669. Extravagant Promises

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It is common for public dancers at festivals in great houses to ask for rewards from the company. An instance is recorded by Thevenot, in his Travels in Persia, which reminds us of this extravagant promise of Herod. Shah Abbas was on one occasion so pleased with the performances of a dancing-woman that he gave her the fairest khan in all Ispahan, one which yielded large revenues to the royal treasury fie was drunk at the time, and, when he became sober, repented of his rash generosity, and compelled the girl to accept, instead, a sum of money very far below the value of the khan.