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Merchant Father of Drunken Son

My youngest son wanted to sail a ship to foreign lands but he was an idle boy who spent most of his time in alehouses and taverns. He kept begging me to go, insisting that he would earn his living by his wits. “You’ll spend everything on drink and come...

King Who Never Tasted Salt

An audacious fellow came in today and presented me with something he called “Russian salt.” He wanted to trade it in the city. I’d never heard of such a thing as salt. It looked like nothing more than a pile of white sand. I sent him away but later...

Seagull

I met John after he had returned from the war. I was mending my net in my hut when I heard him come up to the house and sit on the steps. I invited him in, poured him some wine, and cooked him some fried fish. He told me how he’d nearly been beaten to death in a...

Snuff Box

The fellow who came into possession of me was instantly enchanted because I have the power to make his every whim a reality. Unfortunately, he lost me, but after a long journey (all the way to the sun and the moon!) he found me again. He used me to wish the thief and...

Old Woman Who Was Saved by a Gazelle

The wonderful gazelle killed a seven-headed snake and freed the slaves imprisoned in this house. Even my master the sultan owes his riches to the gazelle. Because of the gazelle, he married the sultan’s daughter. But when he became a rich sultan, he forgot the...