Part. I, Ch. XIX: On the Anecdotes of Favourites and Courtiers.
f224b f159b 1024 A short introductory note on the qualifications of a boon-companion. (Dihqán ‘Alí Shaṭranjí cited) The story of the two boon-companions of Jadhímatu’l-Abrash, whose name became proverbial afterwards.
f225a f160a 1025 The four matchless things presented by Kayd the Indian Ráy to Alexander the Great, viz. his daughter, a paragon of beauty; an accomplished physician; an excellent boon-companion and a magic cup.
f225b * 1026 Khwush-árzú’s interesting replies to Parwíz’s questions about choice dishes and other delicacies.
f226a * 1027 Abú Dulaf Khazrají’s pithy answers to ‘Adhudu’d-Dawla’s query about drinking.
* 1028 Abú ‘Alí Háshim, and Abú Dulaf Khazrají’s contest of wit in presence of ‘Adhudu’d-Dawla.
f160b 1029 The Ṣáḥib Ismá‘íl b. ‘Abbád’s remark on drinking and the genesis of wine: — the story of the first experiment of Jamshíd on grapes — and why wine was prohibited by the Prophet.
f226b * 1030 Abú Bakr-i-Hudhalí cleverly reminds the Caliph al-Manṣúr of his promise to bestow on him a slave-girl.
f227a * 1031 The Caliph (al-Manṣúr) is pleased at the deafness of Barídí his boon-companion.
* 1032 A debate between a boon-companion and a secretary.
f160b 1033 Ibráhím b. Mahdí, the uncle of al-Amín and al-Ma’mún, as an excellent boon-companion, and how he won the favour of the former.
* 1034 Isḥáq b. Ibráhím Mawṣilí explains to the Caliph al-Wáthiq the cause of his declining the honour of being a boon-companion, while he was already holding the highest offices of police and justice.
f161a 1035 al-Amín sends Ibráhím b. Mahdí to prison for an offence committed in an unguarded moment of conviviality.
f227b 1036 A life-lasting bounty of al-Amín to his boon-companion Ḥasan-i-Dhaḥḥák.
f228a * 1037 The Caliph Hishám b. ‘Abdu’l-Malik sends for Ḥammádu’r-Ráwiya, the Rhapsodist, from Kúfa to discover the writer of a certain verse.
* 1038 Abu’l-Qásim Aḥmad, a courtier of Sayfu’d-Dawla, relates the story of Nátari (?).
f228b * 1039 The Ṣáhib Ismá‘íl b. ‘Abbád punishes an impudent favourite but releases him on his making a witty remark.
f161b 1040 Badíhí (?), a favourite of the Ṣáḥib Ismá‘íl b. ‘Abbád, and his retort.
      The chapter ends without any eulogy.