I spank him. I do so excessively; but as soon as I begin, the mistress rushes along and, having smacked him four or five times, releases him.

Abu Mansur and his sister had trouble settling in at their new school. Here their teacher complains to their father about Abu Mansur’s behaviour. Despite smacking him so much that the schoolmistress rushed in from next door to rescue him, the teacher suggests that perhaps the parent should threaten him with further spanking. Poor child!

Egypt, 11/12th century

Judaeo-Arabic, parchment

T-S 8J28.7

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