Whenas he came hither with intent to take thy life, he would not eat thy salt; and when thou toldest me that he wished not any in the meat I suspected him and at first sight I was assured that he would surely do thee die; Almighty Allah be praised 'tis even as I thought. He then listened, but not hearing or perceiving anything, he began to grow uneasy, threw stones again a second and also a third time, and could not comprehend the reason that none of them should answer his signal. Tarry here awhile and I will return anon to thee. Later, Ali Baba learned what happened. However, the thieves paid scant regard to the estrays nor cared they to secure them, but only wondered by what means they had wandered so far from the town. You will be better informed of what you wish to know when you have seen what I have to shew you, if you will follow me.
Kasim, her husband, was at his shop. In such order they entered the cemetery and buried him, then, leaving him to Munkar and Nakir- the Questioners of the Dead- all wended their ways. Ali Baba, wishing to return his kindness, invited him into his house and received him smiling, thanking him for his kindness to his son. Then she placed the pigskin upon the hearth to boil the broth and blew the fire till it burnt briskly. She ran to Ali Baba in great alarm, and said: I believe, brother-in-law, that you know Kasim is gone to the forest, and upon what account; it is now night, and he has not returned; I am afraid some misfortune has happened to him.
The treasure is in a cave, the mouth of which is sealed by magic. Meanwhile Morgiana did as her master had bidden her. At the same time he called to a slave, and ordered him, when the mules were unloaded, to put them into the stable, and to feed them; and then went to Marjaneh, to bid her make a good supper for his guest. You will be better informed of what you wish to know when you have seen what I have to show you, if you will follow me. Once they disappear, Ali Baba raids the cave himself, and discovers it packed wall to wall with valuables. So he felt assured that not one of all the thieves remained alive, and that save himself there was not a soul who knew the secret of the place.
The first is: when Morgiana discovers the thieves in the oil jars, she alerts Ali Baba and, together with a friend, they release the jars on a street with a steep incline that allows the jars to roll down and break open. He even showed him where the door was and told him the secret password so he could share in the riches. Accordingly I took a can and went to the first vessel, when suddenly I heard a voice within whisper with all caution, 'Is it now time for us to sally forth? The last jar I found full of od, and taking somewhat therefrom, I lit the lamp. After this we shall seek occasion during the dark hours to rise up and fall upon him and slay him. I will dig a hole, and bury it.
Envy immediately possessed her breast. Thus the captain and his troop were forced to retire a second time, and much more dissatisfied; while the robber, who had been the author of the mistake, underwent the same punishment. Marjaneh went out early the next morning to a druggist, and asked for a sort of lozenge which was considered efficacious in the most dangerous disorders. Ali Baba and his family are able to give Cassim a proper burial without anyone suspecting anything. So he strove to console her, and straightway set out with his asses for the forest. Ali Baba marries a poor woman and settles into the trade of a woodcutter.
Thus was he known throughout the city as a substantial man. Cassim, who heard the noise of the horses' feet, at once guessed the arrival of the robbers, and resolved to make one effort for his life. He led the captain into the street where he had marked Ali Babas residence; and when they came to the first of the houses which Marjaneh had marked, he pointed it out. Perchance the dishes are not as delicate as those whereof thou art wont to eat, still deign grant me this request I pray thee and refresh thyself with my victual. He does not count his money, but measures it.
When he stood within the cave, its door had closed upon him, yet he was not dismayed since, he had kept in memory the magical words; and he took no heed of the precious stuffs around him, but applied himself only and wholly to the sacks of Ashrafis. She therefore chalked the doors of all her neighbours in like manner and kept the matter secret, never entrusting it or to master or to mistress. Ali Baba did so, and seeing a man, started back in alarm, and cried out, Be not afraid, said Marjaneh, the man you see there can neither do you nor any one else any harm. Go now and take as much soever as thou listest. She then carried it back to her sister, without noticing that a piece of gold was sticking to it, which Cassim's wife perceived directly her back was turned.
However, the thief has been seen by Morgiana who, loyal to her master, foils the thief's plan by marking all the houses in the neighborhood similarly. In fact, she is story's true hero, not only because of her cleverness but also because of her loyalty. The thief, before he pulled off the band, marked the door with a piece of chalk, which he had ready in his hand, and then asked him if he knew whose house that was; to which Baba Mustapha replied that as he did not live in that neighborhood, he could not tell. Then all took off their saddlebags, which proved to he full of gold and silver. Morgiana, who was always ready to obey her master, could not help being surprised at his strange order.
The thief blindfolds the cobbler, who is able to reproduce his path to the house, which the thief then marks with white chalk so he can find it again with the rest of the band. Morgiana tells Ali Baba what happened, and they bury the corpses. And now I will tell thee what he was and what hath happened, but meanwhile thou art fresh from the hammam and thou shouldst first drink somewhat of this broth for thy stomach's and thy health's sake. Baba Mustafa seemed to hesitate a little at these words. and was much amazed to find that the door remained fast shut. He enters the cave with the magic words.
He took some gold and went back home to show his wife. Hence he suspected that his plot to murder Ali Baba, and plunder his house, was discovered. After awhile he clapped again and called aloud but got no answer; and when he cried out a third time without reply he was perplexed and went out to the shed wherein stood the jars. The Thousand and One Nights has inspired countless adaptations and retellings, and is widely considered to be a key work of world literature. They plan to sneak out once Ali Baba is asleep, and kill him.