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hurry: "Make haste and give me the lamp." This Aladdin refused to do until he was out of
the cave. The magician flew into a terrible passion, and throwing some more powder on
to the fire, he said something, and the stone rolled back into its place.
The man left the country, which plainly showed that he was no uncle of Aladdin's but a
cunning magician, who had read in his magic books of a wonderful lamp, which would
make him the most powerful man in the world. Though he alone knew where to find it,
he could only receive it from the hand of another. He had picked out the foolish Aladdin
for this purpose, intending to get the lamp and kill him afterwards.
For two days Aladdin remained in the dark, crying and lamenting. At last he clasped his
hands in prayer, and in so doing rubbed the ring, which the magician had forgotten to
take from him. Immediately an enormous and frightful genie rose out of the earth, saying:
"What wouldst thou with me? I am the Slave of the Ring, and will obey thee in all
things." Aladdin fearlessly replied, "Deliver me from this place!" whereupon the earth
opened, and he found himself outside. As soon as his eyes could bear the light he went
home, but fainted on the threshold. When he came to himself he told his mother what had
passed, and showed her the lamp and the fruits he had gathered in the garden, which were
in reality precious stones. He then asked for some food. "Alas! child," she said, "I have
nothing in the house, but I have spun a little cotton and will go sell it." Aladdin bade her
keep her cotton, for he would sell the lamp instead. As it was very dirty, she began to rub
it, that it might fetch a higher price. Instantly a hideous genie appeared, and asked what
she would have. She fainted away, but Aladdin, snatching the lamp, said boldly: "Fetch
me something to eat!" The genie returned with a silver bowl, twelve silver plates
containing rich meats, two silver cups, and two bottles of wine. Aladdin's mother, when
she came to herself, said: "Whence comes this splendid feast?" "Ask not, but eat," replied
Aladdin. So they sat at breakfast till it was dinner-time, and Aladdin told his mother
about the lamp. She begged him to sell it, and have nothing to do with devils. "No," said
Aladdin, "since chance hath made us aware of its virtues, we will use it, and the ring
likewise, which I shall always wear on my finger." When they had eaten all the genie had
brought, Aladdin sold one of the silver plates, and so on until none were left. He then had
recourse to the genie, who gave him another set of plates, and thus they lived many years.
One day Aladdin heard an order from the Sultan proclaimed that everyone was to stay at
home and close his shutters while the Princess his daughter went to and from the bath.
Aladdin was seized by a desire to see her face, which was very difficult, as she always
went veiled. He hid himself behind the door of the bath, and peeped through a chink. The
Princess lifted her veil as she went in, and looked so beautiful that Aladdin fell in love
with her at first sight. He went home so changed that his mother was frightened. He told
her he loved the Princess so deeply he could not live without her, and meant to ask her in
marriage of her father. His mother, on hearing this, burst out laughing, but Aladdin at last
prevailed upon her to go before the Sultan and carry his request. She fetched a napkin and
laid in it the magic fruits from the enchanted garden, which sparkled and shone like the
most beautiful jewels. She took these with her to please the Sultan, and set out, trusting in
the lamp. The Grand Vizier and the lords of council had just gone in as she entered the
hall and placed herself in front of the Sultan. He, however, took no notice of her. She