The woman dipped her mask in compliance and stood. 'Of a full and happy life I can give no accounting,' she replied. 'But we Seguleh believe that the gods give men and women happiness only to reach again and take them away. Therefore, it seems to us that it is only at the very end, at one's death, that any such measure can be made.'And the king bade the woman depart without any largesse or honor, for he thought it utter foolishness to withhold measure until the end. Yet it is said that afterwards all peace of mind fled the ruler as he fretted without cease over when his many advantages might slip from him and in end he died tormented and mad.
Histories of Genabackis
Sulerem of Mengal
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