Ali Baba

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The hero of a story supposed to be from the Arabian Nights (but actually first added to the text in a French translation of the early 18th century), who discovered the magic formula (open sesame) which opened a cave where forty thieves kept their treasure.

Planning to recover what they had lost, the thieves concealed themselves in Ali Baba's courtyard in forty tall oil jars, but Ali Baba's slave Morgiana, discovering their presence, poured boiling oil into the jars and killed them, saving her master.

Subjects: Children's Literature Studies.

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