Seeing that she could not attain her object by entreaties
or tears, Zuleika finally used force, when she judged that
the favorable chance had come. She did not have long to
wait. When the Nile overflowed its banks, and, according
to the annual custom of the Egyptians, all repaired to the
river, men and women, people and princes, accompanied by
music, Zuleika remained at home under pretense of being
sick. This was her long-looked-for opportunity, she
thought. She rose up and ascended to the hall of state, and
arrayed herself in princely garments. She placed precious
stones upon her head, onyx stones set in silver and gold,
she beautified her face and her body with all sorts of things
for the purifying of women, she perfumed the hall and the

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