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Shahryār begins to marry a succession of virgins only to execute each one the next morning, before she has a chance to dishonour him. On the night of their marriage, Scheherazade begins to tell the king a tale, but does not end it. The king, curious about how the story ends, is thus forced to postpone her execution in order to hear the conclusion. So it goes on for 1,001 nights.