So, here we have the King of Persia, Shahriyar. who decides the best way to take vengeance on his unfaithful wife is to kill her. Convinced that the only way to keep a wife faithful  is to have her for only one night, he decides to take a different virgin every day and after taking her to the matrimonial bed at night, he then puts her to death in the morning. Story has it: 3,000 times.

Yes, the virgins weren’t exactly lining up to be his wife.

But, being the King, he could summon any virginal beauty to his temporary bed of doom without a whisper of complaint. This massacre of virgins continues  until along comes our heroine Scheherazade – beautiful virginal daughter of the grand  vizier.  She pleads with her father to let her go to the King and offer to be his wife. Convincing her father that she has a plan for her survival, the grand vizier reluctantly agrees and Scheherazade, taking along her co-conspirator, (her sister) offers herself to the King.

On the evening of the Wedding Night, as planned, her sister begs the King that Scheherazade be allowed to finish a most enchanting story because  she knows this will be the last opportunity for her to hear the ending.  The King agrees and, as the he listens to the story, he becomes more intrigued and captivated. Scheherazade moves into another story and with this one, he becomes even more mesmerized and oblivious to the breaking dawn. Scheherazade is careful not to finish the story, and desperate to learn the ending, Shahriyar gives her a stay of execution.,  The second night, Scheherazade finishes the story but quickly moves on to another, even more spell-binding than the previous.  Again the night passes and the story remains unfinished with the King even more entranced and beguiled than before.  Every night for one thousand and one nights, Scheherazade captivates the the King with her imaginative stories of Aladdin, Ali Baba, Sinbad, and others (still enjoyed by virgins and the not so virginal even today) and with her eloquence of voice, and never quite reaching the end of the story that night, she continues to see another day.  Eventually, realizing that he cannot part with Scheherazade, and finding vengeance  long gone from his heart, he happily beds his wife each night and wakes to her in the morning.  In between story-telling she also managed to give him three children.

The moral is: Always leave a man wanting more!