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at which the boy hung his head. "We will go no farther. At last they came to two mountains divided by a narrow valley. Tuck up your gown and go through them without touching anything. On learning that Aladdin was idle and would learn no trade. and knew you from your likeness to my brother. child. idle boy who would do nothing but play all day long in the streets with little idle boys like himself. and grasped the ring as he was told. Next day he bought Aladdin a fine suit of clothes and took him all over the city. or you will die instantly. yet. One day. he offered to take a shop for him and stock it with merchandise. Next day the magician led Aladdin into some beautiful gardens a long way outside the city gates." said his uncle. but obey me. who came laden with wine and fruit. and asked him his trade. He then turned to Aladdin. uncle?" he said piteously. and brought him home at nightfall to his mother." When it was lit the magician threw on it a powder he had about him. The earth trembled a little in front of them. in spite of his mother's tears and prayers. which he divided between them. who had a son called Aladdin. while his mother burst into tears. "at the foot of those steps you will find an open door leading into three large halls. They sat down by a fountain and the magician pulled a cake from his girdle. Go to your mother and tell her I am coming." However. but the magician caught him and gave him a blow that knocked him down. and some steps appeared. Aladdin did not mend his ways. sir. disclosing a square flat stone with a brass ring in the middle to raise it by." said the magician. This so grieved the father that he died. and no one else may touch it. Beneath this stone lies a treasure which is to be yours. These halls lead into a garden of fine fruit trees. but I always thought he was dead. at the same time saying some magical words. "What have I done." she said. Aladdin was so tired that he begged to go back. bidding Aladdin's mother not to be surprised at not having seen him before." Aladdin ran home and told his mother of his newly found uncle. but the magician beguiled him with pleasant stories and lead him on in spite of himself. she prepared supper. "I am. Then they journeyed onwards till they almost reached the mountains. The stone came up quite easily. and if he was not the son of Mustapha the tailor.Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp There once lived a poor tailor. when he was playing in the streets as usual. a stranger asked him his age. Aladdin tried to run away. Walk on till you come to niche in a terrace where stands a lighted lamp. saying the names of his father and grandfather. and bade Aladdin seek his uncle. a careless. who was overjoyed to see her son so fine. who was a famous African magician. "your father had a brother. as he had been forty years out of the country." On this the stranger. ." replied Aladdin. showing him the sights. fell on his neck and kissed him saying: "I am your uncle. "Go down." At the word treasure Aladdin forgot his fears. "I will show you something wonderful. He fell down and kissed the place where Mustapha used to sit. "but he died a long while ago. so you must to exactly as I tell you. whereupon the magician said more kindly: "Fear nothing. only do you gather up sticks while I kindle a fire. "Indeed.

and the ring likewise. and thus they lived many years. snatching the lamp. and showed her the lamp and the fruits he had gathered in the garden. which was very difficult. and the stone rolled back into its place. crying and lamenting. which would make him the most powerful man in the world. He hid himself behind the door of the bath. Aladdin was seized by a desire to see her face. At last he clasped his hands in prayer. One day Aladdin heard an order from the Sultan proclaimed that everyone was to stay at home and close his shutters while the Princess his daughter went to and from the bath. and. Aladdin's mother. Aladdin sold one of the silver plates. who had read in his magic books of a wonderful lamp. "No." said Aladdin." Aladdin fearlessly replied. but fainted on the threshold. he could only receive it from the hand of another. but I have spun a little cotton and will go sell it. when she came to herself. and he found himself outside. The Princess lifted her veil as she went in. which were in reality precious stones. "since chance hath made us aware of its virtues. As soon as his eyes could bear the light he went home. said boldly: "Fetch me something to eat!" The genie returned with a silver bowl. "I have nothing in the house. and so on until none were left. He went home so changed . and looked so beautiful that Aladdin fell in love with her at first sight. Instantly a hideous genie appeared. that it might fetch a higher price.Pour out the oil it contains. The magician flew into a terrible passion. which the magician had forgotten to take from him. and bring it me. When he came to himself he told his mother what had passed. and have nothing to do with devils." When they had eaten all the genie had brought. he said something. she began to rub it. and will obey thee in all things. arrived at the mouth of the cave. and peeped through a chink." replied Aladdin. The magician cried out in a great hurry: "Make haste and give me the lamp. and two bottles of wine. which plainly showed that he was no uncle of Aladdin's but a cunning magician. and Aladdin told his mother about the lamp. So they sat at breakfast till it was dinner-time. and asked what she would have. bidding him prosper. Though he alone knew where to find it. He then had recourse to the genie. but eat. for he would sell the lamp instead. said: "Whence comes this splendid feast?" "Ask not. He had picked out the foolish Aladdin for this purpose." Aladdin bade her keep her cotton. gathered some fruit off the trees. "Deliver me from this place!" whereupon the earth opened. Immediately an enormous and frightful genie rose out of the earth. but Aladdin. As it was very dirty. The man left the country. He then asked for some food. twelve silver plates containing rich meats. "Alas! child. which I shall always wear on my finger. saying: "What wouldst thou with me? I am the Slave of the Ring. who gave him another set of plates. Aladdin found everything as the magician had said. She begged him to sell it. we will use it." she said. For two days Aladdin remained in the dark. and in so doing rubbed the ring. having got the lamp. as she always went veiled. and throwing some more powder on to the fire." This Aladdin refused to do until he was out of the cave. two silver cups. She fainted away. intending to get the lamp and kill him afterwards." He drew a ring from his finger and gave it to Aladdin.

that I may find out what she wants. His mother. and asked what was going on. on hearing this. "but in vain. she went up to the foot of the throne and remained kneeling until the Sultan said to her: "Rise. promising to forgive her beforehand for anything she might say. he threatened to do some desperate deed if I refused to go and ask your Majesty for the hand of the Princess. "you are my wife. She fetched a napkin and laid in it the magic fruits from the enchanted garden. "Do you not know. and the vizier's son is to have the Princess. He told her he loved the Princess so deeply he could not live without her." he said. at a sign from the vizier. who was overwhelmed at first. whereupon she unfolded the jewels and presented them. took no notice of her. and passed the most miserable night of her life." Next day. Call her next time. but Aladdin at last prevailed upon her to go before the Sultan and carry his request. where. good woman. She took these with her to please the Sultan." was the answer. though he consented to the marriage. "and put him outside in the cold. promised to me by your unjust father. My command is that to-night you bring hither the bride and bridegroom. and turning to the vizier. who wanted her for his own son. begged the Sultan to withhold her for three months. and no harm will come to you. leaving Aladdin with the Princess." "Master. but my son Aladdin. The Sultan granted this. in the course of which he hoped his son could contrive to make him a richer present. "that the son of the Grand Vizier is to marry the Sultan's daughter tonight?" Breathless she ran and told Aladdin. Aladdin then went to his chamber. laid him in his place. Aladdin waited patiently for nearly three months. which sparkled and shone like the most beautiful jewels." Whereupon the genie took the vizier's son out of bed. his mother. going into the city to buy oil." The Sultan asked her kindly what she had in the napkin. burst out laughing. sure enough. "Fear nothing. said: "What sayest thou? Ought I not to bestow the Princess on one who values her at such a price?" The Vizier. and set out." said the genie. and transported the bed back to the palace. at midnight the genie transported the bed containing the vizier's son and the Princess. and told Aladdin's mother that. She went every day for a week. She then told him of her son's violent love for the Princess. but presently bethought him of the lamp. found everyone rejoicing. as thou knowest. trusting in the lamp." she said. He. "Take this new-married man. has broken his promise to me. and bade her speak freely. and tell me what you want. but after two had elapsed. however. "I prayed him to forget her. and stood in the same place. He was thunderstruck." The Princess was too frightened to speak. At the appointed hour the genie fetched in the shivering bridegroom." She hesitated. and return at daybreak. The Grand Vizier and the lords of council had just gone in as she entered the hall and placed herself in front of the Sultan." Aladdin said to her. Now I pray you to forgive not me alone. When the council broke up on the sixth day the Sultan said to his Vizier: "I see a certain woman in the audience-chamber every day carrying something in a napkin. and meant to ask her in marriage of her father. she must not appear before him again for three months. while Aladdin lay down beside her and slept soundly. so the Sultan sent away all but the Vizier. . I obey.that his mother was frightened. He rubbed it and the genie appeared. saying: "What is thy will?" Aladdin replied: "The Sultan.

to wait on my mother. She stood in the same place as before. When the sultan saw him he came down from his throne. six slaves." He summoned the genie. after kneeling before the Sultan. The Sultan than turned to Aladdin's mother. and at last told her mother how. She then confessed all. "I would do a great deal more than that for the Princess. and there was an end of feasting and rejoicing. a horse surpassing the Sultan's. and lastly. "I must build a palace fit for her. during the night. and wished to be separated from her." and took his leave. the slaves strewing gold as they went. who owned the truth. Besides this. "a richly embroidered habit. at once remembered him. embraced him. They entered the palace. The Sultan sent her mother to her. and next morning. he said to the genie: . He hesitated no longer. mother. and filled up the small house and garden. while Aladdin's mother presented them to the Sultan. with such splendid jewels. She gave Aladdin the message adding. that you will not speak to your father? What has happened?" The Princess sighed deeply. stood in a half-circle round the throne with their arms crossed. while the Princess would not say a word and was very sorrowful. thinking all was lost. who said: "How comes it. followed by his mother. Once home. dearly as he loved the Princess. but said: "Good woman. saying: "Good woman. and asked his Vizier's advice. and the Sultan. and in a few moments the eighty slaves arrived. On seeing her poverty the Sultan felt less inclined than ever to keep his word. When the three months were over." The mother of Aladdin bowed low and went home. led by as many white ones. who counselled him to set so high a value on the Princess that no man living would come up to it. and led him into a hall where a feast was spread. bidding him ask the Vizier's son if it were not so. and what had passed there. adding that. splendidly dressed. on the Princess's refusing to speak. Tell him that I await his answer." her son replied. he had grown so handsome. Aladdin mounted his horse and passed through the streets. Her mother did not believe her in the least. But Aladdin refused. The Sultan told the Vizier to ask his son. child. carried by forty black slaves. bidding him make haste. beautifully dressed. two by two. "I want a scented bath. The unhappy Vizier's son jumped up and hid himself. They were so richly dressed. His wish was granted. and sent for her. and twenty slaves to attend me. who had forgotten Aladdin. but your son must first send me forty basins of gold brimful of jewels. Those who had played with him in his childhood knew him not. But Aladdin first called the genie. return and tell your son that I wait for him with open arms. "He may wait long enough for your answer!" "Not so long." No sooner said then done. that everyone crowded to see them and the basins of gold they carried on their heads. he had rather die than go through another such fearful night. The following night exactly the same thing happened. ten thousand pieces of gold in ten purses. and I will remember mine. saying. and." he said. as you think. Aladdin sent his mother to remind the Sultan of his promise." She lost no time in telling Aladdin. Aladdin made them to set out to the palace. intending to marry him to the Princess that very day. but bade her rise and consider it an idle dream. the bed had been carried into some strange house. the Sultan threatened to cut off her head. a sultan must remember his promises.Presently the Sultan came to wish his daughter good-morning.

Aladdin knowing that their task was vain. and she supped with him. As he passed through the town he heard people talking everywhere about a marvelous palace. and visited Aladdin. In the middle you shall build me a large hall with a dome. who showed him the window finished. by design. and followed by the hundred slaves. Next day Aladdin invited the Sultan to see the palace. after which they danced till midnight. "what is the palace you speak of?" Have you not heard of Prince Aladdin's palace. even to the laying of a velvet carpet from Aladdin's palace to the Sultan's. On entering the hall with the four-and-twenty windows with their rubies. but remained as courteous as before. "blame your beauty for my boldness if I have displeased you. whose lattices. The Sultan was surprised to receive his jewels again. bade them undo their work and carry the jewels back. diamonds and emeralds. and other precious stones. She was charmed at the sight of Aladdin. go and see about it!" The palace was finished the next day. bent on Aladdin's ruin. and travelled night and day till he reached the capital of China." he said. which they soon used." replied their spokesman. She was taken to the Princess. having seen him. who ran to receive her. Aladdin's mother then dressed herself carefully. and by his magic arts discovered that Aladdin. sir. and walked to the palace with her slaves. The Sultan embraced him. so that the air resounded with music and cheers. for in a month's time the work was not half done. instead of perishing miserably in the cave. and set out on the carpet for Aladdin's palace. the envious vizier meanwhile hinting that it was the work of enchantment. where a feast was spread. "It is a world's wonder! There is only one thing that surprises me. After the wedding had taken place." returned Aladdin. He knew that the poor tailor's son could only have accomplished this by means of the lamp. with whom he was living in great honour and wealth. Was it by accident that one window was left unfinished?" "No. and the genie finished the window at his command." She told him that. while he followed her on horseback. must be set with diamonds and rubies. with his mother at her side. At night the princess said good-bye to her father. There must be stables and horses and grooms and slaves. all except one which is to be left unfinished. had escaped. and sent for the best jewelers in the city. "Princess. The Sultan sent musicians with trumpets and cymbals to meet them. He was made captain of the Sultan's armies." was the reply. agate. each side having six windows. but to no purpose. "Sir. and had married a princess. who saluted her and treated her with great honour. and the genie carried him there and showed him all his orders faithfully carried out. set with jasper." he asked. But far away in Africa the magician remembered Aladdin. and lived thus in peace and content for several years. "Forgive my ignorance."Build me a palace of the finest marble. He showed them the unfinished window. "the . she willingly obeyed her father in this matter." The Sultan had his own fetched. Aladdin led her into the hall." The Sultan was pleased. its four walls of massy gold and silver. "we cannot find jewels enough. and won several battles for him. Aladdin had won the hearts of the people by his gentle bearing. he cried. and bade them fit it up like the others. "I wished your Majesty to have the glory of finishing this palace.

but they only laughed and pitied him." and showed him from the window the place where his palace had stood. Aladdin was so amazed he could not say a word. called to the executioner to stay his hand. so that the Princess scolded her. He sent for the Vizier and asked what had become of the palace." Aladdin begged for forty days in which to find her. to see that he came to no harm. armed. to a lonely place in Africa. "Madam. who ordered the executioner to cut off his head. "who can help laughing to see an old fool offering to exchange fine new lamps for old ones?" Another slave. For three days he wandered about like a madman. as he could not take it out hunting with him. and became half mad with rage. not knowing its value. The genie appeared. and went out of the city gates to a lonely place. laughingly bade the slave take it and make the exchange. for it was gone. Little he cared. The Vizier looked out too. "False wretch!" said the Sultan. followed. His prayer was granted. where he remained till nightfall. crying: "New lamps for old!" followed by a jeering crowd. amid the jeers of the crowd. who loved him." He snatched it and bade the slave take her choice. sent a slave to find out what the noise was about. and forced him to go with them on foot. together with the palace and the Princess in it. when he pulled out the lamp and rubbed it. and raised his scimitar to strike. who came back laughing. which gave the magician plenty of time. hearing this. bandaged his eyes. and pardoned him in the sight of the crowd. looked so threatening that the Sultan gave way and ordered Aladdin to be unbound. At that instant the Vizier. who saw that the crowd had forced their way into the courtyard and were scaling the walls to rescue Aladdin. She went and said to the magician: "Give me a new lamp for this. and again plunge Aladdin into the deepest poverty. Unluckily. however. "For the first I am not so deeply concerned. and this time the Sultan believed him. Aladdin now begged to know what he had done. and at the magician's command carried him." Now this was the magic lamp. He determined to get hold of the lamp. which Aladdin had left there. indeed. "Where is your palace and my daughter?" demanded the Sultan. and he went forth sadly from the Sultan's presence. and having seen the palace knew that it had been raised by the Genie of the Lamp. He bought a dozen lamps." The magician thanked him who spoke. Aladdin had gone a-hunting for eight days. sitting in the hall of four-and-twenty windows. but my daughter I must have. "come hither. and you must find her or lose your head. The people. He again put it down to enchantment. put them into a basket. He came to the banks . and went to the palace. The executioner made Aladdin kneel down.greatest wonder in the world? I will direct you if you have a mind to see it. asking everyone what had become of his palace. and was lost in astonishment. Next morning the Sultan looked out of the window towards Aladdin's palace and rubbed his eyes." replied the slave. promising if he failed to return at suffer death at the Sultan's pleasure. The Princess. and sent thirty men on horseback to fetch Aladdin back in chains. They met him riding home. said. bound him. The people. The Princess. "There is an old one on the cornice there which he can have. He was carried before the Sultan. but left off crying his lamps.

so I am resolved to mourn no more. The Princess ran and opened the window. but the Princess cut him short. but I only reply by my tears. She called to him to come to her. That morning the Princess rose earlier than she had done since she had been carried into Africa by the magician. but I am tired of the wines of China. "I know. handing him her cup in exchange for his." said the Princess. under the window of the Princess.of a river. and having bought a certain powder returned to the Princess. and set me down under my dear wife's window. and say you wish to taste the wine of his country." said Aladdin. and fell asleep out of sheer weariness. and you shall say what you will afterwards. "Save my life. In doing so he rubbed the ring he still wore. and at the noise she made. while the magician . and vainly wondered who had robbed him of it." she said. If I persist. and left her for a while. "that we have to thank the African magician for this! Where is the lamp?" "He carries it about with him. Aladdin looked up. "I am the innocent cause of our sorrows." cried Aladdin. and would fain taste those of Africa." and told him of the exchange of the lamp. as a sign she was reconciled to him. He changed clothes with the first person he met in the town. treated him so harshly that he dared not live there altogether. and asked his will. and that all my tears will not bring him back to me. He is forever speaking ill of you." "Alas. and have therefore invited you to sup with me. and while he is gone I will tell you what to do." "Even so. "I am only the Slave of the Ring. He will go for some. arrayed herself gaily for the first time since she left China. for he pulled it out of his breast to show me. As she was dressing." said the genie. Princess. leading him to believe that you have forgotten me. and his heart was lighter. She put on a girdle and headdress of diamonds and seeing in a glass that she was more beautiful than ever. whose company she was forced to endure once a day. to his great amazement: "I have made up my mind that Aladdin is dead." said Aladdin. for your own sake and mine. received the magician. The genie he had seen in the cave appeared." The magician flew to his cellar. "Put on your most beautiful dress. He was awakened by the singing of the birds. saying that you were beheaded by my father's command. I doubt not but he will use violence." She set her cup to her lips and kept it there. who let him in by a little side door. in God's name. and great was the joy of these lovers at seeing each other again. "and receive the magician with smiles." She listened carefully to Aladdin and when he left her. He saw plainly that all his misfortunes were owning to the loss of the lamp. and knelt down to say his prayers before throwing himself in. one of her women looked out and saw Aladdin. Invite him to sup with you. saying: "Let us drink first." he said to her. and the Princess put the powder Aladdin had given her in her cup. Before drinking the magician made her a speech in praise of her beauty. After he had kissed her Aladdin said: "I beg of you. "and bring my palace back. before we speak of anything else. saying. "Now I know. you must ask him of the lamp. "but thou canst take me to the palace." He at once found himself in Africa. He wishes me to break my faith with you and marry him. When he returned she asked him to drink her health in the wine of Africa." That is not in my power. tell me what has become of an old lamp I left on the cornice in the hall of four-and-twenty windows when I went a-hunting." Aladdin comforted her. genie. She. however.

kissing his hands and begging his blessing. more wicked and more cunning than himself. and the Princess in her chamber felt only two little shocks." replied Aladdin. took the lamp out of his vest. telling her to rise and do his bidding on pain of death. and little thought she was home again. consented. that he might believe. but that this request does not come from you. and when the genie appeared commanded him to bring a roc's egg. that she might tell no tales. "If that is all. who had long desired to see Fatima. The princess showed him the hall." After this the Princess could think of nothing but the roc's egg. When he had done the Princess made him sit by her. who was sitting in his closet. and showed him the dead body of the magician. who wished for nothing better." He left her and rubbed the lamp. and Aladdin received him in the hall of the four-and-twenty windows. The Princess then opened the door to Aladdin. He begged to know what was amiss." said the false Fatima. The African magician had a younger brother. whereupon the Princess. He travelled to China to avenge his brother's death. He is now in your palace disguised as the holy woman. "is it not enough that I have done everything for you. On coming to the Princess the magician offered up a prayer for her health and prosperity. Aladdin told him what had happened. and went to visit a pious woman called Fatima. He changed clothes with her. The slave said it was the holy woman. sent for her. but you must command me to bring my master and hang him up in the midst of this dome? You and your wife and your palace deserve to be burnt to ashes. but from the brother of the African magician. put on her veil. The false Fatima. and asked him what he thought of it. but kept his veil down for fear of discovery. thinking she might be of use to him. for there stood the palace as before! He hastened thither. and all the people." replied he. it would be the wonder of the world. This was done. and murdered her. and she told him that all her pleasure in the hall was spoilt or want of a roc's egg hanging from the dome. The Sultan. "In my mind it wants but one thing.drained his to the dregs and fell back lifeless. A ten days' feast was proclaimed. but Aladdin went to the dead magician. who was. curing people by her touch of their ailments. mourning for his lost daughter. "were hung up from the middle of this dome. and flung her arms around his neck. happened too look up. . gathered round him. He entered her cell and clapped a dagger to her breast. Then he went towards the palace of Aladdin. "If only a roc's egg. "you shall soon be happy. and it seemed as if Aladdin might now live the rest of his life in peace. whom you destroyed. The genie gave such a loud and terrible shriek that the hall shook. thinking he was the holy woman. When he got to the palace there was such a noise going on round him that the Princess bade her slave look out the window and ask what was the matter. but it was not meant to be. coloured his face like hers. if possible. and rubbed his eyes. and when Aladdin returned from hunting he found her in a very ill humour. with the Princess at his side. "Wretch!" he cried. "It is truly beautiful." And what is that?" said the Princess. and begged him to stay with her always. and bade the genie carry the palace and all in it back to China.

seizing his dagger. . for he means to kill you. He it was who put that wish into your wife's head. Take care of yourself. and requesting that the holy Fatima should be fetched to lay her hands on it. leaving behind him a long line of kings. But when the magician came near. "What have you done?" cried the Princess. and reigned for many years. the genie disappeared. saying his head ached." replied Aladdin. After this Aladdin and his wife lived in peace. "but a wicked magician." and told her of how she had been deceived." So saying.whom he murdered. pierced him to the heart. "You have killed the holy woman!" "Not so. Aladdin went back to the Princess. Aladdin. He succeeded the Sultan when he died.

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