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 Sinbad the sailor 
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     The Marriage of Sinbad   (The Fourth Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor)

For a week I hurried a lot, and rested only during the darkness, which stopped me, and mostly living upon cocoanuts, which provided me with both meat and drink, and after a week I reached the seashore and saw a company of white men gathering pepper, which grew in large quantities all about over that area.

Free from worry by the nature of their occupation, I went towards them and they greeted me in Arabic, asking who I was and from where I came. My pleasure was great on hearing this friendly speech, and I happily fulfilled their interest they have to know all about me, telling them how I had been stuck, and captured by the blacks. "But these savages overcome men!" they  said.

"How did you escape from that?" I answered to them, at which they were extremely amazed. I stayed with them until they had collected as much pepper as they desired, and then they took me back to their own country and presented me in front of their king, by whom I was honourably received. To him also, I had to introduce to all of my adventures, which surprised him much, and when I had finished introducing all of them, he ordered that I should be provided with food and all necessities and treated me with a great significance.

The island on which I found myself was full of people, and was full of all types of desirable things, and a great traffic went on in the capital, where I soon began to feel at home and was much comfortable. Moreover, the king treated me with special goodwill, and in moment of this everyone, whether at the court or in the town, wanted to make life pleasant to me. One thing I observed which I thought was very strange;was that, from the greatest to the least, all men rode their horses without bridle or stirrups.

I one day supposed to ask the majesty why he did not use the saddle, to which he replied, "You speak to me of things of the which I have never heard before!" This gave me a good idea. I found a clever workman, and made him cut out under my direction the foundation of a saddle, which I gathered and covered it with choice leather, beautifying it with rich gold embroidery.

I then got a lock-smith to make me a bit and a pair of saddle after a pattern that I designed for him, and when all these things were completed I presented them to the king and showed him how to use them. When I had saddled one of his horses he climbed upon and rode it and also was quite overjoyed with the newness, and to show his thankfulness he satisfied me with large gifts. After this I had to make saddles for all the principal officers of the king's household, and as they all gave me rich presents I soon became very rich and also a quite an important person in the whole city.

One day the king sent a message for me and said, "Sinbad, I am going to ask a good deed of you. Both I and my subjects respect you, and wish you to end your days amongst us. Therefore I wish that you will marry a rich and beautiful lady whom I will find for you, and think no more of your own country."

As the king's desire was law I accepted the pleasant bride he presented to me, and lived happily with her. However I had every target of escaping at the first occasion, and going back to Baghdad.





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