Excerpt from Arabian Nights, Aladdin

- By Williams, Smith and Parrish
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After these words, the magician drew a ring off his finger, and put it on one of Aladdin's, telling
 
him that it was a preservative against all evil, while he should observe what he had prescribed to
 
him. After this instruction he said: "Go down boldly, child, and we shall both be rich all our
 
lives."
 
Aladdin jumped into the cave, descended the steps, and found the three halls just as the African
 
magician had described. He went through them with all the precaution the fear of death could
 
inspire; crossed the garden without stopping, took down the lamp from the niche, threw out the
 
wick and the liquor, and, as the magician had desired, put it in his vestband. But as he came
 
down from the terrace, he stopped in the garden to observe the fruit, which he only had a glimpse
 
of in crossing it. All the trees were loaded with extraordinary fruit, of different colours on each
 
tree. Some bore fruit entirely white, and some clear and transparent as crystal; some pale red, and
 
others deeper; some green, blue, and purple, and others yellow: in short, there was fruit of all
 
colours. The white were pearls; the clear and transparent, diamonds; the deep red, rubies; the
 
green, emeralds; the blue, turquoises; the purple, amethysts; and those that were of yellow cast,
 
sapphires. Aladdin was altogether ignorant of their worth, and would have preferred figs and
 
grapes, or any other fruits. But though he took them only for coloured glass of little value, yet he
 
was so pleased with the variety of the colours, and the beauty and extraordinary size of the
 
seeming fruit, that he resolved to gather some of every sort; and accordingly filled the two new
 
purses his uncle had bought for him with his clothes. Some he wrapped up in the skirts of his
 
vest, which was of silk, large and full, and he crammed his bosom as full as it could hold.

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Word Lists:

Preservative : a substance used to preserve foodstuffs, wood, or other materials against decay

Amethyst : a precious stone consisting of a violet or purple variety of quartz

Magician : a person with magical powers.

Turquoise : a greenish-blue color

Sapphire : a transparent precious stone, typically blue, that is a variety of corundum (aluminum oxide)

Transparent : (of a material or article) allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen

Niche : a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment

Cram : completely fill (a place or container) to the point that it appears to be overflowing

Emerald : a bright green precious stone consisting of a chromium-rich variety of beryl

Vest : a sleeveless, close-fitting waist-length garment worn over a shirt, typically having no collar and buttoning down the front

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