Hoossein did as he was commanded, and Stephan remained a prisoner for half a year, when the vizier took pity on him.
The King, having regard to the rank of the vizier, pardons the offender.
The vizier bowed; and the pacha returned to the palace without further adventure.
He there lived on friendly terms with the vizier of that country.
Then he turned to his vizier beside him, and said, 'What shall be done with this fellow?'
The vizier showed to the cadi Abou Amr this passage which scandalised him.
Go back to the vizier's kiosk while he hath not noticed thy absence.
"I meant in its mother's arms," the vizier hastily explained.
The vizier did as the Sultan commanded, and brought the archers before the royal pavilion.
"It is because they have a firm faith in their future," answered the vizier.
1560s, from Turkish vezir "counsellor," from Arabic wazir "viceroy," literally "one who bears (the burden of office)," literally "porter, carrier," from wazara "he carried." But Klein says Arabic wazir is from Avestan viçira "arbitrator, judge." He also says it replaced Arabic katib, literally "writer," in the sense "secretary of state."