Before I saw him, I suspected him as soon as you told me you had such a guest. Cassim’s wife, considering how much it concerned her husband to keep the business secret, was the more easily persuaded to believe her brother-in-law.

However, with whatever intention it was done, it is advisable to guard against the worst.". She repented of her foolish curiosity, and cursed her desire of prying into the affairs of her brother and sister-in-law. He then made the best of his way to town. I knew him, and you now find that my suspicion was not groundless.”.
"Come in, Morgiana," said Ali Baba, "and let Cogia Houssain see what you can do, that he may tell us what he thinks of your performance.". I will borrow a small measure, and measure it, while you dig the hole.”. After they had finished supper, Ali Baba, charging Morgiana afresh to take care of his guest, said to her, “To-morrow morning I design to go to the bath before day; take care my bathing linen be ready, give them to Abdalla (which was the slave’s name), and make me some good broth against my return.” After this he went to bed.

Morgiana then told him all she had done, from the first observing the mark upon the house, to the destruction of the robbers, and the flight of their captain. The sight of all these riches made him suppose that this cave must have been occupied for ages by robbers, who had succeeded one another. "Oh!

Sometimes she presented the poniard to one breast, sometimes to another, and oftentimes seemed to strike her own. The robber, finding that he could discover no more from Baba Mustapha, thanked him for the trouble he had taken, and left him to go back to his stall, while he returned to the forest, persuaded that he should be very well received. At last, when he had recovered himself, he said, "And what is become of the merchant? He was not long in determining how he should pay the last dues to his brother; but without adverting to the little fraternal affection he had shown for him, went into the cave, to find something to enshroud his remains; and having loaded one of his asses with them, covered them over with wood. Morgiana, who was always ready to obey her master, could not help being surprised at his strange order. The next morning at daybreak Morgiana went to an old cobbler whom she knew to be always early at his stall, and bidding him good-morrow, put a piece of gold into his hand, saying, “Baba Mustapha, you must bring with you your sewing tackle, and come with me; but I must tell you, I shall blindfold you when you come to such a place.”, Baba Mustapha seemed to hesitate a little at these words.
When he came home, he drove the two asses loaded with gold into his little yard, and left the care of unloading them to his wife, while he led the other to his sister-in-law’s house. He did not set any particular mark on the house, but examined and observed it so carefully, by passing often by it, that it was impossible for him to mistake it. A few days afterward, Ali Baba celebrated the nuptials of his son and Morgiana with great solemnity, a sumptuous feast, and the usual dancing and spectacles; and had the satisfaction to see that his friends and neighbours, whom he invited, had no knowledge of the true motives of the marriage; but that those who were not unacquainted with Morgiana’s good qualities commended his generosity and goodness of heart Ali Baba did not visit the robbers’ cave for a whole year, as he supposed the other two, whom he could get no account of, might be alive. Cassim rose the next morning long before the sun, and set out for the forest with ten mules bearing great chests, which he designed to fill, and followed the road which Ali Baba had pointed out to him. Ali Baba followed them with his eyes as far as he could see them; and afterward stayed a considerable time before he descended.

At the year’s end, when he found they had not made any attempt to disturb him, he had the curiosity to make another journey. ", Baba Mustapha went with Morgiana, who, after she had bound his eyes with a handkerchief at the place she had mentioned, conveyed him to her deceased master's house, and never unloosed his eyes till he had entered the room where she had put the corpse together.

When this was done, Ali Baba hid the jars and weapons; and as he had no occasion for the mules, he sent them at different times to be sold in the market by his slave.

Appendix. Envy immediately possessed her breast. Return to the Arabian Nights Home Page, or . While Cassim married a rich lady and became a wealthy merchant, Alibaba married a poor, humble woman and lived the life of a woodcutter.

The first care of the robbers after this was to examine the cave. He did not set any particular mark on the house, but examined and observed it so carefully, by passing often by it, that it was impossible for him to mistake it. By this discourse, Ali Baba perceived that Cassim and his wife, through his own wife's folly, knew what they had so much reason to conceal; but what was done could not be undone. A vintage poem for children about being kind to animals. As soon as Abdalla saw that Ali Baba and Cogia Houssain had done talking, he began to play on the tabor, and accompanied it with an air, to which Morgiana, who was an excellent performer, danced in such a manner as would have created admiration in any company. Not long after, Morgiana, whose eyes nothing could escape, went out, and seeing the red chalk, and arguing with herself as she had done before, marked the other neighbours’ houses in the same place and manner. She made what haste she could to fill her oil pot, and returned into the kitchen, where, as soon as she had lighted her lamp, she took a great kettle, went again to the oil jar, filled the kettle, set it on a large wood fire, and as soon as it boiled, went and poured enough into every jar to stifle and destroy the robber within. and the thieves disappeared into the cave. Morgiana, remembering Ali Baba’s orders, got his bathing linen ready, and ordered Abdalla to set on the pot for the broth; but while she was preparing it the lamp went out, and there was no more oil in the house, nor any candles. Remember, too, that he would eat no salt with you; and what would you have more to persuade you of his wicked design?

", "Ah, Morgiana," said Ali Baba, "what is it you show me? By this means Morgiana found that her master Ali Baba had admitted thirty-eight robbers into his house, and that this pretended oil merchant was their captain. Morgiana obeyed, though with no little reluctance, and had a curiosity to see this man who ate no salt. Alarmed at this, they galloped full speed to the cave. When Ali finds the truth, he fights for his love and for the freedom of Baghdad. The Mongols capture him and he believes she betrayed him. After this he increased his assiduities, caressed him in the most engaging manner, made him some small presents, and often asked him to dine and sup with him, when he treated him very handsomely.

There once lived in a town of Persia two brothers, one named Cassim, and the other Ali Baba. There is no time to be lost. He then told them his contrivance; and as they approved of it, ordered them to go into the villages about, and buy nineteen mules, with thirty-eight large leather jars, one full of oil, and the others empty. The robber saluted him, bidding him good-morrow; and perceiving that he was old, said, “Honest man, you begin to work very early: is it possible that one of your age can see so well? Ali Baba did so, and seeing a man, started back in alarm, and cried out.

Only come along with me, and fear nothing.

Ali Baba’s son did not choose to lie under such obligation to Cogia Houssain; but was so much straitened for want of room in his house, that he could not entertain him. Come, let me blind your eyes at the same place.

Ali Baba's garden was very long, and shaded at the farther end by a great number of large trees. Cassim, her husband, was at his counting-house. “My good master,” answered she, “God preserve you and all your family. The other two asses he loaded with bags of gold, covering them with wood also as before; and then, bidding the door shut, he came away; but was so cautious as to stop some time at the end of the forest, that he might not go into the town before night. What to do she did not know, for the broth must be made.

Ali Baba and his elder brother Cassim are the sons of a merchant. "Ali Baba," said he, "I am surprised at you. ", "You are in the right, husband," replied she, "but let us know, as nigh as possible, how much we have. But the captain observed that the next door was chalked in the same manner and in the same place; and showing it to his guide, asked him which house it was, that, or the first. In this manner Cassim's melancholy death was concealed and hushed up between Ali Baba, his widow, and Morgiana his slave, with so much contrivance that nobody in the city had the least knowledge or suspicion of the cause of it. This is a matter of the first importance, and for fear of any treachery, I propose that whoever undertakes this business without success, even though the failure arises only from an error of judgment, shall suffer death.”, Without waiting for the sentiments of his companions, one of the robbers started up, and said, “I submit to this condition, and think it an honour to expose my life to serve the troop.”. Some years later he carried his son to the cave, and taught him the secret, which he handed down to his posterity, who, using their good fortune with moderation, lived in great honor and splendor. All the robbers unanimously approved of the captain's proposal. The troop, who were to the number of forty, all well mounted and armed, came to the foot of the rock on which the tree stood, and there dismounted. He then listened, but not hearing or perceiving anything whereby he could judge that his companions stirred, he began to grow very uneasy, threw stones again a second and also a third time, and could not comprehend the reason that none of them should answer his signal. Ali Baba climbed into a tree to escape detection, fearing correctly that they were thieves.

He quickly laid as many bags of gold as he could carry at the door of the cavern; but his thoughts were so full of the great riches he should possess that he could not think of the necessary word to make it open, but instead of "Sesame," said, "Open, Barley!" At these words Baba Mustapha rose up, to the great joy of the robber, and led him to the place where Morgiana had bound his eyes. When he came home, his wife said to him, “Cassim, I know you think yourself rich, but Ali Baba is infinitely richer than you. When he reached the entrance of the cavern, he pronounced the words, "Open, Sesame!" He threw down the bags he had loaded himself with, and walked distractedly up and down the cave, without having the least regard to the riches that were around him. They filed off in parties of two each, after some interval of time, and got into the town without being in the least suspected. They could not deny the fact of his being there; and to terrify any person or accomplice who should attempt the same thing, they agreed to cut Cassim’s body into four quarters—to hang two on one side, and two on the other, within the door of the cave.

| He entered the cavern, and by the condition he found things in, judged that nobody had been there since the captain had fetched the goods for his shop. They were going to hide the treasure they had stolen. “Yes, yes,” answered Baba Mustapha, “I see you want to have me speak out, but you shall know no more.”, The robber felt sure that he had discovered what he sought. Festival of Sacrifice: The Past and Present of the Islamic Holiday of Eid al-Adha. I will go and order Morgiana to provide a supper.”.