"Her faith was plighted, and Mr. Elliot's character, like the Sultaness Scheherazade's head, must live another day."
Scheherazade
Public DomainScheherazade - Credit: Virginia Frances Sterrett

Scheherazade who, like Austen, was a teller of stories, was the framing character of Arabian Nights (or One Thousand and One Nights) She manages to keep her head, literally, by weaving tales that captivate the Sultan night after night. The Sultan, having been betrayed by love in the past, does not value women very highly, but Scheherazade wins his heart (and her life) with her tales. 

For the Andrew Lang version of Arabian Nights (available through feedbooks), try here.  Or, there's an online edition of Richard Burton's translation here (via Sacred Texts).  For the online text The Arabian Nights in Historical Context, click here.