Tell me a story

Himitsuhana

Casarano, Italy

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The frame tale goes that every day the king Shahryar would marry a new virgin, and every day he would send yesterday’s wife to be beheaded. This was done in anger, having found out that his first wife was betraying him. He had killed three thousand such women by the time he was introduced to Scheherazade, the vizier’s daughter.Scheherazade volunteered to spend one night with the King. Once in the King’s chambers, Scheherazade asked if she might bid one last farewell to her beloved sister, Dinazade, who had secretly been prepared to ask Scheherazade to tell a story during the long night. The King lay awake and listened with awe as Scheherazade told her first story. The night whiled away, and Scheherazade stopped in the middle of the story. The King asked her to finish, but Scheherazade said there was not time, as dawn was breaking. So, the King spared her life for one day to finish the story the next night.So the next night, Scheherazade finished the story, and then began a second, even more exciting tale which she again stopped halfway through, at dawn.And so the King kept Scheherazade alive day by day but at the end of one thousand and one nights, the King had fallen in love with Scheherazade. He spared her life, and made her his Queen.

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