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The Shaving of Shagpat; an Arabian entertainment — Volume 2   By: (1828-1909)

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In this second volume of George Meredith's Arabian fantasy, readers are once again transported to a land of magic, adventure, and humor. The story follows the protagonist, Shibli Bagarag, as he continues his quest to overthrow the tyrannical barber, Shagpat, by shaving off his magical beard. Along the way, Shibli faces numerous challenges and encounters a variety of quirky and entertaining characters.

Meredith's prose is as enchanting and lyrical as ever, drawing readers into a world that is at once familiar and fantastical. The author's wit and charm shine through in his clever dialogue and intricate plotting. The pacing is brisk, keeping readers engaged and eager to see what will happen next.

Overall, Volume 2 of "The Shaving of Shagpat" is a delightful continuation of the story, filled with adventure, humor, and magic. Fans of fantasy and Arabian folklore will no doubt be captivated by Meredith's imaginative tale.

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This etext was produced by Pat Castevans and David Widger

THE SHAVING OF SHAGPAT

By George Meredith

AN ARABIAN ENTERTAINMENT

1898/1909

BOOK 2.

THE BETROTHAL THE PUNISHMENT OF SHAHPESH, THE PERSIAN, ON KHIPIL, THE BUILDER THE GENIE KARAZ THE WELL OF PARAVID THE HORSE GARRAVEEN THE TALKING HAWK GOORELKA OF OOLB

THE BETROTHAL

Now, when Shibli Bagarag had ceased speaking, the Vizier smiled gravely, and shook his beard with satisfaction, and said to the Eclipser of Reason, 'What opinest thou of this nephew of the barber, O Noorna bin Noorka?'

She answered, "O Feshnavat, my father, truly I am content with the bargain of my betrothal. He, Wullahy, is a fair youth of flowing speech.' Then she said, 'Ask thou him what he opineth of me, his betrothed?"

So the Vizier put that interrogation to Shibli Bagarag, and the youth was in perplexity; thinking, 'Is it possible to be joyful in the embrace of one that hath brought thwackings upon us, serious blows?' Thinking, 'Yet hath she, when the mood cometh, kindly looks; and I marked her eye dwelling on me admiringly!' And he thought, 'Mayhap she that groweth younger and counteth nature backwards, hath a history that would affect me; or, it may be, my kisses wah! I like not to give them, and it is said,

"Love is wither'd by the withered lip";

and that,

"On bones become too prominent he'll trip... Continue reading book >>


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