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Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights
- edited by E. Dixon
One of them presently made answer, 'Sire, we have neither seen her open her lips, nor heard her speak any more than your majesty has just now; we have rendered her our services; we have combed and dressed her hair, put on her clothes, and waited upon her in her chamber; but she has never opened her lips, so much as to say, That is well, or, I like this. We have often asked, Madam, do you want anything? Is there anything you wish for? Do but ask and command us: but we have never been able to draw a word from her. We cannot tell whether her silence proceeds from pride, sorrow, stupidity, or dumbness; and this is all we can inform your majesty.'
"The stories are excellently written, with beautiful descriptions of exotic and magical lands and gripping plots. What I loved most about this book, is the fact that the transitions from each story to the next, are so captivating that they make reading this book addictive, which of course makes sense, as it is the Arabian Nights."