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Dalilah the Crafty or Dalilah the Wily appears in The Rogueries of Dalilah the Crafty and Her Daughter Zaynab the Coney-Catcher. Dalilah and her daughter Zaynab were left "unemployed and neglected" after death of her husband, a town-captain of Baghdad. Zaynab persuaded her mother to "Up and play off some feint and fraud which may haply make us notorious in Baghdad, so perchance we shall win our father's stipend for ourselves." Dalilah proceeded to trick and fool people, cheat them out of money, jewellery and other goods. After being caught, she managed to sell her pursuers into slavery to the Chief of Police. At the end, she was pardoned by the Caliph and was given important positions of governess of the carrier-pigeons and portress of the Caliph's Khan.

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