Avt'handil’s Arrival at Ph’atman's; Her Reception of Him and Her Joy
1074
P'HATMAN, Usen's wife, met him in front of the door,
joyful she saluted him, she showed her pleasure; they
greeted each other, they went in and seated themselves. As
I have observed, his coming annoyed not Dame P'hatman.
1075
DAME P'hatman was attractive to the eye, not young but
brisk, of a good figure, dark in complexion, plump-faced,
not wizened, a lover of minstrels and singers,
a wine-drinker; she had abundance of elegant gowns and
head-dresses.
1076
THAT night Dame P'hatman entertained him right well.
The knight presented beautiful gifts; they that received
them said: "They are worthy!" P'hatman's entertainment
of him was worth while; by God! she lost not. When they
had drunken and eaten, the knight went out to sleep.
1077
IN the morning he showed all his wares, he had them all
unpacked; the fairest were laid aside for the king, he had
the price counted out; he said to the merchants: "Take
them away!" He loaded them, and had them carried away.
He said: "Sell as ye will; reveal not who I am!"
1078
THE knight was clad as a merchant; he was by no means
dressed in his proper raiment. Sometimes P'hatman calls
on him, sometimes he visits P'hatman. They sat together;
they conversed with refined discourse. Absence from him
was death to P'hatman, as Ramin's was to Vis.