What is that to me? Shall it be your life, or hers? What is it between you and this Ali Baba? This sprawling collection is set in a highly original frame story: in order to avoid being killed by the sadistic King Shahryar, who takes a new wife each night only to murder them in the morning, Scheherazade weaves a series of compelling stories, ending each one on a cliffhanger so that her husband will want to keep her alive to hear the rest. Now that my dream is about to be realized, I will not see it shattered! They must throw off the tyrant. She repented of her foolish curiosity, and cursed her desire of prying into the affairs of her brother and sister-in-law. He told him he should be welcome, and immediately opened his gates for the mules to go into the yard. For fear of the thieves he had not once visited the jungle-cave wherein lay the treasure, since the day he had carried forth the corpse of his brother Kasim.
Ali Baba went boldly into the cave, and collected as much of the gold coin, which was in bags, as his three asses could carry. The treasure is in a cave, the mouth of which is sealed by magic. Alarmed at this, they galloped full speed to the cave. Well, said the captain, one of you, the boldest and most skilful among you, must go into the town, disguised as a traveller and a stranger, to try if he can hear any talk of the man whom we have killed, and endeavour to find out who he was, and where he lived. With this resolve the Captain hired a shop in the Bazar, whither he bore whole bales of the finest stuffs and goodly merchandise from his forest treasure-house; and presently he took his seat within the store and fell to doing merchant's business. Despite all the violence in this story, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, I don't remember it being traumatic all those years ago, so I decided that a children's edition should be a good choice for my son's first encounter with it. Would you sacrifice your daughter to save your own miserable skin? Come in, Marjaneh, said Ali-Baba, and let Khoja Hoseyn see what you can do, that he may tell us what he thinks of your performance.
I liked the story because it provides an interesting tale that has some violence, romance, misfortunes and cunning outsmarting actions. You would not let him die cursing your name. He repeats the same process with Baba Mustapha, but this time memorizes the location himself rather than using chalk. But the Captain observed that the next door was chalked in the same manner, and in the same place; and shewing it to his guide, asked him what house it was, that, or the first. But he has not had time to reach the outer gates. I shall be queen in Baghdad.
Then coming out they closed the hoard door and rode away upon their wonted work. That's why I have kept you in Basra. Thus Ali Baba and his household lived all their lives in wealth and joyance in that city where erst he had been a pauper, and by the blessing of that secret treasure he rose to high degree and dignities. . He then listened, but not hearing or perceiving anything, he began to grow uneasy, threw stones again a second and also a third time, and could not comprehend the reason that none of them should answer his signal.
The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect. said Marjaneh, putting another piece of gold into his hand, that I should ask anything that is contrary to your honour! Accordingly, he addressed himself to Baba Mustafa, who did him the same service he had done to the other robbers. He is no fool, he will watch for every trick. The only thing I desire of you is to shew me the house where you stitched up the dead body. Without showing her amazement, she answered, Not yet, but presently.
All that day Ali Baba and his wife were seen going between Kasims and their own house, and nobody was surprised in the evening to hear the lamentable shrieks and cries of Kasims wife and Marjaneh, who gave out everywhere that her master was dead. Astonished and confused beyond measure he named the names of all manner of grains save sesame, which had slipped from his memory as though he had never heard the word; whereat in his dire distress he heeded not the Ashrafis that lay heaped at the entrance and paced to and fro, backwards and forwards, within the cave sorely puzzled and perplexed. It may be a trick, my Lord. I know how to deal with these men of Baghdad. You two would storm the walls of Baghdad and attack the Mongol armies single-handed? He returned, and ordered his men to go into the neighboring villages and buy nineteen mules, and thirty-eight leather jars, all empty except one, which was full of oil. One day Ali Baba is at work collecting and cutting firewood in the forest, and he happens to overhear a group of forty thieves visiting their treasure store. Hundreds die in Baghdad every day.
Abd-Allah took his tabor and played all the way into the hall before Marjaneh, who, when she came to the door, made a low obeisance by way of asking leave to exhibit her skill. I was particularly impressed at their use of panels without speech bubbles or much action to relay mood and moments of consideration and contemplation. The second thief is killed for his stupidity as well. Now Kasim had heard from within the cave the horse hoofs drawing nigh and yet nigher, and he fell down to the ground in a fit of fear, never doubting that it was the clatter of the banditti who would slaughter him without fail. Having bound his eyes with a handkerchief, she took him to the room where the body lay, pulled off the bandage, and bade him sew the quarters together, after which she covered his eyes again and led him home. Return to your mistress, then. Burton, , Shammar edition, vol.
The first is: when Morgiana discovers the thieves in the oil jars, she alerts Ali Baba and, together with a friend, they release the jars on a street with a steep incline that allows the jars to roll down and break open. Not long after, it so fortuned that Morgiana, going out upon some errand, marveled exceedingly at seeing the chalk marks showing white in the door. He climbed up a large tree, planted on a high rock, whose branches were thick enough to conceal him, and yet enabled him to see all that passed without being discovered. That's alright for you to say, but you're going to Basra. But we'll take him back to Baghdad. Now it chanced one day that Ali Baba had cut dead branches and dry fuel sufficient for his need, and had placed the load upon his beasts, when suddenly he espied a dust cloud spiring high in air to his right and moving rapidly toward him, and when he closely considered it, he descried a troop of horsemen riding on amain and about to reach him. In order to dispose of the merchandise, when he had thus amassed them together, he took a warehouse, which happened to be opposite to Kasims, which Ali Babas son had occupied since the death of his uncle.
I came to tell you I did not know of the trap that was laid for you. Tomorrow I will see the moon rise, and yet another moonrise. Prithee tell it to me, and set my heart at ease. Thou knowest whither he went, and sore I fear me some misfortune hath betided him. She bade her stay a little, and she would readily fetch one. Because he has served me well, I will grant your wish.
If these are to be my last moments, let me live them in peace. There is one scene with a pool of blood. Tomorrow early I would fare to the hammam and bathe, so do thou give my slave boy Abdullah a suit of clean white clothes which I may put on after washing. Then he drove his asses into the yard, shut the gates, carried the money-bags to his wife, and emptied them out before her. If he uncovers the jar, he dies. Without me and the two locked up in gaol ye number thirty-seven souls; so I will stow you away armed and accoutred each within his jar and will load two upon each mule, and upon the nineteenth mule there shall be a man in an empty jar on one side, and on the other the jar full of oil.