However, the thief has been seen by Morgiana who, loyal to her master, foils the thief's plan by marking all the houses in the neighborhood similarly. Not long after, Marjaneh, 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. After a short delay she needs must see an the broth be boiling, but by that time all the lamps had gone out and she found that the oil was spent and that nowhere could she get a light. He was very excited and he filled up his sack with all the treasures. Ali Baba and Forty Thieves The story takes place in Baghdad during the Abbasid era. He asked Morgiana, who opened the door, the reason of it.
Ali Baba followed them with his eyes as far as he could see them, and afterward waited a long time before he descended. Meanwhile, the thieves find the body missing, and realize someone else knows about the cave. When their leader comes to rouse his men, he discovers they are all dead and escapes. The robber gave him good-morrow, and perceiving that he was old, said: O Uncle, you begin to work very early. Thereupon the robbers rushed into the cavern, and put back as they were before the bags of Ashrafis which Kasim had heaped up at the doorway ready for taking away; nor recked they aught of those which Ali Baba had removed, so dazed and amazed were they to discover by what means the strange man had effected an entrance. Lavish spectacle and good casting overcomes the somewhat sluggish storytelling that combines a number of familiar ¨one thousand and one nights¨ tales.
Remembering the words the captain of the robbers used to cause the door to open and shut, he had the curiosity to try if his pronouncing them would have the same effect. But I gave him no opportunity to win his wish. Yes, yes, answered Baba Mustafa, I see you want to have me speak out, but you shall know no more. Thou knowest whither he went, and sore I fear me some misfortune hath betided him. Such as it is, I heartily offer it.
The thieves in the jars screamed, and then they all died. About noon the robbers returned to their cave, and saw Cassim's mules roving about with great chests on their backs. They also hid the leathern jars and the gear and arms and presently Ali Baba sent the mules by ones and twos to the bazar and sold them all with the able aid of his slave-boy Abdullah. Kasims wife stayed at home mourning, uttering lamentable cries with the women of the neighbourhood, who came, according to custom, during the funeral, and, joining their lamentations with hers, filled the quarter far and near with sounds of grief. And I forewarn thee, an thou tell me not the whole truth, I will give notice of those ashrafis to the wah, then shalt thou forfeit all thy wealth and he disgraced and thrown into gaol. She poured boiling oil into the jars. 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.
And when the forty days of mourning were ended Ali Baba removed to his own quarters all the property belonging to the deceased and openly married the widow. Then with my heart at rest I slept. He pulled out a piece of gold, and putting it into Baba Mustafas hand, said to him: I do not want to learn your secret, though you might safely trust me with it. They hid in the big jars. The apothecary inquired who was ill. Now when she had satisfied herself that each and every of the men had been slain, she went back to the kitchen and shutting to the door sat brewing Ali Baba's broth.
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. She bade her stay a little, and she would readily fetch one. The next morning, Morgiana tells Ali Baba about the thieves in the jars. Only come along with me, and fear nothing. They cut his body into quarters and hang it up at the entrance to the cave. At last, she snatched the tabor from Abdalla with her left hand, and holding the dagger in her right presented the other side of the tabor, after the manner of those who get a livelihood by dancing, and solicit the liberality of the spectators. In the evening Marjaneh went to the same druggists again, and with tears in her eyes, asked for an essence which they used to give to sick people only when at the last extremity.
Again Morgiana foils the plan by making similar chips in all the other doorsteps. You pretend to be miserably poor, and yet you measure gold. Retold by Andrew Lang In a town in Persia there dwelt two brothers, one named Cassim, the other Ali Baba. When it boiled she went and poured enough oil into every jar to stifle and kill the robber inside. At daybreak Ali Baba arose, and, seeing the oil jars still there, asked why the merchant had not gone with his mules. This done, he drove the beasts before him and presently he reached Ali Baba's place at nightfall; when it chanced that the house-master was strolling after supper to and fro in front of his home. The next day, the thieves try again, only this time, a chunk is chipped out of the stone step at Ali Baba's front door.
Howbeit he presently took heart of grace and at the moment when the door flew open he rushed out hoping to make good his escape. exclaimed the robber, with affected amazement. I am afraid some misfortune has happened to him. You don't feel to sorry for him when he meets his fate. After this she returned hurriedly home and with the help of Ali Baba washed the body in warm water and donning the shroud, laid the corpse upon a clean place ready for burial. So, after much consultation and many warnings, he left the slave girl and departed home driving his ass before him. So the handmaiden rose and with oil-can in hand walked to the shed where stood the leathern jars all ranged in rows.
To exact revenge after some time, the leader of the thieves establishes himself as a merchant, befriends Ali Baba's son who is now in charge of the late Cassim's business , and is invited to dinner at Ali Baba's house. He rushed to the door, and no sooner saw the door open, than he ran out and threw the leader down, but could not escape the other robbers, who with their scimitars soon deprived him of life. He walked up and down, till accidentally he came to Baba Mustapha's stall, which was always open before any of the shops. I knew him, and you now find that my suspicion was not groundless. He had expected to find naught save outer gloom in this robbers' den, and he was surprised to see the whole room filled with bales of all manner stuffs, and heaped up from sole to ceiling with camel-loads of silks and brocades and embroidered cloths and mounds on mounds of vari-coloured carpetings; besides which he espied coins golden and silvern without measure or account, some piled upon the ground and others bound in leathern bags and sacks. Then holding a council, and deliberating upon this occurrence, they guessed that Kasim, why he was in, could not get out again, but could not imagine how he had learned the secret words by which alone he could enter.
Morgiana, meanwhile, sought an apothecary and asked him for some lozenges. I would that thou marry Morgiana, who is a model of duty and loyalty. He walked about in ecstasy marvelling at the treasures, and when weary of admiration he gathered together bags of Ashrafis, a sufficient load for his ten mules, and placed them by the entrance in readiness to be carried outside and set upon the beasts. Ali Baba's life was far from fantastic. He repeats the same process with Baba Mustapha, but this time memorizes the location himself rather than using chalk. 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.