1001 Arabian Nights and the Wily Scheherazade
Do you recall this tale?
The Persian king Shahryar got somewhat upset with one of his wives, had her killed, then married a fresh virgin each day. Then he had them beheaded the following day, which was generally bad in form. Then, as the kingdom ran out of women, the vizier's own daughter, Scheherazade, married the king with a plan... She told him such interesting stories and things night after night (1,001, to be exact), he became endlessly enraptured.
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