ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP 301
marriage, she must not appear before him again for three months.
Aladdin waited patiently for nearly three months, but after two had elapsed his mother, going into the city to buy oil, found everyone rejoicing, and asked what was going on.
' Do you not know,' was the answer, ' that the son of the grand-vizir is to marry the Sultan's daughter to-night?'
Breathless, she ran and told Aladdin, who was overwhelmed at first, but presently bethought him of the lamp. He rubbed it, and the genie appeared, saying: ' What is thy will?'
Aladdin replied: ' The Sultan, as thou knowest, has broken his promise to me, and the vizir's son is to have the princess. My command is that to-night you bring hither the bride and bridegroom.'
' Master, I obey,' said the genie.
Aladdin then went to his chamber, where, sure enough at midnight the genie transported the bed containing the vizir's son and the princess.
' Take this new-married man,' he said, ' and put him outside in the cold, and return at daybreak.'
Whereupon the genie took the vizir's son out of bed, leaving Aladdin with the princess.
' Fear nothing,' Aladdin said to her; ' you are my wife, promised to me by your unjust father, and no harm shall come to you.'
The princess was too frightened to speak, and passed the most miserable night of her life, while Aladdin lay down beside her and slept soundly. At the appointed hour the genie fetched in the shivering bridegroom, laid him in his place, and transported the bed back to the palace.
Presently the Sultan came to wish his daughter good-morning. The unhappy vizir's son jumped up and hid himself, while the princess would not say a word, and was very sorrowful.