants in the city. a relation of which will be agreeable to the company. for she allowed me time to view her deliberately. and attended by an eunuch and two slaves." said the eunuch. I flattered myself that my attention was not unpleasant to her. that the merchant might wash as often as he pleased. "You have lost your thumb." replied the merchant. and ascertain the lowest file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037. however. and ate with a reluctance that astonished us. "I hope you will now do as we do. Only allow me first to wash my hands. and by care and good management my little fortune began to wear a smiling aspect. when the merchants arrive. After he had given these instructions. I became instantly enamoured." "Sir. the place of my nativity." As he spoke he put out his left hand. paid them all. and after washing his hands a hundred and twenty times. which he put to his mouth trembling. "This must have been occasioned by some extraordinary accident." said the master of the house. asked permission to sit in it till the other merchants arrived. he addressed the merchant and said. that he had no thumb. "I have no thumb on either the right or the left hand. "I told you you would be too early. and proceeded with his narrative as follows. took up a bit. he died in such embarrassed circumstances." I replied. But being a man addicted to his pleasures. reseated himself.

and during that time my alarm increased. nay. The merchants were impatient for their money. we agreed for five thousand dirhems of coined silver. As soon as the merchants had arrived and opened their shops. and convinced me that I was not mistaken in admiring her wit at our first interview. The merchants do not know her. but was obliged to forego the pleasure of her conversation. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037." said she. would not have patience to wait for their money: I went to them. and after she had fixed upon what she liked. Surely she cannot be a cheat." thought I. A whole month passed before I heard any thing of the lady again. and to satisfy them. carry it to the banker. and even after she had remounted her mule." She assented to this proposal. She then rose and took leave. and entered into conversation with me. to which they consented." The eunuch who carried the money went along with me to the banker. they will all come upon me. and then returned home. making her believe the merchants that could furnish what she wanted were not yet come. and with the burden of such a heavy debt. It had so engrossed my thoughts. or informing me who she was. my love was not so powerful as to stifle the uneasiness I felt. and that I had not informed myself who she was. or where she resided. I followed her with my eyes till she had reached the bazaar gate. "She has paid me. but the next day I saw the lady enter the bazaar. which the lady had desired to see. I ran for the stuffs she wanted. I returned. without speaking a word.html prices. mounted on her mule. and had the happiness of conversing with the lady till all the shops of the bazaar were open. I had desired my creditors to wait eight days for their money: when this period had elapsed." In short. and made the best excuse I could. when one morning the lady returned with the same equipage as before. with the same attendants as before. I was not less charmed with her wit than I had been before with the beauty of her face. The lady had no sooner disappeared. who.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037. but she leaves me responsible for a greater. I was going to sell off all I had. equally affected with love. She came straight to my shop. and carried them away as before without paying. and gave it to the eunuch. and exactly the same hour of the day. and was readily intrusted with more. who put it under his arm. that I was accountable for a large sum to the merchants. she left me without any security against being made answerable for the goods in case she did not return. however. I then intreated them to give me eight days more. Though we talked but of ordinary things. than I perceived that love had led me to a serious oversight. she gave them such a turn. She chose some from these to the value of one thousand pieces of gold. when I reflected upon the circumstances in which I was placed. that I did not reflect that she went away without paying. What distressed me was the consideration that while at this rate she risked nothing. and we found it quite right. I carried to the respective owners the money due for their stuffs. "but here is your money at last." These words dispelled my fear. pretending that I knew the lady. "and weigh the gold I have brought you. "Take your weights. that they appeared new and uncommon.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:09 AM] . I soon felt sensible. I wrapped up the stuffs in a small bundle. "a considerable sum. "I have made you wait some time. and see that it is all good and right. which I prolonged. perhaps. they did not fail to dun me." said she.

html and inflamed my love. and would by no means thwart her inclination. Before we counted the money. and waited some days with impatience for the eunuch. and has desired her consent. you will be equally agreeable to the mistress." I replied." To this I agreed. and wait there till somebody comes to conduct you. It will be your own fault. "in the evening. Presently after. "but you know men are not allowed to enter the ladies' apartments in the palace." said she. and particularly if I was married.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:09 AM] . and shall not fail to retain a grateful sense of your good offices in this affair." Upon which the eunuch fell a laughing. and intrusts her with all her affairs. "You are. she has declared to her mistress that she has fixed her affections upon you." "My resolution is already formed. Do not imagine that she has any real occasion for your stuffs. It was for this reason she asked you if you were married. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037. who is the more affectionately attached to her from having brought her up from her infancy." said the eunuch. "Let us have your interposition. went in the evening to the prayer that is said an hour and a half after sun-set in the mosque." I gave him repeated assurances punctually to perform whatever he might require. I carried each of the merchants their money. and that I had only to obey the directions he might give me in her name. who seeks only to oblige her. "I know by your eyes you love this lady. and remained there after all the people had departed. in which case she meant herself to defray the expenses of the wedding. "she is the favourite of Zobeide the caliph's wife. since you have pleased the favourite. "convinced me. aud were she mistress of her own conduct. for if you do not. I am entirely hers. and I am surprised that you have not the courage to disclose your passion. "and I am ready to follow you whithersoever you please. "Then. The favourite lady has contrived the matter well. that she was a lady beyond the common rank. the eunuch turned to the lady. "the happiest lover in the world. your life is at stake. because you have inspired her with a violent passion. I answered I never had been. she would not withhold her consent. in order to judge if she had made a good choice." said he. if you do not marry her. and you must be introduced with great secrecy. "I have loved her since I first beheld her. and told her I was satisfied. made me weigh the gold. and willingly pass in your society all the days of her life. but that she would see you first. and after passing the day in great impatience. and while I was putting it into the bag. the eunuch whispered in my ear." said he. telling me she would send her eunuch to me." I finished weighing the gold. Having a wish to marry." said the eunuch. I am sent hither to invite you." "Very well. but I durst not aspire to the happiness of thinking my attachment could meet her approbation. Zobeide told her. and calling me aside. and inquired after his mistress's health. All you have to do is to come to the palace. While I was thus occupied." "It is true." I replied. She only makes this her presence to come here. you must be at the mosque built by the caliph's lady on the bank of the Tigris.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037." "You have not erred in your judgment on that head. At last he came. "to accommodate our matters. Thus you see your felicity is certain. that being the word they had agreed upon between themselves. would not fail to come to you herself. She loves you more ardently than you do her. I received the eunuch very kindly. she is impatient to see you." said I. Then reaching out the gold to the eunuch. she asked me several questions. the lady rose and took her leave. On your side you must act your part discreetly." "Her noble mien and graceful carriage.

and the boatmen rowed to Zobeide's apartment." added she. "you may take them away. who had the key. and severely chid the favourite lady for coming home so late. and opening one of the trunks. and open them one by one. the rowers of which were all eunuchs. who came on shore. and suffers nothing to enter without a narrow inspection. though it was then too late. and you must answer for them." said she. In the meantime I reflected very seriously upon the danger to which I had exposed myself. the eunuch her confidant called the other eunuchs who had brought in the trunks. the goods will be spoiled. Zobeide will resent your insolence. and the trunks were carried into the apartment of the officer of the eunuchs. The first they took was that wherein I lay. "I bring nothing hither but what is for the use of Zobeide. and obeyed her orders. "You shall not come off so easily as you think. besides a number of bottles of Zemzem water sent from Mecca. and then retired. "You know very well." At the same time he commanded the eunuchs to bring them before him." said he angrily. when she immediately locked the trunk." Upon this the door of the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037. your mistress and mine. I saw the lady also enter the mosque. One of them stayed behind. and made vows and prayers. which put me into inexpressible fear. depend upon it." said she. and approaching her.html Soon after I saw a boat making up to the mosque. told her I was ready to obey her orders. protested it should not be opened. The boat stopped at the palace-gate. "We have no time to lose. who keeps the key of the ladies' apartments. The favourite lady. The lady and the eunuch re-embarked." I considered with myself that I had gone too far to recede. and if any of these should happen to break.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_037. and ordered them to carry them on board again." She insisted upon this in such peremptory terms. desired me to get into it. "Fear nothing. that being necessary both for her safety and mine. "leave the management of all to me. and had been with me that morning. whom I perceived to be the eunuch that had accompanied the lady. which I purchased from some merchants lately arrived. that the officer did not dare to open any of the trunks. The officer of the eunuchs was displeased at having his rest disturbed. put several large trunks into the mosque. This trunk is filled with rich goods. The officer was then in bed.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:09 AM] ." said he: "not one of these trunks shall pass till I have opened it. This done. "Let them go. and it was necessary to call him up.

Perhaps another person in my situation would not. or if my sleep was interrupted. "Some stuffs. take heart. "lately arrived. displayed the beauties of each particular stuff. and wait there till I come to you. the danger is now over. "I will engage she shall not say a word to you. "Here is the caliph! Here comes the caliph!" This put me in such alarm." said she. and retired to his apartment." She still represented that her mistress would be angry with her. and that by opening them. upon so delicate an occasion. where I began to revive again. When all the rest were viewed." "Well. The occasion of this visit did not respect me. order the trunks to be carried away. So they conversed together some time. have had the presence of mind to manage so difficult a business with so much dexterity. The caliph sat down. nothing less than the love I had for you could have inspired me with courage to do what I have. open them." said she. "Come. "since that is the case. thinking in this manner to tire out his patience. and to lengthen out the time. well. and that she would not fail to introduce me to Zobeide her mistress. When she found the coast clear." The words were no sooner spoken than they were moved into her chamber. she opened the trunk in which I was confined. and the favourite ordered all the trunks to be brought before him one after another. "was no less than yours." said he. which the empress wishes to see.html women's apartment was opened. "What hast thou got in these trunks?" said he to the favourite. and do not keep me waiting. caused by the hopes of possessing a lady blest with so file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_038." cried he. some hour on the morrow. "I say open them. I am satisfied." said the caliph. and that was no sooner done. which led to the stairs. than the caliph came and sat down on the very trunk which had been my prison. "go up these stairs that lead to an upper room. "let us see what is in that. there are some things in it which I cannot shew you without your lady be present. that I wonder I did not die upon the spot. for as they announced. come. "My uneasiness." resumed the caliph." said she." After much tender conversation. she left that to the last. "I will see them. But come." The door. He wished to question the lady about what she had seen or heard in the city. that I tremble every time I recollect my situation.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:12 AM] . As soon as the eunuchs. Come. she told me it was time to go to rest. She opened some of them. you cannot well doubt of that. "which will be very easy. and made many apologies for the alarms she had given me. he then left her. "for the caliph never sees her but at night. alleging the stuffs were only proper for ladies. were gone." I am at a loss to tell you whether I was dead or alive that moment. for I little thought of escaping such imminent danger. when I heard the people cry. "your majesty will please to dispense with the opening of it." It was necessary to obey." She excused herself." she replied. since I have run the same risk out of love to you." said the caliph." "Open them. no." Encouraged by these words. but her stratagem did not succeed. which gave me such alarm. it was by agreeable disquietudes. I slept very well. "Come out. When Zobeide's favourite saw that the caliph persisted in having this trunk opened: "As for this. she locked after me. she came to the chamber where I lay concealed." added she. his lady would be deprived of the pleasure of seeing them first. "and let me see them. it proved to be the caliph. and all the trunks were carried in. who had brought them. Being as unwilling as myself to have the trunk where I lay opened. This had been scarcely accomplished.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_038. if she complied: "No.

Zobeide told the caliph her resolution of marrying the favourite lady. and the state of my fortune. Nothing was to be heard through the palace but musical instruments. The tenth day being appointed for the last ceremony of the marriage. and the caliph leaving to her the liberty to act in the business as she thought proper. did me the honour to ask my name. I approve of it. mentioning what questions she would probably put to me. the other ladies. and prostrated myself upon the carpet that was under the princess's feet. dances. that I had no reason to be dissatisfied." said she. were called in. they were followed by twenty other younger ladies. and the favourite lady. and I to another. She then carried me into a very magnificent and richly furnished hall. that she could scarcely walk. As it was then night.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:12 AM] . She ascended the throne. the favourite lady was conducted to a bath. and the necessary preparations being made for the solemnity. to all which I gave her satisfactory answers. and among others. dressed in rich and uniform habits. in that time I will speak to the caliph. has made this choice. instead of washing my hands well. my family. and dictating the answers I was to return. The next day. clothed after the same fashion.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_038. and obtain his consent: mean while do you remain here. At night I had all manner of dishes served up to me. such as you have now forced me to eat." Pursuant to the commands of the caliph's lady. When the ten days were expired. But to my misfortune. and there were great rejoicings in the palace for nine days. As soon as the caliph's lady was seated. you shall be taken care of. before I was introduced to Zobeide. who were slaves. the whole apartment of the ladies was lighted up so as to equal the brightness of day. that I scarcely touched any of the other dishes. came out of Zobeide's apartment. but by her words. both male and female. the musicians and the dancers. I had no sooner entered. than twenty female slaves. a piece of negligence of which I had never before been guilty. and consent to your marriage. I will myself give orders for having it solemnized. one seasoned with garlic. and placed themselves before the throne in two equal rows. when I rose from table.) "for I look upon her as such after the care I have take of her education. and so laden with jewels. The women who attended her made her robe herself several times. and acclamations of joy. I advanced between the two rows they had formed. as I perceived. and during that time was deprived of the pleasure of seeing the favourite lady: but was so well used by her orders. not only by her countenance. "I am glad. according to the usual custom on wedding file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_038. advanced in age. My bride and I were introduced into a great hall. I remained ten days in the women's apartments. This I liked so well. her favourite instructed me how to conduct myself. being placed at some distance on each side of the throne. who had accompanied her. but I wish my daughter to remain with me ten days before the solemnity. stood just by her right hand. granted the favourite a considerable sum by way of settlement. In the middle of these appeared Zobeide with a majestic air. the slaves who came in first made a sign for me to approach. I only wiped them. She ordered me to rise. Zobeide ordered the contract of marriage to be drawn up and brought to her. "that my daughter.html much wit and beauty. where we were placed upon two thrones. only their habits appeared somewhat gayer." (so she used to call the favourite lady.

and so vindictive for such a trifling fault!" I loved my wife notwithstanding all her cruelty. walked out of the chamber: all the ladies followed her. "take that vile fellow out of my sight. "to eat garlic." said the old woman. that we may try to relieve you. "Dear madam. and beloved by all the ladies about the court of our respected mistress Zobeide.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_038." said she. and the respect that is due to you: but we beseech you to overlook and pardon his fault. to complete my affliction. and be cautious hereafter how he tastes a dish seasoned with garlic without washing his hands. "must I be beaten unmercifully. without seeing any body but an old female slave that brought me victuals. we were conducted to the nuptial chamber: as soon as the company retired. For she is in other respects a woman of good sense and discretion. she pushed me away. dear sister. without the power of even asking what she meant. laid on me as long as she could stand. Why did you not take care to wash your hands after eating of that cursed dish?" "Is it possible." continued she. "She is sick. and endeavour to accommodate yourself to her humour.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:12 AM] . and they shewed her to me every time she changed her habit." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_038. "you carry your resentment too far. moderate your anger." "Take. and after uttering a thousand reproaches against me. on the cook who dressed it. and could not help pitying her." said she. fell down at her feet. She then said to the ladies. and would come to see me the next day. my wife. One day the old woman told me my spouse was recovered. "So. and others my feet. "Take him. and grant us the favour we supplicate." said they to the favourite lady. of your quality.html days. for partaking of a dish seasoned with garlic. I was so thunderstruck. but got up. and cried out." "Alas!" cried I. and while some held my hands. and let the hand be cut off with which he fed upon the garlic dish. have my hand cut off. "that these ladies can be so nice. "and bring me a bastinado. "what has happened since we left you? Let us know. "Good madam. and gone to bathe." thought I." "Why. who was presently furnished with a weapon. I asked her what was become of the favourite lady." said she in a furious passion. "wherein have I deserved your displeasure?" "You are a villain." said they to her." said she." They immediately did as they were desired. upon which all the ladies of the apartment came running in to inquire the cause: and for my own part. madam?" I asked." She made no reply. and forgetting to wash my hands? What proportion is there between the punishment and the crime? Curse on the dish. took pity on me." They renewed their solicitations. We own he is a man quite ignorant of the world. and kissing her fair hands. and not wash your hands! Do you think I would suffer such a polluted wretch to poison me? Down with him. "she is sick of the poisoned smell with which you infected her. and. leaving me in inconceivable affliction. said. when they heard the cutting off of my hand mentioned. I approached my wife. but instead of returning my transports. that I stood like a statue. "I will teach him to know the world. "Dear sister." "I have not received adequate satisfaction. send him to the judge. I continued thus ten days. "I would have you call up your patience. down with him on the ground. and on him who served it up. I will make him bear sensible marks of his impertinence. addressing herself to the ladies. All these ceremonies being over." "All the ladies who had seen me receive the thousand strokes.

and with soap. and lived honourably at Bagdad. they gave me wine to drink. "upon that condition I am willing to forget what is past. who. to recruit my strength. "is the reason why I refused to eat of the dish seasoned with what is now on the table. By virtue of that admirable balsam. When I came to myself.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_038. kept a great many slaves of both sexes. went with a caravan to Persia. "is the story that the Bagdad merchant related in a file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_038. and made a good figure. from Persia I travelled to Samarcand. and here are fifty thousand sequins.html My wife accordingly came on the following evening. and after binding me fast. in order to enable us to live comfortably in the city. and my wife and I lived together as agreeably as if I had never eaten of the garlic dish. "if ever I again eat of a dish with garlic in it. One of the ladies applied a certain root to staunch the blood. and after furnishing it richly. yet I said nothing to my wife on the subject." The ladies applied to my wounds not only the root I mentioned. for it was gratitude alone that made her continue with Zobeide. my wife came into my room with several eunuchs. "that you were uneasy in being confined to court. and accosted me thus: "You perceive that I must possess much tenderness to you. but curiosity to see the world put me upon another plan. and go and buy us a house. we went to reside in it. But having been all my lifetime used to enjoy my liberty. each carrying a bag of silver.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:12 AM] . Take ten thousand of them. for fear of displeasing her. "You never told me." said she. but I perceived it. of which she has made us a present. I might have married again. in not living in the city with people of my own rank. I solemnly swear to wash my hands a hundred and twenty times with alkali. but by bleeding and by the pain. I swooned away. She represented to her mistress in such lively terms the constraint I was under. and after purchasing several kinds of merchandize. "Ah! madam." continued the Bagdad merchant. addressing himself to the company. for at the end of a year my wife fell sick and died. and from thence to this city. because they had it out of the caliph's own dispensatory. However. after the affront you have offered me: but still I cannot be reconciled till I have punished you according to your demerit. in not washing your hands after eating of the garlic dish. but likewise some balsam of Mecca." She then called the ladies. When the eunuchs were gone. We thus began to live in a very agreeable manner: but my felicity was of short continuance." said I to my wife. My mistress Zobeide gives us permission to quit the palace. as I had always done." "This. 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. I grew weary of being confined to the caliph's palace. and eagerly wished for liberty herself. and have happily found means to make you contented. A month after our marriage. threw me upon the ground. and live with you as my husband. with ashes. "This. she suspected my feelings. by her order." said the purveyor to the sultan of Casgar. I sold my house." "Well." replied she. she had the barbarity to cut off my thumbs and great toes herself. which they were well assured was not adulterated." I quickly found a house for the money. I was in a few days perfectly cured. with a razor.

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. Having taken two or three turns there. which had been the occasion of his disorder. However. I saluted him. they had called me to prevent the ill consequence of the fever which was on him. and when his attendants had undressed him. for while the people about him were applying proper remedies externally." cried he. if you will be so good as to hear me. and took leave.html company where I was yesterday.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:12 AM] . who was by. and was just beginning to practise that noble profession with some reputation. only a sign with his eyes that he heard me. that I may feel your pulse. in testimony of his satisfaction with my service. where I might eat at his table when I pleased. "do not be astonished that my hand is cut off. which he observed by my countenance. I continued my visits for nine days. some day or other I will tell you the cause." I replied I was at his command for all that day. I felt his pulse. and every time I felt his pulse." said the sultan. On the tenth day he seemed to be so far recovered.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_038. The young man likewise shewed me many civilities." said the sultan. much dejected by his disorder. "Doctor. at which I was extremely surprised. The governor of Damascus. Accordingly I went. and that it had not long been cut off. and asked me to accompany him to the bath. we sat down to a collation." "This story. and thanked me. but it does not come near that of the little hunch-back. When I was studying physic at Damascus. sir. invested me with a very rich robe. he still gave me his left hand. Upon which he presently called his servants. that the air would be of service to him." The Jewish physician. "if you will give me your company. and sat down by him. Accordingly we went together. where I found a very handsome young man." "Well spoken. a slave called me to see a patient in the governor of the city's family. I was much surprised and concerned on seeing his misfortune." said I. and physician in ordinary to his house. "Then." The Jewish physician prostrated himself before the sultan's throne. and we went to the governor's garden. and was conducted into a room. I perceived he wanted the right hand." After we had returned from the bath. saying. "has something in it extraordinary. you must not expect to live. I flatter myself you will be pleased with a story I have to tell you. and addressed the prince in the following manner: "Sir. but he made no return to my compliments. that I only deemed it necessary to prescribe bathing to him." But instead of stretching out his right. finding the sultan of Casgar disposed to hear him. though concealed from me. he had appointed me a physician of the city hospital. and in that relation you will hear very surprising adventures. I will recount to you my history. "Pray. wrote him a prescription. we file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_038. "but if it be not more surprising than that of little hunch-back. The Story told by the Jewish Physician." said he. he gave me his left hand. "give me your hand. gave the following relation.


seated ourselves on a carpet that his servants had spread under a tree, which gave a pleasant shade. The young man then gave me his history in the following terms; I was born at Moussol, of one of the most considerable families in the city. My father was the eldest of ten brothers, who were all alive and married when my grandfather died. All the brothers were childless, except my father; and he had no child but me. He took particular care of my education; and made me learn every thing proper for my rank. When I was grown up, and began to enter into the world, I happened one Friday to be at noon-prayers with my father and my uncles in the great mosque of Moussol. After prayers were over, the rest of the company going away, my father and my uncles continued sitting upon the best carpet in the mosque; and I sat down by them. They discoursed of several things, but the conversation fell insensibly, I know not how, upon the subject of travelling. They extolled the beauties and peculiar rarities of some kingdoms, and of their principal cities. But one of my uncles said, that according to the uniform report of an infinite number of voyagers, there was not in the world a pleasanter country than Egypt, on account of the Nile; and the description he gave infused into me such high admiration, that from that moment I had a desire to travel thither. Whatever my other uncles said, by way of preference to Bagdad and the Tigris, in calling Bagdad the residence of the Mussulmaun religion, and the metropolis of all the cities of the earth, made no impression upon me. My father joined in opinion with those of his brothers who had spoken in favour of Egypt; which filled me with joy. "Say what you will," said he, "the man that has not seen Egypt has not seen the greatest rarity in the world. All the land there is golden; I mean, it is so fertile, that it enriches its inhabitants. All the women of that country charm you by their beauty and their agreeable carriage. If you speak of the Nile, 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, which produce a thousand times more than other countries that are cultivated with the greatest labour. Observe what a poet said of the Egyptians, when he was obliged to depart from Egypt: ‘Your Nile loads you with blessings every day; it is for you only that it runs from such a distance. Alas! in removing from you, my tears will flow as abundantly as its waters; you are to continue in the enjoyment of its

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sweetnesses, while I am condemned to deprive myself of them against my will.' "If you look," added my father, "towards the island that is formed by the two greatest branches of the Nile, what variety of verdure! What enamel of all sorts of flowers! What a prodigious number of cities, villages, canals, and a thousand other agreeable objects! If you turn your eyes on the other side, up towards Ethiopia, how many other subjects of admiration! I cannot compare the verdure of so many plains, watered by the different canals of the island, better than to brilliant emeralds set in silver. Is not Grand Cairo the largest, the most populous, and the richest city in the world? What a number of magnificent edifices both public and private! If you view the pyramids, you will be filled with astonishment at the sight of the masses of stone of an enormous thickness, which rear their heads to the skies! You will be obliged to confess, that the Pharaohs, who employed such riches, and so many men in building them, must have surpassed in magnificence and invention all the monarchs who have appeared since, not only in Egypt, but in all the world, for having left monuments so worthy of their memory: monuments so ancient, that the learned cannot agree upon the date of their erection; yet such as will last to the end of time. I pass over in silence the maritime cities of the kingdom of Egypt, such as Damietta, Rosetta, and Alexandria, where nations come for various sorts of grain, cloth, and an infinite number of commodities calculated for accommodation and delight. I speak of what I know; for I spent some years there in my youth, which I shall always reckon the most agreeable part of my life." My uncles could make no reply, and assented to all my father had said of the Nile, of Cairo, and of the whole kingdom of Egypt. My imagination was so full of these subjects, I could not sleep that night. Soon after, my uncles declared how much they were struck with my father's account. They made a proposal to him, that they should travel all together into Egypt. To this he assented; and being rich merchants, they resolved to carry with them such commodities as were likely to suit the market. When I found that they were making preparations for their departure, I went to my father, and begged of him, with tears in my eyes, that he would suffer me to make one of the party, and allow me some stock of goods to trade with on my own account. "You are too young," said he, "to travel into Egypt; the fatigue is too great for you; and, besides, I am sure you will come off a loser in your traffic." These words, however, did not suppress my eager desire to travel. I made use of my uncles' interest with my father, who at last granted me permission to go as far as Damascus, where they were to leave me, till they had travelled through Egypt. "The city of Damascus," said my father, "may likewise glory in its beauties, and my son must be content with leave to go so far." Though my curiosity to see Egypt was very pressing, I considered he was my father, and submitted to his will. I set out from Moussol in company with him and my uncles. We travelled through Mesopotamia, passed the Euphrates, and arrived at Aleppo, where we stayed some days. From thence we went to Damascus, the first sight of which struck me with agreeable surprise We lodged all together in one khan; and I had the view of a city that was large, populous, full of handsome people, and well fortified. We employed some days in walking up and down the delicious gardens that surrounded it; and we all agreed that Damascus was justly said to be seated in a paradise. At last my uncles thought of pursuing their journey; but took care, before they went, to sell my goods so advantageously for me, that I gained by them five hundred per cent. This sale brought me a sum so considerable, as to fill me with delight.

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My father and my uncles left me in Damascus, and pursued their journey. After their departure, I used great caution not to lay out my money idly. But at the same time I took a stately house, built of marble, adorned with paintings of gold, silver foliage, and a garden with fine water-works. I furnished it, not so richly indeed as the magnificence of the place deserved, but at least handsomely enough for a young man of my rank. It formerly belonged to one of the principal lords of the city; but was then the property of a rich jewel-merchant, to whom I paid for it only two sherifs a month. I had a number of domestics, and lived honourably; sometimes I gave entertainments to such people as I had made an acquaintance with, and sometimes was treated by them. Thus did I spend my time at Damascus, waiting for my father's return; no passion disturbed my repose, and my only employment was conversing with people of credit. One day, as I sat taking the cool air at my gate, a very handsome, well-dressed lady came to me, and asked if I did not sell stuffs? She had no sooner spoken the words, than she went into my house. When I saw that the lady had entered the house, I rose, and having shut the gate, conducted into a hall, and prayed her to sit down. "Madam," said I, "I have had stuffs fit to be strewn to you, but at present, I am sorry to say, I have none." She removed the veil from her face, and discovered such beauty as affected me with emotions I had never felt before. "I have no occasion for stuffs," replied she, "I only come to see you, and, if you please, to pass the evening in your company; all I ask of you is a light collation." Transported with joy, I ordered the servants to bring us several sorts of fruit, and some bottles of wine. These being speedily served, we ate, drank, and made merry till midnight. In short, I had not before passed a night so agreeably as this. Next morning I would have put ten sherifs into the lady's hands, but she drew back instantly. "I am not come to see you," said she, "from interested motives; you therefore do me wrong. So far from receiving money from you, I must insist on your taking some from me, or else I will see you no more." In speaking this, she put her hand into her purse, took out ten sherifs, and forced me to take them, saying, "You may expect me three days hence after sun- set. She then took leave of me, and I felt that when she went she carried my heart along with her." She did not fail to return at the appointed hour three days after; and I received her with all the joy of a person who waited impatiently for her arrival. The evening and the night we spent as before; and next day at parting she promised to return the third day after. She did not, however, leave me without forcing me to take ten sherifs more. She returned a third time; and at that interview, when we were both warm with wine, she spoke thus: "My dear love, what do you think of me? Am I not handsome and agreeable?" "Madam," I replied, "I think this an unnecessary question: the love which I shew you ought to persuade you that I admire you; I am charmed to see and to possess you. You are my queen, my sultaness; in you lies all the felicity of my life." "Ah!" returned she, "I am sure you would speak otherwise, if you saw a certain lady of my acquaintance, who is younger and handsomer than I am. She is of such a pleasant lively temper, that she would make the most melancholy people merry: I must bring her hither; I spoke of you to her, and from

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the account I have given of you she is dying with desire to see you. She intreated me to procure her that pleasure, but I did not dare to promise her without speaking to you beforehand." "Madam," said I, "do what you please; but whatever you may say of your friend, I defy all her charms to tear my heart from you, to whom it is so inviolably attached, that nothing can disengage it." "Be not too positive," returned she; "I now tell you, I am about to put your heart to a severe trial." We continued together all night, and next morning at parting, instead of ten sherifs she gave me fifteen, which I was forced to accept. "Remember," said she, "that in two days' time you are to have a new guest; pray take care to give her a good reception: we will come at the usual hour." I had my hall put in great order, and a handsome collation prepared against they came. I waited for the two ladies with impatience and at last they arrived at the close of the day. They both unveiled, and as I had been surprised with the beauty of the first, I had reason to be much more so when I saw her friend. She had regular features, an elegant person, and such sparkling eyes, that I could hardly bear their splendour. I thanked her for the honour she did me, and entreated her to excuse me if I did not give her the reception she deserved. "No compliments," replied she; "it should be my part to make them to you, for allowing my friend to bring me hither. But since you are pleased to suffer it, let us lay aside all ceremony, and think only of amusing ourselves." I had given orders, as soon as the ladies arrived, to have the collation served up, and we soon sat down to our entertainment. I placed myself opposite the stranger, who never ceased looking upon me with a smiling countenance. I could not resist her conquering eyes, and she made herself mistress of my heart, without opposition. But while she inspired me with a flame, she caught it herself; and so far from appearing to be under any constraint, she conversed in very free and lively language. The other lady, who observed us, did nothing at first but laugh. "I told you," said she, addressing herself to me, "you would find my friend full of charms; and I perceive you have already violated the oath you made of being faithful to me." "Madam," replied I, laughing as well as she, "you would have reason to complain, if I were wanting in civility to a lady whom you brought hither, and who is your intimate friend; both of you might then upbraid me for not performing duly the rites of hospitality." We continued to drink; but as the wine warmed us, the strange lady and I ogled one another with so little reserve, that her friend grew jealous, and quickly gave us a dismal proof of the inveteracy of her feelings. She rose from the table and went out, saying, she would be with us presently again: but in a few moments after, the lady who stayed with me changed countenance, fell into violent convulsions, and expired in my arms while I was calling for assistance to relieve her. I went out immediately, and enquired for the other lady; when my people told me, she had opened the street door and was gone. I then suspected what was but too true, that she had been the cause of her friend's death. She had the dexterity, and the malice, to put some very strong poison into the last glass, which she gave her with her own hand. I was afflicted beyond measure with the accident. "What shall I do?" I exclaimed in agony. "What will

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become of me?" I considered there was no time to lose, and it being then moon-light, I ordered my servants to take up one of the large pieces of marble, with which the court of my house was paved, dig a hole, and there inter the corpse of the young lady. After replacing the stone, I put on a travelling suit, took what money I had; and having locked up every thing, affixed my own seal on the door of my house. This done I went to the jewel-merchant my landlord, paid him what I owed, with a year's rent in advance and giving him the key, prayed him to keep it for me. "A very urgent affair," said I, "obliges me to be absent for some time; I am under the necessity of going to visit my uncles at Cairo." I took my leave of him, immediately mounted my horse, and departed with my attendants from Damascus. I had a good journey, and arrived at Cairo without any accident. There I met with my uncles, who were much surprised to see me. To excuse myself, I pretended I was tired of waiting; and hearing nothing of them, was so uneasy, that I could not be satisfied without coming to Cairo. They received me kindly, and promised that my father should not be displeased with me for leaving Damascus without his permission. I lodged in the same khan with them, and saw all the curiosities of Cairo. Having finished their traffic, they began to talk of returning to Moussol, and to make preparations for their departure; but I, having a wish to view in Egypt what I had not yet seen, left my uncles, and went to lodge in another quarter at a distance from their khan, and did not appear any more till they were gone. They sought for me all over the city; but not finding me, supposed remorse for having come to Egypt without my father's consent had occasioned me to return to Damascus, without saying any thing to them. So they began their journey, expecting to find me at Damascus, and there to take me up. After their departure I continued at Cairo three years, more completely to indulge my curiosity in seeing all the wonders of Egypt. During that time I took care to remit money to the jewel- merchant, ordering him to keep my house for me; for I designed to return to Damascus, and reside there some years longer. I had no adventure at Cairo worth relating; but doubtless you will be much surprised at that which befell me on my return to Damascus. Arriving at this city, I went to the jewel-merchant's, who received me joyfully, and would accompany me to my house, to shew me that no one had entered it whilst I was absent. The seal was still entire upon the lock; and when I went in, I found every thing in the order in which I had left it. In sweeping and cleaning out the hall where I had eaten with the ladies, one of my servants found a gold chain necklace, with ten very large and perfect pearls strung upon it at certain distances. He brought it to me, when I knew it to be the same I had seen upon the lady's neck who was poisoned; and concluded it had broken off and fallen. I could not look upon it without shedding tears, when I called to mind the lovely creature I had seen die in such a shocking manner. I wrapped it up, and put it in my bosom. I rested some days to recover from the fatigues of my journey; after which, I began to visit my former acquaintance. I abandoned myself to every species of pleasure, and gradually squandered away all my money. Being thus reduced, instead of selling my furniture, I resolved to part with the necklace; but I had so little skill in pearls, that I took my measures very ill, as you shall hear.

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I went to the bazaar, where I called a crier aside, and strewing him the necklace, told him I wished to sell it, and desired him to show it to the principal jewellers. The crier was surprised to see such a valuable ornament. "How beautiful," exclaimed he, gazing upon it with admiration, "never did our merchants see any thing so rich; I am sure I shall oblige them highly in strewing it to them; and you need not doubt they will set a high price upon it, in emulation of each other." He carried me to a shop which proved to be my landlord's: "Stop here," said the crier, "I will return presently and bring you an answer." While he was running about to shew the necklace, I sat with the jeweller, who was glad to see me, and we conversed on different subjects. The crier returned, and calling me aside, instead of telling me the necklace was valued at two thousand sherifs, assured me nobody would give me more than fifty. "The reason is," added he, "the pearls are false; consider if you will part with it at that price." I took him at his word, wanting money. "Go," said I, "I take your word, and that of those who know better than myself; deliver it to them, and bring me the money immediately." The crier had been ordered to offer me fifty sherifs by one of the richest jewellers in town who had only made that offer to sound me, and try if I was well acquainted with the value of the pearls. He had no sooner received my answer, than he carried the crier to the judge, and shewing him the necklace; "Sir," said he, "here is a necklace which was stolen from me, and the thief, under the character of a merchant, has had the impudence to offer it to sale, and is at this minute in the bazaar. 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 Judge sent immediately to seize me, and when I came before him, he asked me if the necklace he had in his hand was not the same that I had exposed to sale in the bazaar. I told him it was. "Is it true," demanded he, "that you are willing to sell it for fifty sherifs,?" I answered I was. "Well," continued he, in a scoffing way "give him the bastinado; he will quickly confess notwithstanding his merchant's disguise, that he is only an artful thief; let him be beaten till he owns his guilt." The pain of the torture made me tell a lie; I confessed, though it was not true that I had stolen the necklace; and the judge ordered my hand to be cut off according to the sentence of our law. This made a great noise in the bazaar, and I was scarcely returned to my house when my landlord came. "My son," said he, "you seem to be a young man well educated, and of good sense; how is it possible you could be guilty of such an unworthy action, as that I hear talked of? You gave me an account of your property yourself, and I do not doubt but the account was just. Why did not you request money of me, and I would have lent it you? However, after what has happened, I cannot allow you to remain longer in my house; you must go and seek for other lodgings." I was extremely troubled at this; and entreated the jeweller, with tears in my eyes, to let me stay three days longer; which he granted. "Alas," thought I, "this misfortune and affront are unsufferable; how shall I dare to return to Moussol? Nothing I can say to my father will persuade him that I am innocent."

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Three hours after this fatal accident my house was forcibly entered by the judge's officers, accompanied by my landlord, and the merchant who had falsely accused me of having stolen the necklace. I asked them, what brought them there? But instead of giving me any answer, they bound and gagged me, calling me a thousand abusive names, and telling me the necklace belonged to the governor of Damascus, who had lost it above three years before, and that one of his daughters had not been heard of since. Judge of my sensations when I heard this intelligence. However, I summoned all my resolution, "I will," thought I, "tell the governor the truth, and it will rest with him either to put me to death, or to protect my innocence." When I was brought before him, I observed he looked upon me with an eye of compassion, from whence I augured well. He ordered me to be untied, and addressing himself to the jeweller who accused me, and to my landlord: "Is this the man," asked he, "that sold the pearl necklace?" They had no sooner answered yes, than he continued, "I am sure he did not steal the necklace, and I am much astonished at the injustice that has been done him." These words giving me courage: "Sir," said I, "I do assure you I am perfectly innocent. I am likewise fully persuaded the necklace never did belong to my accuser, whom I never saw, and whose horrible perfidy is the cause of my unjust treatment. It is true, I made a confession as if I had stolen it; but this I did contrary to my conscience, through the force of torture, and for another reason that I am ready to give you, if you will have the goodness to hear me." "I know enough of it already," replied the governor, "to do you one part of the justice to which you are entitled. Take from hence," continued he, "the false accuser; let him undergo the same punishment as he caused to be inflicted on this young man, whose innocence is known to

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

The Story told by the Tailor.

A citizen of this city did me the honour two days ago to invite me to an entertainment, which he was to give to his friends yesterday morning. Accordingly I went early, and found there about twenty persons. The master of the house was gone out upon some business, but in a short time returned, and brought with him a young man, a stranger, very well dressed, and handsome, but lame. When he entered, we all rose, and out of respect to the master of the house, invited the young man to sit down with us upon the estrade. He was going to comply; but suddenly perceiving a barber in our company, flew backwards, and made towards the door. The master of the house, surprised at his behaviour, stopped him. "Where are you going?" demanded he. "I bring you along with me to do me the honour of being my guest among the rest of my friends, and you are no sooner got into my house, than you are for running away." "Sir," replied the young man, "for God's sake do not stop me, let me go, I cannot without horror look upon that abominable barber, who, though he was born in a country where all the natives are white, resembles an Ethiopian; and his soul is yet blacker and more horrible than his face." We were all surprised to hear the young man speak in this manner, and began to have a very bad opinion of the barber, without knowing what ground the young man had for what he said. Nay, we protested we would not suffer any one to remain in our company, who bore so horrid a character. The master of the house intreated the stranger to tell us what reason he had for hating the barber. "Gentlemen," resumed the young man, "you must know this cursed barber is the cause of my being lame, and having fallen into the most ridiculous and teasing situation you can imagine. For this reason I have sworn to avoid all the places where he is, and even not to stay in the cities where he resides. It was for this reason that I left Bagdad, where he then dwelt; and travelled so far to settle in this city, at the extremity of Tartary; a
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place where I flattered myself I should never see him. And now, after all, contrary to my expectation, I find him here. This obliges me, gentlemen, against my will, to deprive myself of the honour of being merry with you. This very day I shall take leave of your town, and go, if I can, to hide my head where he cannot come." This said, he would have left us, but the master of the house earnestly intreated him to stay, and tell us the cause of his aversion for the barber, who all this while looked down and said not a word. We joined with the master of the house in his request; and at last the young man, yielding to our importunities, sat down; and, after turning his back on the barber, that he might not see him, gave us the following narrative of his adventures. My father's quality might have entitled him to the highest posts in the city of Bagdad, but he always preferred a quiet life to the honours of a public station. I was his only child, and when he died I had finished my education, and was of age to dispose of the plentiful fortune he had left me; which I did not squander away foolishly, but applied to such uses as obtained for me everybody's respect. I had not yet been disturbed by any passion: I was so far from being sensible of love, that I bashfully avoided the conversation of women. One day, walking in the streets, I saw a large party of ladies before me; and that I might not meet them, I turned down a narrow lane, and sat down upon a bench by a door. I was placed opposite a window, where stood a pot of beautiful flowers, on which I had my eyes fixed, when the window opened, and a young lady appeared, whose beauty struck me. Immediately she fixed her eyes upon me; and in watering the flowerpot with a hand whiter than alabaster, looked upon me with a smile, that inspired me with as much love for her as I had formerly aversion for all women. After having watered her flowers, and darted upon me a glance full of charms that pierced my heart, she shut the window, and left me in inconceivable perplexity, from which I should not have recovered, if a noise in the street had not brought me to myself. I lifted up my head, and turning, saw the first cauzee of the city, mounted on a mule, and attended by five or six servants: he alighted at the door of the house, where the young lady had opened the window, and went in; from whence I concluded he was her father. I went home in an altered state of mind; agitated by a passion the more violent, as I had never felt its assaults before: I retired to bed in a violent fever, at which all the family were much concerned. My relations, who had a great affection for me, were so alarmed by the sudden disorder, that they importuned me to tell the cause; which I took care not to discover. My silence created an uneasiness that the physicians could not dispel, because they knew nothing of my distemper, and by their medicines rather inflamed than checked it. My relations began to despair of my life, when an old lady of our acquaintance, hearing I was ill, came to see me. She considered me with great attention, and after having examined me, penetrated, I know not how, into the real cause of my illness. She took my relations aside, and desired all my people would retire out of the room, and leave her with me alone. When the room was clear, she sat down on the side of my bed. "My son," said she, "you have obstinately concealed the cause of your illness; but you have no occasion to reveal it to me. I have experience enough to penetrate into a secret; you will not deny when I tell you it is love that makes you sick. I can find a way to cure you, if you will but inform me who that happy lady is, that could move a heart so insensible as yours; for you have the character of a woman-hater, and I was not the last who perceived that such was your disposition; but what I foresaw has come to pass, and I am now glad of the opportunity to employ my talents in relieving your pain." The old lady having thus spoken, paused, expecting my answer; but though what she had said had made
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a strong impression upon me, I durst not lay open to her the bottom of my heart; I only turned to her, and heaved a deep sigh, without replying a word. "Is it bashfulness," said she, "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, who have been in the same condition with yourself, and have received relief from me." The good lady told me so many more circumstances that I broke silence, declared to her my complaint, pointed out to her the place where I had seen the object which occasioned it, and unravelled all the circumstances of my adventure. "If you succeed," added I, "and procure me the happiness of seeing that charming beauty, and revealing to her the passion with which I burn for her, you may depend upon it I will be grateful." "My son," replied the old woman, "I know the lady you speak of; she is, as you rightly judged, the daughter of the first cauzee of this city: I am not surprised that you are in love with her. She is the handsomest and most lovely lady in Bagdad, but very proud, and of difficult access. You know how strict our judges are, in enjoining the punctual observance of the severe laws that confine women; and they are yet more strict in the observation of them in their own families; the cauzee you saw is more rigid in that point than any of the other magistrates. They are always preaching to their daughters what a heinous crime it is to shew themselves to men; and the girls themselves are so prepossessed with the notion, that they make no other use of their own eves but to conduct them along the street, when necessity obliges them to go abroad. I do not say absolutely that the first cauzee's daughter is of that humour; but that does not hinder my fearing to meet with as great obstacles on her side, as on her father's. Would to God you had loved any other, then I should not have had so many difficulties to surmount. However, I will employ all my wits to compass the matter; but it requires time. In the mean while take courage and trust to me." The old woman took leave; and as I weighed within myself all the obstacles she had been talking of, the fear of her not succeeding in her undertaking inflamed my disorder. Next day she came again, and I read in her countenance that she had no favourable news to impart. She spoke thus: "My son, I was not mistaken, I have somewhat else to conquer besides the vigilance of a father. You love an insensible object, who takes pleasure in making every one miserable who suffers himself to be charmed by her; she will not deign them the least comfort: she heard me with pleasure, when I spoke of nothing but the torment she made you undergo; but I no sooner opened my mouth to engage her to allow you to see her, and converse with her, but casting at me a terrible look, ‘You are very presumptuous,' said she, ‘to make such a proposal to me; I charge you never to insult me again with such language.' "Do not let this cast you down," continued she; "I am not easily disheartened, and am not without hope but I shall compass my end." To shorten my story, this good woman made several fruitless attacks in my behalf on the proud enemy of my rest. The vexation I suffered inflamed my distemper to that degree, that my physicians gave me over. I was considered as a dead man, when the old woman came to recall me to life. That no one might hear what was said, she whispered in my ear; "Remember the present you owe for the good news I bring you." These words produced a marvellous effect; I raised myself up in the bed, and with transport replied, "You shall not go without a present; but what is the news you bring me?" "Dear
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sir," said she "you shall not die; I shall speedily have the pleasure to see you in perfect health, and very well satisfied with me. Yesterday I went to see the lady you love, and found her in good humour. As soon as I entered, I put on a sad countenance heaved many deep sighs, and began to squeeze out some tears. ‘My good mother,' demanded she ‘what is the matter with you, why are you so cast down?' ‘Alas, my dear and honourable lady,' I replied, ‘I have just been with the young gentleman of whom I spoke to you the other day, who is dying on your account.' ‘I am at a loss to know,' said she, ‘how you make me to be the cause of his death. How can I have contributed to it?' ‘How?' replied I; ‘did not you tell me the other day, that he sat down before your window when you opened it to water your flower-pot? He then saw that prodigy of beauty, those charms that your mirror daily represents to you. From that moment he languished, and his disorder has so increased, that he is reduced to the deplorable condition I have mentioned.' "‘You well remember,' added I, ‘how harshly you treated me at our last interview; when I was speaking to you of his illness, and proposing a way to save him from the threatened consequences of his complaint. After I left you I went directly to his house, and he no sooner learnt from my countenance that I had brought no favourable answer than his distemper increased. From that time, madam, he has been at the point of death; and I doubt whether your compassion would not now come too late to save his life.' The fear of your death alarmed her, and I saw her face change colour. ‘Is your account true?' she asked. ‘Has he actually no other disorder than what is occasioned by his love of me?' ‘Ah, madam!' I replied, ‘it is too true; would it were false!' ‘Do you believe,' said she, ‘that the hopes of seeing me would at all contribute to rescue him from his danger?' I answered, ‘Perhaps it may, and if you will permit me, I will try the remedy.'? ‘Well,' resumed she, sighing, ‘give him hopes of seeing me; but he must pretend to no other favours, unless he aspire to marry me, and obtains my father's consent.' ‘Madam,' replied I. ‘your goodness overcomes me; I will instantly seek the young gentleman, and tell him he is to have the pleasure of an interview with you.' ‘The best opportunity I can think of,' said she, ‘for granting him that favour, will be next Friday at the hour of noon prayers. Let him observe when my father goes out, and then, if his health permits him to be abroad, come and place himself opposite the house. I shall then see him from my window, and will come down and open the door for him: we will converse together during prayer-time; but he must depart before my father returns.' "It is now Tuesday," continued the old lady "you have the interval between this and Friday to recover your strength, and make the necessary dispositions for the interview." While the good old lady was speaking, I felt my illness decrease, or rather, by the time she had done, I found myself perfectly recovered. "Here, take this," said I, reaching out to her my purse, which was full, "it is to you alone that I owe my cure. I reckon this money better employed than all that I gave the physicians, who have only tormented me during my illness." When the lady was gone, I found I had strength enough to get up: and my relations finding me so well, complimented me on the occasion, and went home. On Friday morning the old woman came, just as I was dressing, and choosing out the richest clothes in my wardrobe, said, "I do not ask you how you are, what you are about is intimation enough of your health; but will not you bathe before you go?" "That will take up too much time," I replied; "I will
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content myself with sending for a barber, to shave my head." Immediately I ordered one of my slaves to call a barber that could do his business cleverly and expeditiously. The slave brought me the wretch you see here, who came, and after saluting me, said, "Sir, you look as if you were not well." I told him I was just recovered from a fit of sickness. "May God," resumed he, "deliver you from all mischance; may his grace always go along with you." "I hope he will grant your wish, for which I am obliged to you." "Since you are recovering from a fit of sickness," he continued, "I pray God preserve your health; but now let me know what I am to do; I have brought my razors and my lancets, do you desire to be shaved or to be bled?" I replied, "I am just recovered from a fit of sickness, and you may

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readily judge I only want to be shaved: come, do not lose time in prattling; for I am in haste, and have an appointment precisely at noon." The barber spent much time in opening his case, and preparing his razors Instead of putting water into the basin, he took a very handsome astrolabe out of his case, 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, and entering my room, said, "Sir, you will be pleased to know this day is Friday the 18th of the moon Suffir, in the year 653, from the retreat of our great prophet from Mecca to Medina, and in the year 7320 of the epocha of the great Iskender with two horns; and that the conjunction of Mars and Mercury signifies you cannot choose a better time than this very day and hour for being shaved. But, on the other hand, the same conjunction is a bad presage to you. I learn from it, that this day you run a great risk, not indeed of losing your life, but of an inconvenience which will attend you while you live. You are obliged to me for the advice I now give you, to avoid this accident; I shall be sorry if it befall you." You may guess, gentlemen, how vexed I was at having fallen into the hands of such a prattling, impertinent fellow; what an unseasonable adventure was it for a lover preparing for an interview with his mistress! I was quite irritated. "I care not," said I, in anger, "for your advice and predictions; I did not call you to consult your astrology; you came hither to shave me; shave me, or begone." "I will call another barber, sir," replied he, with a coolness that put me out of all patience; "what reason have you to be angry with me? You do not know, that all of my profession are not like me; and that if you made it your business to search, you would not find such another. You only sent for a barber; but here, in my person, you have the best barber in Bagdad, an experienced physician, a profound chemist, an infallible astrologer, a finished grammarian, a complete orator, a subtle logician, a mathematician perfectly well versed in geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, and all the refinements of algebra; an historian fully master of the histories of all the kingdoms of the universe. Besides, I understand all parts of philosophy. I have all our sacred traditions by heart. I am a poet, I am an architect; and what is it I am not? There is nothing in nature hidden from me. Your deceased father, to whose memory I pay a tribute of tears every time I think of him, was fully convinced of my merit; he was fond of me, and spoke of me in all companies as the first man in the world. Out of gratitude and friendship for him, I am willing to attach myself to you, to take you under my protection, and guard you from all the evils that your stars may threaten." When I heard all this jargon, I could not forbear laughing, notwithstanding my anger. "You impertinent prattler!" said I, "will you have done, and begin to shave me?" "Sir," replied the barber, "you affront me in calling me a prattler; on the contrary, all the world gives me the honourable title of Silent. I had six brothers, whom you might justly have called prattlers. These indeed were impertinent chatterers, but for me, who am a younger brother, I am grave and concise in my discourse." For God's sake, gentlemen, do but suppose you had been in my place. What could I say when I saw myself so cruelly delayed? "Give him three pieces of gold," said I to the slave who was my housekeeper, "and send him away, that he may disturb me no more; I will not be shaved this day." "Sir," said the

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barber, "pray what do you mean? I did not come to seek for you, you sent for me; and as that is the case I swear by the faith of a Moosulmaun, I will not stir out of these doors till I have shaved you. If you do not know my value, it is not my fault. Your deceased father did me more justice. Every time he sent for me to let him blood, he made me sit down by him, and was charmed with hearing what witty things I said. I kept him in a continual strain of admiration; I elevated him; and when I had finished my discourse, ‘My God,' he would exclaim, ‘you are an inexhaustible source of science, no man can reach the depth of your knowledge.' ‘My dear sir,' I would answer, ‘you do me more honour than deserve. If I say anything that is worth hearing, it is owing to the favourable audience you vouchsafe me; it is your liberality that inspires me with the sublime thoughts which have the happiness to please you.' One day, when he was charmed with an admirable discourse I had made him, he said, ‘Give him a hundred pieces of gold, and invest him with one of my richest robes.' I instantly received the present. I then drew his horoscope, and found it the happiest in the world. Nav. I carried my gratitude further; I let him blood with cupping-glasses." This was not all; he spun out another harangue that was a full half hour long. Tired with hearing him, and fretted at the loss of time, which was almost spent before I was half ready, I did not know what to say. "It is impossible," I exclaimed, "there should be such another man in the world who takes pleasure, as you do, in making people mad." I thought I might perhaps succeed better if I dealt mildly with my barber. "In the name of God," said I, "leave off talking, and shave me directly: business of the last importance calls me, as I have already told you." At these words he fell a laughing: "It would be fortunate," said he, "if our minds were always in the same state; if we were always wise and prudent. I am willing, however, to believe, that if you are angry with me, it is your disorder that has caused the change in your temper, for which reason you stand in need of some instructions, and you cannot do better than follow the example of your father and grandfather. They came and consulted me upon all occasions, and I can say, without vanity, that they always highly prized my advice. Pray observe, sir, men never succeed in their undertakings without the counsel of persons of understanding. A man cannot, says the proverb, be wise without receiving advice from the wise. I am entirely at service, and you have only to command me." "What! cannot I prevail with you then," I demanded,, interrupting him, "to leave off these long speeches, that tend to nothing but to distract my head, and detain me from my business? Shave me, I say, or begone:" with that I started up in anger, stamping my foot against the ground. When he saw I was in earnest, he said, "Sir, do not be angry, we are going to begin." He lathered my head, and began to shave me; but had not given four strokes with his razor before he stopped, and addressed me, "Sir, you are hasty, you should avoid these transports that only come from the devil. I am entitled to some consideration on account of my age, my knowledge, and my great virtues." "Go on and shave me," said I, interrupting him again, "and talk no more." "That is to say," replied he, "you have some urgent business to go about; I will lay you a wager I guess right." "Why I told you two hours ago," I returned, "you ought to have shaved me before." "Moderate your passion," replied he;

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"perhaps you have not maturely weighed what you are going about; when things are done precipitately, they are generally repented of. I wish you would tell me what mighty business this is you are so earnest upon. I would tell you my opinion of it; besides, you have time enough, since your appointment is not till noon, and it wants three hours of that yet." "I do not mind that," said I; "persons of honour and of their word are rather before their time than after. But I forget that by reasoning with you, I give into the faults of you prattling barbers; have done, have done; shave me." The more haste I was in, the less speed he made. He laid down the razor, and took up his astrolabe; then laid down his astrolabe, and took up his razor again. The barber quitted his razor again, and took up his astrolabe a second time; and so left me half shaved, to go and see precisely what hour it was. Back he came, and exclaimed, "Sir, I knew I was not mistaken, it wants three hours of noon. I am sure of it, or else all the rules of astronomy are false." "Just heaven!" cried I, "my patience is exhausted, I can bear this no longer. You cursed barber, you barber of mischief, I can scarcely forbear falling upon you and strangling you." "Softly, sir," said he, very calmly, without being moved by my anger: "are you not afraid of a relapse? Be not in a passion, I am going to shave you this minute." In speaking these words, he clapped his astrolabe in his case, took up his razor, and passing it over the strap which was fixed to his belt, fell to shaving me again; but all the while he was thus employed, the dog could not forbear prattling. "If you would be pleased, sir," said he, "to tell me what the business is you are going about at noon, I could give you some advice that might be of use to you." To satisfy the fellow, I told him I was going to meet some friends at an entertainment at noon, to make merry with me on the recovery of ray health. When the barber heard me talk of regaling; "God bless you this day, 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; indeed I had forgotten the engagement, and have made no preparation for them." "Do not let that trouble you," said I; "though I dine abroad, my larder is always well furnished. I make you a present of all that it contains; and besides, I will order you as much wine as you have occasion for; I have excellent wine in my cellar; only you must hasten to finish shaving me: and pray remember, as my father made you presents to encourage you to speak, I give you mine to induce you to be silent." He was not satisfied with my promise, but exclaimed, "God reward you, sir, for your kindness: pray shew me these provisions now, that I may see if there will be enough to entertain my friends. I would have them satisfied with the good fare I make them." "I have," said I, "a lamb, six capons, a dozen chickens, and enough to make four courses." I ordered a slave to bring all before him, with four great pitchers of wine. "It is very well," returned the barber; "but we shall want fruit, and sauce for the meat." These I ordered likewise; but then he left off shaving, to look over every thing one after another; and this survey lasted almost half an hour. I raged and stormed like a madman; but it signified nothing, the wretch made no more haste. However, he took up his razor again, and shaved me for some minutes; then stopping suddenly, exclaimed, "I could not have believed, sir, that you would have been so liberal; I begin to perceive that your deceased father lives again in you. Most certainly, I do not deserve the favours with which you have loaded me; and I assure you I shall have them in perpetual remembrance; for, sir, to let you know, I have nothing but what I obtain from the generosity of such gentlemen as you:
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in which respect, I am like to Zantout, who rubs the people in the baths; to Sali, who cries boiled peas in the streets; to Salout, who sells beans; to Akerscha, who sells greens; to Aboumecarez, who sprinkles the streets to lay the dust; and to Cassem, the caliph's lifeguard man. Of all these persons, not one is apt so be melancholy; they are neither impertinent nor quarrelsome; they are more contented with their lot, than the caliph in the midst of his court; they are always gay, ready to sing and dance, and have each of them their peculiar song and dance, with which they divert the city of Bagdad; but what I esteem most in them is, that they are no great talkers, any more than your slave, that has bow the honour to speak to you. Here, sir, is the song and dance of Zantout, who rubs the people in the baths; mind me, pray, and see if I do not imitate it exactly." The barber sung the song, and danced the dance of Zantout; and let me say what I could to oblige him to finish his buffooneries, he did not cease till he had imitated, in like manner, the songs and dances of the other persons he had named. "After that," addressing himself to me, "I am going," said he, "to invite all these honest men to my house; if you will take my advice you will join us, and disappoint your friends, who perhaps are great talkers. They will only teaze you to death with their impertinent discourse, and make you relapse into a disorder worse than that from which you are so lately recovered; whereas at my house you shall have nothing but pleasure." Notwithstanding my anger, I could not forbear laughing at the fellow's impertinence. "I wish I had no business upon my hands," I replied, "I would accept your invitation, and go with all my heart to partake of your entertainment; but I beg to be excused, I am too much engaged; another day I shall be more at leisure, and then we will make up the same party. Come, finish shaving me, and make haste home; perhaps your friends are already arrived at your house." "Sir," replied he, "do not refuse me the favour I ask of you; were you but once in our company, it would afford you so much pleasure as abundantly to compensate you for forsaking your friends." "Let us talk no more of that," said I; "I cannot be your guest." I found I gained no ground by mild terms. "Since you will not come to my house," replied the barber, "you must allow me to go along with you: I will carry these things to my house, where my friends may eat of them if they like, and I will return immediately; I would not be so uncivil as to leave you alone. You deserve this piece of complaisance at my hands." "Heavens!" cried I, "then I shall not get clear of this troublesome fellow to-day. In the name of the living God, leave off your unreasonable jargon; go to your friends, drink, eat, and be merry with them, and leave me at liberty to go to mine. I must go alone, I have no occasion for company; besides, I must needs tell you, the place to which I go is not one where you can be received." "You jest, sir," said he; "if your friends have invited you to a feast, what should prevent you from allowing me to go with you? You will please them, I am sure, by introducing to them a man who can talk wittily like me, and knows how to divert company. But say what you will, I am determined to accompany you." These words, gentlemen, perplexed me much. "How," thought I, "shall I get rid of this cursed barber? If I persist in contradicting him, we shall never have done."

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Besides, I heard at this instant the first call to noon-prayers, and it was time for me to go. In fine, I resolved to say nothing, and to make as if I consented to his accompanying me. He then finished shaving me, and I said to him, "Take some of my servants to carry these provisions along with you, and return hither; I will stay for you, and shall not go without you." At last he went, and I dressed myself as expeditiously as I could. I heard the last call to prayers, and hastened to set out: but the malicious barber, who guessed my intention, went with my servants only within sight of the house and stood there till he saw them enter it, after which he concealed himself at the corner of the street, with an intent to observe and follow me. In fine, when I arrived at the cauzee's door, I looked back and saw him at the head of the street which alarmed me to the last degree. The cauzee's door was half open, and as I went in I saw an old woman waiting for me, who, after she had shut the door, conducted me to the chamber of the young lady who was the object of my love; but we had scarcely begun to converse, when we heard a noise in the streets. The young lady put her head to the window, and saw through the gate that it was her father already returning from prayers. At the same time I looked, and saw the barber sitting over-against the house, on the bench from which I had first seen the young lady. I had then two things to fear, the arrival of the cauzee, and the presence of the barber. The young lady mitigated my apprehension on the first head, by assuring me the cauzee, came but seldom to her chamber, and as she had forseen that this misadventure might happen, she had contrived a way to convey me out safely: but the indiscretion of the accursed barber made me very uneasy; and you shall hear that my uneasiness was not without ground. As soon as the cauzee was come in, he caned one of his slaves, who had deserved chastisement. This slave made a horrid noise, which was heard in the streets; the barber thought it was I who cried out, and was maltreated. Prepossessed with this thought, he roared out aloud, rent his clothes, threw dust upon his head, and called the neighbourhood to his assistance. The neighbours collected, and asked what assistance he wanted? "Alas!" cried he, "they are assassinating my master, my dear patron;" and without saying anything more, he ran all the way to my house, with the very same cry in his mouth. From thence he returned, followed by all my domestics armed with sticks. They knocked with inconceivable fury at the door, and the cauzee sent slave to see what was the matter; but the slave being frightened, returned to his master, crying, "Sir, above ten thousand men are going to break into your house by force." Immediately the cauzee himself ran, opened the door, and asked what they wanted. His venerable presence could not inspire them with respect. They insolently said to him, "You cursed cauzee, what reason have you to assassinate our master? What has he done to you?" "Good people," replied the magistrate, "for what should I assassinate your master, whom I do not know and who has done me no harm? my house is open to you, come and search." "You bastinadoed him," said the barber; "I heard his cries not a minute ago." "What harm could your master do to me," replied the cauzee, "to oblige me to abuse him at that rate? Is he in my house? If he is, how came he in, or who could have introduced him?" "Ah! wretched cauzee, cried the barber, "you and your long beard shall never make me believe you; I

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and appointed him a meeting during the time of noonprayer. we will go in and take him out to your shame. came into the chamber where I was. and therefore got up quickly to avoid the people. and he will give true and brief justice. I was not sensible of the hurt at first. I give you free liberty." "There is no occasion for so many words. He descended a high staircase into a court. the caliph shall be acquainted with it. and made your slaves bastinado him: but this your wicked action shall not pass with impunity.html know your daughter is in love with our master. and could find nothing but a large empty trunk. and looked for me all about. you without doubt have had notice of it. the trunk unfortunately flew open." Thereupon the barber and my domestics rushed into the house like furies. after he had searched everywhere. and surprised him. and opened the trunk. deliver him to us immediately. Let him come out. he took it upon his head and carried it away. returned home. which he crossed hastily. and not being able to endure the shame of being exposed to the view and shouts of the mob who followed us. and at length reached the street door. and shut it upon me. go and find him out. that I have been lame ever since. "nor to make so great a noise: if what you say is true.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:22 AM] . The barber. As soon as he saw me. nay. I sought for a place to conceal myself. While he was carrying me. As I heard all that the barber said to the cauzee. I leaped out into the street with so much haste.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_041. or if you do not. who laughed at me." replied the cauzee. in which I lay down. I threw handfuls of file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_041.

for the obstinate barber would enter in spite of him. I maintain that I ought to have done what I did. whither the noise had brought him. though innocently.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042. I was in such a rage. Thus I rid myself of that troublesome fellow. if what we had just heard was true. what would have become of you? Whither do you go. I entered an inn. "But sir. that I had a great mind to stop and cut his throat. and then desired him to let me have an apartment until I was cured . I cannot think of staying any longer in this town. and whilst they were gathering it up." replied I: "for the detestable barber will continue plaguing me there. "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. when I was. sir. crying. to hinder that madman from coming in after me. the lame young man rose up and went out." 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. but he would have it known through the whole town. told him he was very much to-blame. for the sake of heaven. which I did. and told him. I left Bagdad. I prayed him. When he had spoken these words. Besides. to see whither you went. When the young man was gone. I had ground to hope that I should not meet this pernicious barber in a country so far from my own. who are so generous. After the chamberlain had shut the gate. Thus. sir? Stay for me.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:25 AM] . we were all astonished at the story. and divided the rest of my property among my kindred. gentlemen. I chose another course. the chamberlain prayed me to tell him my adventure. "Stay. I made my escape by cross streets and alleys. and did not retire without calling him a thousand names. so great a subject of mortification." answered he. raising up his head. friends. continued the tailor. "Gentlemen. after what has befallen me to-day. and if I had not resolutely followed. the master of the house conducted him to the gate. 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 file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042. Did not he throw himself into danger. and finding him at the gate. I must go whither my ill-fortune leads me.html gold and silver among them. I leave you to be judges." Accordingly. he was sorry that he had given him. After this. 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. He promised to do so. you. and was as good as his word. and I shall die of vexation to be continually teazed by him. by your own fault. that you would expose your life by your obstinate refusal to let me go with you? See what has happened to you. but not without a great deal of trouble. and turning to the barber. Perceiving that his calling after me exposed me to vast numbers of people. the chamberlain of which knew me. why do you run so fast? If you knew how much I am afflicted at the ill treatment you received from the cauzee. and country. But the cursed barber followed me close. and to whom I and my friends are so much obliged! Did I not tell you truly. cured. or stopped in the street to gaze at me. and came hither. the barber continued telling all he met what great service he had done me. and of my being reduced to the melancholy necessity of living so far from my kindred." said he. but considering this would have perplexed me farther. "will it not be more convenient for you to go home?" "I will not return thither. and yet I find him amongst you. I took all the money I thought necessary for my travels. which till then he had held down. who crowded to the doors or windows.

whose punishment is a proof of your majesty's file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042. I entered the boat with them. gentlemen. Had I but observed the guards who had them in custody. and saw ten men richly appareled go into a boat. and when he came to me." he replied. I was walking at the time on the banks of the Tigris. but my attention was fixed on the men themselves." When the caliph saw that what the executioner said was true. I will make a true confession. beginning at the first. The executioner drew us up in a file within reach of his arm. and that was enough to make them believe me to be one of their number. The judge of the police used so much diligence." said he. "Commander of the faithful. I beseech you. on pain of death. "Good old man. who will hear no reason: I was with the robbers. he ordered the ten highwaymen's heads to be cut off immediately. The caliph perceiving that he did not strike me. I need only relate my own story and theirs. your majesty may count them. and as many heads which I have cut off. and by good fortune I was placed last. and carried us before the caliph. that they were taken on the very day of Bairam. for they are brutish fellows. that is. and thinking they were people who designed to spend the festival in jollity. He accuses me of being a prattling fellow. hoping they would not object to my making one of the company. and to convince you of this. I speak least. who have deserved a thousand deaths?" I answered. and perceiving that I had not the face of a highwayman. He cut off the heads of the ten highwaymen. and sent so many people in pursuit of the ten robbers. ten highwaymen infested the roads about Bagdad." The Story of the Barber. he looked at me with amazement. We descended the Tigris. or made any resistance? That had been the way to have got myself ill-treated by the guards. I might have concluded they were robbers. a prince so famous for his liberality towards the poor. with your attention. and have most wit to my share. and for a long time committed unheard-of robberies and cruelties. having notice of this. sent for the judge of the police. who bound us all. "to cut off the heads of ten highwaymen. some days before the feast of Bairam. said to me. and landed before the caliph's palace: I had by this time had leisure to reflect. When we had been brought before the caliph. Honour me. we were surrounded by a new troop of the judge of the police's guard. grew angry: "Did not I command thee. who would not have listened to me. which is a mere slander: of seven brothers. This morning I saw those ten persons. When we quitted the boat. seeking victory of God. The caliph. without speaking one word: for what would it have availed to have spoken. I suffered myself to be bound as well as the rest. and ordered him. "Heaven preserve me from disobeying your majesty's orders: here are ten bodies upon the ground. to bring all the ten to him. he stopped.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042.html 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.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:25 AM] . In the reign of the caliph Mustunsir Billah. and to discover my mistake. and why hast thou cut off but nine?" "Commander of the faithful. how came you to be among those wretches.

The miller's wife resolved to have sport with my brother: she had a piece of very fine stuff. the second had rotten teeth. "that they gave you a title which you know so well how to use. was very wealthy. They had met with such adventures as would enable you to judge of their characters.html justice. in this virtue consists my glory and happiness. At night. and on that account have acquired the glorious title of Silent. with which she had a long time designed to make a vest. she resolved to divert herself with it. the fourth was blind. smiling. which convinced her of what passed in his mind. Poor Bacbouc interpreted her carriage to his own advantage. as this lame young man did. had I the honour of relating them to your majesty:" and the caliph seemed desirous to hear their several stories." The caliph could not forbear laughing at my adventure. instead of allowing it to excite her resentment. No sooner did the miller's wife perceive my brother's inclination. on the contrary. where he passed but a very uncomfortable night. The first was hump-backed. lest her loud laughter should make him sensible that she only ridiculed him." "I am glad. but that minute made the tailor the most amorous man that ever lived. but in so ludicrous a way. and my brother returned her smile. in a word. "your majesty need not wonder at my silence on such an occasion. One day as my brother was at work in his shop. My eldest brother. and his work was not very regular. The miller. He pricked his finger oftener than once.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042." I replied. prating fellows. in hopes to see his mistress. The third day he had more ground of satisfaction. and surprised him as he was gazing at her. and ran to his shop. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042. and instead of treating me as a prattling fellow. he could scarcely tell how to do it. was a tailor: when he came out of his apprenticeship. for the miller's wife cast her eyes upon him by chance. take boat: I embarked with them. And as to their persons. he hired a shop opposite a mill." I resumed. that the miller's wife hastily shut her window. were they like you?" "By no means. and." said the caliph. and go home. whose name was Bacbouc the hump-back. there was still a greater difference betwixt them and me. he admired my discretion and taciturnity. which is the most distinguished in our religion. he saw the miller's wife looking out of the window. when he was to shut his shop. than. This is the effect of my philosophy. but he was no happier than the day before. thinking they were men going to celebrate this day. by which I am distinguished from my six brothers. for the miller's wife did not appear at the window above a minute in the course of the day. The woman took no notice of him. the third had but one eye. and flattered himself that she looked upon him with pleasure. and the sixth had hare-lips. and made her appearance no more that day The poor tailor did nothing all day long but lift up his eyes towards the mill. He arose betimes in the morning. I make a particular profession of holding my peace. "they were all of them loquacious. because he still hoped the miller's wife would once more come to the window. But tell me what sort of men were your brothers. could scarcely maintain himself. "Commander of the faithful. but shut her window. she wrapped it up in a fine embroidered silk handkerchief. She looked at him with a smiling countenance. as would have made another apt to speak. but at last he was forced to shut up. and was charmed with her beauty. and had a handsome wife. the fifth had his ears cut off. and having but very little business.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:25 AM] . I went on without waiting his commands. The Story of the Barber's Eldest Brother.

only to signify that she knew his mind. "I am too much concerned to please your mistress to neglect her work." said she. and bade her bring him his weights to see if his money was right. he came to me to borrow money to purchase provisions. "I have so strong a passion for her. she does this on purpose. looked at my brother with an angry countenance." answered my silly brother.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042. who asked him what he must have for his pains. telling her. and shewed him a piece of cloth. she prays you to make her one." said she. and return him again what was left." My brother doubted not but the miller's wife loved him. whispered to my brother. as for her. who had her lesson. I would engage her by my diligence to employ no other than myself for the time to come." said Bacbouc. the slave returned to my brother with a piece of satin: "My mistress. so that her custom will be profitable to you." "Enough. and told him he wanted shirts. He charged the slave to tell her mistress. though he wanted it so much that he was forced to borrow some to buy the thread to sew the shirts and drawers. and the slave came for it. I gave him some copper file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042. The miller immediately called the young slave. who afterwards gave him another piece of cloth to make him as many pair of drawers. had eaten nothing all that day. that he has a mind you should work for him also. When he left the miller. Bacbouc carried them to the miller. who being taught her lesson." The young slave went some steps as if she had intended to go away. and told him. when she shewed him your work. "I had forgotten part of my commission. and convince him that he had obtained her favour. to encourage my brother. as soon as you can. as soon as he arrived at his shop. My brother answered. went to the tailor's shop.html and sent it to him by a young slave whom she kept. Next morning the young slave came to see if the vest was ready. whom they only amused. my mistress charged me to make her compliments to you. "spoke to him so much in your praise. He knew her meaning." The miller's wife shewed herself often at her window. Next morning. that he would lay aside all work for hers and that the vest should be ready next morning." "Tell her. poor woman. neither for the trimming he had bought for the vest. The pair of drawers was soon made. and prays you to make her a vest of this stuff according to this pattern. of this piece of satin. The slave. The miller received him very kindly. the young slave came to tell him that the miller wanted to speak to him. Bacbouc delivered it to her neatly folded up.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:25 AM] . and thought she had sent him work so soon after what had passed betwixt them. nor for the making. to signify to him. and then coming back. he would be content with twenty dirhems of silver. she changes her dress often. that the connection she wishes to form betwixt you and him may crown your mutual wishes with success." After such a compliment from the miller's wife. bade him make it into twenty. "My mistress gives you her service. and was forced to borrow money at night to buy his supper. and went to the mill with the slave. nothing in the world can fit her better. this unfortunate lover. "I will do it before I leave my shop: you shall have it in the evening." My brother was easily persuaded. she loves you to that degree that she could not sleep. she will not wear it without a new pair of drawers. When they were finished. but brought the tailor no money. that he would spoil all if he took money. and was very prodigal of her charms. About a quarter of an hour after. In the mean time. He worked at it with so much diligence. You would have laughed to see him work. that for these four nights I have not slept one wink. and to ask how you passed the night. "My mistress. that he finished it in the course of the same day. and told me they did not pay him. my brother thought she would not let him languish long in expectation of her favours. "is very well pleased with her vest. and as it is very handsome. and refused to take any. though he could not see it. My brother had work enough for five or six days to make twenty shirts for the miller.

offered him some. otherwise you will spoil my meal. with three terrible distempers.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042.html money I had in my purse. It is true. "for without a whip my mule will not go." "Commander of the faithful. it is too late for you to return home. made the caliph laugh. love." said he to me. and after giving him a very sorry treat. "Ah!" said the treacherous wretch." replied the miller. if he would shew him how. and told the miller he did not come for his money." I replied. Bacbouc continued there for some time. resolving never to think more of the miller's wife. but durst not complain. "Brother. but crept home to his house." The caliph having signified by his silence that he was willing to hear me. and at last the young slave came and untied him. When the miller drew out his purse. I went on thus. pray. not content with cheating my brother of his due. The miller invited Bacbouc one night to supper. are you asleep? My mule is ill. but only to know how he did. the miller came to my brother. but the young slave being present." Bacbouc. hunger. nor had he his fill of that. The miller tied him by the middle in the mule's place. neighbour! do not stop. "Neighbour. you must go on without taking breath. who was busy at his work." and then took him to a place in the mill. there he left him. Bacbouc carried it to him the next day. on which he said to the miller. there is no haste. One day he went to the miller. she provoked her husband to revenge himself upon him for making love to her." "Ho!" exclaimed my brother. he was ready to do him that service. you had better stay here all night. "I pray your majesty to let me stay till I have told the story of my other brothers. neighbour." The miller obliged my brother to turn the mill thus all night. The miller thanked him. continued the barber. and went to bed with his wife. for. he would fain have rested. The telling of this story." Bacbouc was amazed at this treatment. to shew his good nature. The miller's wife was not only avaricious. and said. "Neighbour. About break of day he left him without untying him. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042." so that the poor ninny went to his shop again. "Go on. "Go home. but the miller gave him a dozen sound lashes. and thinking my brother came for money. About the middle of the night. "how my mistress and I pitied you! We had no hand in this wicked trick which her husband has played you. saying. and I have a quantity of corn to grind. which they accomplished thus. he lived upon nothing but broth. but ill-natured." The wretched Bacbouc answered not a word. The Story of the Barber's Second Brother. he was so much fatigued with work and blows. When he had gone five or six rounds. and upon that he subsisted for some days. "why do you beat me?" "It is to make you brisk. and gave him an upper garment to make. said to him. and an empty purse. where there was a bed. made him another sign not to take it. told him. and whipping him soundly over the back. "I have ordered something to be given you to make up for the loss of the good dinner you expected. "Courage. said to him. which he complied with. we will reckon another time.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:25 AM] . and went to his wife's chamber. indeed. the young slave gave my brother the usual sign. you will do me a great kindness if you will turn the mill in her stead.

and a garden in the middle. She brought him into a superb court. and be extremely polite. You must be prudent." Backbarah thanked her for this advice. There was a gallery round it. but no sooner did the old woman speak to them than they let him pass." "But is what you say true?" demanded my brother.html My second brother. "I say nothing to you but what is true. I have something to ask of you." said she. till she went to acquaint the young lady with his arrival. They came to the gate of a great palace. who came up to him.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042. and judging of his good fortune by the magnificence of the palace. met in a distant street an old woman. Then turning to my brother.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:25 AM] . and bade him stay a moment. and said. who was called Backbarah the Toothless. "If you have time to come with me. "I will bring you into a stately palace. "I am no lying hussy. My brother. She will receive you with much pleasure. and he followed her." He did so. The old woman made him sit down on a handsome sofa. and cannot endure to be contradicted. The old woman went on. you may be sure to obtain of her what you please." replied the old woman. if you please her in these respects. she said to him. where there was a number of officers and domestics. and promised to follow it. where you shall see a lady as fair as the day. who had never been in such a stately palace before. he was scarcely able to contain file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_042. going one day through the city. But hark. "You must remember that the young lady I bring you to loves goodnature and modesty. and treat you with excellent wine. Some of them would have stopped my brother. pray stop a moment. "I want one word with you. I need say no more. answerable to the magnificence of the palace. say but little." Backbarah agreed to all this. gazed on the fine things that he saw. and asked what she would have.

as they drew near. to let him know that he was in the wrong. indeed. After they had danced some time. In a short time he heard a great noise. that he grew angry. "I am much pleased to see you. lifted up his head to look at her. and he being placed just opposite to her.html himself for joy. and to make amends. and said to him with a smiling countenance. addressed him in the most pleasant language. "and to be disposed to pass the time agreeably. put on a grave countenance. and when the young lady came up to the sofa. My brother. that I should find the lady perfectly kind. one gave poor Backbarah several fillips on the nose with all her might. ten slaves took musical instruments. and felt disposed to kiss the charming lady. and he rose up to remove to a greater distance from such a rude playfellow. She guessed his thoughts. danced likewise." She commanded a collation to be brought. and flattered himself that she would speedily send away her slaves. prayed him to sit down. and wish you all the happiness you can desire. and began to caress him. and in the middle of them he perceived a young lady of extraordinary beauty. The entertainment being finished. she perceived he had no teeth. and that he had forgotten her advice. and presented him the best of every thing with her own hand. said to her with a forced smile." said she. to please them. occasioned by a troop of merry slaves. affecting a gay air. The lady sat down at the table with the slaves and my brother. they rose from the table. pretending that he did not remove out of any ill-humour. concluded it was from the pleasure she derived from his company. and laughed at their lady's wanton tricks. the colour came into his face. He rose and stood while she drank. another pulled him by the ears. who had their eyes upon him. She took the upper seat. she and they laughed heartily. and charming. and gave him some tips from time to time with her fingers: ravished with these favours. Backbarah. Her slaves took their part in the diversion. as if she would have pulled them off. He owned his fault." replied file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043. to be very complaisant. to signify that she was going to drink his health. in return for the favour she had done him. made him sit down by her. "I cannot desire a greater happiness than to be in your company. was extremely surprised when he saw so much company with her." "Madam. When she had done instead of giving back the glass. The lady then made him sit down by her. which he kissed at the same time and stood and drank to her. who was easily known to be their mistress by the respect they paid her. My brother bore all this with admirable patience. but at last gave him such a sound box on the ear. My brother took the glass from the young lady's hand. and perceiving her laugh. and presented it to my brother. who came towards him with loud fits of laughter. She put her hand behind his head. and taking notice of this to her slaves. he thought himself the happiest man in the world. but durst not take that liberty before so many slaves. and the lady danced with them. and others boxed him in a manner that might have made it appear they were not in jest. and looking at the old woman.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043. went near the young lady again. when he opened his mouth to eat. who brought him thither. and remain with him alone. and gave him a thousand malicious squeezes. and the young lady calling for a glass of wine. she ordered it to be filled. gave him a look. The young lady continued to tip him with her fingers. Backbarah. pleasant. I am mightily obliged to you!" "All this is nothing. looked upon my brother with a smiling countenance. In the mean time. who expected private conversation with the lady. She drew him by the arm.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:29 AM] . the slaves. and amusing herself to flatter him in this mistake. Then the old woman. they sat down to take breath. and others to dance. from time to time. and immediately a table was covered with several baskets of fruit and sweetmeats. my brother rose and made her a low obeisance." "You seem to be of a pleasant humour. "You told me. and began to play and sing." replied Backbarah. that he might pledge her.

The old woman continued her discourse to Backbarah thus: "You have only one thing more to do.. How can I appear abroad again without moustaches?" "Beware of refusing what is asked of you." replied the old woman softly. which could never comport with "woman's dress. who was charmed with this address. which is now in as favourable a train as heart can wish.html the old woman. The lady loves you. The young lady got up. because I can wash it off again." replied Backbarah." "Madam. and that he was just about to receive his reward. "My mistress is only curious. and she wondered that a man. and whispered in his ear. and bring him back to her again. "I consent to that. "she has a mind to see how you look in a woman's dress. to renew their concerts. and without saying a word went to a chamber with the slave. two slaves went out and returned speedily. that he fell down like one out of his senses." said my brother. "let her go on. and still laughing. the young lady commanded the slaves." Then the young lady said to him. you will spoil your fortune. My brother's patience then began to fail: "Oh!" said he.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043. you know I must not permit. They obeyed. and did so box and kick him. and that your humour is so conformable to mine." "You may paint my eyebrows as much as you please. You must know that my mistress has a custom. has orders to paint your eyebrows. and to dress you like a woman. and this slave. I am wholly yours. "l am no more at my own disposal. and the other with rose-water. and while they were thus employed. but to shave me. you will see other things by and by. who also rose to accompany him and the slave. who heard this order. "After so much complaisance. bade him take courage. The old woman helped him up again: and that he might not have time to think of his ill-treatment. The old woman threatened him with the loss of the young lady's favour. and will you. where they painted his eyebrows with red. "by such submission! I am well pleased with you. cut off his whiskers. and that is. laughing as if they had been mad. one with a silver casket. with which she perfumed him. Backbarah." The slave told him. After this ceremony. "I will never part with my beard. and that is but a small one. got up quickly. My brother was quite enraptured with this handsome treatment." Upon this. prayed her to inform him what they were to do with him. when she has drunk a little. except they be stripped to their shirt. so that my brother was quite out of countenance. who laughed so heartily when she saw him. you are a brave man. and were going to do the like with his beard. When he was dressed in female attire. which she sprinkled on his face and hands. and when they have done so." "How you oblige me. they brought him before the young lady. renounce the most delicious favours that man can obtain?" Backbarah listened to the old woman. The slaves laughed and clapped their hands. should be concerned about his beard. and would have you be so with me: bring him perfume. so that at last he allowed them to do what they would. that she fell backward on the sofa.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:29 AM] . and the young lady and her slaves danced with him. that all his sufferings were at an end. I am glad to find you are so good-humoured and complaisant to bear with my little caprices. that it was to no purpose to have parted with his whiskers. you may do with me as you please. as you see she has done to-day. and ordered her to take my brother with her. After they had danced some time. who is desired to take you with her. and going to the old woman. and do what she knew. and has a mind to make you happy." returned the lady." returned the old woman. if he would not also part with his beard. who had already played on their instruments and sung. 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. and rose-water. to dance as we do. the lady called another slave." He obeyed. she takes a little advantage of them and begins running before them file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043. they all fell upon the poor wretch. who was upon the point of being loved by the finest lady in Bagdad. filled with the best of aloes wood. for a nasty whisker. said to him. to let no one that she loves come near her. "Brother. to cut off your whiskers.

his eyes painted red. considering your nimbleness. you will soon overtake her. that she might run the more nimbly. that they saw him come in that condition from the gate of the apartments of the grand vizier's women. He had been so long accustomed to walk through the streets alone. undress yourself without ceremony. and knocked a second time: the master of the house asked again and again. the slaves in the mean time laughing heartily and clapping their hands.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:29 AM] ." The barber. because of the darkness of the place: at last perceiving a light. which opened into their street. who was alone. he would needs know the cause of the tumult. he ran towards it. The curriers told him. gained upon my brother: she made him run two or three times round the gallery. They then took him and set him upon an ass which they met by chance. He undressed himself." My silly brother had done too much to hesitate at anything now. made her escape. "Who is there?" but to no purpose. without breaking off. and his evil destiny reduced him to beg from door to door. and they were no less surprised to see him in his shirt. was blind. strip yourself then to your shirt. "Thus. told the story of his third brother in the following manner. To complete his misfortune. my third brother. as he went by the judge's house.html through the gallery. The Story of the Barber's Third Brother. and in the mean time the young lady was stripped to her shift and drawers. who are so foolish as to be caught in the snare. "Who is there?" My brother made no answer. was obliged to slacken his pace. "I have given an account of the adventure of my second brother. When they were ready. and the master of the house. the young lady took the advantage of twenty paces. and carried him through the town exposed to the laughter of the people. cried. till they catch her. who did not know that our greatest ladies divert themselves sometimes by putting such tricks upon young people. Backbarah. and not to answer till they opened to him. upon which he came down. One day he knocked thus. which was immediately shut after him. instead of losing ground.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043. Commander of the faithful. and from chamber to chamber. no one answered. and went out at a door. This is one more of her humours: what advantage soever she takes of you. having lost sight of her in the passage. and without beard or moustaches: they began to clap their hands and shout at him. and then began to run with surprising swiftness: my brother followed as fast as he could. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043. whose name was Backbac. and sent him out of the town with orders never to return. The young lady. and some of them ran after him and lashed his back with leather straps. that he wanted none to lead him: he had a custom to knock at people's doors." said I to the caliph. who still followed. commander of the faithful. upon which the judge ordered unfortunate Backbarah to have a hundred blows with a cane on the soles of his feet. You may imagine how he was surprised to find himself in a street inhabited by curriers. and then entering a long dark passage.

"Give me your hand. and asked my brother what he wanted? "Give me something for Heaven's sake. "You seem to be blind. Backbac said to them. "I tell you again. that I may take some of the money that we three have in common to buy me something for supper. My brother did so. for I have collected as much victuals from good people as will file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043." said the man of the house. two blind men. one of the blind men said to him. and felt about the room with their sticks. The last time we reckoned. "Brothers. since you have trusted me with the money. and take care there be no stranger with us. and asked him what was the matter? He told them what had happened. which we have been a long time gathering. thinking he was going to give him alms." replied my brother. and sitting down. but perceiving a rope hanging down from a beam. You must know that the master of the house where my brother was so ill used was a robber. "do not you answer at first." "And why." replied the master of the house. The blind men being seated. while the blind men shut the door. asked him again what he wanted? "I have already told you. gave them to his comrades. knew him by his voice. and went out cursing the master of the house. "There they are." The two blind men agreed. said to them. and each of the other blind men did the like. and took out ten dirhems. were going by." "You might have told me that at the door. who thinking himself alone with his blind comrades. Backbac thought he had been carrying him to dine with him. and came down and followed them to my brother's house. "and not have given me the trouble to come up stairs. "There is no need to lay out anything for supper. As my brother went out of the house. and afterwards said. My brother put the bags into their place again: after which. we must shut the door." At this the robber was much perplexed. saying.html opened the door. so he opened one of the bags." "Help me down the stairs then. When they had done. you know we had ten thousand dirhems. He overheard from his window what Backbac had said to his companions." said Backbac." said the man of the house.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043. When they reached the chamber. fool. I will shew you that I have not touched one of them:" having so said. he put his hand among some old clothes. but he only took him by the hand to lead him up to his chamber." said the man of the house. and that we put them into ten bags." His comrades answered there was no need. as you brought me up. who laughed at his fall. "Yes." resumed the master of the house." "Good blind man. and hung by it. "Brothers. to my sorrow." answered my brother. "that I want something for God's sake. fell to the bottom and hurt his head and his back: he got up again with much difficulty. they did not mistrust him. and of a cunning and malicious disposition. he caught hold of it." My brother attempted to descend. and taking out the bags one after another. I conjure you to go along with me to my house. you may judge by their weight that they are whole. I will show you that I am not unworthy of the confidence you repose in me. or you may tell them if you please." "The stairs are before you. as many other people had done. "I have eaten nothing to-day. the robber left his rope. 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." replied the master of the house. "all that I can do for you is to wish that God may restore you your sight. his companions.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:29 AM] . but missing a step about the middle of the stairs. the man let go his hand. "and you may go down by yourself if you will. "I have nothing to give you. and had sat down again in their places." said Backbac. and they went home with him. and seated himself softly by my brother.

they asked the cause of their quarrel. had the courage to bear twenty or thirty blows. and exclaimed. that I and my three comrades do all of us see very well. you must order them three times as many blows as I have had. upon oath. broke open the door. if you will pardon me. The neighbours came running at the noise." At the same time he took out of his bag bread and cheese. cried out. and struck him. and crying out for mercy. "Under this promise. he first opened one eve. and they were afraid I should accuse them. sir. and give me. they fell upon me.html serve us all. and had much ado to separate the combatants. and women's apartments. when." replied the robber. but was not allowed to do so: and the robber was put under the bastinado. They have all three fallen upon me. This day I demanded of my partners two thousand five hundred that belonged to my share. he stretched out his hand. and eat with them. I swear to you by heaven. that you will make them deliver me the two thousand five hundred dirhems which is my due. begged the judge would put a stop to the blows. and then the other. but carried them all before the judge. that by this trick we have gained together ten thousand dirhems. pretended to be overcome with pain. without staying to be examined. and begin with me. I declare to you that we are equally criminal. gave furious blows. still feigning himself blind. for which I appeal to those people who brought us before you. besides having the advantage of his eyes." The neighbours would not interfere in their quarrel. you need only order us to be bastinadoed. as a pledge that you will keep your word. and promised him pardon. who shut his eyes as soon as the neighbours came." continued the robber. and being young and vigorous. and said to him. Backbac heard his chaps going. I expect from your justice. and cried out immediately. this man I have hold of is a thief." The thief. "Gentlemen. I must farther confess to you. what is the meaning of this miracle?" "Sir. but whatever care he took to make no noise. "Gentlemen. but the file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043. and some fruit. and they refuse to give me my just share. but having at last succeeded. and putting all upon the table. but they refused because I told them I would leave them. "I will discover to you an important secret. but we have all engaged. sometimes to another. since you are deputed to administer justice by the caliph. My brother. We feigned ourselves to be blind. The judge perceiving that he looked upon him with his eyes open. feigned himself blind. my three comrades and I. cried out "Thieves!" fell upon him. and if you have a mind that my comrades should confess the truth. to confess nothing except we be bastinadoed. that we might freely enter people's houses. "I must confess to you sir. "Sir. and by the life of the caliph. he is a liar. they began to eat. "We are undone.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:29 AM] . When they came before the magistrate. The robber. cried out. and caught hold of the robber by the arm. and I demand justice. who sat at my brother's right hand. and you will find they will open their eyes as well as I have done. Upon my pressing still to have my share. The robber being under the bastinado. where we abuse their weakness. the robber defended himself as well as he could. the robber." My brother would have spoken. and stole in with us on purpose to rob us of the little money we have. The other blind men fell upon him in like manner. picked out the best.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043. gave him his ring." The judge consented. who still had hold of the robber. and cried out "Thieves!" louder than they did. whom God prosper. "Rogue. sometimes to one. there is a stranger among us:" having so said." My brother and the other two blind men would have cleared themselves of this horrid charge. so that if you would know our crime. was much surprised. the seal-ring which you have on your finger. that I am their companion.

html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:29 AM] .html judge would not hear them: "Villains. and do not suffer yourselves to be beaten to death." said he. sir. his comrades and he received each of them two hundred blows. "and we take God to witness that none of us can see." All that my brother could say was in vain. "do you feign yourselves blind then. and commit such crimes?" "He is an impostor. All the while the robber said to the blind men. "I perceive. and ascribed to their obstinacy what really they could not do." Then addressing himself to the judge. that they will be maliciously obstinate to the last. said. cheat people. open your eyes. "Poor fools that you are.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043. They wish certainly to avoid the shame of reading their own file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_043." cried my brother. The judge expected them to open their eyes. under that pretext of moving their compassion. and. and will never open their eyes.

but instead of finding his money. the old man said to him very gravely and calmly. as loud as he could. One day when he was in his shop. He was a butcher by profession. I began the story of my fourth brother. and ordered again that something should be given me. and have had the robber punished as he deserved. "O!" cried my brother. an old man with a long white beard came and bought six pounds of meat of him. My brother thought the money so pure and well coined. I went to him. that he put it apart by itself: the same old man came every day for five months together. who came about him.html condemnation in the face of every one that looks upon them. "Moosulmauns. when he saw him at a distance. and fear not you. When he had done. Thus I finished the sad adventure of my honest blind brother. because he spared no cost for the prime of every sort. and had his shop always full of the best meat. and had a particular way of teaching rams to fight." resumed the old man in the same tone. for fear I should put a greater affront upon you. and file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. and cried out aloud. and I brought him back secretly to the town. and to send some person along with me for the ten thousand dirhems they have hidden. At the end of five months. weeping. and laid hands on him. nor any body. As soon as I heard what had befallen my brother. to pardon them. by which he gained the acquaintance and friendship of the chief lords of the country. he thought he shewed them pity by sentencing them only to be banished. and paid for it in the same kind of money. and went his way. when he told them the story. for fear of bringing myself into danger of assassination. he ran to him." "You would have me speak out then. who were as much surprised as he. The Story of the Barber's Fourth Brother. Alcouz having a mind to buy a lot of sheep. He beat his head." and at the same time told a great crowd of people. upon an occasion that I shall have the honour to relate to your majesty. but without staying for it. I could easily have justified him to the judge. and as for my brother and his two companions. bought a like quantity of meat. was extremely surprised to see nothing in the place where he had laid it. as much as at those he had heard before. "what have you to say against me? I am an honest man in my business. and kept the rest himself. opened his chest. Alcouz was the name of the fourth brother who lost one of his eyes. it were better." "How.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. and to pay for them in this money. if you think fit. The caliph laughed at it. which presently brought the neighbours about him. he told me his misfortune. He had besides a very good trade. and by that means make amends for the affront you have put upon me before so many people. which my brother continued to lay apart. gave him money for it. "help! hear what a cheat this wicked fellow has put upon me. "that this treacherous old fellow would come now with his hypocritical looks!" He had scarcely spoken." The judge consented to give the robber two thousand five hundred dirhems. who loved that sport.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:32 AM] . which I should be sorry to do. and for that end kept rams at their houses. "You had better let me go." said my brother. what he had formerly told his neighbours. but a parcel of leaves clipped round." cried he. but durst not make the attempt.

a man hung up with his throat cut. took it all from him. "No. that we could not sleep." continued the old man. would go to see whether the charge were true. he went by night to a certain town where nobody knew him." said my brother." The judge heard my brother with patience. and deceived the eyes of all people. and ordered him to receive five hundred blows. who is so barbarous as to murder people. saying. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. which you had in your hand when you pursued us last night." said my brother. when he made him take leaves instead of money. but would believe nothing of the story of the money changed into leaves. do any of you go thither. They obliged my brother to quit the old man.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:32 AM] . At this sight." "No. but being weary of this confined life. no. where immediately two servants came and collared him. he went to walk in one of the suburbs. where they saw. and see if what I say be not true. dost thou make us eat man's flesh instead of mutton?" And at the same time the old man gave him another blow. exposed to the insults of the people. I was not at Bagdad when this tragical adventure befell my fourth brother. which beat out one of his eyes. and banished him for ever. When he was able to walk." "Sir. there is a man with his throat cut hung up in the shop like a sheep. for he was a magician. instead of selling mutton as he ought to do. to be evidence against him. called my brother a cheat." replied they. good people. and fearing. that this fellow. "and dare you say that you are not a robber?" "Why. you have alarmed us so much these three last nights. and tore his shirt. "we know that you and your comrades are robbers: you were not contented to rob our master of all that he had. after what had befallen him. he opened the gate in order to hide himself. that these horsemen were pursuing him. took away his clothes. instead of having so bad an opinion of me. laid hold of him. as he did my brother. "Know. sells human flesh. and there he took a lodging. this very minute while I am speaking to him. He retired into a remote place. and to reduce him to beggary." Just before my brother had opened his chest he had killed a sheep. if we had not prevented your design. nor would you have spared our lives. Every body that could get near him struck him. but you conspired to take his life. Let us see if you have not a knife about you. "Thou wicked villain. as the old man had told them. no. and ran like madmen into his shop. "cannot a man carry a knife about him without being a robber? If you will hearken to my story. you certainly take me for somebody else. He afterwards made him tell him where his money was. "good people. but notwithstanding all his protestations. said to them. "Heaven be praised. they searched him. they carried him before a judge. told him he would believe his own eyes. trod upon him. and exposed it in the shop. you will be touched with compassion at my misfortunes. The public expects that you will punish him in an exemplary manner. the credulous mob. entered a court. according to custom: he protested that what the old man said was false." said he. after having made him ride three days through the city upon a camel. from whence he seldom moved. where suddenly he heard a noise of horsemen coming behind him. "we have brought you a man." "You are a cheat. prejudiced against a man accused of such a heinous crime. and not content with that. "Ho! ho!" cried they." said the old magician to the judge. "I know not what you mean. with the pretended carcase of the man. and said to him." You may well imagine my brother was much surprised. He was then by chance near the gate of a house. they fell upon him. and after he had shut it. laying hold of him.html turning to the crowd. that you have come of your own accord to surrender yourself. where he lay concealed till he was cured of the blows with which his back was terribly mangled. and found he had a knife. dressed it. to all appearance." Having said thus. one of those who held Alcouz gave him a violent blow with his fist. and to sell their flesh instead of mutton. "Good people." But far from attending to him.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044.

he began to meditate. I beg you would likewise hear the adventures of my two other brothers. and said to him: "My sovereign lord and master. You may make a complete history of them. and of these two hundred. when your back shews us the contrary?" "Alas!" said my brother. and am undone if you will not be pleased to hear me patiently: no one deserves more compassion. He consulted a long time with himself. and ordered something to be given me. and at last resolved to lay it out in glass-ware which he bought of a wholesale dealer." and while he said so he uncovered my brother's back. and all sorts of precious stones: then when I am file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. who. with one crying before him. I shall make four hundred. of four thousand I shall easily make eight thousand." exclaimed one of the domestics. brought me word where he was. "I am the most innocent man in the world. that will not be unworthy of your library: I shall do myself the honour then to acquaint you. pearls. I will leave off selling glass and turn jeweller. and live upon what he got. who asked him how he durst presume to go into their house. He was pleased to pity the unfortunate Alcouz. only look upon his back." After having treated him thus." said they. after having been abused already so unjustly. without any other information. as long as our father lived. instead of working he used to beg in the evening. Alnaschar. and his back against a wall. who met him after the second misfortune. I shall at last make four thousand dirhems. and when I come to ten thousand. But without giving his servants time to obey his orders. and going on thus." The Story of the Barber's Fifth Brother. "O dog. they banished him the town. and left among us seven hundred dirhems: we divided equally. and sat with it before him. who had never before possessed so much money." replied the unfortunate Alcouz.html Then seeing the scars on his back. In this posture. so that each of us had a hundred for his share. "will you listen to a robber." "Sir. since. redoubling their blows. no way moved with his complaint.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:32 AM] . "would you have us believe you are an honest man. in a place where he might sell it. and made him afterwards be carried through the town on a camel. and forbad him ever to return. I continued my discourse. that the fifth brother was called Alnaschar. I went. I hope they will be as diverting as those of the former. carried him before the judge. and gave him all the assistance I could. and pursue them with a drawn knife? "Sir. The caliph did not laugh so much at this story as at the other.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. who enters people's houses to plunder and murder them? If you will not believe us. during which he spoke as follows: "This basket cost me a hundred dirhems. brought him to Bagdad privately. was very lazy. Our father died at a very old age. commanded his officers immediately to give him a hundred lashes over the shoulders. "my crimes must be very great. Alnaschar. He put all in an open basket. which is all I have in the world. and since your majesty has been pleased to do me the favour to listen to me so far. you see that I do not talk much. "Thus are men punished who enter people's houses by force. with his eyes fixed on his basket. which I will again lay out in glassware. and shewed it to the judge. I shall make two hundred of them by retailing my glass. Some people. I will trade in diamonds. I am thus treated a second time without being more culpable!" The two servants. was much perplexed to know what he should do with it.

stands before me in all her charms. and resume my former posture: they will suppose that my wife is not handsomely enough dressed. sit down. When I alight at the foot of the vizier's staircase. that they may leave me alone with my spouse: when they are gone. before you. Thus I will begin on the first day of marriage. I will speak little. without giving me notice: and when I have a mind to come to her apartment. your humble servant. ranged in files on the right and left. and will carry her to her closet to change her apparel. as I hope it will. bid her. beautiful as the full moon. I will go and carry her off before his face. "After the ceremonies of the marriage.' I will make no answer. I will make as if I did not see her. My wife will send some officer to compliment me.' After such an action as this. and after they have for a considerable time entreated me to relent. ‘Our dear lord and master. I will return to my own house in the same pomp.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:32 AM] . finely embroidered with diamonds and pearls. I will ride through the city. attended by slaves before and behind. and represent to that minister. her father: I will honour the officer with a fine robe. They will prostrate themselves at my feet. no house shall be better ordered than mine. in a word. I will affect a grave air. Nor will I stop here. but dismiss the bearer. and take her to my house whether he will or no. and send him back with a rich present. I will. my wife shall go to bed first. to teach her what she is to expect during the rest of her life. give her a careless look. tell him. who shall be about me. a purse of five hundred pieces of gold. they will return and address me as before. and whilst my wife. I will take one. I will be always richly clad. At the same time I will get up and put on a more magnificent suit. and mounted upon a fine horse. and when I have amassed so much. which they shall carry with them. I will ascend through my own people. with a saddle of fine gold. and the grand vizier. with housings of cloth of gold. If this comes to pass. ‘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. I will at last lift up my head. it shall be in such a manner as to make her respect me. I will send to demand the grand vizier's daughter in marriage. that I have heard much of the wonderful beauty. eunuchs. and make a great figure in the world. I will not suffer her to go out of her apartment on any account whatever. which I will give to the tire-women. and presenting it to the grand vizier. and horses. wit. In short. to do me the more honour. and even better than my promise. Her women about her will say to me. ‘There is as much more. I will send for all the musicians and dancers of both sexes in town. the handsomest that can be had. which will increase their surprise and grief. that I will give him a thousand pieces of gold the first night after we are married. understanding. When I retire with my wife in the evening. I will keep a good house. till they have prayed and entreated as long as they did at first.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. and all the other qualities of his daughter. without turning my head to one side or the other. ready to receive your caresses. a great estate. for. and if the vizier be so uncivil as to refuse his daughter. which cannot be supposed. all the world will talk of my generosity. but I will not so much as look upon my wife. I will buy her ten young black eunuchs. to shew you that I am a man of my word. If she send me a present. I will go to the vizier's palace in view of all the people great and small. I will clothe my self like a prince. receiving me as his son-in-law. she is wearied with standing so long. here is your spouse. As soon as I have married the grand vizier's daughter. who will show me the most profound respect. I will buy a fine mansion. by the favour of Heaven. I will not accept it. two of my people shall each of them have a purse with a thousand pieces of gold. I will take from one of my servants. shall give me the right hand and set me above him. slaves. at least. I will sit on the upper seat.html as rich as I can wish. then I will lie down by her with my file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. go on till I get one hundred thousand dirhems. on account of my visit to the vizier. but much mortified that you do not vouchsafe to look upon her.

and say to me. 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. and broken into a thousand pieces. and put into my brother's hands a purse with five hundred pieces of gold. do her the favour to look upon her. and seeing that she was well advanced in file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. stopped to know what was the matter.' My wife will come with the glass and stand trembling before me. that he was a poor man. my brother's situation moved her compassion. to speak to her. he came to himself.html back towards her. "I will never cease till I prevail with you to drink. Then she will throw herself at my feet. nor answer her.' But in spite of all my mother-in-law can say. he heard somebody knock at his door. but that I continue to disdain her. and unfortunately gave such a push to his basket and glasses. Alnaschar was ready to die with joy when he received it. which will rejoice my heart. that he acted with his foot as if she had been really before him. and others only laughed at his extravagance. The lady immediately turned to an eunuch who attended her. and refuse to come near her. I will dart a terrible look at her. more people went to prayers than usual. perhaps he will not be so cruel as to refuse it from so fair a hand. he asked who it was. and spurn her from me with my foot." My brother looking at her. The next morning she will certainly complain of my contempt and of my pride. and say to me. and shutting up his shop. some of them took pity on Alnaschar. shake my hand in her face. and knowing by the voice that it was a woman. and confirm her in her good intentions to satisfy you in every thing. 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. my amiable lord. "I have a favour to beg of you: the hour of prayer is come. will say. Her mother will come to wait upon me. redoubling her tears. and what he cried for? They told her. kiss them repeatedly. "Give the poor man what you have about you. Being on a Friday. He gave a thousand blessings to the lady. and when she finds that I do not look towards her. wearied with her entreaties. and that she loves you with all her soul. and said to him. ‘Sir' (for she will not dare to call me son-in-law." My brother was so full of these chimerical visions. and cried so loud. my dear soul. On this fatal accident. Before he opened. ‘Sir. to receive this glass of wine from the hand of your most humble servant:' but I will not look upon her still. he let her in. I will not answer her one word.' But nothing of this shall prevail with me. ‘Go. "My son. went to his house. beat his face. to her mother the grand vizier's wife.' will she say." said she." The eunuch obeyed.' then. present him this glass of wine yourself. but keep an obstinate gravity. and the people. ‘My heart. I assure you that her chief delight is to please you. She asked who he was. and a lady of rank passing by upon a mule richly caparisoned. for fear of provoking me by such a familiar style). Upon which my mother-in-law will take a glass of wine. who were going to their noon prayers. and putting the glass to my mouth. that the neighbours came about him. tore his clothes. and putting it in the hand of her daughter my wife. ‘My charming spouse. he bitterly bewailed his loss. she will say to me with tears in her eyes. In the mean time. While he was pondering over his good luck. that the basket had fallen. respectfully kiss my hands. and will not say one wore to her all night. and all his glasses were broken.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. ‘I entreat you not to disdain to look on my daughter. by the favours which heaven heaps upon you. where he had no more occasion to sit.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:32 AM] . his vanity being dispersed with his property. and perceiving that he had brought misfortune upon himself by his insupportable pride. I conjure you. that they were thrown down. that I may be fit to say my prayers.

"Good God!" said she. and thanked him for his civility. He put his gold in a long strait purse. granted her request.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. as if my brother had affronted her. came to my brother and bowed twice to the ground. proper to carry at his girdle. though he knew her not. and very humble. and when she had done. she wished him all happiness. "what is the meaning of file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_044. The old woman then bowed again. The old woman stepped back in a sort of surprise. The old woman in the mean time said her prayers.html years. upon which he offered her two pieces of gold. he thought she asked alms. so low. and sat down again still full of his new adventure. that she touched it with her forehead: then rising up.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:32 AM] . Being meanly clad.

Come. with a smiling countenance. In a month's time he was perfectly cured of his wounds by medicines that I gave him. and gave him several flesh wounds with his cimeter. though he had still the use of his senses. and resolved to avenge himself of the old woman." she replied. he arose as soon as he saw her. Take up your money. when he told me of his adventures. and laid it by him. While the old woman went to acquaint the lady. I belong to a young lady of this city. so that he took his five hundred pieces of gold. He waited for her.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:35 AM] . My brother fastened the bag of glass about him. large enough to contain five hundred pieces of gold. notwithstanding the intolerable pain it put him to. that she might not see him. and go out to seek another victim. that he had no power to answer. and looking upon my brother with a terrible aspect. He came up just as a young Greek slave opened the gate. the furniture of which confirmed him in the good opinion he had conceived of the mistress of the house. He perceived this as soon as he came to himself. and filled it with pieces of glass. shut his eyes to all other considerations. that he lay still without giving any sign of life. and finding in the court a place proper to hide himself in. where he lay without motion. and follow me. came and dragged him by the feet to a trapdoor. and to put you in possession of her fortune. said to him fiercely. I need it not. by making you master of her person. She walked on. prayed him to sit down again. for the violence of the fall had taken away his senses. but he had so much command of himself. to the gate of a great house. "With all my heart. She told him. carried off his gold. He stayed in the place some time after she was gone. so as to be able to walk. the old woman. and after having spoken some engaging words." At these words she presented him hers.html this? Is it possible. which she opened. and the weather being hot. "she will be very glad to marry you. who is a perfect beauty. and he recovered strength by degrees. The black thinking him to be dead. who had put such a barbarous cheat upon him. He speedily saw the young lady enter: her beauty and rich apparel perfectly surprised him. who only refused the two pieces of gold. said. The salt rubbed into his wounds preserved his life. The old woman made him enter first. and almost at the same time a beautiful and rich wife. and took a cimeter file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045." My brother was not cunning enough to perceive the craft of the old woman. and followed the old woman. that she might catch more. put off his turban. 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. if she could not procure him the honour of seeing that lady. and conducted him into an inner chamber. He asked her. To this end he took a bag. saying that she would be with him in a moment. and placed herself by him. and introduced him into a hall. The lady. where she knocked. she lets me want for nothing.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045. who had enticed my brother into the snare." My brother. "What have you to do here?" Alnaschar was so frightened. when he saw the cursed old woman open the street gate. he sat down. and very rich. asked for salt: the Greek slave brought him a basin full: they rubbed my brother's wounds with it. disguised himself like an old woman. The black and the Greek slave having retired. crossed a well-paved court. but instead of the lady came in a great black slave with a cimeter in his hand. and he followed at a distance. where she conversed with him for some time: she then left him. My unhappy brother fell to the ground. After two days he opened the trap-door in the night. among the bodies of several other people who had been murdered. continued there till break of day. "We do not sit here at our ease. and then came to me for shelter. and threw him into a place under ground. The black stripped him. transported with his good luck in finding so great a sum of money. she was very glad to see him. give me your hand. sir.

for she being more diligent than he. who saw my brother and the porters come and go. and found her in a chamber. "Cannot you lend me a pair of scales? I am newly come from Persia." My brother went out. he went up to her. The pretended son came. which was a great deal more than enough to make up the five hundred pieces of gold he had been robbed of. ‘Madam." replied he. "the person to whose house you came the other day to wash and say your prayers. "wife to an honest merchant. "how could you live with such wicked people. Let us make haste." replied my brother. and dragging the corpse with the other." answered the old hag." "By the trade which that cursed black followed. but was much surprised to find the gate open. "our master would speak file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045. ‘we have a wedding at our house." "There is so much. got ten men together." said she. and proved to be the villainous black slave. However. gave him such a dexterous blow behind on the neck. she laid down the basin. twenty of the magistrate's men seized him. "Come along with us." said he. "rise and follow me:" having spoken thus. One morning he met the old woman walking through the town to seek her prey. but when he went out of the house. Alnaschar got up. The neighbours. "and fetch people to carry it all off. which you will be pleased to see. "Come. Sir!" answered she trembling. followed him. and fled. and brought them with him. do not you remember?" Then she fell on her knees to beg his pardon. The old woman took my brother to the hall where she desired him to wait till she called her son. do not you know me?" "Alas. who knew nothing of what had passed: he sought her out. I will conduct you to my son." said they. and would know if they are weight.' said she to me one day. and I have been three years here to my great sorrow. have brought five hundred pieces of gold with me. for they looked upon my brother's conduct as suspicious. as I have so justly revenged myself upon?" "I was." she answered. where the black has since kept me by force. and you shall see them. But my brother overtaking her." My brother followed her to the house where she carried him at first. The wicked old woman came running at the noise. and the Greek slave opened the door. "he must have gathered together a vast deal of riches. and drawing his cimeter. which he took in one hand. he went before to conduct him to the place where he designed to murder him. The Greek slave. the lady and the coffers gone. and my brother seizing her." Alnaschar followed her to a chamber. whose wickedness I did not then know. threw them both into the place under ground before-mentioned. had conveyed them all off and disappeared. where she was ready to sink when she saw him: she begged her life." "I am. Alnaschar slept well enough all night. which he generously granted. when he came out of his house. if you can carry them off: follow me. I followed her. "Madam. being resolved not to return empty-handed. who changes money. she brought me to this house.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045. that he cut off his head. There remained only the lady. cut off her head also. and will weigh them himself to save you the trouble. and the old woman. who was accustomed to the trade." "Good woman. but when she saw Alnaschar with his cimeter in his hand. "who are you? I do not remember that I ever saw you. which he beheld with admiration. for fear he should go to his shop. where she shewed him several coffers full of gold. if you will give us the honour of your company:' I was persuaded by her." said she "that you will be made for ever. came presently with a basin of salt. used sometimes to come to see me. said. and took with me a hundred pieces of gold. but the next morning. and counterfeiting a woman's voice.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:35 AM] . he carried off all the furniture of the house.html under his gown. he forgot to shut the gate. "Treacherous wretch. put on my best apparel. said to her. "you could not have applied to a fitter person: follow me. Hypocritical hag. but he cut her in four pieces. and without his veil." said he to my brother. went and acquainted the magistrate. "Go. old woman.

and the old woman: and as for what he had carried to his house. they bound him. Alnaschar obeyed without murmuring." My brother prayed them to have patience for a moment. and forced him to go with them. My brother then told him the whole story without disguise. and never to return.html with you. who stopped them awhile. I carried him a suit." replied the servant. with the hare lips. In the mean time. and when the ill news was brought to me. that I shall not be punished. One day as he passed by a magnificent house. who stripped him naked. without promising any thing. I have now only to relate the story of my sixth brother. and went on very well. after he had killed the black." "I give it you. he asked him where he had the goods which he had carried home the preceding evening? "Sir. and prayed him to give him alms. but allow me first to have recourse to your clemency. and asked him to whom that house belonged? "Good man. and brought him secretly into the town. to the time the lady made her escape." said he. At first he was industrious enough to improve the hundred dirhems of silver which fell to his share. where there was a multitude of servants. The judge. he will send you back satisfied. called Schacabac. commanded my brother to quit the town immediately. "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. who very well knew the liberality and generosity of the Barmecides. he went to one of them." said the magistrate. The Story of the Barber's Sixth Brother. if he had stayed in the city. and to beg your promise. "nobody hinders you. addressed himself to one of his porters (for he had more than one). offered them a considerable sum to let him escape." file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045. whose high gate shewed a very spacious court. but in vain. from the period the old woman came into his house to say her prayers. When the officers brought him before the magistrate." replied Alnaschar. he would have found some way to represent this injustice to the caliph. for he was afraid. but a reverse of fortune brought him to beg his bread. he prayed the judge to leave him part of it. "Go in. By the way. He studied chiefly to get into great men's houses by means of their servants and officers. that he might have access to their masters. for the five hundred pieces of gold of which he had been robbed. and tell the magistrate they could not find him.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:35 AM] . and left that town to go to another. but instead of listening to him. and having put the goods into his own warehouse. They met in the street an old acquaintance of my brother's. asked them why they had seized my brother.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045. sent his officers to bring off the whole. the Greek slave. and obtain their charity. he met with highwaymen. "I am ready to tell you all the truth. which he did with a great deal of dexterity. and offered them a sum of money to let him escape. where I took the like care of him as I did of his other brothers. and address yourself to the master of the house.

"Come. with a loud voice. who saw neither bread nor meat. whence he concluded him to be the master of the house. fancying that he was going to give him some singular mark of his bounty. "do not you find it very good?" "O! my lord." "How like you this bread. Such an agreeable place would have struck my brother with admiration. at last he came to an arcade square building of an excellent architecture. eat." answered my brother. "It shall not be said. which was so large. cried. you said you were like to die of hunger. who perfectly imitated what he did. "Is it possible. friend. "Boy." "It is admirably file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045." The Barmecide." "Sir. eat as freely as if you were at home. but you eat as if you had no appetite. and wished him all happiness. "I assure you the woman who bakes me this good bread cost me five hundred pieces of gold to purchase her. "Come. that the Barmecide lord loved to be merry. blessed him a thousand times. bring us another dish:" and though no boy appeared. in a begging tone. and were shut only with great curtains to keep out the sun." "Pardon me. which my brother ate only in idea. and that such a man as you is so poor as you say? this is what must never be." continued he.html (4 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:35 AM] ." He could not have addressed himself to a fitter person than this lord. "I swear to you I have not eaten one bit to-day.html My brother. where he saw a venerable man with a long white beard. as if he would rend his clothes for grief. who had a thousand good qualities. Ho. the Barmecide fell to rubbing his hands as if one had poured water upon them. "bring a basin and water presently." "Eat your belly-full. "you see I lose no time." My brother. "Come on. Schacabac judged by this." said Schacabac. "bring us something to eat. and entered by parterres of flowers intersected by walks of several colours. and said to my brother. and he himself understanding raillery." cried he. thanked the porters. and my brother saw neither water nor basin." Though no boy appeared. that he was welcome." demanded the Barmecide. extremely pleasant to the eye: the lower apartments round this square were most of them open. he began to cut as if something had been brought him upon a plate. "I have never eaten anything so white and so fine." replied the Barmecide. He went on till he came into a hall richly furnished and adorned with painting of gold and azure foliage." said the Barmecide. came forward and did as he was required. nor will I have you leave me. and knowing that the poor must be complaisant to the rich." cried he. and do not let us wait. and that I play my part well enough. that we may wash our hands. and tell me if ever you ate better mutton and barley-broth than this. and putting both his hands to his stomach." When he had spoken. sitting at the upper end on a sofa. "that you are fasting till now? Alas. "that I am at Bagdad. even if his mind had been more at ease than it was. who expected no such civility." replied my brother." said the Barmecide. and in fact it was the Barmecide himself. and putting his hand to his mouth began to chew. and bade my brother come and wash with him." replied my brother. "that I will abandon you. and with their permission entered the palace. poor man! he is ready to die for hunger. if they would have any thing from them. my lord. "taste this new dish. which were opened again when the heat was over to let in the fresh air. though nothing appeared. "I am a poor man who stands in need of the help of such rich and generous persons as yourself. boy." said the Barmecide." "Is it true. and asked him what he wanted? "My lord. after having boasted so much of his bread. The Barmecide seemed to be astonished at my brother's answer. my good friend. that it took him a considerable time to reach the Barmecide's. apartment. come. who said to my brother in a very civil manner.

html good. and made as if he took the piece of lamb." replied my brother. opened his mouth. "The goose is very fat." resumed the Barmecide. which were brought just in the same manner as the others had. he stretched out his hand as if he had had a piece of lamb in it." replied my brother. I would have you eat your belly-full of it." replied the Barmecide. that you eat all up. and contrary to the respect that is due to you." replied Schacabac. of which my brother. after this. "Methinks you do not eat as if you had been so hungry as you complained you were when you came in. which he ordered to be brought up in the same manner. "eat only a leg and a wing. and eat it with extreme pleasure." resumed the Barmecide. dry raisins. and said to him. and said. "there are all sorts of fruits." "No. and all these delicacies are so well mixed. he addressed my brother. then." "I will drink then out of complaisance. take what you like. He made as if he poured out wine." and at the same time he commanded some to be brought. and eaten them." said the Barmecide. no. nutmeg. and let us know if you file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045. after which. to excuse me from drinking any wine." he continued." Having spoken thus. I will be content with water. and then pouring out for my brother. "do as I do. "and bring the fruit. cakes. friend." A little while after he called for a goose and sweet sauce. "There is nothing in the world finer. pretended to eat." said the Barmecide." "These lozenges." rejoined the Barmecide. very good for digestion. therefore I pray you. but what he boasted of more than all the rest was a lamb fed with pistachio nuts." said the Barmecide. dry sweetmeats." He actually called for several others. for we have abundance of other dishes to come. who was ready to die of hunger. pepper. and dry figs. "for here we taste all at once. Ho. bring the ragout. "Taste these almonds. cloves. "your table is most delicious. my lord. "we must drink now. presented him the glass." replied my brother. because I am forbidden. "by eating heartily of it. and putting it to my brother's mouth. if it please you. whose jaws ached with moving and having nothing to eat. since you like it so well. boy. "Drink my health. "Look." said the Barmecide "that you will see at nobody's table but my own. made up of vinegar. bring us another ragout. "there is a lozenge." said he. "I knew you would like it. amber. take away then.html (5 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:35 AM] . as if he had reached my brother something." said the Barmecide." My brother thrust out his head. honey. "I conjure you then." said he." "My lord. "are made at my own house. how do you relish it?" "O! it is wonderful. saying. ginger." said Schacabac." Both of them made as if they had peeled the almonds." "How pleasant! Honour this ragout." replied Schacabac." "Well. and drank first himself." "You are too scrupulous. "but I will drink none if you please. and the most odoriferous herbs. but since I am not accustomed to drink wine. where nothing is wanting to make every article good. "Look." replied my brother. I fancy you will like that as well as you did the lamb: Well.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045." "Come." Schacabac made as if he ate it. "for indeed I can eat no more." He stayed a moment as it were to give time for his servants to carry away. and you will judge whether I had not reason to boast of this dish. they are good and fresh gathered." He still bade my brother eat. the Barmecide invited my brother to eat something else." "No. "and therefore you see I eat heartily. "swallow that. we must save our stomachs. "Here is a dish. my lord." said the Barmecide. "There. once more. there is no want of musk here. by the satisfaction I have to see you eat so heartily. "for I see you will have nothing wanting to make your treat complete. in the same manner as the meat and fruit had been served before." "Come. and conserves. I am afraid I shall commit some error in point of good breeding. "I assure you I am so full that I cannot eat one bit more." "You may drink wine. "you shall drink wine. that one does not prevent our tasting the other. "My lord." "You oblige me highly. grey peas. after we have eaten so well." then stretching out his hand.

" Upon which he made as if he poured out another glass for himself.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045. for I have several sorts in my cellar." said he. feigning to be intoxicated with the wine.html think this wine good. "you need only speak. to signify that he took the liberty to drink his health. lifted up his hand." My brother made as if he took the glass. and did this so often. and gave the Barmecide such a box file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_045. and one for my brother. but I think it is not strong enough." answered the Barmecide. and acting a drunken man. and lastly he appeared to drink with all the signs of a man that drinks with pleasure: "My lord." "If you would have stronger. Try how you like this. and put it to his nose to try the flavour: he then made a low salute to the Barmecide. and looked as if the colour was good. "this is very excellent wine. that Schacabac.html (6 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:35 AM] .

The Bedouin had a handsome wife. and commanded his servants. richly appareled. that one day she happened to act in the same manner. but I declare to you that I am extremely poor. "Are you mad?" Then my brother. without taking notice that he observed them (so his sins would have it). for I told you beforehand. He was going to give him another blow. "I have been long. for fear he should repent. and not able to redeem myself. which was speedily done." said he. My brother was then taken as a slave by one of the Bedouins. he clapped his hands.html on the ear as made him fall down. superior to that of the pilgrims. and ordered him a suit from his wardrobe. and endeavoured to soften him with tears. but the Barmecide holding up his hand to ward it off. Schacabac had all the reason in the world to be satisfied with the Barmecide's civility and bounty." Scarcely had he finished these words. you have been so good as to admit your slave into your house. when the Barmecide. "seeking a man of your character. At such times she used all her endeavours to comfort my brother under the rigour of his slavery. and brought in the wine. "I am your slave. and leaving no heirs. making as if he had come to himself again. In a word. and give him a treat. you should have been satisfied with making me eat. whenever she saw him. came and sung some agreeable airs to their musical instruments.html (1 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:38 AM] . all his property was confiscated to the use of the prince. "I not only forgive the blow you have given me. who then appeared. She was so much in the habit of caressing and playing with the miserable Schacabac. Schacabac protested that it was all in vain. "you may dispose of me as you please. cried. at the end of which the generous Barmecide died. that in a few days after he entrusted him with the care of his household and all his affairs." When he had finished these words. "My lord.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_046. Being reduced to his first condition. which he ate of before in fancy. who put him under the bastinado for several days. I am very sorry for it. to avenge himself by this inhumanity for the loss that he thought he had sustained. said. and my brother was treated with all those dishes in reality. and told him. but the Bedouin was not to be moved. The Barmecide found my brother to be a man of so much wit and understanding. instead of being in a passion. and that you take my house for your home: you have had the complaisance to accommodate yourself to my humour. and beg you a thousand pardons. for he treated him as his familiar friend. My brother acquitted himself very well in that employment for twenty years. designing to accomplish that pilgrimage by their charity." In a word. and the patience to keep the jest up to the last. as much as she sought the opportunity to be alone with him. My brother. She gave him tokens enough that she loved him. and not have obliged me to drink wine. but I desire henceforward we should be friends. in the presence of her husband." The Barmecide caressed Schacabac mightily. and frequently when he went on his excursions left my brother alone with her. that it might occasion me to fail in my respect for you. and being vexed to find himself disappointed of a considerable sum of which he reckoned himself sure. to cover the table. played file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_046. At last they cleared the table. but unfortunately the caravan was attacked and plundered by a number of Bedouins. we will now eat in good earnest. but he durst not return her passion. he joined a caravan of pilgrims going to Mecca. fell a laughing with all his might. and my brother lost all he had acquired." said he. to oblige him to ransom himself. and at the same time a number of handsome slaves. my brother discovered to him all his misfortunes. and therefore avoided being alone with her. he took his knife and slit my brother's lips.

till it was time to return home. he wished him to stay with us. and I presented humpback with some. fell upon my brother in a rage. and let me hear no more of you. and after he had mutilated him in a barbarous manner.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_046. without taking notice of a bone. and partake of the entertainment which the master of the house had prepared. who must pronounce whether we be worthy of mercy or wrath. and after having in vain essayed to help him." added the tailor.html (2 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:38 AM] . and when I least expected. It was during this interval that humpback came half drunk before my shop. The sultan could not forbear laughing when he saw him. whom they presented to the sultan: the barber was a venerable man about ninety years of age. we found that the young man was not to blame for calling him a great chatterer. "that I am more struck with the history of the young cripple. and of the injurious manner in which he treated me. instead of testifying his obligation. I determined to seek him. and with the adventures of his brothers. I travelled from province to province a long time." said he." At the same time he sent an officer with the tailor to find him. where he left him. This is what I told the caliph. though no one could tell me whither he was gone. however. carried him on a camel to the top of a desert mountain. The Bedouin. and I went to my shop." I yielded to necessity. which he ate. I returned to Bagdad. However. "is what I had to say to satisfy your majesty. We sat down to table. The officer and the tailor went immediately and brought the barber. The mountain was on the road to Bagdad. It was on my return to this city that I did the lame young man the important service which you have heard. and found unfortunate Schacabac in a deplorable condition: I gave him what help he stood in need of. by carrying him home with me. I command you to depart this town immediately. and travelled for several years in distant countries. however. which restored the tailor and his comrades to life. where it was believed the merchant had killed him. life or death. He fell down dead before us. When the barber had concluded his story. You are. "I cannot doubt but they justly give you the surname of Silent. than with the story of my jester: but before I send you all away. his ears hanging down. his eye-brows and beard were white as snow. immediately supposing that they lived together in a criminal manner. since he is in my capital. I should divert my wife. it is easy to satisfy my curiosity.html likewise with her. I went thither speedily. "Now. that prince applauded me with new fits of laughter. we carried the corpse out. Understanding at last that the caliph was dead. witnesses of his ingratitude. I thought that. in the trouble and fear occasioned by such an unlucky accident. and the purveyor carried him out into the street. but I little thought to find him so incensed against me. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_046. and dexterously lodged him with the Jewish doctor. and his nose very long." said he. No one can say the contrary for certain reasons. with that of the barber. where he sung and played on his tabor. The Jewish doctor put him into the chamber of the purveyor. and brought him back to the city. he rather chose to fly from me and leave his own country. therefore I took him in: my wife gave us a dish of fish. "I cannot but acknowledge. When I understood that he was not at Bagdad. where I found not one of my brothers alive." The sultan of Casgar shewed a satisfaction in his countenance. when all the company parted. "This sir. and were merry together till afternoon prayers. met him this day. I should like to see the barber who is the occasion of my pardoning you. and we proceed to bury humpback. so that the passengers who saw him there informed me where he was.

that he fell backwards on the ground. he took a box wherein he had several medicines that he carried about him to use as occasion might require. "let us forbear the stories. that no man dies without a cause. than at the merit and capacity of the barber. then he took out of his case a neat iron instrument. and kept him near his person. without considering that he was before the sultan of Casgar. "Silent man. as if he would say. and great part of a day. were less surprised to see humpback revive. and I shall be content to pass for a madman if I do not convince you this minute." cried he. and all who were witnesses of this operation. As for the barber. but I wish to examine humpback a little nearer. as it deserved. and notwithstanding all his faults. and drew out a little phial of balsam." answered the barber. Nor did he stop here. with which he caused them to be clothed in his presence. "and not without reason. purveyor. "why do you laugh?" "Sir. who performed this. he shook his head. took his head between his knees. I most humbly beg your majesty to permit me to ask what that Christian. "this is a surprising story. opened his eyes. be preserved for ever. with which he took out a bit of fish and bone. "it concerns me to ask. that the memory of them might. "It is said." cried he. As soon as he came to himself." said the sultan. sat down on the ground. and replied. he thrust down his throat a pair of small pincers. When the barber heard it. which the accident of humpback had occasioned to them. and after he had looked upon him steadfastly. with which he rubbed humpback's neck a long time. or an old dotard. file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_046. that Moosulmaun and that dead humpback. "I swear by your majesty's benevolence." At this all the people looked on the barber as a buffoon. and after he had opened his mouth.file:///C|/Documents%20and%20Settings/Administrator/Desktop/The_Arabian_Nights_Entertain/Section_046. fell into so great a fit of laughter.html "Silent man. at present." said he to him. with pleasure. that the tailor. stretched forth his arms and feet. which he seemed earnestly to wish for. "I understand that you know wonderful stories. and shewed several other signs of life." So saying. and had so little command of himself. that humpback is not dead: he is yet alive. who ties on the ground. Immediately humpback sneezed. do here before your majesty?" The sultan smiled at the barber's freedom. he did not send them away till he had given each of them a very rich robe." replied the barber. if you please. that your majesty may know I am not so great a talker as some represent me." The sultan commanded them to tell him the story of the humpback. which he shewed to all the people.html (3 of 6) [09-Jan-10 10:49:38 AM] . If ever any history deserved to be written in letters of gold. he honoured him with a great pension. Jewish doctor. The sultan of Casgar. but. but a man justly called Silent. and Christian merchant might remember the adventure." He approached him. "Why do you ask?" "Sir. began to look upon him as a great physician. The sultan. which he put betwixt his teeth. transported with joy and admiration." answered the barber. there was something under this which he did not understand. ordered the story of humpback to be written down. "Truly. that Jew. without giving any sign of life. will you tell me some of them?" "Sir. it is that of this humpback. with that of the barber. after he had passed a whole night.

Being such a person as I have represented him. and as she wanted to speak to Ebn Thaher. she lifted up her veil. there came a lady mounted on a piebald mule. the lady could not refrain from looking upon the prince. and jewels. and the favour of the caliph. adjusted the cushion of cloth of gold. a very rich handsome man. sincerity. It being her custom to be free with Ebn Thaher. and directing her to the most honourable place. In the mean time. with admirable taste. who knew his merit. and his voice charmed all that heard him: he had besides so much wit and judgment. after which he hastily retired. was one whom he took more notice of than the rest. that he thought and spoke of all subjects with admirable exactness. that he entrusted him to provide his favourite ladies with all the things they stood in need of. his air so easy. The lady had a girdle of a rose colour. and with whom he contrasted a particular friendship. and having saluted her. embroidered with pearls and diamonds of an extraordinary bigness. and Schemselnihar. and through their veils which covered their faces. and his physiognomy so engaging. fur