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Ali Baba filled his pocket with some gold coins and rushed out of the cave. While Ali Baba was narrating his story, his clever brother Kasim peeped through the window and overheard almost everything.
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The following night, he went to the forest and found the cave. He called out the magic words he had heard from his brother and the cave opened. Kasim filled his sack with treasures. But in his greed and excitement, he forgot the magic words to get back out again.
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
He was stuck inside! Just then the thieves entered What happened next? Would Ali Baba and Kasim get caught? What punishment would they get?
Read the story and find out. Rate Product. Ali and his family are able to give Cassim a proper burial without anyone asking awkward questions. The thieves, finding the body gone, realize that yet another person must know their secret, and set out to track him down. One of the thieves goes down to the town and comes across Baba Mustafa, who mentions that he has just sewn a dead man's body back together.
Realizing that the dead man must have been the thieves' victim, the thief asks Baba Mustafa to lead the way to the house where the deed was performed.
The tailor is blindfolded again, and in this state he is able to retrace his steps and find the house. The thief marks the door with a symbol. The plan is for the other thieves to come back that night and kill everyone in the house. However, the thief has been seen by Morgiana and she, loyal to her master, foils his plan by marking all the houses in the neighborhood with a similar marking.
When the 40 thieves return that night, they cannot identify the correct house and the head thief kills the lesser thief. The next day, another thief revisits Baba Mustafa and tries again, only this time, a chunk is chipped out of the stone step at Ali Baba's front door. Again Morgiana foils the plan by making similar chips in all the other doorsteps. The second thief is killed for his stupidity as well. At last, the head thief goes and looks for himself. This time, he memorizes every detail he can of the exterior of Ali Baba's house.
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The chief of the thieves pretends to be an oil merchant in need of Ali Baba's hospitality, bringing with him mules loaded with thirty-eight oil jars, one filled with oil, the other thirty-seven hiding the other remaining thieves. Once Ali Baba is asleep, the thieves plan to kill him. Again, Morgiana discovers and foils the plan, killing the thirty-seven thieves in their oil jars by pouring boiling oil on them.
Ali Baba and Forty Thieves
When their leader comes to rouse his men, he discovers that they are dead, and escapes. To exact revenge, after some time the thief establishes himself as a merchant, befriends Ali Baba's son who is now in charge of the late Cassim's business , and is invited to dinner at Ali Baba's house.
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The thief is recognized by Morgiana, who performs a dance with a dagger for the diners and plunges it into the heart of the thief when he is off his guard. Ali Baba is at first angry with Morgiana, but when he finds out the thief tried to kill him, he gives Morgiana her freedom and marries her to his son.
The Story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: Folklore: Vol 31, No 4
Ali Baba is then left as the only one knowing the secret of the treasure in the cave and how to access it. Thus, the story ends happily for everyone except the forty thieves and Cassim. Back to Arabian Tale Main.