Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory-Volume 2

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The Tale of the Old Sharper.

There was once an old man renowned for clever roguery, and he
went, he and his mates, to one of the markets and stole thence a
quantity of stuffs: then they separated and returned each to his
quarter. Awhile after this, the old man assembled a company of
his fellows and, as they sat at drink, one of them pulled out a
costly piece of cloth and said, "Is there any one of you will
dare sell this in its own market whence it was stolen, that we
may confess his superior subtlety?" Quoth the old man, "I will;"
and they said, "Go, and Allah Almighty open to thee the door!" So
early on the morrow, he took the stuff and carrying it to the
market whence it had been stolen, sat down at the very shop out
of which it had been purloined and gave it to the broker, who
hent it in hand and cried it for sale. Its owner knew it and
bidding for it, bought it and sent after the Chief of Police, who
seized the Sharper and seeing him an old man of grave presence
and handsomely clad said to him, "Whence hadst thou this piece of
stuff?" Quoth he, "I had it from this market and from yonder shop
where I was sitting." Quoth the Wali, "Did its owner sell it to
thee?" and quoth the robber, "Not so; I stole it, this and other
than it." Then said the Chief, "How camest thou to bring it for
sale to the place whence thou stolest it?" "I will not tell my
tale save to the Sultan, for that I have a profitable counsel
wherewith I would fief bespeak him." "Name it!" "Art thou the
Sultan?" "No!" "I’ll not tell it save to himself." Accordingly
the Wali carried him up to the Sultan and he said I have a
counsel for thee, O my lord." Asked the Sultan, "What is thy
counsel?" And the thief said, "I repent and will deliver into thy
hand all who are evildoers, and whomsoever I bring not, I will
stand in his stead." Cried the Sultan, "Give hum a robe of honour
and accept his profession of penitence." So he went down from the
presence and returning to his comrades, related to them that
which had passed, when they confessed his subtlety and gave him
that which they had promised him. Then he took the rest of the
booty and went up therewith to the Sultan, who, seeing him,
recognised him and he was magnified in the royal eyes and the
king commanded that naught should be taken from him. After this,
when he went down, the Sultan’s attention was diverted from him,
little by little, till the case was forgotten, and so he saved
the booty for himself. Those present marvelled at this and the
fifteenth constable came forward and said, "Know that among those
who make a trade of trickery are those whom Allah Almighty taketh
on their own testimony against themselves." It was asked him,
"How so?" and he began to relate

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Chicago: Unknown, "The Tale of the Old Sharper.," Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory-Volume 2, trans. Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890 in Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory-Volume 2 (Benares: Kamashastra Society, 1885), Original Sources, accessed August 19, 2019, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWZW3TC6RZ9HNN6.

MLA: Unknown. "The Tale of the Old Sharper." Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory-Volume 2, translted by Burton, Richard Francis, Sir, 1821-1890, in Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory-Volume 2, Benares, Kamashastra Society, 1885, Original Sources. 19 Aug. 2019. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWZW3TC6RZ9HNN6.

Harvard: Unknown, 'The Tale of the Old Sharper.' in Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory-Volume 2, trans. . cited in 1885, Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory-Volume 2, Kamashastra Society, Benares. Original Sources, retrieved 19 August 2019, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=PWZW3TC6RZ9HNN6.