Was it one of those wonderful talking fishes out of the Arabian Nights
, or are you merely an angler yourself, and did you begrudge such a record catch to a girl?"
"Why, really," said the physician, with an amusing consciousness of his own resemblance to the loquacious barber of the Arabian Nights
, "this is very interesting.
I'm perfectly sick of the humdrum life I have been leading the last week, and you do sort of take one back to the Arabian Nights
, you know, Reggie.
She had a vivid imagination; she had, besides, read the Arabian Nights
and Guthrie's Geography; and it is a fact that while she was dressing for dinner, and after she had asked Amelia whether her brother was very rich, she had built for herself a most magnificent castle in the air, of which she was mistress, with a husband somewhere in the background (she had not seen him as yet, and his figure would not therefore be very distinct); she had arrayed herself in an infinity of shawls, turbans, and diamond necklaces, and had mounted upon an elephant to the sound of the march in Bluebeard, in order to pay a visit of ceremony to the Grand Mogul.
Tangier is a foreign land if ever there was one, and the true spirit of it can never be found in any book save The Arabian Nights
. Here are no white men visible, yet swarms of humanity are all about us.
These birds were of enormous size, and reminded Zeb of the rocs he had read about in the Arabian Nights
. They had fierce eyes and sharp talons and beaks, and the children hoped none of them would venture into the cavern.
Aladdin in the Arabian Nights
. Oh, please, can I run down and tell Emma Jane?
But, there was recompense in the joy with which Herbert would come home of a night and tell me of these changes, little imagining that he told me no news, and would sketch airy pictures of himself conducting Clara Barley to the land of the Arabian Nights
, and of me going out to join them (with a caravan of camels, I believe), and of our all going up the Nile and seeing wonders.
In what manner I was to open so much, like the tent of the Arabian Nights
, was a profound mystery to me then, as well as it was to the ladies; but the handsome Eudosia placed me in her father's hand with a frank liberality that proved she was not altogether without good qualities.
I do not think I cared as much as some of the other boys for the 'Arabian Nights
' or 'Robinson Crusoe,' but when it came to the 'Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha,' I was not only first, I was sole.
We read many books together when I was a boy, 'Robinson Crusoe' being the first (and the second), and the 'Arabian Nights
' should have been the next, for we got it out of the library (a penny for three days), but on discovering that they were nights when we had paid for knights we sent that volume packing, and I have curled my lips at it ever since.
As London began to fill up again, during the early part of October, he gave many and magnificent entertainments, his name figured in all the great social events, he bought a mansion in Park Lane which had been built for Royalty, and the account of the treasures with which he filled it read like a chapter from some modern Arabian Nights
. In the city, he was more hated and dreaded than ever.