Then I donated some to the poor and needy. Hindbad put on his best robe next day, and returned to the bountiful traveler, who received him with a pleasant air, and welcomed him heartily. But do not mistake; I did not attain to this happy condition without enduring for several years more trouble of body and mind than can well be imagined. The details of the stories of the voyages shed considerable light on seafaring and trade in the East. I stayed with them till they had gathered their quantity of pepper, and then sailed with them to the island from whence they had come.
When I had recovered my breath, he thrust one of his feet against my side, and struck me so rudely with the other that he forced me to rise up, against my will. He was much pleased that he stopped at this place, for the agreeable smell of wood of aloes and of pastils, that came from the house, mixing with the scent of the rose water, completely perfumed and embalmed the air. He paid for my fare and loaded the ship with cargo. They assured me that every night a noise of drums was heard there, whence the mariners fancied that it was the residence of Gegial. They managed to beat him like that. By this time I found my strength gone, and despaired of saving my life, when happily a wave threw me against an island. We walked in the meadows, along the streams that watered them.
I secured the entrance, which was low and narrow, with a great stone, to preserve me from the serpents; but not so far as to exclude the light. But for myself and the rest, who were not so imprudent, the pirates saved us, and carried us into a remote island, where they sold us. The captain being the fattest, he held him with one hand, as I would do a sparrow, and thrust a spit through him; he then kindled a great fire, roasted, and ate him in his apartment for his supper. I went toward them, when I heard the voice of a man, who immediately appeared, and asked me who I was. Sinbad the Sailor lived happily, but his inner voice made him travel again. A perilous voyage to a mysterious island where the treasure is said to be held. Because I was fixated on the thought that if it could get in, I could get out.
I cannot express the joy it affords me. Some of them cooked and some of them walked the island. Then I learnt that in this city if the man dies first, his wife is buried with him. The stories were told to the ruler Shahryar by Scheherezade. This filled me with horror, and I advanced some steps to throw myself into the sea; but I withstood this dictate of despair, and submitted myself to the will of God, who disposes of our lives at His pleasure. He will do anything for that shit. However, I found myself bored by this quick read.
There is also a pearl fishery in the mouth of its principal river, and in some of its valleys are found diamonds. I doubted not but that this was the burial place of the elephants, and that they carried me thither on purpose to tell me that I should forbear to kill them, as now I knew where to get their teeth without inflicting injury on them. I have to go to deliver a package outside the town. The bank was high and rugged, so that I could scarcely have got up had it not been for some roots of trees which I found within reach. Every day I suffer a thousand hardships and misfortunes, and have hard work to get even enough bad barley bread to keep myself and my family alive, while the lucky Sindbad spends money right and left and lives upon the fat of the land! For all the cautions we could give them, these crafty animals destroyed them one time or other. After Sinbad the Sailor told Sinbad the Carrier his stories he gave him 700 goldfinches.
You not only deserve a quiet life but are worthy of all the riches you possess, since you make so good a use of them. This just reminds me how much I want to read the 1000 and 1 Arabian Nights in full. Hindbad went into the mansion reluctantly. The valley was full of snakes and serpents as big as palm trees, so huge that they could have swallowed any elephant that met them. The hard yellow wood in the center of the old sandal tree is highly esteemed for its fragrant perfume and is much used for cabinetwork, etc. However the lackey promised him that it should be taken care of, and urged him to obey the call so pressingly that at last the porter was obliged to yield.
There are your goods, which I always took care to preserve. Next morning they returned to the capital of the island, took me with them, and presented me to the maharaja. At last I sat down, and notwithstanding my apprehensions, not having closed my eyes during the night, fell asleep, after having eaten a little more of my provisions. Now reading this, I think I definitely hadn't read it before. The Sailor Sindbad : Hindbad was a hardworking but poor porter.
I made my obeisance, and presented the letter and gift. God bless you with all happiness and prosperity. We trembled at this spectacle, and were seized with deadly apprehension, when suddenly the gate of the apartment opened with a loud crash, and there came out the horrible figure of a black man, as tall as a lofty palm tree. The ships arrived at last, and my master himself having made choice of the ship wherein I was to embark, loaded half of it with ivory on my account, laid in provisions in abundance for my passage, and besides obliged me to accept a present of some curiosities of the country of great value. For the fact is, that the merchants come to the neighborhood of this valley, when the eagles have young ones, and throwing great joints of meat into the valley, the diamonds, upon whose points they fall, stick to them; the eagles, which are stronger in this country than anywhere else, pounce with great force upon those pieces of meat, and carry them to their nests on the precipices of the rocks to feed their young: the merchants at this time run to their nests, disturb and drive off the eagles by their shouts, and take away the diamonds that stick to the meat. He was only the size of its toes. Anyone who knows me knows I'm a big fan of the power of imagination, and I really enjoyed the variety across these three short stories.
Sindbad travelled peacefully for a couple of weeks, but one day, while they ship crew and Sindbad were sailing in China Sea. Scheherezade told him stories about Sinbad the Sailor and many others and everything was possible in her stories. One day, however, an officer of the caliph's inquired for me. Just ignore it, drink some more wine and don't you dare set foot on a ship again because we all know what happened the last time!!! The fourth journey Sinbad the Sailor went to another journey. Looking steadfastly upon him, I knew him to be the person who, on my second voyage, had left me in the island where I fell asleep, and had sailed without me, or without sending to seek for me. I enjoyed this but I cannot wait to read a different translation! I called as loud as I could, and unfolding the linen of my turban, displayed it, that they might observe me.
Just when I was thinking I would never see daylight again, the river brought me out of the darkness. This linguistic analysis also points to the stories being Persian in origin, even though existing versions are all in Arabic. Allah saved him again by sending him a piece of board that helped him get to an island. He followed the servant into a vast room, where a great company was seated round a table covered with all sorts of delicacies. He slept thus till morning. He never left his seat all day; and when I lay down to rest at night he laid himself down with me, still holding fast about my neck.