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The Devil's Dictionary: Houri

by Ambrose Bierce
HOSTILITY
HOUSE

HOURI

-n.

A comely female inhabiting the Mohammedan Paradise to make things cheery for the good Mussulman, whose belief in her existence marks a noble discontent with his earthly spouse, whom he denies a soul. By that good lady the Houris are said to be held in deficient esteem.

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