By Robert L. Mack
The tales contained during this "store apartment of creative fiction" begin a trend of literary reference and effect which this present day continues to be as strong and excessive because it used to be through the eighteenth and 19th centuries. Sinbad, Ali Baba, Aladdin: all make their visual appeal right here. This variation 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 single English translation of the tale cycle, influencing an incalculable variety of writers. moreover, it deals the entire textual content or the stories supplemented by way of vast explanatory notes and plot summaries, that are quite very important as those expansive tales are complicated and interwoven.
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These are, replies she, the rings of all the men to whom I have granted my favour. They are full fourscore and eighteen of them, which I keep as tokens to remember them; and asked yours for the same reason, to ARABIAN NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENTS 9 make up my hundred. So that, continues she, I have had an hundred gallants already, notwithstanding the vigilance of this wicked genie, that never leaves me. He is much the nearer for locking me up in this glass box, and hiding me in the bottom of the sea; I find a way to cheat him for all his care.
The sad destiny that attends it could not scare her; she prefers the honour of being your majesty's wife one night, to her life. But do not mistake yourself, visier, says the sultan; to-morrow, when I put Scheherazade into your hands, I expect you should take away her life: and if you fail, I swear that yourself shall die. Sir, rejoins the visier, my heart without doubt will be full of grief to execute your commands: but it is to no purpose for nature to murmur: though I be her father, I will answer for the fidelity of my hand to obey your order.
I will go off from him, and threaten him with my horns, as I did yesterday; I will feign myself to be sick, and just ready to die. Beware of that, replies the ass, it will ruin you: for as I came home this evening, I heard the merchant, our master, say something that makes me tremble for you. Alas! what did you hear? says the ox; as you love me, hide nothing from me, my dear Sprightly. Our master, replied the ass, had these sad expressions to the labourer: since the ox does not eat, and is not able to work, I would have him killed to-morrow, and we will give his flesh as an alms to the poor for God's sake; as for his skin, that will be of use to us, and I would have you give it to the currier* to dress; therefore do not fail, but send for the butcher.
Arabian Night's Entertainments (Oxford World's Classics) by Robert L. Mack