Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Vol. 1

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The Tale of the Husband and the Parrot. [Fn#90]

A certain man and a merchant to boot had married a fair wife, a
woman of perfect beauty and grace, symmetry and loveliness, of
whom he was mad-jealous, and who contrived successfully to keep
him from travel. At last an occasion compelling him to leave her,
he went to the bird market and bought him for one hundred gold
pieces a she parrot which he set in his house to act as duenna,
expecting her to acquaint him on his return with what had passed
during the whole time of his absence; for the bird was kenning
and cunning and never forgot what she had seen and heard. Now his
fair wife had fallen in love with a young Turk, [FN#91] who used
to visit her, and she feasted him by day and lay with him by
night. When the man had made his journey and won his wish he came
home; and, at once causing the Parrot be brought to him,
questioned her concerning the conduct of his consort whilst he
was in foreign parts. Quoth she, "Thy wife hath a man friend who
passed every night with her during shine absence." Thereupon the
husband went to his wife in a violent rage and bashed her with a
bashing severe enough to satisfy any body. The woman, suspecting
that one of the slave girls had been tattling to the master,
called them together and questioned them upon their oaths, when
all swore that they had kept the secret, but that the Parrot had
not, adding, "And we heard her with our own ears." Upon this the
woman bade one of the girls to set a hand mill under the cage and
grind therewith and a second to sprinkle water through the cage
roof and a third to run about, right and left, dashing a mirror
of bright steel through the livelong night. Next morning when the
husband returned home after being entertained by one of his
friends, he bade bring the Parrot before him and asked what had
taken place whilst he was away. "Pardon me, O my master," quoth
the bird, "I could neither hear nor see aught by reason of the
exceeding murk and the thunder and lightning which lasted
throughout the night." As it happened to be the summer tide the
master was astounded and cried, "But we are now in mid
Tammuz, [FN#92] and this is not the time for rains and storms."
"Ay, by Allah," rejoined the bird, "I saw with these eyes what my
tongue hath told thee." Upon this the man, not knowing the case
nor smoking the plot, waxed exceeding wroth; and, holding that
his wife had been wrongously accused, put forth his hand and
pulling the Parrot from her cage dashed her upon the ground with
such force that he killed her on the spot. Some days after wards
one of his slave girls confessed to him the whole truth, [FN#93]
yet would he not believe it till he saw the young Turk, his
wife’s lover, coming out of her chamber, when he bared his blade
[FN#94] and slew him by a blow on the back of the neck; and he
did the same by the adulteress; and thus the twain, laden with
mortal sin, went straightways to Eternal Fire. Then the merchant
knew that the Parrot had told him the truth anent all she had
seen and he mourned grievously for her loss, when mourning
availed him not. The Minister, hearing the words of King Yu nan,
rejoined, ’O Monarch, high in dignity, and what harm have I done
him, or what evil have I seen from him that I should compass his
death? I would not do this thing, save to serve thee, and soon
shalt thou sight that it is right; and if thou accept my advice
thou shalt be saved, otherwise thou shalt be destroyed even as a
certain Wazir who acted treacherously by the young Prince." Asked
the King, "How was that?" and the Minister thus began

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Chicago: Unknown, "The Tale of the Husband and the Parrot," Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Vol. 1, trans. Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890 in Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Vol. 1 (Benares: Kamashastra Society, 1885), Original Sources, accessed September 24, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D9E6SML299GY9R3.

MLA: Unknown. "The Tale of the Husband and the Parrot." Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Vol. 1, translted by Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890, in Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Vol. 1, Vol. 1, Benares, Kamashastra Society, 1885, Original Sources. 24 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D9E6SML299GY9R3.

Harvard: Unknown, 'The Tale of the Husband and the Parrot' in Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Vol. 1, trans. . cited in 1885, Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Vol. 1, Kamashastra Society, Benares. Original Sources, retrieved 24 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D9E6SML299GY9R3.