Part III, Chapter IX = LIX: On the Despicability of Miserliness.
ff224 f252a 1628 Introduction. Abú Ṣábir, the miser of Baṣra, and his assistant.
f225a f252b 1629 ‘Amr b. Layth is put to shame for having a miserly servant in his house­hold on the occasion of a banquet.
1630 A maid-servant ruins a wealthy trader of Marw, called the son of Abú Ṣámit, in punishment for his extremely mean behaviour.
f226a f253a 1631 Abú ‘Ubayda relates an instance of ‘Abdu’llah b. Zubayr’s stinginess, as a parallel to the proverbial miserliness of Máriz. (Majma‘u’l-Amthál as the source).
1632 Ḥámid, the dealer in sal ammoniac, a wealthy miser of Marw, is cheated by Ismá‘íl, and is punished by Muḥammad-i-Sahl, the Amír of Marw, for his misbehaviour.
f227a f253b 1633 The story of a wealthy miser and his clever slave.
1634 An interesting visit of a Kúfí miser to another famous miser of Baṣra and his entertainment. (The Kitáb-i-Nathru’d-Durar of Abú Naṣr (?) Tha‘álibí as the source).
f227b 1635 A guest surprised at the economy of a host who would not let his children sleep soundly, lest they might digest the food and get up hungry in the morning.
1636 A Kúfí miser reproaches his son for still being in need of scent to make his bread eatable.
f254a 1637 Another story of a Kúfí lad who wanted to sell his wholesome bread.
f228a 1638 A Kúfí host starves his guest the whole night with the lame excuse that late meals cause disease.
1639 A miserly Kúfí quarrels with his neighbour for having misappropriated the bones of a sheep’s head, which he had deposited at his own door, to exhibit his hospitality.
1640 A miser’s favourite habit of talking to a piece of coin, which unfortunately happened to fall into his hands. (The Kitáb-i-Khalqu’l-Insán as the source, see above p. 66).
      The chapter ends with a panegyric on the generosity of the Wazír.