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PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:28 am 
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I hope someone out there can give me the exact quote and source. I'm thinking it's from the Arabian Nights or perhaps a Kipling novel. An old man is asked who he is or what he's doing there and he says something like "In order to answer your question I must first tell you about the day I was born" or something like that.

I've tried various internet searches and Bartlett's but drawn a blank.


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After months of searching, I have finally been able to find the source. It's from Vol. 1 of Arabian Nights, Chapter 11 "History of the First Calender":

Madam, in order to inform you how I lost my right eye, and why I
was obliged to put myself into a calender's habit, I must tell
you, that I am a sultan's son born: my father had a brother who
reigned over a neighbouring kingdom; and the prince his son and I
were nearly of the same age.


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