Arabian Nights week 6
Enchanted prince's story
- Prince overhears that his wife is unfaithful
- He follows, spies her pleading with her lover
- It's revealed she's a sorcerer of some form.
- Prince attempt to kill the lover
- Wife builds house of grief, secretly nurses wounded lover
- Eventual confrontation, wife curses the prince (to half stone), the people (to fishes), the land (to a lake)
- King kills the lover and hides
- He tricks the wife/sorceress into undoing her spells
- Returns home, all live happily ever after
Porter and three women
- A beautiful woman hires a porter, buys varied and exotic foods
- They eventually go to her home, where she's greeted by even more beautiful women, in a private home
- Porter talks his way into staying for a while, sworn to secrecy, but is overwhelmed and becomes bawdy
- The women become bawdy, debauchery ensues
- Porter asks to stay, accepted when he promises to ask no questions
- Three dervishes arrive, porter declines to answer their questions
- Then the incognito caliph appears, is invited in
- Later, the owner beats two chained dogs, the buyer sings to the keeper, who is mysteriously covered in bruises
- The men conspire to ask the women their story, but are captured and must tell their stories for their lives.
- The porter tells his and leaves
Enchanted Prince's story
- How much should we read this story as a comment on Shahriyah's cuckolding and revenge, and how much is this just a fun adventure tale in its own right?
- Re note 66 (p. 73): is this story more engaging than others?
- The style has moved from fable to horror
- The notes stress the importance of speech and words in the story. Do you agree?
- Different styles of magic: Duban's of potions for healing or killing, the womans of chants to transform
- Various dangling elements in the story: the admonition to only fish the lake once per day, the woman talking to the cooked fish.
- Very obviously two disconnected tales put together. I've not been able to find anything about the origin of this frankenstein-story.
Porter and three women
- I remember reading this one in the other translation, and it's fun.
- A story of the Islamic golden age, Abbasid caliphate
- What do you think of the flowery language describing the market, the women, the house?
- wine drinking is not unheard of
- Do you get the impression that the women's house is outside the mundane realm? Is that a good bit of writing?
- The set-up of just these people arriving on this night: more or less believable than the fisherman and jinni, or other stories?