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N the capital of one of the largest and richest
provinces of China, lived Mustapha the tailor.
He had nothing to depend upon but what he
earned from his trade, and so poor was he that he
could hardly support his wife and his only son
Aladdin, like many an only child, had been spoilt
by his parents; and he became turbulent and dis-
obedient, refusing to stay indoors, and spending nearly all his time
in the streets, playing with a set of blackguard boys, who were his
chosen comrades. Mustapha took him into his shop, and tried to get
him to use the needle; but Aladdin would not learn. Mustapha
chastised his rebellious son, but Aladdin would not reform; and at
last the poor tailor so took his son's conduct to heart, that he fell
sick and fairly fretted himself to death.
The boy's mother, seeing that Aladdin would not work, shut up
the shop, sold off the stoc:!k, i:nd with a little money she thus raised, and
what she could make by -i;innig cotton, tried hard to support herself
and her son.
One day, when Aladdin was playing in the streets as usual, with
his choice company of friends, an African magician passed by. He
stopped, and asked the boy if he was not the son of Mustapha the
tailor. Yes, sir," answered Aladdin; but he has been dead a long
time." Hereupon the African magician kissed Aladdin, and began to
weep. On being asked the cause of his tears, "Alas, my boy!" he
cried, "your father was my brother. I have been travelling abroad
many years; and now, when I at last return in hopes of seeing him,
you tell me that he is dead." Hereupon he asked Aladdin where his
mother lived; and putting a handful of small coins into his palm, bade
the boy say that his uncle would come to see her next day, to hear
about poor Mustapha.
The poor widow was not a little surprised when her hopeful son
came running home in high glee to tell her of the new relation he had
found, and how his uncle was coming to see her the next day.
Mustapha had never spoken of any brother; but the sight of the
money made her think there was some truth in the assertion; for
people are not generally very willing to give away money to strange
boys in the street.
Next day the magician came according to promise. He was very
polite to Aladdin's mother, bewailed the death of his poor brother, and
made himself generally agreeable. During supper he turned to
Aladdin, and said, "Well, nephew, what business are you learning--
what is your trade ?"
Now, as Aladdin was learning nothing at all, except how to fight
the boys in the street, he was somewhat at a loss for a reply; but his
mother immediately began to answer for him, and gave the magician
such an account of her hopeful son's proceedings, that Aladdin felt his
ears tingle and his cheeks redden-as well he might.
This is not well, Aladdin," said the magician gravely. "You
must do something for your living. I will do the
best I can to assist you. If you do not -. like a trade, I
will take a shop for you, and LIby .J you goods, with
which you can traffic and gain .oii- '
bread like an honest man."
Aladdin, who saw a pros- "--- -
pect of getting a livelihood with- -
out much labour, was very glad
of this proposal; and as for his C
mother, she thanked the gener- ''
ous uncle a thousand times. I
The magician seemed to be de-
cidedly in earnest; for the next
day he came to fetch his nephew,
and took him to walk through
the principal streets of the city. First he called at a tailor's, and
bought some new garments for Aladdin, whereat that young gentle-
man rejoiced greatly; and in the afternoon he took him to the khan
or. inn where he lodged, and introduced him to several acquaintances
as "his dear nephew Aladdin."
In the evening the magician took him to his mother, who was
overjoyed that her boy, whom she loved in spite of his faults, should
have met with such a friend; and he promised to take Aladdin out for
a longer walk the next day.
He came the next morning as promised,and walked with the boy
out at one of the city gates. He managed to amuse him with pleasant
talk, so that Aladdin did not notice how far they went, and he was
quite surprised when his uncle at last stopped at the foot of a ridge of
Between two mountains of equal size there was a little valley.
Here the magician turned to Aladdin, and said, I will show you a
thing which will greatly astonish you. But while I strike a light, you
Sgo and gather some dry sticks." Aladdin obeyed, and the magician
first kindled a fire, then threw a strong perfume into the blazing heap.
He then stretched out his hand and pronounced certain magical words,
whereupon the earth opened, and discovered a square stone with a
brass ring to lift it up by.
Aladdin was so frightened that he was going to run away; but
the magician suddenly seized him, and dealt him a blow that nearly
knocked him down. Poor Aladdin was much astonished at this rough
treatment; but the magician soon pacified him, and promised him
wealth and honour if he would only yield implicit obedience to his
"Take up this stone by the ring fixed in it," said the magician.
Aladdin did so. Go down this flight of steps," continued his uncle:
"you will have to pass through four great halls, but you must touch
nothing you see there. Then you will have to pass through a garden
full of the choicest fruits and flowers. Though you are very strictly
forbidden to touch anything you may see in the four great halls, the
prohibition does not extend to the fruit in the garden: you may gather
a portion of the fruit if its richness should tempt you to do so; but the
real object of your mission is to procure me a small lamp which you
will find burning in a niche at the end of the garden terrace. This
lamp you must take from the position in which you will find it, and
bring it to me here. And I must most particularly impress upon your
mind the necessity of using the greatest caution and speed, for I attach
the utmost importance to the possession of the lamp."
Aladdin did as the magician desired him. He passed down the
stairs with the greatest caution: having
traversed the halls, which he found
as the magician had described, he
entered the gard. .. Here the scene
was truly en- chanting. Trees
of the most varied and
beautiful foliage were laden with
luscious fruits, beautiful flow-
ers filled the air awith fragrant
odours, while statues, vases,
fountains, and birds of the
richest plumage met the eye in
every direction. Aladdin did not
fail to avail it himself of the
leave he had h obtained to
gather fruit: he filled his pockets
before he gave a thought to the
lamp; but hav- ing arrived at
the end of the terrace, he per-
ceived the lamp in the niche, and taking it down, he threw out
the oil it contained, drew out the wick, and placing the lamp in his
bosom, hastened back.
Directly the old magician saw Aladdin coming back, he was very
anxious to get the lamp into his own possession. Give me the lamp,
nephew," he sharply cried.
"First help me out of the cave," answered Aladdin.
"No, no, give me the lamp first," insisted the magician; but
Aladdin was obstinate, and the magician flew into such a rage that he
threw some perfume into the fire, pronounced a few mystic words, and
the stone closed over the cave, leaving Aladdin in darkness and utterly
He was naturally in a terrible fright, expecting nothing less than
that he should perish miserably in the cave. For two days he
remained cooped up there ; and on the third day he began to look on
death as inevitable. Clasping his hands in anguish, he rubbed a ring
THE SLAVE OF THE RING,
the magician had given him on entering the cave, and instantly a
hideous genie of gigantic stature stood before him. What wouldst
thou have ? asked the genie. I am ready to obey thee as thy slave,
and the slave of all those who possess the ring on thy finger-I, and
the other slaves of the ring."
For a moment Aladdin was startled by this apparition. Then he
exclaimed, Deliver me from this place as speedily as possible."
The genie disappeared; the earth opened, and Aladdin found
himself on the spot where he had parted from the magician, his
pretended uncle. He lost no time in making his way home to his
mother, who had given him up as lost, and was greatly comforted to
behold him once more. After they had vented their joy and abused
the wicked magician to their hearts' content, Aladdin began to
remember that he had eaten nothing for two days. His mother, who
had been too sorrowful to spin, had no money to buy food; so Aladdin
suggested they should sell the lamp he had carried in his bosom ever
since he took it from the niche in the garden. Finding the lamp
somewhat rusty, he began to rub it; instantly a genie, more hideous
than the one in the cave, rose before him, and said, What wouldst
thou have ? I am ready to obey thee as thy slave, and the slave of all
those who have that lamp in their hands-I, and the other slaves of
Aladdin's mother fainted away with fright; but Aladdin, already
somewhat accustomed to the appearance of genii, answered boldly, I
am hungry-bring me something to eat." The genie disappeared, but
instantly came again, bearing on his head a sumptuous collation in a
great silver dish, with several plates of the same metal. He set these
things down on the table, and vanished.
By throwing cold water in his mother's face, Aladdin soon brought
her back to life; and they both ate heartily of the feast provided by
the genie, which was sufficient to supply them for several days.
Aladdin sold the silver plates and dishes one by one to a jeweller,
and on the produce he and his mother lived for several years, until
Aladdin had grown to be a young man.
One day, as Aladdin was walking through the streets, he heard
some officers of the Sultan's proclaiming aloud that all people were to
AL A DDIN
remain in their houses on the following day, for that the Sultan's
daughter, the Princess Badroulboudour, was going to the baths.
Aladdin had a great desire to
see this beauti- ful Princess,and
accordingly hid behind the door
of the baths, to try and get a
view of herface. W, hen the Prin-
cess was within | i three or four
paces of the. door, an atten-
dant pulled off her veil, and
Aladdin had a -. full opportunity
of seeing her. He returned
home deeply in love with the
beautiful lady, and firmly re-
solved that she should be his
When Alad- din told his
mother his in- tention of
marrying the Princess Bad-
roulboudour, and requested
her to speak to the Sultan on
the subject, the good woman
burst out laugh- ing,andthought
her son was mad. But Al-
addin persisted, and at length
prevailed upon her to undertake the task by a present to the Sultan.
She took with her the various fruits which Aladdin at first sup-
posed to be coloured glass, but which he now knew to be jewels
of immense value. For many days the good widow attended
regularly at the Sultan's divan, and was at last fortunate enough
to attract his notice. Being desired to state the business on which
she had come, she began by presenting the jewels, which fairly
dazzled the Sultan's eyes by their magnificence. He heard her
request without any signs of anger, and was so charmed with the
jewels that he almost consented to Aladdin's proposal. The Grand
Vizier, however, who had hoped that his own son should marry the
Princess, prevailed upon the Sultan to grant him three months' time,
tha-fhe might prepare a more costly present than Aladdin's. To this
the Sultan consented, and Alad- din's mother, being
told to call again in three months went away very
well pleased, to reli-:.rr her 1- success to her son.
Aladdin was still m.ir- pleased than his
mother, and th,.-' waited patiently till
the three month should expire.
The GrandVizier did not fail to avail
himself of the time granted him to
compete with Alac- din in the beauty,
richness, and rarity of the presents by
which the Sultan' favour was to be
obtained. It ha -l been the aim and
object of his life to bring about
an alliancebe- ,. teen his son and
the Princess, ..t- and to this end
his whole ---- energies had been
directed dur- ing the long period
he had occupied the high position of Grand Vizier. Under such
circumstances, it was not to be wondered at that he felt severely
disappointed to find his hopes and prospects blighted by one
whom he could not but regard as a mere adventurer. The most
celebrated merchants were consulted as to the richest markets
for gems and costly stuffs; emissaries of experience were specially
despatched, and, furnished with unlimited means, the richest products
of the earth were soon obtained by them. Lavishly as the Vizier had
scattered the wealth he had been a lifetime accumulating, he felt no
regret for the sacrifice when, at the appointed time, his agents returned
with the desired presents. Elated with his success, he hastened to
present himself before the Sultan, and lay his presents at the feet of his
royal master: slaves magnificently attired, and escorted by a troop of
mounted guards, bore the presents to the palace, where the Sultan
waited with curiosity to learn the success of his favourite minister.
The presents exceeded the Sultan's expectations, and when he came to
hear the account of the energy and perseverance of his Vizier, he
determined that his efforts should not go unrewarded, and at once gave
orders that the marriage should be immediately celebrated. Aladdin's
mother, seeing a crowd and great rejoicing in the streets, asked what it
all meant, and was told that the people shouted for joy at the marriage
of the Princess with the Vizier's son.
Aladdin's mother ran home in great consternation, and told her son
the news, whereupon Aladdin at once had recourse to his wonderful
lamp. He summoned the genie, and commanded him, when night
came, to bring the Princess Badroulboudour and her husband in their
bed to his house. This was done, to the great fear and terror both of
bridegroom and bride, who were astonished at finding themselves flying
through the air in such a strange manner. The bridegroom, however,
said nothing about it, fearing to be thought mad.
The next night the same thing was done. Again the bed was
taken up and transported through the air by the genie; and the Vizier's
son and the Princess were both so mortified at the prospect of being
thus subject to enchantment all their lives, that they begged the Sultan
to annul the marriage; which was done accordingly.
When the appointed three months had expired, Aladdin's mother
went again to the Sultan's divan to claim the fulfilment of the promise
the Sultan had made her The Sultan consulted with the Vizier as to
how he should get rid of her request; acting on the minister's advice,
he declared that.before he could give him his daughter, Aladdin must
provide forty basins of jewels similar to those he had sent at first.
Those forty basins of jewels were to be carried by forty black slaves,
each led by a white slave, all magnificently dressed. Neither the
Sultan nor the Vizier dreamed for a moment that Aladdin could fulfil
such a preposterous condition; and Aladdin's mother was of the same
Aladdin, however, rubbed his lamp, and the genie appeared, and
demanded, What wouldst thou have ? I am ready to obey thee as
thy slave, and the slave of all those who hold the lamp in their hands-
I, and the other slaves of the lamp."
Aladdin told the genie what he wanted, and not an hour had
elapsed before the eighty slaves were awaiting Aladdin's orders. He
at once despatched them to the palace of the Sultan, and their
THE SLAVE OF THE LAMP.
magnificent dresses and appearance excited the greatest wonder among
the populace. The genie had brought ten purses, with a thousand
pieces of gold in each. Four of these purses Aladdin gave to his
mother; the rest he delivered to six slaves for distribution among the
populace. A splendid dress and a magnificent horse had also been
provided for him by the genie; and when all things were ready,
Aladdin despatched one of the slaves to the palace, to ask when
Aladdin might have the honour to throw himself at the Sultan's feet.
The slave delivered his message, and brought back word that the
Sultan waited for Aladdin with impatience. Hereupon he set out with
When Aladdin arrived at the palace, all the guards were drawn up
in order to receive him. One of the great officers of state met him at
the door, and led him into the council-chamber. The Sultan himself
did him the honour to descend three % steps from his
throne to meet his int-end-I son-in-law, and
taking him by the hand, \ prevented Al-
addin from casting himself at his
feet. The Sultan I was quite
charmed with the f appearance and
manners of Al- addin; andafter
theyhad feasted i, together, he
sentforthe chief judge of his
capital, and ordered him
immediately to draw up a con-
tractofmarriage between Alad-
din and the ,-- Princess Bad-
roulboudour. The Sultan
would have had the marriage
solemnized that very day; but Aladdin asked that it should be de-
ferred until he had built the Princess a palace worthy of a Sultan's
daughter. To this the Sultan agreed, and granted Aladdin a great
piece of ground near his own palace.
There was now hard work for the genie of the lamp. Aladdin
commanded him to build a palace that should surpass the most
sumptuous castles of the earth in beauty; he ordered that the walls
were to be made of masses of gold and silver, laid alternately.
There was to be a great square hall, with four and twenty windows
enriched with precious stones; and in every respect the palace was to
be most gorgeous and magnificent, with fine horses in the stables, and
handsome male and female slaves to attend on the Princess.
By the time Aladdin had done giving instructions to the genie,
the sun had set. The next morning at daybreak the palace stood there,
complete in every particular. The Sultan could hardly believe his own
eyes when he saw a palace of such vast dimensions and such ex-
traordinary beauty, apparently the work of years, standing where a
vacant space had been the evening before. The Vizier's astonishment
was as great as that of his master.
When Aladdin saw that his palace was ready, he dressed himself
magnificently, and mount- ing one of the horses the genie
had provided for him, set out in the midst of a large
concourse of slaves for the Sultan's palace. The Sultan
received him with the t'" same kindness
he had shown the clay ,"_r before, and
would have kept him to dine. But Alad-
din answered, "I beg your Ma-
jesty to excuse me from accept-
ing that honour to-day: I come
to ask you to il partake of a re-
past in the Prin- cess' palace,
with the Grand Vizier and the
lords of your. Court." The
Sultan, who was burning with
curiosity to see the palace,
immediately con- sented; and as
Aladdin's palace was so near, the
procession set off at once, Aladdin riding at the Sultan's right hand,
and the Grand Vizier on the left; the guards and principal officers
of the Court walking before them, and the courtiers and great lords
following their master.
The Sultan was infinitely astonished at the splendour he beheld,
and passed more than an hour in going from one apartment to another
Afterwards he breakfasted with his son-in-law, and called a council of
the officers of his Court who were present to decide upon the necessary
arrangements for the solemnization of the marriage on a scale of
magnificence suited to the occasion. A somewhat lengthy discussion
took place, in which every one present, excepting the Grand Vizier,
appeared highly interested; but Aladdin, confident in the resources at
his command, solicited the Sultan to leave the arrangements in his
hands, and assured him that if he failed in giving satisfaction, he was
prepared to forfeit the Sultan's favour, which he so much valued, and
submit to any degradation or punishment he might think proper to
inflict. The Sultan was satisfied, and in due time Aladdin sent a
numerous train of attendants to fetch home his bride. The Princess
herself was charmed with the appearance of the bridegroom, and
everything went off exceedingly well.
The marriage was celebrated with a degree of regal magnificence
that astonished every beholder: earth, air, and water appeared to have
vied with each other in contributing to the splendour of the scene.
Musicians filled the air with dulcet sounds; poets recited odes in praise
of the beauty of the Princess and the magnificence of Aladdin; slaves
bearing open bags of gold pieces scattered them among the assembled
crowds; every open space in the city was filled with tables covered with
the choicest viands, which appeared to be replenished as fast as they
were consumed. Seven days were the festivities continued without
interruption, until every one in the city, from the Sultan to the lowest
mendicant, declared himself exhausted with enjoyment. Inside the
palace of Aladdin the genie of the lamp had been furnished with ample
employment. His present master appeared to possess a fertility of
imagination as regards luxurious enjoyment that no earthly power could
satisfy; but the resources of the genie of the lamp appeared
For some time the Princess Badroulboudour and Aladdin lived
very happily in their palace. But the African magician, who had
retired in a rage after shutting up Aladdin in the cave, had one day the
curiosity to wish to know what had become of the poor tailor's boy,
though he had little doubt that he had perished in the cave. He
consulted his magic books, and found that Aladdin was not only alive,
ALADDIN AND THE PRINCESS,
and in possession of the lamp, but had married the Sultan's beautiful
Rage and malice at once took possession of his heart. He thought
how he might be revenged on Alad-
din, and was not lon.. in \['1-. -:'" maturing a
plan for that purpose. H,-- disguised
himself as a pedlar, arid came to
the city in which Aladdin's ; palace was
built. Here he purchas- ed half a dozen
lamps, and went y from door to door
crying out, "New lamp for old
ones! New lamps for old ones !" so
that he soon had a crowd of boys
at his heels hoot- ing and jeering
him. He perse- r d, however, until he
came in front of' A laddin's palace. The
Princess Bad- u r:ulboudour was there,
but Aladdin was out hunting. Amused
at the apparent stupl-idity of the lamp
merchant, the princess sent out one
of her slaves to .- r-xchange an old lamp for
a new one: little did che suspect that it
was Aladdin's wonderful lamp with
which she was parting.
As soon as the magician had the
lamp in his possession, he made the best of his way home. When he
got there he rubbed the lamp, and commanded the genie, who instantly
appeared, to transport the palace, with the Princess in it, to a certain
part of Africa. The genie obeyed.
When the Sultan rose that morning he was terribly surprised to
see a vacant space where Aladdin's palace had stood overnight. He
could hardly believe his eyes. The Vizier declared that his belief had
always been that the palace would one day vanish as suddenly as it had
appeared, and that he had all along looked on Aladdin as an impostor.
The Caliph, upon this, was in a most terrible rage, and sent at once for
Aladdin. The messenger found him returning from hunting, and
brought him before his enraged father-in-law, who wanted in the first
paroxysm of his anger to have Aladdin's head chopped off. But
bethinking himself that he was thus giving up the last chance of
recovering his daughter, he altered his mind, and allowed Aladdin forty
days' time in which to bring her back. Poor Aladdin went away very
disconsolate, for he had little chance of finding the Princess. For some
days he wandered about from place to place with despair raging in his
heart. It ap- peared to Aladdin as though a huge barrier
had been sud- denly interposed between him and all future
hope. The revul- sion of feeling
consequent upon so sudden a
change of posi- tion was terrible
in the extreme, and Aladdin
looked forwardto the termination
of the forty days as a relief. At
last, one day, as he climbed a
mountain in the vain hope of
discovering the lost palace, his
foot slipped, and as he clung
tightly to the __ rock to prevent
himself from fall- ing, he rubbed
the magic ring, which he still
wore on his '- -; finger, violently
against a stone. a -
In a moment the genie of
the ring stood before him, and
asked him what commands he had. Transport me at once to where
my wife is," said he.
The genie at once took him up on his shoulder, and flew away
rapidly over land and sea at a most incredible rate.
In the meantime, the magician having got the Princess Badroul-
boudour into his power, had fallen violently in love with her, and was
trying to persuade her to marry him. He represented to her that her
father the Sultan had sacrificed Aladdin to his rage, and made no secret
of the fact that he wanted her to become his wife. But the Princess
would not listen to him, and passed her time in weeping for her
husband, and bewailing her unhappy fate; and this was the state of
things when the genie flew up to the palace with Aladdin, and laid him
gently at the foot of a great tree in the garden. As soon as he re-
covered his breath, Aladdin made his way secretly into the palace, and
great was the Princess Badroulboudour's joy at seeing him again.
They laid a plan to rescue the Princess out of the hands of the wicked.
magician, and effected their object in the following way :-The magi-
cian was in the habit of paying the Princess Badroulboudour a visit
every evening, and on the night of Aladdin's arrival he came as usual.
Aladdin had hidden himself behind a curtain in the room; and to the
magician's great surprise and joy, the Princess received him with a
much more gracious countenance than she had ever shown him before.
She even invited him to sup with her, and treated him with great
courtesy and distinction. At length she poured out a goblet of wine,
into which she secretly put a strong poison. Then, turning with a
cheerful countenance to the magician, she desired him to pour her out
a goblet of wine, that they might drink each other's health. The
magician obeyed, and receiving the poisoned cup from the hand of the
Princess Badroulboudour, drank off its contents, and immediately fell
down on the ground and expired. Hereupon Aladdin rushed from his
place of concealment, and carefully concealed in the folds of the magi-
cian's garment he found the wonderful lamp, the source of all his wealth
and prosperity-the lamp, whose loss had almost cost him the loss of
all he had in the world, and of his life into the bargain.
The joy of both Aladdin and his wife at this happy change in their
affairs may be imagined. Aladdin at once made use of the lamp, and
ordered the genie to transport the palace back to its original position.
The Sultan was overjoyed to see his daughter once more. He
repented of his harshness to Aladdin, and expressed a desire to know
how all these wonders had happened. Aladdin informed him that by
the assistance of a good genie he had been enabled to discover the
Princess, who, by the arts of a wicked magician, had been transported,
with her palace, to Africa; he described his arrival at the palace, the
joy of the Princess on beholding him once more, and the deserved fate
of the magician. The Sultan looked incredulous, as well he might;
but Aladdin dispelled his doubts by showing him the body of the magi-
. -V -
THE DEATH OF THE MAGICIAN,
,<\\ ,- L '
I I -.
cian, which had not been removed from the palace. Having -thus far
confirmed his story, Aladdin described the extraordinary powers of the
lamp he had recovered from the magician, and told the Sultan that it
was to the lamp alone they were all indebted for their present happi-
ness. The Sultan was too overjoyed to listen to any further details at
present; but he expressed a desire that Aladdin should, at his earliest
opportunity, relate the whole story. The Sultan then commanded the
drums to beat and trumpets to sound, and a feast of ten days to be
proclaimed for joy of the return of the Princess Badroulboudour, of
Aladdin, and of the enchanted palace.
Printed by Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh.
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
jabc1ti'e Giant Villep.
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
the learned by his
N the reign of King Arthur, and in the county of
Cornwall, near to the Land's End in England,
there lived a wealthy farmer, who had an only son
named Jack. He was brisk, and of a lively ready
wit, so that whatever he could not perform by force
and strength, he accomplished by ingenious wit
and policy. Never was any person heard of that
could worst him, and he very often even baffled
sharp and ready inventions.
In those days the Mount of Cornwall was kept by a huge and
monstrous giant of eighteen feet in height, and about three yards in
compass, of a fierce and grim countenance, the terror of all the neigh-
bouring towns and villages. He inhabited a cave in the middle of the
Mount, and he was such a selfish monster that he would not suffer any
one to live near him. He fed on other men's cattle, which often be-
came his prey, for whensoever he wanted food, he would wade over to
the main land, where he would furnish himself with whatever came in
his way. The inhabitants, at his approach, forsook their habitations,
6 JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
while he seized on their cattle, making nothing of carrying half-a-dozen
oxen on his back at a time; and as for their sheep and hogs, he would
tie them round his waist like a bunch of bandoleers. This course he
had followed for many years, so that a great part of the country was
impoverished by his depredations.
"HE FED ON OTHER MEN'S CATTLE.
This was the state of affairs, when Jack, happening one day to be
present at the town-hall when the authorities were consulting about
the giant, had the curiosity to ask what reward would be given to the
person who destroyed him. The giant's treasure was declared as the
recompence, and Jack at once undertook the task.
In order to accomplish his purpose, he furnished himself with
a horn, shovel, and pickaxe, and went over to the Mount in the
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER. 7
beginning of a dark winter's evening, when he fell to work and before
morning had dug a pit twenty-two feet deep, and nearly as broad,
covering it over with long sticks and straw. Then strewing a little mould
upon it, it appeared like plain ground. This accomplished, Jack placed
himself on the side of the pit which was furthest from the giant's
lodging, and, just at the break of day he put the horr to his mouth,
and blew with all his might. Although Jack was a little fellow, and
"OH, GIANT WHERE ARE YOU NOW !"
the powers of his voice are not described as being very great, he man-
aged to make noise enough to arouse the giant, and excite his indigna-
tion. The monster accordingly rushed from his cave, exclaiming, You
incorrigible villain Are you come to disturb my rest ? You shall
pay dearly for this. Satisfaction I will have, for I will take you whole
and broil you for breakfast." He had no sooner uttered this cruel
threat, than tumbling into the pit, he made the very foundations of the
Mount ring again, Oh, giant," said Jack, where are you now ?
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
Oh, faith, you are gotten now into Lob's Pond, where I will surely
plague you for your threatening words: what do you think now of
broiling me for your breakfast ? Will no other diet serve you but poor
Jack ?" Thus did little Jack tantalize the big giant, as a cat does a
mouse when she knows it cannot escape, and when he had tired of that
amusement, he gave him a heavy blow with his pickaxe on the very
crown of his head, which "tumbled him down and killed him on the
spot. When Jack saw he was dead, he filled up the pit with earth, and
went to search the cave, which he found contained much treasure.
The magistrates, in the exuberance of their joy, did not add to Jack's
gains from their own, but, after the best and cheapest modes of pay-
ment, made a declaration he should henceforth be termed
ZacA tfie giantriffer,
and presented him with a sword and embroidered belt, on the latter of
which were inscribed these words in letters of gold :
Here's the right valiant Cornish man,
Who slew the giant Cormoran.
The news of Jack's victory, as might be expected, soon spread
over all the West of England, so that another giant named Thunder-
bore, hearing of it, and entertaining a partiality for his race, vowed to
be revenged on the little hero, if ever it was his fortune to light on
him. This giant was the lord of an enchanted castle, situated in the
midst of a lonely wood. Now Jack, about four months after his last
exploit, walking near this castle in his journey towards Wales, being
weary, lay down near a pleasant fountain in the wood "o'ercanopied
with luscious woodbine," and presently fell asleep. While he was
enjoying his repose, the giant, coming to the fountain for water, of
course discovered him, and recognized the hated individual by the
lines written on the belt. He immediately took Jack on his shoulders
and carried him towards his enchanted castle. Now, as they passed
through a thicket, the rustling of the boughs awakened Jack, who was
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
-. 4 .6% ,-"t ,p
JACK FELL ASLEEP.
o1 JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
uncomfortably surprised to find himself in the clutches of the giant.
His terror was not diminished when on entering the castle, he saw the
courtyard strewed with human bones, the giant maliciously telling him
his own would ere long increase the hateful pile. After this assurance,
the cannibal locked poor Jack in an upper chamber, leaving him there
while he went to fetch another giant living in the same wood to keep
ANOTHER GIANT, NAMED THUNDERBORE.
him company in the anticipated destruction of their enemy. While he
was gone, dreadful shrieks and lamentations affrighted Jack, especially
a voice which continually cried,-
Do what you can to get away,
Or you'll become the giant's prey;
He's gone to fetch his brother, who
Will kill and likewise torture you.
This warning, and the hideous tone in which it was delivered,
almost distracted poor Jack, who, going to the window, and opening a
casement, beheld afar off the two giants approaching towards the
castle. Now," quoth Jack to himself, my death or my deliverance
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER. IT
is at hand." The event proved that his anticipations were well-
founded, for the giants of those days, however powerful, were at best
very stupid fellows, and readily conquered by strata-
gem, were it of the humblest kind. There hap-
pened to be strong cords in the room in which
Jack was confined, two of which he took, ''-
and made a strong noose at the end of
each; and while the giant was unlockin
the iron gate of the castle, he threw-
the ropes over each of their heads, .
and then, before the giants knew i
what he was about, he drew the :' -'
other ends across a beam, and, ...- .'
pulling with all his might, throttled
them till they were black in the
face. Then, sliding down the
rope, he came to their heads, and
as they could not defend themselves, easily despatched them with his
sword. This business so adroitly accomplished, Jack released the fair
prisoners in the castle, delivered
the keys to them, and, like a true
-., ni-h errant, continued his
I~ '' j"i ? journeyy without conde-
Sscending to improve
-- the condition of his
i, This plan,
._ .-, however hon-
durable, was not
H ,,without its dis-
gi ,. advantages, and
owing to his
"'l slender stock of
money, he was
obliged to make
the best of his
way by travel-
ling as hard as he could. At length losing his road, he was belated,
12 JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
and could not get to any place of entertainment until, coming to a
lonesome valley, he found a large house, and by reason of his present
necessity, took courage to knock at the gate. But what was his
astonishment, when there came forth a monstrous giant with two
heads; yet he did not appear so fiery as the others were, for he was
a Welsh giant, and what he did was by private and secret malice under
the false show of friendship. Jack having unfolded his condition to the
giant, was shown into a bedroom, where, in the dead of night, he
heard his host in another apartment uttering these formidable words:
Though here you lodge with me this night,
You shall not see the morning light:
My club shall dash your brains out quite !
" Say'st thou so," quoth Jack; "that is like one of your Welsh tricks,
yet I hope to be cunning enough for you." He immediately got out
of bed, and, feeling about in the dark, found a thick billet of wood,
which he laid in the bed in his stead, and .hid himself in a dark corner
of the room. Shortly after he had done so, in came the Welsh giant,
who thoroughly pummelled the thick billet with his club, thinking natur-
ally enough, he had broken every bone in Jack's skin. The next
morning, however, to the inexpressible surprise of the giant, Jack came
down stairs as if nothing had happened, and gave him thanks for his
night's lodging. How have you rested," quoth the giant; did you
not feel anything in the night ?" Jack provokingly replied, No,
nothing but a rat which gave me two or three flaps with her tail."
This reply was totally incomprehensible to the giant, who of course
saw anything but a joke in it. However, concealing his amazement as
well as he could, he took Jack into breakfast, assigning to each a bowl
containing a large supply of hasty-pudding. One would have thought
that the greater portion of so extravagant an allowance would have
been declined by our hero, but he was unwilling the giant should
imagine his incapability to eat it, and accordingly placed a large
leather bag under his loose coat, in such a position that he could con-
vey the pudding into it without the deception being perceived. Break-
fast at length being finished, Jack excited the giant's curiosity by
offering to show him an extraordinary sleight of hand; so taking
a knife, he ripped the leather bag, and out of course descended on the
ground all the hasty-pudding. The giant had not the slightest sus-
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER. 13
picion of the trick, veritably believing the pudding came from its
natural receptacle; and having the same antipathy to being beaten, ex-
claimed in true Welsh, Odds splutters, hur can do that trick hurself."
The sequel may be readily guessed. The monster took the knife, and
thinking to follow Jack's example with impunity, killed himself on the
King Arthur's only son requested his father to furnish him with a
large sum of money, in order that he might go and seek his fortune in
the principality of Wales, where lived a beautiful lady possessed with
seven evil spirits. The king tried all he could do to persuade him to
alter his determination, but it was all in vain; so at last he granted his
request, and the prince set out with two horses, one loaded with money
the other for himself to ride upon. Now, after several days' travel, he
came to a market-town in Wales, where he beheld a vast concourse of
people gathered together. The prince demanded the reason of it, and
was told that they had arrested a corpse for several large sums of
14 JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
money which the deceased owed when he died. The prince replied
that it was a pity creditors should be so cruel, and said, Go bury the
dead, and let his creditors come to my lodging, and there their debts
shall be discharged." They accordingly came, but in such great
numbers, that before night he had almost left himself penniless.
Now Jack the Giant-killer happened to be in the town while these
transactions took place, and he was so pleased with the generosity ex-
hibited by the prince, that he offered to become his servant, an offer
which was immediately accepted. The next morning they set forward
on their journey, when, as they were just leaving
the town, an old woman called after
\ ,- the prince, saying, He has
': Cowed me twopence these
A -seven years; pray pay me
,s, aS '. as well as the rest."
So reasonable and ur-
S gent a demand could
not be resisted, and
S' the prince immedi-
I' ately discharged
\ the debt, but it
S took the last
; penny he had to
-. i accomplish it.
'"-. ..'..-_ T h i. event,
S" though gener-
.i" ..-" ", t ally ridiculed by
: heroes, was one
by no means
overlooked by the prince, who required all Jack's assuring eloquence to
console him. Jack himself, indeed, had a very poor exchequer, and
after their day's refreshment, they were entirely without money. When
night drew on, the prince was anxious to secure a lodging, but as they
had no means to hire one, Jack said, Never mind, master, we shall
do well enough, for I have an uncle lives within two miles of this
place; he is a huge and monstrous giant with three heads; he'll fight
five hundred men in armour, and make them flee before him."
" Alas i quoth the prince, What shall we do there ? He'll certainly
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
chop us up at a mouthful. Nay, we are scarce enough to fill his
hollow tooth It is no matter for that," quoth Jack; I myself
will go before, and prepare the way for you; therefore tarry, and wait
till I return." Jack then rides off full speed, and coming to the gate of
the castle, he knocked so loud that the neighboring hills resounded
like thunder. The giant, terribly vexed with the liberty taken by
Jack, roared out "Who's there?" He was answered, None but
your poor cousin Jack." Quoth he, "What news with my poor cousin
Jack ?" He replied, Dear uncle, heavy news." God wot," quoth
the giant, "prithee what heavy news can come to me ? I am a giant
with three heads, and besides, thou knowest I can fight five hundred
men in armour, and make them fly like chaff before the wind." Oh,
but," quoth Jack, "here's the prince a-com-
ing with a thousand men in armour to ,
kill you and destroy all that you -;
have!" Oh cousin .
Jack," said the2 '? .
giant, "this- .
news in- ',i
deed I I will ,. v".
run and hide .
myself, and _y J
thou shalt 'W
lock, bolt, -- -- "
and bar me
in, and keep the keys till the prince is gone." Jack joyfully complied
with the giant's request, and fetching his master, they feasted and
made themselves merry whilst the poor giant lay trembling in a vault
In the morning Jack furnished the prince with a fresh supply of
gold and silver, and then sent him three miles forward on his journey,
concluding, according to the story-book, "he was then pretty well out
of the smell of the giant." Jack afterwards returned, and liberated
the giant from the vault, who asked what he should give him for pre-
serving the castle from destruction. "Why," quoth Jack, "I desire
nothing but the old coat and cap, together with the old rusty sword
I6 JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
and slippers, which are at your bed's head." Quoth the giant, Thou
shalt have them, and pray keep them for my sake, for they are things
of excellent use; the coat will keep you invisible, the cap will furnish
you with knowledge, the sword cuts asunder whatever you strike, and
the shoes are of extraordinary swiftness. These may be serviceable
to you: therefore take them with all my heart."
Jack was delighted with these presents, and having overtaken his
master, they quickly arrived at the lady's house, who, finding the
prince to be a suitor, prepared a splendid banquet for him. After the
repast was concluded, she wiped his mouth with a handkerchief, and
then concealed it in her dress, saying, You must show me that hand-
kerchief to-morrow morning, or else you will lose your head." The
prince went to bed in great sorrow at this hard condition, but fortun-
ately Jack's cap of knowledge instructed him how it was to be fulfilled.
In the middle of the night she called upon her familiar to carry her to
the evil spirit. Jack immediately put on his coat of darkness, and his
shoes of swiftness, and was there before her, his coat rendering him in-
visible. When she entered the lower regions, she gave the handker-
chief to the spirit, who laid it upon a shelf, whence Jack took it, and
brought it to his master, who showed it to the lady the next day, and
so saved his life. The next evening at supper she saluted the prince,
telling him he must show her the lips to-morrow morning that she
kissed last this night, or lose his head. He replied, If you kiss none
but mine, I will." That is neither here nor there," said she, if you
do not, death is your portion!" At midnight she went below as be-
fore, and was angry with the spirit for letting the handkerchief go:
" But now," quoth she, I will be too hard for the prince, for I will
kiss thee, and he is to show me thy lips." She did so, and Jack, who
was standing by, cut off the spirit's head, and brought it under his in-
visible coat to his master, who produced it triumphantly the next
morning before the lady. This feat destroyed the enchantment, the
evil spirits immediately forsook her, and she appeared still more sweet
and lovely, beautiful as she was before. 'They were married the next
morning, and shortly afterwards went to the court of King Arthur,
where Jack, for his eminent services, was created one of the knights of
the Round Table.
Our hero, having been successful in all his undertakings, and resolv-
ing not to remain idle, but to perform what services he could for the
JACK THE GIANT-ZILLER. 17
honour of his country, humbly besought his majesty to fit him out with
a horse and money to enable him to travel in search of new adven-
tures; for, said he, "there are many giants yet living in the remote
part of Wales, to the unspeakable damage of your majesty's subjects :
wherefore, may it please you to encourage me, I do not doubt, but in
a short time to cut them off root and branch, and so rid.all the realm
of those giants and monsters in human shape." We need scarcely say
that Jack's generous offer was at once accepted. The king furnished
him with the necessary accoutrements, ard Jack set out with his
magical cap, sword, and shoes, the better to perform the dangerous
enterprises which now lay before him.
After travelling over several hills and mountains, the country
through which he passed offering many impediments to travellers, on
the third day he arrived at a very large wood, which he had no sooner
18 JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
entered than his ears were assailed with piercing shrieks. Advancing
softly towards the place where the cries appeared to proceed from, he
was horror-struck at perceiving a huge giant dragging along a fair lady,
and a knight her husband, by the hair of their heads, with as much
ease," says the original narrative, "as if they had been a pair of
gloves." Jack shed tears of pity on the fate of this hapless couple,
but not suffering his feelings to render him neglectful of action, he put
on his invisible coat, and taking with him his infallible sword, suc-
ceeded, after considerable trouble, and many cuts, to despatch the
: ,- dying groans
S; were so terrible,
S,, '.. that they made
s the whole wood
S-" ring again. The
S- and his fair lady
As. L" Jack their best
_.__ii .i,-- thanks, they in-
vited him to their
'. residence, there
l .- to recruit his
Strength after the
ter, and receive
more substantial demonstrations of their obligations to him. Jack, how-
ever, declared that he would not rest until he had found out the giant's
habitation. The knight, on hearing this determination was very sorrow-
ful, and replied, Noble stranger, it is too much to run a second hazard:
this monster lived in a den under yonder mountain, with a brother more
fierce and cruel than himself. Therefore, if you should go thither, and
perish in the attempt, it would be a heart-breaking to me and my lady:
let me persuade you to go with us, and desist from any further pursuit."
The knight's reasoning had the very opposite effect that was intended,
TACK TIHE GIANT-KILLER.
for Jack, hearing of another giant, eagerly embraced the opportunity of
displaying his skill, promising, however, to return to the knight when
he had accomplished his second labour.
He had not ridden more than a mile and a half, when the cave
mentioned by the knight appeared to view, near the entrance of which
he beheld the giant, sitting upon a block of timber, with a knotted iron
club by his side, waiting, as he supposed, for his brother's return with
his barbarous prey. The giant is described as having "goggle eyes
like flames of fire, a countenance grim and ugly, cheeks like a couple of
large flitches of bacon, the bristles of his beard resembling rods of iron
wire, and locks that hung down upon his brawny shoulders like curled
snakes or hissing adders." Jack alighted from his horse, and putting
on the invisible coat, approached near the giant, and said, softly, Oh!
are you there ? It will not be long ere I shall take you fast by the
beard." The giant all this while could not see him, on account of his
invisible coat, so that Jack, coming up close to the monster, struck a
blow with his sword at his head, but unfortunately missing his aim, he
cut off the nose instead. The giant, as we may suppose, "roared like
claps of thunder," and began to lay about him in all directions with his
iron club so desperately, that even Jack was frightened, but exercising
his usual ingenuity, he soon despatched him. After this Jack cut off
the giant's head, and sent it, together
with that of his brother, to King
Arthur, by a waggoner he hired for
that purpose, who gave an account of
all his wonderful proceedings.
The redoubtable Jack next pro-
ceeded to search the giant's cave in -'
search of his treasure, and passing
along through a great many winding ...-- '
passages, he came at length to a ,
large room paved with freestone, at
the upper end of which was a boil-
ing caldron, and on the right hand a -
large table, at which the giants .
usually dined. After passing this
dining-room, he came to a large and well-secured den filled with
human captives, who were fattened and taken at intervals for food, as
20 JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
we do poultry. Jack set the poor prisoners at liberty, and, to com-
pensate them for their sufferings and dreadful anticipations, shared the
giant's treasure equally amongst them, and sent
overjoyed at their unexpected deliverance.
them to their homes
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER. 21
It was about sunrise when Jack, after the conclusion of this ad-
venture, having had a good night's rest, mounted his horse to proceed
on his journey, and by the help of directions, reached the knight's
house about noon. He was received with the most extraordinary
demonstrations of joy, and his kind host, out of respect to Jack, pre-
pared a feast which lasted many days, all the nobility and gentry in
the neighbourhood being invited to it. The knight related the hero's
adventures to his assembled guests, and presented him with a beautiful
ring, on which was engraved a representation of the giant dragging the
distressed knight and his lady, with this motto:
We were in sad distress you see,
Under the giant's fierce command,
But gain'd our lives and liberty
By valiant Jack's victorious hand.
But earthly happiness is not generally of long duration, and so in
some respects it proved on the present occasion, for in the midst of the
festivities arrived a messenger with the dismal intelligence that one
Thunderdell, a giant with two heads, having heard of the death ot his
two kinsmen, came from the north to be revenged on Jack, and was
already within a mile of the knight's house, the country people flying
before him in all directions. The intelligence had no effect on the
dauntless Jack, who immediately said, Let him come! I have a tool
to pick his teeth;" and with this elegant assertion, he invited the
guests to witness his performance from a high terrace in the garden of
It is now necessary to inform the reader that the knight's house or
castle was situated in an island encompassed with a moat thirty feet deep,
and twenty feet wide, passable by a drawbridge. Now Jack, intending
to accomplish his purpose by a clever stratagem, employed men to cut
through this drawbridge on both sides nearly to the middle; and then,
dressing himself in his invisible coat, he marched against the giant
with his well-tried sword. As he approached his adversary, although
invisible, the giant, being, as it appears, an epicure in such matters,
was aware of his approach, and exclaimed, in a fearful tone of voice-
Fie, fee, fo, fum!
I smell the blood of an English man!
Be he alive, or be he dead,
I'll grind his bones to make me bread I
22 JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
Say you so," said Jack; then you are a monstrous miller indeed."
The giant, deeply incensed, replied, "Art thou that villain who killed
my kinsman ? then I will tear thee with my teeth, and grind thy bones
to powder." But," says Jack, still provoking him, "you must catch
me first, if you please :" so putting aside his invisible coat, so that the
giant might see him, and putting on his wonderful shoes, he enticed
him into a chase by just approaching near enough to give him an
apparent chance of capture. The giant, we are told, "following like
a walking castle, so that the very foundations of the earth seemed to
shake at every step." Jack led him a good distance, in order that the
wondering guests at the castle might see him to advantage, but at last,
to end the matter, he ran over the drawbridge, the giant pursuing him
with his club; but coming to the place where the bridge was cut, the
giant's great weight burst it asunder, and he was precipitated into
the moat, where he rolled about, says the author, "like a vast whale."
While the monster was in this condition, Jack sadly bantered him
about the boast he had made of grinding his bones to powder, but
at length, having teased him sufficiently, a cart-rope was cast over the
two heads of the giant, and he was drawn ashore, by a team of horses,
where Jack served him as he had done his relatives-cut off his heads,
and sent them to King Arthur.
It would seem that the giant-killer rested a short time after this
adventure, but he was soon tired of inactivity, and again went in search
of another giant, the last whose head he was destined to chop off.
After passing a long distance, he came at length to a large mountain,
at the foot of which was a very lonely house. Knocking at the door,
it was opened by an ancient man, with a head as white as snow,"
who received Jack very courteously, and at once consented to his
request for- a lodging. Whilst they were at supper, the old man, who
appears to have known more than was suspected, thus addressed the
hero : Son, I am sensible you are a conqueror of giants, and I there-
fore inform you that on the top of this mountain is an enchanted castle,
maintained by a giant named Galligantus, who, by the help of a con-
juror, gets many knights into his castle, where they are transformed
into sundry shapes and forms : but, above all, I especially lament a
duke's daughter, whom they took from her father's garden, bringing
her through the air in a chariot drawn by fiery dragons, and securing
her within the castle walls, transformed her into the shape of a hind.
JACK THE GIANT-KILLER. 23
Now, though a great many knights have endeavoured to break the en-
chantment, and work her deliverance, yet no one has been able to ac-
complish it, on account of two fiery griffins which are placed at the
gate, and which destroyed them at their approach; but you, my son,
being furnished with an invisible coat, may pass by them undiscovered,
and on the gates of the castle you will find engraven in large char-
acters by what means the enchantment may be broken." The un-
-daunted Jack at once accepted the commission and pledged his faith
to the old man to proceed early in the morning on this new
In the morning, as soon as it was daylight, Jack put on his invisible
coat, and prepared himself for the enterprise. When he had reached
the top of the mountain, he discovered the two fiery griffins, but, being
invisible, he passed them without the slightest danger. When he had
reached the gate of the castle, he noticed a golden trumpet attached to
it, under which were written in large characters the following lines:
Whoever doth this trumpet blow,
Shall soon the giant overthrow,
And break the black enchantment straight,
So all shall be in happy state.
Jack at once accepted the challenge, and putting the trumpet to his
mouth, gave a blast that made the hills re-echo. The castle trembled
to its foundations, and the
giant and conjuror were over- -
stricken with fear, knowing ,
that the reign of their enchant- .-
ments was at an end. The '
former was speedily slain by '
Jack, but the conjuror, mount-
ing up into the air, was carried -
away in a whirlwind, and. ..
never heard of more. The
enchantments were imme-
diately broken, and all the
lords and ladies, who had so long been cruelly transformed, were
standing on the native earth in their natural shapes, the castle having
vanished with the conjuror.
24 JACK THE GIANT-KILLER.
The only relic of the giant which was left was the head, which Jack
cut off in the first instance, and which we must suppose, rolled away
from the influence of the enchanted castle, or it would have vanished
into thin air" with the body. It was fortunate that it did so, for it
proved an inestimable trophy at the court of King Arthur, where Jack
the Giant-killer was shortly afterwards united to the duke's daughter
whom he had freed from enchantment, not only to the joy of the
court, but of all the kingdom." To complete his happiness, he was en-
dowed with a noble house and estates, and his penchant for giant-
killing having subsided, or, what is more probable, no more monsters
appearing to interrupt his tranquillity, he accomplished the usual con-
clusion to these romantic narratives, by passing the remainder of his
life in the enjoyment of every domestic felicity.
TURNBULL AND SPEARS, PRINTERS, EDINBURGH.
1Fi 3aba, flle f~dy Y~i~eoeS.
AND THE FORTY THIEVES.
N a town in Persia there lived two brothers, called
Cassim and Ali Baba. Their substance was but
small, yet they were not alike favourites of fortune.
Cassim had married a rich wife, so that he became
a prosperous merchant and lived at his ease; Ali
Baba, on the other hand, had married a woman as
poor as himself; he was forced to maintain his wife
and children by his labour in cutting wood in a forest
near the town, and bringing it upon the back of asses for sale to the
One day, when Ali Baba was in the forest, he saw at a distance
a great cloud of dust which seemed to approach him. It proved to
be a large body of horse; and thinking that they might be thieves
(for there had been much talk of a large body of fierce mounted
marauders, who had been pillaging the country round that neighbour-
hood) he climbed a large thick tree from whence he could see all that
passed without being seen. This tree stood at the foot of a very high
The troop, who were all well mounted and armed, came to the foot of
the rock, and there dismounted. Ali Baba counted forty of them. By their
6 ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES.
mien and equipment he never doubted that they were thieves, and in
this opinion he was not mistaken, for they were the very thieves of
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to possess a stronghold in the forest. Every man unbridled his horse,
tied him to some shrub, and hung a bag of corn about his neck. Then
each of them took his portmanteau, which seemed to Ali Baba by the
weight to contain gold and silver, and followed one who appeared to be
their captain. This man came under the tree in which Ali Baba was
hid, and pronounced distinctly the words, "OPEN, SESAME whereupon
a door opened in the rock. After the captain had made all his troop
go in, he followed them himself, and the door shut again.
Ali Baba sat patiently in the tree, but was nevertheless tempted once
or twice to get down, mount one of the horses, and make his way to
town; but the uncertainty of the event made him choose the safest way.
At last the door opened again, and the forty robbers came out. As
the captain went in last, he came out first, and
\ stood to see that all passed by him. He then
pronounced the words, SHUT, SESAME the
"i', door closed, and the troop departed.
S' Ali Baba all this time had never stirred out
.i l of the tree; for, said he to himself, they may
have forgotten some-
S -thing, and return
'.' again, and then I
Shall be discovered.
S'' So he watched them
S' until they were com-
.. pletely out of sight,
Sand even after that
he stayed some time
-____-________ _______before he came down;
) .. and remembering the
words the captain of
the thieves had used to cause the door to open and shut, he had the
curiosity to. try if his pronouncing them would have the same effect.
Accordingly he went to the door, and said, "OPEN, SESAME!" It
instantly flew wide open before him.
Ali Baba, who expected to behold a dark and dismal place, was
surprised to find it both light and capacious; it had evidently been cut
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out in the form of a vault by the hand of man, and received the light
from an opening artfully contrived in the top of the rock. He saw all
sorts of provisions, rich bales of merchandise of silks, stuffs, brocades, and
fine tapestries, piled one upon another, and, above all, great bags and
heaps of gold and silver. Such a sight might well make him believe that
this cave, by the riches it contained, had been possessed, not for years, but
for ages, by robbers, who had resorted there in succession.
Ali Baba did not stand long considering what he should do, but
went immediately into the cave, and as soon as he had got in, the door
shut again; but this never disturbed him, because he knew the secret to
open it. He did not regard the silver but made the best use of his time
in carrying out as much of the gold, which was in large bags, as he thought
his asses could carry. When he had done so, he gathered together his
asses, which were dispersed about, loaded them, covered the bags with
green boughs, and pro-
nouncing the words "SHUT
i' SESAME! the door closed
after him, and he made the
Best of his way to town.
When Ali Baba got
home, he drove his asses
-.j- ,-.into a little yard, shut the
S ,--\ gates, threw off the wood
S. \ that covered the bags, car-
_.. / n ried them into his house,
'. 'and showed them to his
j f )- His wife was seized
with a sudden fear that her
j husband had been tempted
to commit a robbery, and
cried, Ali Baba, have you
been so unhappy as to-"
"Be quiet, wife," interrupted Ali Baba; "do not frighten yourself:
I am no robber, unless he can be one who steals from thieves." Then he
emptied the bags, and told her the whole adventure from beginning to end.
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The wife rejoiced with her husband at their good fortune, and
wanted to count all the gold piece by piece. "Wife," said Ali Baba,
you do not know what you undertake: if you begin to count the money,
you will never have done. I will go and dig a hole and bury it: there
is no time to be lost."
You are right, husband. I will borrow a small measure to measure
it, while you dig the hole."
You had better let it alone," said Ali Babi; "but be sure and keep
the secret, and do what you please."
Away she ran to the house of her brother-in-law Cassim, who was
not at home; so, addressing herself to his wife, she asked her for the loan
of a small measure. As the sister-in-law knew how poor Ali Baba was,
she was very curious to know what sort of grain his wife could want to
measure, so she slyly rubbed some suet at the bottom of the measure,
trusting that some of the grain might adhere thereto.
Ali Baba's wife went home, set the measure upon the heap of gold,
filling it, and often emptying it at a small distance upon the floor. She
was very well satisfied to find the number of measures run so high as they
did, and went to tell her husband, who had almost finished the hole he
was digging. While Ali Baba was burying the gold, his wife, to show
exactness and respect to her sister-in-law, carried the measure back, but
without noticing a piece of gold that stuck at the bottom. "Sister," said
she, "you see I have not detained the measure long; I am obliged to you
for it, and return it with thanks."
As soon as Ali Baba's wife's back was turned, Cassim's wife looked
at the bottom of the measure, and was greatly surprised to find a
piece of gold sticking to it. Envy immediately possessed her breast.
"What!" said she, "has Ali Baba gold in such plenty as to measure
it ? Where has that poor wretch got all this gold from ? Cassim, her
husband, not being in the habit of coming home until he closed his
shop in the evening, she was compelled to restrain her impatience until
When Cassim came home, his wife said to him, Cassim, I warrant
you think yourself rich, but you are very much mistaken. Ali Baba is
infinitely richer than you: he does not count his money, but measures it."
Cassim requested her to explain her meaning, which she did, by telling
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him the stratagem by which she had made the discovery, and showing
him the coin.
Cassim, instead of being pleased at his brother's prosperity, could
not sleep all that night, but went to him in the morning before sunrise.
Now, Cassim, after he had married the rich widow, never treated Ali
poor, and yet you measure gold
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How, brother ?" replied Ali Baba, I do not know what you
mean: explain yourself."
Do not pretend ignorance," replied Cassim, showing him the piece
of gold his wife had given him. How many of these pieces have you ?
My wife found this at the bottom of the measure you borrowed yester-
Ali Baba perceived that Cassim and his wife knew what he had so
much reason to keep secret; so he confessed all, and told him by what
chance he had discovered the retreat of the thieves, and concluded by
offering him part of his treasure to keep the secret.
That is not sufficient," replied Cassim, haughtily. I must know
exactly where this cave is, and the signs and tokens, that I may go to it
myself when I have a mind ; otherwise I will inform against you, and
then you will lose all you have got, and I shall have half for my informa-
Ali Baba, more out of his natural good-nature than fright at his
wicked brother's threat, told him all he desired, and even the very words
he was to make use of to
get in and out of the cave.
Cassim secretly deter-
mined to get all the treasure
to himself. He rose early
next morning, set out with
ten mules laden with great
chests and large hampers,
and followed the road which
Ali Baba had told him. -
When he arrived at the
rock, he pronounced the
words OPEN, SESAME!"
and it accordingly opened;
and when he was in it shut .
again. On examining the
cave he was greatly struck
to find its rich contents exceeded Ali Baba's description. He laid as
many bags of gold as he could carry at the door; and coming at last to
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open it, his mind was so confused by thoughts of the great riches he
should possess, that he could not think of the necessary word, but
instead of "SESAME" (which signifies a kind of corn), he said OPEN,
BARLEY !" and was very much alarmed to find the door did not open, but
Cassim never expected such an accident, and was so- frightened at
the danger he was in, that the word SESAME was as completely for-
gotten as if he had never heard it before in his life. He walked weeping
about the cave amid all the riches, and in this miserable condition we
will leave him, bewailing his fate, and undeserving of pity,
About midnight the thieves returned to their cave. At some
ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES. 13
distance from it they found Cassim's mules straggling about with great
chests and hampers on their backs, and were very anxious to know to
whom they belonged. The captain and others went directly to the door,
with their naked sabres in their hands, and on pronouncing the words
" OPEN, SESAME it opened.
Cassim was resolved to make one effort to escape from them. He
stood ready at the door, and no sooner heard the word "SESAME," and
saw the door open, than he jumped out so briskly that he threw the
captain dowh; but he could not escape the other thieves, who with their
drawn sabres and infuriated looks completely blocked up the entrance to
the cave. The fall of their captain was followed by the passing of their
sabres through the body of the unfortunate Cassim.
The thieves found the bags which Cassim had brought to the door,
but never missed the gold Ali Baba had formerly taken away. But it
was a matter of the greatest importance to them to secure their riches;
therefore they agreed to cut Cassim's body into four quarters, and hang
two on one side and two on the other within the door of the cave, to
terrify any future intruder.
Cassim's wife was very uneasy, when night came and her husband
had not returned : she ran to Ali Baba in a terrible fright, to tell him of
it. Ali Baba, who never doubted that his brother had gone to the forest,
told her that she need not frighten herself, for that certainly Cassim
would not think it proper to come into the town till the night should
be pretty far advanced.
Cassim's wife went home again, and waited patiently till midnight.
Then her fear redoubled, and she repented of her foolish curiosity, and
bewailed her desire of penetrating into the affairs of her brother and
sister. When it was day she went to Ali Baba, and told, with tears, the
cause of her coming.
Ali Baba never waited to be asked to go and see what was become
of Cassim, but went immediately with his asses. When he came to the
rock, he pronounced the words OPEN, SESAME and the door opened;
but he was terribly startled at the dismal sight of his brother's quarters.
He wrapped them in pieces of cloth, loaded one of his asses with them,
and covered the load over with green wood; the other asses he loaded
with bags of gold, covering them with boughs also; and then came away.
ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES.
When he got home, he drove the asses loaded with gold into his little
yard, and led the other to his sister-in-law's.
Ali Baba knocked at the door, which was opened by Morgiana, a
cunning, artful slave, celebrated for her cleverness and tact. Taking
Morgiana aside, he said to her, The first thing I ask of thee is an in-
'I I t
violable secrecy, which you will find is necessary both for thy mistress's
sake and mine. Thy master's body is contained in these two bundles,
and our business is to bury him as if he died a natural death. Go, tell
your mistress I want to speak with her, and mind what I say to you."
ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES.
Then Ali Baba told his sister the success of his journey, and how he
came to find Cassim's body. The grief of the widow was great; but she
saw the necessity of keeping the manner of his death a secret. To do
this they had recourse to Morgiana's aid.
Morgiana went out to an apothecary, and asked him for medicine
for her good master Cassim, who was sick. Next morning she went
again to the same apothecary's, and, with tears in her eyes, asked for an
essence with which they rub sick people at the last extremity. In the
meantime, on the other hand, as Ali Baba and his wife were seen to go
often between Cassim's and their own house all that day with melancholy
looks, so nobody was surprised, in the evening, to hear the lamentable
shrieks and cries of Cassim's
wife and Morgiana, who told
it everywhere that her master
The next morning, =- .
Morgiana, who knew a cer- ,
tain old cobbler who opened
his stall early, went to him,
and bidding him "Good
morrow," put a piece of gold
into his hand.
"Well," said merry old
Baba Mustapha, "this is
good pay; what am I to do
for it ?"
"Baba Mustapha," said .
Morgiana, "you must take -
your sewing-tackle, and go
with me; but you must be blindfolded."
After a little hesitation Baba Mustapha consented, and Morgiana,
binding his eyes, led him to Cassim's house and into the room where the
mutilated body lay. Here she gave him another piece of gold, and bade
him sew the quarters of the body together. After Baba Mustapha had
done as she wished him, the bandage was again placed over his eyes, and
he was conducted back to the spot near his stall from whence he was
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brought. The body of Cassim being now in a condition for the per-
formance of the funeral rites peculiar to Eastern customs, they were
proceeded with in a manner least likely to awaken curiosity or suspicion
among the neighbours. Morgiana, who took upon herself the chief
direction of this affair, acted with such caution that no one had the
slightest suspicion her master had not died a natural death.
To return to the thieves. At the usual hour they came to their
retreat, and great was their surprise to find that Cassim's body had been
taken away, and also some of their gold. A consultation was immediately
held, when it was decided to lay aside their ordinary occupations, and
devote all their skill and
attention to the discovery
of the person or persons
who evidently held posses-
Ssion of their secret. All
the thieves approved, and
agreed that they must
follow this closely, and not
desist until they had suc-
ceeded. To this end, one
Sof the band volunteered to
enter the town in disguise;
S and so confident was he of
success in his mission, that
S" he entered into a compact
S/ with the band to forfeit his
life if he failed to discover
The robber, having
disguised himself, set out at once, and entered the town just at day-
break: no one was stirring at that early hour except Baba Mustapha,
the sound of whose hammer attracted the attention of the thief. Com-
ing up to the stall, he accosted Baba Mustapha as follows:-" Good
morrow, honest friend. You are an early riser for so aged a man; I
should have thought your eyesight was scarcely strong enough to see
to work so early."
ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES.
"Well, stranger," answered Mustapha, I have most extraordinary
eyesight. Why, it was but a day or two since that I sewed a dead body
together in a place where I had not half so much light as I have
This communication assured the thief that his good fortune had
directed him to the very man he wanted. Pretending to doubt Mustapha's
story, he learned from him the particulars of his having been blindfolded
both on his way to the house where the body lay and on his return. This
decided the thief at once. By strong persuasion and the promise of two
gold pieces, Baba Mustapha consented to have his eyes bound, and en-
deavour to remember the road he had formerly traversed under similar
circumstances. He rose from his seat, led the thief to the spot where
Morgiana had bound his eyes, and where the thief did so likewise; when
blindfold, Mustapha said, "This was the way I turned;" and, followed
by the thief, he proceeded with great deliberation until he arrived directly
opposite Cassim's house. I went no farther than here," said he. The
thief gave him the promised reward, marked the door of the house with
a piece of chalk, and returned, highly pleased with his success, to the
forest. The captain commended his diligence, and it was decided that
the whole troop should enter the town, two or three at a time, and await
the further orders of their captain in the great square.
Ali Baba had removed to Cassim's house soon after the funeral, and
Morgiana was now in his service.. Just as the thief and Baba Mustapha
had parted, she returned from an errand she had been upon for her master,
and instantly detected the mysterious chalk-mark upon the door. Her
suspicions of danger were aroused; but having no clue by which to direct
them, she contented herself by marking two or three of the neighbours'
doors on either side in a similar manner.
Meanwhile the robbers had all entered the town, the captain and the
spy last; and when they came to the street where Ali Baba lived, he
showed the captain one of the houses which Morgiana had marked, and
said that was it; but the captain observed that the next doors were
chalked as well, and shewing it to his guide, demanded to know which
was the house. The guide was so confounded that he knew not what to
answer, and the captain seeing five or six houses all similarly marked,
ordered his troop to return to their stronghold in the forest. On arriving
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at the cave, they held a council to discuss the failure of their expedition,
and to decide what further steps to take. Exasperated at their present
failure, they demanded the forfeited life of their baffled comrade, and he
was accordingly executed. Another of the gang came forward, and un-
dertook the same task on the same conditions. He went to Baba
Mustapha, bribed him as the other had done, and marked the door with
red chalk in a place which, as he imagined, was remote from sight. But
Morgiana, whose eyes, it appears, nothing could escape, saw the red
chalk, and marked the neighbours' houses in the same place and manner.
On the arrival of the captain and his guide, they found the same difficulty;
at which the captain was enraged, and his guide in as great confusion as
his predecessor was before him. The band, on their return to the forest,
awarded the same death to this robber as they had done to the other.
Unwilling to sacrifice the lives of his men, the captain himself undertook
the task. By the aid of Baba Mustapha he found the house, and took so
careful a survey of it that it was impossible he could mistake it. Return-
ing to his band, he procured nineteen 'mules and eight and thirty large
jars. filling one of their number with oil. In each of the other jars he
placed one of his men, until the whole troop were secreted, leaving them
room to breathe by making holes under the places where the jars were
tied at the top. Things being thus prepared, the captain drove the
mules into town in the dusk of the evening, and passed in the direc-
tion of Ali Baba's house. Finding Ali Baba seated at his door, he
civilly requested a place for his goods and a lodging for himself until
to-morrow's market, as he had travelled far that day, and had arrived
in town too late to find accommodation. Ali Baba told him he was
welcome to place the merchandise in his courtyard for safety during
the night, not having the slightest suspicion of treachery; for though
he had seen the robber captain in the forest, and heard his voice
when pronouncing the secret words which opened the gates of the
cave, he appeared now in so different a character that it would have
been next to impossible to have recognized him. So Ali Baba opened
his gates for the mules to go into the yard, and ordered Morgiana to
prepare a good supper and a bed for his guest. When the captain had
unloaded his mules, Ali Baba went to him and invited him into the hall,
telling him he would not permit him to stay in the yard all night. The
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captain made an apology for the trouble he was giving, and accepted the
invitation. Ali Baba not only bore him company, but entertained him
with many things to divert him until the hour for retiring to rest had
arrived. Morgiana, who had been very busy during the evening, had
still some work to do after the household had retired. Finding the oil
in her lamp exhausted, and having none handy, she bethought her of the
merchant's oil in the courtyard, and ran out with her lamp to fill it from
r I A
one of the jars. When she came to the first jar, the thief within said
softly, "Is it time ?" Although very much astonished, she answered
Not yet," and went in the same manner to the other jars, giving the
same answer, until she came to the jar of oil. She now became aware
that her master was surrounded by foes, and determined to save him
from them. She placed a great kettle upon the fire, filled it with oil
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from the full jar, and as soon as it boiled, she went and poured enough
into every jar to stifle and destroy the thief within. As soon as this was
accomplished, she heard the captain giving a signal to his band by throw-
ing stones at the jars. Receiving no answer, he descended to the court-
yard, and looking into the jars, discovered what had happened.
Enraged and in despair at being foiled in his design, he forced the
lock of the garden door and made his escape.
Knowing that all immediate danger was over, Morgiana did not
consider it necessary to inform her master of the occurrences of the night
until his return from the bath in the morning. His astonishment at her
narrative was great in the
extreme; but when, at
her request, he inspected
the oil-jars, he was almost '
frightened out of his wits.
Morgiana then informed .
him of the mysterious ::
chalk marks which had
been placed upon his door, .
and the means she had
adopted to foil the evident
evil intentions of his
enemies. Ali Baba listened .
to every word she said.
with amazement; and a
feeling of gratitude for the
faithful services of his de-' -.
voted slave led him to
pour forth a flood of thankfulness. "You have preserved my life," he
added, and depend upon it your future happiness shall be the study of
my life. From this moment you are free! And now we must consider
as to the disposal of the robbers' bodies." At Morgiana's suggestion,
he dug a deep trench'at the bottom of the garden, in a spot overshadowed
with trees, and buried the bodies there; the jars and mules were removed
to a distance and sold.
Meanwhile the robber captain sat alone in his cave. The loneliness of
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the place seemed frightful to him.
moved by the loss of his companions
avenge them or perish in the attempt.
His stubborn nature was greatly
,and he formed a stern resolve to
This resolution being taken, he
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became more settled in his mind, and slept soundly. The next morning
he went to the town, and took a lodging at a khan or inn; he afterwards
took upon him the name of Cogia Houssain, and opened a shop for
ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES.
the sale of merchandise directly opposite one kept by the son of Ali
He next set to work to cultivate the friendship of Ali Baba's son,
with the view of getting introduced to his father's house. In this he suc-
ceeded. Ali Baba, hearing of the intimacy which had sprung up between
his son and the rich merchant, Cogia Houssain, invited the latter to sup
with him. The invitation was very gladly accepted; but no sooner had
he arrived than the quick eye of Morgiana knew him to be the captain of
the robbers. She also observed that he had a dagger secreted in his
robe. Confident that he sought her master's life, she formed the resolu-
tion of baffling him at all hazards. Having armed herself with a sharp
dagger, and attired herself as a dancer, she entered the room and solicited
her master's permission to display her skill before his guest; this was
readily given, and, to the accompaniment of a tabor, she executed several
dances of so graceful a character as to obtain the applause of all present.
But having observed the robber chief's hand beneath his robe, she
moved toward him with the tabor as if to solicit a gift; then, with
a sudden movement, she started up to her full height, and plunged
her dagger into his heart.
Once more Ali Baba acknowledged he owed his life to Morgiana,
and this time he determined it should not pass without reward. Morgi-
ana and his son had long been attached to each other. They were
married the next day; and from the treasures of the robbers' cave Ali
Baba gave her a dowry fit for a princess, whilst to her husband he im-
parted the secret of replenishing it, should it ever become exhausted.
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A GENTLEMAN WHO WAS VERY RICH.
B13Lue B A13D.
HERE was, some time ago, a gentleman who was
very rich ; he had fine town and country houses;
his dishes and plates were all of gold or silver;
his rooms were hung with damask; his chairs and
sofas were covered with the richest silks, and his
carriages were all gilt in a grand style. But it
happened that this gentleman had a blue beard, which made him so
very frightful and ugly, that none of the ladies in the parts where he
lived would venture to go into his company. Now there was a certain
lady of rank, who lived very near him, and had two daughters, both
of them of very great beauty. Blue Beard asked her to bestow one
of them upon him for a wife, and left it to herself to choose which of
the two it should be. But both the young ladies again and again said
they would never marry Blue Beard; yet, to be as civil as they could,
each of them said the only reason why she would not have him was
because she was loth to hinder her sister from the match, which would
be such a good one for her. Still
Ij ". the truth of the matter was, they
could neither of them bear the
thoughts of having a husband with
'i a blue beard; and, besides, they
'"t: had heard of his having been mar-
Sried to several wives before, and
nobody could tell what had ever
become of any of them. As Blue
Beard wished very much to gain
their favour, he asked the lady and
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her daughters, and some ladies who I i "1
were on a visit at their house, to go
with him to one of his country seats, .'' l. .
where they spent a whole week,
during which they passed all their I $
time in nothing but parties for hunt-
ing and fishing, music, dancing, and .
feasts. No one even thought of "
going to bed, and the nights were
passed in merrymakings of all
kinds. In short, the time rolled 'W. '
on in so much pleasure, that I
the younger of the two sisters
began to think that the beard. (_.
which she had been so much .
afraid of, was not so very blue,
and that the gentleman who
owned it was vastly civil and
pleasing. Soon after their re-
turn home, she told her mother .- iT
that she had no longer any ',i'
Dislike to accept of Blue Beard for
/ er husband; and in a very short
S"^ time they were married.
About a month after the marriage
had taken place, Blue Beard told his
wife that he should be forced to leave
S her for a few weeks, as he had some
affairs to attend to in the country. He
desired her to be sure to indulge her-
$"' self in every kind of pleasure; to in-
/ vite as many of her friends as she
liked, and to treat them with all sorts
of dainties, that her time might pass pleasantly till he came back again.
" Here," said he, "are the keys of the two large wardrobes. This is the
key of the great box that contains the best plate, which we use for
company; this belongs to my strong-box, where I keep my money;
and this belongs to the casket, in which are all my jewels. Here, also,
is a master-key to all the rooms in the house; but this small key belongs
to the closet at the end of the long gallery on the ground floor. I give
you leave," said he, "to open, or do what you like with all the rest, except
this closet; this, my dear, you must not enter, nor even put the key into
the lock for all the world. If you do not obey me in this one thing, you
must expect the most dreadful of punishments." She promised to obey
his orders in the most faithful manner; and Blue Beard, after kissing
her tenderly, stepped into his coach, and drove away.
When Blue Beard was gone, the friends of his wife did not wait
to be asked, so eager were they to see all the riches and fine things she
had gained by marriage ; for they had none of them gone to the wed-
ding, on account of their dislike to the blue beard of the bridegroom.
As soon as ever they came to the house, they ran about from room to
room, from closet to closet, and then from wardrobe to wardrobe, look-
ing into each with wonder and delight, and said that every fresh one
they came to was richer and finer than what they had seen the moment
before. At last they came to the drawing-rooms, where their surprise
was made still greater by the costly grandeur of the hangings, the sofas,
the chairs, carpets, tables, sideboards, and looking-glasses; the frames
of these last were silver gilt, most richly adorned, and in the glasses
they saw themselves from head to foot. In short, nothing could exceed
YOU MUST NOT EVEN PUT THE KEY INTO THE LOCK.
the richness of what they saw; and they all did not fail to admire and
envy the good fortune of their friend. But all this time the bride her-
self was far from thinking about -the fine speeches they made to her, for
she was eager to see what was in the closet her husband had told her
not to open. So great, indeed, was her desire to do this, that without
once thinking how rude it would be to leave her guests, she slipped
away down a private staircase that led to this forbidden closet, and in
such a hurry, that she was two or three times in danger of falling down
stairs and breaking her neck.
When she reached the door of the closet, she stopped for a few
moments to think of the order her husband had given her; and how
he had told her that he would not fail to keep his word, and punish
her very severely, if she did not obey him. But she was so very
curious to know what was inside, that she made up her mind to venture
in spite of everything. She then, with a trembling hand, put the key
into the lock, and the door straight flew open. As the window-shutters
were closed, she at first could see nothing; but, in a short time, she
saw that the floor was covered with clotted blood, in which the bodies
of several dead women were lying.
These were all the wives whom Blue Beard had married, and killed,
one after another. At this sight she was ready to sink with fear; and the
key of the closet door, which she held in her hand, fell on the floor.
When she had got a little the better of her fright, she took it up, locked
the door, and made haste back to her own room, that she might have
a little time to get into a humour to amuse her company. But this she
could not do, so great was her fright at what she had seen. As she
found that the key of the closet had got stained with blood in falling
on the floor, she wiped it two or three times over to clean it, yet still
the blood kept on it the same as before. She next washed it, but the
blood did not move at all. She then scoured it with brick-dust, and
after with sand, but, in spite of all she could do, the blood was still
there; for the key was the gift of a fairy, who was Blue Beard's friend,
so that as fast as she got off the blood on one side, it came again on
the other. Early in the same evening, Blue Beard came home, saying,
that before he had gone far on his journey he was met by a horseman,
who was coming to tell him that his affair in the country was settled
without his being present; upon which his wife said everything she
WITH A TREMBLING HAND SHE PUT THE KEY INTO THE LOCK.
could think of, to make him believe she was in a transport of joy at his
The next morning he asked her for the keys. She gave them to him,
but, as she could not help showing her fright, Blue Beard easily guessed
what had been the matter. How is it," said he, that the key of the
closet upon the ground floor is not here ? Is it not ? said the wife,
"then I must have left it on my dressing-table." Be sure you give it
me by and bye," replied
Blue Beard. After going
a good many times back-
wards and forwards, as if
she was looking for the .
key, she was at last forced
to give it to Blue Beard. '
He looked hard at it, and yt, -'
then said, How came this
-blood upon the key ?" "I
am sure I do not know,"
replied the poor lady, at .
the same time turning as
white as a sheet. "You
do not know ? said Blue Beard, sternly : "but I know well enough.
You have been in the closet on the ground floor! Very well,
madam, since you are so mighty fond of this closet, you shall be
sure to take your place among the ladies you saw there." His wife,
who was almost dead with fear, now fell upon her knees, asked his
pardon a thousand times for her fault, and begged him to forgive her;
looking all the time so very mournful and lovely, that she would have
melted any heart that was not harder than a rock. But Blue Beard
only said, No, no, madam ; you shall die this very minute !" Alas,"
said the poor, trembling creature, If I must die, give me, at least, a
little time to say my prayers." I give you," replied the cruel Blue
Beard, half a quarter of an hour, not a moment longer." When Blue
Beard had left her to herself she called her sister, and after telling her,
as well as she could for sobbing, that she had but half a quarter of an
hour to live, Pr'ythee," said she, sister Anne" (this was her sister's
name), "run up to the top of the tower, and see if my brothers are
not in sight, for they said they would visit me to-day; and, if you see
them, make a sign for them to gallop on as fast as ever they can." Her
sister straight did as she was desired; and the poor, trembling lady
every minute cried out to her, Anne! sister Anne! do you see any
one coming ? Her sister said, I see nothing but the sun, which
makes a dust, and the grass, which looks green."
In the meanwhile, Blue Beard, with a great cimeter in his hand,
bawled as loud as he could to his wife, Come down at once, or I will
fetch you." "One moment, I beseech you," replied she; and again
called softly to her sister, Sister Anne, do you see any one coming ?"
To which she answered, I see nothing but the sun, which makes a
dust, and the grass, which looks green." Blue Beard now again bawled
out, Come down, I say, this very moment, or I shall come and fetch
you." I am coming, indeed I will come in one minute," sobbed his
wretched wife. Then she once more cried out, "Anne! sister Anne! do
BLUE BEARD, WITH A GREAT CIMETER IN HIS HAND.
you see any one coming?" I
see," said her sister, "a cloud of
dust a little to the left." Do you
think it is my brothers ? said the ... '.
wife. "Alas! no, dear sister," re- .-
plied she, "it is only a flock of
sheep." "Will you come down,
madam ? said Blue Beard, in the -
greatest rage. "Only one single
moment more," said she. And
then she called out for the last
time, "Sister Anne sister Anne!
.-. :'7 do you see no one coming?" "I
see," replied her sister, "two men
on horseback coming, but they are
S still a great way off." "Thank
"' God," cried she, "it is my brothers;
S. beckon them to make haste." Blue
r .l Beard now cried out so loud for
her to come down, that his voice
shook the whole house. The poor
.lady, with her hair loose, and all in
tears, now came down, and fell on
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her knees, begging him to spare her life; but he stopped her,
saying, "All this is of no use, for you shall die." And then,
seizing her by the hair, raised his cimeter to strike off her head.
The poor woman now begged a single moment to say one prayer.
" No, no," said Blue Beard, I will give you no more time. You have
had too much already," and again raising his arm. Just at this instant
a loud knocking was heard at the gates, which made Blue Beard wait
for a moment to see who it was. The gates now flew open, and two
officers, dressed in their uniform, came in, and, with their swords in their
hands, ran straight to Blue Beard, who, seeing they were his wife's
brothers, tried to escape from their presence; but they pursued, and
seized him before he had gone twenty steps, and plunging their swords
into his body, he fell down dead at their feet.
The poor wife, who was almost as dead as her husband, was not
able at first to rise and embrace her brothers; but she soon came to
herself, and, as Blue Beard had no heirs, she found herself the owner
of his great riches. She gave a part of his vast fortune as a marriage
dowry to her sister Anne, who soon after became the wife of a young
nobleman who had long loved her. Some of the money she laid out in
buying captains' commissions for her two brothers; and the rest she
gave to a worthy gentleman whom she married shortly after, and whose
kind treatment soon made her forget Blue Beard's cruelty.
SEIZED BEFORE HE HAD GONE TWENTY STEPS.
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