Adventure of Alice Maro the Magician The 4th Story: Vathek, A Forgotten Arabian Tale

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Several weeks after discovering the existence of siren behind the myth, Alice receives a letter from Phoenix under the care of Roy Kivan. Opening the letter, Roy told her of how he found a forgotten dusty old book in a basement written in a language that he couldn't understand and send the book in a bag brought by the Phoenix to her hoping that she could understand the language and its writing style. With curious intent, Alice took the book and open it. Shocked by the language and format that she has never seen before, she take a closer look at the title of the book spelled Vathek. Vathek is a novel written by William Beckford and the second gothic novel of the 18th century after Walpole's Castle of Otranto that mark the beginning of distinguishable classic gothic genre which became the inspiration of the present gothic story.
This story was written under Alice's exploration along with Vine of what happened within the story as she tried to save Vathek from his envisioned path of damnation.

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The Manuscript within Forgotten Book


Alice received a dusty old book sent by Roy Kivan along with a letter. Phoenix is considered a strong bird as it could carry the book in the bag with its strap tied on Phoenix's body. After reading
the letter, Alice was shocked when she saw a writing style that she has never seen before along with French language that she couldn't understand. Realizing that it is a manuscript, her shout in
disbelief brought Vine's attention outside her tent. The journey into the story of Caliph Vathek begins!
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The Man with Thirts for Knowledge


It's hard to modernize a literature with a distinguishing writing style but at least I managed to figure out the meaning of some of the terms used in the story and changed it into an easier term to
understand. I will fix more if I figure out the rest of the specific terms used in Vathek's original story
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The Mysterious Merchant


In Vathek's story, there was a man with hideous face but for a merchant, he had everything that piqued the Caliph or Sultan's interest. The man in Vathek's story appeared as an Indian with hideous
face like a demon and amber coloured teeth. His teeth turn green when I read the sentence "long amber-coloured teeth colored in green". This sentence means that when the man laughs, his amber teeth
change colour into green and the sentence "his eyes glow like firebrand" means that the man has glowing eyes burned by fire like a demon in a simpler translation. Honestly, it's not easy using this
story and translate it in a simpler word for story of Alice Maro's adventure. This will be the first story where I used the existing classic story as more than just an inspiration but more like
retelling the old story once again but in modern times
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Carathis the Evil Mother of Black Magic


I'm a bit confused in understanding the use of vocabulary in the original story. I know that Beckford used the grammar of his time but for modern reader like me, reading his story before I wrote
the retelling can be confusing especially because there are a lot of idiom or term that I'm unfamiliar with the meaning because such terms are rarely used for fictional stories nowadays. Either
way, I had to search up the meaning of these terms first before crafting the sentence or grammar for the retelling that may make sense nowadays.
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