Tales from the Arabic, vol 2

John Payne
Tales from the Arabic, vol 2

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Title: Tales from the Arabic Volume 2
Author: John Payne
Release Date: March, 2004 [EBook #5243] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This file was first posted on June 10, 2002]
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Language: English
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TALES FROM THE ARABIC Of the Breslau and Calcutta (1814-18) editions of The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night not occurring in the other printed texts of the work, Now first done into English By John Payne In Three Volumes: VOLUME THE SECOND. 1901 Delhi Edition Contents of The Second Volume.

Breslau Text.
1. King Shah Bekht and His Vizier Er Rehwan (Continued) a. Story of the Pious Woman Accused of Lewdness b. Story of the Journeyman and the Girl c. Story of the Weaver Who Became a Physician by His Wife's Commandment d. Story of the Two Sharpers Who Cheated Each His Fellow e. Story of the Sharpers with the Money-Changer and the Ass f. Story of the Sharper and the Merchants i. Story of the Hawk and the Locust g. Story Op the King and His Chamberlain Wife h. Story of the Old Woman and the Draper's Wife i. Story of the Foul-favoured Man and His Fair Wife j. Story of the King Who Lost Kingdom and Wife and Wealth and God Restored Them To Him k. Story of Selim and Selma l. Story of the King of Hind and His Vizier 2. El Melik Ez Zahir Rukneddin Bibers El Bunducdari and the Sixteen Officers Of Police a. The First Officer's Story b. The Second Officer's Story c. The Third Officer's Story d. The Fourth Officer's Story e. The Fifth Officer's Story f. The Sixth Officer's Story g. The Seventh Officer's Story h. The Eighth Officer's Story i. The Thief's Story i. The Ninth Officer's Story j. The Tenth Officer's Story k. The Eleventh Officer's Story l. The Twelfth Officer's Story m. The Thirteenth Officer's Story n. The Fourteenth Officer's Story i. A Merry Jest of a Thief ii. Story of the Old Sharper o. The Fifteenth Officer's Story p. The Sixteenth Officer's Story 3. Abdallah Ben Nafi and the King's Son of Cashghar a. Story of the Damsel Tuhfet El Culoub and the Khalif Haroun Er Reshid
Calcutta (1814-8) Text
4. Women's Craft

Breslau Text.

King Shah Bekht and His Vizier Er Rehwan (continued).

The Eighteenth Night of the Month.
When the evening evened, the king summoned the vizier and required of him the [promised] story; so he said, "It is well. Know, O king, that


There was once a man of Nishapour,[FN#1] who had a wife of the utmost loveliness and piety, and he was minded to set out on the pilgrimage. So he commended his wife to the care of his brother and besought him to aid her in her affairs and further her to her desires till he should return, so they both abode alive and well. Then he took ship and departed and his absence was prolonged. Meanwhile, the brother went in to his brother's wife, at all times and seasons, and questioned her of her circumstances and went about her occasions; and when his visits to her were prolonged and he heard her speech and looked upon her face, the love of her gat hold upon his heart and he became distraught with passion for her and his soul prompted him [to evil]. So he besought her to lie with him, but she refused and chid him for his foul deed, and he found him no way unto presumption;[FN#2] wherefore he importuned her with soft speech and gentleness.
Now she was righteous in all her dealings and swerved not from one word;[FN#3] so, when he
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