Sunday (1/17/10) 6:38pm - ... wherein Peter posts a few more notes about The Arabian Nights.
A few more notes from my latest Arabian Nights reading:
Occasionally, they do a sort of "Shahrazad-by-proxy" -- somebody relates, not a story about something that happened to *them*, but a story they heard from some third party.
You can build up to love or violence with foreshadowing or prophesy. Pledge a girl to marry a hunchback, and she'll probably subsequently fall madly in love with some other guy.
I repeatedly saw the stories set up a hero in nice circumstances, only to have some powerful personage turn on them at the last minute and sentence them to death; result: hero desperately flees to another city.
We could use more: reformed criminals, reunions, hunchbacks (!), madness, locking people in chests, violent deaths, murder confessions.
Note to self: right hand is for eating; left hand is for not eating.
I was amused that, at one point, a recuperating hero was fed a "broth of boiled chickens".
Neat phrases: "Death, the destroyer of delights."; "As if her body was a liquid pearl."; "He who has no mentor will never be a mentor."; "He sat alone, like a monkey."
The story of the Chinese tailor used a murder investigation as an engine to generate stories; that was kind of neat.
Previous posts about The Arabian Nights are here and here.