By: Susan Fletcher
“She had offered to marry the Sultan when he was killing all his wives”. Shahrazad did, of course. In order to keep the Sultan content, Shahrazad, one of his many wives, must continuously tell the Sultan stories, or else she will also be killed.
Shadow Spinner is a story set in Persia, about a young crippled, 14 year old girl, Marjan, and a beautiful princess, Shahrazad, both trying to save themselves from the Sultan. Though it was no harm to Marjan, she had always admired Shahrazad, and would do anything to save her life. Because the Sultan had been betrayed by his first wife, he refused to trust any women. Every time one of his new wives did not please him, they would be slaughtered by the next morning. This went on for years, until Shahrazad came. She hoped that by telling him stories, he could be happy and would stop killing Persia’s women. As months passed, Shahrazad had been the first to survive more than one night in the Sultan’s harem. Wisely, Shahrazad would cut-off her stories, so the Sultan would be eager to hear the rest of it the next day, and she would live on. But as time wore on, Shahrazad began to run out of stories to tell, and became worried. If she would repeat any story, the Sultan would become mad, enraged. The princess was VERY lucky to find a local girl named Marjan, though. Marjan knew of one certain story that Shahrazad had never heard of, and when she told the Sultan, he loved it, and couldn’t wait for the next part when Shahrazad cut it off. But when Marjan was asked to tell about the rest of the story, Marjan replied that she only knew half of it. Marjan began trying to remember where she heard the story, or how the parts went, because she knew that if she did not find the other half in time, Shahrazad would be killed, just like all the other wives of Sultan. In the end, however, after traveling through many flashbacks, Marjan was able to remember the half she needed of the story....