“One day after dinner, when she had gone to bathe, I felt inclined to sleep, and threw myself on a sofa; two of the Queen's women, who happened to be in the room, seated themselves, one at my head the other at my feet to fan me, as much to refresh me with the cool air, as to keep off the flies, which might have disturbed my slumbers. These two women, supposing me asleep, began to talk in whispers; but my eyes were only closed, and I overheard their whole conversation.
excerpt from “The History of the Young King of the Black Isles,” Dalziel's Illustrated Arabian Nights' Entertainments. The Text Revised and Emendated throughout by H.W. Dulcken, PhD, with upwards of two hundred illustrations by eminent artists. Engraved by the Brothers Dalziel, pg. 35