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Bangsawan they threw down their arms and prostrated themselves before him, begging for forgiveness. But he raised them and said that he now accounted them as his brethren. He then ordered them to go back to their own country, and to return with their followers to Anta Permana in seven days to meet him " For," he said, " I have important business then."

But when Indra Bangsawan had seen them safely off he mounted his horse, uttered the talismanic sign, and returned to the magician, and when he had told him all that had happened he resumed his magic dress and returned to the princess. She asked him where he had been, and he said that as he was tending his goats he saw fighting, so being afraid he got up a tree and remained there.

Now the king formed in his mind a plan by which he might find out who the boy of the wood really was, so having summoned his daughter and Indra Bangsawan he upbraided them for having disobeyed his orders, in that they had disregarded his command that they should become man and wife, and he pronounced as sentence that a prison should be built in the palace grounds and they should both be put in it. And this was duly done.

And on the third night Indra Bangsawan being hot, and seeing that the princess was sound asleep, got up, took off his magic dress and bathed himself with the golden vessel in the princess's bathing- place, and thus returned to rest. In the morning the princess was much amazed to find that her bathing-place had been used, and asking leave to go out, she told the king. And he told her to return, and that night to pretend to be asleep and to watch the wild boy of the woods, and if he got up and took off his dress, she was to conceal it. So that night all happened as the king had foreseen, and when Indra Bangsawan was bathing the princess stole his dress and concealed it. When he returned she begged him to tell her who he really was, and when he told her she was much overcome, for she had loved Indra Bangsawan since she first saw him. Then she ran out and told the king that it was indeed Indra Bangsawan, and the king in his joy sent and begged him to come out, and great were the rejoicings.

Then the king ordered the nuptials to be performed. But Indra Bangsawan begged for three days' grace to go and visit his grand- father, which was granted, and summoning his horse, which appeared fully caparisoned, he mounted it and disappeared.