That trout was, so to speak, out of the Arabian Nights
Dick," he said earnestly, "if only you'd believe it, the adventures in the Arabian Nights
were as nothing compared with the present-day drama of foreign politics.
She would have liked to choke old Sedley, but she swallowed her mortification as well as she had the abominable curry before it, and as soon as she could speak, said, with a comical, good-humoured air, "I ought to have remembered the pepper which the Princess of Persia puts in the cream-tarts in the Arabian Nights
I was then almost assured that the inheritance had neither profited the Borgias nor the family, but had remained unpossessed like the treasures of the Arabian Nights
, which slept in the bosom of the earth under the eyes of the genie.
Somehow, she had been made many times the woman by these mere extraneous trappings; and in his mind these wild Arabian Nights
adventures of hers seemed thrice as wonderful.
I see him yet standing there like a pigmy out of the Arabian Nights
before the huge front of some malignant genie.
Then, my precious child, the fun of it is that nobody knows who these Veneerings are, and that they know nobody, and that they have a house out of the Tales of the Genii, and give dinners out of the Arabian Nights
They kept alive my fancy, and my hope of something beyond that place and time, - they, and the Arabian Nights
, and the Tales of the Genii, - and did me no harm; for whatever harm was in some of them was not there for me; I knew nothing of it.
Then a most marvellous thing happened--such an incident as would make a chapter in "The Arabian Nights
The other features of luxury, a few flowers, a few coloured cushions, a few scraps of stage costume, were multiplied by all the mirrors into the madness of the Arabian Nights
, and danced and changed places perpetually as the shuffling attendant shifted a mirror outwards or shot one back against the wall.
Ideal happiness (of the kind known in the Arabian Nights
, in which you are invited to step from the labor and discord of the street into a paradise where everything is given to you and nothing claimed) seemed to be an affair of a few weeks' waiting, more or less.
Some of these very merchants whom you see hanging about here now, have locked up money in their strong-boxes, like the man in the Arabian Nights
, and opening them again, have found but withered leaves.
That envoy found her on a little square of carpet, so extremely diminutive in reference to the size of her stone and marble floor that she looked as if she might have had it spread for the trying on of a ready-made pair of shoes; or as if she had come into possession of the enchanted piece of carpet, bought for forty purses by one of the three princes in the Arabian Nights
, and had that moment been transported on it, at a wish, into a palatial saloon with which it had no connection.
True, he knew the wonderful walled city of Lahore from the Delhi Gate to the outer Fort Ditch; was hand in glove with men who led lives stranger than anything Haroun al Raschid dreamed of; and he lived in a life wild as that of the Arabian Nights
, but missionaries and secretaries of charitable societies could not see the beauty of it.
The wishing-carpet of the Arabian Nights
was a sensible idea - but our earthly idea of angels flying these awful distances with their clumsy wings was foolish.