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The Death of Sheherzad

The Death of Sheherzad Sheherzad told over a thousand stories and gave birth to three sons in a thousand and one nights. The listener prospered and so did the teller. The teller of these stories was Sheherzad, who was granted life through her stories and, in turn, allowed countless virgins to live—virgins who would have been queen for a night and had their heads lopped off in the morning. The listeners were Duniyazad and Emperor Shaharyar, whose life was changed irrevocably by these stories. The ill will he bore towards all womankind was washed away by Sheherzad’s stories. He renounced his practice of marrying a girl for a night and having her head chopped off the morning after. There was great rejoicing in the kingdom. The capital was bedecked and a grand feast was organised. But Sheherzad was in such a state of befud- dlement that she continued to look askance at the change in her situation. How could she forget those thousand and one nights when she had told her stories under the cloud of death? And when she began to accept that those nights were truly a thing of the past, a great amazement overtook her. She could hardly believe how http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

Sheherzad told over a thousand stories and gave birth to three sons in a thousand and one nights. The listener prospered and so did the teller. The teller of these stories was Sheherzad, who was granted life through her stories and, in turn, allowed countless virgins to live—virgins who would have been queen for a night and had their heads lopped off in the morning. The listeners were Duniyazad and Emperor Shaharyar, whose life was changed irrevocably by these stories. The ill will he bore towards all womankind was washed away by Sheherzad’s stories. He renounced his practice of marrying a girl for a night and having her head chopped off the morning after. There was great rejoicing in the kingdom. The capital was bedecked and a grand feast was organised. But Sheherzad was in such a state of befud- dlement that she continued to look askance at the change in her situation. How could she forget those thousand and one nights when she had told her stories under the cloud of death? And when she began to accept that those nights were truly a thing of the past, a great amazement overtook her. She could hardly believe how

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Sep 29, 2015

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