Mirror of Literature,  4 (1824), 263–65.

The Novelist. No. LXII. Almurath, An Eastern Tale



Regular Feature, Short Fiction


Education, Cultural Geography, Race, Alchemy, Morality, Religion

    The narrator is the son of an 'eminent merchant in Bagdad' who has been 'instructed by the Magi in all the scientific and abstruse learning of the east' (263). A wastrel, he has an allegorical dream in which water, which represents life, is variously used. Some have the art of 'turning it into gold'; others make 'a sort of menstruum of it to dissolve gold and the other precious metals' (264).

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