CAMARALZAMAN AND BADOURA 243
I am to see the princess, I will effect the cure where I stand, the better to convince you of my power.' He accordingly drew out his writing case and wrote as follows: —
i Adorable princess ! The enamoured Camaralzaman has never forgotten the moment when, contemplating your sleeping beauty, he gave you his heart. As he was at that time deprived of the happiness of conversing with you, he ventured to give you his ring as a token of his love, and to take yours in exchange, which he now encloses in this letter. Should you deign to return it to him he will be the happiest of mortals, if not he will cheerfully resign himself to death, seeing he does so for love of you. He awaits your reply in your ante-room.'
Having finished this note the prince carefully enclosed the ring in it without letting the eunuch see it, and gave him the letter, saying :
' Take this to your mistress, my friend, and if on reading it and seeing its contents she is not instantly cured, you may call me an impudent impostor.'
The eunuch at once passed into the princess's room, and handing her the letter said:
'Madam, a new astrologer has arrived, who declares that you will be cured as soon as you have read this letter and seen what it contains.'
The princess took the note and opened it with languid indifference. But no sooner did she see her ring than, barely glancing at the writing, she rose hastily and with one bound reached the doorway and pushed back the hangings. Here she and the prince recognised each other, and in a moment they were locked in each other's arms, where they tenderly embraced, wondering how they came to meet at last after so long a separation. The nurse, who had hastened after her charge, drew them back to the inner room, where the princess restored her ring to Camaralzaman ,
' Take it back,' she said,' I could not keep it without