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Stories From The Arabian Nights | by Laurence Housman



In a town in Persia lived two brothers named Cassim and Ali Baba, between whom their father at his death had left what little property he possessed equally divided. Cassim, however, having married the heiress of a rich merchant, became soon after his marriage the owner of a fine shop, together with several pieces of land, and was in consequence, through no effort of his own, the most considerable merchant in the town. Ali Baba, on the other hand, was married to one as poor as himself, and having no other means of gaining a livelihood he used to go every day into the forest to cut wood, and lading therewith the three asses which were his sole stock-in-trade, would then hawk it about the streets for sale...

TitleStories From The Arabian Nights
AuthorLaurence Housman
PublisherBodder and Sloughton
Year1911
Copyright1911, Bodder and Sloughton
AmazonStories From The Arabian Nights
Stories From The Arabian Nights 1Stories from the arabian nightsRetold by Laurence Bousman

Retold by Laurence Housman with drawings by Edmond Dolaco

-Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves
In a town in Persia lived two brothers named Cassim and Ali Baba, between whom their father at his death had left what little property he possessed equally divided. Cassim, however, having married the...
-Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves. Part 2
She waited with impatience for her husband's return, and as soon as he came in she began to jeer at him. 'You think yourself rich,' said she, 'but Ali Baba is richer. You count your gold by the piece,...
-Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves. Part 3
Morgiana went in to her mistress, and returning presently bade Ali Baba enter. Then leaving him to break to his sister-in-law the news and the sad circumstances of his brother's death, she, with her p...
-Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves. Part 4
The robber, having marked the door with a piece of chalk which he had provided for the purpose, removed the bandage from Mustapha's eyes, and leaving him to his own devices returned with all possible ...
-Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves. Part 5
Now Ali Baba, before going to bed, had said to Morgiana, 'To-morrow at dawn I am going to the baths; let my bathing-linen be put ready, and see that the cook has some good broth prepared for me agains...
-Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves. Part 6
This token of his approval filled Morgiana's heart with delight, but she had no intention of leaving so kind a master, even had she been sure that all danger was now over. The immediate question which...
-The Story Of The Wicked Half-Brothers
In the city of Harran there once lived a King who had every happiness which life and fortune could bestow save that he lacked an heir. Although, according to royal custom, he had in his household fift...
-The Story Of The Wicked Half-Brothers. Continued
After some days employed in a fruitless quest he came to a desolate tract in the midst of which stood a castle of black marble. As he approached he beheld at an upper window a damsel of marvellous bea...
-The Story Of The Princess Of Deryabar
My father was the King of a city among the isles named Deryabar, and I was his only child; for, in spite of his many prayers directed to that end, Heaven had not granted him a son. And for this cause,...
-The Story Of The Princess Of Deryabar. Part 2
But the festivities of our marriage were scarcely ended, when suddenly by night the city in which we dwelt was attacked by a band of travelling marauders. The attack was so un~ expected and so well pl...
-The Story Of The Princess Of Deryabar. Part 3
Overwhelmed by this final catastrophe, and believing that some wild beast must have devoured him, she suffered herself to be led away by the surgeon, who, in pity for one so greatly afflicted, placed ...
-The Story Of The Princess Of Deryabar. Part 4
But before she had ended the King became so transported with rage and grief that he could no longer delay the setting in motion of his just vengeance. Repairing in haste to the hall of audience, where...
-The Story Of The Magic Horse
In the land of the Persians there lived in ancient times a King who had three daughters and an only son of such beauty that they drew the eyes of all beholders like moonrise in a clear heaven. Now it ...
-The Story Of The Magic Horse. Part 2
The Indian had now good cause to repent of the ambition which had brought him to this extremity, for the prince, of whose opposition to his project he had been thoroughly informed, had only to prolong...
-The Story Of The Magic Horse. Part 3
Prince Firouz Schah was now convinced that the inclinations of the princess corresponded with his own; but though her every word and movement increased the tenderness of his passion, he did not forget...
-The Story Of The Magic Horse. Part 4
Then Prince Firouz Schah advanced, and leaping upon the horse he cried defiance to the eighty thousand men that stood in battle array against him. And they, on their part, seeing the youth so hardily ...
-The Story Of The Magic Horse. Part 5
So the King sent and caused the Indian to be brought before him clad in a robe of rank. And the King said to him, 'Because my son, whom thy vile invention carried away from me, hath returned safe and ...
-The Story Of The Magic Horse. Part 6
At this news her consternation was so great that she immediately swooned away, and remained for a long while speechless. But no sooner had she recovered possession of her faculties than her resolution...
-The Fisherman And The Genie
There was once an old fisherman who lived in great poverty with a wife and three children. But though poorer than others he ever toiled in humble submission to the decrees of Providence, and so, at th...
-The Fisherman And The Genie. Continued
The Genie, hearing himself thus mocked, made violent efforts to escape; but the power of the seal of Solomon held him fast, and the fisherman, ceasing not all the while to revile him for the treachery...
-The Story Of The King Of The Ebony Isles
My father was King of the city which once stood about this palace. He was lord also of the Ebony Isles that are now the four hills which you passed on your way hither. When I succeeded to the throne u...
-The Story Of The King Of The Ebony Isles. Continued
Thus the youth finished his story, nor when he had ended could he refrain from tears. The Sultan also was greatly moved when he heard it, and his heart became full of a desire to avenge such injuries ...









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