When the ladies in The Arabian Nights' tale of "The Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad," invite the group into their home to be fed, each visitor must make a promise:
Whoso speaketh of what concerneth him not shall hear what pleaseth him not!
This means that whoever sticks his nose into what is not his business (or whoever is nosey) will receive an answer that will make him very unhappy.
The eldest woman has two beautiful female dogs brought to her that she beats terribly, while also sobbing with grief. With tears on her face and no explanation, she has the dogs led away.
The next lady (the "cateress") sings a very sad song. Upon hearing it, the "porteress" starts to rip her clothes in grief. However, in doing so, she exposes terrible bruises on her flesh.
At this point, the men begin to ask questions (as they were told not to do) and are put in chains. The only thing that will save them is that each tells his own tale.
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