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The Porter’s Tale

The most celebrated storyteller in the world is surely the legendary Scheherazade – a woman and a Muslim – who tamed a tyrant with her tales. Persuaded that all women are faithless the cuckolded king Shahrayar metes out collective punishment to the entire sex, wedding and bedding a different girl each night only to have her killed the following morning. Scheherazade, an educated woman who understands the power of narrative, gambles her own life to stop the slaughter. Offering herself in marriage, she beguiles Shahrayar with her yarns and stops at a cliff-hanger as the sun rises each day in order that he will delay her execution. Eventually her stories cure the king of his rage and his pain and teach him to love once more. Continue reading »

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