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The Arabian Nights Summary & Study Guide

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The Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad

Three wealthy and beautiful sisters invite, over the course of an evening, a porter, three one-eyed Kalandars, and three merchants - who turn out to be the Caliph and his companions in disguise - into their home for shelter, food, and drink. Upon entering each guest must take the following oath: "Whoso speaketh of what concerneth him not shall hear what pleaseth him not!"

The eldest lady interrupts the festivities to attend to her duty. Two black bitches (female dogs) are brought out to her; she proceeds to beat them with a whip; then, tearfully kissing them both, she sends them away.

The cateress then sings a sad song, causing the Portress to penitently rend her garments, revealing to the guests the marks of a terrible beating.

The men, unable to contain their curiosity, break their oaths and demand an...

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