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OMAR AND FATIMA; OR, THE APOTHECARY OF ISPAHAN.
HAD it been for a wager of ten indicating the seventh hour, and the times the number of tomans that trumpets from the minerets sumwere in the till of Nadir, the sun moned him to prayers. and the sage could not have risen “ Not accustomed to much indulmore punctually together. While gence," said Nadir, as he performthe former, with its oblique rays, was ed his ablutions, « poor Tamira is gilding the turrets, the minerets, the an instance that one gratification triumphal arches, and all the varie- demands another; she feasted yesty of sublime objects which distin- terday, she sleeps this morning." guished the imperial city of Ispahan, Turning to the twelve hundred the latter, having taken his diurnal and thirty-first page of the Abridge station, was, with the utmost com- ment of the Philosopher of Zulpha's posure, leaning over the balustrade labours, we find that Nadir, who before his shop; and while smoking had shut his door, and hastened to a pipe of at least six feet long, con. the mosque, was mistaken in his templating the pavement of the ba- conjectures respecting his house. zar, on which nothing was to be keeper, for the vigilant Tamira had discerned. It was not market-day, risen before either the sun or him. and consequently the pavement of self, and also that she had left the the bazar was as smooth and unoc- house. To conjecture where she cupied as a new shorn field.
was gone puzzled the sagacious When the sage had finished his apothecary at his return, and almost pipe and his cogitations, which, obliterated the remembrance of his whatsoever might have been their quondam guest. All that he could subject, terminated in wonder at rest upon was, that she, having some what could have induced Tamira part of the toman left, had sallied to sleep so much beyond her usual forth to procure such necessaries as time, for now the gnomon of the were wanted in the house. dial cast its shade upon the figure Satisfied with this suggestion, he
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breakfasted upon some of the vestiknow that it is impossible to rest in ges of the preceding day's entertain his disorder. Show me to him. ment.
Health to my good neighbour; I Some persons came in, either for guess why you sent for me." medicine, or to have some trilling “Do you?” returned Abud; “then operations performed. The day ad. you are one of the best guessers in vanced. The sun was fast ascend. Ispahan." ing to its meridian height. The “ You sent for me," said Nadir, shade of the goomon of the dial had « in consequence of what happened considerably passed the eleventh yesterday." hour. The apothecary had a few, “So I did." and but a very few, visits to make; “I know that,” he continued ; politeness demanded that he should " entertainments of that kind are call upon his guest. Tamira had, pleasant, but wrong. Temperance, in his absence, been used to act as which is with mussulmans a religihis deputy ; she was not to be found : ous duty, cannot be too strictly enwhat was to be done in this dilem- forced. How were you taken?” ma?
“ Taken !” said Abud. While he was wearying himself “Yes," said the apothecary, " yes; with conjecture, a slave entered, disordered stomach ; the head afand put into his hand a note. Nadir, fected ; eructations; wind; bile; fethinking that it was a prescription, verish symptoms. Now I will tell went beliind the counter, put on his you what I will do for you. In the spectacles, and read,
first place, I have brought an eme" Abud requests immediately to tic." see his neighbour Nadir.”
“ An emetic !" cried Abud. "Ah!" said the apothecary, "here “ Yes! I have compressed it into is another martyr to intemperance. as small a compass as possible : However, it is fortunate that I can only a six ounce vial. When this visit the man as a patient to whose has operated, you shall go to bed.” house I was going as a friend. Re “ To bed!" pletion,” he continued, as he swal. “ Yes! I shall then administer Jowed a piece of melon and three these powders. After that " or four cakes, " is what destroys us « After that,” said Abud, “ you: all. Well might the Arabian phy. will probably have nothing to do but sician write the Golden Book of to lay mne out. Are you distracted, Abstinence. Well might the sages neighbour Nadir ? Who told you of Delhi recommend rice and water that I was ill?” to the municipality of that luxurious “ Yourself! Did you not inform
me so in your note ? Who sends for Nadir desired the slave to look to an apothecary when in health? Did his shop while he waited upon his you not allow that I had guessed at master, put a few medicines under your disorder? Are not the symphis caftan, and sallied forth.
toms visible enough; that kind of The house of Abud was in the wandering, fluctuating imbecility of north angle of the Meydan. « The mind which the vulgar term lightillness of the master of this man- headedness, and the learned sion,” said he, as he entered,“ seems “Hold! hold!” cried Abud ; “if to have had but little effect on his either the vulgar or the learned say slaves, for I think that I never dis- that I am sick or light-headed, nay, cerned then more cheerful. Where was the great Eleazer and the whole is my friend Abud? In bed, I sup- college of Ispahan to concur, I would pose," he continued.
affirm and prove, that they were “ In bed," replied one of the at. equally fools and blockheads. What tendants, " at noon! My master should make me ill?" has been up these six hours."
" What made Gehan Gaur fall 66 Ah !" said the apothecary, "I from his throne ?” returned Nadir ;
6 excess of eating and drinking: I « Who?" repeated Nadir. was fearful that you had been taken “Genius of incredulity, Hosen the in the same way.”
second!” cried Abud, in a rage, “ I “ Have no fear upon my account, affirm that Tamira and Ismael have my good friend Nadir: I must have eloped together!" been light-headed indeed if I had "Poor Abud! I now see how it sent for you for any purpose but to is," said the apothecary. Ah! I converse with you."
wish you would take my emetic." " And yet," said Nadir, " this “ Confound your emetic !” cried emetic is one of the finest and plea- Abud; “ pour it into Tartarus, or santest things in the world."
the Sulphur Lake, or down the red “Well, then," replied Abud," let dragon's throat! Are you a scep. me advise you to take it yourself. tic? Will you not believe what I But before you swallow the dose, assert?" answer me one question, for fear “Figuratively I will,” said Nadir, you should not be able to do it after: "and shall deduce a good moral have you seen your old woman this from it. It is like the story of the morning ?"
prophetess Nuna's (who had lived « No?"
from the beginning of time) disap« Nor my young guest, the fa- pearance all at once with the shep
herd Cara, who had not existed “No!"
twenty years; therefore in your « Nor heard of them, or either of own way tell me how the elopement them ?”
was effected." “No! no! no !” said the apothe. «Early this morning," returned cary, as he whipered to himself, “ I Abud, “ your old woman, whom, must treat my friend with great from a boy, I never liked " tenderness and respect, as he seems “I am glad of it! or you might to be thoroughly delirious.”
have eloped with her,” said Nadir. “ Have you not seen Tamira ?” “Came to my house," continued repeated Abud, raising his voice. Abud. “My slaves inform me, that
* I have not seen her this morn- she wished to see the young faquir." ing," returned Nadir; “she, I be- “ So!” said Nadir. lieve, left my house before day. “After waiting some time, and break.'
much altercation, she prevailed up“ Nor the faquir ?”
on one of them to show her to the " I have not positively seen him door of his chamber. She knocked; at all. I told you so before ; but I some conversation passed betwixt do not wonder if in your state of them; at length she gained admitmind I wish you would take my tance.” emetic.”
“ What! into his chamber?” “ May Astoreth take your eme- cried Nadir. tic !” exclaimed Abud ; though I “ Yes !" question if even his constitution “No!” said the apothecary, “ it would bear it. Listen to me, neigh. is impossible !" door Nadir.”
« I tell you it is true.” Nadir “ I do, my dear friend, with res. shook his head. Abud continued : pect and reverence. Your discourse “ How long they were together no begins to be deen. It will soon be one can tell. When I rose, I went come oraculous.'
to pay my respects to my guest; the “Whatsoever you may think of door was wide open, the chamber my discourse, whether it be deep or empty, the birds flown.” shallow, you may depend upon it « One of them is too old to fly they have eloped together."
very far,” said Nadir. « And so, " Who ?” cried Nadir.
friend Abud, you believe this story?" “ Why, the old woman and the “I know it to be fact!” young faquir ?"
6 Poor Abud !" continued Nadir; " I question if even the green pow. that Tamira was at the house of der which bears the seal of Solomon Nadir. She had returned soon afwould repress this delirium.” ter he went to wait upon Abud; and,
" You are still incredulous,” said dismissing the youth that he had left Abud.
in possession, had arranged every “Not at all," said the apothecary, domestic matter, had laid the table, «s with respect to your disorder. and, from the remains of the preFruit has been known to affect the ceding day, with a small addition, head; and I observed that you yes. had prepared him a meal which terday ate a great deal of fruit. But would have provoked an appetite to suppose that the reverend father less keen than that of Nadir when Ismael and the beautiful virgin Ta- he returned from visiting his friend inira have eloped together, would and his few patients. stagger the credulity of the great His bamboo sopha and cushion Zaid, who has framed a ladder as. were placed ready to receive him. cending to the moon, and in that pla- Tamira presented him water; he net peopled a hypothetical world." performed his ablution, ate his din
" Yet,” said Abud, nothing is ner, during the course of which he more certain. The young faquir is observed a most profound silence. not here."
As nothing could be more disagree" True !" returned Nadir ; “but able to this ancient matron than to he has made a vow of chastity, be curtailed of those opportunities which he will not break, at least to speak at meal times, which indeed with my old woman."
Nadir generally afforded her, she “ Nor is Tamira there?”
concluded that he was angry, and “ Where?" cried the apothecary, had just began to hesitate an apolo" At your house,” continued Abud. gy, when Ismael entered. “*You
6 Indeed she is,” said a slave, see, son Nadir," said the young fawho had been sent to seek this coul- quir, « that I have soon returnple; “ I found her in the shop of the ed your visit, through my desire learned Nadir.”
to see you where I could speak « I have no doubt but you did," with more freedom than in the presaid the apothecary. “ Was she sence of Abud, who, though he is alone ?"
not deficient in hospitality, seems 16 Yes."
rather of a suspicious temper.” “ I told you so, friend Abud." “ And when he has taken up an
“ Where, then," cried Abud, " is opinion, obstinate to a degree," said the faquir?
Tamira. “I am sure," she conti“ In his own chamber," replied nued,“ my master knows that it is the slave.
impossible to persuade him even for “ What! in this house ?". his good.” « Yes.”
" I had a proof of this to-day," « I told you so," said Nadir; cried Nadir; " for all I could do, he " eloped indeed! Poor Abud! Now would not take my emetic." let me persuade you to take my eme. “He ought to have taken all the
emetics in your shop," said Is16 May the black angel take it! I mael, 6 rather than have seemed to will develope these deeds of dark- doubt the skill of the learned Nadir, ness! I will discover the truth !" the light of physic, the phosphorus exclaimed Abud, as he rushed out of philosophy. But to have done at of the apartment.
once with him, I have determined * My friend,” said Nadir, as he to leave his house, and have orderfollowed him, “ proceeds to the dis- ed my baggage to yours." covery of truth as intemperately as “That," returned the apothecary, any philosopher in the Persian em- " was not an order that could give pire."
much trouble to any one ; for if I The slave had most truly stated recollect right, all your property,