Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson




1 The Arousing of Thought


Both these languages are like the dish which is called in Moscow “Solianka,” and into which everything goes except you and me, in fact everything you wish, and even the “after-dinner Cheshma1 of Scheherazade.


1 Cheshma means veil.


21 The First Visit of Beelzebub to India


“And it became a secret because several centuries ago, this ‘explanation’ suddenly for no reason whatever entered the favorite mole of the famous ‘Scheherazade,’ which that incomparable Arabian fantasist chanced to have on the right side of her adorable navel.


23 The Fourth Personal Sojourn of Beelzebub on the Planet Earth


“And as for the objective reality of the theories of both these ‘great’ terrestrial ‘learned beings,’ I am reminded of one of the wise sayings of our esteemed Mullah Nassr Eddin, namely:


“‘They were both very successful, though of course not without luck, in finding the authentic godmother of the incomparable Scheherazade on an old dunghill.’


25 The Very Saintly Ashiata Shiemash, Sent from Above to the Earth


“As for the information which passed from generation to generation through the ordinary mass of beings of that planet, it has either completely disappeared, having been soon forgotten, or there remains of it, as our dear Mullah Nassr Eddin expresses it, only the ‘tail-and-mane-and-food-for-Scheherazade.’


34 Russia


“And when later, in that hall where the celebrated presentation took place, he further showed and directed my presence… about this we can neither speak now in the language of a Scheherazade, nor describe it with the pen of a Mr. Canineson.