The Sultan Shahriar, convinced of the falseness and faithlessness of women, vowed to kill every one of his wives after their bridal night. The Sultana Sheherazade, however, saved her life by interesting him in the stories she told him during 1001 nights. In his curiosity for the sequels of her stories he deferred the killing of Sheherazade from day to day until, after the 1001st night, he abandoned his sanguinary resolution altogether.
In telling her stories to Shahriar, Sheherazade made frequent use of the verses and songs of the poets, and interlaced her narratives of marvels and adventures so as to link them together. Edited by C. Sternberg.