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breakfasted upon some of the vesti- know 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 trifling “ 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 gyomon 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?”
« Taken !” said Abud. While he was wearying himself “ Yes,” said the apothecary,“yes; with conjecture, a slave entered, disordered stomach ; the head af. and 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 6 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 66 To bed!" pletion,” he continued, as he swal " Yes! I shall then administer lowed a piece of melon and three these powders. After thator four cakes, “ is what destroys us 6. After that,” said Abud, “yout all. Well might the Arabian phy. will probably have nothing to do but sician write the Golden Book of to lay me out. Are you distracted, Abstinence. Well might the sages neighbour Nadir ? Who told you of Delhi recommend rice and waier that I was ill?". to the municipality of that luxurious “ Yourself! Did you not inform city.”
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 masier 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 them 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."
6. What made Gehan Gaur fall " Ah !" said the apothecary, "I from his throne ?” returned Nadir ;
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 likedtenderness 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
16 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 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 !" bour 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 deep. It will soon be one can tell. When I
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. " 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;
« And so,
“ 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, « with respect to your disorder. and, from the remains of the preFruit has been known to affect the ceding day, with a small addition,
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 cou- 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.
66 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; 6 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 tic."
emetics in your shop,” said Is“ May the black angel take it! I mael, “ 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,
you said, was personal, and your serve in these apartments has been whole baggage enclosed in your effected by the ingenuity of Tamira purse. That, I will own, contained aided by the talismanic influence of a mine of riches. However, the ob a certain number of tomans. Eve. jection I stated yesterday remains ry thing may be had for money in to-day in as full force: I have no Ispahan.” accommodation."
*« Then this was the business," re. “ None ?” said the faquir. turned Nadir, “ that you and Ta
" It is true," continued the apo. mira were engaged in this morning, thecary, “ that I have two large when the sagacious Abud said that chambers, but they are empty, and you had eloped.” have been so for years : the worms “ Certainly.!” and I were employed in the same “ What do you propose by this way, that is, in turning different sorts expence?" of wood into powder; only they ren 56 I have already told you, most dered all the furniture of my ances. wise Nadir !” said Ismael, « that I tors impalpable without the aid of a came from the neighbourhood of pestle and mortar. I hope by this Golconda, but I did not add that I time they have made no scruple to a native of the capital of take every grain of it.”
that kingdom. Your sagacity sug“You are certain that these apart- gested to you yesterday, that this ments are empty ?” said Ismael. robe, in which I appear as a faquir,
“Unless the genii of Aladin have is a disguise assumed for some parfurnished them,” returned the apo- ticular purpose : in fact, it is so; I thecary.
have flown from the house of my “ Well! indulge me with a sight father.” of them.”
“ Who is your father?” “ 'Tis an indulgence which I have 66 One of the richest persons in not afforded myself these many Golconda.' years," said Nadir, as he ushered “ Probably a diamond merchant?" up Ismael, followed by the old wo “ How near the truth your wisdom
“ You might,” he continued, points,” continued Ismael : "he has “ as easily open the gate of the iron indeed in his possession the finest sepulchre of Sergius, whose tomb diamonds in the world.” was secured under more stones than “ I dare say,” cried Nadir, “ that went to the building of the column in he is the person whom black Absathe Aurat Bazar at Constantinople, lom, the rich Jew, who furnishes our for fear it should take a flight into sovereign lord the sophy with these Midair, like that of our holy pro brilliant articles, deals with. What phet. Ha! how is this? the key is his name?" turns with great ease!” he cried, 66 Pardon me, learned Nadir," as the door few open, and discover- said Ismael ; " as I wish my person, ed an apartment which, though so do I wish his name to be concealplainly, was handsomely furnished. ed: a difference respecting some The astonishment of Nadir deprived family arrangements induced him to him of speech, as he crossed this and leave his house. The money which went into the interior room, in which I possess, and the jewels far more he found a bed, and all the conveni- valuable, are my own property ; ences of a chamber, and every thing they came to me in right of my perfectly new and neat. “How was mother. I have endeavoured to this change effected ?” he at length preserve the utmost rectitude in my exclaimed. “ The genii of the lamp conduct; and although I have made have certainly been here?"
this unfortunate lapse in my duty to “ You should rather say, the ge- him, I was actuated by imperious nii of the mine, son Nadir," said necessity.' the faquir, " or the genii of your “ How did you travel ?” said Nahouse. The change which you ob- dir.
“ The greater part of the way For the Literary Magazine. upon a camel."
“ Belonging to whom ?”
« A band of mahometan faquirs, whom I joined soon after I left my
To the Editor, c. home." “ And the purpose of your jour. Be niggards of advice on no pretence ;
For the worst avarice is that of sense. * That,” continued Ismael, “ it
РОРЕ. is impossible correctly to state. Perhaps it will develope itself. I SIR, have only to desire that you will
« THERE is nothing (says the suffer me to reside here as long as Spectator) we receive with so much my occasions call."
reluctance as advice. We look " To this request,” said Nadir, upon the man that gives it as offer" I can have no objection. You are ing an affront to our understanding, young, have been educated with care, and treating us like children or perhaps are the darling of a father ideots.” who now laments your absence.
We find ourselves deficient in any You are unprotected; and although thing else sooner than in our underyou do not want understanding, un- standing. The reason is plain : it acquainted with the ways of the is this alone by which we judge of world in general, and of this city in other things; if, therefore, this is particular. I certainly feel myself faulty, it is no wonder if it makes a inclined to become your protector wrong judgment, and obliges us to and adviser, as far as my little influ. pass too favourable an opinion on ence or wisdom extends; therefore ourselves and actions. Hence it is I expect you should answer me one that the most ignorant are most conquestion with candour and sinceri- ceited, and most impatient of advice,
as unable to discern either their 66 As sincere and candid as I own folly or the wisdom of others. would to the harbinger of our pro- A certain degree of intelligence is phet will I answer you, oh Nadir !" requisite to a man, to be able to returned Ismael.
know that he knows not as much as “ Did you elope alone ?"
he should. Possibly they may not “ Certainly! Whom do you sup. be altogether in the wrong who recpose I should have taken with me?” kon it a happiness to some people
“ A younger lady than you was to be so much in love with them. suspected with this day,” said Nadir. selves, as not to be convinced of
“ No lady, young or old, accom their own ignorance; but, if it is a panied me, I give you my solemn happiness, it is a happiness no ways word,” said Ismael.
superior to that of a brute : for I “ I am sorry Abud, whom I have cannot conceive man in a more unknown from a child, should have happy circumstance, than to have such an opinion of me," said Tami- neither an ability to give or take inra; “ I never deserved it!"
struction. But as nature has made “ No! I'll be sworn you did not,” some men capable of improvement replied Nadir ; " and he is the only by the good advice which is given man in the dominions of the sophy them, fortune seems to have so postthat would have suspected it. How- ed others, as to make it hardly posever, I can only deduce the disorder sible that they should have any of his intellect which produced this given them at all. Thus it is with suspicion from repletion, and aver, those who are surrounded with a that its continuance in it arises from crowd of flatterers, who, under a his obstinacy in refusing to take my false pretence of friendship, encouemetic."
rage them in all their vices and exTo be continued.
For this reason,