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♪1øø1~Merchant and Genie♪


The story of the Merchant and the Genie

Sir, there was formerly a merchant who had great estate in lands, goods and money. He had numbers of deputies, fetors and slaves. One day, being under the necessity of going a long journey, he mounted his horse, and put a wallet behind him with some biscuits and dates, becouse he had to pass over a great desert, where he could procure no provisions. He arrived without accident at the end of his journey, and having dispatched his business, took horse again, in order to return home.

On the fourth day of his journey, being in want of refreshment, he ilighted from his horse and sitting down by a fountain, took some biscuits and dates out of his wallet, and as he ate his dates, he threw the stones about on all sides. When he had done eating, being a good Mussulman, he washed his hands, his face and his feet, and said its payers. He was still on his knees, when he saw a Genie appear, white with age, and of enormous stature. The monster advanced towards him, scimitar in hand, and spoke to him in a terrible voice, thus "rise up, that i may kill you, as you killed my son!" The merchant, frightened a the hideus shape of the giant, answered, "how can i slain your son? I do not know him, nor have i ever seen him."
"What!" replied Genie, "didn not you take dates out of wallet, and after eating them, did not you throw the stones on all sides?"
"I do not denied it" answered merchant.
"Then" said the Genie, "i tell that you killed my son. And the way was thus: when you throwing the stones, my son was passing by, and one of them flung in to his eye and killed him; therefore i must kill you."
"Ah! My lord, pardon me" cried merchant, "for if i have killed your son, it was accidentally; therefore suffer me to live."
"No, no" said the Genie. "I must kill you, since you have killed my son."
The Genie then throw the merchant upon the ground and lifted up the scimitar to cut off his had.

When Sheherazade spoke this words, she perceived is was day, and knowing that the Sultan rose betimes in the morning, she held her peace.
"Oh sister," said Dinarzade, "what a wonderful storz is this!"
"The remimder of it" said Shaherezade, "is more suprising, and you will be of my mind if the Sultan will let me live this day, and permit me to continue the story tonight."

Shahriar, who had listened to Sheherazade with pleasure, said himself "i will let her stay till tomorow, for i can at any time put her to death, when she has made an end of her story."
So, having resolved to put her to death till following day, he arose, and having prayed, went to the council.

The grand vizier, in the meantime, was in a state of cruel suspence. Unable to sleep, he passed night, waiting the fate of his daughter, whos executioner he was destined to be. How great was his surprise when the Sultan entered the council chamber, without giving him the horrible order he expected.

The Sultan spent the day as usual, in regularing the affairs of his kingdom, and on the approach of night retired with Sheherazade to his apartment. The next morning, before the day appared, Dinarzade did not fail to address her sister "my dear sister," she said, "if you are not asleep, entreat you before the morning breaks, to continue your story."
Sultan did not wait for Sheherazade to ask permission, but said "finish the tale of the Merchant and Genie."
Sheherazade immediately went on as follows;

Sir, when the merchant perceived that the Genie was about to slay him, he cried, "one word more, i entreat the give me time to go and take leave of my wife and children and divide my estate among them, as i have not yet made my will, and i set my house in order. I promise to return to this spot, and submit myself to thee."
"But if i grand thee the respite you asked" replied the Genie, "i fear, you will never return."
"I swear by the god of heaven and earth, that i will not fail to repair hither."
"What lenght of time you request?" said the Genie.
"It will take me a full year to arrange everything. But i promise, that after twelve month have passed, you shall find me under these threes, waiting to deliver myself into your hands."
On this, the Genie left him, and immediately disappered.

The merchant, having recovered from his fright, mounted his horse and continued his journey. But in one hand, he rejoiced at the escaping for the moment from a great danger he was, on the other, much distressed, when he recollected the fatal oath he had taken. On his arrival at home, his wife and family received him with signs of the greatest joy, but instead of returning their embraces, he wept so bitterly that they supposed something very extraordinary had happened. His wife inquired the cause of his tears and of his violent grif.
"Alas!" he replied, "how should i feel cheerful, when i have only a year to live?"
He then related to them what had passed, and that he had given his word to return, and at the end of the year, to submit to his death.

When they hear this melancholy tale, they were in despair.

The next day merchant began to settle his affairs, and first of all to pay his debts. He made many presents to his different friends, and large dongtions to the poor. He set at liberty many of his slaves of both sexses, divided his property among his children, appointed guardians for those of tender age, to his wife he returned all the fortune she brought to him, and addee as much more as the law would permit.

The year soon passed away and the merchant was compelled to depart. He took in his wallet and his grave clothes, but when he attempted to leave of his wife and children, his grief quite overhelmed him. They could not bear his loss, and almost resolved to accompany him, and all perish together. Compelled at lenght to tear himself away, he addressed them in these words: "in leaving you, my children, i obey the command of god, imitate ne and submit with fortitude to his necessity. Remember, that to die is inevitable destiny of man."
Having said this he snatched himself away from then, and set out. He arrived at the destined spot on the very day he had promised. He got off his horse, and seating himself by the side of the fountain with such sorrowful sensations as may easily be imagined, waited the arrival of the Genie.

While he was kept in this cruel suspense, there appeared an old man leading a hind who came near to him. When they had saluted each other, the old man said, "may i ask you brother, what brought you to this desert place, which is so full of evill Genii, that there is no safety? From the apperance of these trees, one might suppose this spot was inhabited, but it is, in falt, a solitude, where to tarry is dangerous."

The merchant satisfied the old man's curiosity, and related his adventure. The old man listened with astonish ment to the account, and when it was ended, he said "surely nothing in the world can be more surprising, and you have kept your oath inviolate! In truth i should like to be a witness to your interview with the Genie."
Having said this, he sat down near the merchant and while they were talking, another old man, followed by two black dogs appeared. As soon as he was near enough, he saluted them, and inquired the reason of their stay in that place. The first old man related the adventure of the merchant and added. That this was the appointed day, and therefore was determined to remain, to see the event.

The second old man resolved to stay likevise, and stting down, joined the conversation, he was hardly seated, when a third arrived, and addresing himself to the other two, asked why the merchant, who was with then, appeared so melancholy. They related the cause, which seemed to the newcomer so wonderful, that he also resolved to be witnes to what passed between the Genie and the merchant.

They quickly perceived towards the plain, a thick vapour or smoke, like a column or dust, raised by the wind. This vapour approached them, and on its sudden disapearance, they saw the Genie, who without noticing them went towards the merchant, with his scimitar in his hand, and taking him by the arm, cried, "get up, that i may kill you, as you killed my son."
The merchant and the three old man were so horrified that they began to weep, and filled the air with their lamentions.

When the old man who led the hind, saw the Genie lay hold of the merchant, and about to murder him without mercy, he threw himself at the monster's feet and kissing tham, said, "Prince of Genii, i humbly entreat you to stop your rage, and do me a favour to listen me. I wish to relate my own history, and that of the hind. And if you find it more wonderful and surprising than than the adventure of this merchant, whose life you wish to take, may i not hope that you will at least remit a third part of the punishment of this unfortunate man?"

After meditating for some time, the Genie answered, "good, i agree to it."

Please continue to History of the first old man and the hind.

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