Bezit the gem merchant needed a wife, but not a woman in his bed.
When he saw the delicate beauty with hunted eyes and a big belly in the market in Tashkent he thought his troubles over. He bought her out of kindness, and married her immediately.
Once Ashama understood that her husband had no wish to do what others had done she blossomed, presenting him with an exquisite daughter who he named Luliwa.
It was the happiest home in Constantinopolis, Bezit was the most indulged of men, and the guardians of morality had no excuse to seize his wealth.