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    13- The Envious Man

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    The Story of the Envious Man, and of him that he Envied



    In a considerable town two persons dwelt in adjoining houses. One
    of them conceived such a violent hatred against the other, that
    the hated party resolved to remove to a distance, being persuaded
    that their being neighbours was the only cause of this animosity;
    for though he had done him several pieces of service, he found
    that his hatred was not diminished; he therefore sold his house,
    with what goods he had left, and retired to the capital city of a
    kingdom which was not far distant. Here he bought a little spot
    of ground, which lay about half a league from the city; where he
    had a convenient house, with a garden, and a pretty spacious
    court, wherein there was a deep well, which was not in use.

    The honest man having made this purchase put on a dervise's
    habit, intending to lead a retired life, and caused several cells
    to be made in the house, where in a short time he established a
    numerous society of dervises. He soon came to be publicly known
    by his virtue, through which he acquired the esteem of many
    people, as well of the commonalty as of the chief of the city. In
    short, he was much honoured and courted by all ranks. People came
    from afar to recommend themselves to his prayers; and all who
    visited him, published what blessings they received through his
    means.

    The great reputation of this honest man having spread to the town
    from whence he had come, it touched the envious man so much to
    the quick, that he left his house and affairs with a resolution
    to ruin him. With this intent he went to the new convent of
    dervises, of which his former neighbour was the head, who
    received him with all imaginable tokens of friendship. The
    envious man told him that he was come on purpose to communicate a
    business of importance, which he could not do but in private; and
    "that nobody may hear us, let us," said he, "take a walk in your
    court; and seeing night begins to draw on, command your dervises
    to retire to their cells." The chief of the dervises did as he
    was required.

    When the envious man saw that he was alone with this good man, he
    began to tell him his errand, walking side by side in the court,
    till he saw his opportunity; and getting the good man near the
    brink of the well, he gave him a thrust, and pushed him into it,
    without being seen by any one. Having done thus, he returned, got
    out at the gate of the convent without being known, and reached
    his own house well satisfied with his journey, being fully
    persuaded that the object of his hatred was no more; but he found
    himself mistaken.

    This old well was inhabited by fairies and genies, which happened
    luckily for the relief of the head of the convent; for they
    received and supported him, and carried him to the bottom, so
    that he got no hurt. He perceived that there was something
    extraordinary in his fall, which must otherwise have cost him his
    life; but he neither saw nor felt anything. He soon heard a
    voice, however, which said, "Do you know what honest man this is,
    to whom we have done this piece of service?" Another voice
    answered, "No." To which the first replied, "Then I will tell
    you. This man out of charity, the purest ever known, left the
    town he lived in, and has established himself in this place, in
    hopes to cure one of his neighbours of the envy he had conceived
    against him; he had acquired such a general esteem, that the
    envious man, not able to endure it, came hither on purpose to
    ruin him; and he would have accomplished his design, had it not
    been for the assistance we have given this honest man, whose
    reputation is so great, that the sultan, who keeps his residence
    in the neighbouring city, was to pay him a visit to-morrow, to
    recommend the princess his daughter to his prayers."

    Another voice asked, "What need had the princess of the dervise's
    prayers?" To which the first answered, "You do not know, it
    seems, that she is possessed by genie Maimoun, the son of Dimdim,
    who is fallen in love with her. But I well know how this good
    head of the dervises may cure her; the thing is very easy, and I
    will explain it to you. He has a black cat in his convent, with a
    white spot at the end of her tail, about the bigness of a small
    piece of Arabian money; let him only pull seven hairs out of the
    white spot, burn them, and smoke the princess's head with the
    fume, she will not only be immediately cured, but be so safely
    delivered from Maimoun, the son of Dimdim, that he will never
    dare to approach her again."

    The head of the dervises remembered every word of the
    conversation between the fairies and the genies, who remained
    silent the remainder of the night. The next morning, as soon as
    daylight appeared, and he could discern the nature of his
    situation, the well being broken down in several places, he saw a
    hole, by which he crept out with ease.

    The other dervises, who had been seeking for him, were rejoiced
    to see him; he gave them a brief account of the wickedness of the
    man to whom he had given so kind a reception the day before, and
    retired into his cell. Shortly after the black cat, which the
    fairies and the genies had mentioned the night before, came to
    fawn upon her master, as she was accustomed to do; he took her
    up, and pulled seven hairs from the white spot that was upon her
    tail, and laid them aside for his use when occasion should serve.

    Soon after sunrise the sultan, who would leave no means untried
    that he thought likely to restore the princess to perfect health,
    arrived at the gate of the convent. He commanded his guards to
    halt, whilst he with his principal officers went in. The dervises
    received him with profound respect.

    The sultan called their chief aside, and said, "Good Sheik, you
    may probably be already acquainted with the cause of my visit."
    "Yes, Sir," replied he gravely, "if I do not mistake, it is the
    disease of the princess which procures me this unmerited honour."
    "That is the real case," replied the sultan. "You will give me
    new life if your prayers, as I hope they may, restore my
    daughter's health." "Sir," said the good man, "if your majesty
    will be pleased to let her come hither, I am in hopes, through
    God's assistance and favour, that she will be effectually cured."

    The prince, transported with joy, sent immediately for his
    daughter, who soon appeared with a numerous train of ladies and
    eunuchs, but veiled, so that her face was not seen. The chief of
    the dervises caused a pall to be held over her head, and he had
    no sooner thrown the seven hairs upon the burning coals, than the
    genie Maimoun, the son of Dimdim, uttered a great cry, and
    without being seen, left the princess at liberty; upon which, she
    took the veil from her face, and rose up to see where she was,
    saying, "Where am I, and who brought me hither?" At these words
    the sultan, overcome with excess of joy, embraced his daughter,
    and kissed her eyes; he also kissed the chief of the dervises'
    hands, and said to his officers, "What reward does he deserve
    that has thus cured my daughter?" They all cried, "He deserves
    her in marriage." "That is what I had in my thoughts," said the
    sultan; "and I make him my son-in-law from this moment." Some
    time after the prime vizier died, and the sultan conferred the
    place on the dervise. The sultan himself also died without heirs
    male; upon which the religious orders and the militia consulted
    together, and the good man was declared and acknowledged sultan
    by general consent.

    The honest dervise, having ascended the throne of his father-in-
    law, as he was one day in the midst of his courtiers on a march,
    espied the envious man among the crowd that stood as he passed
    along, and calling one of the viziers that attended him,
    whispered him in his ear, "Go, bring me that man you see there;
    but take care you do not frighten him." The vizier obeyed, and
    when the envious man was brought into his presence, the sultan
    said, "Friend, I am extremely glad to see you." Upon which he
    called an officer, "Go immediately," said he, "and cause to be
    paid to this man out of my treasury, one hundred pieces of gold:
    let him have also twenty loads of the richest merchandize in my
    storehouses, and a sufficient guard to conduit him to his house."
    After he had given this charge to the officer, he bade the
    envious man farewell, and proceeded on his march.

    When I had finished the recital of this story to the genie, the
    murderer of the princess of the isle of Ebene, I made an
    application of it to himself: "O genie!" said I, "this bountiful
    sultan was not satisfied with merely overlooking the design of
    the envious man to take away his life, but also treated him
    kindly, and sent him back loaded with the favours I have
    enumerated." In short, I employed all my eloquence to persuade
    him to imitate so good an example, and to grant me pardon; but it
    was impossible to move his compassion.

    "All that I can do for thee," said he, "is, to grant thee thy
    life; but do not flatter thyself that I will allow thee to return
    safe and well; I must let thee feel what I am able to do by my
    enchantments." So saying, he seized me violently, and carried me
    through the arched roof of the subterraneous palace, which opened
    to give him passage; he ascended with me into the air to such a
    height, that the earth appeared like a little white cloud; he
    then descended again like lightning, and alighted upon the summit
    of a mountain.

    Here he took up a handful of earth, and pronouncing, or rather
    muttering, some words which I did not understand, threw it upon
    me. "Quit," said he, "the form of a man, and take that of an
    ape." He instantly disappeared, and left me alone, transformed
    into an ape, and overwhelmed with sorrow in a strange country,
    not knowing whether I was near or far from my father's dominions.

    I descended the mountain, and entered a plain level country,
    which took me a month to travel over, and then I came to the sea-
    side. It happened at the time to be perfectly calm, and I espied
    a vessel about half a league from the shore: unwilling to lose so
    good an opportunity, I broke off a large branch from a tree,
    carried it into the sea, and placed myself astride upon it, with
    a stick in each hand to serve me for oars.

    I launched out in this posture, and rowed towards the ship. When
    I had approached sufficiently near to be seen, I exhibited to the
    seamen and passengers on the deck an extraordinary spectacle, and
    all of them regarded me with astonishment. In the meantime I got
    on board, and laying hold of a rope, jumped upon the deck, but
    having lost my speech I found myself in great perplexity: and
    indeed the risk I ran was not less than when I was at the mercy
    of the genie.

    The merchants, being both superstitious and scrupulous, thought
    if they received me on board I should be the occasion of some
    misfortune to them during their voyage. On this account one of
    them said, "I will destroy him with a blow of this handspike;"
    another, "I will shoot an arrow through his body;" and a third,
    "Let us throw him into the sea." Some one of them would not have
    failed to carry his threat into execution had I not gone to the
    captain, thrown myself at his feet, and taken hold of his skirt
    in a supplicating posture. This action, together with the tears
    which he saw gush from my eyes, moved his compassion. He took me
    under his protection, threatened to be revenged on any one that
    would do me the least hurt, and loaded me with a thousand
    caresses. On my part, though I had not power to speak, I showed
    by my gestures every mark of gratitude in my power.

    The wind that succeeded the calm was not strong, but favourable;
    it continued to blow in the same direction for fifty days, and
    brought us safe to the port of a city, well peopled, and of great
    trade, the capital of a powerful state, where we came to anchor.

    Our vessel was instantly surrounded with an infinite number of
    boats full of people, who came to congratulate their friends on
    their safe arrival, or to inquire for those they had left behind
    them in the country from whence they had come, or out of
    curiosity to see a ship that had performed so long a voyage.

    Amongst the rest, some officers came on board, desiring in the
    name of the sultan to speak with the merchants. The merchants
    appearing, one of the officers told them, "The sultan our master
    hath commanded us to acquaint you, that he rejoices in your safe
    arrival, and beseeches each of you to take the trouble to write a
    few lines upon this roll. That you may understand the design of
    this request, you must know that we had a prime vizier, who
    besides possessing great abilities for the management of public
    affairs could write in the highest perfection. This minister a
    few days since died. The event has greatly affected the sultan;
    and since he can never behold his writing without admiration, he
    has made a solemn vow, not to give the place to any one who
    cannot write equally well. Many have presented specimens of their
    skill; but to this day, no one in the empire has been judged
    worthy to supply the vizier's place."

    Those of the merchants who thought they could write well enough
    to aspire to this high dignity, wrote one after another what they
    thought fit. After they had done, I advanced, and took the roll
    out of the gentleman's hand; but all the people, especially the
    merchants, cried out, that I would tear it, or throw it into the
    sea, till they saw how properly I held the roll, and made a sign
    that I would write in my turn: their apprehensions then changed
    into wonder. However, as they had never seen an ape that could
    write, and could not be persuaded that I was more ingenious than
    others of my kind, they wished to take the roll out of my hand;
    but the captain took my part once more. "Let him alone," said he,
    "allow him to write. If he only scribbles the paper, I promise
    you that I will immediately punish him. If, on the contrary, he
    writes well, as I hope he will, because I never saw an ape so
    clever and ingenious, and so quick of apprehension, I declare
    that I will adopt him as my son." Perceiving that no one opposed
    my design, I took the pen, and wrote six sorts of hands used
    among the Arabians, and each specimen contained an extemporary
    distich or quatrain in praise of the sultan. My writing not only
    excelled that of the merchants, but was such as they had not
    before seen in that country. When I had done, the officers took
    the roll, and carried it to the sultan.

    The sultan took little notice of any of the writings, except
    mine, which pleased him so much that he said to the officers,
    "Take the finest horse in my stable, with the richest trappings,
    and a robe of the most sumptuous brocade to put on the person who
    wrote the six hands, and bring him thither." At this command the
    officers could not forbear laughing. The sultan was incensed at
    their rudeness, and would have punished them had they not
    explained: "Sir," said they, "we humbly beg your majesty's
    pardon: these hands were not written by a man, but by an ape."
    "What do you say?" exclaimed the sultan. "Those admirable
    characters, are they not written by the hands of a man?" "No,
    Sir," replied the officers; "we assure your majesty that it was
    an ape, who wrote them in our presence." The sultan was too much
    surprised at this account not to desire a sight of me, and
    therefore said, "Do what I command you, and bring me speedily
    that wonderful ape."

    The officers returned to the vessel and shewed the captain their
    order, who answered, "The sultan's command must be obeyed."
    Whereupon they clothed me with the rich brocade robe, and carried
    me ashore, where they set me on horseback, whilst the sultan
    waited for me at his palace with a great number of courtiers,
    whom he gathered together to do me the more honour.

    The procession commenced; the harbour, the streets, the public
    places, windows, terraces, palaces, and houses, were filled with
    an infinite number of people of all ranks, who flocked from every
    part of the city to see me; for the rumour was spread in a
    moment, that the sultan had chosen an ape to be his grand vizier,
    and after having served for a spectacle to the people, who could
    not forbear to express their surprise by redoubling their shouts
    and cries, I arrived at the sultan's palace.

    I found the prince on his throne in the midst of the grandees; I
    made my obeisance three times very low, and at last kneeled and
    kissed the ground before him, and afterwards took my seat in the
    posture of an ape. The whole assembly viewed me with admiration,
    and could not comprehend how it was possible that an ape should
    so well understand how to pay the sultan his due respect; and he
    himself was more astonished than any. In short, the usual
    ceremony of the audience would have been complete, could I have
    added speech to my behaviour; but apes never speak, and the
    advantage I had of having been a man did not now yield me that
    privilege.

    The sultan dismissed his courtiers, and none remained by him but
    the chief of the eunuchs, a little young slave, and myself. He
    went from his chamber of audience into his own apartment, where
    he ordered dinner to be brought. As he sat at table he made me a
    sign to approach and eat with them: to shew my obedience I kissed
    the ground, arose, and placed myself at the table, and ate with
    discretion and moderation.

    Before the table was cleared, I espied a standish, which I made a
    sign to have brought me; having got it, I wrote upon a large
    peach some verses expressive of my acknowledgment to the sultan;
    who having read them after I had presented the peach to him, was
    still more astonished. When the things were removed, they brought
    him a particular liquor, of which he caused them to give me a
    glass. I drank, and wrote upon the glass some new verses, which
    explained the state I was reduced to, after many sufferings. The
    sultan read these likewise, and said, "A man that was capable of
    doing so much would be above the greatest of his species."

    The sultan caused to be brought to him a chessboard, and asked me
    by a sign if I understood that game, and would play with him? I
    kissed the ground, and laying my hand upon my head, signified
    that I was ready to receive that honour. He won the first game,
    but I won the second and third; and perceiving he was somewhat
    displeased at my success, I made a quatrain to satisfy him; in
    which I told him that two potent armies had been fighting
    furiously all day, but that they concluded a peace towards the
    evening, and passed the remaining part of the night very amicably
    together upon the field of battle.

    So many circumstances appearing to the sultan beyond whatever had
    either been seen or known of the cleverness or sense of apes, he
    determined not to be the only witness of these prodigies himself,
    but having a daughter, called the Lady of Beauty, on whom the
    chief of the eunuchs, then present, waited; "Go," said the sultan
    to him, "and bid your lady come hither: I am desirous she should
    share my pleasure."

    The eunuch went, and immediately brought the princess, who had
    her face uncovered; but she had no sooner come into the room,
    than she put on her veil, and said to the sultan, "Sir, your
    majesty must needs have forgotten yourself; I am surprised that
    your majesty has sent for me to appear among men." "How,
    daughter!" said the sultan, "you do not know what you say: there
    is no one here, but the little slave, the eunuch your governor,
    and myself, who have the liberty to see your face; and yet you
    lower your veil, and blame me for having sent for you." "Sir,"
    said the princess, "your majesty shall soon understand that I am
    not in the wrong. That seeming ape is a young prince, son of a
    powerful sultan, and has been metamorphosed into an ape by
    enchantment. A genie, son of the daughter of Eblis, has
    maliciously done him this wrong, after having cruelly taken away
    the life of the princess of the isle of Ebene."

    The sultan, astonished at this declaration, turned towards me,
    and speaking no more by signs, but in plain words, asked me, if
    what his daughter said was true? Finding I could not speak, I put
    my hand to my head' to signify that what the princess spoke was
    correct. Upon this the sultan said again to his daughter, "How do
    you know that this prince has been transformed by enchantments
    into an ape?" "Sir," replied the Lady of Beauty, "your majesty
    may remember that when I was past my infancy I had an old lady
    who waited on me; she was a most expert magician, and taught me
    seventy rules of magic, by virtue of which I can, in the
    twinkling of an eye, transport your capital into the midst of the
    sea, or beyond mount Caucasus. By this science I know all
    enchanted persons at first sight: I know who they are, and by
    whom they have been enchanted; therefore do not be surprised if I
    should forthwith relieve this prince, in spite of the
    enchantments, from that which prevents his appearing in your
    sight in his natural form." "Daughter," said the sultan, "I did
    not believe you to have understood so much." "Sir," replied the
    princess, "these things are curious and worth knowing; but I
    think I ought not to boast of them." "Since it is so," said the
    sultan, "you can dispel the prince's enchantment." "Yes, sir,"
    said the princess, "I can restore him to his original shape." "Do
    it then," said the sultan, "you cannot do me a greater pleasure;
    for I will have him to be my vizier, and he shall marry you."
    "Sir," said the princess, "I am ready to obey you in all that you
    should be pleased to command me."

    The princess, the Lady of Beauty, went into her apartment, and
    brought thence a knife, which had some Hebrew words engraven on
    the blade: she made the sultan, the master of the eunuchs, the
    little slave, and myself, descend into a private court of the
    palace, and there left us under a gallery that went round it. She
    placed herself in the middle of the court, where she made a great
    circle, and within it she wrote several words in Arabian
    characters, some of them ancient.

    When she had finished and prepared the circle as she thought fit,
    she placed herself in the centre of it, where she began
    incantations, and repeated verses of the Koraun. The air grew
    insensibly dark, as if it had been night, and the whole world
    were about to be dissolved: we found ourselves struck with
    consternation, and our fear increased when we saw the genie, the
    son of the daughter of Eblis, appear suddenly in the shape of a
    lion of a gigantic size.

    As soon as the princess perceived this monster, "Dog," said she,
    "instead of creeping before me, dare you present yourself in this
    shape, thinking to frighten me?" "And thou," replied the lion,
    "art thou not afraid to break the treaty which was solemnly made
    and confirmed between us by oath, not to wrong or do one another
    any injury?" "Wretch," replied the princess, "I justly may
    reproach thee with having done so." The lion answered fiercely,
    "Thou shalt quickly have thy reward for the trouble thou hast
    given me:" with that he opened his monstrous jaws, and sprang
    forward to devour her; but she, being on her guard, stepped back,
    got time to pull out one of her hairs, and by pronouncing three
    or four words, changed it into a sharp sword, with which she cut
    the lion in two through the middle.

    The two parts of the lion disappeared, while the head changed
    into a large scorpion. Immediately the princess turned herself
    into a serpent, and fought the scorpion, who, finding himself
    worsted, took the shape of an eagle, and flew away: but the
    serpent at the same time took also the shape of an eagle, that
    was black and much stronger, and pursued him, so that we lost
    sight of them both.

    Some time after they had disappeared, the ground opened before
    us, and out of it came forth a black and white cat, with her hair
    standing on end, and mewing in a frightful manner; a black wolf
    followed close after her, and gave her no time to rest. The cat,
    being thus hard pressed, changed into a worm, and being near a
    pomegranate accidentally fallen from a tree on the side of a
    canal which was deep, but not broad, pierced the pomegranate in
    an instant, and hid itself, but the pomegranate swelled
    immediately, and became as big as a gourd, which, mounting up to
    the roof of the gallery, rolled there for some time backward and
    forward; it then fell down again into the court, and broke into
    several pieces.

    The wolf had in the meanwhile transformed itself into a cock, and
    now fell to picking up the seeds of the pomegranate one after
    another; but finding no more, he came towards us with his wings
    spread, making a great noise, as if he would ask us whether there
    were any more seed. There was one lying on the brink of the
    canal, which the cock perceiving as he went back, ran speedily
    thither; but just as he was going to pick it up, the seed rolled
    into the river, and turned into a little fish.

    The cock leaped into the river, turned into a pike, and pursued
    the small fish; they continued both under water above two hours,
    and we knew not what was become of them, but suddenly we heard
    terrible cries, which made us tremble, and a little while after
    we saw the genie and princess all in flames. They threw flashes
    of fire out of their mouths at each other, till they came to
    close combat; then the two fires increased, with a thick burning
    smoke which mounted so high that we had reason to apprehend it
    would set the palace on fire. But we very soon had a more
    pressing occasion of fear, for the genie having got loose from
    the princess, came to the gallery where we stood, and blew flames
    of fire upon us. We must all have perished had not the princess,
    running to our assistance, forced him to retire, and defend
    himself against her; yet, notwithstanding all her exertions, she
    could not hinder the sultan's beard from being burnt, and his
    face scorched, the chief of the eunuchs from being stifled, and a
    spark from entering my right eye, and making it blind. The sultan
    and I expected but death, when we heard a cry of "Victory!
    Victory!" and instantly the princess appeared in her natural
    shape, but the genie was reduced to a heap of ashes.

    The princess approached us, and hastily called for a cup-full of
    water, which the young slave, who had received no hurt, brought
    her. She took it, and after pronouncing some words over it, threw
    it upon me, saying, "If thou art become an ape by enchantment,
    change thy shape, and take that of a man which thou hadst
    before." These words were hardly uttered, when I again became a
    man, in every respect as I was before my transformation,
    excepting the loss of my eye.

    I was prepared to return the princess my thanks, but she
    prevented me by addressing herself to her father: "Sir, I have
    gained the victory over the genie, as your majesty may see; but
    it is a victory that costs me dear; I have but a few minutes to
    live, and you will not have the satisfaction to make the match
    you intended; the fire has pierced me during the terrible combat,
    and I find it is gradually consuming me. This would not have
    happened, had I perceived the last of the pomegranate seeds, and
    swallowed it, as I did the others when I was changed into a cock:
    the genie had fled thither as to his last intrenchment, and upon
    that the success of the combat depended, which would have been
    successful, and without danger to me. This oversight obliged me
    to have recourse to fire, and to fight with those mighty arms as
    I did, between heaven and earth, in your presence; for, in spite
    of all his redoubtable art and experience, I made the genie know
    that I understood more than he; I have conquered and reduced him
    to ashes, but I cannot escape death, which is approaching."

    The sultan suffered the princess, the Lady of Beauty, to go on
    with the recital of her combat, and when she had done, addressed
    her in a tone that sufficiently testified his grief; "My
    daughter," said he, "you see in what condition your father is;
    alas! I wonder that I am yet alive! Your governor, the eunuch, is
    dead, and the prince whom you have delivered from his enchantment
    has lost one of his eyes." He could say no more, for his tears,
    sighs, and sobs, deprived him of the power of utterance.

    Suddenly the princess exclaimed, "I burn! I burn!" She found that
    the fire had at last seized upon her vital parts, which made her
    still cry "I burn!" until death had put an end to her intolerable
    pains. The effect of that fire was so extraordinary, that in a
    few moments she was wholly reduced to ashes, as the genie had
    been.

    I cannot tell you, madam, how much I was grieved at so dismal a
    spectacle; I had rather all my life have continued an ape or a
    dog, than to have seen my benefactress thus miserably perish. The
    sultan being afflicted all that can be imagined, cried piteously,
    and beat himself on his head and breast, until being quite
    overcome with grief, he fainted away, which made me fear for his
    life. In the mean time, the eunuchs and officers came running at
    the sultan's lamentations, and with much difficulty brought him
    to himself. It was not necessary that the prince or myself should
    relate the circumstances of the adventure, to convince them of
    the affliction it had occasioned us. The two heaps of ashes, to
    which the princess and the genie had been reduced, were a
    sufficient demonstration. The sultan was hardly able to stand,
    but was under the necessity of being supported to his apartment.

    When the knowledge of this tragical event had spread through the
    palace and the city, all the people bewailed the misfortune of
    the princess, the Lady of Beauty, and commiserated the sultan's
    affliction. Public mourning was observed for seven days, and many
    ceremonies were performed. The ashes of the genie were thrown
    into the air, but those of the princess were collected into a
    precious urn, to be preserved, and the urn was deposited in a
    superb mausoleum, constructed for that purpose on the spot where
    the princess had been consumed.

    The grief of the sultan for the loss of his daughter confined him
    to his chamber for a whole month. Before he had fully recovered
    his strength he sent for me: "Prince," said he, "attend to the
    commands I now give you; your life must answer if you do not
    carry them into execution." I assured him of exalt obedience;
    upon which he went on thus: "I have constantly lived in perfect
    felicity, but by your arrival all the happiness I possessed has
    vanished; my daughter is dead, her governor is no more, and it is
    only through a miracle that I am myself yet alive You are the
    cause of all these misfortunes, under which it is impossible that
    I should be comforted; depart hence therefore in peace, without
    farther delay, for I must myself perish if you remain any longer.
    I am persuaded that your presence brings misfortune with it.
    Depart, and take care never to appear again in my dominions. No
    consideration whatever shall hinder me from making you repent
    your temerity should you violate my injunction." I was going to
    speak, but he prevented me by words full of anger; and I was
    obliged to quit the palace, rejected, banished, an outcast from
    the world. Before I left the city I went into a bagnio, here I
    caused my beard and eyebrows to be shaved, and put on a
    calender's habit. I began my journey, not so much deploring my
    own miseries, as the death of the two fair princesses, of which I
    have been the occasion. I passed through many countries without
    making myself known; at last I resolved to come to Bagdad, in
    hopes of getting myself introduced to the commander of the
    faithful, to move his compassion by relating to him my
    unfortunate adventures. I arrived this evening, and the first man
    I met was this calender, our brother, who spoke before me. You
    know the remaining part, madam, and the cause of my having the
    honour to be here.

    When the second calender had concluded his story, Zobeide, to
    whom he had addressed his speech, said, "It is well, you are at
    liberty." But instead of departing, he also petitioned the lady
    to shew him the same favour vouchsafed to the first calender, and
    went and sat down by him.
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