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RAPHAEL TUCK < SOKNS,LD
London, Paris, and New York.
TJhe Barber's Fifth Brotker,
Told by Scheherazade.
"T HAVE the honour to inform you," said the Barber, that the name
Sof my fifth brother was Alnaschar. He spent an idle and impro-
vident youth. Our father died at an advanced age, leaving each of us
seven brothers a hundred drachms of silver, and, after much considera-
tion, my brother Alnaschar expended his in setting up a small shop,
which he furnished with a basket full of bottles, glasses, and other objects
of a similar nature. He then seated himself in his shop, and waited for
customers to buy. Whilst he sat he began to meditate, speaking to him-
self sufficiently loud for a neighboring tailor to overhear. This basket
of glass,' said he, 'cost one hundred drachms, which was all I had; by
selling its contents I shall make two hundred, which, reinvested, will
bring in four hundred, so that by continuing this traffic I shall in time
possess four thousand drachms. As soon as I have amassed ten thou-
sand, I can leave off selling glass ware and turn jeweller, and when, by
this means, I possess as much wealth as I require, I will buy a beautiful
house, slaves, and horses: nor will I be satisfied till I have realized one
hundred thousand drachms ; then I shall consider myself equal to a prince,
and demand the daughter of the grand vizier in marriage, and if he
refuse I will go and bring her home in spite of him. When we are
Married, I shall dress like a prince, and ride a magnificent horse, capari-
soned with gold stuffs, and I will treat my wife with the utmost disdain;
she shall not leave the apartment without my permission; I will sit in the
seat of honour, and will not speak to her, and, however splendidly she
may array her beauty, in the hope of pleasing me, I will take no notice,
and shall pretend not to see her. She will throw herself at my feet, and
conjure me to accept a glass of wine from her hand; I shall persist in my
conduct, then she will press the wine close to my mouth, and assure me
she will not cease from entreating till she obtains the favour of my drink-
THE BARBER'S FIFTH BROTHER.
ing it. At-last I will give her a good bldw on her cheek, and push her
from me so violently with my foot that she shall fall to the ground.'
Absorbed in these visions, my brother unfortunately at this moment
kicked his basket of earthenware, so that it flew across the shop into the
street and was broken to pieces. His neighbour, the tailor, burst into a
fit of laughter, but Alnaschar beat his breast and sobbed so violently at
the destruction of all his hopes, that a lady of consequence, who was
passing by, mounted on a richly-caparisoned mule, paused to enquire the
reason of his distress, and when she heard it, she put a purse, containing
five hundred pieces of gold, into his hand. Alnaschar was overjoyed at
the sight of it, and, bestowing a thousand blessings on the lady, shut up
hi', -1 -,i.,i anii d we-nt hi, i:.
_"\liWhile he -at refle:t,ing on his good
--f f,-ti'tijne, i.n ld vri ian kn':.cked at the do:or.
M- l son,' she said, when
hle ieniied it, suffer me,
I e-ntireat you, to enter,
tni:l .ivNe me a basin of
Alnasiuhar; and whilst
A the old woman washed
Sanld:l said her prayers,
he placed his money in
ia lng purse attached
t: his girdle. When
she had finished, see-
ing she was poorly
dressed, he offered her
tw'e gold pieces, but
.sh l refused it, saying
she belonged to
a rich and beau-
..' tiful young lady
who let her want
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Alnaschar asked her if she could procure him the '
honour of seeing this lady. Certainly,' replied the old
woman; 'you might even marry her,
Snd possess her fortune. Will you follow \.
me?' ,\ ,,
He followed her through the city
to the door of a great house, where she I
knocked. It was opened by a female
Greek slave, and the old woman ushered
him into a large and handsomely-furnished
hall, whilst she went to inform her
mistress of his arrival. In a few
minutes a beautiful and richly-dressed
young lady appeared. He arose, but
she requested him to resume his place,
Sand seated herself at his side, and ex-
pressed much pleasure at his visit.
"'Give me your hand,' said ; ""-
she, and I will lead you to my
Soon after they had gained the lady's rooms she left him, saying
she would return in a few moments; but she was no sooner gone than
a tall black slave entered with a scimitar in his hand.
What business have you here ? he cried, and immediately stripped
him, took away his gold, and wounded him in several places. He fell
down for dead, and a young Greek slave and the black proceeded to
rub salt into his wounds; but in spite of the pain, he still pretended to be
dead. The old woman then dragged him by the legs to a trap door,
which she opened, and threw him into a subterraneous place. Believing
him to be dead, she did not bolt the trap-door, and Alnaschar managed to
open it, and get out as soon as it was night. He then hid himself till the
old woman opened the street door in the morning and went out, when
he followed her into the street and fled to my house.
"~At the end of a month he was cured of his wounds, and resolved to
avenge himself on the old woman. He accordingly disguised himself as
a woman, and tied a large purse to his girdle, filled with bits of glass.
THE BARBER'S FIFTH BROTHER..
Before long he met the old hag, and in a feigned
S voice addressed her.
S"'Can you do me the favour to introduce
Sle < me to a money changer, my good woman ? I
am a Persian but just arrived in this city,
Sand wish to have five hundred pieces of gold
"'You could not have addressed a fitter
person for your purpose,' answered the old
woman, 'my son is a money changer.; follow
me, and I will take you to him.' She led:him
to the hall as before, and begged him to wait,
| / and she would send her son to him. The black
slave then appearing, said, 'My good woman,
if you will follow me, I will do what you desire.'
Alnaschar got up, and as he walked behind the
black, gave him such a blow with the scimitar
which he had concealed in his robe, that he cut
his head off. The Greek slave then appeared,
and was served in the same manner, and the old
woman, who ran in to see what was the matter,
was also beheaded. The lady alone remained,
and my brother went in search of her. When
she saw him she nearly fainted, and begged of
him to spare her life. When he reproached
her for leading such an infamous life, she
informed him that she had been stolen away
from her husband, a rich merchant, by the
old woman, and had been forcibly -
detained in this house by the
black for three years.
"'He must have amassed great
riches in this wicked manner,'
He has,' replied the lady. "
'I will show it you.' She then
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took him to a room in which were many coffers full of gold, and begged
him to go and bring people to carry it away.
My brother went, and when he returned with ten men, behold the
lady and the coffers had all vanished. That he might not return with
.empty hands, he took with him, when he left the house, enough furniture
to repay him the value of his five.hundred pieces of gold; but the neigh-
bours, it seemed, observed him do this, and went and informed the judge,
who sent and had Alnaschar brought before him.
"This was, it turned out, an unjust and merciless magistrate, who
would not listen to or believe my brother's story, but sent to his house
and took away all that he had, and commanded him instantly to leave
the city, on forfeiture of his life. My brother obeyed, and on the road
met some robbers, who stripped him bare, in which unhappy condition
I found him, and brought him home with me, and took every care of
him, as I do of my other brothers."
Scheherazade, always contriving to interest the Sultan by the relation
of her different stories, immediately commenced a new one, and addressed
Schahrian as follows.
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_'EDER, Prince of Persia, was the son of one of
Sthe most mighty of the kings of that kingdom,
Sand of a most beautiful lady who had been sold
to the king as a slave by some merchants who
visited his court. The ding fell in love with
this slave and married her, and she then told
him that she was the Princess Gulnark of the
ocean. Her father, now dead, had been one
.^^^- of the most powerful of the kings of the sea,
and her brother, Selah, now reigned in his
stead. This brother, she continued, had desired to marry her to a
powerful prince, whom she detested. She therefore ran away to the
Island of the Moon, where she was discovered, and taken away by the
merchants, who had brought her to the Persian court.
The King of Persia was overjoyed when he heard this,
and promised that he would present his wife to his
subjects next day as the Queen of Persia. She then
told him that she was desirous of seeing her mother and ,
brother and other relatives again, and begged to be"
allowed to summon them. To this he agreed instantly, _
and the queen begged him to retire to a closet, the
window of which, like her own, looked on the sea.
Being alone, she took some aloe wood from a box and
put it in the perfuming pot. As soon as the smoke
arose she pronounced some words, and immediately the
sea opened, and a majestic lady, a young man, and
three beautiful young ladies arose from it, and bounded
through the window into the room.
After having tenderly embraced this party, Queen
HISTORY OF BEDER, PRINCE OF PERSIA.
Gulnare introduced them to her husband as her mother, her brother,
King Selah, and her sisters. The king expressed great pleasure at seeing
them; and shortly afterwards, during their visit to his court, a lovely
little son was born to Queen Gulnare, whom they called Beder (the full
moon), who grew up to be the most beautiful, amiable, and accomplished
prince ever seen. His parents adored him; and when he was about
fifteen years old, the king, feeling himself becoming aged and infirm,
desired to resign the kingdom to his son. His council and subjects
agreeing to his wishes, a day was fixed for the cere-
mony. The old kin.r dt-.ii-enlddl fi-ni hi tlinn:e,
and taking the crownllti'i ll lir i i .i,, n l- id placl._:l it nii
that of the prince, wh11:tn lI.1 i-.it-fed to ill:'mlit thr .. .
throne, and then kiled hi-i I111d. T. chi:f
officers followed his exaw ih, '1 ',
and took the oath of
allegiance towards t ihe
new king, after which
he proceeded to tlh ,
apartment of his
him every happi-
In about two
years the old king
died, and Queen
again to see her
Selah, and intro-
duce her son to
him to pay her a
visit. The king
with his nephew,
HISTORY OF BEDER, PRINCE OF PERSIA.
and was never tired of praising- his beauty and amiability to his
Sister," he one day exclaimed, I am only astonished that so perfect
a prince should be unmarried. Permit me to mention to you Princess
GiauharB, daughter of the King of Samandal, as worthy of him."
He then proceeded to draw such a picture of the charms of this
princess, that King Beder, who had overheard the conversation, became
violently in love with her, and eagerly-besought his uncle to lose no time
in introducing him to her.
King Selah yielded, to the King of Persia's vehemence, and placing a
ring on his nephew's finger, proceeded to the sea, into which they imme-
diately plunged. They soon arrived at the palace of King Selah, who only
stayed long enough to choose a rich casket, full of pearls, emeralds, and
rubies, and then proceeded to the kingdom of the King of Samandal.
King Selah hastened to prostrate himself before his brother king, and pre-
S/- senting the casket, laid before him his
S proposals ; and entreated of him to
bestow the hand of the Princess
Giauhare on his nephew, Beder, King
of Persia. At this proposal the
S King of Samandal burst into
S i '\ ~a violent fit of laughter, and
rejected the idea with the ut-
King Selah was highly offended
at this insolence, and
quickly returned to
his own palace; and
young King Beder was
S '- when the ill success of his uncle's
S ,.. mission was made known to him.
He determined to return
-home, and darted to the
surface of the sea, but not
knowing the way, ascended
HISTORY OF BEDER, PRINCE OF PERSIA. 13
to an island, where, in a dejected
frame of mind, he seated himself
at the foot of a tree. Whilst he thus sat he
suddenly beheld, looking through the foliage, a
lady of most exquisite beauty, and, arising, made
her a profound .
said he, "I be-
seech you to
accept my ser-
vices, if you are I
in need of as-
"I a m, si r, "0
answered she, "the -
Princess Giauhare, daughter of .
the King of Samandal; this morning
I heard that King Selah had arrived,
and demanded my hand of my father, -
for his nephew, the King of Persia, and I fled hither to hide myself."
Adorable Princess," answered Beder, I am myself that unworthy
Prince. I have long loved you, and I entreat you to make me happy,
and accept my love."
The Princess extended her hand to him in token of friend-
ship, but when he bent forward in order to kiss it respectfully,
she snatched it away. "Wretch she exclaimed, spitting in his
face, "quit the human form, and take the shape of a white bird
with red beak and feet."
When the transformation was effected, she took the bird and con-
veyed it to a distant island. A day or two afterwards it was caught by
a peasant, who, pleased at possessing so beautiful a bird, decided to take
it as a present to the King of the island. The King expressed great
admiration for the bird, and ordered his officers to give it any kind of food
it liked best. Dinner was at this moment served, and the Queen, entering,
instantly drew her veil over her face. Sire," she exclaimed, "this is
HISTORY OF BEDER, PRINCE OF PERSIA.
not, as you suppose, a bird, but a man; it is, in fact, Beder, King of
Persia, whom you see in this form, which he was compelled to take by
the daughter of the King of Samandal; but as I am myself skilled in
magic, I will, with your permission, restore him to his royal self." She
then took some water in her hand, and throwing it upon the bird, pro-
nounced some mysterious words, and King Beder instantly stood before
them in all his manly beauty.
Having expressed his gratitude to the Queen, King Beder hastened
to request of the King the use of a ship to take him back to Persia.
This was readily granted, but, to add to
the misfortunes of the young King, the
vessel was wrecked in a tempest, and he r
and a remnant of the crew were cast '
ashore on an island, called the City of
Enchantment, where, shortly afterwards,
the Queen of the island saw and fell in
love' with him. Being already in love
with the Princess GiauharB, King Beder
could not return the affection of the :
Queen, who was a noted sorceress, and,
enraged at his repulse, she changed him
into an owl.
Meanwhile King Selah had, with
his army, conquered Samandal, and taken
the King prisoner, and hearing, by s-, '':
means, of the misfortunes of his nephew,
begged his sister to join him, that they mi liht
set out together to deliver him. Accordini..'l l
they set out with such a powerful army for
the City of Enchantment, that all its in- ,
habitants were destroyed in the twinklin.-'
of an eye. The Queen herself rushed to
the cage in which the owl was confined, "
and, tenderly caressing it, once again tranm- ,- -
formed her beloved son into his natural ..%
HISTORY OF BEDEE, PRINCE OF PERSIA.
King Beder professed himself still so deeply
in love with the Princess G-iauhar that he could
not exist without her. Officers were, therefore,
sent in search of her, and she was found on
the island where the young king had first met
Overcome by his constancy, and re-
penting of her ill-treatment
of him; she now consented
to be his wife; and the
Marriage having been cele-
^- -^ brated with great splendour,
the King and Queen of
Persia departed for their own capital, whilst King Selah returned to his
dominions under the sea.
The Sultana Scheherazadd would here have commenced another
story, but the Sultan, perceiving that day was breaking, deferred hearing
it till the next morning, when she began the following history.
[IN the capital of one of the
kingdoms of China lived a
poor tailor, named Mustafa, who
had a wife and one son.
1 This son, whose name was
Aladdin, had been so neglected
that he became idle, mis-
chievous, and disobedient. He
was always from home, and
would not mind a word his
father and mother said to him. When he was old enough his father
wished to teach him his own trade, but Aladdin refused to learn, and in
spite of all the chastisement Mustafa bestowed upon him, persisted in
living the life of an idle vagabond, which conduct so afflicted his father as
to bring on a fatal illness, and thereby quickly put an end to his existence.
Seeing that her son would be of no use to her, Aladdin's mother sold her
shop, and all it contained, and upon the proceeds of these, and the little she
earned by spinning, she and her son subsisted. Aladdin pursued his idle
ALADDIN AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP.
course of life, and was one day playing with his companions in the
street, when a stranger stopped to look at him.
This stranger was a learned African magician, who, believing from
the countenance of Aladdin that he would suit a purpose he had in view,
made himself acquainted with his family, and introducing himself to
Aladdin as his uncle, hinted a desire to put him in the way of a better
mode of life, promising to give him a handsome suit, and introduce him
to some merchants, if his nephew would accompany him. Aladdin gladly
agreed, and his mother joyfully consented to his departure with his
uncle, who behaved most affectionately to him.
As they journeyed along, they came to a beautiful garden unknown
to Aladdin, and his uncle proposed that they should sit down and rest
and refresh themselves with the food he had brought with him. When
they had finished their repast, they pursued their way till they came to
We shall now," said tle magician, go no further. I am about to
unfold to you the most extraordinary wonders." He then spoke some
mysterious words, and a dense smoke arose, the ground shook, and dis-
closed a square stone with a brass ring fixed into it. The magician
ordered Aladdin to lift up the stone, which easily yielded to his strength,
and revealed a hole, at the bottom of which appeared a door.
You must now," said his uncle, do exactly as I tell you. Go
into this cavern, through an open door which yon will find at the bottom,
then through other doors (taking the greatest care to touch nothing as you
go), till, in a niche in the wall, you see a lighted lamp. Extinguish this
lamp and bring it to me. On your way back you may, if you please,
gather some fruit from the garden you will pass through." As he spoke he
s placed a ring on Aladdin's finger, who immediately des-
cended and found all as his uncle had said. He then put
S the lamp into his robe, and piled as much
Fruit as he could carry over it. As soon
S as he arrived at the entrance to the cave,
the magician commanded Aladdin to give
him the lamp, but as it was covered over
With fruit the boy steadily refused to do
so, till his pretended uncle, in a violent
ALADDIN AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP.
rage, spoke some magic words over the -
stone, which instantly returned to its
place, and enclosed Aladdin in the ,
When the magician found his hopes -
of possessing the lamp foiled in this
manner (for, in truth, the quest for this
same lamp had been the object of his_
journey), he set out on his return to 'I .
Africa, leaving his supposed nephew in
the cavern, from which, he knew, all his
arts were powerless to release him. The
garden and halls, which had been raised -
by enchantment, now disappeared, and for
two days Aladdin regarded himself as buried
alive, without hope of relief; but on the third day, throwing
up his hands in despair, he accidentally rubbed the ring which was
still on his finger. Instantly a gigantic genie appeared- before
him, and said,
What do you wish ? I am ready to obey him who is the wearer
of that ring."
But for.the peril of his situation Aladdin would have been alarmed;
as it was, he answered,
Whoever you are, take me out of this place," and he had scarcely
spoken the words before he found himself alone, and outside the cavern,
on the spot to which his uncle had brought him; and in fear of the
magician, set out, without loss of time, on his journey home. His
mother, who had given him up for dead, was overjoyed to see him,
though her disappointment was great when she found he had come back
as poor as he went away. When he had recounted to her all that had-
taken place, she assured him that she was quite satisfied the wicked
magician was no uncle of his, but that he had deceived them for his own
purposes. She then bewailed herself that she had no food in the house,
and Aladdin bethought him of the lamp, which, he said, if rubbed up
they might be able to sell. His mother took it from him, and began
to rub it. Instantly a hideous genie appeared before her.
ALADDIN AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP.
What do you wish? he said. "I am
ready to obey you, who have the lamp in
The poor woman, greatly alarmed, fell down fainting,
but Aladdin, seizing the lamp, cried,
"I am hungry, bring me food."
A silver basin, filled with the choicest food, immedi-
dz -t ately appeared on the table, and the youth insisted on his
mother seating herself, and eating with him. She was ex-
tremely astonished, and her son explained to her that this was not
the same genie who had appeared to him in the cavern, but one
evidently belonging to the lamp. She wished him to get rid of so
dangerous a possession, but Aladdin refused to do so, and made use of
it in order to obtain not only their daily food, but all kinds of riches-
gold, and silver, and precious stones. He had only to ask, and the slave
of the lamp procured him his desire.
Thus things went on till Aladdin happened to see the Princess
Badroulboudour, the daughter of the Sultan, with whom he fell desperately
in love, and resolved to make his wife. This was, however, a matter in
which the genius of the lamp was powerless to help him ; but by means of
it, the youth became the possessor of so much wealth, that he was enabled
to offer magnificent presents to the Sultan. He built the most splendid
palace ever seen, and wore dresses more costly than those of the Sultan
himself; so that, seeing how rich and powerful he became, the Sultan was
in course of time induced to listen, and give his consent to the marriage.
Some years passed away, and nothing could exceed the happiness and
prosperity of Aladdin, and his beautiful wife. Aladdin became as irre-
proachable in his life and conduct as he had, in his youthful days, been the
reverse, and was so just, liberal, and courteous, that he won the affection
of every one who knew him.
It then happened that the African magician returned again, and had
no sooner set foot in China than the fame of Aladdin, whom he believed
to be dead, reached him. Miserable son of a tailor," he exclaimed in a
furious rage, he has then escaped and discovered the secret of the lamp
which I failed to obtain for myself. But I will destroy him, or perish in
the attempt." Summoning his diabolical arts to his aid, he soon formed
ALADDIN'S MOTHER AND THE SULTAN.
ALXDDIN AND 'HIS WONDERFUL LAMP.
his plans. The first thing
was to discover the place in
which the lamp was kept, or
that time absent from home,
carried it about with him.
Accordingly, he disguised
himself as a lamp-seller, and,
carrying a basket of beautiful
new lamps on his arm, walked
round and round the palace,
calling out, Who will change
old lamps for new? "_ The
Princess and her slaves, hearing
him, could not help laughing at
Id- There is an old lamp lying
Supon the cornice," said one of the
S slaves. If the Princess will permit,
I will see if this fellow is as great
a fool as he pretends." Now this was the
very lamp which had caused Aladdin's
success and happiness. He had himself placed it there before he went
hunting; when not engaged in the chase he always kept it about him.
The magician at once recognized it, and eagerly exchanged the old
lamp for a, new one, heedless of the laughter of the slaves, and instantly
disappeared with it down an unfrequented street. The first use he made
of it was to command that Aladdin's palace,, with everything in it, should
be transported to the wilds of Africa, which was at once effected.
Meanwhile the Sultan, looking from his window, missed the palace
of Aladdin. In his rage he conceived the idea that his son-in-law was an
impostor, who had stolen away the Princess, and sent out his officers to
arrest him, and on his arrival, knowing nothing of what had happened,
ordered his immediate execution. The, populace, however, being much
attached to Aladdin, made such a commotion that the Sultan was obliged
to reconsider his determination; but he declared that if Aladdin did
ALADDIN AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP.
not discover and restore his daughter, his life would eventually be the
forfeit. The unhappy Aladdin did not know in what direction to com-
mence his search. He therefore wandered towards the country, and heed-
less with despair, slipped, and would have fallen. In recovering himself
he accidentally rubbed the ring on his finger, and the genie he had seen
once before stood before him, enquiring his wishes.
Place me," he cried, under the windows of the Princess Badroul-
boudour." He had barely said this before he found himself on the spot, and
was recognized by the Princess on her coming to the window at sunrise.
They embraced with tears of joy, but Aladdin's first words were to
entreat his wife to tell him what had become of the lamp which he had
placed on the cornice. She then related to him
all that had happened, and informed -him that
the country they were now in was Africa.
Ah you have unmasked to me the
traitor," exclaimed Aladdin. "The African
magician !-he is the most infamous of men. ,
But tell me, I beseech you, what he has done -
with the lamp."
He carries it, carefully wrapped up, in his
bosom," rejoined the Princess. "He comes here
frequently, and persecutes me with his attentions."
"With your help, my dear wife," said -
Aladdin, "I will endeavour to rid us both
of this vile wretch."
And hearing that the magician had signified his intention of visiting.
the Princess that very day, he hastened to a chemist's in the town, and
purchased a certain powder, which he instructed his wife to mix in the wine
she was to present to. their enemy on his arrival. She did as Aladdin
bade her, and the next moment the African magician fell lifeless on the
sofa. Aladdin quickly repossessed himself of the lamp, and commanded
the genie to transport the palace and all in it back to the same spot in
China whence it was brought.
This was done in a minute's time, and the Sultan could scarcely
believe his eyes when, on looking from his window at sunrise, he beheld
the palace in its accustomed place, and all about it as usual. In his joy
ALADDIN AND HIS WONDERFUL LAMP.
at the recovery of his daughter, the Sultan forgot all about his anger
against Aladdin; and when she had recounted to him all that had taken
place, freely reinstated him in the favour he had formerly enjoyed, and
when some years afterwards the old king died, at an advanced age,-
as he had no son, the Princess succeeded to the throne,
and transferred the supl:remuie i.-wer t,- herl hu ba n d.
They eiigedl tl:-'ether. folr many -yar, and left a numerous
and illustrious family t eed
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The Sultan, having expressed his satisfaction with this story, was
informed by ScheherazadB that she had another quite as surprising to
Relate to him, and commenced as follows: -
A S your majesty is aware, the festival of Nevrour, which is the first
day of the year, is one of special solemnity throughout Persia, not
a village, however small, neglecting to celebrate it with great rejoicing;
and the King of Persia being extremely curious in scientific construction,
it was the custom for all ingenious persons, who had anything to display,
to exhibit its merits at the festival held at Schiraz,
where the court was assembled. At one of these' i
festivals an Indian appeared, and presented
himself at the foot of the throne, leading a
mechanical horse, richly caparisoned, and
so skilfully represented, that every one' : ;
supposed it to be real.
Sire," said he, prostrating himself t7. A ;[
before the King, "I am assured that you --
have not seen anything so astonishing
as this horse, which I entreat you to
I see nothing in the horse,"
replied the King; '"another work-
man might have made it with a still
greater resemblance to Nature."
It is to the interior construc-
tion of the horse, and the use I i-
can make of it, that I desire to call
your majesty's attention," resumed
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the Indian. When I mount him, I can transport myself to any
particular spot in a short space of time. I am ready to give your
majesty proof of this."
The King told the Indian that nothing but the proof he had
proposed could convince him of the truth of such an assertion. The
Indian therefore mounted his horse, and inquired of the King where
he desired him to go.
"To yonder mountain," answered the King, "and, as proof of
having been there, bring me a branch of a palm which grows at
He had scarcely spoken, when the Indian touched a little peg
in the horse's neck, which rose from the ground and flew through
the air at an immense height. In a quarter of an hour, the Indian
alighted again at the same spot, and laid a palm branch at the
Filled with admiration and astonishment, the King conceived
a strong desire to possess this horse, and resolved to give the Indian
whatever sum he asked for it. The Indian, however, refused to
"I obtained it from its inventor," he said, "in exchange for the
hand of my daughter, and promised him that I would only part with
it in exchange for anything I myself desired."
"I am ready," said the King, to grant you
anything you may ask of me."
S" Give me, then, the hand of your daughter
as my wife," answered the Indian. "I will part
with the horse on no other terms."
The King seemed inclined to grant this
extravagant request, but the Prince Firoux Schah,
his eldest son, expressed great indignation.
"Sire," said he, "'I entreat you to consider
what is due to yourself, my sister, and the blood
of our ancestors."
But the King was deaf to his argu-
-"Before we conclude the bargain," he
THE ENCHANTED HORSE.
said to his son, "I.wish you to make trial of the
l.orse v aurself. I daresay the Indian will permit
S7 Seeing that the King of Persia did not alto-
g tether refuse his proposal, the Indian gladly
.- ascented, hoping to win the Prince's
a eafavour als:o, and hastened to assist him
1i1 r muntin,.. But the latter sprang into
Sthe sar:ille, and, without waiting for
aZy. v instructions from the Indian,
instantly turned the peg, and the
h: orie carried him off with such
Svele,,ity that, in a minute, he was
out of sight. Neither steed nor
i rider appeared again, and the
Ihdihn threw himself at the King's
n '" Your majesty must have
-, serveded" cried he, "that the
Prince did not wait for my
directions as- to the manage-
..- ~~r ment of the horse, therefore
I am not responsible should
aught befall hin, and should he not discover how to return."
"Be that as it may," answered the King, your life shall be the
forfeit if my son do not return in safety." He then caused the Indian
to be cast into prison, there to await the return of the Prince.
Prince Firoux Schah meanwhile, having travelled as far as he desired,
would have returned, and, finding that he did not know how to control
his wonderful steed, regretted his impetuosity in not waiting for instruc-
tions; he tried by various means to stop, but it was not for a long time that
he saw a second and smaller peg in the horse's neck. This he turned,
and at length, long past midnight,, the horse descended and stopped.
The Prince dismounted, and found himself on the roof of a magnificent
palace, examining which, he described a staircase, leading to an open door.
Quickly descending this, he found himself in a lighted chamber containing
THE ENCHANTED HORSE. 27
several beds, in the most elevated of which lay a Princess ofVextraordinary
beauty, whilst the others were occupied by her ladies. All were asleep,
but, kneeling by the couch, the Prince gently touched the lady to attract
her attention; she opened her eyes on him with the utmost astonishment.
Great Princess," cried he, still kneeling, in consequence of a most
wonderful adventure, you see before you the Prince of Persia, who finds
himself in danger of perishing, unless you will protect him."
The Princess listened to him very graciously, and saying she would
restrain her curiosity to hear his adventures till the morning, roused her
ladies, and ordered them to conduct him to a safe apartment, and provide
for all his wants. The ladies, albeit much surprised, obeyed the commands
of the Princess, who, in the morning, ordered herself to be magnificently
THE ENCHANTED HOSE.
arrayed, and was not satisfied till her mirror told her there
/ was nothing more to be desired. She then sent a lady to
/ .inform the Prince of Persia that she was ready
to receive him. Prince Firoux Schah obeyed -her
summons, and seating himself on a sofa by her
... ,ilo, related to her the circumstances of his arrival.
il When he had finished, the Princess
informed him that she was the daughter
S. of the King of Bengal, who was at present absent
from his palace. She begged that Prince Firoux
Schah would remain as her guest till her father's
NIi [ -"ni return, in order to pay his respects to him. The
-'i Prince readily assented to this, for he had fallen
in love with the beautiful and amiable Princess;
indeed, it was not long before he declared his
Passion, and finding that she was not unwilling
'IIiI' to accept him, he pressed her to return with him
to the court of his father, who, he assured her, would
delight to welcome her as his wife.
After long persuasion, she consented to do so. They mounted the
enchanted steed together, and in about two hours and a half arrived in
the capital of Persia. Prince Fironx, on alighting, conducted the
Princess of Bengal to a magnificent apartment, where he requested her to
wait, whilst he went to inform his father of her arrival;
The King was overjoyed at the return of his son, and -when he heard
of the presence of the Princess, and of the Prince's love for her, exclaimed
that he would himself hasten to receive her, and that the marriage should
take place that very day. He then gave orders for the release of the
Indian, whose horse was to be restored to him. Whilst the King prepared
to accompany his son into the presence of the Princess, the Indian hastened
to possess himself of his steed, and hearing from the grooms all that had
occurred, resolved to avenge himself for the wrongs he had suffered; he
therefore presented himself in the apartment where the Prince had left his
intended bride, and informed her that he had been sent by the King to con-
duct her on the enchanted horse to the square before the palace, where he
and his court awaited her. She easily consented to do this, and mounting
THE ENCHANTED HORSE,
with her he turned the.peg, and ascended into the air so swiftly that they
were instantly out of sight. Nothing could exceed the anger of the King,
but the grief of Prince Firoux cannot be described. After indulging it for
a time, he resolved to set out in search of the Princess, and not to return
till he had found her. The Indian meanwhile directed his course towards
Cashmere, and descending with the Princess -in a wood, proceeded to
ill-treat her; but her cries attracted the attention of the Sultan of Cash-
mere, who was hunting close by, and who came to her assistance, and
destroyed the Indian by cutting off his head.
The Princess was not, however, much the gainer by this, for the
Sultan fell in love with, and determined to marry her ; and notwithstand-
ing her refusal, on their arrival at his palace, he ordered his intention to
be announced in his capital with rejoicings. The Sultan provided the
Princess with magnificent apartments, a retinue of ladies, and did every-
thing he could think of to please and amuse her, but she was so afflicted
by the situation in which she found herself that she became ill. Day by
.day her malady grew worse, and the marriage could not take place. The
Princess showed everycsymptom of insanity, and none of the physicians
who were brought to her were able to effect a cure.
SIn the interval Prince Firoux, disguised as a dervise, had
reached Cashmere in search of her, and hearing the circum-
stances, was assured that he was at last near the object
of his affections. He hastened to present
himself to the Sultan as a physician,
and in _this character was
S/- introduced into the Prin-
c.V ess' apartments in the
ope that he could cure
her. Having whispered to
her who he was, he
rapidly matured his
plans for her escape.
He then informed the
/ H Sultan that she had con-
tracted something of en-
Schantment from the horse,
THE ENCHANTED HORSE.
and that if allowed to perform the cure in his own manner, she would
be perfectly well in a few minutes.
The Prince then requested that the enchanted horse should
be brought to him in the miiiddle of the y.reat
square. This being doini, he conducted the Prin-
cess thither, and mounted hli-r care-
fully; he then placed r:umd the
horse some little vesel- full of -
fire, so that it was ,i-iv-led' .-
in smoke, and preteinliiiL. to:
pronounce some magic -, .V
leapt on to the hor,l t rmid: h .
cover of the smoke. T.'.ubini'
the peg, the steed iiist .n
ascended into the i r,
and bore them in a fE_
minutes out of sight. Hav-
ing by this stratagem,
delivered the Princes; B .d.
of Bengal, the Prince
of Persia soon after-
wards alighted withF
her before the King's
palace, and the mar-
riage between them
was immediately cele-
brated with great
pomp and magnifi-
DinarzadB did not fail to remind her sister, on the conclusion of this
story, that she had promised one of still greater attraction for the
following morning--and the Sultan expressed himself anxious to hear
the history of The Talking Bird."
r HERE was once a Prince of Persia, named
S Khosroushah, who used to amuse himself by
going out into the city in the night in disguise,
with an attendant, also disguised. I am going
to tell you of an adventure that happened to
him the very first night on which he did so,
after he ascended to the throne of the Sultan,
Accompanied by his grand vizier, disguised
like himself, he started one evening two hours
after dark, and strolled
'into a quarter of the
--'- city where only common people lived.
-- "Passing a house in one of the streets,
he heard voices talking very loud, and
peeping in at 'a half open door, beheld three sisters seated on a
sofa. He soon discovered that they were talking of their wishes for
Talking of wishes," said the eldest, "mine is to marry the Sultan's
baker. I should then have as much of that delicious white bread, called
'The Sultan's bread,' as I could eat."
"And mine," said the second sister, "is to marry the Sultan's cook.
I could then eat of such excellent dishes, and, of course, the bread would
be included. So, you see, my taste is as good as yours."
THE TALKING BIRD.
The youngest, who was extremely beautiful, and much more
sprightly than the others, spoke laughingly. "For my part I take
a higher flight, and should like to marry the Sultan himself, and
have a son whose hair should be gold on one side, and silver on
The wishes of the three sisters appeared to the Sultan so singular
that he resolved to gratify them, and desired his vizier to take particular
note of the house, that he might come the next day and bring the three
sisters before him.
When they arrived, the Sultan asked them if they remembered
their wishes of the evening before, and whether they really meant
what they said. The three sisters were frightened and abashed, and as
the youngest cast down her eyes and blushed in confusion, she looked
so beautiful that the Sultan was more than ever determined to marry her.
He told them not to be alarmed. He had only
asked because he intended to grant all their
wishes, and sending for his baker and
cook, he had all three marriages cele-
brated at once. The two elder sisters
were filled with envy and jealousy
at the better fortune of the youngest,
and concerted together by what
means they could destroy her
happiness. This was not easy,
but at last they hit upon
a plan, and pretending great
affection for her, ti-.y -
got her to pronDi -, -I
with the Sultan's
should she have ,-
any children they
should be chosen
as nurses. By and
by a beautiful little son was born, but the sisters took him
away, and: showed a dead dog to the Sultan instead, telling him
THE TALKING BIRD.
it was his child; whilst the little Prince they put into a basket and
dropped into a canal which ran past the window. Here it was speedily
found by the Superintefident of the Royal Gardens, who, seeing what
a lovely child it was, guessed at the truth, and resolving to adopt and
bring it up as his own, took it home to his wife, who joyfully fell in
with his wishes.
By and by another son was born to the Sultana, and the wicked
sisters acted in the same way as before-this time showing the Sultan
a dead cat. The second Prince was also found and adopted by the
Superintendent of the Gardens, who, when a little Princess followed,
became quite certain of the identity of the three beautiful children who
lived in his house, and were brought up by him as his own. When the
wicked sisters showed a piece of wood to the Sultan after the birth of the
third child, he was so angry and disappointed that he no longer loved
the Sultana, and resolved on her death, but his grand vizier and officers,
who adored the gentle and beautiful Queen, persuaded him to grant her
life; so he had her shut up for life in a large cage, which was placed by
the gate of the church. One window of this cage was to remain always
open, and every Mussulman who went into the church
was ordered to spit in her face on pain of sharing
her punishment. This cruel decree was executed to
the great satisfaction of the jealous sisters, who
congratulated themselves on the success
/of their plans, Meanwhile the young
Princes and the Princess, to whom the
Pi Superintendent had given the-
f l l names of Bahman, Perviz, and
S 1 Parazad, after some of the
/ ancient Kings and Queens of
Persia, grew up handsome, ami-
able, and accomplished. They
I: : ', had the best masters that could
be procured, and the good Super-
intendent, after the death of
his wife, built for them a'
o' most beautiful residence in the
THE TALKING BIRD.
midst of an extensive park, which he furnished most
elegantly, and supplied with everything he could
think of to give- them pleasure.
I -- Soon after they had moved there,
i. I however, he died so suddenly, that
he had no opportunity of telling
LoL' them, as he had intended, the true
Circumstances of their birth. -The
k Princes and Princess mourned for
him as a father, and perfectly
satisfied with their beautiful home
and the companion-
ship of -each
to reside there,
as retired as they had
-1- .always done.
One day, when the
Princes were out hunting, leaving their
-sister at home alone, an old Mussulman devotee came to the gate, and
begged to be allowed to enter and repeat her prayers in the oratory, as
there was not time to reach the church. Princess Parazade admitted
her, and when she had finished her prayers showed her over the house
and gardens, which, on taking leave, she assured the Princess only
wanted three things to be perfect. After much persuasion she consented
to tell what these things were (which were all in one place on the con-
fines of the kingdom). They are," she said, "the talking bird, the
singing tree, and the golden water. You have but to follow the road
which passes here, for twenty days, and then the first person you meet
will point them out to you."
The Princess was plunged into such affliction at the impossibility of
procuring these things on which she immediately-set her heart, that her
brothers were anxious to know what ailed her. After much pressing,
she told them. They loved her very dearly, and they had never
thought anything they could do to please her a trouble, so Prince
Bahman instantly resolved on setting out to procure these things.
THE TALKING BIRD.
Only tell me the road I am to go," said he, and I will start to-
Very early next morning Bahman was ready to set. out, and while
embracing his sister, gave her a knife. As long as you see the blade
bright and clear, as it is now," he said, I shall be alive and well, but
if you see blood drop from it you will know that I am dead." He
then mounted his horse and rode away. On the twentieth day of his
journey he found a hideous old dervise by the wayside, whom he
accosted, but so long were the moustache and beard of the old man
that he could not understand the mumbled words spoken in answer,
until he had removed some of the hair with his scissors. He then
explained again what he wanted. At first the old man was unwilling
to reply, but yielding to persuasion, informed the Prince he would
encounter great danger in obtaining what he desired. "But take this
bowl," he said, throw it before your horse, and follow it till you come
to the foot of the mountain. You will hear voices calling to and
abusing you, but if you look back you will be changed into a black
stone. If you overcome the dangers and reach the top of the mountain,
you will find what you seek. Take the cage of the talking bird first,
and it will inform you as to the rest."
Prince Bahman proceeded on his way, but unfortunately forgot the
injunction of the old man not to look behind, for he did so, and he and
his horse instantly became black stones. At the same minute Princess
Parazade, looking at the knife given her by her brother, saw blood
dropping from it, and knew that he had failed, and lost his life in the
enterprise. Prince Perviz then became obstinately determined to go
also, in spite of the entreaties of his sister to remain with her; and'
started next morning in the same direction, first placing in his sister's
hand a chaplet of pearls. Tell this over every day," said he, and
if ever you happen to find the pearls set fast, so that you cannot
move them, you will know I also am dead."
All happened to Prince -Perviz exactly the same as to his
brother. On the twentieth day the Princess,.telling over
her chaplet, found the pearls set fast, and knew that
this brother also was no more. In her affliction she
conceived the idea of going herself, and next morn-
36 THE TALKING BIRD.
ing, disguising herself as a youth, she mounted her horse, and taking the
same road that her brothers had done,reached the spot where the dervise sat
on the twentieth day. After speaking with him, she cunningly placed
cotton in her ears, so that she might not hear the voices, and by this means
reached the talking bird in safety. Then taking the cotton from her ears,
she enquired of the bird how to find the singing tree, and afterwards the
golden water. When she had procured both, the bird informed her that if
she sprinkled the black stones she passed as she went down the mountain-
side with a few drops of golden water, she would discover and disenchant
her brothers. This she did, and instantly Prince Bahman and Prince Perviz,
and their horses, appeared before her. They joyfully embraced each other,
and the Princess showed them that she had obtained the objects of her de-
sires. They then set out on their return home, Prince Bahman carrying the
branch of the singing tree, and Prince Perviz the pitcher of golden water,
whilst the Princess herself carried the cage containing the talking bird.
When they arrived at home the latter was placed in the garden,
where it attracted crowds of other birds ; the branch was planted close to the
house, and quickly grew into a tree, the leaves of which sang in the sweetest
harmony; and the golden water, on being poured into a marble basin,
THE TALKING BIRD.
rose into a fountain twenty feet high, and fell back without overflowing
the rim of the basin.
A few days after their return, the- Princes went out hunting, and met
the Sultan before they had time to get out of his way. Struck by
their faces and manner, he enquired who they were, and on being
told, invited them to join him in hunting. This they did, and were not
only very successful in sport, but the Sultan became
so much interested in their intelligent conversation
that he wished them to return with him. They ex-
cused themselves, saying they had an only,
S and very dear sister at home, and could
do nothing without consulting her.
"Do so," said the Sultan, "and
come and hunt with me again to-morrow, and
tell me what she says."
The brothers, however, forgot to tell their
sister, both on this day and several succeeding
ones, in spite of the reminders and increasing
persistence of the Sultan. At last they remem-
bered, and did as he desired.
S, J Bl" Let us consult the bird," said the
--- -. When it was brought, she explained
to it the Sultan's wishes.
SLet them go," said the bird; and not only this, but invite the
Sultan to your home in return."
After having visited the Sultan at the palace, Prince Bahman
proffered to him a respectful request that he would do them the honour
to visit them and be introduced to their sister. The Sultan not only
accepted the invitation, but expressed much pleasure at the idea, and
the brothers retired to prepare for his visit.
The Princess determined on consulting the talking bird as to what
dishes the Sultan preferred.
"You have good cooks," replied the bird. "Let them do their
best, but, above all things, place before the Sultan a dish of cucumbers,
with pearl sauce."
38 THE TALKING BIRD.
The Princess exclaimed in astonishment at the idea of such a dish,
and objected that she had not the pearls to furnish the sauce.
"For that matter," answered the bird, "you have but to turn up
the earth at the foot of the first tree you come to in your park, and you
will find more than you will want."
The Princess did as she was told, and obtained a small gold box .full
of pearls, which she exhibited to her brothers, and they decided it would
be wise to act exactly as the bird had told them.
When the Sultan arrived, to occupy the time before dinner, the
Princess took him into the garden, and called his attention to the talking
bird, the singing tree, and the golden water. He was so amazed at these
wonders that he could scarcely tear his attention away from them.
The talking bird was placed in the window of the dining saloon
that he might further observe it. As the repast proceeded, the Sultan
drew the dish of cucumbers towards him,
intending to partake of it, and vwa.,
astonished to find it dr:-s-, i with liparls. '
If your Majesty think- it -o very\
surprising," suddenly remarked tlie l irl, bird,
"how could you so l-readily credit
your children being b:orn in the form /
of a dog, a cat, and a pi, ',e :of
"Because the attiiendant ,
women told me so," -.aid the
were the SultannD'S
the bird, who
were jealous of
the honours she
enjoyed, and who
imposed upon J. r
you. They will
confess it if you
THE TALKING BIRD.
question them, and in these three young people you behold your real
children, who were found and rescued by the Superintendent of the
This speech enlightened the Sultan as to the whole scheme.
"As for these children," he said, the. strong affection and at-
traction I have felt towards them convinces me of the truth of what
Tenderly embracing all three, he mounted his horse,
and rode away to put the question to the sisters of the
Sultana, who, on the torture being' applied, :.
confessed the truth, and were executed.
He then let the Sultana out of her
prison with his own hand, and em- -: a
bracing her, begged for her forgivene-s. '
with tears in his eyes, and when she '
had been bathed and dressed
with her former magnieiencee, i
he introduced the Princes and -.
Princess to her, telling her '
they were her own childre-n,
and the manner in whichll
he, and she also, had liben -i
imposed upon by her wicked -
Prince Bahman, /\
Prince Perviz, and Prin-
cess Parazade were then :l
conducted to the palace,
followed by the re- ..
joicings of the people.
And in this mag-
nificent and joyful man-
ner ends their history
and that of the talking bird.
THE TALKING BIRD.
The Sultan expressed so much pleasure at the recital of The
Talking Bird" that Scheherazade informed him that she hald another
for the following morning, which was even more wonderful.
la i I
OR T+i-EyR ICB IJNI C9
IIABIB was the only son of Emir Ben-Hilac-Salamis, of Arabia, and
of Amirala his wife. He was a child of extraordinary beauty and
abilities, of whom it was foretold that he would be glorious and successful
in life, but that he must first pass through great dangers. His father
and another therefore determined that his education should be such as
best to strengthen him, in body and mind, to endure any hardships
which might befall him; thus, before he was seven years of age, he
could ride the most unmanageable horses, and excelled all his companions
in strength and activity. Ilfakis, the wisest philosopher of the time,
was engaged as tutor to the young Prince, and when he died, in a few
years' time, Habib knew everything that even a man of such attainments
as Ilfakis could teach him.
While Habib was still'grieving over the loss of his tutor, a stranger-
knight, of great strength and military accomplishments, arrived at the
camp, and after numerous satisfactory trials of his prowess and dexterity
in knightly and soldierly science, Emir Salamis determined to place his
son in his care. II Haboul, as the stranger-knight was called, joyfully
accepted the charge, and with the happiest results. The young Sultan
STORY OF HABIB, OR THE ARABIAN -KNIGHT.
soon distinguished himself by prodigies of valour, and astonished his
father's councillors by his wisdom and clear-sightedness.
When Il Haboul had finished the education of Habib, he was called
away into another country; but before his departure he confided to his
pupil the secret of the existence of a beautiful and unfortunate Princess,
named Dorothil-goase, whose destiny was linked with his own, for the
stars had foretold that it was only by an Arabian Prince that she could
be rescued from the persecutions of the genii of the race of Eblis, in
whose power she was.
This Princess is the daughter of a powerful king, named Schal-
goase, and of Camarilzaman, his wife, and you yourself, my dear
Habib," continued Il Haboul, "are the Prince whom fate has destined,
after an alarming series of dangers, to rescue this Princess, and unite her
fortunes with your own. You must, however, have patience till some
event shall direct you how to act." Tenderly embracing his pupil,
Il Haboul rode away.
One day, as Habib wasmusing in a rustic abode which he had built
for himself in a charming vale outside his father's camp, he heard a
sudden noise in the air, and perceived a large grey bird approaching,
bearing upon its back a pavilion, of gauze, the doors and windows of
which were wreathed about with flowers. The bird alighted, and a
golden staircase was let down from the door of the pavilion, at which
a most lovely young lady, surrounded with attendants of remarkable
beauty, appeared. Leaning on the arm of one of them, she descended
the stairs, and came towards the Sultan's retreat. Habib arose and
cast himself at her feet, when, gazing upon a picture which she wore,
and then on him, she said:-
"It is indeed my hero, the young Habib, whom I, Dorothil-goase,
am thus happy enough to find."
While they were embracing each other, a genie in human form
appeared, and saluting the young queen, informed her that the rebel
Abarakaff had taken advantage of her absence to attack the only
island which remained to her of her kingdom, and that the, rebel genii
hitad joined him,
Return immediately," he cried, and oppose them, lest the way be
blocked by dangers, and the enemy triumph." With another embrace the
STORY OF HABIB, OR THE ARABIAN KNIGHT.
lovers parted, the Princess returning to her pavilion, borne by the roc,
and Habib to his father's tent, to inform him of his resolve immediately
to proceed to Mount Caucasus to the assistance of Dorothil-goase.
With twenty men of tried prudence and courage, Habib hastened to
set forth on his journey, the dangers of which were rendered light to
him by the love that inspired his enterprise; but as they proceeded
difficulties and deprivations grew day by day, and his attendants became
weary and disheartened. They therefore conspired to leave Habib whilst
he slept, and return home. This they did, and told the Emir Salamis
that his son had been killed in the desert by the bite-of a serpent.
Salamis believed them, and while he and the whole kingdom were
mourning for the loss of the Prince, Habib, having discovered the
treachery of his soldiers, proceeded alone on his journey, which he still
determined to accomplish. Having encountered successfully unheard-of
difficulties and dangers, his strength, though not his courage, was one day
beginning to fail, when a monstrous bird, which he perceived to be a roc,
alighted close to him, and
bowed its head. Habib saw
that a damask cushion was
suspended to its feet by
-cords, catching hold of which
he seated himself on the
cushion, when the bird in-
stantly arose and carried him
through the air to Mount Cau-
casus, where he was, to his
extreme joy, received by no
less a person than Il Haboul
-- -- himself, who conducted his
pupil to a place where he
might refresh himself and re-
gain his exhausted strength,
and in the meantime informed
him what further was to be
Done in order to accomplish
the object of his journey.
STORY OF HABIB, OR THE ARABIAN KNIGHT.
SYon are called 1by idetiny, my dear Habib," said he, "to be
thlavenw :-erot L Quee.1 Drothil-'Io:e. The only way to her dominions
is throu.-i-- l,1 thte ei-ientri of tile earth and through forty
ntybrazel! ate-, guarded by malevolent genii
I- of i -reat strength and courage, and
tlroui.-'h the rooms in which Solomon's
.t trea,,ui is deposited. Five hundred
knigihts have already tried to penetrate
thlese, .but have all failed through
having ileglected the precautions which
I will tell you of.
St" Before the first gate you will see
t aolen key on the ground. Pick
Si sit up, and open the gate, taking
care to close it behind you so
gently that it will not make any
o noise. In the first hall you will
.'[ee a gigantic black, who will
ains e over your head an enormous
s eimitar. You must repeat
.m aloud the talismanic charac-
tors written on the blade, and
then take it from the slave.
It is the scimitar of Solo-
Ell_ : 1..... .- mon, and you must take
the keys also. When you
have opened the fortieth
door, you will see before you the first of the seas you must pass in order
to reach Dorothil-goase, and you will also find means of proceeding; but
I warn you not to forget a single point of your instructions; especially
remember to close each door softly behind you."
Habib did so, and proceeded in safety until he came to the fortieth
door. Here, in his delight at seeing the sea in front of him, he let the
door clang to with a great noise, and instantly a violent storm arose;
evil spirits assailed him,.and he must have been destroyed had he not
remembered to draw his mysterious scimitar, and in the mighty name
46 STORY OF HABIB, OR THE ARABIAN KNIGHT.
inscribed on the blade, commanded the powers of
the air and water to return to their wonted order.
Instantly there was a calm, and,
Swearied with his exertions,
Habib fell asleep, and
on -awakening found
S-. that three fair daugh-
ters of the sea had
been guarding his slumbers, who gave him news of Dorothil-
/ '"She is still persecuted by the monster -Racachick," they
S told him, "-and by the tyrant Abarakaff. The former, when on
land, can assume a purely human form, but he has a shark's
head, and his body is covered with scales; he rides a sea
horse, and carries the rib of a whale by way of a scimitar.
SMy sisters and I have provided a raft on which to carry.
you to the White Isle where he dwells."
Eight dolphins were yoked to the raft on which
Habib embarked, and the three sisters swanm by its side,
till, having reached the White. Isle, and despatched this
' monster with his magic scimitar, he arrived near the
Green Isle, the residence of the enchanter, Nizabic, whom he
Intended to attack next, where he found the raft entangled
in a net. His first thought was to place the three daughters
of the sea -upon the raft in safety, whilst he destroyed
this net. Nizabic then approached to attack him when
he should land, but Habib smote him such a blow with
his scimitar, that the magician retired half dead into his
castle, which, by his arts, he caused to fall down, thus
hoping to crush the Sultan as well as himself in its ruins.
Habib, however, fell into a sort of pit of rocks, and was
unhurt, and Ilzaide, one of the three sisters, let down
her long hair into ,the pit, and begged him to climb
up by it. This he easily did, and they proceeded on
S their voyage until they came to the Island of Mendinaz
Ill-ballor, the residence of Dorothil-goase herself, where
STORY OF .HKBIB, OR THE AJBABIAN. NIGHT.
Habib entreated Ilzaide to precede him and announce his arrival to
This was soon done, and Dorothil-goase was yet indulging in
transports of joy at the presence of her Arabian knight, when news was
brought that Abarakaff, the last remaining of her persecutors, was
approaching to attack them, and Habib was forced to arm himself for
battle once more, and slay this monster also; then at last he was able
to enjoy the reward of his valour, and to. restore to the beautiful
queen her dominions free from the presence of the tyrant usurpers who
had so long poisoned her peace.
STORY OF HABIB, OR THE ARABIAN KNIGHT.
After a few days of happiness passed together, Habib.set out on a
visit to the tents of his father, accompanied by Dorothil-goase, and pre-
sented her to Salamis and Amirala as his bride. They were transported
with joy at his return. After welcoming the queen as their daughter-
in-law, they became eager to celebrate her marriage with their son,
which was performed with great magnificence. The happy pair then
returned to the kingdom of Dorothil-goase, over which Habib was
henceforth to reign with her as joint sovereign.
Delighted with the wonderful memory and charming accomplish-
ment of the Sultana, her husband, at the conclusion of this history,
embraced her with affection, and assured her that he had by this time
forgotten his anger, and had no longer any desire for her death.'
"You have entirely appeased my anger," he said, and I freely
revoke in your favour the cruel law I had promulgated, and receive you
into my favour."
The Sultana, for answer, threw herself at his feet, and, gave every
sign of heart-felt and lively gratitude. She then obtained -permission to
be the bearer of the delightful intelligence to her father, the grand
vizier, and it was immediately reported through the city and kingdom,
bringing down on the heads of Sultan Schahrian and the amiable -Sultana
Scheherazade, the praises and congratulations of all the people of the
empire of the Indies.
Father Tuck's -,
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