I can’t believe how much treasure there is in the cave! Bales of silk, stuff-brocades, all piled together, gold and silver in heaps, and loads of money in leather purses. There is more here than my ten mules can carry! I gather up as much as I can take, and then I go to leave. 

I call out, “Open, Door!” 

That isn’t the magic word. “Open, Barley!” 

What the devil was the password? “Open, Mustard Seed!” 

The door won’t budge.

I am doomed. 

Ali Baba’s Trapped Brother in The Forty Thieves, Blue Fairy Book. Illustration by Maxfield Parrish.

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