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11 tales, translated by Burton from the Sanskrit Baital-Pachisi, or 25 Tales of a Baital, "hung on [the] thread" of the "laughable" difficulties faced by King Vikram, "the King Arthur of the East," as he and his son attempt to bring a baitel (vampire) to a magician. Cf. Isabel Burton's "Preface" to the 1893 Memorial Ed., p. xi.