this thing?" Zuleika answered them: "Daily do I endeavor
to persuade him, but he will not consent to my
wishes. I promised him everything that is fair, yet have I
met with no return from him, and therefore I am sick, as
you may see."

Her sickness increased upon her. Her husband and her
household suspected not the cause of her decline, but all the
women that were her friends knew that it was on account
of the love she bore Joseph, and they advised her all the time
to try to entice the youth. On a certain day, while Joseph
was doing his master's work in the house, Zuleika came and
fell suddenly upon him, but Joseph was stronger than she,
and he pressed her down to the ground. Zuleika wept, and
in a voice of supplication, and in bitterness of soul, she said

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