Synopsis of Tales of Sir Richard Burton's Arabian Nights

By Xah Lee. Date: .

(Note: The following necessarily discloses the outline of the tales. So, if you wish to maintain a virgin to the tale's twists and turns, keep away.)

The first chapter, Story Of King Shahryar And His Brother, opens the road to One Thousand and One Nights by the tale of the king and his brother. How their wives cuckolded them, and how they slain the twain, and how the brothers was forced to fuck a slut imprisoned by a jinni but nevertheless fucked hundreds of men withal the Jinni, by the slut herself. The king made up his mind about the female race and is to have a virgin each night and kill her in the morning. Then, the well-learned daughter of a high-ranking council became officious of her body and wisdom.

In frantic trying of saving her daughter's head, the councilor admonished her using the allegory of The Bull and The Ass. How, a farmer is bestowed the gift of understanding other animals by the all mighty and unique Allah, but with the stipulation that upon disclosure of any animal talk he will die a immediate death. How, the farmer heard the dull bull's plaintive and the wise ass's advice and what becomes of it, and how the farmer had a helpless laugh overhearing animal talk and his wife demanded to know the cause of the laugh. With dissuasion to no avail, how, the farmer gathered all relatives and neighbors in town and ready to die for the satisfaction of his consort, and then what he heard of the dogs and the cock (who has 100 wives) that changed the course of events.

Scheherazade began her first story with The Fisherman and the Jinni. Here, a poor fisherman net only 4 times a day. The first netting is potsherds. The second netting is potsherds. The third netting is potsherds, upon which the fisherman bemoaned poems and beseeched the all mighty and unique Allah, for, there are rich and there are poor, why should he die of want? The 4th netting brought him a urn with a Solomon's seal, of which came out the Jinni, who avowed to let whoever the person upon freeing him chooses his ways of death. Wondered with exceeding wonder, what choice did the fisherman make, of which leads to a 4 colorful fishes that node their heads upon frying.

(Between the dialogue of the fisherman and the jinni, unwraps The Tale of the Wazir and the Sage Duban. And, between the dialogue of the King and Wazir and the Sage Duban, unwraps the tales: King Sindibad and his Falcon, The Tale of the Husband and the Parrot, The Tale of the Prince and the Ogress. (In the Sage Duban's tale, a sage heals a king of leprosy, but due to the jealousy of the wazir, the king wants the Sage dead. A theme in this tale is this phrase: “Spare me and Allah will spare thee; slay me not or Allah shall slay thee.” The other 3 tales are short tales, all on the theme of wrongful slaying.) )

The fishes of 4 colors lead to The Tale of the Ensorceled Prince. A prince, who is wailing all day daily, because the lower parts of his body is stoned part of the ground, because his cousin and his love and his wife -- a enchantress, but who loves a blackamoor.

The next story, is The Porter And The Three Ladies Of Baghdad. Here lies a spectacular poetry repartees and a tale of startling twists and turns. It began with a porter's encountering of a exceedingly alluring and extremely rich maiden and her traipse in the market, in detailed account of what items women of affluence is wont to buy in the Persian-Arabic locale of the era. The porter is eventually a guest at the lady's house with two other stunning sisters, for merry-making and wine-drinking. The first interruption is 3 Kalanders at the door, who, are all clean shaven of all hairs on their heads, and all blinded of the left eye, asking to lodge for the night. The second interruption is a venturesome King and his council and body guard, strolling town as commoners, asking to stay for the night. All is admitted and all is well and cheer, until the ladies entertained unimaginably wildly bewildering acts. Then, the force of curiosity flipped amicable rapport into malevolence and lives are at stake.

this follows immediately The First Kalandar's Tale. This short account, concerns the fateful fate of a prince of a king and a bizarre venture of drunkenly burying a pair of lovers consisting his beloved cousin and his cousin's sister in a sepulcher. Ending, in the mayhem of his eye and the demise of his kingdom and clan.

The Second Kalandar's Tale can be summed thus:

a prince of letters and science
rendered a vagrant by lady fate
fortuity gave him a mistress
that a concubine of a afrit
upon conceit of a binge
spelled doom then he became a baboon
the prince in monkey is seen
by the daughter of a king
a spectacular fight ensues
between a sorceress and the afrit
thus concludes the story
of the one-eyed kalandar

said a poet.

The Third Kalandar's Tale: The first kalandar's tale of the mystic spelunking and demise of clan and kingdom is quite intriguing. The second kalandar's tale with the bobbing fate and a fight of sorceress vs afrit, whose spectacularity makes it a amazing tale of greater amazement than first. But the amazing Scheherazade ceases not to hurl us one tale more amazing than its precursor.

This kalander was a prince of military might. In his tale, he encountered the lodestone mountain, which draws passing ships to their dissolution. Atop the lodestone mountain stands a legend of a rider of latten, and legend has it that a prince will bring its dissolution. And in distance nearby lies a prophesy, which prophesies the murder of a teen prince by a prince of military might. And there are 10 young men, all blind of the left eye, whose prognosis the prince cannot escape. Far away there is a place with 40 sumptuous doors and loveliest girls, open them all but the 40th! Thus is the tale of the third Kalandar, in which he lost a eye.

Although the Kalandar's tales are one amazing than the other, but what tickled our curiosity was not about the kalandars, for, we knew nothing about them then, but the beautiful rich ladies, for, they performed acts of thrashing bitches, and among her sisters a baring of flesh filled with scars, amongst the reciting of the most touching poems. These acts, have broken contracts and threatened the deaths of the kalandars and the disguised king. Now we hear, the whys and hows of the bewildering acts of these ladies. Thus begin the The Eldest Lady's Tale:

3 sisters fared off equal and ended up unequal. In their adventure of finding their men, the younger two have fallen into bad husbands twice with bad husbandry twice, and came to live under the embracing love of the eldest with good husbandry sans a husband.

In a day of seafaring, they chanced upon a petrified city of fire worshipping. There the eldest found love. Matrimony is to betaken save the murderous jealousy that has betaken the two sisters.

In the end, there flies a hideous serpent with lolling tongue and winding sweeps in hasting horror. By the power of goodness the eldest lady innately possesses, the serpent is saved and she is saved by. Therefore is the cause of the daily flagellations of her two bitches.

The next series, commence as The Tale Of The Three Apples: This short tale, start by the discovery of a box under the Tigris river, and in it is a fair girl in 19 pieces. Why is this girl in 19 pieces? It has nothing to do with 3 Apples, but if at all, just one Apple. This apple, a object of desire of the girl, passed hands from the Caliph's garden to her hubby's hand to her son and to a black slave, in which she is slain in the process without her knowledge.

…to be continued as days go by.