|Montesquieu (16891755). Persian Letters. 1901.|
|Narsit to Usbek, at Paris|
|MAGNIFICENT lord, the chief eunuch has just died: as I am the oldest of your slaves I have taken his place until you make known whom you select.|| 1|
| Two days after his death, one of your letters addressed to him was brought to me: I refrained from opening it, but covered it up respectfully, and locked it away, until you shall have informed me of your sacred pleasure.|| 2|
| Yesterday a slave came to me in the middle of the night, and told me that he had seen a young man in the seraglio: I rose, inquired into the matter, and found it had been a vision.|| 3|
| I kiss your feet, most noble lord; and beg you to confide in my zeal, my experience, and my old age.|
THE SERAGLIO AT ISPAHAN, the 5th of the first moon of Gemmadi, 1718.