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Montesquieu (1689–1755).  Persian Letters.  1901.
Usbek to the Chief Eunuch, at the Seraglio at Ispahan
RECEIVE by this letter unlimited power over the whole seraglio; give your orders with as much authority as I do; let fear and terror accompany you; carry penance and chastisement from room to room; let dismay be upon all, and tears flow from every eye in your presence; examine the whole seraglio, beginning with the slaves; spare not my love: let all bow before your dreaded tribunal; bring to light the most hidden secrets; purify that infamous place, and restore banished virtue. For, from this moment, on your head shall be the slightest fault that may be committed. I imagine it was Zelis to whom the letter you intercepted was addressed: examine that matter with the eyes of the lynx.

  ——, the 11th of the moon of Zilhage, 1718.

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