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                     Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp

    There once lived a poor tailor, who  had  a  son  called  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, in spite of his mother's tears and prayers, Aladdin did
not mend his ways. One day, when he was playing in the streets as usual, a
stranger asked him his age, and if he was 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 famous 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 home and
told his mother of his newly found uncle. "Indeed, child," she said, "your
father had a brother, but I always thought  he  was  dead."  However,  she
prepared supper, and bade Aladdin seek his uncle, who came laden with wine
and fruit. He fell down and kissed the place where Mustapha used  to  sit,
bidding Aladdin's mother not to  be  surprised  at  not  having  seen  him
before, as he had been forty years out of the country. He then  turned  to
Aladdin, and asked him his trade, at which the boy hung  his  head,  while
his mother burst into tears. On learning that Aladdin was idle  and  would
learn no trade, he offered to take a  shop  for  him  and  stock  it  with
merchandise. Next day he bought Aladdin a fine suit of  clothes  and  took
him all over the city, showing him the sights, and  brought  him  home  at
nightfall to his mother, who was overjoyed to see her son so fine.
    Next day the magician led Aladdin into some beautiful gardens a  long
way outside the city gates. They sat down by a fountain and  the  magician
pulled a cake from his girdle, which he divided between  them.  Then  they
journeyed onwards till they almost reached the mountains. Aladdin  was  so
tired that he begged to go  back,  but  the  magician  beguiled  him  with
pleasant stories and lead him on in spite of himself. At last they came to
two mountains divided by a narrow valley. "We will go  no  farther,"  said
his uncle. "I will show you something wonderful; only  do  you  gather  up
sticks while I kindle a fire." When it was lit the magician threw on it  a
powder he had about him, at the same time saying some magical  words.  The
earth trembled a little in front of them, disclosing a square  flat  stone
with a brass ring in the middle to raise 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 said piteously; whereupon the magician  said
more 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
to exactly as I tell you." At the word treasure Aladdin forgot his  fears,
and grasped the ring as he was told, saying the names of  his  father  and
grandfather. The stone came up quite easily, and some steps appeared.  "Go
down," said 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 niche  in
a terrace where stands a lighted lamp. Pour out the oil it  contains,  and
bring it me." He drew a ring from his  finger  and  gave  it  to  Aladdin,
bidding him prosper.
    Aladdin found everything as the  magician  had  said,  gathered  some
fruit off the trees, and, having got the lamp, arrived at the mouth of the
cave. The magician cried out in a great hurry: "Make haste and give me the
lamp." This Aladdin refused to do until  he  was  out  of  the  cave.  The
magician flew into a terrible passion, and throwing some more powder on to
the fire, he said something, and the stone rolled back into its place.
    The man left the country, which plainly showed that he was  no  uncle
of Aladdin's but a cunning magician, who had read in his magic books of  a
wonderful lamp, which would make him the most powerful man in  the  world.
Though he alone knew where to find it, he could only receive it  from  the
hand of another. He had picked out the foolish Aladdin for  this  purpose,
intending to get the lamp and kill him afterwards.
    For two days Aladdin remained in the dark, crying and  lamenting.  At
last he clasped his hands in prayer, and in  so  doing  rubbed  the  ring,
which the magician had forgotten to take from him. Immediately an enormous
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
fearlessly replied, "Deliver me from  this  place!"  whereupon  the  earth
opened, and he found himself outside. As soon as his eyes could  bear  the
light he went home, but fainted on the threshold. When he came to  himself
he told his mother what had passed, and showed her the lamp and the fruits
he had gathered in the garden, which were in reality precious  stones.  He
then asked for some food. "Alas! child," she said, "I have nothing in  the
house, but I have spun a little cotton and will go sell it." Aladdin  bade
her keep her cotton, for he would sell the lamp instead. As  it  was  very
dirty, she began to rub it, that it might fetch a higher price.  Instantly
a hideous genie appeared, and asked what she would have. She fainted away,
but Aladdin, snatching the lamp, said 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  mother,
when she came to herself, said: "Whence comes this splendid  feast?"  "Ask
not, but eat," replied Aladdin. So they  sat  at  breakfast  till  it  was
dinner-time, and Aladdin told his mother about the lamp. She begged him to
sell it, and have nothing to do with devils. "No,"  said  Aladdin,  "since
chance hath made us aware of its virtues, we will use  it,  and  the  ring
likewise, which I shall always wear on my finger." When they had eaten all
the genie had brought, Aladdin sold one of the silver plates,  and  so  on
until none were left. He then had recourse to  the  genie,  who  gave  him
another set of plates, and thus they lived many years.
    One day Aladdin heard  an  order  from  the  Sultan  proclaimed  that
everyone was to stay at home and close his shutters while the Princess his
daughter went to and from the bath. Aladdin was seized by a desire to  see
her face, which was very difficult, as she  always  went  veiled.  He  hid
himself behind the door of the bath,  and  peeped  through  a  chink.  The
Princess lifted her veil as she went in,  and  looked  so  beautiful  that
Aladdin fell in love with her at first sight. He went home so changed that
his mother was frightened. He told her he loved the Princess so deeply  he
could not live without her, and meant  to  ask  her  in  marriage  of  her
father. His mother, on hearing this, burst out laughing,  but  Aladdin  at
last 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
garden, which sparkled and shone like the most beautiful jewels. She  took
these with her to please the Sultan, and set out, trusting  in  the  lamp.
The Grand Vizier and the lords of council had just gone in as she  entered
the hall and placed herself in front of the Sultan. He, however,  took  no
notice of her. She went every day for a week, and stood in the same place.
When the council broke up on the sixth day the Sultan said to his  Vizier:
"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 vizier, she went up to  the  foot  of
the throne and remained kneeling until the Sultan said to her: "Rise, good
woman, and tell me what you want." She hesitated, so the Sultan sent  away
all but the Vizier, and bade her speak freely, promising  to  forgive  her
beforehand for anything she might say. She then  told  him  of  her  son's
violent love for the Princess. "I prayed him to  forget  her,"  she  said,
"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  napkin,  whereupon  she  unfolded  the  jewels  and
presented them. He was thunderstruck, and turning  to  the  vizier,  said:
"What sayest thou? Ought I not to bestow the Princess on  one  who  values
her at such a price?" The Vizier, who wanted her for his own  son,  begged
the Sultan to withhold her for three months, in the  course  of  which  he
hoped his son could contrive to make him  a  richer  present.  The  Sultan
granted this, and told Aladdin's mother that, though he consented  to  the
marriage, she must not appear before him again for three months.
    Aladdin waited patiently for nearly three months, but after  two  had
elapsed, his mother, going into  the  city  to  buy  oil,  found  everyone
rejoicing, and asked what was going on. "Do you not know," was the answer,
"that the son of the Grand  Vizier  is  to  marry  the  Sultan's  daughter
tonight?" Breathless she ran and told  Aladdin,  who  was  overwhelmed  at
first, but 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  vizier's  son  is  to
have the Princess. My command is that to-night you bring hither the  bride
and bridegroom." "Master, I obey," said the genie. Aladdin  then  went  to
his chamber, where, sure enough, at midnight the genie transported the bed
containing the vizier's son and the Princess. "Take this new-married man,"
he said, "and put him outside  in  the  cold,  and  return  at  daybreak."
Whereupon the genie took the vizier's son out of bed, leaving Aladdin with
the Princess. "Fear nothing," Aladdin said  to  her;  "you  are  my  wife,
promised to me by your unjust father, and no harm will come to  you."  The
Princess was too frightened to speak, and passed the most miserable  night
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 bed back to the palace.
    Presently the Sultan came to  wish  his  daughter  good-morning.  The
unhappy Vizier's son jumped up and hid himself, while the  Princess  would
not say a word and was very sorrowful. The Sultan sent her mother to  her,
who said: "How comes it, child, that you will not speak  to  your  father?
What has happened?" The Princess sighed  deeply,  and  at  last  told  her
mother how, during the night, the bed had been carried into  some  strange
house, and what had passed there. Her mother did not believe  her  in  the
least, but bade her rise and consider it an idle dream.
    The following  night  exactly  the  same  thing  happened,  and  next
morning, on the Princess's refusing to speak, the Sultan threatened to cut
off her head. She then confessed all, bidding him ask the Vizier's son  if
it were not so. The Sultan told the Vizier to ask his son, who  owned  the
truth, adding that, dearly as he loved the Princess,  he  had  rather  die
than go through another such fearful night, and  wished  to  be  separated
from her. His wish was granted, and there  was  an  end  of  feasting  and
    When the three months were over, Aladdin sent his  mother  to  remind
the Sultan of his promise. She stood in the same place as before, and  the
Sultan, who had forgotten Aladdin, at once remembered him,  and  sent  for
her. On seeing her poverty the Sultan felt less inclined than ever to keep
his word, and asked his Vizier's advice, who counselled him to set so high
a value on the Princess that no man living would come up to it. The Sultan
than 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 home, thinking
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 few moments the eighty  slaves  arrived,  and
filled up the small house and garden. Aladdin made them to set out to  the
palace, two by two, followed by his mother. They were so  richly  dressed,
with such splendid jewels, 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 round the  throne
with their arms crossed, while Aladdin's  mother  presented  them  to  the
Sultan. He hesitated no longer, but said: "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. But Aladdin first called  the  genie.  "I
want a scented bath," he  said,  "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 said then done.  Aladdin
mounted his horse and passed through 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 came  down  from  his
throne, embraced him, and led him into a hall where a  feast  was  spread,
intending to marry him to the Princess that very day. But Aladdin refused,
saying, "I must build a palace fit for her,"  and  took  his  leave.  Once
home, he said 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 finished the next 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 mother
then dressed herself carefully, and walked to the palace with her  slaves,
while he followed  her  on  horseback.  The  Sultan  sent  musicians  with
trumpets and cymbals to meet them, so that the air  resounded  with  music
and cheers. She was taken to the Princess, who saluted her and treated her
with great honour. At night the princess said good-bye to her father,  and
set out on the carpet for Aladdin's palace, with his mother at  her  side,
and followed by the hundred slaves.  She  was  charmed  at  the  sight  of
Aladdin, who ran to receive her. "Princess," he said, "blame  your  beauty
for my boldness if I have displeased you." She told him that, having  seen
him, she willingly obeyed her father in this matter. After the wedding had
taken place, Aladdin led her into the hall, where a feast was spread,  and
she supped with him, after which they danced till midnight.
    Next day Aladdin invited the Sultan to see the  palace.  On  entering
the hall with the four-and-twenty 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 pleased, and sent for  the
best jewelers in the city. He showed them the unfinished window, and  bade
them fit it up like the others. "Sir," replied their spokesman, "we cannot
find jewels enough." The Sultan had his own fetched, which they soon used,
but to no purpose, for in a month's time  the  work  was  not  half  done.
Aladdin knowing that their task was vain, bade them undo  their  work  and
carry the jewels back, and the genie finished the window at  his  command.
The Sultan was surprised to receive his jewels again, and visited Aladdin,
who showed him the window finished. The Sultan embraced him,  the  envious
vizier meanwhile hinting that it was the work of enchantment.
    Aladdin had won the hearts of the people by his  gentle  bearing.  He
was made captain of the Sultan's armies, and won several battles for  him,
but remained as courteous as before, and lived thus in peace  and  content
for several years.
    But far away in Africa the magician remembered Aladdin,  and  by  his
magic arts discovered that Aladdin, instead of perishing miserably in  the
cave, had escaped, and had married a princess, with whom he was living  in
great honour and wealth. He knew that the poor  tailor's  son  could  only
have accomplished this by means of the lamp, and travelled night  and  day
till he reached the capital of China, bent on Aladdin's ruin. As he passed
through the town he heard people  talking  everywhere  about  a  marvelous
palace. "Forgive my ignorance," he asked, "what is the  palace  you  speak
of?" Have you not heard of Prince Aladdin's palace," was the  reply,  "the
greatest wonder in 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 became 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 plenty of time. He bought a dozen lamps, put them into a  basket,
and went to the palace, crying: "New lamps for old!" followed by a jeering
crowd. The Princess, sitting in the hall of four-and-twenty windows,  sent
a slave to find out what the noise was about, who came 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, hearing this, said, "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 could not take it out hunting with him.  The
Princess, not knowing its value, laughingly bade the  slave  take  it  and
make the exchange. She went and said to the magician: "Give me a new  lamp
for this." He snatched it and bade the slave take  her  choice,  amid  the
jeers of the crowd. Little he cared, but left off crying  his  lamps,  and
went out of the city gates to a  lonely  place,  where  he  remained  till
nightfall, when he pulled out the lamp and rubbed it. The genie  appeared,
and at the magician's command carried him, together with  the  palace  and
the Princess in it, to a lonely place in Africa.
    Next morning the Sultan looked out of the  window  towards  Aladdin's
palace and rubbed his eyes, for it was gone. He sent for  the  Vizier  and
asked what had become of the palace. The Vizier looked out  too,  and  was
lost in astonishment. He again put it down to enchantment, and  this  time
the Sultan believed him, and sent thirty men on horseback to fetch Aladdin
back in chains. They met him riding home, bound him, and forced him to  go
with them on foot. The people, however, who loved him, followed, armed, to
see that he came to no harm. He was carried before 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
instant the Vizier, who saw that the crowd had forced their way  into  the
courtyard and were scaling the walls to  rescue  Aladdin,  called  to  the
executioner to stay his hand. The people, indeed,  looked  so  threatening
that the Sultan gave way and ordered Aladdin to be unbound,  and  pardoned
him in the sight of the crowd. Aladdin now begged  to  know  what  he  had
done. "False wretch!" said the Sultan, "come hither," and showed him  from
the window the place where his palace had stood. Aladdin was so amazed  he
could not say a word. "Where is your 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  begged  for
forty days in which to find her, promising  if  he  failed  to  return  at
suffer death 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 everyone  what
had become of his palace, but they only laughed and pitied him. He came to
the banks of a river, and knelt down to say his  prayers  before  throwing
himself in. In doing so he rubbed the ring he still wore. The genie he had
seen in the cave appeared, and asked his will. "Save my life, genie," said
Aladdin, "and bring my palace back." That is not in my  power,"  said  the
genie; "I am only the Slave of the Ring; you must ask him  of  the  lamp."
"Even so," said Aladdin, "but thou canst take me to the palace, and set me
down under my dear wife's window." He at once  found  himself  in  Africa,
under 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 all his misfortunes were owning to  the  loss
of the lamp, and vainly wondered who had robbed him of it.
    That morning the Princess rose earlier than she had  done  since  she
had been carried into Africa by the magician, whose company she was forced
to endure once a day. She, however, treated him so harshly that  he  dared
not live there altogether. As she was dressing, one of  her  women  looked
out and saw Aladdin. The Princess ran and opened the window,  and  at  the
noise she made, Aladdin looked up. She called to him to come to  her,  and
great was the joy of these lovers at seeing each other again. After he had
kissed her Aladdin said: "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." "Alas," she said, "I am the innocent cause
of our sorrows," and told him of the exchange 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," said 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 but he will  use  violence."  Aladdin  comforted
her, and left her for a while. He changed clothes with the first person he
met in the town, and having  bought  a  certain  powder  returned  to  the
Princess, who let him in  by  a  little  side  door.  "Put  on  your  most
beautiful dress," he said 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
carefully 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  was  more  beautiful  than  ever,
received 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  asked
him to drink her health in the wine of Africa,  handing  him  her  cup  in
exchange for his, as a sign she was reconciled to him. Before drinking the
magician made her a speech in praise of her beauty, but the  Princess  cut
him short, saying: "Let us drink first, and you shall say  what  you  will
afterwards." She set her cup to her lips and  kept  it  there,  while  the
magician drained his to the dregs and fell  back  lifeless.  The  Princess
then opened the door to Aladdin, and flung her arms around his  neck;  but
Aladdin went to the dead magician, took the lamp out of his vest, and bade
the genie carry the palace and all in it back to China. This was done, and
the Princess in her chamber  felt  only  two  little  shocks,  and  little
thought she was home again.
    The Sultan, who was sitting in his  closet,  mourning  for  his  lost
daughter, happened too look up, and rubbed his eyes, for there  stood  the
palace as before! He hastened thither, and Aladdin  received  him  in  the
hall of the four-and-twenty  windows,  with  the  Princess  at  his  side.
Aladdin told him what had happened, and showed him the dead  body  of  the
magician, that he might believe. A ten days' feast was proclaimed, and  it
seemed as if Aladdin might now live the rest of his life in peace; but  it
was not meant to be.
    The African magician had a younger brother,  who  was,  if  possible,
more wicked and more cunning than himself. He travelled to China to avenge
his brother's death, and went  to  visit  a  pious  woman  called  Fatima,
thinking she might be of use to him. He entered her  cell  and  clapped  a
dagger to her breast, telling her to rise and do his bidding  on  pain  of
death. He changed clothes with her, coloured his face like  hers,  put  on
her veil, and murdered her, that she might tell no  tales.  Then  he  went
towards the palace of Aladdin, and all the people,  thinking  he  was  the
holy woman,  gathered  round  him,  kissing  his  hands  and  begging  his
blessing. When he got to the palace there was such a noise going on  round
him that the Princess bade her slave look out the window and ask what  was
the matter. The slave said it was the holy woman,  curing  people  by  her
touch of their ailments, whereupon the Princess, who had long  desired  to
see Fatima, sent for her. On coming to the Princess the  magician  offered
up a prayer for her health and prosperity. When he had done  the  Princess
made him sit by her, and begged him to stay with  her  always.  The  false
Fatima, who wished for nothing better, consented, but kept his  veil  down
for fear of discovery. The princess showed him the  hall,  and  asked  him
what he thought of it. "It is truly beautiful," said the false Fatima. "In
my mind it wants but one thing." And what is that?" said 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 could think of nothing but the roc's egg, and
when Aladdin returned from hunting he found her in a very ill  humour.  He
begged to know what was amiss, and she told him that all her  pleasure  in
the hall was spoilt or want of a roc's egg hanging from the dome. "If 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  bring  a
roc's egg. The genie gave such a loud and terrible shriek  that  the  hall
    "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 that 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 back  to  the  Princess,  saying  his  head  ached,  and
requesting that the holy Fatima should be fetched to lay her hands on  it.
But when the magician came near, Aladdin, seizing his dagger, pierced  him
to the heart. "What have you done?" cried the Princess. "You  have  killed
the holy woman!" "Not so," replied Aladdin, "but a wicked  magician,"  and
told 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 many years, leaving behind him a long
line of kings.

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