Arabian Nights week 7
- Son of a king
- cousin persuaded him to escort cousin and a woman into a chamber below a tomb
- Dervish couldn't find the tomb
- Captured by usurping vizir on return home
- Blinded by vizir for childhood accident
- Executioner allows the dervish to flee
- Returns to uncle, finds the tomb, finds cousin and woman turned to charcoal. Uncle is pleased
- Uncle reveals incest between cousin and his sister, adopts dervish
- Vizir attacks uncle
- Dervish goes into hiding as a dervish
- Son of a king, well-learned.
- Ambushed while travelling to king of India
- Wanders, finds a city, but in a feud with his father
- Takes up woodcutting to make ends meet
- Finds a hidden chamber containing a beautiful woman.
- She was kidnapped by a jinni, who "visits" her every ten days
- She invites him to stay for a while, they fall in love
- Drunk, he summons the jinni intending to kill him, but flees
- He seals the chamber, leaving jinni to torture the woman
- Jinni tracks him down, takes him to the woman's chamber
- Collusion via eyebrows, refuse to kill each other
- Jinni kills(?) the woman, about to transform the man
Envied and envier
- Envied man lives blameless life, receives reward
- Envier pushes envied into a well
- Jinn haunting the well discuss him, the king's daughter, and how to rid her of possession
- Next day, the envied does that and, over time, becomes vizir then king.
- Later, rewards envier and does not punish him
- jinni persuaded by the moral, spares the man, but transforms him to an ape
- Eventually leaps aboard a ship
- Gains sympathy of captain, then proves worth with calligraphy
- King's daughter sees through the enchantment, revealing her magical abilities
- She battles the jinni, shifting shapes. Eventually wins, breaks the spell, but dies soon after
- King exiles the man, who becomes a dervish mystic
Comments and questions
- From the length of the comments, it's clear that these are fast-paced stories with little description and character development. Do you think a more novel-type writing, with a slower pace, would be better?
- More drinking being a plot point
- Lots of reversals of fortune.
- What killed the incestuous cousins?
- Note on . 105. Is there evidence of the first dervish not adhering to his faith? How are we supposed to learn this lesson?
- Do you think this tale hangs together? Is it anything other than a run of bad luck? What lessons should we learn from it?
- Contrast between dangerous countryside and safe cities. Again, stories by and for the urban people
- Another story of royalty laid low.
- If he was in the city for a year, couldn't he arranged to have left and returned home? Bah, logic isn't for stories!
- Jinni has a family, and treats the woman as a hidden mistress! Jinni are human in many ways
- Leaving a woman to be tortured: not exactly heroic acts!
- Virtuous nature of hte kidnapped bride: a contrast to the cuckolding wives of earlier in the book?
Envied and envier
- Pretty clear moral here! Does the story do anything other than present the moral?
- Accepting of fate as a monkey: fatalism is good?
- Why didn't he write down his story at first? Again, bah, logic.
- Fun magic battle! What did you think of this?
- Again, the belief that the caliph will make everything good.