The Arabian Nights Entertainments
By his orders this story and the others I had told him were written by his scribes
in letters of gold, and laid up among his treasures. I took my leave of him, well
satisfied with the honours and rewards he bestowed upon me; and since that
time I have rested from my labours, and given myself up wholly to my family and
Thus Sindbad ended the story of his seventh and last voyage, and turning to
Hindbad he added:
"Well, my friend, and what do you think now? Have you ever heard of anyone
who has suffered more, or had more narrow escapes than I have? Is it not just
that I should now enjoy a life of ease and tranquillity?"
Hindbad drew near, and kissing his hand respectfully, replied, "Sir, you have
indeed known fearful perils; my troubles have been nothing compared to yours.
Moreover, the generous use you make of your wealth proves that you deserve it.
May you live long and happily in the enjoyment in it." Sindbad then gave him a
hundred sequins, and hence-forward counted him among his friends; also he
caused him to give up his profession as a porter, and to eat daily at his table that
he might all his life remember Sindbad the Sailor.
The Little Hunchback
In the kingdom of Kashgar, which is, as everybody knows, situated on the
frontiers of Great Tartary, there lived long ago a tailor and his wife who loved
each other very much. One day, when the tailor was hard at work, a little
hunchback came and sat at the entrance of the shop, and began to sing and play
his tambourine. The tailor was amused with the antics of the fellow, and thought
he would take him home to divert his wife. The hunchback having agreed to his
proposal, the tailor closed his shop and they set off together.