264 THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
the old king, had taken his name, and was generally known as King Armanos the younger, few people remembering that on her first arrival she went by another name.
At length the princess felt that the time had come to put an end to her own and the prince's suspense, and having arranged all her plans with the Princess Haiatel-nefous, she informed Camaralzaman that she wished his advice on some important business, and, to avoid being disturbed, desired him to come to the palace that evening.
The prince was punctual, and was received in the private apartment, when, having ordered her attendants to withdraw, the princess took from a small box the talisman, and, handing it to Camaralzaman, said: ' Not long ago an astrologer gave me this talisman. As you are universally well informed, you can perhaps tell me what is its use.'
Camaralzaman took the talisman and, holding it to the light, cried with surprise, ' Sire, you ask me the use of this talisman. Alas! hitherto it has been only a source of misfortune to me, being the cause of my separation from the one I love best on earth. The story is so sad and strange that I am sure your Majesty will be touched by it if you will permit me to tell it you.'
'I will hear it some other time,' replied the princess. ' Meanwhile I fancy it is not quite unknown to me. Wait here for me. I will return shortly.'
So saying she retired to another room, where she hastily changed her masculine attire for that of a woman, and, after putting on the girdle she wore the day they parted, returned to Camaralzaman.
The prince recognised her at once, and, embracing her with the utmost tenderness, cried, ' Ah, how can I thank the king for this delightful surprise? '
' Do not expect ever to see the king again,' said the princess, as she wiped the tears of joy from her eyes, ' in