The Arabian Nights

The Arabian Nights

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THE MERCHANT AND THE GENIE.

THERE was once a merchant who possessed much property in lands, goods, and money, and had a great number of clerks, factors, and slaves. He was obliged from time to time to take business journeys, and on one occasion he took horse, and carried with him a wallet containing biscuits and dates, because he had a great desert to pass over, where he could procure no sort of provisions. He arrived without accident at the end of his journey, and, having despatched his affairs, took horse again in order to return home.

The fourth day of his journey he turned out of the road to rest for a while beneath some trees. He found a fountain near at hand, so, tying his horse to the branch of a tree, he seated himself beside the fountain and took some biscuits and dates from his wallet.

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