28. Alaeddin; or The Wonderful Lamp

Alaeddin is a ne’er do well. He doesn’t want to learn the trade of his father and when he dies, he just idly roams the streets. One day a Maghrabi, a magician, considers Alaeddin. He pretends to be his uncle and gives him money. Eventually the magician enters Alaeddin’s home. Alaeddin’s mother has her doubts but as the man offers money and wants to make Alaeddin a trader she does not reject him. On a day Alaeddin discovers his so-called uncle to be a magician. He tries to flee but is hit on the head. Alaeddin is the only one to gain access to a hoard of treasure. Alaeddin must not touch the treasure but get a Lamp. Alaeddin however takes some of the treasure and finds out he cannot get out. He asks the magician for help. He says he cam help him if Alaeddin gives him the Lamp. Alaeddin, however, is unable to do so. Therefore the Maghrabi disappointedly closes the entrance to let Alaeddin die.

Alaeddin, in despair and by accident, rubs the signet Ring he received from the magician. A familiar appears who says he is thrall of anyone who wears the Ring. Alaeddin asks to be brought home where he tells the story to his mother. When Alaeddin wants to sell the Lamp his mother cleans it and a Jinni appears. Alaeddin snatches the Lamp from his mother and asks for food which the Jinni provides. He sells the golden platters on which the food lay to a Jew and a Jeweller. Alaeddin goes to the Jeweller’s Quarter more often and learn the worth of the jewels he got from the Enchanted Treasure.

One day the Lady Badr al-Budur, daughter of the Sultan goes to the Hammam. Anyone who looks upon her her will die. Alaeddin hides behind the door of the Hammam and is captivated by her beauty. He tells his mother he will ask the Sultan to marry her. His mother thinks he is insane, but eventually he knows to convince her to go the Palace. She gets the jewels which Alaeddin got from the Enchanted Treasure. After a month she finally gets the attention of the Sultan and tells Alaeddin’s story of the Hammam. The Sultan is amazed by the jewels and says Alaeddin must be worthy of his daughter. However, he promised the Wazir that his son would marry Lady Badr al-Budur. He asks the Sultan three months to obtain something costlier than this, upon which the Sultan agrees. The Sultan also pledges his daughter to Alaeddin but says preparations will take three months.

Alaeddin rejoices after receiving this news, but after two to three months he hears that the Wazir’s son will marry Lady Badr al-Budur. In his jealousy he asks the Jinni of the Lamp to take the bride and groom to his home. The bridegroom is put in the bathroom. He says to the Lady he respects her and lies a scimitar between them in bed. He does no villainy but is satisfied by the fact that she keeps her maidenhead. The next morning the Jinni returns them to the Lady’s room.

Lady Badr al-Budur does not speak anymore but eventually shares his secret with the Queen. The Queen does not believe her daughter. She asks the Wazir’s son but he says doesn’t know anything in fear of losing his bride. One morning the Sultan threatens to kill his daughter if she does not tell why she is silent. She tells the whole story to her father. The Wazir’s son confirms the story and Sultan breaks of the marriage.

When the three months have passed, Alaeddin shows himself at the Palace in his pauper clothes. The Sultan is appalled and the Wazir advices him to ask for an impossible acquirable treasure to be delivered. By use of the Lamp Alaeddin provides the treasure. The envious Wazir says it is not enough, but Sultan sees the jealousy and sys he wants to meet Alaeddin. Alaeddin rubs his Lamp and enters the city as a prince.

Alaeddin shows himself being humble asking for the hand of the princess. He lets the Marid of the Lamp build a pavilion for them to reside. The Wazir in his jealousy says only sorcery can be the reason of such wealth, but Sultan ignores this. After the wedding Alaeddin invites all the wazirs and Lords to his pavilion to enjoy sherbets and sugared drinks.

When Alaeddin shows the pavilion to the Sultan and the Wazir they conclude that it must have been done by black magic. Alaeddin say he was unable to finish the final window upon which the Sultan says he will finish it. However, he is unable to finish it with all the gold from the Treasury. Alaeddin rubs his Lamp and finishes it in one night what the jewellers couldn’t finish in a month. He returns all the jewels to the Sultan’ s treasury. Alaeddin also gives a lot of gold to the poor and is loved by the people. He also defeats an enemy force in battle.

In the meantime, the magician finds out the Lamp is not at the Enchanted Treasure any more and Alaeddin not dead. He goes to China-land to obtain the Lamp. He disguises himself as a lamp sellerand says he will exchange old lamps for new ones. Alaeddin carelessly didn’t not hide the Lamp and Lady Badr al-Budur trades it for a new one. When the Maghrabi rubs it he asks the Marid to move the pavilion to his African land.

Alaeddin asks the Sultan to give him forty days to retrieve the pavilion and the Sultan’s daughter. If he cannot get it back he will return and the Sultan may execute him. In despair Alaeddin rubs his Ring and the Marid appears. Alaeddin relates the story, but the Marid says he cannot interfere in the doings of the Slave of the Lamp. Therefore Alaeddin asks him to bring him to the pavilion. He finds his wife and she tells him the story. She also tels him the Moorman keeps the Lamp with him at all times. Alaeddin comes with a plan. The Lady will tell the magician she loves him and they will drink wine. She will put Bhang in his drinks upon which he will drop as if dead. Alaeddin then ceases the Lamp. All goes according to plan. The Maghrabi is killed and the pavilion returned. The Sultan rejoices and a great celebration takes place.

The Moorman has a brother who finds out about the death of his sibling. He goes to China-land to get his revenge. He kills Fatimah the Devotee, who heals people and disguises like her. He gains access to the pavilion by fooling the princess. He says the pavilion would be better with the egg of a Rukh. She says this to Alaeddin, who asks the Slave of the Lamp. The Slave is angry at these words as the Rukh is his Liege Lady. The Salve tells him of the deceit of the Necromancer, so when the Maghrabi tries to kill Alaeddin, he seizes the dagger and stabs the Moorman in his heart.

When the Sultan dies Alaeddin becomes the new Sultan and he lives happily with his wife until they die.

In a city of China dwells a man who is a tailor. He has a son called Alaeddin, who has been from his birth a ne’er-do-well, a scapegrace. His father wants to teach him his trade but fails and when he dies Alaeddin finds himself free from the severities of his father. His mother sells the shop and turns to spinning cotton yarn to make sure they have food.

One day, when Alaeddin is playing outside with the vagabond boys, a Darwaysh from Maghrabi, from Inner Morocco, comes to Alaeddin. He is a magician and has a careful look at the boy. When he finds out the boy has no father he pretends to be his uncle. Alaeddin tells his mother about his uncle but his mother says he’s dead. The next day the magician gives Alaeddin two gold coins to bring home. Again Alaeddin says to his mother that he has met his uncle from exile. His mother is amazed for she is sure he is dead. The next day the magician gives Alaeddin two dinars for he wants to have supper with him and his mother. He lets Alaeddin show him the way to Alaeddin’s home. When his mother has prepared supper the Maghrabi comes with a eunuch. He is going to sit where his ‘brother’ sat and cries for him. He tells that he left for Egypt and then Morocco forty years ago. He stayed in Morocco for thirty years, but he wanted to see his brother once more and so sets out to find him. When he saw Alaeddin he knew immediately he was the son of his brother. The Maghrabi asks which trade Alaeddin has, but his mother answers for him that he knows nothing and just sits idly all day. At first the Maghrabi is harsh toward Alaeddin, but when he notices he doesn’t want to do hard work he changes his suggestion. He wants to make him a trader Alaeddin likes this idea as merchants dress handsomely. So the Magician will open a store for him. Alaeddin’s mother still has her doubts but as the man spends a lot of money for her son she concludes it must be her husband’s brother. The Maghrabi introduces Alaeddin to the merchants and brings him to many wonderful places. His mother is very pleased.

On a Sabbath day the Magician brings Alaeddin well beyond the city gardens. The Moorman soothes Alaeddin but when at night Alaeddin finds him conjuring with words he does not understand he tries to flee. He is stopped and hit on the head. When he wakes up he asks why he has deserved such a treatment upon which the Magician says that he is making a man of him and that he must obey. He tells him he will cast the earth asunder to open a hoard of treasure which Alaeddin has only access to. Alaeddin has to move a slab. Only he can move the slab with a ring. The Magician tells Alaeddin there will be a space divided into four halls and in each of these halls there will be four jars. However, Alaeddin must not touch the jars or the walls and move to the fourth hall. If he does not he will turn into a black stone. When he opens a door in the fourth hall he must call the names written upon it and enter a garden with fruit-bearing trees. He must travel on a path which will lead him to an open terrace with a ladder. There he will find a Lamp hanging. He must climb the ladder, take the Lamp and pour out its oil. Once he has the Lamp he can eat from the fruit in the garden. The Maghrabi gives Alaeddin a signet ring to keep him safe. He promises him in a short time to make him rich.

Alaeddin does what the Magician asks him to do and finds out that the fruit in the trees are gems and jewels. After he takes the Lamp he greedily collects the gems and jewels to take home. When Alaeddin comes to the first hall he finds out he cannot get out by himself and asks his uncle to help him. The Maghrabi says he will do so if Alaeddin would hand over the Lamp. Alaeddin is unable to do so but promises him he will give him the Lamp once he is out. The Magician abandoned all hope of gaining the Lamp and closed the entrance to let Alaeddin die.

The Magician had been addicted to witchcraft and practiced every manner of the occult. After forty years he discovered an immense Hoard at the Chinese city of Al-Kal’as. It contained a Lamp and he he possessed it could not be surpassed by any man. When he found out the hoard could only be opened by Alaeddin from poor descent he went to China. After his failure he returns disappointed back to Africa.

Alaeddin, in the meantime, concludes that this was not his uncle and despairs as there is no escape from the hoard. When he is at his utter despair he rubs his hands and with them the signet ring he got from the Magician and a Familiar appears who says he is the thrall on whose hand is the ring. Alaeddin immediately wishes to be on the surface on the earth which happens at once. Next he goes to his mother he has been missing him a lot. He tells his story while eating and drinking, for he hasn’t eaten for three days.

When Alaeddin wants to sell the Lamp, his mother cleans it and while cleaning it a Jinni appears telling to be a slave of he who holds the Lamp. Upon hearing this he snatches the Lamp from his tongue-tight mother and says he wants something to eat and a sumptuous meal appears. He revives his mother and she asks where the royal meal comes from, but Alaeddin says not to be bothered about that and eat. After the meal he explains about the ring and the Lamp. His mother tells him to throw them both away as nothing but trouble can come out of it as the Prophet warned against them.

When they are finished eating Alaeddin brings the empty golden platters to a peddler, who gives him a dinar for them, a very cheap bargain. He goes and buys food for the dinnar and gives it to his mother. And every empty platter is sold to the peddler. After the golden platters Alaeddin also sold him silver ones, receiving some money for it. When all the platters are empty Alaeddin asks the Slave for more and gives twelve new ones. His mother rejoices after seeing more food. When Alaeddin wants to sell his platters again he encounters an ancient Jeweller, a Shaykh. The Shaykh is an honest man and weighs the platter. He says it’s worth seventy dinar instead of the one the Jew asks and Alaeddin sell him the platter.

Alaeddin does not leave his old fashion of living, but also becomes more gracious and visits the Jeweller’s Quarter often. He learns that his jewels from the Enchanted Treasure are worth a lot and understands he has acquired more wealth than Kings can ever possess.

One day the crier proclaims that Lady Badr Al-Budur will come to the Hammam and those who look upon her will get the death penalty. But Alaeddin longs to look upon the King’s daughter so he decides to hide behind the Hammam door before the Sultan’s daughter arrives. When he sees her he is captivated by her beauty and love-sick. He goes home and after some days he tells his mother. He tells her he will ask the Sultan permission to marry her. His mother calls Alaeddin insane but he resolved. Alaeddin wants his mother to be his speaker. is mother replies she is just from the pauper folk. But Alaeddin is patient and in the end convinces his mother to go to the Sultan. Yet she is still fearful of the outcome. They might think she is mad. Alaeddin says that he has learnt from the Jeweller’s Quarter he possesses valuable gems and asks his mother to get a porcelain bowl to put them in. When his mother sees the gems she is convinced they are indeed very valuable. Still she is afraid her tongue will be tied and in danger of being put to death. They talk through the night and the next day his mother sets out.

At the Palace Aleaddin’s mother can’t get an opportunity to announce herself at the Sultan and returns home. She tells Alaeddin she didn’t get the chance to get audience with the Sultan, but she she have another try the next day, The next day she finds the court closed and is told the Sultan does not hold a lévee every day. So goes to court every time there is a reception for a month without getting the opportunity to speak to the Sultan. The Sultan becomes aware of her presence and asks the Grand Wazir if he knows something about this woman who carries a bowl underneath her mantila. His Wazir’s answer doesn’t satisfy him and he bades to put her in front of him the next time she comes.

When Alaeddin’s mother appears the next time she first asks for immunity and pardon which she gets from the Sultan. She relates the story of Alaeddin and the Hammam baths and that he has required her to ask to wed the daughter of the Sultan. After relating her story Alaeddin’s mother asks the Sultan not to kill her, but he laughs and asks what’s under her mantilla. She shows him the bowl of jewels. The Sultan is amazed and marvels at the radiance of the rare gems. He asks his Wazir if he has ever seen such jewels at which the Wazir says no. He continues be saying none is more deserving of Badr Al-Budur than Alaeddin, but the Wazir says that the Sultan had promised his daughter to his son. He asks the Sultan three months to obtain an offering that is costlier than this. Although the Sultan knows this cannot be done he grants him the delay. Returning to the old woman, the Sultan says he pledges his word his daughter will be Alaeddin’s wife, but preparations ask for three months of patience.

Alaeddin’s mother relates the story to Alaeddin and also tells him the Sultan and the Wazir had a private conversation before he pledged his daughter. She fears the Wazir to be evil and will attempt to change the Sultan’s mind. Alaeddin is rejoiced to hear Badr will be his in three months time. He th anks his mother.

After two or three months Alaeddin’s mother wants to buy oil but finds most shops closed and the streets decorated. There are soldiers and household troops in the streets. When she asks what the meaning of all this is, she is answered that the son of the Wazir is going to marry Badr Al-Budur. She returns home and tells Alaeddin her story and that the Sultan has broken his promise.

At first Alaeddin is jealous then he remembers his Lamp. He asks the Slave to go to the bride and bridegroom this night and take them with bed and all to Alaeddin. The Slave does so and the bridegroom is put in the bathroom. Alaeddin says to the Slave to come back the next morning to take the two back where they came from. Alaeddin rejoices that Lady Badr Al-Budur to be under his roof. Yet he preserves respect for her and calms her down. He lays a scimitar between him and the Lady to keep separation. He does no villainy for he is satisfied by the fact that the Lady keeps her maidenhead.

The next morning the Jinni returns and brings back the bride and bridegroom to their apartment. When the Sultan enters the bridegroom is already changing himself in the wardrobe and the Sultan asks his daughter if she is pleased with her husband. But she says nothing and only looks at him with angry eye. After many attempts to let her speak the Sultan goes to the Queen to relate the story.

The Queen says that the behaviour of the princess is out of custom with most married couples. But when the Queen wants to talk to Lady Badr Al-Budur herself she notices something is wrong. Her daughter relates the whole story to her. The Queen does not believe her and thinks she has lost her wits. They continue the feast at which the Queen asks the Wazir’s son, but he says has no knowledge of such things because he fears he might lose his bride. The feast continues with Lady Badr Al-Budur pondering. Alaeddin also sees the festivities and laughs when he hears praises for the Wazir’s son.

The next night Alaeddin rubs the Lamp and the same event as last night occurs. When the Sultan enters the next morning his daughter looks sad and sour, giving no answer to hid questions. He then grabs his sword and threatens to kill her if she does not answer him. The princess then relates the whole story to her father and says he should ask the bridegroom as well. The Sultan asks his Wazir if he has heard anything from his son at which the Wazir he hasn’t but will ask. His son confirms the story of the princess. He then implores his father to speak with the Sultan and set him free from the marriage. The Wazir however wants his son to be son-in-law to the Sultan and he asks for patience. But when the Sultan hears his daughter’s story to be true, he breaks off the marriage. The people marvel at this order.

When three months have passed Alaeddin sends his mother to the Sultan. The Sultan recognises her and lets the Wazir bring her to him. Alaeddin’s mother says the Sultan must fulfil his promise. But the Sultan is appalled by the pauper presence of the old woman and the Wazir does not want to lose Lady Badr al-Budur to such a person when his son has lost her. He advices the Sultan to ask forty platters of pure sand-gold and full of gems with forty slave-girls to carry the platters and forty black eunuch-slaves. The Sultan understands it should be impossible for Alaeddin to achieve this so he asks this gift from the old woman.

Alaeddin’s mother runs back home in despair and tells her son the Sultan’s demands. However, Alaeddin is not impressed. He rubs the Lamp and asks the Slave for the Sultan’s demands. Within one hour the Slave returns with the gold and people. When they go the Sultan the people marvel at the train. At the Sultan all the eunuchs and handmaids show their respect to him. He wonders a lot at the sight of the dower. The Sultan says to his Wazir if Alaeddin is not worthy of his daughter. The Wazir full of envy says it is not enough. The Sultan sees the jealousy in the Grand Wazir. He says that he stands by his bargain. He tells the old woman to get Alaeddin so he can meet him.

Alaeddin’s mother speeds to her son and tells him the news. The Sultan goes to his daughter to tell her the news. At first the princess is in grief, but when she sees the dower she is gladdened and the sadness from the Wazir’s son goes away. The Sultan also thinks this Alaeddin is more suitable. Back at Alaeddin, he rejoices at the news of his mother. He rubs the Lamp and asks the Marid to bring him to the best Hammam and get a dress for him that no king has ever owned. After the Hammam he is clothed in expensive robes. Alaeddin then asks for gold, jewels, handmaids, Mamalukes and a mighty stallion. He dresses his mother in rich garments and gives her charge over twelve slave-girls. They then move to the palaces scattering gold amongst the crowd.

At the palace he is allowed to enter on his steed, which is a great honour and he is welcomed heartily by the Sultan. Alaeddin shows himself as somebody being humble and asking for the hand of the Sultan’s daughter. The Sultan is amazed, but the Wazir is full of envy. The Sultan invites his son-in-law to speak with his wazirs, high official and Lords of the land. Alaeddin want to build a pavilion for Lady Badr al-Budur so he can visit her. He gets a piece of land from the Sultan. When Alaeddin is at home he rubs the Lamp and asks the Slave for the pavilion. The building is finished within a night and the Slave brings Alaeddin to the pavilion and shows him its majesty. But Alaeddin still asks for one thing: a carpet that extends from the pavilion to the Sultan’s palace, so the Lady should never have to tread the common earth.

The Sultan asks his Wazir if Alaeddin is not worthy of his daughter. But the Wazir is still full of envy and says only magic can be the source of all of this. The Sultan sees the Wazir’s jealousy and the Wazir himself sees that the Sultan loves Alaeddin and becomes even more envious and malicious. Alaeddin asks ten thousands dinars for his wedding from the Slave. A wonderful wedding enfolds and at the end Alaeddin goes to the pavilion to prepare it for his wife. He then rides his mighty steed and shows good horsemanship. He baths with the Wazirs and Nobles in the royal Hammam. He then invites them to the pavilion where they have sherbets and sugared drinks. When the Sultan returns everybody goes to the palace to escort Lady Badr al-Budur to the pavilion. The princess is amazed by the splendour of the pavilion and when they finish eating Alaeddin goes in to his bride.

The next day Alaeddin is heartily welcomes by the Sultan. Alaeddin invites him at the pavilion with all his Ministers and Grandees. The King is honoured and when he sees the structure he is amazed. The Grand Wazir concludes this can only be done by force of sorcery. The Sultan agrees that is must be made with the art of black magic. Alaeddin brings the Sultan to the upper Kiosque and show him an unfinished window. Alaeddin says he was unable to finish it because of the wedding and the Sultan says he will finish it. The princess enters and they all eat. They are amazed by the sumptuous cooking. After eating the Sultan goes to see if the window is finished, but it is not. He allows his workers to use the Greater Treasury instead of the Lesser one, but still they cannot finish the window. Even when the Sultan orders to seize all the precious stones owned by Wazirs and Grandees they cannot finish it. The next morning Alaeddin sees the work unfinished and orders the jewellers to restore the stones to their rightful owners. When the Sultan asks them why Alaeddin requested this, they say they do not know. Alaeddin meanwhile rubs his Lamp and asks the Slave to finish the window which he does. The Sultan arrives at the pavilion and Alaeddin show him the perfect window. The Sultan marvels at what Alaeddin did in one night what his jewellers could not in months.

Alaeddin goes into the city every day to give gold to the poor and has much renown with the Lords and Emirs of the land. Alaeddin wins himself more fame every day. It chanced that an enemy host threatened the lands of the Sultan and Alaeddin sets out to fight them. He defeats the invaders and returns victorious. The people embrace him and kiss him. Such is the high fortune of Alaeddin.

The Maghrabi, or Magician after returning to his native country ponders. By magic he tries to find out if the Lamp is still at the Enchanted Treasure and Alaeddin dead, but he cannot get an answer. Enraged by the knowledge that Alaeddin is still alive he sets out for China-land to seek out Alaeddin. He passes he group which tells stories of the pavilion and the beauty of Alaeddin. He asks them of whom they are speaking. They immediately understand the Maghrabi is a foreigner and they explain to him they talk about Emir Alaeddin. When they show him the pavilion he comes up with a plan.

The Magician lets a coppersmith makes several lamps and enters the streets crying out who will exchange old lamps for new ones. Lady Badr al-Budur hears the Moroccan cry and asks her slave girls to find lamp to exchange. Alaeddin, carelessly, had not put the Lamp out of sight. The lamp is brought to the Magician and he recognises it immediately. He leaves his lamps and clears the city. Outside the city he rubs the Lamp and the Marid appears. He orders the Slave to place the pavilion upon his own land including himself. The Slave obeys and everything is transported to the African land.

It is custom for Sultan to view the pavilion with his daughter every morning, but this morning he sees nothing. He asks his Grand Wazir to bring Alaeddin, who is out hunting, in chains. Alaeddin is not aware of the disappearance and is brought to the Sultan. The subject of the Sultan are not happy with his arrest and revolt. Alaeddin proposes to the Sultan to give him forty days the retrieve the pavilion. If he is not able to, he will return and Sultan may take his head.

Alaeddin does not know what has befallen him and what to do to bring his wife and the pavilion back. After two days he goes, in despair, to a river. He washes his hands and by doing so accidentally rubs the Ring. Its Marid appears and asks what Alaeddin wants. He explains the story and Marid replies that he want his wife and pavilion back. But the Marid answers he dares not to interfere with the Slave of the Lamp. So Alaeddin asks the Marid to bring him to the pavilion which he does.

Alaeddin thanks Allah for the blessing he received. He draws near to the pavilion and slumbers till morning comes. He then goes into the city and sits himself under the windows of the Princess’s Bower. By destiny the Princess looks out of her window and sees her master. She lets her slave-girl open the door for Alaeddin and the two are rejoined. Alaeddin asks for the copper lamp and Lady Badr al-Budur relates the whole story of the Moorman from Africa. She also tells him the Accursed visits her once and no more. She tells Alaeddin he holds the lamp with him. Upon hearing this Alaeddin goes outside exchanges his rich clothes for that of a pauper. He also buys Bhang. Alaeddin returns to the pavilion and tells Lady Badr al-Budur to dress in her best clothes and tell the Maghrabi she has forgotten her husband and father and loves him. She has to give him wine and put the Bhang into it upon which he will drop as if dead.

When the Maghrabi enters her chambers she tells him she has changed and loves him. They drink wine from the Moroccan’s cellar, and when the wine has mastered him, the Lady tells him of a custom from her lands in which lovers exchange their cups. So the Maghrabi gets her cup with Bhang. After drinking from the cup he falls down as if dead and the Lady and her slave-girls let in Alaeddin. He grabs the lamp from the Moorman and kills him. He rubs the lamp and the Marid appears. He asks him to bring the pavilion back to China in front of the Sultan’s palace. They eat and drink together until they fall asleep.

The Sultan, still sorrowful of the loss of his daughter wakes up seeing the pavilion in front of his palace. He rubs his eyes and goes to the pavilion on horse. He meets his daughter and folds her in his arms. She relates the story to the Sultan, including then secret of the lamp. The Sultan also kisses his son-in-law and says parents yearn for offspring. A great celebration takes place.

But Alaeddin does not escape form the Accused entirely. Although the Moorman has died, he still has a brother more villainous than himself. With his sorcery the brother finds out that his brother has been killed by an Alaeddin who resides in China-land. He goes to the land and at a coffee-house he hears of the miracles of a certain Fatimah the Devotee. He asks where she might reside and people show him the way. He finds out she sleeps in a cavern and goes to it. He threatens to kills her if she does not exchange clothes with him and to make his face the colour of hers. When he looks just like her he breaks his oath and strangles her to death. He goes the walls of the pavilion to perform like Fatimah. Lady Badr al-Budur hears the turmoil outside and invites Fatimah into the pavilion to get a blessing. She offers Fatimah a room to stay instead of the cavern. Fatimah asks of the drinking and eating can be done in her own room because the Necromancer was afraid they would see his beard. When he sees the room the Lady asks him if the pavilion is to Fatimah’s liking. The Necromancer tells her he misses an egg from the Rukh. He tells her of the gigantic bird and that it would be magnificent to hang it in the pavilion

Alaeddin returns and sees his Lady saddened. He asks what is amiss and she tells him she wants an egg of the Rukh. Alaeddin says it’s only a trifle. He goes to his room and gets his Lamp. Alaeddin asks the Marid for an egg from the Rukh to be hanged in the pavilion. Upon hearing this the Marid angrily asks if it doesn’t suffice to be a Slave to the Lamp. but that he also has to bring his Liege Lady for his pleasure, and hang her up at the pavilion dome for the enjoyment of Alaeddin and his wife. The Marid pardons the request for he knows it comes from the Necromancer disguised as Fatimah. He then disappears. Aleaddin trembles at the angry voice of Marid. He does not tell his wife but tells her he has a headache. She advises him to let Fatimah the Devotee help him. He asks her who this is and she tells him. The Necromancer goes to Alaeddin with a hidden dagger, but Alaeddin watches him, seizes the weapon and plunges it into the Necromancer’s heart. Lady Badr al-Budur asks him why he would kill such a holy woman, but he tells her of the Necromancer’s deceit. He shows her the face of the Maghrabi and she says that she has twice brought her husband into trouble. He forgives her. The body of the Necromancer is burnt and scattered. When the Sultan dies Alaeddin seats on his throne and lives in happiness with his wife till they die.

From The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night — Supplemental Volume 03

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