Khaled  (1891) 
by F. Marion Crawford

Although the Saracinesca series is widely considered Marion Crawford's best work, the unusual adult fantasy Khaled: A Tale of Arabia, of a genii who has to win the love of Zehowah to gain a soul, was the one story nearest his heart.

'And if I destroy all your enemies and the enemies of your people, will you love me then, Zehowah?'

'Why should I love you then, more than now? What has war to do with love? Again, I ask, what is it to you whether I love you or not? Am I not your wife, and are you not my master? What is this love of which you talk? Is it a rich garment that you can wear? A precious stone that you can fasten in your turban? A rich carpet to spread in your house? A treasure of gold, a mountain of ambergris, a bushel of pearls from Oman? Why do you covet it? Am I not beautiful enough? Then is love henna to make my hair bright, or kohl to darken my eyes, or a boiled egg with almonds to smooth my face? I have all these things, and ointments from Egypt, and perfumes from Syria, and if I am not beautiful enough to please you, it is the will of Allah, and love will not make me fairer.'


KHALED: A TALE OF ARABIA

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KHALED


A TALE OF ARABIA

BY

F. MARION CRAWFORD
AUTHOR OF 'MR. ISAACS,' 'DR. CLAUDIUS,' 'A ROMAN SINGER,'
ETC.

London
MACMILLAN AND CO.
AND NEW YORK
1891

COPYRIGHT
1891
by
F. MARION CRAWFORD

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.