Hassan: The Story of Hassan of Baghdad and How He Came to Make the Golden Journey to Samarkand

A play in five acts

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Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 27,848 / 84 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.9
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 742
mnybks.net#: 2617
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Drama
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SELIM Thirty-seven times have you made the same remark, O father of repetition.

HASSAN (More dolefully than ever) Eywallah, Eywallah!

SELIM Have you caught fever? Is your chest narrow, or your belly thunderous?

HASSAN (With a ponderous sigh) Eywallah!

SELIM Is that the merchant of sweetmeats, that sour face? O poisoner of children, surely it would be better to cut the knot of reluctance and uncord the casket of explanation. And the poet Antari has justly remarked:

Divide your sorrow and impart your grief, O fool. That good man comforteth beyond belief, O fool.

HASSAN (Inclining towards the mat) None is good, save God. And Abou Awas has excellently sung:

The importunate Are seldom fortunate.

Nevertheless, know, Selim, that I am in love.

SELIM In love! Then why sit moaning on the mat? Are there not bea

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