She was not a person to excite sensations of a tender nature in a novice like me; for, in the first place, she was of an unwieldy size (so different from the slim forms that we are taught to prize in Persia that I looked upon her with disgust: and, in the next, I lived in such terror of Aslan Sultan, that had I aspired to her favour, it must have been in the constant dread of the loss of my ears

Following is Chapter 3 of Hajji Baba of Ispahan, an 1824 adventure novel set in 18th century Persia that was written by British diplomat James Justinian Morier. Additional chapters will follow weekly. We very much hope you will enjoy it! 

Following is Chapter 2 of Hajji Baba of Ispahan, an 1824 adventure novel set in 18th century Persia that was written by British diplomat James Justinian Morier. Additional chapters will follow weekly. We very much hope you will enjoy it! 

Following is Chapter 1 of Hajji Baba of Ispahan, an 1824 adventure novel set in 18th century Persia that was written by British diplomat James Justinian Morier. Additional chapters will follow weekly. We very much hope you will enjoy it! 

Readers might be surprised to learn that this amusing illustrated poem about a knight errant, complete with giants and other dire foes, dates to 1894! It was written by author Ralph W. Bergengren and illustrated by artist R.B. Birch for St. Nicholas, a literary periodical of that era. 

The moment of impending violence shattered with the sound of tearing wood and a roar like the fires of Tartarus. The remains of the coffin lid rained down on the assembled thieves in a shower of rotting splinters. Each suspecting trickery but too shaken by the possibility of darkest necromancy, Phokas, Timon, and Vold saw each other’s faces illuminated in sickly green as they turned to face the open grave and whatever horror now emerged.

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