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fleeted in the water. When she saw this image she was frightened, and let her cup fall into the stream, and thought, ' Is it an angel, or a peri, or a man ? ' Fear and trembling took hold of her, and she screamed as women scream. Then some of the other girls came and took her to the princess who asked: ' What is the matter, pretty one?'
' O princess! I went for water, and I saw an image, and I was afraid.' So another girl went to the water and saw the same thing, and came back with the same story. The princess wished to see for herself; she rose and paced to the spot with the march of a prancing peacock. When she saw the image she said to her nurse : ' Find out who is reflected in the water, and where he lives.' Her words reached the prince's ear, he lifted up his head ; she saw him and beheld beauty such as she had never seen before. She lost a hundred hearts to him, and signed to her nurse to bring him to her presence. The prince let himself be persuaded to go with the nurse, but when the princess questioned him as to who he was and how he had got into her garden, he behaved like a man out of his mind—sometimes smiling, sometimes crying, and saying: ' I am hungry,' or words misplaced and random, civil mixed with the rude.
' What a pity ! ' said the princess, ' he is mad ! ' As she liked him she said : ' He is my mad man ; let no one hurt him.' She took him to her house and told him not to go away, for that she would provide for all his wants. The prince thought, ' It would be excellent if here, in her very house, I could get the answer to her riddle ; but I must be silent, on pain of death.'
Now in the princess's household there was a girl called Dil-aram ! ; she it was who had first seen the image of the prince. She came to love him very much, and she spent day and night thinking how she could make her affection known to him. One day she escaped from the