Jamshid fled before him, and for a hundred years was seen by no man, till Zuhak fell upon him without warning in the confines of China and put him to death. Thus perished his pride from the earth.
For a thousand years Zuhak occupied the throne and the world sub-mitted to him, so that goodness died away and was replaced by evil. Every night during that long period two youths were slain to provide the serpents’ food. Now in the king’s country there remained two men of purity, of Persian race, the one Irmail the Pious, and the other Girmail the Clear-sighted. It happened that they met one day and talked of many matters great and small; of the unjust king, of his army, and of his horrible custom.
Preparation of the king’s meal
The one said: “We ought, by the art of the kitchen, to introduce ourselves into the king’s household and apply our wits to saving the unfortunates who lose their lives each day.” Setting to work, they learned the art of