By Robert L. Mack
The tales contained during this "store condominium of creative fiction" begin a trend of literary reference and impression which this present day is still as robust and excessive because it used to be during the eighteenth and 19th centuries. Sinbad, Ali Baba, Aladdin: all make their visual appeal right here. This version reproduces in its entirety the earliest English translation of the French orientalist Antoine Galland's Mille et une Nuits (1001 Nights), which remained for over a century the one English translation of the tale cycle, influencing an incalculable variety of writers. furthermore, it deals the whole textual content or the stories supplemented via vast explanatory notes and plot summaries, that are quite important as those expansive tales are complicated and interwoven.
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No, no, says the genie, persisting in his resolution, I must kill thee, since thou hast killed my son; and then taking the merchant by the arm, threw him with his face upon the ground, and lifted up his scymitar to cut off his head. The merchant, all in tears, protested he was innocent, bewailed his wife and children, and spoke to the genie in the most moving expressions that could be uttered. The genie, with his scymitar still lifted up, had so much patience, as to hear the wretch make an end of his lamentations, but would not relent.
The sultan, without staying till Scheherazade asked him leave, bid her make an end of the story of the Genie and the Merchant, for he longed to hear the issue of it; upon which Scheherazade spoke, and continued the story as follows. THE SECOND NIGHT. WHEN the merchant saw that the genie was going to cut off his head, he cried out aloud, and said, For heaven's sake, hold your hand! allow me one word, be so good as to grant me some respite: allow me but time to bid my wife and children adieu, and to divide my estate among them by will, that they may not go to law with one another after my death; and when I have done so, I will come back to the same place, and submit to whatever you shall please to order concerning me.
Next day the two princes set out with all their retinue: they arrived at the place of encampment, and staid there till night. Then Schahriar called his grand visier, and without acquainting him with his design, commanded him to stay in his place during his absence, and to suffer no person to go out of the camp upon any account whatever. As soon as he had given this order, the king of Grand Tartary and he took horse, passed through the camp incognito, returned to the city, and went to Schahzenan's apartment.
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