Said Alasboa to Alzarfa, “Why do you follow, when you should lead?”
But, Alzarfa was distracted by Alaracen breathing down his neck and Alafraze stepping on his toes.
Only later would he reply, “Lead? When you are both before and behind me? Which direction should I take?”
Azea whispered to Bolah what Abuaarca roared not a more than a day before. Bolah grinned and told the tale to Zacazad who laughed and laughed. Altarfin shouted, “FIN!! (Stop!!)” “Albarain is trying to solve a problem that Algebra had set him and needed to concentrate and if he didn’t he would send Algetua who would certainly get him. ” Zacazad only laughed louder and Alasboah joined in. “Children!” called their mother, “You must come in now as all must be ordered for the coming year”.
Who are Alzarfa & co? Who is their mother?
1. Shezerade is their mother. They are all figures in her tales of 1001 nights.
2. They are the sons and daughters ( each of them noted astrologers ) of the influential 9th century astrologer Allamazed (pronounced all amazed – and you should be if you have never heard of her).
3. They are the Moon and all but one are some of her houses.
4. They are characters in Verdi’s Opera, “Alzira”. The story, based on the Mother Goose tale of the Woman who lived in a Shoe, tells of the widow Alzira and her many children.