But before I reveal to you the secret of the treasure, you must swear that, after we have loaded the camels with as much as they can carry, you will give half to me, and let us go our own ways.
So I collected my camels and we set out together under the guidance of the dervish.
Make your camels lie down in this open space," he said, "so that we can easily load them; then we will go to the treasure.
At length the camels were loaded with as much as they could carry, and nothing remained but to seal up the treasure, and go our ways.
We embraced each other tenderly, and I poured out my gratitude for the honour he had done me, in singling me out for this great wealth, and having said a hearty farewell we turned our backs, and hastened after our camels.
He alone has the secret of the treasure, and can always get as much as he wants," and I halted my camels by the roadside, and ran back after him.
You do not realise the burden that you lay upon yourself, when you gather into your hands such great wealth, besides the fact that no one, who is not accustomed to camels from his birth, can ever manage the stubborn beasts.
I selected ten of the best camels, and we proceeded along the road, to rejoin those I had left behind.
As before, the dervish made no difficulties, and I drove off my ten camels in triumph, only leaving him with twenty for his share.
The dervish said no more and left me, speechless with shame and confusion, and so wretched that I stood rooted to the spot, while he collected the eighty camels and proceeded on his way to Balsora.
I could not rest as long as one solitary camel remained to the dervish; and returning to him I redoubled my prayers and embraces, and promises of eternal gratitude, till the last twenty were in my hands.