82 FORTUNATUS AND HIS PURSE
dazzled, but the Sultan went on without pausing and opened a door at the farther end. As far as Fortunatus could see, the cupboard was quite bare, except for a little red cap, such as soldiers wear in Turkey.
' Look at this,' said the Sultan.
' But there is nothing very valuable about it,' answered Fortunatus. ' I 've seen a dozen better caps than that, this very day.'
' Ah,' said the Sultan, 'you do not know what you are talking about. whoever puts this cap on his head and wishes himself in any place, will find himself there in a moment.'
' But who made it? ' asked Fortunatus.
' That I cannot tell you,' replied the Sultan.
' Is it very heavy to wear? ' asked Fortunatus.
'No, quite light,' replied the Sultan, ' just feel it.'
Fortunatus took the cap and put it on his head, and then, without thinking, wished himself back in the ship that was starting for Famagosta. In a second he was standing at the prow, while the anchor was being weighed, and while the Sultan was repenting of his folly in allowing Fortunatus to try on the cap, the vessel was making fast for Cyprus.
When it arrived, Fortunatus found his wife and children well, but the two old people were dead and buried. His sons had growrn tall and strong, but unlike their father had no wish to see the world, and found their chief pleasure in hunting and tilting. In the main, Fortunatus was content to stay quietly at home, and if a restless fit did seize upon him, he was able to go away for a few hours without being missed, thanks to the cap, which he never sent back to the Sultan.
By-and-by he grew old, and feeling that he had not many days to live, he sent for his two sons, and showing them the purse and cap, he said to them : ' Never part with these precious possessions. They are worth more than all the gold and lands I leave behind me. But