The Arabian Nights Entertainments - online book

Children's Classic Fairy Tales From The East, Edited By Andrew Lang

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The king approved the plan, and as soon as the castle on the island could be prepared for their reception he and the prince arrived there, Schahzaman never leaving his son except ror the prescribed public audiences twice a week.
Whilst all this was happening in the capital of Schahzanian the two genii had carefully borne the Princess of China back to her own palace and replaced her in bed. On waking next morning she first turned from one side to another and then, finding herself alone, called loudly for her women.
' Tell me,' she cried, ' where is the young man I love so dearly, and who slept near me last night?'
' Princess,' exclaimed the nurse, ' we cannot tell what you allude to without more explanation.'
' Why,' continued the princess, ' the most charming and beautiful young man lay sleeping beside me last night I did my utmost to wake him, but in vain.'
'Your Royal Highness wishes to make game of us,' said the nurse. ' Is it your pleasure to rise?'
'I am quite in earnest,' persisted the princess, ',and I want to know where he is.'
' But, Princess,' expostulated the nurse, ' we left you quite alone last night, and we have seen no one enter your room since then.'
At this the princess lost all catience, and taking the nurse by her hair she boxed her ears soundly, crying out: ' You shall tell me, you old witch, or I 'I1 kill you.'
The nurse had no little trouble in escaping, and hurried off to the queen, to whom she related the whole story with tears in her eyes.
' You see, madam,' she concluded, ' that the princess must be out of her mind. If only you will come and see her. you will be able to judge for yourself.'
The queen hurried to her daughter's apartments, and after tenderly embracing her, asked her why she had treated her nurse so badly.
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