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140         THE STORY OF A GAZELLE
The old woman shrieked with delight when she saw her enemy was dead, and ran to bring water to the gazelle, and fanned it, and put it where the wind could blow on it, till it grew better and gave a sneeze. And the heart of the old woman was glad, and she gave it more water, till by-and-by the gazelle got up.
' Show me this house,' it said, ' from beginning to end, from top to bottom, from inside to out.'
So she arose and showed the gazelle rooms full of gold and precious things, and other rooms full of slaves. ' They are all yours, goods and slaves,' said she.
But the gazelle answered, ' You must keep them safe till I call my master.'
For two days it lay and rested in the house, and fed on milk and rice, and on the third day it bade the old woman farewell and started back to its master.
And when he heard that the gazelle was at the door he felt like a man who has found the time when all prayers are granted, and he rose and kissed it, saying : ' My father, you have been a long time; you have left sorrow with me. I cannot eat, I cannot drink, I cannot laugh; my heart felt no smile at anything, because of thinking of you.'
And the gazelle answered: ' I am well, and where I come from it is well, and I wish that after four days you would take your wife and go home.'
And he said : ' It is for you to speak. Where you go, I will follow.'
' Then I shall go to your father-in-law and tell him this news.'
' Go, my son.'
So the gazelle went to the father-in-law and said : ' I am sent by my master to come and tell you that after four days he will go away with his wife to his own home.'
' Must he really go so quickly? We have not yet sat much together, I and Sultan Darai, nor have we yet
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