STORY OF HIS FIRST
"Know, 0 Prince of the Faithful, that the
first (who was named El-Bakbuk) was the lame one. He practiced the
art of a tailor in Baghdad, and used to sew
in a shop which he hired of a man possessing great
lived over the shop, and who had, in the
lower part of his house, a mill.
brother was sitting in his shop one
day, sewing, he raised his head, and saw
a woman like the rising full
moon, at a
projecting window of the house, looking at the people passing by; as soon as he
beheld the radiant beauty of her face he became
entangled with desire.
He passed that day steeling
gazes at the window wishing her to reappear while neglecting his profession.
The following morning he opened
his shop, and sat down to sew; but every time that he sewed a stitch, he looked towards
the window; and in this state he continued, sewing nothing sufficient to earn a
piece of silver.
third day he seated himself again in his
place, looking towards the woman; and she saw him, and, perceiving that he had
become entangled with
desire, laughed in his face, and he, in like manner, laughed in her
She then disappeared from before him, and sent to him her
girl, with a wrapper containing a
piece of red flowered silk; and
the girl, coming to him, said to him,
My mistress saluteth thee, and desireth thee to cut out for her,
with the hand of skill, a shirt of this
piece, and to sew it beautifully.'
So he answered, I hear and
obey' and he cut out for her the shirt,
and finished the sewing of it on that day; and on the following
girl came to him again, and said to
him, My mistress saluteth thee, and saith to thee, How didst thou pass
last night? for she tasted not
sleep, from her
passion for thee.'
placed before him a piece of yellow satin, and said to him, My mistress
desireth thee to cut out for her,
of this piece, two pairs of trousers, and to make them this
He replied, I hear and
obey. Salute her with abundant
salutations, and say to her, thy slave
is submissive to thine order, and command him to do whatsoever thou wilt.'
He then busied himself with the cutting out, and used all diligence in
sewing the two pairs of trousers; and presently the woman looked out at him
from the window, and saluted him by a sign, now casting down her eyes, and now
smiling in his face, so that he imagined he should soon obtain
possession of her.
After this, she
disappeared from before him, and the
girl came to him; so he delivered to
her the two pairs of trousers, and she took them and departed: and when the
night came, he threw himself upon his bed,
and remained turning himself over in restlessness until the
following day, the
master of the house came to
my brother, bringing some linen, and said
to him, Cut out and make this into shirts for me.'
I hear and
obey', and ceased not from his
work until he had cut out twenty shirts by
the time of nightfall,
without having tasted
The man then said to
him, How much is thy hire for this?', but my
answered not; and the woman made a
sign to him that he should receive
nothing, though he was absolutely in want of a single
For three days he continued Now the young
woman had acquainted her husband with the
state of my brother's mind, but my
knew not this; and she planned with her
husband to employ him in sewing
without remuneration, and moreover to
amuse themselves by laughing at him: so, when he had finished all the
work that they gave him, they contrived a
plot against him, and married him to
girl; and on the
night when he
desired to introduce himself to her, they
said to him, Pass this night in the
mill, and tomorrow thou shalt enjoy
eating or drinking anything,
in his diligence
to accomplish his work,
and when he had
finished it, he went to deliver the shirts.
thinking that their
good, passed the
night in the mill alone.
the husband of the young woman went to the
miller, and instigated him by signs to
make my brother turn the mill.
miller, accordingly, went in to him at midnight, and began to exclaim, 'Verily this
bull is lazy, while there is a great
quantity of wheat, and the owners of the
flour are demanding it: I will therefore yoke him in the mill, that he may finish
the grinding of the flour', and so saying, he yoked my
brother, and thus he kept him until near
morning, then the owner of the
house came, and saw him yoked in the mill, and the miller flogging him with the
whip; and he left him, and retired.
After this, the
girl to whom he had been contracted
in marriage came to him early in the
morning, and, having unbound
him from the mill, said to him, 'Both I and my mistress have been
distressed by this
which hath befallen thee, and we have participated in the burden of thy
But he had no
tongue wherewith to answer her, by
reason of the
severity of the flogging.
returned to his house; and lo, the sheykh who was to seal the marriage contract
came and saluted him, saying, May God
prolong thy life! May thy marriage be
blessed! May God not preserve the
brother: thou thousandfold villain!
By Allah, I went only to turn the mill in the
place of the bull until the morning.'
'Tell me thy
story', said the sheykh, and my
brother told him what had happened to him:
upon which the sheykh said, Thy star
agreeth not with hers: but if thou desire
that I should change for thee the mode of the
contract, will change it for another better than it, that thy
star may agree with hers.'
then,' replied my brother, 'if thou hast
any other contrivance to employ.'
My brother then left him, and repaired again to
his shop, hoping that somebody might give him some
work, with the
profit of which he might obtain his
food; and lo, the
girl came to him.
conspired with her mistress to play him this
trick, and said to him, Verily, my mistress is longing for thee, and she
hath gone up to look at thy face from the window.'
brother had scarcely
words when she looked out at him from the
window, and, weeping, said, Wherefore hast thou cut short the
intercourse between us and thee?'
He returned her no answer: so
she swore to him that all that had happened to him in the mill was not with her
consent: and when my brother beheld her
beauty and loveliness, the troubles that
had befallen him became effaced from his memory, and he accepted her excuse, and
rejoiced at the sight of her.
saluted her, therefore, and conversed with her, and then sat a while at his
work; after which the
girl came to him, and said, My
mistress saluteth thee, and informeth thee that her
husband hath determined to pass this next
night in the house of one of his intimate
friends; wherefore, when he hath gone thither, do thou come to her.'
Now the husband of the young woman
had said to her, 'How shall we contrive when he cometh to thee that I may take
him and drag him before the Wali?'
Let me then play him a trick, and
involve him in a disgrace for which he
shall be paraded throughout this
city as an example
to others,' and my brother knew nothing of
the craftiness of psychopathic women.
Accordingly, at the approach of evening, the
girl came to him, and, taking him by
the hand, returned with him to her mistress, who said to him, Verily, 0
my master, I have been
longing for thee.'
'Hasten then,' said he, 'to give me a kiss, first of
His words were not finished
when the young woman's
husband came in from his neighbor's house,
and, seizing my brother, exclaimed to him,
By Allah, I will not loose thee but in the
presence of the chief
magistrate of the police.'
brother humbled himself before him; but,
without listening to him, he took him
to the house of the Wali, who flogged him with
whips, and mounted him on a camel, and
conveyed him through the streets of the
city, the people
crying out, This is the recompense of him who breaketh into the harims of
others!' and he fell from the
camel, and his leg broke: so he became lame.
The Wali then banished him from the
city; and he went
forth, not knowing whither to turn his
steps: but I, though enraged, overtook
him, and brought him back; and I have taken upon myself to provide him with
meat and drink unto this present
THE STORY OF THE
HUSBAND AND THE PARROT
There was a certain merchant, of an exceedingly
jealous disposition, having a
wife endowed with
perfect beauty, who had prevented him from leaving
his home; but an event happened which obliged
him to make a journey; and when he
found his doing so to be indispensable, he went to the
market in which birds were sold,
and bought a parrot, which he placed in his
house to act as a spy, that, on
his return, she might inform him of what passed during his absence; for this
parrot was cunning and
remembered whatever she
So, when he had made
his journey, and accomplished his
business, he returned, and caused the parrot to
be brought to him, and asked her regarding the conduct of his
wife has a lover, who visited her every
night during thy absence,' and when the man
heard this, he fell into a
rage, and went to his
wife, and gave her a severe beating.
The woman imagined that one
of the female
slaves had informed him of
what had passed between her and her paramour
during his absence: she therefore called them together, and made them swear;
and they all swore that they had not told their
master anything of the
matter; but confessed that they had heard the parrot relate to him what had passed.
Having thus established, on the testimony of the
fact of the parrot's having informed her
husband of her intrigue, she ordered one
of these slaves to grind with
a hand mill under the cage, another to sprinkle
water from above, and a third to move
a mirror from side to side,
during the next night on which her
husband was absent.
following morning, when the man
returned from an entertainment at which he
had been present, and inquired again of the parrot what had passed that
night during his absence, the
bird answered, '0 my
master, I could neither
hear anything, on account of the
excessive darkness, and thunder, and
Now this happened during
summer: so he said to her, 'What strange words are these? It is now summer, when nothing
of what thou hast described ever happens.'
parrot, however, swore by
Allah the Great that what she had said was
true; and that it had so happened: upon
which the man, not understanding
the case, nor knowing the
violently enraged, and took out the bird from the
cage, and threw her down upon the ground
with such violence that he
days, one of his
slaves informed him of the
truth; yet he would not
believe it, until he saw his wife's
paramour going out from his house; when he
drew his sword, and
slew the traitor by a
blow on the back of his neck: so also did he
to his treacherous wife; and thus both of
them went, laden with the sin which they
had committed, to the fire; and the merchant
discovered that the
parrot had informed him
truly of what she had
seen; and he
mourned grievously for her
a The Thousand and One Nights, Persian
origin, re-written in Arabic
Aladdin and the Wonderful
LampAladdin was a street urchin whose lazy ways were the
of his father and the despair of his mother. One day an evil magician gave him
a magic ring and attempted to deceive him into retrieving a magical lamp, but
Aladdin foiled his trick, saved his own skin, and emerged with the lamp to
boot, along with some jewels which he initially thought were fruit. When his
mother polished the lamp, a genie emerged. Aladdin asked him for food, which
the genie delivered instantly on silver plates. Used to living from hand to
mouth, Aladdin sold the plates one by one as they needed money, and thus they
lived for several years.
One day Aladdin caught a glimpse of the
princess and set his mother to ask for her hand. She took some of the
jewel-fruits with her, and when the sultan saw them all a-glitter, he was
inclined to agree, but his vizier, who wanted to give his own son a chance to
compete, suggested a delay. The king told Aladdin's mother to come back in
three months, but then, two months later, an announcement was made of the
princess's marriage to the vizier's son. Thereupon, Aladdin called upon his
genie to whisk away the wedding bed--bride, groom and all. The genie did that
for three nights, returning it each morning, and the frightful trips convinced
the groom to relinquish his hold on the princess.
The sultan demanded a
high price which Aladdin was able to deliver with help from the genie, who
carried him to court amidst great riches and built a grand house for the
princess. Aladdin prospered, but--alas!-- his elaborate display caught the
attention of the evil magician again.
While Aladdin was away from
home, the magician disguised himself and walked
by Aladdin's palace calling, "New
lamps for old," and the princess willingly traded away Aladdin's old lamp. That
night the magician used it to carry the palace, princess and all to Africa. Next
day Aladdin was taken to the sultan and told to find the princess or lose his
head. After three days of searching, he accidentally rubbed his magic ring,
calling a genie who took him to Africa to the hideaway.
devised a plot to poison the magician, then they stole back the lamp and
returned home, where her father celebrated
their return with feasting for ten days.
Unfortunately that happy
ending was not to be.
The genie's brother was more wicked than he! He
went to China, killed a pious woman, Fatima, and disguised himself in her
attire. He went to the palace where
the people greeted him like Fatima, begging to be healed. The princess saw all
this and sent for Fatima to come and cure her own ailments. It was then that
the false Fatima told her that her beautiful
palace lacked for one thing: a roc's
egg hanging from the dome. When she asked Aladdin for one, he rubbed his lamp.
The genie emerged, but called Aladdin a wretch for requesting his "master" be
hanged in the midst of the palace,
noting that such a request must have been a trick by the magician's evil
brother. He then told Aladdin the brother was disguised as a holy woman, so
Aladdin asked that Fatima be called to ease his headache, and when "she"
arrived, he pierced her heart with his dagger.
After this, Aladdin and
the princess lived in happiness to the end of their days.
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