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Montesquieu (1689–1755).  Persian Letters.  1901.
Letter CXLIX
Narsit to Usbek, at Paris
MAGNIFICENT lord, the chief eunuch has just died: as I am the oldest of your slaves I have taken his place until you make known whom you select.  1
  Two days after his death, one of your letters addressed to him was brought to me: I refrained from opening it, but covered it up respectfully, and locked it away, until you shall have informed me of your sacred pleasure.  2
  Yesterday a slave came to me in the middle of the night, and told me that he had seen a young man in the seraglio: I rose, inquired into the matter, and found it had been a vision.  3
  I kiss your feet, most noble lord; and beg you to confide in my zeal, my experience, and my old age.

  THE SERAGLIO AT ISPAHAN, the 5th of the first moon of Gemmadi, 1718.
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