The Book Of The Thousand Nights And A Night, Vol 1 Page-297

The Book Of The Thousand Nights And A Night, Vol 1

A plain and literal translation of the arabian nights entertainments

gazing at her and neglected his tailoring till eventide. Next morning he opened his shop and sat him down to sew; but, as often as he stitched a stitch, he looked to the window and saw her as before; and his passion and infatuation for her increased. On the third day as he was sitting in his usual place gazing on her, she caught sight of him and, perceiving that he had been captivated with love of her, laughed in his face[FN#637] and he smiled back at her. Then she disappeared and presently sent her slave girl to him with a bundle containing a piece of red cowered silk. The handmaid accosted him and said, “My lady salameth to thee and desireth thee, of thy skill and good will, to fashion for her a shift of this piece and to sew it handsomely with thy best sewing. He replied, “Hearkening and obedience”; and shaped for her a chemise and finished sewing it the same day. When the morning morrowed the girl came back and said to him, “My lady salameth to thee and asks how thou hast passed yesternight; for she hath not tasted sleep by reason of her heart being taken up with thee. Then she laid before him a piece of yellow satin and said, My lady biddeth thee cut her two pair of petticoat trousers out of this piece and sew them this very day.” “Hearkening and obedience!’ replied he, “greet her for me with many greetings and say to her, Thy slave is obedient to thine order; so command him as thou wilt.” Then he applied himself to cutting out and worked hard at sewing the trousers; and after an hour the lady appeared at the lattice and saluted him by signs, now casting down her eyes, then smiling in his face, and he began to assure himself that he would soon make a conquest. She did not let him stir till he had finished the two pair of trousers, when she with drew and sent the handmaid to whom he delivered them; and she took them and went her ways. When it was night, he threw himself on his carpet bed, and lay tossing about from side to side till morning, when he rose and sat down in his place. Presently the damsel came to him and said, “My master calleth for thee.” Hearing these words he feared with exceeding fear; but the slave girl, seeing his affright, said to him, “No evil is meant to thee: naught but good awaiteth thee. My lady would have thee make acquaintance with my lord.” So my brother the tailor, rejoicing with great joy, went with her; and when he came into the presence of his landlord, the lady’s husband, he kissed the ground before him, and the master of the house returned his greeting andgave him a great piece of linen saying, “Shape me shirts out of this stuff and sew them well;” and my brother answered, “To hear is to obey.” Thereupon he fell to work at once, snipping, shaping and sewing till he had finished twenty shirts by supper time, without stopping to taste food. The house master asked him, “How much the wage for this?”; and he answered, “Twenty dirhams.” So the gentleman cried