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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

A Tale from The Arabian Nights


There as soon as lived a poor tailor, who had a son referred to as Aladdin, a careless, idle boy who would do nothing but play all day long in the streets with little idle boys like himself. This so grieved the father that he died; yet, regardless of his mom’s tears and prayers, Aladdin did not mend his methods. Someday, when he was enjoying in the streets as standard, a stranger requested him his age, and if he were not the son of Mustapha the tailor.

“I am, sir,” replied Aladdin; “but he died a long while ago.”

On this the stranger, who was a well-known African magician, fell on his neck and kissed him, saying: “I am your uncle, and knew you from your likeness to my brother. Go to your mother and tell her I am coming.”

Aladdin ran house, and advised his mom of his newly found uncle.

“Indeed, child,” she stated, “your father had a brother, but I always thought he was dead.”

Nevertheless, she ready supper, and bade Aladdin search his uncle, who got here laden with wine and fruit. He presently fell down and kissed the place the place Mustapha used to take a seat, bidding Aladdin’s mother to not be stunned at not having seen him earlier than, as he had been forty years out of the country. He then turned to Aladdin, and requested him his trade, at which the boy hung his head, while his mom burst into tears. On studying that Aladdin was idle and would study no trade, he provided to take a store for him and inventory it with merchandise. Next day he bought Aladdin a nice go well with of garments, and took him all over the city, displaying him the sights, and introduced him house at nightfall to his mother, who was overjoyed to see her son so fantastic.

Subsequent day the magician led Aladdin into some lovely gardens a great distance outdoors the metropolis gates. They sat down by a fountain, and the magician pulled a cake from his girdle, which he divided between them. They then journeyed onwards till they virtually reached the mountains. Aladdin was so drained that he begged to return, however the magician beguiled him with pleasant tales, and led him on regardless of himself.

Finally they got here to 2 mountains divided by a slender valley.

“We will go no farther,” stated the false uncle. “I will show you something wonderful; only do you gather up sticks while I kindle a fire.”

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Felix O. C. Darley.

When it was lit the magician threw on it a powder he had about him, at the similar time saying some magical phrases. The earth trembled somewhat and opened in front of them, disclosing a square flat stone with a brass ring in the middle to boost it by. Aladdin tried to run away, but the magician caught him and gave him a blow that knocked him down.

“What have I done, uncle?” he stated piteously; whereupon the magician stated extra kindly: “Fear nothing, but obey me. Beneath this stone lies a treasure which is to be yours, and no one else may touch it, so you must do exactly as I tell you.”

At the phrase treasure, Aladdin forgot his fears, and grasped the ring as he was informed, saying the names of his father and grandfather. The stone got here up quite simply and some steps appeared.

“Go down,” stated the magician; “at the foot of those steps you will find an open door leading into three large halls. Tuck up your gown and go through them without touching anything, or you will die instantly. These halls lead into a garden of fine fruit trees. Walk on till you come to a niche in a terrace where stands a lighted lamp. Pour out the oil it contains and bring it to me.”

He drew a ring from his finger and gave it to Aladdin, bidding him prosper.

Aladdin found every part as the magician had stated, gathered some fruit off the timber, and, having obtained the lamp, arrived at the mouth of the cave. The magician cried out in a fantastic hurry:

“Make haste and give me the lamp.” This Aladdin refused to do till he was out of the cave. The magician flew into a terrible passion, and throwing some more powder on the hearth, he stated something, and the stone rolled again into its place.

The magician left Persia for ever, which plainly showed that he was no uncle of Aladdin’s, but a crafty magician who had read in his magic books of an exquisite lamp, which might make him the strongest man in the world. Though he alone knew the place to seek out it, he might solely receive it from the hand of one other. He had picked out the silly Aladdin for this objective, aspiring to get the lamp and kill him afterwards.

For 2 days Aladdin remained in the dark, crying and lamenting. Eventually he clasped his arms in prayer, and in so doing rubbed the ring, which the magician had forgotten to take from him. Immediately an unlimited and frightful genie rose out of the earth, saying:

“What wouldst thou with me? I am the Slave of the Ring, and will obey thee in all things.”

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by René Bull.Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by René Bull.

Aladdin fearlessly replied: “Deliver me from this place!” whereupon the earth opened, and he found himself outdoors. As soon as his eyes might bear the mild he went residence, but fainted on the threshold. When he came to himself he advised his mom what had handed, and confirmed her the lamp and the fruits he had gathered in the garden, which have been in actuality valuable stones. He then requested for some food.

“Alas! child,” she stated, “I have nothing in the house, but I have spun a little cotton and will go and sell it.”

Aladdin bade her maintain her cotton, for he would sell the lamp as an alternative. Because it was very dirty she began to rub it, that it’d fetch a better worth. Immediately a hideous genie appeared, and requested what she would have. She fainted away, however Aladdin, snatching the lamp, stated boldly:

“Fetch me something to eat!”

The genie returned with a silver bowl, twelve silver plates containing rich meats, two silver cups, and two bottles of wine. Aladdin’s mom, when she came to herself, stated:

“Whence comes this splendid feast?”

“Ask not, but eat,” replied Aladdin.

In order that they sat at breakfast till it was dinner-time, and Aladdin informed his mother about the lamp. She begged him to promote it, and don’t have anything to do with devils.

“No,” stated Aladdin, “since chance has made us aware of its virtues, we will use it and the ring likewise, which I shall always wear on my finger.” Once they had eaten all the genie had introduced, Aladdin bought one in every of the silver plates, and so on till none have been left. He then had recourse to the genie, who gave him one other set of plates, and thus they lived for many years.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,  illustrated by Edmund Dulac.Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Edmund Dulac.

At some point Aladdin heard an order from the Sultan proclaimed that everyone was to remain at residence and shut his shutters whereas the princess, his daughter, went to and from the tub. Aladdin was seized by a want to see her face, which was very troublesome, as she all the time went veiled. He hid himself behind the door of the tub, and peeped via a chink. The princess lifted her veil as she went in, and appeared so lovely that Aladdin fell in love together with her at first sight. He went residence so modified that his mother was frightened. He informed her he beloved the princess so deeply that he couldn’t stay without her, and meant to ask her in marriage of her father. His mom, on hearing this, burst out laughing, but Aladdin finally prevailed upon her to go before the Sultan and carry his request. She fetched a napkin and laid in it the magic fruits from the enchanted backyard, which sparkled and shone like the most lovely jewels. She took these together with her to please the Sultan, and set out, trusting in the lamp. The grand-vizir and the lords of council had simply gone in as she entered the corridor and positioned herself in entrance of the Sultan. He, nevertheless, took no discover of her. She went every single day for every week, and stood in the similar place.

When the council broke up on the sixth day the Sultan stated to his vizir: “I see a certain woman in the audience-chamber every day carrying something in a napkin. Call her next time, that I may find out what she wants.”

Next day, at a sign from the vizir, she went as much as the foot of the throne, and remained kneeling till the Sultan stated to her: “Rise, good woman, and tell me what you want.”

She hesitated, so the Sultan despatched away all however the vizir, and bade her converse freely, promising to forgive her beforehand for something she may say. She then informed him of her son’s violent love for the princess.

“I prayed him to forget her,” she stated, “but in vain; he threatened to do some desperate deed if I refused to go and ask your Majesty for the hand of the princess. Now I pray you to forgive not me alone, but my son Aladdin.”

The Sultan asked her kindly what she had in the serviette, whereupon she unfolded the jewels and introduced them.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel.Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, engraved by the Brothers Dalziel.

He was thunderstruck, and turning to the vizir stated: “What sayest thou? Ought I not to bestow the princess on one who values her at such a price?”

The vizir, who needed her for his own son, begged the Sultan to withhold her for three months, in the course of which he hoped his son would contrive to make him a richer present. The Sultan granted this, and advised Aladdin’s mother that, although he consented to the marriage, she should not seem before him again for three months.

Aladdin waited patiently for almost three months, but after two had elapsed his mom, going into the city to purchase oil, discovered everyone rejoicing, and asked what was happening.

“Do you not know,” was the answer, “that the son of the grand-vizir is to marry the Sultan’s daughter to-night?”

Breathless, she ran and advised Aladdin, who was overwhelmed at first, however presently bethought him of the lamp. He rubbed it, and the genie appeared, saying: “What is thy will?”

Aladdin replied: “The Sultan, as thou knowest, has broken his promise to me, and the vizir’s son is to have the princess. My command is that to-night you bring hither the bride and bridegroom.”

“Master, I obey,” stated the genie.

Aladdin then went to his chamber, where, positive enough at midnight the genie transported the bed containing the vizir’s son and the princess.

“Take this new-married man,” he stated, “and put him outside in the cold, and return at daybreak.”

Whereupon the genie took the vizir’s son away from bed, leaving Aladdin with the princess.

“Fear nothing,” Aladdin stated to her; “you are my wife, promised to me by your unjust father, and no harm shall come to you.”

The princess was too frightened to talk, and passed the most miserable night time of her life, while Aladdin lay down beside her and slept soundly. At the appointed hour the genie fetched in the shivering bridegroom, laid him in his place, and transported the mattress again to the palace.

Presently the Sultan got here to want his daughter good-morning. The unhappy vizir’s son jumped up and hid himself, while the princess would not say a word, and was very sorrowful.

The Sultan despatched her mother to her, who stated: “How comes it, child, that you will not speak to your father? What has happened?”

The princess sighed deeply, and eventually advised her mother how, during the night time, the bed had been carried into some unusual home, and what had passed there. Her mom did not consider her in the least, however bade her rise and think about it an idle dream.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by H. G. Theaker. Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by H. G. Theaker.

The following night time precisely the similar factor occurred, and subsequent morning, on the princess’s refusing to speak, the Sultan threatened to chop off her head. She then confessed all, bidding him ask the vizir’s son if it weren’t so. The Sultan advised the vizir to ask his son, who owned the fact, adding that, dearly as he liked the princess, he had slightly die than undergo one other such fearful night time, and wished to be separated from her. His want was granted, and there was an end of feasting and rejoicing.

When the three months have been over, Aladdin despatched his mom to remind the Sultan of his promise. She stood in the similar place as earlier than, and the Sultan, who had forgotten Aladdin, directly remembered him, and despatched for her. On seeing her poverty the Sultan felt less inclined than ever to maintain his phrase, and asked the vizir’s recommendation, who counselled him to set so high a worth on the princess that no man dwelling might come as much as it.

The Sultan then turned to Aladdin’s mother, saying: “Good woman, a Sultan must remember his promises, and I will remember mine, but your son must first send me forty basins of gold brimful of jewels, carried by forty black slaves, led by as many white ones, splendidly dressed. Tell him that I await his answer.” The mother of Aladdin bowed low and went house, considering all was lost.

She gave Aladdin the message, adding: “He may wait long enough for your answer!”

“Not so long, mother, as you think,” her son replied “I would do a great deal more than that for the princess.”

He summoned the genie, and in a number of moments the eighty slaves arrived, and crammed up the small house and backyard.

Aladdin made them got down to the palace, two and two, followed by his mom. They have been so richly dressed, with such splendid jewels in their girdles, that everyone crowded to see them and the basins of gold they carried on their heads.

They entered the palace, and, after kneeling before the Sultan, stood in a half-circle spherical the throne with their arms crossed, while Aladdin’s mother introduced them to the Sultan.

    Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Thomas Mackenzie Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Thomas Mackenzie

He hesitated not, however stated: “Good woman, return and tell your son that I wait for him with open arms.”

She lost no time in telling Aladdin, bidding him make haste. However Aladdin first referred to as the genie.

“I want a scented bath,” he stated, “a richly embroidered habit, a horse surpassing the Sultan’s, and twenty slaves to attend me. Besides this, six slaves, beautifully dressed, to wait on my mother; and lastly, ten thousand pieces of gold in ten purses.”

No sooner stated than executed. Aladdin mounted his horse and handed by way of the streets, the slaves strewing gold as they went. Those who had played with him in his childhood knew him not, he had grown so handsome.

When the Sultan saw him he got here down from his throne, embraced him, and led him right into a hall where a feast was unfold, meaning to marry him to the princess that very day.

But Aladdin refused, saying, “I must build a palace fit for her,” and took his depart.

As soon as residence he stated to the genie: “Build me a palace of the finest marble, set with jasper, agate, and other precious stones. In the middle you shall build me a large hall with a dome, its four walls of massy gold and silver, each side having six windows, whose lattices, all except one, which is to be left unfinished, must be set with diamonds and rubies. There must be stables and horses and grooms and slaves; go and see about it!”

The palace was completed by subsequent day, and the genie carried him there and showed him all his orders faithfully carried out, even to the laying of a velvet carpet from Aladdin’s palace to the Sultan’s. Aladdin’s mom then dressed herself rigorously, and walked to the palace together with her slaves, while he followed her on horseback. The Sultan despatched musicians with trumpets and cymbals to satisfy them, so that the air resounded with music and cheers. She was taken to the princess, who saluted her and handled her with nice honour. At night time the princess stated goodbye to her father, and set out on the carpet for Aladdin’s palace, together with his mother at her aspect, and adopted by the hundred slaves. She was charmed at the sight of Aladdin, who ran to receive her.

“Princess,” he stated, “blame your beauty for my boldness if I have displeased you.”

She informed him that, having seen him, she willingly obeyed her father on this matter. After the wedding ceremony had taken place Aladdin led her into the hall, the place a feast was unfold, and she supped with him, after which they danced till midnight.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Edmund Dulac.Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Edmund Dulac.

Next day Aladdin invited the Sultan to see the palace. On getting into the corridor with the four-and-twenty home windows, with their rubies, diamonds, and emeralds, he cried:

“It is a world’s wonder! There is only one thing that surprises me. Was it by accident that one window was left unfinished?”

“No, sir, by design,” returned Aladdin. “I wished your Majesty to have the glory of finishing this palace.”

The Sultan was happy, and despatched for the greatest jewelers in the metropolis. He confirmed them the unfinished window, and bade them match it up like the others.

“Sir,” replied their spokesman, “we cannot find jewels enough.”

The Sultan had his personal fetched, which they quickly used, but to no objective, for in a month’s time the work was not half achieved. Aladdin, figuring out that their process was vain, bade them undo their work and carry the jewels again, and the genie finished the window at his command. The Sultan was stunned to obtain his jewels once more and visited Aladdin, who showed him the window finished. The Sultan embraced him, the envious vizir in the meantime hinting that it was the work of enchantment.

Aladdin had gained the hearts of the individuals by his mild bearing. He was made captain of the Sultan’s armies, and gained several battles for him, but remained modest and courteous as earlier than, and lived thus in peace and content material for several years.

However distant in Africa the magician remembered Aladdin, and by his magic arts discovered that Aladdin, as an alternative of perishing miserably in the cave, had escaped, and had married a princess, with whom he was dwelling in great honour and wealth. He knew that the poor tailor’s son might solely have completed this via the lamp, and travelled night time and day till he reached the capital of China, bent on Aladdin’s spoil. As he passed by way of the town he heard individuals speaking all over the place a few marvellous palace.

“Forgive my ignorance,” he asked, “what is this palace you speak of?”

“Have you not heard of Prince Aladdin’s palace,” was the reply, “the greatest wonder of the world? I will direct you if you have a mind to see it.”

The magician thanked him who spoke, and having seen the palace knew that it had been raised by the genie of the lamp, and turned half mad with rage. He determined to get hold of the lamp, and again plunge Aladdin into the deepest poverty.

Unluckily, Aladdin had gone a-hunting for eight days, which gave the magician loads of time. He bought a dozen copper lamps, put them into a basket, and went to the palace, crying: “New lamps for old!” adopted by a jeering crowd.

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Edmund Dulac.Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Edmund Dulac.

The princess, sitting in the corridor of four-and-twenty home windows, despatched a slave to seek out out what the noise was about, who got here back laughing, so that the princess scolded her.

“Madam,” replied the slave, “who can help laughing to see an old fool offering to exchange fine new lamps for old ones?”

Another slave, listening to this, stated: “There is an old one on the cornice there which he can have.”

Now this was the magic lamp, which Aladdin had left there, as he couldn’t take it out searching with him. The princess, not figuring out its value, laughingly bade the slave take it and make the trade.

She went and stated to the magician: “Give me a new lamp for this.”

He snatched it and bade the slave take her selection, amid the jeers of the crowd. Little he cared, however left off crying his lamps, and went out of the metropolis gates to a lonely place, the place he remained till dusk, when he pulled out the lamp and rubbed it. The genie appeared, and at the magician’s command carried him, along with the palace and the princess in it, to a lonely place in Africa.

Subsequent morning the Sultan seemed out of the window in the direction of Aladdin’s palace and rubbed his eyes, for it was gone. He sent for the vizir, and asked what had turn out to be of the palace. The vizir seemed out too, and was misplaced in astonishment. He again put it right down to enchantment, and this time the Sultan believed him, and despatched thirty males on horseback to fetch Aladdin in chains. They met him driving house, sure him, and pressured him to go together with them on foot. The individuals, nevertheless, who beloved him, followed, armed, to see that he got here to no harm. He was carried earlier than the Sultan, who ordered the executioner to cut off his head. The executioner made Aladdin kneel down, bandaged his eyes, and raised his scimitar to strike.

At that immediate the vizir, who saw that the crowd had pressured their means into the courtyard and have been scaling the partitions to rescue Aladdin, referred to as to the executioner to stay his hand. The individuals, certainly, seemed so threatening that the Sultan gave approach and ordered Aladdin to be unbound, and pardoned him in the sight of the crowd.

Aladdin now begged to know what he had accomplished.

“False wretch!” stated the Sultan, “come hither,” and confirmed him from the window the place the place his palace had stood.

Aladdin was so amazed that he could not say a phrase.

“Where is my palace and my daughter?” demanded the Sultan. “For the first I am not so deeply concerned, but my daughter I must have, and you must find her or lose your head.”

Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Robert Pimlott.

Aladdin begged for forty days through which to seek out her, promising if he did not return and endure demise at the Sultan’s pleasure. His prayer was granted, and he went forth sadly from the Sultan’s presence. For three days he wandered about like a madman, asking everybody what had grow to be of his palace, but they solely laughed and pitied him. He came to the banks of a river, and knelt right down to say his prayers earlier than throwing himself in. In so doing he rubbed the magic ring he still wore.

The genie he had seen in the cave appeared, and requested his will.

“Save my life, genie,” stated Aladdin, “and bring my palace back.”

“That is not in my power,” stated the genie; “I am only the slave of the ring; you must ask the slave of the lamp.”

“Even so,” stated Aladdin “but thou canst take me to the palace, and set me down under my dear wife’s window.” He directly discovered himself in Africa, underneath the window of the princess, and fell asleep out of sheer weariness.

He was awakened by the singing of the birds, and his heart was lighter. He saw plainly that each one his misfortunes have been owing to the loss of the lamp, and vainly questioned who had robbed him of it.

That morning the princess rose sooner than she had achieved since she had been carried into Africa by the magician, whose firm she was pressured to endure as soon as a day. She, nevertheless, treated him so harshly that he dared not stay there altogether. As she was dressing, one among her ladies seemed out and noticed Aladdin. The princess ran and opened the window, and at the noise she made Aladdin appeared up. She referred to as to him to return to her, and great was the joy of these lovers at seeing one another again.

After he had kissed her Aladdin stated: “I beg of you, Princess, in God’s name, before we speak of anything else, for your own sake and mine, tell me what has become of an old lamp I left on the cornice in the hall of four-and-twenty windows, when I went a-hunting.”

    Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Sidney H. Heath. Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Sidney H. Heath.

“Alas!” she stated “I am the innocent cause of our sorrows,” and advised him of the change of the lamp.

“Now I know,” cried Aladdin, “that we have to thank the African magician for this! Where is the lamp?”

“He carries it about with him,” stated the princess, “I know, for he pulled it out of his breast to show me. He wishes me to break my faith with you and marry him, saying that you were beheaded by my father’s command. He is forever speaking ill of you, but I only reply by my tears. If I persist, I doubt not that he will use violence.”

Aladdin comforted her, and left her for some time. He changed clothes with the first individual he met in the city, and having purchased a certain powder returned to the princess, who let him in by a bit aspect door.

“Put on your most beautiful dress,” he stated to her, “and receive the magician with smiles, leading him to believe that you have forgotten me. Invite him to sup with you, and say you wish to taste the wine of his country. He will go for some, and while he is gone I will tell you what to do.”

She listened rigorously to Aladdin, and when he left her arrayed herself gaily for the first time since she left China. She put on a girdle and head-dress of diamonds, and seeing in a glass that she appeared more lovely than ever, acquired the magician, saying to his great amazement: “I have made up my mind that Aladdin is dead, and that all my tears will not bring him back to me, so I am resolved to mourn no more, and have therefore invited you to sup with me; but I am tired of the wines of China, and would fain taste those of Africa.”

The magician flew to his cellar, and the princess put the powder Aladdin had given her in her cup. When he returned she requested him to drink her well being in the wine of Africa, handing him her cup in change for his as an indication she was reconciled to him.

Earlier than consuming the magician made her a speech in praise of her magnificence, but the princess minimize him brief saying:

“Let me drink first, and you shall say what you will afterwards.” She set her cup to her lips and stored it there, whereas the magician drained his to the dregs and fell back lifeless.

    Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Walter Paget. Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, illustrated by Walter Paget.

The princess then opened the door to Aladdin, and flung her arms round his neck, however Aladdin put her away, bidding her to go away him, as he had extra to do. He then went to the lifeless magician, took the lamp out of his vest, and bade the genie carry the palace and all in it again to China. This was executed, and the princess in her chamber solely felt two little shocks, and little thought she was at house once more.

The Sultan, who was sitting in his closet, mourning for his misplaced daughter, happened to lookup, and rubbed his eyes, for there stood the palace as before! He hastened thither, and Aladdin acquired him in the hall of the four-and-twenty home windows, with the princess at his aspect. Aladdin informed him what had occurred, and showed him the lifeless body of the magician, that he may consider. A ten days’ feast was proclaimed, and it appeared as if Aladdin may now stay the remainder of his life in peace; nevertheless it was to not be.

The African magician had a younger brother, who was, if attainable, extra depraved and extra cunning than himself. He travelled to China to avenge his brother’s demise, and went to visit a pious lady referred to as Fatima, considering she is perhaps of use to him. He entered her cell and clapped a dagger to her breast, telling her to rise and do his bidding on ache of dying. He modified clothes together with her, coloured his face like hers, put on her veil and murdered her, that she may inform no tales. Then he went in the direction of the palace of Aladdin, and all the individuals considering he was the holy lady, gathered spherical him, kissing his palms and begging his blessing. When he acquired to the palace there was such a noise happening round him that the princess bade her slave look out of the window and ask what was the matter. The slave stated it was the holy lady, curing individuals by her touch of their ailments, whereupon the princess, who had long desired to see Fatima, despatched for her. On coming to the princess the magician provided up a prayer for her well being and prosperity. When he had carried out the princess made him sit by her, and begged him to stick with her all the time. The false Fatima, who wished for nothing higher, consented, but stored his veil down for worry of discovery. The princess confirmed him the hall, and asked him what he considered it.

“It is truly beautiful,” stated the false Fatima. “In my mind it wants but one thing.”

“And what is that?” stated the princess.

“If only a roc’s egg,” replied he, “were hung up from the middle of this dome, it would be the wonder of the world.”

After this the princess might consider nothing but a roc’s egg, and when Aladdin returned from searching he found her in a really sick humour. He begged to know what was amiss, and she advised him that each one her pleasure in the corridor was spoilt for the want of a roc’s egg hanging from the dome.

“It that is all,” replied Aladdin, “you shall soon be happy.”

He left her and rubbed the lamp, and when the genie appeared commanded him to deliver a roc’s egg. The genie gave such a loud and horrible shriek that the hall shook.

“Wretch!” he cried, “is it not enough that I have done everything for you, but you must command me to bring my master and hang him up in the midst of this dome? You and your wife and your palace deserve to be burnt to ashes; but this request does not come from you, but from the brother of the African magician whom you destroyed. He is now in your palace disguised as the holy woman–whom he murdered. He it was who put that wish into your wife’s head. Take care of yourself, for he means to kill you.” So saying the genie disappeared.

Aladdin went again to the princess, saying his head ached, and requesting that the holy Fatima must be fetched to put her palms on it. However when the magician came near, Aladdin, seizing his dagger, pierced him to the coronary heart.

“What have you done?” cried the princess. “You have killed the holy woman!”

“Not so,” replied Aladdin, “but a wicked magician,” and informed her of how she had been deceived.

After this Aladdin and his wife lived in peace. He succeeded the Sultan when he died, and reigned for a few years, abandoning him an extended line of kings.