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ALADDIN

BROADWAY

FROM

S. ISHAM

FREDERIC

ILLUSTRATED

WILLIAM

THACHER

BY

VAN

DRESSER

INDIANAPOLIS

THE

BOBBS-MERRILL
PUBLISHERS

COMPANY

Copyright

The

1913

Company

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PRESS

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her

if
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divorce
him

remarry

blame

time,

to

take

her

husband

shall

whom
attach

Koran,

and
Then

he

to

Chapter

the

set

of

from

to

for

shall

have

divorced
first
him

by

husband
and

them.

II,

Verse

"I

or

lawful

not

she

been

may

had

any

is

until

again,

husband.
her

it

divorce

free,"

art

times,

back

of

sentence

"Thou

saying

another
second

give

three

you,"

married
that

husband

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Astonishing

An

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Proposition

26
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IV

Light

Life

of

39
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In

Garden

the

60
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VI
VII
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The
A

Surprise

69

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Caller

An

83

Interrupted

Honeymoon

103
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IX
X

In

Stable

the

At

117

XII
XIII
XIV
XV
XVI
XVII
XVIII
XIX
XX
XXI

XXII

The
A

Summons
Very

142

Holy

Man

Moments

Captive
The

Cavalcade

The

176

204

Fortxwes

216

Graveyard

231

Gate

246

the

Near

Citadel

the

Old

Acquaintance

Brazier

The

.159

192

Varying

An

128

Menacing

At

Amad's
.

XI

260
276
293

OneWay

310
.

XXXIII
XXIV

XXV

A
Mary

The

Surprise

324

Carruthers

Mission

337
Gardens

348

ALADDIN

FROM
BROADWAY

ALADDIN

FROM

BROADWAY
CHAPTER

CASUAL

ENCOUNTER

"The

DAMASCUS!
A

Straight."

Eyes

bold, reckless,

handsome
that

shines

like

caftan.
somewhat

Biblical, of

to

the

western

superfluous, especially
has

been

so

dyed

Beneath

pilgrim.

Dark

the

to

seems

eye

it is not

as

proclaim

rags,

beard

the

dun-colored

the

across

which

hues.

many

for

almost

young

lithe

fore
be-

heels

famished-looking.

flame

beard,

red, but
Mecca

too

his

on

called

is

that

sitting

cloak

little

features,

Street

dervish

his

pastry-shop,

ally
natur-

returned

graceful

figure.
"Look
of

the

passing
physical
are!"

at

him,"

said

conventional
at

that

manhood

an

elderly American

"personally

moment.

some

"What
of

these

woman

conducted"
fine

examples

Mohammedans

type,
of

ALADDIN

"This

go

looks

one

of those

one

FROM

BROADWAY

if he

as

long pole,high

in for," returned

her

do

might

Marathon,

stunts

collegeboys

our

companion,

or

pert Buckeye

miss.

"High
might

stunts, indeed!
been

have

picked

some

wild

Lord

Fitzgerald?"

The

gave

looks

to

me

as

if he

transported from

and

up

frontier.

Afghan

dervish

He

Don't

think

you

so.

slightstart, but neither of the

ladies

observed.

spare,

middle-aged gentleman who

They

had

turned

to

languid,

joined them

at

that moment.
"I?"

said this individual,adjustinga


he

which

focused

on

we

in northern

see

enlists for

"You
and

soldiers to

them

you

quite make

our

ment
govern-

from

them

gars
beg-

being

tious
decidedly face-

was

pay

Cheaper

so.

let them
this
"He

them

for

not

robbing

you

throats?"

cutting your

and

He

versation.
con-

of those

one

keep

their

it.

mean

"Quite

like

India, the type

brigands, don't you know."


about

object of

the

look

"Yes, he does

singleeyeglass,

cut

to
one

make

martial

another's

chap out, though."


isn't

Jat."

heroes

throats.

More

of

Can't

platively.
contem-

For

CASUAL

few

minutes

ENCOUNTER

ject
they stood there, until the ob-

of their regard turned


His

them.

lady in

and

up

the older

to

and looked
deliberately

insolent

almost

an

likewise

cut

eyes

Fitzgerald. They

down

then

in

took

the young

over

appraising fashion, did


and

one,

at

passed

Lord

to

that

comprehensively

gentleman's boots, his tumed-up trousers, the rough


tweed

and

coat

stared into the


was

the

singleglass.

question which

tourist hat.

ultra-smart

For

would

turn

brilliant,
hungry, albeit satirical
the

or

apatheticgray

round

for any

behind

had

it would

the

not

what-not

^a

"

visitors

from

"These

won

mixture

guide
"

from

hodge-podge

the

created

now

he

have

West
a

in low

especially."

of

and

the

gray

in the visual contest,

of

Turk,

Greek

and

the ancient cauldron

whenever

with

the

despised

fered,
opportunity of-

divertisement.

holy pilgrimsdo

observed

out

"blooming heathen,"

his fortunes

gladly threw

^who

"

be stared

probably, the "window-pane"

so,

eye

traditional

the

tion
against all tradi-

it is

especiallyby

first,the

of the dervish,

eyes

Britisher to let himself

countenance,
and

But

it

moments,

away

behind

one

"window-pane."

few

They

uneasy

not

like to be stared at,"

tones.

"And

in Damascus,

ALADDIN

"Well,
his

by Jove!"

stare

the

to

look

at

king

may

FROM

BROADWAY

The

Englishman

"That's

guide.

This

not"

good!

king," he chuckled, "but

transferred

is delicious

cat

may

subject of

the

Positively! By

Jove!"
"These
the

dervishes

hodge-podge
"Oh,

I'm

like

The

dervish

motion

did

if to

as

disturbed

They're

more

not

He

stare.

absorbed

seemed

"

advise
draw

And

"

them

the

guide made

"The

away.

city is

most

present."

at

We're

"Pooh!

not

afraid,

with

all the

all, of

course,

the younger

"Not

lips

pious meditation.

in

the

Mohammedan's.

ferocious,"

very

airily. "His

woman

younger

"Still I would

of

look

American's."

an

now

doesn't

he

sure

all like

at

fanatical," murmured

very

ingratiatingly.

interposed the
aren't

are

are

spiritof

aunty?"

we,
one

from

the

said
land

free.
at

nervously
it is for

All

"

the

the

my

"it is well
best that

other

we

tourists

Only"

dear.
to
are

have

be

what
some-

"

prudent.

leaving
gone

the

haps
Per-

night.
city to-

except

our-

and

selves
are

Balbeek.

at

of

afraid
don't

the

"You

the

other.

my

to

motor

hotel, the

one

you

part, I

my

risky things.

had

you

Like
last

about

telling us

were

you

"Aren't

For

those

do

American

with

wager

know,

Bedouins?

people

why

young
at

wild

those

see

night

observed

me!"

"Dear

"Left

Languidly.
intention, you

My

when

By the way,

desert."

the

across

Fitzgerald?"

decided."

"Haven't

that

Fitzgerald here.

Lord

leaving, Lord

you

car

ENCOUNTER

CASUAL

ridiculous

that

"
"

Jack Stanton, aunty," interposed the

mean

girl.
The

dervish

murmured

seemed

rather

accents

the

big

smooth

beads

carry.

"As

Fitzgerald,
that

from
his

last

love-affair."

faster.

"His

swells, and

of
I

mine.

all that,

he

going
we

Or

tell you.

Lord

interrupted by

were

this

Mr.

were

Stanton
all about

fingered

family,

harder

medans
Moham-

most

rather, I know

dervish
had

to

His

passage.

gripped

string

all about

The

people

holy

and

the

was

I know

of

chum

vicious

night when

dragoman,
a

another

his
no

only unfortunately,their

beads

end

of

income

of

was

diminishing kind.

short, Jack Stanton

Of

girl in
man

the

is

father

whose

holds

our

biggest trusts.

of

the

the

of

son

floated up

she
gave

her

that

time

Fitzgerald.
All

heart

he

the

young

Osborne

dozen

being

man

poor

Just

or

the

so

of

rival

when

same,

I guess

it

jolted

It must

have

been

about

sillywager

with

you,

Lord

wanted

do, under

men

some.

that

made
He

Archie

gilded youth,

the

to

Jack Stanton's

all with

aisle,to the Lohengrin music, and

the

hand

expensive

the poor

half

'interlocker' !

an

at

only

'interlockingdirectors'

on

Fancy

for

of

lot

married

combination

and

in

in novels

of those

one

long story

chance

no

only

She

does.

ever

stood

It is

case.

make

had

and

he

course

To

ultimately came

paltry fifty thousand


tastes.

BROADWAY

FROM

ALADDIN

do

to

something desperate.

circumstances,"

the

she

jeered

flippantly.
A

half

throat.

"You

articulate
He

was

say

he had

observed
I'm

afraid

our

Lord

"My
them

Lord

now

growing
but

fortune

madam

will

of

the

dervish's

impatient.

more

fiftythousand?"
gravely.

more

"Then

"
"

"

The

"

imperatively.

from
and

more

Fitzgerald
wager

"

broke

sound

The

guide interrupted

dervish

had

made

an

CASUAL

and

abrupt

emphatic

construed
have

as

been

and

be

while
and

then

him

all

not

his eyes

remain

cast

"Well,

the

"You

they

in the
have

we

of
And

they

be

noyed
an-

amuck

run

I for

don't

one,

the

the

other

glances

Didn't

five thousand

should

we

city any

longer,

feeling against

people, in passing,
upon

there's

the younger

tell.

can

believe

this

believe

longer. Just

any

about

of these

us."

going

to

be

lady.
the

guide-book

Christians

not

so

say

long

city?"
unburied

left them

from

of

streets

hostile

murdered

"Dear

like to

not

lady hurriedly. "We

I don't

decidedly

never

"And
voce

do

elder

heard

in this very

ago

go,

disturbing him,

are

stay here

to

trouble," observed

any

"

really

must

Sometimes

flash !

foreigners. Some
have

dervish

"

how

after

been

have

"

certainly ought

even

We

prayer.

"Quite right,"said

look

We

"

before, dervishes
at

might

"That

one.

answerable.

I said

as

menacing

It

movement.

watching

I won't

or

ENCOUNTER

in the

streets!"

Sotto

guide.

me!"

greater

linking her

The

elder

nervousness.

arm

displayed

woman

quickly in

"Come,
that

my

toms
sympdear!"

of the younger.

the

fluttered

two

of

this

as

out

away,

Lord

story.

self

of

matter

BROADWAY,

FROM

ALADDIN

of

the

lingered

Fitzgerald
and

national

and

street,

out
"

moment,
lowed
fol-

then

respect,

leisurely.
dervish

The

that

no

was

one

not

heard

after

looked

Allah

it.

fell

from

the

his

party

lips.

and

word

Fortunately

ALADDIN

lo

"Thank
who

the

takes
"I do.

answered
threw

FROM

lady !

unworthy, humbly

cake.

it.

canines.

In

shop.

of

midst

so

face, of

course,

of

the

passed, with

and

was

who

and

hurko,

glimpse of her

more

perhaps

shone

like

face

or

less of

inclination.

Her

exquisite
the

hundred

flower.

by the
veil, but

grace,

the

"

snowy
as

she

dervish

eyes.

they seemed
or

of

out

wretchedness

concealed

was

had

brighten

of

supple swaying

instant

to

venders

she

"

walked

silk, an

and

squalor

inconsequential articles

he

guilty pilferer.

she

coming seemed

carriers

ragged hawkers,

of

attire, was

Amid

thoroughfare.

An

the

richly robed.

that her

than

and

light rose,

caught

juvenile yells.

She

slender

street

gated
congre-

cake

street

whiteness

many

the

was

man

as

the

upon

hubbub

the

the

proprietor throw

tezyereh, or

Her

set

better

no

the

ensued

mingled with

Howls

the

the

stones

of

one

Pandemonium

and

dogs fared

thanks,"

return

eagerly, whereupon

Unfortunately

sticks

boys with

poverty

dervish

gracious lady

!" said this person.

I, most

waiting dogs got

the

the most

your

the

bidden

Thank

pity on

the

Innocent

BROADWAY

to

hold

woman-hater

"By

the

him,

although

by profession
beard

of

the

FROM

VOICE

AFAR

prophet, but the lady has soulful


Arabic.

in choicest
his

"No

own.

began again

was

suffered

only

roads,
the

and

high

called out, and

bearing
At

autocratic

had

to

the

of

miserable
and

extended

and

at

empty-handed

livery and

The

to

would

toward

about

by

dog, made

the
an

rise.

lady with

His

of

lady,

attention,was

camels, annoyed

that moment

caught her.

bright trappings,

litter.

little yellow

and

along.

importance of those

the

started

backward

ground, but

forward

of

voices

came

with

of the

the

litter swayed ; the

thrown

them,

in fine

attendant

the dervish's

one

movement

The
was

an

attracted

get in, when

angry

the

others

by

peremptory

the beasts, bedecked

bearing, denoting

snapping of

of

superb camels, of lordly height,

two

served, opened the door

who
to

there!"

Way

knelt while

he

demanded

spacious litter between

command

He, ragged waif


space

he

opulent class.

there!

"Way

But

pray.

praiseworthy vocation

his

moments.

occupying

was

it," he added,

resolutely to

more

into

scoffinglight came

continue

to

few

!" he muttered

eyes

doubt, too, she knows

and

for

Then

ii

foot

have

on

the step

been

hurled

the dervish
arms,

which

Mecca,

now

sprang

had

been

clasped

ALADDIN

12

fair

Nay,

sample,

more

those

"

before

example, of despised femininity.

or

breath

warm

that

eyes

BROADWAY

FROM

forced

had

They

amend

were

impression of

adjectivesto
talk

and

would

Name)

cynical

dances, that solo whirls

For
the
thus

telling,
they

if unconventional

"

beggar

longer than
"

could

(Blessed

sinners;

to

teach

solitary

to

business

on

or

fate

that

on

the sterner
while

lady, brought

^made

"

he

interesting

an

ancient

street

of

tion
prolonged the situa-

exigencies
"

long in

somewhat

beautiful

and

Possibly

demanded,

wholly holy

takes

picture

contrasts.

helpful!

more

practisemagic

but lonesome

which

together by bizarre

strange

tically
roman-

They

accustomed

are

big,

sands.

moment,

saints, or

dervishes,

young

life's barren

license to

to

them.

few

things. Allah

them

disturb

diablerie; to

or

of

manner

gave

for

searched

their attraction.

encompass

tell all

be whose

have

tled
star-

were

luminous, haughty, passionate,poetic. One


inclined

ments
mo-

opportunity

"soulful"; they

than

more

abundant

first

that

few

fully,albeit in

own

fashion, affording him

fortify or

his cheek, while

his attention

his

met

now

fanned

^to

light that

strictly
pious began

to

shine

be

merely

was

from

not

his

somewhat

VOICE

cynicalyoung

for

doing, for

so

all this

fortunate

anchorite
!

illumining glimpse of
perfect.

It dazzled

of

Her

dervish

awoke

he dared

different

utter

kind

from

sounded

now

daring presumptuousness

own

"By
pearl of
A

faith, but

the

save

one,

of

this bold

she, had

lilies!

been

now

The

the

most

oval,
possessing
unpre-

prospects.

his

lipson

litany. The
the minaret

holds

Damascus

caught

den
sudadan

of his

at

least

one

Fortunately

free

the too

The

compliment

street

was,

and

where

had

noisy daytimes.
you?"

only laughed for

He

and

mueddin.

young

always is, very


dare

mitted
per-

partially

to

pink splashed the girl'sface.

no

not

beauty !"

wondrous

vivid

"How

of

were

young,

bleak
;

cuse
ex-

been

accustomed

gaze

it had

was

unexpected

an

forgot his prophet

to

desert

the

veil had

pilgrims' faces and


The

well

countenance,

the

13

lady's eyes alone

aside, thus affording

swept

And

gaze.

the

contemplate

to

AFAR

FROM

The

old

Persian

lady'sface

din around

them

Roses

answer.

to

poets
new

would

have

ened
lik-

ment.
garden of enchant-

increased,

ALADDIN

14

"Ho!

BROADWAY

FROM

Demon

of

dog !"

This

camel!"

some

one

now

was

yelling.
"Back,
who

addressed

was

"The

in

said

it

by

apologizes

dog
he

time

to

dervish

the

was

of

one

her

self
him-

attendants.

ness,"
lady, for his bold-

you,

quick mocking

and

tones,

released

her.

"No,
raised

!"

no

staff to

The

She

turned

strike the

latter's eyes

in their

depths

the

on

had

who

attendant

dervish.

expressed

rested

they

as

the

to

dangerous

now

sardonic

there

servant;

glitter. The

ment
amuse-

also

was

stood

man

uncertainly.
"He

saved

the

whereupon
into
with

the

their

The

fellow

the

to

was

litter.

gazed

abruptly
"Who

pole

delicate

down
dervish

from

me

the

and

patrician burden

after

them,

proprietor
he

the

ished
van-

camels

ously
imperi-

Straight.
wheeled

then
of

the

swayed

is called

hastily,

lady

the

fell and

curtain

that

proprietor

fall,"she added

lowered

Street

is she?"

presumed

bad

The

rather

pastry-shop.

demanded.

heard

him

amazed.

greatly,because

he

This
had

ragged

performed

VOICE

And

triflingservice.
it is not

where

look

at

dervish
of

the

of

had

dared

fair

city

street!

that before

bold

This

little incident

the

rascal

impudent

to

inquired

her.'

she?

is

Out

from

"Away

the

exclaimed

you!"

upon

indignantly.

shop,

my

pretender of holiness!"

"Pretender

!" For

beginning

were

of the

impulse

"That's

to

what

the

that

assistant

murmured

cake-man

own

bake-place, despite

holy

man,

he

gossiping about

was,

his

assistant,

as

of

?"

!"

stepdaughter

himself,

women.

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In

around.
his

on.

itable,"
being char-

insinuatingly a

looked

better

for

"Impudence

beautiful

the

little

people

as

moved

and

to

if

think

to

lady gets

proprietor

his kitchen.

reentered

The

great

as

then

seemed

he

angrily

answer

other,

shopkeeper,

gather,

grumbled

"Wasn't

the

to

the

moment

startled, confronted

the

in

man,

pastry-man

he

15

etiquette even

the

on

the

now

holy

good

sex

do

to

litter and

"Who

rank

the

about

he,

considered

one

brazenly

AFAR

FROM

"

name.

the

quiet of

his

indignation against the


not

altogether

averse

Very discreetly,of

patting sugar

seemed

to

course

natural

FROM

ALADDIN

i6

accompaniment

delicate

to

dainty femininity in
nodded

He

"The
"Yes

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that

higher social

the

?" went

"

and

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!"

prittle prattle about


of life.

walks

assentingly.

now

one

BROADWAY

the assistant.

on

I call them."

December,

Adjusting

plum

on

baclc-

succulent

ground.
"A

I have

dove,

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mean

heard."
"

tigress. They

young

say

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"

whispered.
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"No?"

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of the servants

one

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delight.

stepmother will

told

be

She

out.

put

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servant

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"

here

was

yesterday."
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had

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they put the
what

discussed

shops of

the many

be

mouthing
Outside
was

promised

the
now

be

to

of sweetmeats.

for the patrons


of

things in

sweet

it with

this
the

stream
a

of

balce.

choice

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scandal

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kind,

other

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delectable
on.

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mechanically, but before

long

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rooms

would

women

life flowed

part of it.

shoulders.

to

soon

things.
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had

vish
der-

moved

straightened and
from

the

quick

ALADDIN

i8

one,

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a

hand,

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near

BROADWAY

FROM

and

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following

was

his eyes

quick contemptuous

rags,

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about

to

on

devilishly clear

the

dervish
follow

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; I

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for

he

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the

"My
Star
"It

master

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the

is

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it finished?"

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moment.

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to

distant

servant

was

richest

the

man

relative

trusts

impatiently

the

of

man.

acquiesce, for
the

to

Amad,

in

Damascus,

he

mond
dia-

and,

Sadi, himself.

saddle

is

worthy

of

the

Desert."

worthy,"

eyes

have

saddler,

him

merchant,
moreover,

horse

shop in

my

would

come

addressed

who

touched

"

not

And

other,

stopped him.

at

He

when

away,

The

himself

master's

my

who

will be

there."

me

of

cloak

restrained.

saddle
said

quickly, found

more

of
then

his

plunged into the crowd.

and

arm

of

swing

of

ones

"

thick-set, fanatical-looking Mohammedan;

with

him.

fraction

for the

met,

minute, the deep, clear"

watching

and

turned

said
in

the

the

saddlemaker,

direction

the

his

dervish

licious
ma-

had

VOICE

seemed

"You

in

AFAR

FROM

remarked

hurry,"

19

the

servant

curiously.
"Some

"A

the

friend."

"

his

made

at

rich relative

and

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and

way

lucrative

dervish
that

one

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he

moved,

had

didn't

selected

and

this

possess

localitynot

to

go

he

brought
not

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sure

up

in

an

wrong

make

front

lay before

to

his

er
narrow-

much

as

that is called

one

; at

of

the

an

knowledge
or

maze,

any

that

entrance

of

opening,
then

as

so.

be

person
of the

it may

rate, before

evidence

him, and

now

It may

byways.

in that

certain

glancing through
what

the

so

even

intimate

led him

without

into

turned

designedly, though

to

chance

matter," he had

customer.

tortuous

route

have

only blind

perhaps we'll

turning again, choosing

soon

crooked

most

"I

laugh.

But

Mecca.

pretext of being straightas

would

in

inwardly anathematizing

most

the

curious

it doesn't

Anyhow,

politely,though

he

him

saw

other.

With

acquaintance

again.

meet

the

friend, eh?"

"Yes

add

speak with.

to

muttered

crowd,"

the

I wished

one

be

long,
he

garded
re-

satisfaction.
if to

make

casting a quick

ALADDIN

go

look

FROM

his shoulder

over

down

stooped, unfastened

he

depositingthem
into the
Here

reigned

superb

professionalletter-writer
raised

tired lid ; his

retrospection.
about

the

dozed

through disuse in the ancient


His

"

^then
The

dervish

there

passed

plenty to

wings

lay like

seemed

to

of his brain.

Allah, where

them

were

yonder

were

especialattraction

soft rugs

shady
of

their

the

glided across

ful
grate-

doves, of

which

The

whir

the stillness. Athwart


of

the shadow

enter

times

do.

fingeradmonishing people
bid

Ah,

moth.

for him.

way

slabs of the court

the white

cold

felt cool and

feet, while

disturbed

alone

he

which

myriads, made

were

similes

^the merry

"

He

become

weary

Now

on.

his travel-worn

of their

But

had

shining pavement,

smooth
to

letter-writer

good times

the

"

to

chambers

eyelid again drooped like

in the old times

set

moon,

full of

were

eyes

apt

were

the door

his desk.

over

the

to

pomegranate

come,

boldly forward

Near

deep-set old

Phrases

had

mosque.

silence.

and

peace

he

dilapidated shoes, and

door, strode

of

large court

the way

his

the

at

BROADWAY

the

and

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House

of

praying

niches.

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too,

minaret

holiness.

enclosed

recesses,
own,

to

and

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one

an

of

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VOICE

^the most

"

beneath

dusty roads,
cool

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isolated

for

mountain

over

that

welcome.

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before
the

the fountain
he would
it ;

now

small

be

even

his

of his face,

deciding

around

Heigho!
Still his bath

If

one

eat,

followed

in the
himself

his

lay down.

in and

walked

could

he

perhaps
But

his

city. Prodigal

toward

reflections of the

quickly from
once

head
more

hunger!

him, and since it was

might

court

few

possible
imwinks

appetite (the appetiteof


The

wild

waste

aggravating

hostile faces.

again the fat sheep sacrificed and left


holiest

there

mahogany

only sleep away

in his dreams.

flesh-potsmingled with

the

of

end

one

capacious cloak

refreshed

forgetfulness.

youth)

laved

he

had

He

once

alone;

was

at

lighterhue than

drawing

him,

to

He

him;

secluded.

off

throw

to

He

screened

was

was

bath, he

him.

gleamed white

limpid surface.
foot, then

pool,

desert, the sight of

upon

space

more

limbs,

small

the interminable

luxury of

bent

were

eyes

There,

gushed abundantly forth

enjoy

and

prying

no

21

the dervish.

and

gazed carefully around

more

of

wooed

"

pilgrims. After

water

his cloak

to

AFAR

spreading branches, gleamed

bathing place

the

FROM

of

uneaten

He

saw

in the

good chops

and

ALADDIN

22

juicy saddles
""

such

as

lashed

get

you

with

at

Sharpe's

"Old
who

musty?"

And

chops which
Eh?
one

had

and

there

was

chops

knew

from

were

quarters

of

the
the

the houses.

Trouble?

The
As

loud

one.

Not

other

dervish

at

and

waiter

brief

derstanding
misun-

Sharpe's, though
The

the wall

dervish

sat

one

side,

on

likelythe voice

side, however,

wealthy

Damascus

were

Perhaps

tankard

not

was

Beyond

in the immediate

mosque.

self
him-

had

"

the tombs.
On

boot?

to

man,

him,

to

this

fallen.

holic
alco-

aught

but those

cave,

Voices?

voice, and

there!

basked
the

night had

up;
he

was

joyful little mix-up,


But

"

there

of

holy

very

playfully tossed
a

old

that, he

Sharpe's

was

days in

now?

What

of

with

do

to

partake

What
and

three

were

some

he

eyebrow of the prophet, who

fasted

once

thick,

tankard

now

Street,

inches

more

and

to

Sharpe's ?

the sacred

By

or

had

never

good Mohammedan,

chop

"

What

supposed

was

nice

Forty- fourth

on

two

fried

French

for

Oh,

chop,

"

conveniently near

musty

of mutton

Broadway

near

BROADWAY

FROM

and

aristocratic

beneficent

looked
is the

the

in the

came

tial
palaclass

proximity

of

direction

of

wealthiest

as

well

VOICE

the oldest

as

his

lamp

himself
And

that

prosiac and

upon

forbidden

of

one

cial
so-

Aladdin

yonder

to
sions,
man-

find

would

man

permitted, in

man

young

magical days,

around

look

to

cess
might find there the prin-

he

scenes,

fairy-likeluxuriousness.

poor
less

of

aware,

young

of

scene

these

in

poor

same

was

23

princely. .Were

be set down

and

amid

were

and

fortunate

that

AFAR

city,it boasted, he

set, exclusive
rub

FROM

of his dreams.

The

dervish

listened.

the upper

toward
specifically
could

see

of the

one

tallest

the

"

of

just

"

stately edifice

His

the
with

vibrating,quivering

the

but the words

wall.

he

as

The

anger.

had

familiar

man's,

surroundings

of

that

this

From

disturbing tones,

ancient; the setting was

were

much

stories,as

fairlywell-lightedmansions

outside

came

itself

directed

gaze

medieval

and

mance,
ro-

up-to-date

ring :
"I divorce

"Oh,

ho!"

you

!"

The

modern

"Nothing
domestic

pointedly
disap-

smiled

interestingthan

little

squabble!"

"I divorce
A

more

Aladdin

second

you

time

!"
the

words

rang

out.

"Look

out,

BROADWAY,

FROM

ALADDIN

24

friend," murmured

my

"Three

times

and

laws.

Try

the

Better

Always try

The

by

until

wait

you're

would

you

not

himself.
landish
out-

your
so

angry.

ish.
of hash-

soothing dash

proceeding

to

'*

live to regret
"

!"

you

dervish

know,

water-pipe, before

extremities, unless
"I divorce

to

out, here, you

water-pipe first,with

listener

"Well,

yawned.

it.

you've done

now

certainlyhave !"

You
A

voice, musical

woman's

mockingly.
shining

witch

himself.

"By

from

Her

me.

that

sky, the

yonder palace?

The

Allah's

the

fairly

seemed

man

will, I have

beauty hath

made

me

set

mad

this
"
"

laughter !

hear?

it is done.

of

chamber

"

all heard?"

Again
"You

heavens

bells,laughed

it; from

came

have

"You
beside

Whence

silver

as

defies

She

She

must

me.

go.

by Allah's will

Now

I will

have

house

came

no

more

of

her."
Silence!

From

the

big

further

no

sound.
"A

Then

legaldivorce, that, all right,"the dervish

he yawned

again

"

such

comedies,

or

tered.
mut-

trage-

CHAPTER

AN

SOME
left

touched

one

him

and

in

near

he

revealed

"What

do

"To

speak

back

"About

"I

at

his

you
to

shall

follow
learn

like

untary
invol-

intruders

the

quivering

drew

diamond

surroundings.
his

something

that

answered

cloak

the

uneasily.

was

the

vish's
der-

neither

As

of

foremost
he

spoke

learn

the

later,

if

dervish.
you

will

be

good

us."

now,

he

companion.
demanded

will

dervish's

the

of

nously
omi-

beads.

little

At

muscle

every

shadows,

Beneath

you,"

what?"

"That

enough

of

with

intruders,

glanced

immediate

gripped

string

nor

glow,

feet,

two

one

want?"

you

his

were

light.

faint

the

fingers
Koran

dim

weariness

Instantly

to

sprang

attitude

slightly back.
dust,

him.

him

the

menacing

the

PROPOSITION

ASTONISHING

Confronting

tense.

III

before
26

following."

Grimly.

AN

PROPOSITION

ASTONISHING

"But

this

this is

"

if he, too, had

though uncertain, as
to

wisdom

the

and

"In

tones,

doubts

some

propriety of his

enough.

courteous

man's

place.'* The

no

27

were

purpose,

Allah's

name,

where

I am."

as

hesitate

no

longer, but come."


"I

am

"What
"I

comfortable

very
do

fear.

not

know

"We

are

hour?"

sleepy

too

am

whom

those

accompany

stir.

to

?"
honorable

benefactors

"Do

Only

should

Besides, why
do

fear?"

you

don't

Quietly.

come

as

the

sky?

men,

fall from

factors."
bene-

your

this

And

at

and

for

Significantly.

"Deign

follow

to

and

some

us,

find

and

days condescend

out

to

"

become

our

night
to-

ored
hon-

guest."
"Guest?"

Had

he

heard

is

clothed

given

and

"You

You

trap.

no

but

seek

to

will

fat purse

make

dervish

trap is this?"

laughed derisively."What
"It

The

aright?

be

well

into the
merry

at

fed, finely

bargain."
my

expense."

Wearily.
"Words

of

truth

alone

fall from

our

lips.

We

28

ALADDIN

hither

sent

were

The

FROM

dervish

"Perhaps

BROADWAY

find you.'*

to

started

sHghtly. "To

I should

have

said, you

ragged holy man," answered


"Another

would

have

find me?"
or

the visitor with

done

well,

as

other

any

smile.

and

he

were

that."
"Is it

so

errand."

words

do

not

with

comport

your

Bluntly.

"Why,
In

Your

what

can

know

you

of

errand

our

yet?"

"

surprise.
"You

sent

were

by

certain

lying fellow."

The

saddler,

dervish's

reputable
dis-

very

eyes

gleamed

any

saddler.

challengingly.
"A

At

saddler?

least,not
The

carry

We

know

nothing of

in this matter."

speaker's tones
conviction.

were

The

and

earnest

dervish

calculated

to

regarded him

more

went

ly,
eager-

closely.
"Deign
"and
"Who

to

I
are

vizier

come

riches

and

demanded

do

as

we

promise
you
to

lightly.

will be

you

man

well

Harun-al-Raschid

tempt

luxuries

ask," the

poor

of the world

holy

on

treated."
and
man

his

grand

with

?" the dervish

the
now

AN

ASTONISHING

"We

claim

can

of

PROPOSITION

visitors

the

glances with

his

spoke he

exchanged

meaning

half-witted," murmured

latter.

the

"All

better

the

for

from

voce

but

are

abruptly, "are

"Am
was

I?"

In

worthy of

fowl

stuffed

ago.

hungry?"

you

the dervish's

with

little cafe

place at

voice

such

"

fish dressed

has

with

stew

cabob

"

oil; a boned

"

pistachionuts

"

caliph of Bagdad,"

muttered
form

in human

geni, come

which

near,

prophet's right hand

the

kawurmeh

it is the

"Or

dervish.

skewers;

on

"Truly

of

be had

may

roasted

Harun-alcenturies

many

spite of himself

I know

"Because

where

"We

"Why?"

eager.

cook

dervish:

Damascus.

indulgently, "died

tell me,"

the

to

of

plain citizens

Raschid,"
But

Then

other.

the

Sotto

purpose."

our

...

most
the fore-

companion.

dervishes

"Most

As

distinction."

such

no

29

to

the
ment
tor-

me."
The
in the

other

may

divined

have

holy one's

eyes

rolling his

words

delicaciesjn his mouth

for he
as

famished

that

went

if he

on

were

more

glint
ously,
unctu-

rolling over

is very
when

famous

for

has

only

one

"

large

one

have

dined

for

is renowned

cook

in

drew

certain

breath

his

is the

drink

sweet

of
with

this very

alas, for

But

hand.

unattainable,

"

of
me

at

lips

one

has
ished
fin-

and

when

sun-ripened
ful
this wonder-

"

the

are

these

present,

ments
accomplishAnd

at the

seat

hastily,

rather

interestingman.

he is worthy

you

the

"

enumerated
sufficiently

"you have

He

"

"Then

eyes.

think," interrupted the dervish

"I

on

appetite. When

repletion,there

to

and

watermelon,

It melts

by rollinghis

his sentence
you

small

honey

or

sugar

his pastry.

He

"

BROADWAY

with

sweetened

"Kunafeh,

FROM

ALADDIN

30

I agree

prophet's right

delicacies
the

as

den
forbid-

delights

of

Paradise, itself!"
if you

"Not

the

"We

pay."
pay

him.

"Oh, that is
over

us."

Promptly.

How
small

do

I pay

matter.

youf*

We'll

talk

about

it

good things to eat."

the

"I'd

with

price?"

"But

"You

go

rather

"Here's

talk
very

of the intruders

about
honest

nodded

it before

I eat

fellow, indeed

approval

to

his

them."
!"

And

one

companion.

ASTONISHING

AN

"Truly,
the

some

else is

one

"Some

found

!" assented

him

waited.

slightone

"

going

are

lucky."

else,of course!"

one

dervish

The

we

have

to

31

other.

"Or

very

lucky

are

we

PROPOSITION

"There

perform

you

can

do

for

to

is

slightservice
in return

for

"

all

you," said the spokesman

softly.
is it?"

"What
"Get

married."

"Eh?

What?"

"Get

married.

"All !
"It
not

What

is

no

is all."

That

of

manner

You

jest.

jest is this
to

are

?"

get married

and

yet

not

get

get married."
"How

can

and

yet

?"

married

"It is very
You

marry.

times

get married

man

in the

"Divorce

simple. You
have

only

made

to

of

presence

and

marry
say

then

divorce

you

you'

un-

three

witnesses."

easy!"

Ironically.

"It is the law."


"The

"What

Mohammedan

know

law
we

of

any

"

yes."
other?"

In

surprise.

ALADDIN

32

"True."

Hastily. "But

"To

meet

"Oh

!"

He

dervish

was

studied

portlyman,

And

his

is like unto

pea

why

I to

am

get

ried?"
mar-

little exigency."

The

doubt

no

BROADWAY

FROM

itor.
closelyhis vis-

more

well-to-do

shopkeeper,

companion resembled
"When

another.

am

him

as

I to get

one

ried?"
mar-

"To-morrow."
*The
"It

prophet forbid!"
be

can

"Whom
"A

arranged."
I

am

going

to

marry?"

lady of quality."

"Old?"

"Young."
"Beautiful?"
"As

an

visitors

The
at

spoke

as

were

the

at

time

it

and

moment

same

was

duet; both
their

voices

one.

They

made

noticed

not

this dervish

her

was

so

You

might,

ugly."

this evidence

altogether

houri!

"An

frowned.

dervish

least, have

part,

This

houri!"

with

of

displeasure on

his

disapproval. Obviously

holy that

the younger

and

morq

ALADDIN

34

FROM

BROADWAY

"Unfortunately,she being both


to-day thoughtlesslysaid, did
that

disturbed

illustrious patron.
he

Then, in

declared

the

thought

or

beneficent

witnesses

summoned

manner,

the

and

thing
some-

of

temper

inadvertent

an

cent
inno-

and

young

our

moment,

thrice, in

solemn

triple divorce, which

is

divorce, indeed."
"

'Solemn

?"

manner'

"And

amusement.

the tall one?

But

without

doubt,

law

the

you'.

rich

friend, the

unceremoniously
"She

fore
thrice be-

will," bowing
is

thrust

upon

was

constitutes,

That

Allah, the lady

pressed
ex-

his house

declared

to

the

iously,
ceremon-

longer

no

diamond

did she relish this new-found

How
so

proceed. He

prophet whose

your

said

tone

legalseparation. According

"is that of
to

dervish's

you

*I divorce

witnesses

of

The

ried
mar-

merchant.

freedom

that

was

her?"

copiously."

wept

"What?"
"As

if her heart

would

break."

With

mournful

shake

of the head.

"Indeed?"
for the

Dryly.
of

sound

They looked
she realized

at

"That,

wailing wafted
him

fullywhat

no

doubt,
even

here."

suspiciously."She
she had

done."

accounts

wept

after

AN

ASTONISHING

PROPOSITION

"Oh, after ?" murmured


not?

First

waved

his hand

"At
the

scornful

he had

what
her
would

airily. "Go

she

as

done.

The
to

he

lady, as

the law, to

"Quite!
from

She

two

forth

is set

"Exactly!"
dervish

so

in the

They

"That

learned

much

in the

stand?"
under-

you

be divorced

the

that

one

claim

of

law

the
was,

of

All

her.

verse

Book

their
he

approval
knew

even

of

the

verses.

I learned

said the dervish.

regrets having

Well,

Koran, chapter two,

nodded

of the sacred

numbers

thence

twenty-six."

and

hundred

"

to

place and

home, and

number

through remarriage, again

He

obliged,according

before

two,

prophet permits husband

which

gave
for-

difficulties.

are

again and

marry

number

husband

and

own

until

old

her

to

been

her

to

must

gretted
re-

magnanimously

were

has

bring her,

not

may

her

There

return

he

and

once,

imploringly at his feet.

divorcee

at

He

restored

position,but alas!

He

on."

almost

knelt

have

even

tears!"

grief,the tender heart of

her

melted

merchant

"Well, why

laughter, then

spectacleof

the

the dervish.

35

divorced

at

El-Azhar, and much

"Also, that when


his

wife,

he

side,"
be-

husband

has

been

ALADDIN

36

known,**
or

FROM

shrewdly,
poor

"to

look

for

around

is called

who

man,

BROADWAY

mustahall

grim
pil-

some

band
hus-

or

of convenience."
"That

is it. You

don't.

It must,

the formalities
of fact, we
"No

doubt

"You

rest

charge of

have

even

her.

to

and

brief for

Then

meditation

clothes

and

after the

From

the

to

the bride

see

by, you

the

the

diamond

man.

after

you're

of

two

or

matter

ceremony."

second

day

earn

merchant.

to

What

new

few

richer

the

Amad,

remarry

could

quiet,

your

thereupon depart,

happier, leaving her free

and

As

by divorcing before

witnesses, the lady, and

you

legally done, though

you

gone

fat purse

her, but

divorcee.

when

have

take

you

be

course,

of that !"

won't

married

of
are

take

just say

be

better?"

his fat hands.

Rubbing

indeed?

"What,
ideal way

to

it

put

get married!

marriages

unhappy

You

convincingly.

There

if all

wouldn't

people got

be

married

An
any

like

that."

"Of
welees

or

rather

weak

and

This

not"

course

those

"favored

in his wits.

bland.

The

of

holy

heaven,"

His

emissaries

smile

like

man,

now

many

certainly

was

was

like
child-

of the rich diamond

ASTONISHING

AN

PROPOSITION

however,

merchant,
"How

old

did

humored

you

him

by being patient.

lady was?"

the

say

37

"Seventeen."
divorced

"And
"

The

"

"But

time,
has

prophet,

"This

passed

"It

mocking

be

the

to

make

her

^this

"

happy?"

benefactor, then?"

great

partieswould

"They

would."

"Then

why

"You

have

very

according

With

doubt."

"Both

the

him?"

would

lady

"

indeed."

man,

me

mournfully.

gaiety.

"No

read

to

ty
for-

would."

should

The

she's

successor-to-be

my

line when,

the

marriage

head

treated

becomes

man

his

I mean,

enemy,

volatile young

rather

"I

the

before

Why,

shook
"

has

"He

dervish

predecessor

my

how

already!

don't."

dervish
what

face

lay
half

been
than

should

bless

me

?"

Expansively.

I hesitate?"

Persuasively.
made

no

behind

the

turned

from

startled.

they knew.

Could

answer.

More

inscrutable
them
was

To

have

expression of

now,

involved

become

they

the

they

would

in his decision

bridegroom

ALADDIN

38
of

blushing

that would
in

FROM

BROADWAY

and

seventeen

then

be difficult. He

not

dissolve

to

would

be

the tie
"

ing
participat-

formality, lending himself

mere

to

transaction, frequently employed


Mohammedans
desired
had

they

back

that

from

set

offset

But

It

purse.
honest

was

enough
and

divorced
to

the

bold

gallantry had
fool to have

quarrel

enough

to

about

the

of

age

faded

satirical look

eyes,

but

nearly

cost

risked

it !

immediately
him

the

and

want

an

get

to

turn
re-

teen!
seven-

lady of the

for

moment

returned.

His

good beating. What

cudgeling for

yet

money,

perpetual infelicity.Sweet

of

was

needed

he

people would

they
needs

present

make

to

way

foolish

be

then

pastry-shop. The
from

if

one,

state

That

queer

Were

"

of Damascus

out

get

ones

His

advantages?

To

urgent.

of
possibilities

the

serious

of anger

moment

among

lost their tempers

who
in

them.

certain

by

were

He

which

complications,more

other

husbands

when

monplace
com-

woman

laughed softly,derisively.
"You

have

decided?"

portly

inquired

the

answer.

"Eat, drink and

man

curiously.
"To

the cafe !"

be merry,

was

for to-morrow

the

we

"

get married

!"

ly

CHAPTER

LIGHT

THE

dervish

o'clock,
the

had
or

oriental

dervish's

ostentation.

the

on

second,
do

guests

elaborate
even

so,

occidental
The

the

be

to

of

the

regaled

with

march

or

the

mudnat,

or

far

is

ceremony

are

from

tle
lit-

spousal

before,

are,

The

omitted.

by

"

widow,

comparatively

details

girls,

"

"

sprightly

tertainments
en-

female

singers.

groom,

and

But

served.

simple,

no

from

an

standpoint.

suit

new

on

of

case

six

dyer
before

night

occasion,

dancing

dyer, bearing
a

hand

third,

repasts,

the

high

and

the

girl, unmarried

expect

torch-bearers

the

with
of

young
or

not

in

at

five

Sabbagh,
of

number

by
No

friend

conducted
A

of

ceremonies

El

marriages

are

day,

next

between

As

time.

out,

divorcee,

married

was

portly

pointed

LIFE

somewhere

or

noon,

OF

the

day

of
of

bundle

clothes,
the

which

took

wedding.
39

the

proved
dervish

to

tain
con-

early in

ALADDIN

40

"You

FROM

put these

can

"while

garments,

about

arrange

the

house

dyer's
"Who

and

Light of Life,

see

to

dowry."

comfortably

the

said, indicating the

he

on,"

go

"Light of Life?"
more

BROADWAY

The

dervish

the

on

where

cushions
he

is she?

stretched
of

himself
divan

the

temporarily

was

in

ciled.
domi-

prospective relative of

Some

mine?"
"Your

mother-in-law.

though," dubiously, "a

"You

for

/ have

mean

"Well, Amad

and

then

"It

kind
a

has

she

The
way,

be

is?"

hand

at

gain."
bar-

Reaching

dowry?"

what

"Fatma."

give it for you."

to

to

!
go

First

he

to

admire

dyer
did

you

gave
say

his wife,

me

briously.
suggestion." Lugu-

With

situation?"

the

dominates

gives

her."

with

Light of Life's

laugh. "I begin

the

give

to

him

of

dowry
at

was

"And

close

rather

woman,

of coffee.

cup

"Very

charming

mother-in-law

my

him
the

curious

name

look.

of my

mensely.
im-

"By

wife-to-

ALADDIN

42

had

host

been

good

as

of

weight

ambergris

The
the

brass, holding

of

satisfaction.
well.

so

dream?

awoke

the

in

enclosed

resembling

his

gave

said

rubbed
the
he

the

to

in

hands

"

and

"

an

hour

later

unbelievingly.He

night before
upon

fared

Was

it all

of

role

be

wooden

"

promptu
im-

lying
walls

stricted
ceiling re-

of

consideration

paneling.
A

girl of
the

for

girl,
mined
illu-

an

summons.

barber,"

dyer returned,
had

he

afterthought.

brought

holy
disreputable-looking

he

an

four

but

an

the

sigh

vagabond;

the

slave

"Send

cup

had

tobacco!

more

his last command

his eyes

now

pattern

order,

half

gazed

yet.

manuscript, answered

suddenly,

When

he

mosque,

conventional

the

eastern

He

the

gaze

clapped his

He

in

"

overhead

confused

grance.
fra-

delicate

Rightfully he should
of

upward

unusual

the

sleep

to

awake!

him, while

somewhat

down

long since

gone

were

carat

the last of it from

out

hardly awake

little court

the

coffee

proved

dainty porcelain,with

bridegroom.
now

provided

the

set

was

had

if he

"

then

It

He

lend

to

had

and

even

poured

felt

He

his word

had

dervish

coffee-pot,and

of

BROADWAY

as

hospitable. He

most

FROM

he

home
man;

OF

LIGHT

"A

43

gallant of gallants!" he exclaimed.

face
he

LIFE

clean

was

looked

shaven.

like

sheik

of

beard

had

Attired

well-born

been.

and

The

desert.

the

"Did

in his

guest's

garments,

new

distinguished young
stared

dyer
not

you

His

regret

where
to

the

part with

it?"
should

"Why

Do

Am

I?

wish

not

hadji (pilgrim)
to

represent

groom?
bride-

or

friend

your

worthily ?"
The

argument

displayed an

had

in thus

be

pleased

"Why,
he

the

part of

the

real

I'm
So

if he

brother

own

he ?" returned

satisfied
a

ness.
flaming insigniaof holi-

scarcelyknew

whether

would

not

you,"

know

length.

at

"Wouldn't

for

as

vish
der-

not.

or

your

said,

and

acted

dyer

the

Still the

largeness of spirit

unexpected

dispensing with
The

to

unanswerable.

was

conventional
for this

reason

didn't

contingency,

remote

the

He

smile.

dervish

the

change

add

rather

with

liar
pecu-

that to provide
than

bridegroom,

to

had

of appearance.

look
been

"Well,

ready."
they sallied forth,

bridegroom

on

an

ass

not

and

too

ostentatiously,the

the

dyer astride

of

ALADDIN

44

FROM

BROADWAY

sturdy little donkey, and


of

house.

presently drew

thick-lipped,ebony-hued bowwab,

doorkeeper, of ferocious
the

at

been

time

same

without

the

to

the

"Yes;

I am,

was

said

the

dyer,

not

been

I have

see

should

order

"Humph!"

she

there

are

no

on

said

with

have

in

served

dervish

indeed,

and

eyes,

misgiving,

"

in

good-for-nothing

shrewish

rags

that

dyer

amiable

his most
him
!

last

Of

the

ingly.
reassur-

occasions

slaves, owing

to

I had

course,

"In

smile.
in the

night," put

neighbors

muttered.

such

voice.

jected
good-for-nothing," inter-

seen

dyer hastily. "Such

slave

hastily; her

man

one," replied the

dervish

the

up,

apparently

forward.

"You

young

find," she

is such

him

had

came

suspicion, doubt

it

"This

"You

once

pair;

the

into him.

supposed
were

at

bridegroom!"

shone

fairlybored

you

them

regarded

which

"I

who

woman

or

promise, oh, Light of Life."

my

She

aspect, admitted

complacency.

some

to

true

in

veiled

waiting for

"Behold

in front

up

"

my

as

this ;

the

cursed

you

to

dress

stand?"
under-

early days
now

because

Christians,

LIGHT

must

we

knows

trust, madam,"

make

and

in

gather

Allah

she

He

from

The

When

her.

she

tongue

for them

as

for those

presence,

every

mysterious
toward

the

leading out

was

stood

the

if

dagger-tipped.

had

"cursed

to

now

an

closed ; the

inated
Dom-

comer

of the

and

It

by like

the

temple.
dervish

large

watcher

met

back

with

expression

an

malicious

and

the young

man

infernal

black

guardian

demons

overgrown

oriental

that

as

cunning,

while
straightened

presence

The

eye

and

door

giant

act

seemed

glanced

that

the

had

The

street.

big

strike.

dervish

the

to

tians",
Chris-

aflfection

much

as

it would

The

entrance

near

of those
sentinels

fairlyto radiate

of

nook

look.

uncanny

to

Follow."

suggested lurking perils.

house

howwab

she

that

adder

an

her

by

as

time

no

specialatmosphere

seemed

spoke

was

might divine

listener

back

which

is

be here.

soon

in

walked

all her own,

her

silent

guests will

She

obeyed.

venom

sourly, "there

returned

further.

politely,"to

husband."

good

dervish

the

said

daughter

your

"Well,"

of

45

whom."

"I

look

LIFE

highways

the

to

go

OF

of

gestive
sugouter

as

of

the

latter looked
to

savor

of

involuntarily

his gaze

became

ALADDIN

46

keen

more

strode

he

FROM

alert.

and

after

The

the

smooth

he

and

BROADWAY

Without

through

woman

had

be

to

careful.

"Wait

like

glided ahead

!"

had

of

affectation
felt

at

for

him

in.

How

He

door

locked.

strode

outside

"

Light
when

the

to

of

him

temporarily from

md

folk?

to

accord

him

if he

as

natural

place

altogether

not

was

but

threshold
had

turned

was

in there

the

the

key

on

prisoner? Well,

merely

inquisitivewomen

to

get

door

out.

sequester
servants

strange

was

The

find

to

couldn't

Still, he

bridegroom.

dervish,

act

most

Certainly this
a

The

dyer,

unnaturally quiet it

how

leaving. He

they locked

other

the

Life

exactly, perhaps.

"inent

The

tried to

he

She

room.

slightly strained

attempt

quiet

to

appear

vanished.

were

The

Had

or

small

with

around

if this

as

be

to

was!

not

at

then

nonchalance;

home,

successful.

the

not

mysteriously disappeared.

left alone, looked

nearly

he

specter.

They had arrived

spoke the single word,


too,

did

pery
slip-

were

Once

woman

way.
door-

narrow

steps leading upward

plunged forward, but the


notice ; she

hesitation, however,

looked

treat-

solid

substantial; the sunlight,gleaming grudgingly

hrough

lattice,showed

it to

be

of

old-fashioned

LIGHT

Was

construction.

beat

when

without,

somewhere
Sadi's!

he

"

What

dervish

listened

Now

deeper,
forced
Sadi

in this

laugh. Of

that

course

could

unreasonable

was

have

been

suppose

him

not
to

The

whole

tion
proposi-

by

the

dyer,

to

an

complicated

end

in

continued

slightlytilted, while
charged with
yet the

wooden

from

smote
screen

another

stand

At

fashion.

the

He

another

him.

air

presence,
one

end

beyond

was

seemed

alone

was

and

close

of the

separating this cell


room;

he

his head
stock-still,

him

waves.

Still

and

devious

and

around

cognizance of

hand, suddenly
a

to

vibrating

clear; it could

roundabout

most

lined
out-

as

ulterior motives.

or

is subtle

mind

dervish

The

logical and

was

man

young

(the dervish's) employment,

moves

was

The

ensued.

seemed

which

Silence

his

no

The

"

for

Oriental's

an

saddler's

the

to

Unreasonable!

house.

veiled

have

It

him.

to

sworn

nothing.

there.

out

voice,

attentively,
holding his breath.

ominous,

more

telling

was

doing there, unless

more

heard

he

might

well-remembered

have
he

was

If so, he

walls, he

wafted

was

would

tones.

those

on

man's

47

place a trap ?

the

his fists in vain

himself,

LIFE

OF

or

at

room

ment
apart-

darkness.

ALADDIN

48

FROM

thought he heard

He

indrawn
not

breath.

see

burning

It

gaze.

salaamed
"Sir

He

began

Madam!"

He

closed

and

words

evoked

him.

Hazards

no

on

feel

that

disconcerting.

good

enter

look,"

The

he

his

grasped
the

hand

courteous

began

to

nearer

could

as

be

respectful

cloak

anger

not

can

his

handle.

and

strode

his most

under

hard

that

sunshine

"Take

and

up

almost

most

used

response

irritating. He
much

him

could

politely,

or

touched

quick

he

one

looking

be

to

caught

some

could

of salutation, though

form

to

move

most

are

As

screen.

figure.

here

limned

his

said

boldly, "whoever

are!"

you
A

know
and

seemed

It

face

changed.

be

incapable
a

peep

laughed. "Woman's

of

reminiscent

was

found

He

screen.

"Taking

It

no

your

toward
did

he

"

sound

"

who

man

himself

experiencing
at

wafted

was

another

heard

He

that

perfume

vaguely

of what.
his

to

of

breath

faint

him.

as

now

him,

studying him.

down,

He

knew

regarding

was

and

movement

He

BROADWAY

not

not

sigh ?

"

stood

hind
be-

blase

so

thrill.

husband-to-be?"

curiosity!Well,

what

he
do

you

LIGHT

think

of

this

piece of masculine

"Fie!

answer.

for

time
lock

wife
The

she

said

In

went.

he

gazed

the

saddler,
had

And

voice.

his

"

larger apartment

His

is

present

the
very

wekeel

her.

guests
is

substitute

held

now

She

are

usually

too

old

The

properly conducted.

dervish
familiar

to

be

ding
wed-

is, for

never

hammedan
Mo-

without

her.
She

go-between,

or

voice

does

the

bride's

and

dyer.

himself.

dispensable.

yet

spared

he

people and

that

conducted

are

which

friend, the

good

substitute

ones.

the

suspicions,though

only in spirit;a wekeel,

The
the

his

indispensable and

for

in

The

going

was

there.

weddings
She

had

relief Sadi, the

heard

momentary

dervish

wasn't

bride

his

to

had

there

wronged

of

gathering.

he

His

blithely the

He

to

number

the

fancied

had

natural,

were

obviously
own

talk!"

entered.

among

only

No

key again turned

sharply, but

not

was

then

More

them

at

merchandise?"

curtly.

conducted, there

was

49

won't

who

Light of Life

"Come,"
He

more.

no

and

LIFE

OF

hardened

present

Although

the

swers
an-

ing.
consent-

blushes,
to

ceremony

the

is

groom

as

supply
was

had

ALADDIN

50

looked

never

couldn't
The

to

go-between

He

had

the

present

They

to

Then
"

continued

holy

give it

one.

They

were

The

bliss.

He

spectacleof

the

"

and
the

of

and

to

of

^to

"

good

own

reallythe

from
make

one

to

too

fortune
be

Those

Koran.

the

occasion

the

not

up

Their

was

and

for

to

by

not

elated.
mony
cere-

doubt,

no

felicity. Amad
"

him

after the

calculated

congratulated

down

too

appear

overwhelmed

nestness
ear-

petitionsin

loud

pictured
to

nerve

called

They

dyer slippingout

bridegroom's being
his

They

progress!

"Now

done.

repair to the palace of Amad,

report

sidered
con-

solemnity.

shouted

strove

been

straining every

of

bridegroom's behalf.

garden

to

really touching.

kindly encomiums

just the right

was

verses

best

verisimilitude

was

the

chant

thee,"

from

murmured

trick

to

allowed

was

have

to

one

the

tight.

betroth

accept

well, with

their

doing

"I

some

and

to

(he

enough

not

"

"I

answered

very

ably
presum-

tighter.

voice) :

"

blessing

were

seem

had

and

fast and

announced:

answered

decorous.
may

married

own

degree of ardency

married

was

had

he

in his

answer

etc.

he

been

have

thee," etc., and

BROADWAY

the face of his bride

upon

would,

never

He

FROM

prevent
a

sense

was

he, the pres-

LIGHT

OF

LIFE

For

ephemeral bridegroom.

ent

be but

name

like those

other

marrying

her

51

him, Fatma
Fatmas

would

in the

story

books.
Even

while

leaped

it

thee, Fatma,"
"took".

At

freak

of

shop

had

but

he

had

recurred

gazed

and

if he

cared!

child,"

was

She

had

and

big luminous
beautiful

eyes

eyes

"

"

or

Exit

her.

But

all, whom

and

that

"

reprehensible,

other

that

She

time

had

them

his lesson.

As

personal
im-

Who

^mattered

gazed

him

at

deny they
had

had

praised! A

be

"

he

only

were

eyes

Allah

matron

he

eyes

contemplate

or

time

whom

"

Whither?

on.

had

fallen

some

very

was

had

the

by

he

It

he wouldn't

might, perhaps, have


"

said, *'l take

lady of the pastry-

might,

gone.

versely
per-

of the

could

maid

and

come

at

passed

He

etc.

whether

"

he

artist

an

Fatma,

him, deep dark

For

as

he

her

then

had

eyes,

When

breast, into whose

his

who

dark

she

him.

to

thought of
to

had

thoughts

psychological moment,

fancy, the image

had

"burnt

not

was

this

caught

deep

another.

to

his

were

been

not.

with
very

when

he

madly in love with them


was

past.

Exit

camels!

lady !

From

these

frivolous

considerations

of

the

past.

ALADDIN

52

BROADWAY

FROM

rudely recalled

somewhat

he

was

to

his immediate

rested,

swift

on

intentness,

stepped
was

at

in when

now

of

one

the house

or

other

to

speak,

the

act,

as

guests.
gone

But
and

the

drew

the

dervish
the

other

and

had

been
reason

some

waited

for him

inevitable; it
continued

was

stand

to

of

unconscious

the

the

forward

saddler

irony of

and

duced
intro-

person

who

bridegroom.

relative of Amad,"

said

the

introducing.

"Distant

relative,did you
So

Sadi

ominous?

bridegroom,
dyer's words

was

He
; he

about

say?"

there

was

portended nothing else


or

for

away

he

over

motionless.

now

to

for

about

Probably

had

He

myth.

was

The

waits

one

however,

"Distant

smiled.

the

one,

him

did the

ceremony

"

there, in

stood

no

with

late-comer

was

the

returned.

and

grim, silent
Some

He

earlier,had

moment.

tense

him.

cynically

first casually, then

at

Yes, that person

flesh, before

and

present

eyes,

newcomer,

Sadi, the saddler!


the

His

surroundings.

introspective,had

the

to

had

as

"

did
not

his "own

not

The

man

young

relative;his

ence
pres-

nothing

more

ing,
alarm-

know

who

he, the

recognized him.
brother"

not

The

knowing

LIGHT

him

saluted

men

53

only those of the

as

The

bridegroom.

the

faith greet

same

other.

each

"Teiyheen!"
"Allah
That

all.

was

other's

in the least

But

is

"You

graceful

set

as

fervently.

the

in it

bridegroom
expression

an

ordeal, however,
The

close.

heart

my

twice

divined

and

puzzled. The
to

dervish

or

tunately
for-

was

paid wekeel

now

the bride

praises of

sing the customary

to

"She

once

gaze

coming
began

Sadi.

muttered

bless thee," said the

felt the

to

LIFE

reassuringly to

recurred

two

OF

gazelle."
fire,"the bridegroom

on

had

answer.

"Her
He

lipsare
made

"And
the

as

handsome

ladies present, with

"Can
with

you

him

sugar."

appropriate reply.

an

what

of

sherbet

blame

bridegroom
little

of

an

daughter for falling in

my

veil!

how

of

love

?"

ugly

Around

he

had

must

be

him

the

The

bridegroom

and, in spiteof the thrill

acknowledgment

the moment,

And

one

giggle.

Light of Life actuallysaid that.


bowed

!" said

to

What

laugh.

the

face

other

concealed

women

woman

by that

moved

like

ALADDIN

54

black

FROM

shadows.

All

the

vivaciously ^allexcept
ill-omened

immovable.

to

mosque,

to

become

to

wasn't

he

The

task.

holy enough

whom

one

and

set

be taken

to

or

"

her

and

word

no

become

finished

now

go

pray

first time,

the

wekeel

had

said

had

talking

now

were

who

countenance

The

bridegroom

guests

Sadi,

"

whose

BROADWAY

away,

to

see,

for

to

going

to

see

at all.

Bidding ceremonious

farewell

in-law. Light of Life,


male

relatives

knew

not.

The

last the

The

gazing after

left the

he

of

^whether

"

man

him

with

bent

bridegroom's aplomb, something like


itself down
Sadi
or

now

; that

already
He

learn

they

had

intrusive

would

found

him

put

substitute

and

how

the

saddler

draw!

cold chill insinuate

The

involuntarilyhe hastened

dervish

of

sure

probably would,
two

and

his steps.

"

to

where

appeared.

conclusions
could

gether.
to-

two

bridegroom,

he had

these inquirieswhat
afte^-.tnaking

was

spiteof the

likely question the dyer

most

this

to

he

felt less

He

individual

beginning

was

about

more

his back.

he

of them.

person

in

four

Amad,

not

and

brows,

with

or

was

of that

saw

mother-

new

house

bride

the

saddler, however,

young

his

to

And

would

imagine, and
He

wished

to

ALADDIN

56
into

silence
do

to

and

began

BROADWAY
fear

to

that

resign himself.

except

Allah

and

FROM

disposes.

there

But

man

great hubbub

ing
noth-

was

proposes

in the

arose

street.

"Hi!
had

yi!"

procession of donkeys and

stampeded. Distracted

thither; they bore


carried

him

him.

that.
made

He

himself

he couldn't

managed

to

he

current,

what

part of the

was

corner,

it

Street

the

was

tricks

play

for

around
Nonsense!

didn't.
He
Now
in

and

called

in

little

him?

on

"

that

was

have

was

or

flutter out

there,

if he

wish

further
here

here, he would

he

and

let her be

go
as

to

from

away.

the

at

He

eyed

him

here?

would

stand

unknown?

fair

He

her?

see

his

of his

In

Yonder

now!

pastry-shop.

see

he

come

kidnaping

side lane.

narrow

glimpse of the
should

Nothing

to

just

finallyhe

fate landed

had

why

and

was

When

from

with

way

he

escape;

Straight

certain

another

never

to

city? Ah, he knew

Why

would

bridegroom

along, this

himself

stood

furtively. Now

To

and

help himself.

separate

human

borne

trying

not

was

to ;

the

upon

hither

rushed

off; unwittingly they absconded

found

He

down

people

camels

thoughts.
accord.

own

Let

beautiful

as

her
a

ter
flut-

dream

LIGHT

"

he would

other

last

what

his

he

not

him.

and

stranger, of grave

dressed

in

the

bridegroom
prior to
been

the

swept

stampede ?

in

fear

have

you

where

of

; that

your

"If

serve

move

man

was

had
was

When?
it.

was

Just

They had

parentl
ap-

far away.

cloak," said the

you

is

The

servant.

other, too, had

the

not

or

torn

respectfulaccents.

the house

Yes

together and

on

to

This

before.

him

emerged here,
"I

him.

attire

seen

shop of

dignifiedbearing, though

and

humble

had

be.

guardian relatives who

addressed

now

it would

attentively. No, it

person

of the quartet of

one

just

about

spoke

to

know

the

upon
was

one

his business.

what

delights and

regarded this

overtaken
a

back

placidly as

didn't

or

was,

his

turned

some

He

vague.
now

succulent

when

He

"

rather

was

However,

away,

57

about

permitted

"business"

thousand

LIFE

repair placidly" that is,as

circumstances

This

OF

will

near

come

with

I shall

and

see

man

me,

that

it is mended."

"Very

kind

mechanically.
were

not?

He

of

you,"

These

common.

wanted

time

courtesies
He

the

bridegroom

between

medans
Moham-

returned

followed

to think. He

was

the other.
at

Why

libertyand

ALADDIN

58
had

he

not

to

but

He
hands

and

should

he

the

winds?

He

could

And

do?

hear

become

to

the

he

disastrous
The

to

house,
A

him

and

door

opened

from

the street.
mansion.

within

of the

garden,

fastened

on

what

but

some

A
he
one

band!"
hus-

It

at
to

have

said,

in

stood

fountain

see

who

arose

person
mentary
mo-

consider.

He

best

least

or

hard.

think

close

by.

dervish, shutting

flowering

in the

tinkled

did not

to

least,find

to

was

the

on

that

was

would

sheytan

continued

where

course

closed
He

literallyto

The

dervish

would,

had

the other

as

What

exactly gallant.

one.

the house

He

pursue.

wife

opportunity

then

determine

tion.
considera-

do?"

be

The

at

"

certainly growing.

(the bridegroom)
refuge and

could

toss

truly big

dyer!

stayed ?

wailing: **Lost!

was

guide;

after his

served,

all

them

problem

(devil) take
walk

shall
to

"

girl wringing her

it wouldn't

^hum!

"

His

promised

yet

stay

all women,

certain

poor

wailing: "What

? To

If he

detested
a

his captors,

to

him

with

them

picture the

could

await

he

course

treat

return

Fatma

poor

"

Of

must

man

went

dervish!

poor

he

might afterward

If he

go ?

Should

away.

run

what

and

BROADWAY

FROM

it.

His

from

eyes

space

center
were

its marble

LIGHT

edge.
him

At

the

schooled

All

poise.
His

heart,

two.

Had

and

Two

at

as

against
his

previous

into

jumped
Tale

One

59

who

servant

had

vision.

He

surprises,

but

thoughts

from

Thousand

brought

The

disappeared.

hardened,

though
he

LIFE

the

mysteriously

stared

well

time

same

thither

OF

himself

thought
this

groom
bride-

upset

one

his

a-glimmering.

went

accelerated

Tale

One

and

beat

Thousand

Three?

or

CHAPTER

IN

WAS

IT

the

for

look

Why?

He

himself

to

there,

felt

and

with

moment

place.

freedom;
different

further

As

his

on

the

was

"

second

or

it

her

that

he

in

perplexities

found
that

one

himself

stood

flowery

an

escaping

of

his

found
new-

into

plunged

promised

to

complicate
tion.
situa-

sufficiently embarrassing
was

immediate

meeting

the

he

lovely

been

had

thinking

occasion

with

her

appeal

"

60

and

had

of

the

absorbed

which

"

this!
he

when

personal

attractions

of

on

her,

pinching

that

that

tq

thither!

or

eyes

true

in
he

to

come

"

he

other

her

his

fronted
con-

going

brought

really

before

and

had

been

alone

already
that

he

rubbing
was

of

intention

no

"

now

role

Not

like

who

pastry-shop

had

reveling

bridegroom,

had

he

if

see

the

apparently

Or

nevertheless.

GARDEN

of

He

but

her,

THE

lady

him.

more

met

her,

it

lady

self
her-

him.

intimate

IN

basis

THE

esthetic

^brought no

"

made

pretense, this time, of

no

she

wore

the

freelyto

simply, naturally as
ashamed

at

look

gallant,but the

her

beauty!

Here

looked

her

at

him,

over

to

be

do

so

the

to

appeal of

preposterous.
in

man,

another

was

quite improper,

very

exhilarating. It

reallythe last,he told himself, though when

wasn't
he

be

it should

doubt

no

did not
endeavored

he

rather

courtyard. It

or

occasion

withal

"

as

the
"

she

newly-married

lady's boudoir,
though

him

struck

"

he,

was

situation

of

gaze

handiwork.

speak, but

to

face

effrontery

no

straightened; then

He

once.

felt

Allah's

at

for her

waited

He

this without

who

one

abashed

or

did

she

Yet

man.

young

ness;
loveli-

exposing her

unconsciously ardent

now

she

Moreover,

concealingher

veil whatever,

no

She

disappointment.

beautiful.

and

radiantly young

was

61

GARDEN

as

from

wave

in

dreamer

the

breath

warmer

sands

an

wafted

seemed

oasis

you," she said.

for

"So

imagined,"

"I had

to

"I

honored."

am

send

for

he

answered.

you."
He

bowed.

feels at

times

stices
through the inter-

of his cool retreat.


"I sent

sweeping

ALADDIN

62

That

was

far

as

his eyes
them

seemed

What

only

one

He

gave

He

would

eyes !

Not

her

have

not

pellucidclearness

fair!

be

surprised,though.

intrigue! He,

in the matter.
fall

the

her

white

looked

man's

words
seemed

with
and

in

hummed

they

nestle

big palm,

Most

his

"

understand

that

young,

was

not
a

to

cipal
prinHe

little hand,
little hand

for

or

was

It

role.

that

cosilyenough,
he

mind,

in his

unspoken

so

those

against the warm-hued


doubt, in

no

words

murmured
on

ear.

sudden

; fine

appropriateones

the

look.

feel flattered.

the

while

the

breathing them
them

She,

her

cared

one

snowflake

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gown.
a

as

Hum!

gown.

if

to

press

"

of

with

"

he

is

Orient.

cynic,ought

ought

knee

inviting enough,

tainly!
cer-

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in the

her

Especiallyas

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one

on

of

hem

it of

believed

so

should

that

did

her,

quick elderly-brother kind

An

do

women

intend

What

for him.

sent

haps
Per-

didn't

he

love to

make

them.

on

next?

do

to

to

had

why

^wells of

"

he

yet she

reason

fall

to

was

expect of him?
And

for the moment.

bold, though

too

were

be.

to

BROADWAY

they got

as

constraint

mutual

she

FROM

such

sheytan

eyes

glowed

ones

His

"

"

phrases. Did

she

read

culine,
insidious, if involuntary,mas-

telepathiccommunication?

ALADDIN

64
own

and

forbade,

"

take
she

FROM

and

sudden

for

sent

beggar ; she,

yet

because

him

the fine

He

would

was

that

to

be

of

these

Had

of

one

reciters
the

to

wonderful

porter variety! No,

no!

no,

possibilitybut there

the

always likes

who

sheytan again

on

be like

romance

tale

"

poor

miserable

did

Impossible! He, the

the

dismissed

have

present

of

tales

the

"

lady ! It would

hashish-steeped brains
princess and

sometimes

women

"

extraordinary fancies.

most

fantastic

those

BROADWAY

whispering absurd

occasions

in his brain.

fancies

he said, "are

"Madam,"

married?"

you

"I am."
He

shook

his

"Thank

he muttered.

did

meaning.

are

not

explain, nor

She

did not

had

she

known

of

way,

out

him

Of

wouldn't

she

did

know

in him.

merely thrown
sort

she said.

talking about?"

you

the dervish
have

for the cake !"

you

dog got." Listlessly.

the

one

"What
He

so,"

"Thought

mournfully.

cake?"

"What
"The

head

course

; he

he

she did not


not

did know,

the words

because

was

further

ask

in

He

his

nize
recog-

should

really. He
casual

mentally

less
hopeso

en-

IN

tangled by

THE

GARDEN

the divers and

63

complicated webs

ing
enmesh-

him.

She
her

was

nervously clasping and

now

hands.

likelyshe

She
had

had

hardly heard

wholly absorbed
she
to

looked

Her

would

poets

with
the

at

him.

see

enough,
Yet

he

but

as

or

but
a

he

didn't

has

half

anything.
"

not

The

to

It is not

contemplate ;

he

actively.

eyes

to

the

look

ments,
requiresublime,

After

all,

initiative;it is

expected

smiled; she
a

was

be moved,

the

it.

he

of its
irresponsibility

take

dervish

from

about

hurt

to

tractive
at-

women?

certain

meet

descent

really,but like

close your

to

and

to

something

"

set,

have

the

stances,
circum-

feelingthat

the

charming

passive creation.

now

eyes

was

scarcely

young

attractive

are

feel much

It doesn't

for

too

It

needs.

lay figure

own.

men

or

Though

own.

romantic

these

suddenly experienced

shifted, adjusted

seemed

mind

seemed

handsome,

not

lay figurein her

her

; most

the antithesis to what

it under
he

words

; her

she

man

was

gaze

was

them

thoughts of

young

have

for

forgotten his last

unclasping

figure in
at.

permitted his

He

brain

was

to

to
was

answer

far off

picture you
content

to

stop working

ALADDIN

66

"I sent
He

FROM

servant

my

nodded.
struck

she

told him

found

him

to

continued

"To

"But

?" he

he

did

how

to

"My

servant

"Words?"

went

know

dervish

made

very
as

to

was

you

ought

to

with

faint

flectio
in-

go

to

pray."

to

"

praying now."

be

to

He

seemed

have

to

that

words

say

would

bring

quickly.

on

words?"

Dully.

since you

"

here."

are

deprecatory gesture.

but

know,

much,"
the

you,"

there !"

supposed

ah, what

"Surely

fetch

absurdity into another.

one

here," she

far

his

there?"

frivolous.

were

from

jumped

as

mediatel
im-

know?"

you

were

you

accents

know

words

and

murmured

find you

would

"Yes," he said, "I'm

on.

hurriedly.

surprise. "Why

"I knew

The

These

the mosque

to

more

"Because

you

me."

went

being superfluous, like

as

go

the mosque
of

His

you," she

there.

presence
"I

find

to

"He

BROADWAY

added

he

I don't

I don't.

humbly.

"I

be
"Mayseem

didn't

to

get

mosque."

"You

didn't?"

"No.

With

the

she

said.

best

intentions

was

carried

off.

IN

it

But

not

was

"I don't
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THE

fault!

my

understand."

now

smile.

"I

"

of
but

him,

to

thought it

donkeys!"

the

spoke wonderingly.

humor

appeal

to

67

Blame

She

The

explained.

seemed

GARDEN

was

situation

the

didn't

she
for

soon

even

be

to

you

here,'*she said.
"I

tore

if I followed

mended
"I

see

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"That

now."

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your

was

was

just as

he

so

easy!"

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would

great mosque

attention.

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easy

to

"

studying him

gaze

prayed he

In the

muttered.

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"I feared

it

have

to

expressed enlightenment.

eyes

it

why

was

offered

man

him."

I did," he

I mean."

and

Your

coat.

my

clearly.

Helplessly.
I

difficulty,
though
kneel

not.

He

and

whisper words
to

was

here,

get you

to

was

make

hoped

near

to

you
attract

come."

you

More

excitedly.

so

"And

why

much

?" said the

"As

I told

you,

you

"There

"Ask

it!"

is
He

have

wanted

to

see

me

"

man.

it

the clear eyes

nearer,

should

was

shining

something

She

necessary."
with

I want

spoke readily.

came

ing.
suppressed feelyou

"But

to

do."

first,if you

68

will

pardon
I

know

"Then

"I

going

couldn't

"I

am

curiosity,

my

was

you

your

BROADWAY

FROM

ALADDIN

to

at

mosque

happen

you

to

all ?"

knowing."

help
are

the

did

how

wife,"

friend

she

of

said

the

family

simply.

?"

he

cried.

CHAPTER

SURPRISE

THE

/TY

"TV

Ah

"

"Quite

have

wife.

Can't

her

his chin.

front

of

about

that!

the

It didn't

her,

it had

there

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but
But

any
a

was

they

matter

how

all!

"wife"

was

bride

he, the
that

had

my

"

necessity of

Not

at

all!"

handsome;
for

dervish,

confounded

him,
him

he

or

to

began

he

know

her.

only

about,

come

in

him

married

"

"

again.
said.

repeating it ?" she

face.

her

on

"

didn't

it had

He

me

attracted

married

had

to

!"

one

she

"

"You

flush

at

"Not

that.

or

happened.

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much

she

then

and

"

had

though

"

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Pardon

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her

at

married.

without

she

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pastry-shop

married

had

married

prised.
sur-

appear

looked

and

just been

closely.

more

stroked

He

be

to

not

"So"?

her.

at

stopped

I've

so

looked
tried

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"

again.

studied

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?"

"

"My

He

WIFE!"

V A

VI

sultan,

he

there

was

if

wanted

didn't!

dyer had

69

He

absently.

answered

he

was

told

denying

no

of

sure

him

bride;

he

was

that.
to

ALADDIN

70

be married
to

and

to

feel very

to

imagine
the

Why,

the

"

himself

girlwas

He
or

her

to

he had
the

was

to

married",

dream,
Fatma
any

forward

were

annoyed.

he had

man

to

great effort of will

for hoodwinking

doing

whirlpool ; ideas danced


the

chips on

novelty of

his

honeymoon!

to

with

where

of

who

is "married

have

been

He
to

his

His

did

not

keep

on

moment.

It promised
And

tobacco

without

for the

gaze

have

and

lot of

the

imagine,

we

her,

placidperiod in

and

comforts

What

the

dreamed.

he had

calm

and

seething waters.

the

"

him.

see

realized!

lingered.

thought

his wife's

was

dyer's house,

sighed.

is seldom
and

to

creature
a

tried

stay, perhaps they didn't

exciting than

of

and

their part

This

with

of the

or

dervish

Or

bride!

other

and

indignant

ought

He

right to.

not

was

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mildly intoxicated, not

but

more

looked

benedict,

The

feel

him.

lovelier than

in it like

his

"

seclusion

coffee

now

beauty,

be

had

she wanted

"

about

wife!

His

he

both

even

! He

deceived

likelynot!

brain

began

married"

had

like this !

hers, alone

bobbed

be

reprehensible on

more

Most

His

They

indignant ;

him

know?

BROADWAY

yet "not

the bride.

see

All

FROM

looking

ing
be-

asking.

what

returned
to

we

to

exercise
at

her.

fj2,

ALADDIN

FROM

you?

You

The

red
a

fear?"
How

lipscurl.

"Hum!

And

"I did not


"You

think

all?

blaze, the

slender

figure;like

When
you

!"
I

say

think

you

studying

were

She

were

did

did not

deny.

from

me

"And

what

he

added

little afraid?"

about

smile.

should

try

than

your

greater

of that."

when

screen

should

"I

could

if I do?"

think?

Ah,

the

with

straightthe

what

didn't

behind
if I

fine eyes

palm !

young

it at

BROADWAY

"Cupidity ?

to

if your

see

fears," she

Oh,

mean

you

cupidity

disdainfully.

returned

would

you

not

was

to

try

buy

me?"
"Of

course."

"With

gold?"

"Gold,

or

"And
"Of

you

think

course,"

in useless

He

shook

misjudged
making

in her

said

seemed

both."
do

that

buy

"

again. Her

tone

imply

that

to

?"

me

ter-of-fact
mat-

was

he

wasted

quibbling.

his
her!

could

you

she

It
time

I have

jewels.

approvingly.

head
There

eyes.

No

was

no

tender

How

he

thought of
errand

had
love-

of the heart

THE

had

brought

her

be, was

of

could

SURPRISE

here.

Her

He

who

sell. She

he
a

goods

have

bargain

to

dear

patron,"

heaved
"But
couldn't

She

"

as

had

she

always

feel very

be, all

as

He

wing of

which

beautiful

eyes

so!

He

possibility you
"

buy, from

to

me?"

words

question of

"price" with

to

her

certain

patientapathy.

to

on

bird, shaded

say

made

by

Her

him

good deal

his

from

down

proud pallor and

seemed

taller

him.
was

manner

grand lady. She


was

it was,

that

Her

pay.

looked

dark

certainlya

was

plainer than

of

that

This

answer.

small, though he

she.

its

an

prepared

was

height with
the

himself

prepare

the

wanted

you

It said

haughty

than

as

rich," she said disdainfully.

am

would

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it

tentatively.

out

simple one.
or

Would

sigh.

^justsuppose

buy, what

he threw
"I

if

what

bid.

far better

so;

to

merchant

"Receive

Those

Better

eyes.

commendatory

then

the bitter end?

to

to

fashion:

and

wanted

She

there

it

whatever

tagir,or

was

in oriental

shopping

were

like

was

say

to

gift,my

to

mission,

practicalnature.

buy something.
had

73

superior
hair, like

the fair face, emphasizing

beauty.

they would

Above
have

the

what

eyes,

they

ALADDIN

74

FROM

wanted, her brows


fallen

had

that

lashes

for

"

would

it won't

cost

even

do

it for

curled

most

were

mantic
ro-

poet would

have

dervish, though,

do ?" he said.

me

much

as

wants

are

think.

you

"Maybe

simple.

"

not

am

might

repeated incredulously.

she

That

charge.

surprises you?"

does."
think
"

every

He

"

is to

man

stopped;

be

voice

his

bought

and

begun

had

to

sold
have

slightlyindignant ring. Ridiculous!


Her

lashes

had

shone

in the

eyes

down

to

Hadn't
and

not

from

they

fully revealed.

so

of

fellow?

other
but

the

his

faint look

mustahall

"

lady do "business"

her

standpoint !

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"

that

He

came

cursed

substitute
with
his?

him?
"

dyer

follies!

folly of

Oh,

curiosity

position abruptly.

own

them

bargained with

he

of

lifted.

level

the

the

Could
"

lashes

nothing."

without

"You

he

have

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nothing?"

"Yes;

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them.

so

you

avaricious.

like

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bargaining.

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very

"For

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wing.

ground.

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the

before

prone
his

stood

from

straightsoft feathers

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as

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long and

fallen

were

BROADWAY

had

Was

husband?
Of
he

course

right

THE

to

standpoint?

from

situation

him

robbed
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they

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must

look

to

in his

outlaw

glanced

gaze

the

furtive

in

to

do

of

trouble

not

she

wanted?
secret

some

as

must

easy

he.

But

is. however,

one

would

she

must

easier

sought

to

for
of

gleam
He

an

even

devoid

were

of

disappointed,

appear

foolish.
do

you?"

The

he

mured.
mur-

this
she

not

have

decided
to

fine face expressed

embarrassment.

or

Perhaps

already have

her

as

is it?"

tell him,

to

to

something,

hesitate.

to

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restless

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seemed

tried

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stray jewels.

endeavored

me

was

for

not

less,
grace-

admiration

lady's fingers; they

He

shadow

casual

the

only succeeded

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features.

any

special effort

his

like

desert.

lookout

at

"Want

made

he

they

the

finer instincts?

himself

of the

at

personality?

own

all the

comport

look

to

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the

ornament.

but

own

with

on

of

him

studying

now

have

identity,his

scoundrel

young

charms

he not

and

brigandish;

temper
her

his

seem

75

point of view?

shorn

not

were

eyes

Would

her

of

act,

bold

SURPRISE

have

reveal
gone
to

to

what

unveil

willingly to such
all

over

pursue

determine

it

Perhaps

paid mustahall,

would

on

this
a

that; she
course.

certain

It

plan

ALADDIN

;6

than' it is to pursue
for

action

face

arrives.

that

part

in her

trouble

kamees,

gay

"What

"Trust

He

moment.

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to

with

are.

was

he

wireless

sage
mes-

his

beneath

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then"

lady with

the

himself

himself

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It

make

to

are!

you

me,"

wives
No

start.

to

strove
an

your

own

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look

he

found

that's

wanted

to

them

be

an

all
ones

it was;

married,

you

precedent.
"

always

little better
a

scrupulous
un-

role.

think

wife

his role

what

like

anomalous

against

was

bluntly.

noyed
^maybe slightly an-

"

was

think

to

wonder

unnatural;
hadn't

undisguised

with

especially newly-wedded

"

their

they

And

to

came

with

her.

than

want

you've got to," he observed

me

trying

Husbands

The

cocoon.

receiving station.

cried.

villain.

worse

emerged

he

somewhere,

^you?" said

"

angry

Fancy

and

like

shed

fervently.

"Seems
was

detestable

flashed

found

had

amazement.

He

air

the

is it ?" he

added

But

just a

had

eyes

through

It

for

way
straight-

divined, and

and

saw

from

as

Her

lady still hesitated.

degrading spiritof the mustahall;

from

he

The
He

the inevitable moment

when

"

forgot himself

he
the

it

flushed.

even

BROADWAY

FROM

than

trying one
unnatural.

anyway.

At

THE

SURPRISE

least,she might be frank


awakened
from

her

she

That

"You
it

suspicions;

what

mustahall

want

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to

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"

be awkward

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of the

doubt

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he

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conventional
deuced

"

something,"

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out.

find him

she

he

stepmother would

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him

help

expected

would

your

!"

no

had

me

something

and

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went

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on.

of ?"

approve

emphasis.

something surreptitious,"he

mured
mur-

brilliantly.
"Would

"Your
in her

stepmother is
he

power?"

the dark

brows,

her

eyes

can

intent

step

guess

the

source

lightly. "You
advisabilityof
do

"What

of your

have

been

this

this

"

mean?"

you

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look.

then

She

has

not

answer;

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little closer

two,

or

She

on.

?" she retorted.

not

enemy?

your

went

drawn

more

away

if it were

here

come

you

together, gave

walked
turned.

fully
thought"Maybe

trouble," he said
little dubious

more

about

the

expedient?"
Her

breast

stirring

was

slightly.
"This

marriage!"

"No!"

"Of
that

was

course,

not

necessary.

the

marriage itself with

It wasn't

quite that

me

"

I meant.

ALADDIN

78

What

doubts

certain

of
of

about

was

his

had

with
had

to

to

whole

be

which

caught

is

didn't

want,
didn't

you

wave

your

You

right there.
I

want.

when

didn't

sympathize
what

got

you

yourself

asked

you

want,

you

would

you

have

?"

having

on

cause
be-

reassuring, "for

trouble

you

have, but

keep

entertained

have

you

taking me," with

position. And

if that

She

intended

what

have

your

what

your

The

to

was,

say

of

need

hand

to

to

concerning possible consequences

the

husband.

BROADWAY

FROM

breath

her

"I

quickly.

don't

believe

I understand."
"Your

mind

is

naturally timorous
woman's

What
what

of

woman

"Will

of

try,"

their

have

feared

eyes

seemed

be?

That

is,

sensibilities?"

mustahall

he

said

be

promised

to

"You

have

laughed.

false mustahalls, those


letter

cumstanc
cir-

dainfull
dismost

fellow.

presumptuous
shall

the

yourself plainer?" she

make

you

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"I

delicate

wouldn't

under

who

bargain?"
might

prove

insistentlyto

do
Her

keep

not

look

such

bid

him

one

to

the

changed.
!"

go

of

heard

strict
"You

Gaily.
on.

Her

"These

ALADDIN

8o

FROM

tipped back!
have

fear!

no

pretending
my

wife!"

He

paused

made

With
the

on

commission.

in

future.
and

marrying
a

bad

I
It

then

the

side

bee
to

rose.

of

the

to

was

stood

sing

The

the

only

all the

sweet

overhead?

"

have

want

business

my

would

and

hall
musta-

nanimity.
mag-

court

sound.

vanished

big

in its

from

shadow

tinkled

fountain

up
most

buccaneer

sire
greedy de-

wee

modest

soothing. It seemed

was

"

than

world

^the scent

am

?"

them

honey

little song

better

so

its head

fallingwater

lullaby. What

sky

wall.

on

not

spellbound. The

if

"I

give

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is it not

as

almost

extract

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fore,
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explain his

to

"

profession of

And

understand?

passed between

musically. It
of

had

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"

regarded him

the cloud

it. I do

make

so

fears.

might ruin

even,
'*

is

his breast.
to

even

^not

"

she

these

unmarrying.

diminishing patronage

of

it

"

see

"

name

keep

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or

compliment.

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You

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She

"Though

of

verge

one

any

yourself. Dismiss

double
the

with

bow.

bargain and

my

falling in love,

not

am

mustahall."

true

admonishing hand.

an

fall in love

to

reassure

lifted

He

BROADWAY

of

the

kind

of

here?

"

flowers

dbmestic
the

blue

around

THE

"ou?
It

it seemed

"

was

voice

to

that entered

the

she

dervish,

his shoulders
"This

"A

but

seems

into
what,
some-

believe

house,

and

calling
re-

worthy

cupation.
oc-

the

include

unwitting part?

an

jerk.

in."

them

head

murmur

charateristic

caretaker

"Call

poetry

his

bridegroom,

gave

said."

He

you

lives here?"

"Who

dispassionate tone.

It had

your

newly married

or

is your

spoke in

of

its insidious

was

listened.

youthful people do, when

lines

Did

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lift up

you

callow

way

Or

dervish

filtered down

and

ears

your

It made

favorite

lady?

The

murmur.

hypnotic little fountain.

very

breast.

your

8i

SURPRISE

she

wife,"

said

chanically.
me-

Incisively.

"Why?"

They

be

shall

do

"What

be

is to

"Wliat

done,

be

done

What

are

you

at

once.

witnesses."
mean?

you

Breathlessly.

do?"

should

He

had

going

stepped toward

to

the

house.
"What

Briskly.
now

"

at

I should
"I

am

once!"

do;

going

what
to

I have

divorce

you

agreed
"

set

to

you

do!"

free,

ALADDIN

82

"But,"
A

the

she

loud

stood

still.

did

appeared

not

from

She

if

him

cautioning

indicated

the

gate.

gate

what

"

I
"

She

interrupted.

^toward

around
"

it

is

?"
"

Her

answer.

inquiringly.

just

looked

man

think

you

the

is

the

at

The

"Do

gate.

BROADWAY

"that

began,

knocking

very

She

FROM

house.

held

to

He

her

be

The

regarded
fingers

silent,
servant

then

caretaker,

the

servant,

to

with

walked

his

mistress

her

lips
a

as

gesture

toward

it.

CHAPTER

CALLER

"T

voice

The

question.
"But

from

wife
"And
with

as

his

insists,"
of

side

the

alone.

Peace

go

with

you!"

returned

reluctant

Then
be

to

asked

louder

caretaker,
with

cents
ac-

the

in

man

The

and

my

you!"
the

street

shuffled

footsteps

gone.

then

gate.

here

zest

out.

in

came

I, the

little

called

negatively.

that

but
if

answered,

mistress

your

are

other

servant

replied

servant

the

The

outside

mistress

my

"Tell

?"

is there

HO

VII

away

stepped

servant

to

mistress.
"It

'"

was

"

He

murmured
The

disappeared.

more

and

name

bridegroom

gazed

once

after

him

admiringly.
"My

wife

certainly

did

not

seem

loyal

flow

"Falsehoods
She

has

to

hear

from
; her

83

servants,"
his

face

he

tered.
mut-

lips like

oil."

expressed

new

ALADDIN

84

and

anxiety,

FROM

BROADWAY

"Some

"

he

asked

from

one

mother's
step-

your

quickly.

"Yes."

"They

have

noted

Again

she

answered

That

known,

by

"Will

he

absence

your

ative.
mechanically in the affirmat

was

large

look

for

me

"They might."

She

continued

also

was

of

this time, at the home

they

?"

probably

Light of Life.

here?"
with

stand

to

head

down-bent.
"Then
to

they would
me?"

see

"It is

"They

possible
"

must

not

her

might reply
to

More

you,

of

suspect you

wanting

find

me

probable."
here."

Emphatically.

she

said

with

you

should

fear,

dain.
unspeakable dis-

of

think

discovered

am

do

"You

tragic eyes.

the

in this

quences
conse-

place."

gently.

if not
"You

even

if I

"Well, well, you


as

it is

dark

then, musfahall!"

"I

to

Categorically.

raised

She

have

are

catching his
mean

dismay.

right to fear," she

went

on-,

He

fessed
pro-

words.

they would

not

spare

me

?"

"What

do

"I

guess."

be

can

the

that

type

Lebanon.

fans

No

would

other.

He

would

He

seemed

housetop,
a

happened

she

to

hear

day since he

star?

What

had

and
fatalistically
he

"They?"
"him"

"

his

again

spare

repeated.

in

down

the

would

laugh.
from

it less than

pink pulsating

been!

you,"

she said

calmly,

conclusively.

predecessor

regarded her

she

at

perhaps be

Was
at

up

be dull

yawn

musical

wafted

heavens.

looked

not

to

she scream,

would

big full day it had

"No, they would

not

Would

most

least,his

At

sit and

latter

had

the

from

or

it

him?

im-

big shining

heart.

of

large

dervish's

absently what

The

laugh?

to

loomed

but

not

go

wine

rich

the

cupid's arrow,

appropriate. She

more

of

would

of

was

witchery would

like the

horizon

wondered

would

one

girl'sbeauty

scimitars

and

They

do if the worst
or

brains

Some

experience promised

monotonous.

each

The

probably pierce his

first matrimonial
or

could.

flame; her

hymeneal

iTiediate future.
blade

he

her.

Daggers

the

upon

And

masculine

certain

to

85.

think?"

you

jealous of

very

CALLER

at

That,
the

far-away

of

altar!

manner.

course,

The

meant

dervish

Somehow,

it

86

ALADDIN

didn't

seem

BROADWAY

possibleshe
didn't

he
The

FROM

know

impression

was

had

been

ever

it didn't, but

why

was

so

despite her proud


girlish-looking,

"

fit.

not

She

was

so

everything that didn't harmonize,

what

was

But, after all,so much

appeared

if she

as

in

did

it didn't.

strong, though he couldn't

very

exactly explain it. Only it


role she

fore;
be-

married

very
ways

young,
so

"

with

dovetail

or

that

so

"

seemed

was,

impossible.
"That

back

to

"I

to

her

don't

"Oh,

yes,

show

it.

"You
did her
"I

be

would

do
eyes

assure

bad," he remarked, jumping

too

last words.

believe

Only perhaps

am.

So
but

afraid," she

are

you

much

else

jest," she

gleam

him

on

you

you

say

to

think

am

about

forgetting
!"

said

haughtily.

with

little more

And

yet

favor?

uncomfortable,"

feelingmost

am

denly.
sud-

said

he remarked.

"Why
"Wish
he
a

do

I knew

murmured.
man's

throat

! Now,
illogical

what
"For

for

is not

what
was

so

so

?"

and

example, why

seeing

if it were

some

his

own

other

Severely.
what

should
wife?
man's

wasn't!"

they

cut

Most

wife

''
"

remain
had

her

"Is

it

didn't.

her

few

in his mind

"I

wish

The

words

dervish
to

Under

the

in

deadly

no

no

wife!"

"

the

leaves

circumstances,

by such

declaration

were

graces

The

to

man

from

comparable

to

horeyehs of Paradise, but the

fabled

hugged

was

score.

some

provocative

of

those

him

accused

expression left

whisper them

felt flattered

whose

he

reechoing in his brain.


to

them.

might have
one

your

were

seemed

murmur

that

on

sillyone.

she had

Her

so.

He

fixture.

saying, but

she, however,

remain

to

fountain

before

if she

was,

rather

"

thought of

knew

tragically

earnest,

smile

moments

He

jesting.

doubt

with

He

connubial

jest?" he

become

to

way,
at

BROADWAY.

nuptial chimera.

mere

looked

of

FROM

ALADDIN

88

pleasing unction

of

this nature

he

said

his soul.

"Would

matter-of-fact
"Is
"No

is it

"

"

tone

explaining?"
he

as

could

in

as

muster.

necessary?" she asked.


I suppose

a.

of time !"
"That

mind

you

Explanations,

not.

waste

Ironically.
is

quite true."

literally."We

shall

come

accepted his words

She
to

an

understanding,the

sooner."

Her

tone

regained,in

had

her

regarded
seemed

brook
His
the
of

not

was

I expect

"Therefore,

thrusting
"are

looked

man

"

for
soft

the

rosy

invite

kisses

notice

now

them

she

rather

to

tinued.
con-

extra

of

She

was

pensation.
com-

Here"

And

offer

they

attract

compensation !"
who

professed

need

have

The
to

"Well,
you

jewels.

why

don't

Did

From

her

to

she
gaze
take

you

work,

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ting
set-

that

"

It seemed

conscientious

compunctions."

"

niggardly

what

lipscurving.

red

being

so?

"

dress

her

no

extended!

than

she

involuntary quickening of his

an

no

modifies,

you

glisteningbaubles

and

Quite

you."

as

certain.

held

misinterpret it?
since

such

to

was

gleaming

palm

being.

receive

bosom

the

them.

at

that

pay-mistress

and

into

to

all obstacles.

prepared.

come

jewels, a fortune

The

promised

from

should

you

have
hand

her

resourcefulness

aside

sweep

character

original arrangement,"

your

her

"wishy-washy"

contrary! "What
course,

Her

determination
to

She

equipoise. He

wonder.

Her

opposition;

wife

her

develop amazingly;

to

no

businesslilce.

measure,

mild

with

89

almost

was

great

remarkable.

was

CALLER

extra

"Even

you,

mustahall,
accents

it

AtADDIN

90

evident

was

and
to

she

did

spoke she

brass

table.

He

the

fellow

would.

But

the

interview

she

thought.

"It

is

is

more

wouldn't

than

have

slipfrom

could

take

seemed

any,

her

them

hand

when

he

prolong

to

prone

Perhaps he

for."

bargained

have

entered,

than

deeper

was

It was,

divorce

this

stood""
under-

ward?"
after-

immediately

me

"

tender

I not

"had

on,

*1t
"I

indeed!

all, upon

at

blundered

to

were

would

he

good deal," he temporized.

relationship,"he

"You

think

let the gems

unduly.

asking

BROADWAY

not

she

as

FROM

"Exactly!"
"But
voice

began

jewels

times
men!
am

as

There

was

the

wife
a

tension

about

"

glad

the
for

As
No

can

one

thrill in her

me,

as

can

voice.

the
I

wife,

You

you?

"

the

"A

marry

law

labored

extended

to

matter

she

side.

her

at

it ; you

lowest!

yours!

had

that

it

Her

particular?"

so

nervous

please. It is

you

does

forget

Even
still

the

be

tightlyclosed

less, what

; you

you

little hand

now

was

or

away

show

to

The

under.

more

should

why

law

go

many
for

remain;

gainsay that."

"Here

are

jewels,

fortune

to

such

as

you"

CALLER

"You
the

being married
she

"

wife

not

too

was

kind

of

phantom

want

one.

you

is it

be

to

weep

posterous
pre-

of

phantom
all, but

at

certainly don't

Besides, why

way.

sist
re-

in that way

exult
a

not

alluring actuality."I either

most

Didn't

isn't.

could

satisfaction

becoming

was

I don't

or

that

one

of

"

He

fairlyto

seemed

who

and

radiant

wife?"

scoff. Her

desire to
She

bride!

being

call that

91

want
want

It

necessary?
back

taken

by the

other?"
"What?"

"Weep!
remain

you

And

how

my

wife?"

can't be the wife


time.

have

told you

girl in

"El

low

lied."

"Eh?"

The

us

on

^that is,at the

"

wives, but

two

him, if

to

glibly. "You

^^vept to be taken

"

tense

same

wife

can't

back?"

said

tones.

Succinctly.
dervish

uplifted head.

back," he said
"I

have

went

of

back

go

Sabbagh."

"He

the

he

of both

may

you

husbands."

two

"Who
the

man

can

"You

stared

at

didn't

the
want

slender
to

be

figure,
taken

incredulously.

didn't; I don't!"

She

forgot apparently,

for

ALADDIN

92

the moment,
with

FROM

that he

could

but

be

acutely

why,"

"Then

"It

was

some

her

if others

will it."

The

man

it.

of

muttered.

"wringing

her

hands,"

And

that

now

him, she didn't


"A

you

mustahall, has

wife
deal

as

with

freedom

such

as

as

marry

get rid

could

him, and

There

was

wonderful
any

"

man

he

at

"

will.

wishes.

ing
smolder-

passionate
the

even

privilege under

divorce

long

to

been

Or
So

the
he

eyes.

meanest

law.
can

He

keep

it is necessary

you," mockingly,

"to

buy my

!"
?" he said.

"Freedom

freedom,

every

and

marry

had

marry,

had

had

she

be

may
to

she

no

to.

the

man

is forced

because

has

bride
bride

Perhaps

is she?"
in

"Nothing! But

she

want

girl? What
resentment

The

She

above.

hands

he

him.

else. The

speaks.

"Hum!"

to

emotion.

very

helplessly, "did

one

wekeel

wringing

his

stood

aware

asked

he

or

you,

The

voice.

can

she

spoke

me?"

marry

of

mustahall, and

quivering with

seemed

not

only

was

intensity. Though

burning

still she

BROADWAY

to

tie

"Do

yourself to

you

me?"

call it buying your

ALADDIN

94
with

human

most

all the

FROM

and

she seemed

moment

evidence

gave
which

of

must

refuse

not

she

reallybrought

them

"All?"

he

said,

His
want

"All

face

feel

to

he

her

have

here
in her

and

with

fro.
the

so

like

stopped

his

jewels on

him

"

^a

could

the

it and

one."

only
was

him.

felt like

husband

any

"

way

sex!

light that

was

not

speak roughly

not

He

as

thing
stopped. Some-

lip impatiently

girlwatched

have

He

wheedle

^to

"

eyes

bit

"I

was

more.

keeping

began roughly, and

he
The

for

How

He

was

persistencewas

!" he

bargaining light.
her,

Her

buy

way!

own

She

thought he
he

that

"

might get

methods

questionable. To

so.

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sterner.

grew

annoyed.

her

!"

jewels! Every

my

bargain further

to

disconcerting as

to

earlier

understanding.

not

as

"Oh!"

beginning

weakness

all !"

"

Eagerly.

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the

part and

that

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must

you

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all

holding off because

to

with

spoke, appealingly

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were

feminine

and

play havoc

to

girlishas

might

the stronger

to

palpable

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gesture!

at

not

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composure.

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very

of

unequal

threatened

haughty

impulsive gesture

kind

dame

grand

BROADWAY

and

strode

to

passed the table

kicking it over.

He

the chance

welcome
for

because

he

of

or

of

with
"

it!

looking for

the

exclaim

would
snow

studying
"See

glowered

at

"

gazed

down

face

to

me,

screen

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face

who

at

sad

was

feet
her
now

sad!

always

were

the

and

six

too, when

it was,

sight of it.

began

inexpressible
The

brow
fixed

eyes

like
as

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the

across

of

end

The

fellow.

is here

he

long

five minutes

you

this

know

where

near

saw

cool his heels

to

me

iil

defer?"

Why

get away.

unto

We

longer!

minute

At

condition

deliver

and

open

mental

door-step. "I will give

the

on

HONEYMOON

INTERRUPTED

as

"

girl without.

been

off his

wasting
outer

any

time.

garments,

he

Having
donned

ALADDIN

112

those

she had
his

clothes

would

brought him.

of

made

was

of the

He

did

first.

down

wide

were

if she

of her

She

manner,

however,

few

them.

out;
waters

"We

and

It
the

had
was

now,

pause

she

pried
not

stone

but

went

moved

volition

no

loose

the

iron

the

him,

canal

old

was

bars

difficult task.

somber.

nor

around

of

aid

of

stick
and

Then

was

some

man's

young

masonry

the

of

eyes

mechanically

tragic

with

Her

taper.

glance
The

casement.

surface

ran

to

neither

comprehensive
the

ornate

lightshe appeared like

was

moments,

he

they reached

tragedy princess. The

young

to

Silently they

man.

with

followed

beautiful

her

In the dim

bridegroom,

doing something through

were

cast

the dervish

down.

bright

and

own.

turned

until

permit

not

they

through the less

mandarah,

apartments,

stairway, leading

in

longer

no

gay

under

where

at once,

sober-looking serving
out

provided,

sticks,

the

servants'

He

palm

girl. He

thrusting the

had

likely,be found

moved

as

Then

not, most

rejoined
but

BROADWAY

predecessor, Amad,

frame

FROM

and

wood,
fire-

removed
he

near,

then

looked
and

the

swiftly.

call it the

'black

death*, when

it is swollen

AN

INTERRUPTED

HONEYMOON

like that," breathed

lightand

looked

the dark

the

go

surface

of

ought
way

Ladies
of

dervishes,
more

or

*Tt

the

"

high degree
They,

mustahalls.
are

only

less, what

is the

fine swimmer,

reason

the

matter

lighted

right to

don't

along.
let you

Did

faltered.

the

touched

it rushed

no

mit
ad-

to

stairway still

she

anything happened
But

again

for
do

not

the

flies of

on

her

comes
be-

what

care

beggars
the

to

that

came

solicitude

and

desert.

the

One,

?
"And

only way," he answered.


so

was

dervish

the

reflection

ink

girl half

dervish.

the

of

Like

to

She, too,

the

star's

little bit, if

of

head

not

the door

entrance.

reallyhave

the

reflection

damning

through

Amad

flickering candle
not

"

"

thought

unlocked

water.

not

just

really care

part!

the

"

this

him,

the

Only

above.

other's

the

Without,

"You

and

caught apprised

the

But

around.

basement.
the

the

ing,
Swirling,seeth-

houses

sounds

to

he

of

dark.

was

din

manner

looked

down

set

listeningnow,

was

they hadn't

The

him.

; he

but

waters,

the

beneath

ran

his head

coming in, and

of

had

places.

turned

mad

girl. She

his shoulder.

over

current

subterranean
He

the

113

worry.

No

cause

I'm
I'm

go-

ALADDIN

114

ing

mind

about

between

distance

that.

his words

another

tack.

And

can't

he

him.

As

"Amad

good. But

shall

slightestdoubt
I'll put

reassured

so

been, and

Why,
And

harm

He

at

fingers!

your

I'd stay, if it would

de trop!"
distinctly

you.

laugh

can

snap

he took

so

course,

you

big

us," he

separate

appear

have

before!

did

I'm

then

you.

is yours.

game

And

won't, of

marry

you

the

did not

she should

as

Not

Seas

us.

cheerfully. She

added

The

BROADWAY

get safely away.

to

in my

by

FROM

do

any

with

ended

laugh.
hand

Her

of the

doorway

Her

gesture.

and

"Why,

his arm,

touched

he

ware
una-

was

back

the

to

expression.

new

You!"

afraid?

she

swept

eyes

in them

saw

aren't

you

though

exclaimed,

he

wonderingly.
It

fear he

was

"You
Amad

fear

have

to

leave

me

you

"

meet

to

?" he cried.

She
Never
no

shining in their depths.

saw

back

threw

!"

fear

There

"Always

"Afraid

was

contempt

in her

to

eyes,

him

meet

disdain

"

now.

"Good,"
she had

head.

her

he

said

approvingly. He

spirit,
courage;
bear

this

in

she

mind:

believed

her;

only overwrought.

was

It

is

only

against

AN

INTERRUPTED

HONEYMOON

whom

his anger

sabit

magistrate will

his

or

strict. There

very

The

you.

be absolute

must

is divorced, before

woman

be turned.

malignitycan
protect

115

man

is

law

evidence

another

The

that

may

take

the

proud

her."
; I

"Yes, yes

lipstremble
her

know," said the girl. Did

slightly?

shoulder.

haughty

Fancy

again

did

did

"That

not

"The
wekeel

"Did

suddenly

lighthad

now

ered
flick-

smile.

grave

was

fool," he said.

wekeel?"
who

one

could

"What

answer.

wekeel

"What

of

were

eyes

patted

vanished.

he said, with

"Good-by,"

His

staircase.

the

shoulder

girl drew

notice.

not

toward

above, then

She

The

and

over

the

patting

goddess!

young

back, but he
bent

reached

He

are

described

As

me.

if any

justiceto you!"

do

saying?"

you

Amad

to

you

tell you,

ever

had

you

beautiful

eyes ?"

"Go!
Above

go!"
the

she

sounds

were

"I little thought when

shop

that I should

half

murmured
very

close

you

saw

be married

to

incoherently.

now.

before
you

the pastry-

to-day."

ALADDIN

ii6

FROM

"Pastry-shop?" She
nothing

meant

"You

Only

The

his

caught

words, but they

her then.

to

threw

BROADWAY

the

me

cake.

Very

good of you!

it."

dog got

lightflared again above.

They

coming

were

down.
"You

made

"Quick!"

Her

went,

remotest

swept hers.
a

kiss in

out.

The
She

"A

of

kiss!

parting."

stood alone

over

her ; he hadn't

the

doing it,but he did; his lips


One
His

now

can

gay

girlstarted back

iVi''

go!"

now.

but first he bent

intention

forget his prayers."

appealing. "Go!

were

eyes

they implored him


He

dervish

poor

"

and

surelygive his wife


reckless
her

^but not

laugh

face
for

was

long.

rang

son.
crim-

ii8

ALADDIN

kettle

simmering

FROM

BROADWAY

above

brazier, he half filled a

it

few

drops of

by

the

The
on

the

bestowed

and

It

dead.

lay solely in

boned

with

and

splashes of

Beelzebub

Moslem
late
home

and

brought

in such

attention

from

mud

take
the

work,

fairlyshone.
the

sitting up.

servant

He

Allah

guest.
ergo,

he

was

concern

magnificent beast, bigAs

he

who

he

However,
when
back

aware

he
to

had

The

stayed

of

Star

the

wiped

grumbled.

man

master

with

out

servant's

head.

Drawing
became

his

The

and

it filled.

swallow;

to

servant

him

over

with

peerless

condition

the

hurried

on

him, the

big beauty sedulously and


Star

back

small

He

task.

horse,

persistenteffort

blanket

enough.

was

his

upon

guest.

whereupon

latter

the

permitted

mixture

mechanically swallowed

came

further

no

the

odorous

belated

bucket

in

water, poured into

moments'

cup,

and

his

to

another

now

few

the

ragged

returned

not

of

contents

embers

less unwelcome

or

part of the servant,

threw

had

with

cup

thrust

more

latter,after

the

charcoal

ky"
gin-colored liquid,called "whis-

natives, and

unexpected, and

few

the

out

Desert

polished the
finished, the

contemplate

that

his guest

his

was

IN

"That's
of

THE

STABLE

good horse,"

said

119

the guest, with

the eye

connoisseur.

The
"I

other

assented.

presume," continued

voice, "you brought

"My

back

so," returned

me

"You

grudgingly.

weak

rather

here?"

me

tells

in

the guest

there

out

were

the
on

servant,
of

one

the

steps."
I remember

"Yes,

if I would

slide off.
until

more

The
he had
from

the

asked

servant

"How?
whirl."

an

argument

held

his

the

over

horse;

came

in the

you

?" the

canal

curtly.

It was,

his wife's

thing
any-

royally; picturesque tassels hung

Hum!

of

wondering

remember

I didn't

fine blanket

"How

edge.

and

just now."

be served

to

Then

threw

servant

them

getting on

Let

indeed.

servant

with

head,

as

"

see;

for the

Oh,

fluent

tongue

! "Didn't

I have

Christian

striving to

is in

head

my

^the caretaker

some

if

me

converts?"

collect

his

He

shattered

ideas.
"Most
many

spat.

such

likely!"returned
"

too

many

the servant.

Dogs

!"

He

"There

are

ejaculated and

ALADDIN

120

"I recall

FROM

being set

BROADWAY

upon.

was

one

among

many,

and""

"They
"No
too

threw

; I

jumped

was

They

brave

were

"They

always are."

"They

would

days

have

in

are

cut

once

"

had

me

"

the

servant.

pieces."

pieces," said

store.

We

more.

May

invocation

which

to

me

in

them

cut

them
With

"None

fiends."

will

"Red

almost

deed," commented

"They

"We

canal !"

in, to escape." Honestly.

I tell you.

soon,

"It

into the

you

he

shall

the

have

servant.
to

the

time

be

lay down

and

was

minate
exter-

near!"
soon

snoring loudly.
His

guest did
for

ached
until he
come

he

how
know.

infernos.

Once
the

His

not

he

supports

pleasant one

thoughts

couldn't

He

think

were

of

sleep so easily.

dashed

with

had

he

he did not

was

been

had

covered

was

and

among

fall to

not

and

managed
had

had
of

to

; he

pinned

house.
did

escape

in and

swept
been

bumped
How

bruises.

not

The

very

about

drowning,
out

in

body

far he had

of black

somewhere

experience

like to think

still chaotic, however,

anything

His

clearly. He

of it.

for

he

retained

IN

only

confused

hours
had

had

impressions. He

in that

But

what

It

in him

more

her whom

Had

But, of

he

and

he

could

for

now,

in her

eyes

done.
but

before

he

whether

know

brain

His

it wasn't

without

example ! He
he

"

^at

kiss ?

was

had

ought

to

be

had

caught
into

look

one

canal.

the

didn't

singing

would

long!

so

glad for what

He

and

^her hatred

"

least,perceptibly. A

Just fancy !

act

himself.

current

things

jumped

or

That

chill in the

surprised. He
sorry

once

so.

the

of

see

upon

been

had

all kinds

certainlybeen

had

She

there

to

little feverish

fought with

had

imagine

of him

only

was

"

react

new

temerity

own

again ?

if it were

"

of

leave

only stolen

are

wish

see

then

avenged

imaginative to-night
water

never

would

course,

take

his

the

"

he

as

chivalrously done.

Had

fever

he would

she be

So would

again

to

not

was

many

he, the cynic, acquired

certain

inconsideration

How

were

parting.

him

knowledge?

dangerous

bred

of

lipsthe girlhad ! Or

sweet

if it

wondered

his bride

saw

caused

manner?

the best?

sweets

and

had

121

day after?

that moment

at

madness

her

the

He

passed?
her

seen

What

He

STABLE

or
wedding-day still,

his

of

THE

quite

he

med

had

culpa,

honeymoon,
have

been

ALADDIN

122

dolt

not

thing

as

would

No

kiss!

It

was

the matter.

forget

her

He
he

"

remembering

use

it when

done

himself

phlegmaticallyfor

So

it didn't

his

and

of

leave

the

atmosphere

an

air.

It

was

irrationally.It
of

hand

broken

have

for Amad

been

would

Amad's

when

excitement
men

the water

in

was

as

girl,fashioned

as

if

his blood

unamiably

it

by the divine

and

the

themselves

comport

in parvo,

thirstingfor

hissingmost

bred

had

coming

kind
Too

were.

multum, he grumblingly told himself.


Amad,

taken

have

unnatural, concentrated

leavetaking. Multum

much

to

it not
he

affair!

the whole

One

of

those

than

circumspect, orderly and

chaos;

an

to

composed

and

take

Had

But

was

course.

going

never

arms

Number

girl in

time

to, of

over

portance
im-

just as

"

you're

lit'

slumber.

jealousy,

of

forget it
have

Deuce

of

fashion.

decorous

much

Other

like that !

foolish

attaching too
would

so

feverish, confound

was

such

turned

him.

inconsiderate
him

he

come.

wooed

Morpheus

in upon

lips were

on

wife

more!

Most

He

would

behold

But

her

Fancy his thoughts dwelling

to

he

BROADWAY

lips; like poppies !

it!
tie

have

to

Such

near.

FROM

on

between

On

one

the other
them

chisel of

the

Prax-

IN

iteles.
It had

devil and

brought

in him.

quite cooled
him

while

her

his ardor.

struggling with
Amad

sake.
him

want

him

to

mustn't
Did

to.

now

Or,

Of

child
her

want

twice

or

so

And

soon.

"

couldn't
of

somewhere

else.

be better.

be

it
Star

she didn't

ested.
purely disinter-

was

He

! He

was

had

Their

didn't

he

that

separation
He

away

well!

It

of the Desert

"

once

for

all

here

was

it would

farther

be

would

done

begun.

Thus

of his

use

Luckily

moon.

want

not

well be. No

as

truly had

for he would

"

; he

reiterated.

he

before, mentally.

she,

more

not

also

to

come

live, for

must

always for himself

eternityactuallyand
and

himself

he

crying for the


so

"

thought had
he

for

hadn't

water

get her, because

course

her

the

it that

least,he might

at

reallywanting
like

the

instincts
been

he had

Even

But

123

primal

and

that's what

"

second.

'

species of situation !

sea

unexpected

man

of

STABLE

deep

out

cave

fraction

the

THE

be; only
much

ther
far-

best.

was

kicked

It

the side

his stall.

"Peace, thou
woke
The

the

Star

up

king of thy kind,"


long enough

ceased

flatterysoothed

further
him.

to

the

snoring

vant
ser-

say.

demonstrations
Then

curtain

perhaps
seemed

ALADDIN

124

drawn
The

down

FROM

the

upon

god of slumber

BROADWAY

dervish's

relented

activities.

mental

finallyand

kind

was

to

him.
The
He

daylight shining in the


stiff,but

was

about

with

turning occasionally

king looked

horses,

highness
later

beneath

and

the

servant

water,

and

"Eat,"

less

and

him

liked

dervish

the

few

haughty.

minutes
bread

in, bringing dates,

walked

by the big canine.

followed

laconically,setting these

said

he

to

intruder

stroking fingers his royal

the

became

soon

kind

his

the

over

But

dangerous.

of

eye

latter walked

looked

He

king
to

him.

awoke

felt clearer.

stall, the

his

suspicion. The

the

and

In

him.

munched,

his head

stable

before

his guest.
The

guest,

wouldn't

"By

have
the

done

to

faith,he

"It is

first said

however,

good

miss

prays

fortune

his

prayers.

It

them.

well," murmured
to

have

such

the

in the

one

vant.
ser-

house."
"Then
the

other

him

that

shall

I stay with

unexpectedly.
he

you

The

short

thought

might find it difficult,if

not

while," said
had

come

to

impossible.

ALADDIN

126

has taken

heels, and

the

Star

pays

little. A

"Charge

your

master

it to your

add

and

for

than

more

no

Indeed

for the

way

sustenance."

of
what

His

He

would

than

Allah

the

upon
had

is to iron.

"You

is

am

hammedans
Mo-

so

better

The

pect
pros-

Moslem

of

up

ant
serv-

him

sistibly.
irre-

petty grafts.
much

money

honestly. So
favor.

new

Blessed

be

he

Perhaps

latter

depositing the

good.

servant.
a

It draws

make

with

in

toil

to

found

to

amount

on

his

his will!"

fair."

"It sounds

he murmured.
I

and

same

purpose

door-step. "Allah

"Then

graft is

dervish

wage,

vow

his purpose.

life is made

the

"
"

Fanatical

have

not

of

cheat

rather

impress the

to

could

whole

acquire

to

looked

seemed

the magnet

day

this.

do

little household

wage?

for my

taken

not

can

the

will

you

bare

attainment

But

coppers

I have

dervish

the

few

own.

proposition

hands

after.

what

sometimes
The

pair of

one

look

to

master

My

engaged?"

are."

"Good!"

house, dimly
an

BROADWAY

his

to

all,with

do

FROM

imposing

The

dervish

seen

through

residence.

surveyed

And

the

the

back
It

foliage.

that

garden

"

of

the

appeared
it offered

IN

the

through

nice

was

before

her?

with

that

he

she

be killed, yet she


able

been
of

land

him

for

labor

begin

By

"What?"

ideal

he

"who

the

way"

is your

Ahl-Masr,"
The

young

"

looking

now

branches

any

Yes

merry

need

master?"

man

the

other.

wheeled

hensions
appre-

again looking toward

said

the

hard.

dervish.

; that

being

"Those

of

had

in the

works

safe

of

have

he

Besides,

refuge.

was

going

remaining

the

be

doubts

that

think

vines," said

was

might

wasn't

Mohammedan

no

her

all

any

fears

still

he

messenger,

he

would

groundless.

were

"Amad

an

know

might

her

by

one

was

those

on

let her

"

No

some

entertain

her

it

"

relieve

told

might

light ;

be

she

house

It

here.

would

widow

It would

oblige

to

about

news

but

through

had

living.

the

would

"I'll
he

know,

He

have.

might

not

it was,

still alive.

was

of

it

Did

man.

absolutely certain

course

her

Yes,

earth.

hunted

word

make

Of

let

to

catch

To

the
a

invitingly

sifted

warmed

place for

to

left?

he

possible

to

just

127

sunshine

and

trees

enough

wish, too,

well

The

asylum.

snug

STABLE

THE

swiftly.

tention.
at-

the

CHAPTER

AMAD's

AT

in

leaves

SNIPPING
work,

arduous

not

about
?

In
after

away,

logic
to

his

his

to

locked.

was

discharged

It may
a

then

how

he

way

There

"

was

bona-fide

be, also
^he

"

didn't
a

shown

for

do

where

quite

certain

member

to

the

there

128

run

find

either

tion
disinclina-

suspicion.

opening
to

gtt
He

door.

is

himself,

fascination

Amad's

to

main
re-

He

nations,
explaon

the

himself
didn't

that.

want

weird

of

have

to

receded

attempting

gate,

would

could

wanted

excite

garden
He

and

exactly

see

the

he

was

notonous
mo-

well

very

showed

without

heels

him

have

had

he
would

conduct

because
street,

If

he

It

not

servant

could

grace?

or

take

the

former

nothing

decided

could

place, he

How

also

was

her

nose!

very

had

What

told

having

stay,

couldn't

first

there.

lodgment
with

it.

the

there

yet

of

garden
his

under

almost

husband,

the

own

will, there's

discharged.
about

household.

being
Pri-

AT

marily the

dervish

had

by her and

family fixture.

gaze

and

or

his

Had

them?

that

what

and

like to think
to

the

about

Maybe

he

he

carry

himself

all

divorce

to

Would

back

to

not

neglected

he

he

her.

him?

had

He

It

to.

handsome

No;

no

the

to

that

would

promptly dismissed

gage

good deal

didn't

belonged

one

contingency. Perhaps

day

inwardly.

preposterous

risk

of

fellows, externally,

that

he

hero?

some

The

when

ing
bear-

case

she

neglect her.

affair better

dervish

the

like

handsome
very

he short,

another

that,but

that

man

ever

would

to

(that is,her) before

merely

go

sometimes
had

Was

? Had

contingencies. These
are

was.

reverse

carried

want

of

One

temperamental disagreement
feel sorry

perienced
ex-

developed

manner

the

Did

their

Was

here, he

was

fact,his curiosityhad

or

looks

good

he

truded
in-

emphatically,the desire

lucky Number

lover?

of

kind

intentionallyhave

now

know

tall ; handsome

of

be

to

respect.

to

less

or

doomed

more

In

wanted

more

wouldn't

in that

amazingly
He

He

but

ingly
charm-

very

rectly,
being employed, indi-

was

seemed

him.

upon

he

12$

entertained

He

Amad,

anew,

been

now

by him.

upon

AMAD'S

saw

end.

Amad,
To

he

could
and

he

leave Da-

ALADDIN

T30

FROM

without

mascus

leave
would

be

like

Amad.

He

But

for the

dyer and

Amad's

house

Life's.

The

somewhat

Did

of

their

behind
maid
dervish

seen

the

at

looking

at

up

pair of

It

have

been

it might have

gone

thought
time,

with

but

cance.
signifi-

Amad's

house

gleaming

eyes

merely

been

of

Amad.

ous
curi-

The

the latter conclusion.

then, that he

by him.

past

front

had

fraught

seemed

to

in

pass

He

doing

inclined

was

ridden

they had

to

detected

or

Had

possible;

was

had

now

residence.

might

nize
recog-

repaired to Light of

way

so

servant,

It followed

being

he

It

guest

recalled

remembered

lattice.

see

less
the luck-

upon

gaze

mustahallf

circumstance

fancying

to

he

by sight?

him

dyer

their

of

nothing

He

to

another

was

Would

know

they had

dervish

imposing

the

the

when

out

that

play

That

one.

his whilom

Amad's

now

he

well-hated

now

him?

saw

with

arranged
and

or

Ethically,he ought

important

an

the dervish
Amad

It

adventure.

to.

if Amad

what

in the

uncompleted;

story

had

question and

and

forever

void

off in the middle.

broke

predecessor would

beholding his

aching

an

BROADWAY

That

must

might

see

not

Amad,
be

so

without

difficult,

AT

for

of

Amad,

his

there, and
stable

or

byways

of

Amad

for him

in his

he

the

would

back

own

for

stood

man

looking

was

evil and
ashes

He

at

out.

wizened
his

on

fire. They

hunt

the

gardener,

for

It

then

him

ishly
fever-

At

which

that

the

look
be the

must

either

was

Which?
behind

in

much

very

highways and

yard. This

back

He

was

that, or
moment,

he stood, he

saw

were

angry

eyes

eyes

and

white

the

and

also most

indicatinghis opulence
that

further

of

descendant
green

iallyhe
great

and

was

canvas

on

he
the

boast

could

prophet.

He

his

coals

like

of

determined.

being

of

the

attire,besides

noted
worldly importance, de-

and

it shone

perfect.

of

details

the

beard

glowing

were

In his

seventy.

over

gorgeously dressed, his robes

was

dark

well

and

of the house

window

visage, above

breast, his

finest texture

might

was

face.
A

or

dervish

safety.

through the branches


a

the

scour

dangerous.

most

assistant

an

he

city,but he certainly wouldn't

spot of all spots


the

keep

dream

never

position,as only

boy, would

without

131

would

course,

background.

the

AMAD'S

His

being
turban

superb jewel.

could

by Fortuny.

of

have

sherf,
was

of

Pictor-

dominated

in

ALADDIN

132

observer

The

leaves

in

the

fairlyscreened

forgot

to turn

that?

"

said

The

age

right

But

was

grand father-in-law

the dervish

muttered

his predecessor

the

household,
He

man

side
^be!

only

some

relative?

Her

for

enough

age.

"

flower

all ;

some

himself

to

at

old

was

The

"right"

white

Amad,

not

the

surprise

laughed.

just

beautiful

was

the

in his

wicked-looking old

as

great

Fortunately,

have

of

was

of

member

other

given

That,

almost

That

perhaps this

that?

his face.

could

had

the dervish, for

Amad

she

whom

garden
"

away

He

dyer had

BROADWAY

Amad?

that

Was

start.

he

FROM

that,

savagely through his

teeth.
"You

"

called

was,

familiar

out

before

came

into the house.


at

But

befriended

hastily
A

out

moment

of

voice

dervish

thought

this

was

the

dervish

the

stable

had

not

so.

the

it

The

night

hurried

and

later the dervish

saw

him

elderly person's side.

the

"I

first, the

him.
had

The

he

whoever

window,

loudly.

name

At

simimon

who

servant

the

at

man

sound.
to

meant

The

"

am

here, Amad

Ahl-Masr.

What

is your

ure?"
pleas-

ALADDIN

134

was

FROM

He

had

escape

must

savage.

mustahall's

BROADWAY

probably slept little.


have

him

enraged

The

beyond

measure.

The

dervish, with

stronger

snip with

relate

how

The

that

dervish

Amad's

the

event,

bigger

than

one

he

against

had

ever

her

in

villainous
what
that

scoundrels

breath.

The

injected a
liar of

dervish

had

they

the

to

revelation

of

new

element

of

dyer

! He

that

he

were

! He

could

and

found

it

think

just then,
of

mistake

thinking it

this
And

been!

squeezed

sion.
pleasant diver-

The

that

pitted

with

have

man

young

youth sometimes
may

endure

age

and

accompanied by great coffers of diamonds

gold, and,

too

pessimism did
mind

pair of

its mistake.

late, learns
insinuate

not

at

lips had

the

moment.

given

think

be

to

had

Dolt

was

To

contest

Pah!

Amad

together.

two

dreamed.

unequal

an

pander of youth!
stop

makes

wise

and

servant

there ?

permitted himself

dyer's windpipe

did not

the

come

That

man!

old

when

the

house, gave

Would

two

put

personality had

interest in the affair.

that

shears.

his

drew

the

to

he, the dervish, had

in

would,

his back

itself into

Perhaps

This

bit of

his worldlya

vacillatingtouch

certain
to

his

AT

AMAD'S

It sometimes

cynicism.

has

of

vassal

unreasoning

135

effect,making

that

its victim.

an

dangerous

fealty!
"Who

is that
the

Luckily

had

into

by his

come

"He

is

most

"whom

"He

engaged

could

left

who

"I know
with

he

dervish

"

had

well.

him

"

he

how

the

The

man.

promised

the

for

he

the

?"

It

moment

place of

the

fortnight since."

resisted.

And

ant,
serv-

fortunate

was

pay,

fellow
he

stinct
in-

grafting

for

his wages.

will be

content

mentioned

hesitated, then

amount.

an

"More

few
the

than

enough

mind.

never

I called

instructions
two

The

receded

going

which

from

on

!" returned
you

the
the

continued

man

young

advisedly. His
was

be

not

for

own

just

to

take

to

well recommended

comes

his

helper,"repliedthe

competent

"Excellently,"Hed

the

of

reasons

assistant.

new

fellow

asked.

had

particulars as

I have

unreliable

Amad

had

servant

entering

not

fellow?"

heart

in

the

was

to

the old
"

"

He

dervish did

"But

man.

murmured
not

hear

and

window.
to
not

snip,but
in

big house?

not

his

task.

He

did

always
What
not

like

ALADDIN

136
Amad's

FROM

expression. The

put out, yet there

was

pertinacity in his
the

accept
not

one

do?

his hands

not

of

no

his

official

disquietude. The
menacing,

and

air

him.

did

not

and

off.

would

reputation to maintain.

not

stamp

much
The
man

and

community
good

wisdom

himself

day seemed
servant

as

name

and

He

as

would

to

resort

this

extremity,

important

an

guard his

free-booter.

saddled

then

What
After
the

would
had

He

Star.

son
per-

nity
dig-

own

jewel of price. He

and

to

positionand

both

cunning for that.

returned

in the

was

interminable.

new

garden seemed

course,

had
was

dervish, however,

proceed

merchant

for the rich diamond

and

The

of

spiteof this

in

trouble

could, of

her

marriage

experienced

man

compass
en-

the pages

on

Yet

he

could

could

second

premonition that

he

other

silence of the

Amad

could

dervish

of record

young

very

carry

believe

in the

The

registerat the sabit.

reassuring fact, the

seized

tied?

Her

matter

obviously

was

however,

now.

purpose

disposition to

What,

the

wicked

or

no

He

whereby

means

by this time, a

violence

assurance

auguring

eyes,

doubt, much

no

was,

certain

easily defeated.

conceive

the

latter

seemingly inevitable.

Were

was,

BROADWAY

too

time

the

As

the

AT

fellow

led the horse

trappings

the

to

with

curtly

that

humble

137

its picturesqueand

gate the

tlie master

Was

AMAD'S

going

dervish
out?

position,and

the

in silence

the rebuke

dervish

house?

moment,

Slowly
of

And
her

was

the

chances

no

He

needed

the

wall, twenty

get

over

know

that

that.

already?
at

toward

Not
once

that

of

extra

feet
Did

he

wish

had

About

that

the

dle
mid-

uneasily
the

enough, amid

The

dervish

It would

leave
a

most
al-

at

ventured

near

to

cept
ac-

stepdaughter ?

assistant

exactly! But
what

what,

"

new

high.

to

girl still in her

locked.

wage.

other's

become

it was

his

replied

the

had

her

by

went

approaching

shrubbery, to ascertain
took

the

morning, the dervish

the gate,

toward

attitude

query.

forced

he

Light of Life?

slowly time

too

"

of

was

although

servant

one

fiercelyinquisitive. Was
own

ventured

The

curiosity ill became

barbaric

not

The

ant
serv-

escaping.
glanced

at

be

to

Amad's

easy

service

great restlessness

become

of

to

girl moved

the

him.
Seconds
hours.

sound

dragged into minutes, and

Once
of

he heard

soldiers go

muttering voices

they diverted

his attention.

by and

without.
Was

minutes

into

caught the

Momentarily

anything

amiss

in

138

ALADDIN

city?

the

FROM

These

the

people seemed

servant's

between
had

he

heard

in the

no

seemed
reverted

It

was

house
Not
had

of

door, the
sound

out,

gone

search

and
for

also,

to

man

hesitated;

that

attraction

for

secrets,

if there
of

chambers
sanctum

down
toward

mystery

the

snippers
entrance

his

house

exercised

of
and

rear

quickly

doubt,

no

servants,
the

to

master

its

behold

its

into the

softly

young

nary
extraordi-

an

The

the

entered.

had

to

wished

penetrate

walked

holy

followed

trusted

wanted

its master.

to

and

toward

moment

He

in the

that

Amad,

and

of

receded

the servant

him.

any.

listened

had

looked

of

were

sanctorum

the

He

He

an

channel.

certain

him.

rising
up-

his thoughts

within.

from

came

talk of

usually happened

other

by which

one

sation
conver-

he

quiet

and

siesta hour.

the

the

"

soldiers

The

that

bered
remem-

in the courts

the

them.

He

guide, which
the

"

and

But

to

more

now

the

himself,

before

than

night

One

He,

bazaars

more

once

and

days before

time.

greater

last

of

often.

some

excited.

Christians.

the

so

murmurings
places for

few

against
every

words

Fitzgerald

overheard

about

BROADWAY

veritable

dervish
but

wall, which

laid

swiftly
was

as

AT

solid

forbidding

and

yielded

and

he

found

He

for

and

caught

no

started
into

first to

sound.

It

fortune,

his

were

top he

it ; then

table

decorated
stood

note;

were

each

with

and

mighty safe.

practical turn

Amad

of

None

Swiftly

the

room

was

tuously
sump-

of

which

was

worth

about.
at

envy

rich

collector

sight of

hues.

wasn't

ivory mittah.
It

the

was

only

obtrusive.
of

going

vish
der-

The

with

an

the

hour

this

at

On

writing materials, including

bulky, European,

however,

ventured

he

there,

lavishly scattered
green

he

itors
vis-

where

enter.

absence.

Rugs,

ink-horn,
a

to

surroundings.

upward,

peered furtively

and

empty

he

him,

apartment

or

paneled ceiling shone

silver

owner.

the

probably intrude

turned

have

The

one

was

led

observed

no

mandarah,

furnished.

would

At

listening, but

stairway

day, in the master's

studied

stood
narrow

it.

linger before
would

door

prison; the

dimly lighted storeroom,

sure

received.

servants

of the

moments

mount

are

in

few

beautiful

of

entered.

making

to

139

that

as

himself

after

and

AMAD'S

mind
to

on

trust

In

them.
a

low

gold-

ner
cor-

discordant

It

suggested,

the

part of its

his

treasures

FROM

ALADDIN

140

BROADWAY

flimsy artistic oriental

to
was

indication

an

he meant

him, if he

could

dervish
He

seemed

wouldn't

did

there

him,

motionless

realize

not

it empty,

see

alone.
had

Another

how

he had

to.
to

The
be

melancholy
since
of

few

stomach.

About
the
"

It awakened
a

woman

He

and

morn

One

At

any

rate, he had

to

leave

He

of

can't be

did
not

"

She, his

house.
believe

and

"

yet

palatialinterior

hadn't

he

not

girlhood

experienced

then

dates.

place

him.

that

perhaps because
early

The

there, and

not

atmosphere of

ments.
mo-

had

decided

eaten

thing
any-

partaken only

cheerful

on

empty

an

enough of Amad's

had

house

front

could

depressing.

"

for

first flower

He

some

haunting, but

of the great

mistress

Incredible!

for

pictured Amad

in the

wife?

began

got,
from

take

long.

exercise

to

but
"

been

once

he

let others

altogether agreeable fascination


not

What

help it.

stood

hold

to

his character.

keep. He

to

The

of

safe

strong-boxes. That

dervish
loud

the

heard

servant

came

descend

suddenly
at the

knocking,

the house

and

room

to

new

down

street

and

from

the garden,

to

noise

door,

from
no

the

doubt.

unexpected life ;
somewhere

and

CHAPTER

THE

THE

like

room,

fortunately
not

was

or

and

information

but

at

heard

of

vessel

for

coffee.

in

aloes-wood,
of

aroma

the

The
one

spoke

comfort

the

atmosphere

had

these

been

142

the
felt

of

it

and

think

pain.

no

with
of

in

charcoal
wafted
benzoin

the

to

or

delicate

Syria,
and

in

ghiles.
nar-

still; no

arrangements
the

He

bringing

was

burning

sensuous

preliminary

completed

to

box
strong-

tobacco"
was

gratified,

containing

of

desire

steel

mingled

mankal,

"mountain

until

that

be

mind

ing.
interest-

in

fragrance

too;

in

not

probably

brass,

dervish

sufficiently

he

arm,

about,

or

the

odors,

other

"

silver

Soon

was

and

moving

servant

the

him

shoulder

to

tried

projections

certain

about

was

His

shortly.

so

He

present

The
either

however,
less

be

apartments,

lighted.

himself?

the

Though
into

dimly

certainly

to

cost

future;

cut

but

was

what

the

Moslem

most

might

he

for

of

SUMMONS

comfortable,

very

body,

XI

attendant

for
had

THE

departed. Then
the

saddler.

the dervish

have

well

than

the

dyer

has

He

antedating

"

his

older

an

"

He

there.

was

him

dispensed with

friend

acquaintance with

been

the search

tellingme

were

before

of Sadi,

the voice

her !

or

"You

143

heard

Nemesis

His

could

Amad,

SUMMONS

unavailing,"

the

Sadi

it

dervish

"

hesitated

He

began.

"dervish," but

word

for this

might have

been

inadvertent.
"It has."

The

all seated

were

them

has

now

yet been

has

mournful.

was

Amad's

on

water-bottles

the

trace

no

dyer's voice

They

cushions, while

bubbled

found

fore
be-

steadily. "I

of him.

The

gret
re-

fellow

completely disappeared."
"The

has

been

doubt

it?

search

thorough?"

Again the

dler
sad-

spoke.
"Can
water,

you

class have

they

not

mouse

know
escape
to

found

enlisted

been

in the

them,

half-beggars
of

and

carriers

and

of

And

do

task.

corners

He

Could

themselves

been

no,

drowned,"

customed
ac-

"

city,he would

has

of

others

sleepingplaces? No,

alive in the

this time.

low

sharbeh

nooks

were

by

the

all the

all kinds

the scoundrel

been

the sakka

the hawkers,

that

Even

if

have

ALADDIN

144

FROM

"Perhaps
"You

do

have

is not

an

the

I had

"

look
the

athlete.

wedding.

Mecca),
death

few

Though

have

even

be

the

promised

might

He

is strong

infer

is

and
from

so

day

hadji (pilgrim

from

He

faced

deserts.

has

become

hemales

The

He

dervish
keen.

perceptions were

the
even

deuce

of

more

tiresome

be
may

search.

their

know."

we

Sadi's
been

in

still may

he

The

Damascus.

place

now.

had

him

discovered

than

nearer

to

last

before^ and,'' slowly, "escaped.

some

past he

He

did

he

peculiar tone, "that

crossed

in

hardly breathed
In

he

not

overlooked

have
may

Also,

somewhere

hidden

what

is, I should
in

I mean,"

expedients.

waters.

That

times

we

by

see

may

him,"

has

and

thoughtfully.

resourcefulness.

swift

of

Sadi

without

one

the

escaped

supple

of

his

hastily,"you

he

night,

observed

know

not

added

he

not,"

BROADWAY.

bore

and

in

he
the

future.
"I

hold

is dead,"

he

"Allah," piously, "would

iniquity to
ingratitude
raised

him

go

said the

unpunished.

so

from

foul!

permit

not

Never

Our

the dirt.

revered

We

conviction.

dyer with

fed

person

before

there

was

friend,
and

of such

Amad,

clothed

him,

THE

only

be

to

out.

blackmailing

forcible
but

from

Amad.

good

of

the

into

had

"

full

"He

stone.

Sadi

for

the

left

that

had

he

perienced
ex-

merchant's
of the

choice
And

his

have

doubt

no

him.

by

dervish

the

seemed
would

so

not

holy, too!"
have

dyer bitterly. "Why,


the

for

vouched

cient
insuffi-

in what

sponsor?

trick !

scurvy

"Who

been

case.

would

weight of the diamond


had

hear

this

that the

was

they
heard

had

in

squeezed

was

more

seldom

true

small

There

dervish

had

listeners

so

dyer's

and

he

feeling small

was

been

position

he

sufficient.

disapproval. The
dyer

felt

him

lips. Perhaps

certainly

have

which

dyer himself
the

The

"

those

that

saw

was

should

all too

proven

old

themselves

space

his

repetition of

The

dervish

"

sold

getting the better of him

mild

scoundrel

mustahall!

epithets fell from

were

145

betrayed basely. The

indignation was

The

SUMMONS

preacher in the

trusted

him

smiled

who

before

they walk

Verses

fairly dripped from

around

smiled, but said nothing. "And

oddly.

?" bemoaned

his Koran

he knew
alcove

Sadi

as

addresses
the

his
when

the
well
the

sacred

as

grims,
pilblack

lips." Again
he

prayed.

ALADDIN

146
he

skipped

never

have

been

worthy

esteemed

like

patron

so

bellowswith

burst
The

ill!"

He

had

downcast.

descended

satellite of Amad,
the

stranger
voice

to

the

to

attempt

His

positionwas

there

for

His

fat

seeming

heard

peer

so

"

cheeks
almost

He,

out

the dervish

At

As

him.

the

may

other

have

of

the

the

The

been

party

least, he did

it later.

risks.

He

peculiar purpose

the
a

was

know

not

dervish

did

little company.

felt that
of

was

with

touched

were

upon

looked

too,

dyer's emotions

the

man

dyer's

precarious without
sufficiently

unnecessary
some

They

dervish.

the

was

this person

fourth

he

when

not

any

of
on

so

dyer.

The

stick.

same

frank

so

night when

reflection

have

One

married.

be

to

satellite of

was

puffed vigorously

full

nothing.

the memorable

on

to

; he

innocently served

bottle.

fashion, when

said

consented

seemed

The

resentment.

others

companion

"I,

have

at

base!

so

dyer's tone

"To

big aggrieved baby

worked

his

in the

!" he murmured.

would

man

by the unworthy."

justify himself.

to

any

dissembler

martyrdom

was

our

by

Surely

always be fooled

attempting

to

BROADWAY

word.

deceived

may

There

honest

FROM

his own,

Sadi

ing
takwas

which,

THE

he

perhaps,
the

other

not

come

three

permit

we

if not

thief,

dyer put
smoke

worse

out

like

now

"Allah

fist. He

Sadi

reached

his

coffee,

silent.

with

on

rumbled

volcanoes

He

seemed

seed

thinking.

and
not

or

it

held

it

drop

to

little perfumed

over

for

flavor

beverage.
"There

is

"It

is

"How
you,

you

back

your

one

so

prophet
a

man's

"Well

the

on

dyer,

is it that, when

much

truer

are

entitled

great

our

as

'More

shapely
declining
said !"

to

resort

to

young
years

patron

has

precious than
houri

to

means

any

that

lost!

true

get

treasure

For
other

any

is the

robs

scoundrel

Especially when

treasure?

with

met

saying."

good

says

be

saying, duplicity should

duplicity,"went

is

The

surrounded

was

whether

debating

in, but finallydecided


his

this

"

sleeve?"

in his

lesser

cardamom

if

as

Two

was

for

He

desert

disgruntled volcano.

forbid!"

echo.

had

They

the

of

of

presence

coffee.

drink

bandit

laugh

to

"

the

portend?

and

this

closed

it

smoke

to

And

did

what

"

147

himself.

to

merely

"Shall

an

kept

SUMMONS

as

the

sion,
posses-

solace

of

!' "

They fairlysmacked

their

lipsover

ALADDIN

148
this

FROM

sentiment.

think

of her

He

The

smirk

Amad's

see

have

he, the dervish, had

precious crowd!
cause.

done

her, he

other

But

been

the

in
men

libidinous

scoundrels!

dishonesty
and

out

bump

against
a

words

about

something

of

"Well, Amad
"No

doubt.
husband

The

"robber

them

end

that

kind?
soon

Only,

of

"

by

have

he

had

made

personal
with

much

The

about

talk

spring

to

But

sly

tion
indignaing"even
feel-

another

dyer's hypocritical
the

did

what

suppose
not

were

wanted

justifying

the

to

very

He

The

himself

They

together.

one.

this

loss.

tempered

was

will

could.

dared

heads

stronger

lent

And
of

dupe

they

to

face.

wrong

Amad's

And

their

seemed

pipes, albeit

baseness

and

the

the

connection,

for

sympathy

his

if he

over

may

ostensible

ally or

his
this

means?

or

"

they signify?

pearl back
robber

of

again.'*
a

stitute
sub-

really dead?"

substitute

imagine
he

unconscious

this

To

of

evil old

actually

atone

his.

this kind

could

Again

in the

would

some

as

He

eyes

for that

of

more

had

of

one

Sybarites ! Libertines

listen ?

He

comments

ones,

much

to

wicked

their

bit

dyer's fat face.

the

on

how

to

would

dervish

their mercy

at

wondered

talk he

BROADWAY

husband's"

heart

was

I50

ALADDIN

moved

toward

continued

FROM

the door.
of

one

brigand

the

has

looked

significantly."At
did

he

her
it may,

"

to

beauty

no

presence

She

is

now

in the

later

could

their

That

tiny

satellite

"

the

it could

for

not

somewhat

deductive

of

tints

belong

this circumstance

bags

of

gold

did

and
to

the

to

dawn

sluggish mind
which

men

It

was

small.

seemed

dyer's

the

"

to

sober

more

quite harmonize;

not

cushion

big

side.

so

was

space

lingered.

the

to

other

the

garment
of

one

about

process

be

again

of the dervish's

corner

dun-colored

his gaze

other

as

precious

back

swept

eyes

helped it,the

of

that

most

his

as

"Be

will

one

slightly from

attention

the

attract

bit

safe

to.

very

have

not

no

haps
Per-

rage.

corner," he laughed.

receptacle alluded

protruded

his

dyer

kill her.

would

dearest, his

as

the

fiction!

that

his

he

melted

assured

rest

approach

moment

cloak

his

safe, where

unwelcome

thought

Again

"

yonder safe

than

is

that," answered

first I

can

you

treasure.

He

his

to

Her

not.

tears

permitted

iron

"She

?'*

the beloved

Fatma,

men.

again force

may

"Amad

in

"And

her?"

upon

But

BROADWAY

or

upon

become

hanging.

Would

him?

involved

proceeding from

Was

in

small

THE

enough

cause

effect

"

Luckily

would

for the

others

satellite to
in

outdone

end.

one

It claimed

He

did

not

the

already

toward

the

at

front

the

to

That

marble.

infirmity of

tread

did

it had

purpose;

low
felway,
door-

vancing
ad-

whose

heard

ringing
imply

to

seem

combative

definite

the

the

him

not

the

to

The

through
meet

be

to

and

threshold.

trio

the

ellite's
sat-

wish

Sadi

dyer,

footsteps might already be


the

attention.

it stimulated

The

quickly followed

on

dervish?

the

psychological moment

and

merchants.
were

out

for

one

startling

alacrity in paying his respects

diamond
man

large and

heard.

was

the

151

to

latter,at that

of Amad

It stimulated

other

lead

disagreeable

most

the voice

rich

SUMMONS

sound.
The
but

dervish

got up

dared

not

behind

his

room.

were

remain

darted

there
The

footsteps as
he

Without,
turned
across

waited

longer,

no

swiftly; they might intercept him

chance.
of

safe

the

from
a

so

heavy
he

must

needs

rugs

drowned

passed

saw

him,

shadowy

like

that the
and

in

space,

take

the

and

he
perate
des-

sound

the

flash

dyer

but

the

across

the others

dim

reached

stairway, and, undetected, crept softly down

light
the

he

back

it.

ALADDIN

152
In

the

of the

rear

the dervish
her

store

FROM

in

was

garden

once

whirl.

Amad

to

BROADWAY

and

They

he

couldn't

preposterous

assertion, in view

They

could

perjure

Amad

had

been

present

twice.
and

and

This

would

acquiesced
had

showed

merchant

it away.

swear

men?"

Yet
did

^what

"

those

sudden

baneful

four

persons

could

simplicity and

devilishness

be

entered

marriage,

pay

in

of

was

after

the

the

extra

they?
The

his mind.

band,
substitute hus-

tripledivorce

of

record

Amad

affidavits

the
book

would

letter

in
of

acme

very

their

And

illumined

not

of four

could

what

great glazed parchment

an

records

hirelingscould

public documents.

for

he

ceremony;

simple ; the

Oh, it

chamber

"

out
with-

already

written

that he, the

their presence.

would

The

light illumined
swear

had

words, the "oaths

already pronounced

had

Amad

or

they mean?

separation"

take her back

marriage
it.

you" only

"lesser

But

all his minions

it and

"

that

swearing

"I divorce

could

objection to

no

her; that they had

the

second

that

re-

it.

prevent

by

say

formalities.
in

offered

him

constitute

the diamond
vexatious

themselves

heard

to

of the law, unless?

really divorced

never

going

were

of

the mind

more,

or

second
in the

ably
probtwo

as

SUMMONS

THE

for the poor

specialreward
transcribed

the

in beautiful

The

who

diamond

almost

in

so;

avail

doubt

now?

her

Light of

much

prisoner, and

the

dictiveness

that

termagant

of

might

stepmothers

that

"

dervish

attempt

even

quite capable

are

fists closed, and

forehead

at

saw

with

the

thought.

Amad

glance

grim

smile.

That

expressive. They
there

Obstacles
Amad's

and
had

they
but

added

dyer "nibbing"

The

old

to

beat her.

doing

out

of

pulsated

the

window

change

were

"fixing up

pen,

no

Moslem

that.

facial

scene

the

vin-

veins

impatience. It needed

imagine the

the

few

timated
in-

had

practically

warden.

of

no

was

dyer

wasting

were

picture the detestable


the

as

could

Life

was

could

virago

dervish's

He

she

appeared

What

watching the girl closely. The


as

in

He

she?

ludicrously helpless;and

courage

it.

contest

dervish,

he, the

of

distinctlyout

ble.
dou-

costs

still in the
was

who

it done

have

which

was

fact, it

student

or

even

Arabic

merchant

seemed

now

might

vowel-pointed

much

^very

"

mugawir

He

text.

153

was

time

The
his

on

once

ically
diabol-

things"
about

degrees of fervor

it.
to

little imagination to

being
his

enacted

ink-horn

within:

close at

154

ALADDIN

hand;

the

aloof;

FROM

others

the

beyond

divorce.

Amad's
the
He

It would

diamonds

own

dervish

would

Night descended,
found

and

all

wrought
was

him

working
of

snippers. The

servant

stable

supper.

wanted
for
a

to

more

"In

the

dates

words

customary

had

no

thought

news

hear

was

the

to

servant

he

flaw

dict,
bene-

stand

to

of

on.

of

the

He

had

vines

and

sound

the
and

called

not

hungry
had

he

forced

night,

the

of

him

into

and

he

excuse

no

his throat

down

crust.

!" The

uttered

servant

the

eating. He, too, appeared

spoke perfunctorily.

in the

desire

one

sort

among

out

He

before

absent-minded, and

"Any

to

came

of Allah

name

as

and

his neck.

havoc

mechanically.

So

and

be

As

leg

stay in the garden but

remaining there.

few

kind.

funereal

most

manner

for

have

there.

completely

perfect

as

saved

clipping just

now

the

he

and

wouldn't

be

wouldn't

malignant

here

the black

"

lucky if

be

with

her

There

somewhat

saddler

word

certainly divorce

peradventure.

in the

the

merchant,

suggesting

would

They

watching,

diamond

shrewdness,

BROADWAY

town?"

said

the

He

dervish.

make

conversation,

might

tell

something

but

he

of

his

THE

where

master,

ridden
At

forth
his

and

the

question,the

gleam.

"News?"

to

reflection

"Some

in the

"Soldiers

or

quarter

poor

by to-day," said

that

wonderful

the

man.

But

dervish.

the
or

night," supplemented

repliedthe dervish, with

"Don't

you

so?"

think

pious than

had

he

Surely
not

flames,

the

the

servant,

softly. "And
are

not

far away.

gaze

asked

servant

dervish

stupid

or

the
less

seemed?

it is

for

The
the

question sharply. Was

exits

dully.

might portend.

"Is it ?"

"But

like ?"

look

meaning.

covert

"I?

and

man

aflame, I suppose?"

houses," answered

or

thinking of the soldiers,

anything

with

that

pressed
sup-

tone.

same

went

not

was

"A

the

does

Significantly.

house,

unusual

an

repeated the

"It is that."

"Some

ly
curious-

sky," said the dervish

in the

house

done.

at him

in his eyes

"What

window.

he had

looked

had

he

when

gone

what

servant

noted

DO

had

Star, and

the

on

In the

he

latter

the dervish

pointed
"A

SUMMONS

wonderful

Christians!"
one

all watched.

may

night."
breathed

leave

Any

the

the

city now

left in town

man

for

will be

ALADDIN

156

FROM

BROADWAY

destroyed. It is the will of Allah.


holy

have

men

"Indeed

to

"

it

was

to-day?

"

the

set

master's

"My
the

And

forth

went

proclaimed

so

it can

and

this business

^to

bait the

is his

?"

"

retorted

business,"

would

ter
mas-

your

lievers
dogs of unbe-

populace against them

business

inspired
be otherwise."

not

on

shortly. "You

servant

Several

well

do

to

member
re-

"
"

"I should

like to go

dervish

the

Surprised.

"Perhaps
strike

blow

any

love

hard

all

day,

diversion

the

for

for

entitled

man

you

Do

prophet.

give

him

spoke with

"Do

the blessed

have

Christians

will

He

fanatic.

the

these

is not

which

Paradise?"
a

I, too, may

even

have

of

evening," interrupted

suddenly.

"Why?"

to

this

out

After
to

with

me,

think

working

little pious

better

enthusiasm

come

you

chance

place
^the

"

out

in

spirit

there

in

streets,"he added.
"I?"

there

said the
is talk

"Shall

of

true

servant

rioting.
believer

repliedscornfully.

falteringly."But

somewhat
Think

think

of

the

of that?"

danger!"
the dervish

158

ALADDIN

moved

swiftly toward

her,

to

do.

at

FROM

cost

any

He

had

Amad's.

her?

could

He

here

what

this

Perhaps
divert

best

was

who

turbulence

might be.
"Are
The

might
hazard.

The

future

going

you

had

servant

to
a

could

would

leave

to

get

have

to

pend
de-

emergency

tliat

for

garden.
might

him.

but

didn't

Or

tional
addi-

an

know

this

how

tell.

would
?"

open

in his

key

at

plish
accom-

Christians

the

prove
He

must

how

the

seeking

were

of

note

he

must

go

necessary

when

agitation against

those

that

he

plan;

But, primarily, he

arose.

was

longer, though

not

he

what

what

see

and

get out

was

all that
not

could

doing

on

To

gate.

^that,now,

"

by remaining
to

the

learned

He

BROADWAY

in

exasperatingly long time

hand, but he took

fittingit

in the

an

ancient

lock.
Now

"Patience!
about

was

to

when

from

with

covered

"The

the

key
of

rear

face

master

announced,

the

turn

it," replied the

I have

and

the

swing

house,

looking at

to

the

see

the

maid

toward

stepped rapidly

wishes

open

new

dervish.

man

the

and

gate,

servant,
them.

helper," she

CHAPTER

XII
:,*-"""
.

"IV

yTE?"

JL

"

For
the

at

but

egress,

is not

if

as

does

be

perhaps

"As

that,"

to

him

the

to

see

she

locks

be

to

me?"

returned

sharply.

vainly,
had

words
He

must

might

unbusinesslike

sumed
as-

need

fear.

not

been

had

who

You

garding
re-

seem

fellow."
^he

no

doubt

senseless

"I

the

well

esteem

sound,
part

proclivities.

of
him

The

but
half-

that,

time,

please

not

may

"

play

for

fighting

was

"

though

dervish

The

woman

closely, "you

"Nevertheless"

servant

as

forcible

tone.

said

likely enough

say?

well

wish

say,"

essay

discharged?"

lugubrious

The

as

he

to

me

to

looked

man

young

tempted

bolts

were

for

the

'

once."

at

"And

gate

MAN

instant

"Why

"That

HOLY

an

there

considered,

"Go

VERY

what

dervish

he

could

fool.
in

him."

The
view

man

of

hoped

his

so.

ALADDIN

i6o

He

rely

must

for

now

Amad

man

servant,
on

head

My

the

"Well, perhaps
"You'll

to
as

I could

curtly. "As

servant

the young

could

hold

the
in

sometimes
I

tioned
ques-

am

significantly.
startingin the least.
"

say

"

with.

such

head

your

modesty

! You

may

look

Besides,"

up.

amiable.

gifts,sweetmeats

he

Perhaps

fine fellow,"

my

feelingvery

is

little

us

for you,

on

master

given

even

"fie

man,

"the
has

and

go

of

nothing of the kind," interrupted the

do

if you

servant,

man

I've

master

when

ended

he

the

to

Star

confused

superiors,and

wages?"

here,"

for

oats

rescue

interview

an

gracious

get

becomes

of my

?" said

"See

most

to

for

desire

no

his

to

come

moment.

errand,

about

maid

to

man

"tell the

presence

"Eh

that

at

an

Desert.
the

the

on

BROADWAY

certainlyhe had

with

gone

FROM

have

to

present

assuringly,
re-

He
brate
celefor

you."

was

the dervish, "is he

"Why,"

asked

"A

usually is,under

man

regarding

servant

was

witted, but

fellow,

handsome

merit

circumstances."

favorably. Truly

more

woman

indeed, it is

him

the

amiable?"

so

can

in

not

forgive that
man.

very
"

She

this

new

bright-

sometimes,

circumstances

"What

is the

"It

is to

be married

"To-morrow?"
The
Amad

meant

emotion

they could

!" the dervish

this information

romantic,"

of

and

another

divorced

that

free."

is

knavish
you

and

The

of

plan correctly
"

not, also,wish

the

him,

woman

stranger, know

married

was

Then

divorced

dervish

caused

on

He

her.

other

by

ever
repeated. What-

went

nothing of the circumstances.


before

matters.

his face.

being

course,

statue.

chances

no

have

may

sign of it on

is very

"You,

servant.

take

quickly, to

no

like

stood

certainly expedited

act

read

"Yes, it

dervish

had
to

morning."

to-morrow

delay. "To-morrow

she

adverte
if in-

wedding.

his

night before

The

miscreants

her

cernedly
uncon-

as

toyed with her veil,liftingit a little as

She

He

asked

?" the other

could.

he

as

i6i

MAN

HOLY

VERY

her,

she

married
So

too.

now

their

fathomed

had

course!

"But

to

come!

Do

good fortune ?"

him

"I?"

"Yes;
him

and

"It

all the

others

implore Allah's

might

house-servant,

not

be

only

so

have,

or

will, bend

blessing on

his

acceptable from
stableman,"

before

head."
me,

muttered

not

the

ALADDIN

i62

dervish.

She

answered

followed

he

and

FROM

her.

him

more

He

had

sharply,hov^ever,
to, for

would

she

be put off.

not

What

could

perhaps, for
would
the

Amad
the

with

house
in

breathed

for him

sent

merchant

for

for

in vain.

him
been

leading

He

day.

from
been

they

glanced

the

once

or

Amad's.
traversed

quite unmindful

She
the

at

of

the

to

his

new

city over
dervish

stone

steps

canal, might

lips during

the

on

his ride and

the master

might have

the

house, the

this handsome

stepped
dim

had

closely.

toward

twice

He

diamond

the

the

on

his master

more

walked

the

how

servant's

talked, or

man

rich

hunted

garden

with

veritable

suspicious of

waters

man

strew

to

perhaps Amad
The

had

the

the

it into

inkling of

Amad's

had

questioned

they

by

might have

two

As

Amad

them,

cut

reason.

Some

up

from

fallen

have

the

cast

But

become

might have

gardener.

to

It

garden?

joyous occasion.

the

another

Flowers,

the

transform

to

moment.

assistant

had

business

with

keeping

hard

from

morrow,

them,

him?

with

want

be the dervish's

bower,

of

BROADWAY

rather

passageway

tentative

woman

servant

new

close
but

him

to

he

as

appeared

friendliness

in

her

Even

manner.

suffered

lips,he

showed

she

He

safely

His

he

had

don't

The

the

know.

the

coincidence.

to

is

did

be

not

it

of

out

pass

he

But

very

had

worsted

him.

He

this

"

brain.

"Wait!"

in

tunate
for-

as

said

fact

other's

preoccupation.

now."

And

she

went

him.

had

Amad

circumstance,
to

puissant as
going

to

out

woman,

"I

will

now.

babe.

Amad

be married

on

forward.

the

all else.

above

of

unmindful
see

or

matter

kept repeating itself in

It stood

the

with

was

And

little seemed

was

voice.

low

left."

Ominous

as

glitter.

to

saddler,

he

dervish!

felt about

morrow

asked

dervish

possibly still there!

dervish

dervish's

any

stupid

dervish

Would

day.

when

The

the

"Truly

"

if the

Sadi, the
you

saddler

for

sent

for

doll

pointing,"There

begun suddenly

admit

to

was

been

might have

glad enough

that

alone?"

eyes

"I

been

had

ripe

this occasion?

on

"Is

As

observed.

before

once

Then

murmured.

the door," she


know!

for him, and

had

her

reveal

china

stairs she

the

to

They

painted lips of

temptation they
fellow!"

aside

interest.

163

of

head

the

at

be swept

no

crimson

the

when

veil to

her

MAN

HOLY

VERY

if you
He

may

followed.

the
enter

ALADDIN

i64

of

sound

low

stay here

other

voices

moment

"The

tones.

FROM

I didn't
his

think

too, had

wings

kind.

did

Arab
or

realize that

to

of

so

poor

esting?"
inter-

though he,

the

nice eyes
low

"

Mohammedan

prisoner,with

ready when

What

she

met

them,

fires ! She

hidden

essentiallyand

was

that

suspicion,

opportunity is

when

eyes,

flame

coquettishly.

more

it

terably
unal-

disposed more

was

to

caress.

you

laugh: "My

endearment.

"One

him

fairlyto burn.

blast than

with

as

often

too

non-amatory

"What

of

that is

say

But

much

so

up

the dervish,

at

this fellow's

now

not

to

muttered

Treated

are

And

seemed

it

isn't over-fond

he have

the

permission

granted

take

Repression makes

bold.

her

let him

looked

not?

woman

when

you

idea, himself.

an

woman

Why

he

to

in subdued

on

fetch

me

master

can

knows,"

went

alone, and

the

shall have

the saddler, asked

would

What

"Allah

The

Sadi,

he

time, for

relatives.

bade

him

"We

two," she

master

speak with

to

heard.

was

or

left.

three

BROADWAY

favored

have

!" she murmured.

It

eye!"

It meant:

was

"Light

(for the moment)

by

of
my

Then
of

term

my

eye,"

eye."

ALADDIN

66

FROM

denoting keen

interest,but what
the

to
unintelligible

that
to

Yet

mind

must

Even

now

have

he

had

and
wizened

by

face

remember

heard

Amad

words

were

at

He

say

they talking about?"

the

dervish's

shrugged.

the

were

thing."
"some-

"
"

his

they
other

He

felt

no

few

days

meant

everything

him, but

when

to

his life

murmured

the

side.

"

over

evil

one

younger

are

"discovery."

two

tions
exclama-

The

within.

rasping voice, but

Sadi's

or

stances.
circum-

Englishman

an

fact

It seemed

extraneous

together

legend of
in

The

lost.

"What
woman

house.

fanatical

bowed

His

should

they

somehow.

from

the

all

otherwise.

only meaningless

came

and

her

cogent

time

likelihood

all

in

in

fortune, his all,and

much,

more

some

all

its loss.

that

apathy

him,
so

sounds

old

noticed

represented

to matter

seem

outweighed

*T

odd

an

it

been

once

even

still

was

they examining

strongly engrossed

left it behind

For

in

felt

they said

Were

had

not

been

have

though

"

that
had

he

he

it

didn't
so

dervish.

"something"

him?

BROADWAY

was

great

now

it would

ago
"

over

concern

an

extra

have

hazard

already forfeited!

The

morrow

HOLY

VERY

^that's what

"

he

her

but

hands,

words

came

There

are

words,

what

back

could

The

girl's

poignant significance.

with

heard, had

now

do?

she

things than

worse

revoca
ir-

the

"

might be wringing

bride

him

to

167

thinking of

was

The

morrow!

MAN

death

almost

Sadi's

that

so

"

frivolous, unmeaning

sound.
"I

ran

him

across

accidentallyone

in

our

holy cityof

in

one

of the enclosure

removed

few

discovered

of

relative

learned

Sadi's
at

of

than

on

be

to

eve

rewarded

saddler

of his

for

It
was

What

largess?
of

was

side, but
I

bered
remem-

"
"

also

to,

pitifully

mentally compute
are

And

rich
what

obligation upon

marriage ?

tomb

painfully irrelevant

listeners.

sense

the

Then
of

had

about

other

speak

hole

I had

saw

from

near.

seemed

bestow

the

dusk,

He

excuse

virtue

story you

the

he

When

on

tomb

in

arm

mosque.

some

prophet

services.

for

impress
the

the

doubt

No

for, except
to

or

bricks.

drawing

no

legend

reward

time

the

his

had

of the

made

of

was

least, one

ing

the

satisfaction

puerile.

to

of

He

walls

he

and

there
the

of

him,

miracle-hole,

Mecca.

after

day

relatives

better
this

one

Besides, it is fine

having accomplished something

i68

ALADDIN

gratifyingunto

most

striven

attain.

to

one

stone.

the

same

the

have

he

"

his

rich diamond

merchant

him

had

doubt,

the

latter.

fit to

seen

certain delicate

mission, instead of that blundering dyer, what


of

fuss
"I

bother

and

suspected

at

would

have

Light

of

then,

late

that

at

authority,do?

been

in

error

Sometimes
and
poor

man

"You

merchant,
"At

they
fines
dared
have
as

least,you

no

doubt

To

think

for

risk

not

if
are

are

the

"But

as

is

I who

that

am

"

further

fool, like

right. This
insult

ons
pris-

"

impatient of
not

severe.

both

are

penalty.

upon

if I had

What

there

but

"

speak

not

well," interrupted the

done

you

of

them,

and

saddler

I, without

against slanderers

beaten

are

deal

The

could

should

one

consulted

strong.

law

The

been

what

suspicion, however

mere

moment,

Besides,

avoided

been

Life's."

"Had

spoke complacently.

at

no

on

only

(the saddler) in

with

desires

He,

importance

long

birds

fanatical

Amad.

own

have

killingtwo

own

served
his

now

that you

yourself

served

time

employed

BROADWAY;

It is like

Sadi

pressed hard
If

FROM

to

our

is neither

many

proof

sacred
here

diamond

explanation.
others.

And

is conclusive.

plosively
religion!"Exnor

there

now,"

he went
me

do

"What

She

think

not

fellow ?

breathed

the

did

her?

The

it

"

in

but

was

merchant

his
"I do

not

Amad
I offered
not

trace

one

"Nor

that

Sadi's

was

the

as

same

he

with

"Tut!
Amad

What

the bones

strength to
an

go

obstinate

angrily. "However,
as

made

to
phatically
em-

more

been

probability
"

"

sons."
rea-

reward
! And

concerning him
found."

"The
significantly.
On

the march,

men

beggarly pilgrims

the

and

strippedthe flesh from


had

had

of the

"Think

him, living,has

camels, too,

always

reply to the

now

gave

lighten
en-

plexities
per-

own

in this, for obvious

you

dead, either," said Sadi

fell and

he

the

for his belief.

is swift, but he is strong.

water

could

her

?"

ear.

household,

answer.

information

of

how

voicing

snapped back.

for any

dervish's

not

reasons

agree

dyer tells

?"

the

question

dyer and the others, only

the

he

in

newcomer

did

idiot of

they be talkingabout

can

as

169

is dead

servant

She

dervish

diamond

Who

ask

not

MAN

the fellow

woman

man,

young

HOLY

calmly. "That

more

on

you

VERY

of the beasts.

But

on."
fellow
to

you

entertain

are!"
the

cried

sible
impos-

"

ALADDIN

I70
He

FROM

could

were

foolish

your

have

people know

aroused.

them
fellow

has

"And

facts.

kissed

the

true?"

better

be

this,now

it

they

to
are

acquaint

to

be

once

this

known
"

stone

for

goat

than

when

"

black

sacred

Amad

dead

business

your

Let

"

sacrifice

holy

at

"

dared

do
he

moment

that ?"

even

was

Amad

nation
religiousindig-

anticipations.

tender

shouted.

almost

vehement,

very

superseding

The

lover

replaced by the bigot.

was

Outside

the

stoic, indeed

Her

face

own

talk.

To

had

Amad

whereupon
The

interview

herself
was

head

Interferers

in peremptory
she

emotion

make

or

at

an

!"

end

of

was

derment.
bewilof all

tail out
to

parent
ap-

curiosity.

or

the

And

tians!"
Chris-

then

tell Sadi

tones

retreated

he

servant

woman

caught "Death

"Meddlers!
heard

the

with

eloquently expressive

couldn't

She

listened

dervish

without

man

was

She
this

the

door

indifference.

'

be

the

offered

"He

all

fit time, eh, if

"A
prove

had

What

"

Mecca

"He

It will

with

heard.

should

surmise

grimly.

so

be

not

chuckled
the

instructions.

hastily some

murmured

they

BROADWAY

to

she
go,

quickly.
and

she did not

wish

VERY

be detected

to

at

"You

had

better

the

to

go

again turned

servant

had

left the house.


her

He

companion

wasted

when

way,

at

had

his
his

him

stumble

smiling, if

barked

one

in

receded
and

the

the

pins of

wood

the

closing and

gloom,

"I

reconciled

to

forward, when
"Remember

sharply, "and
was

fast

shin

on

So

comparative

and

click

of the

dropped

bolt

the

inevitable.

He

them

other

or

footsteps

Sadi's

street

dervish

forded
it af-

capable of

kursi,

of

parted
de-

hear

unostentatious
the

place,had

into

locking of the
The

relations

been
a

furniture.

ready."

am

light the

to

to

have

even

him, for

Perhaps

amusement

dark

the

to

and

presence.

might

article of

substantial
had

He

of

lanterns

or

and

woman

end

friends

august

malicious

bit.

humbler

the

shadows

as

Sadi

dervish.

the

farther

The

now."

master

noticed

the

candles

no

from

later Sadi

moment

to

hall, but they appeared only


Amad

171

threshold.

woman

also

MAN

eavesdropping.
the

appeared

HOLY

door

dubbeh,
announced

after him.

appeared,
started

as

at

last,
more

once

"

your

what

losing any

manners,"
will
concern

be

spoke

expected
she

may

of

his

mentor

you."

have

had

She

for

ALADDIN

172
the

fellow.

oblivious
and
of

Never
his

to

BROADWAY

FROM

was

stableman

mere

"As

interests.

own

Allah

pray

to

bestow

enter

you

him

upon

more

the

ture
pos-

delights

paradise."
"Must

I say

Have

course.

"Oh,
Then

There

in the dervish's

glimmer
"Of

that?"

It will

no.

if to

as

you

"

queerly. She

at

!"

delightsof

"The

of the East

little attempts

her

pleasure much

much

memory,

paradise," he murmured

have

objection?"

any

give me

woman

odd

that

eyes.

charge his

disdainfully. A

again

was

eyed

like to

does not

flirtation pass

him

completely

unmarked.

"Go,
She

fool!"

wasn't

enough

further

for

near

she would
It

was

He

threshold
Amad

walked

said, and
interested

eavesdropping. Yet
have

been

rewarded

her

vanish

she

had

for her

gered,
lin-

pains.

into the
looked

before he stepped across

quickly

up

at

gave

vividly illumininglight. The

circumstance.
he

Did

the

mandarah.

lamps of the apartment

would

remain

to

even

now

herself.

away

well for the dervish, though, that she didn't.

watched

oil

she

Amad

recognize

him

his entrance.
a

dervish

know
in

restful but

sober

noted

him, and, if

The
not

the
so,

serving attire?

ALADDIN

174

"I hear

Here

solicitous servant,

judging by the

back.

"I

Allah

the dervish

thing

strove

spiritof
"I

"Verses
"I

"Garlands

their

new

It

it is

that

masters'

was

summoned

day!

The

to

^wreaths

joy

"

of

There

"
"

was

with

the

he

happy

good

to

be

I desire you

there

see

dervish

table behind

Flowers
was

which

now

close

of

he

Amad's

the merchant

in

these

flowers

that

to

pious

also, many

that many

for

ly,
sharp-

be

to
are,

provide flowers, then,


thither.

Amad

to, and

attended
to

"

said

servants

behalf, but

"

number

good,"

for

servitor.

sedulous

most

is

specialprayers,"

and

verses

and

that prayer

speak.

ing
bend-

and

impatiently.

chapters, without

practical matters
will

for

being over-congratulated. Still

as

this

know

his broad

blessings,"interrupted

of

Amad

deliver

and

"and

his

even

mumbled

bend

occasion.

the

will

respectful

instructions

complaisant, in keeping

be

to

most

fervently,but stillnearer

more

"Yes, yes," said


a

could

face.

"

shower

lower.

ever

give you

to

Amad's

on

"

You

"May

and

he

way

for you

sent

morrow.

such

BROADWAY

you." Approval appeared

was

one,

the

FROM

had

I
"

"

been

wedding-

the
was

laid
heavy in-

seated.

VERY

"Look
"and

HOLY

MAN

commanded

up,"

175

Amad

imperiously,

listen."

The

dervish

than

that.

from

He

with

stifling
the

look

did

up,

reached

of

throat

and

out

iron

an

and

amazed

were

no

more

other,

the

about

yell

startled

did

also,

grasped

the

grip

the

he,

but

to

issue

diamond

merchant.

quiet,

"Keep
in

his

tones

sudden

with

who

he

"You

and

hate

"That,"
learn."

There

"

The

now.

Amad's

pricked

"

or

skin

point

sharp
and

recognition.

latter's

the

did

Amad

felicitations

of

eyes

know,

dagger
blazed

then,

was.

!"

he

in

managed
his

said

gaze.

the

to

"What

do
"

young

murderous

murmur,

man,

you

"you

rage

want?"

will

soon

CHAPTER

XIII

MENACING

HALF

MOMENTS

later

hour

an

calm

stable.
he

as

lean

if he

as

by

employer

latter

returned

with

red

about

glanced

suspicious
the

said

flowers,"

the

man,

dervish

the

at

the

growl

low

wardly
out-

to

quite well, but

only

was

least

at

gave

him

not

was

proxy,

"It

inquiringly.

dog

regarded

felt all

dervish,

tranquil,

Damascus

and

entered

eyes

his

The

and

the

the

carelessly.

"You

had

pleasant

interview?"

"Very."
"And

left

"Hum?

spoke
toward

He

the

But

"Perhaps

"I

house.

All

any

instant

wouldn't."

said

with

transported

glanced quickly

I, too,

master,"

mood?"

amiable

an

was

dervish

the

moment.

the

in

him

had

the

there
better

servant

Hastily.
176

As

his

shoulder

over

still

was

joy."

there

might
go

and

come

for

"

he

the

"

congratulate

suddenly.
**When

he

dismissed

me

MENACING

he

remarked
"Did

asked

he had

"On
"Did

"Only

about

anything

look

to

papers

over."

wages?"

your

no."

word,

he

177

suspiciously.

man

my

important

say

you

the

MOMENTS

give

anything?"

you

this."

Showing

Jealously.
box.

small

"Sheereh

(Hashish)."
"

ehr

Sheer

"Of
tried

the

Delighted.

best

casually toward

"Defer

it."

hard

of the

least, and
after

the

The

lean

inclined

now

over

the

An

pupils of
lithe

tread

looked

man

creature

bristling,his
however,

of

stableman, when

growled.
The

Desert.

with

succeeded

invitation

dervish's

red

stood

as

on

with

the box, the

changed

eyes
a

the

suddenly

bent

in

the

dog again
?" he

said.

standing, his

hair

around.

the

looked

panther, he stepped

half

was

eyes

his

stall

the

the dervish

instant

den
sud-

Hps.

declined, turning toward

the

if

now."

do

to

smiling

other

then

down,

work

compression

the

Star

as

house.

the

I have

"Later.

of

dervish

speak unconcernedly, glancing again

to

But

The

some."

quality. Try

"Eh

dervish.

The

latter,

shoulders, his head

contents

of

which

he

ap-

ALADDIN

178
peared

be

to

"U-um!"

inhaling. His

he

it

"Catch."

murmured

Tossing

fellow

opened

darted

know

it and

look

what's

the

nocent
in-

the

to

Again

stableman
with

dog whined.
dog. "Don't

the

to

He's

him.

dervish

the

The

house.

The

other.

been

uneasy

time."

some

like it?"

you

box

the

the

the matter

for

"How'd

both

was

appreciatively.

inhaled.

toward

up," said

like that

attitude

good?"

so

"Shut

BROADWAY

absorbed.

and

"Is

FROM

The

dervish

the

changed

subject quickly, indicating the box.


"Nor

porter's bast, that !" grunted the


A

approval.

while

tempted,
he

but

ended

The
"Got
started

watched
the

the

box,

him

if

as

steadily,

little receptacleonce

it,concealing his disappointment.

water-pipe?"

to

over

dervish

brought

forth

he

said,

as

the

stableman

the horse.

groom

The

the

dervish

by extending

latter took

"Yes,

of

the

fingered

the dervish.

to

more

he

moment

with

man

in the

walked
a

there."

corner

to

the

smoking outfit.

water-pipe, and

place indicated
He

and

filled the bowl

applied a coal from

the

bra-

Stiflingwith

an

the throat

iron
of

grip the yell about


the

diamond

to

merchant"

issue from

i8o

ALADDIN

But

stableman

the
"I'd

Star.

"When
he

the

is most

night

of

second

if he

the
The

in

doing

the dervish

liked

The

stableman

"Wait,"

"Where

"To

are

tion
frac-

Well, if

so,

turned

to

"Doesn't

facing him.

once

give

tance
little dis-

some

swung

the

and

again the

stableman, when

and

duty

tized
anathema-

got up

stableman

low
fel-

act

man.

that," returned

the

other

with

strained.

somewhat

stable.

between

him.

to

dervish

you," grunted

"Yes, I've noticed


smile

much

so

The

wedding!"

precious; every

was

The

"

sound.

kick, and
from

meant

toward
a

his

inwardly the dervish

smoke

moved

before

Every instant

he wouldn't

dog made

unusual."

vibrate, however,

to

pleasure, and
him.

ourselves?"

enjoy

to

us

like him."

yet seemed

as

told

first."

that?"

occasion

"True;

more

work

the

course."

"The

him

toward
gazed indecisively

master

say

"It is not

and

BROADWAY

better finish my
the

"Did

"Of

FROM

you

the house

walked

toward

the

door

of

the

said.

he

going?"
for

another

pipe.

I've concluded

MENACING

to

The

advice.

take your

i8i

MOMENTS

work

wait

can

such

on

night."
"But

the

disturb

them

"The
on

is

servants

They

grinning, "one

it is

esteem

of them

sleeve.

It

watchful

was

dervish

could
the last

was

is

surely enough
good

"Well, I've
sat

wished

he

both," he

than

smoking, I've

to

The

You

with

on

we

needn't

that

house.

do. "One

to

went

the

to

go

him

with

him, but the

can

be

share, for when

my

weak

pipe
blance
sem-

smoke

in

afraid

of

it

comes

head."

strong one," boasted

"I learned

down.

sakka

fellow

other's

the

expedient,

fellowship. "So

getting more

my

touched

to

dervish

spoke, the

dog just behind

for

putting yourself

and

let this

thing

privilege. At least,'*

he

hand

friendly fashion.

more

of

not

It

of

As

hazardous

sentinel

but

are

detaining

will."

trouble."

unnecessary
a

you

always willing to wait

are

"Nevertheless, you

extended

should

asleep. Why

?"

women

man.

household

the virtues

the other, and

of this stuff when

(sellerof water)."
stableman

deep down,

while

puffed
the

at

last,drawing the smoke

dervish

selected

position

ALADDIN

82

could

he

where

FROM

window,

over

attention

between

of

the

see

of

back

the

to

listened

closer

but

for

great

haunches
the

dervish.

His

given

in the

you

"As
He

is

bowl

I'm

of

he

reserves

I told you

going

his

on

to

appeared

encomiums

new

the

surprised

such," he

it is the kind

all

dog, too, seemed

meanwhile

owner

enough, muttering

"Though

nothing

guardian gargoyle

the

tented
con-

the

on

the master

give presents

should

master

wonderingly.
for

only
is

his

us

"Surely

guests?"

feelingmost

to

have

all

on

amiable.

the

row."
mor-

"Is he, indeed?"

especiallymentioned

"He

did?"

"An

*old and

you."

Delighted.
valued

on

pipe.

added

"He

assure
re-

He

focusing his uncannily bright eyes

and

mixture

to

down.

heard

moment

scrawny

attention, sitting like

at

heavily. Some

coming

"

flicker

calculated

breathed

the

his

windows

dark

not

No

stable

divided

the house.

was

He

bed?

going

He

of the

one

man.

servant

The

and

man

the

through

shoulder.

dwelling

the

the young

alarming.

house

other's

the

lightpassing before

the

BROADWAY

servant',he called you."

MOMENTS

MENACING

"Not

so

"I

other.
"I
think

said

he

here,"

service
with

but

him

Valued',

"If

stableman

the

"Not

the

"
"

'old',come

not

to

say,"

did

he

what

on

suspiciously.

I""

all.

at

little mixed

seem

observed

he

thought

didn't

really give

this, but

you

you""

"Took

it?

well

came

Now

Allah

who

forbid"
for

recommended

yourself

you,

"
"

You

what

did it matter?

honesty, that

fellow

hashish

door

which

leading

stole

he
from

In

but
doubt

the

he

nothing

reminded
"Not
was

the

the house

some

into the

the dervish

not

one

it

seem

"

to

that

at

ened
straightnotice;

locking

up;

no

he

his turn.

yet," said the latter protestingly.


airy, though between

than

garden

dervish

was

was

with

shared

if

and

valuable

The

did

all,

hold
house-

servants

more

generously

stableman

thought

was

After

Mohammedan

every

suddenly slammed.

moment

it

Laughing.

peculation is practised by
this

forget

"Well, well !" grumbled the stableman.

now

in

put

of it."

"You

that

been

haven't

beheve

in

old

very

183

words

he

His

ner
man-

listened

in-

ALADDIN

i84

tently for
I told

you,

But

the

further

any

I have

weak

employ,"

touch

of

glint of

malice,

in the

At

dervish, but

the
of

bred

sharpness

if he

as

That

the

arouse

itself.
he
in

nerves

smoked,
his

in his head.

coming
gravel
"Who

dervish

in his

became

he

did

net.

would
not

began

the

house

that

be?"

The

could

be heard

walk.
can

ing
thiev-

own

stopped smoking.

from

dervish

centrated
con-

dervish

aware

too,

scendant
de-

the

circumstances,

finger-tips. Bees,
Suddenly

only

cursed

with

him

enmeshed

certain

the

have

that

possible

would

household, if the household

arouse

detected

difficulties,the

being

under

dog,

As

were

be

eye,

by generations of

hustling under

and

felt

eying

fects
drug af-

time

with

now,

dogs

street

part

'

"

stableman's

another

fellow's

the

jocosely

The

too.

ihnees

no

observed

pleasure might

truculence.

belligerency on
amused

of

look

that

"
"

"I'll have
he

"As

the house.

head, and

people differently,and
behind

from

insisted.

in my

with

BROADWAY

sounds

stableman

(little
boys)
perhaps

FROM

got up.

soon

he

had
buzz

to

steps
Footon

the

MENACING

"Odd
said

should

one

any

stableman

the

Fingers

half -veiled

had

shown

this time,"

at

latch

the

at

of

dervish

the

into

of

who

servant

woman

the

barn

the

back, revealing

later, swung

features

the

here

expectantly.

moment

185

out

come

fumbled

now

door, which,
the

MOMENTS

of

presence

the

mond
dia-

merchant.
"I
the

to

came

Star,"

has

been

an

sent

is

is

"He

not,

that?"

with

him.

consult

Christians,

the

no

in

the

the

man.
the stable-

About

staff

this uprising

The

doubt.

on

stall.

governor's

advisory cabinet,

then,

forth

gone

asked

the

the

of

member

see

orderly from
to

against

to

come

you

"Because

had

master

observed, looking toward

she

do

"Why

if the

see

master

know."

you

mandarah?"

said

the

was

no

the

vish.
der-

stableman.

"Apparently
reply."

Her

Did

might

have
He

not.

eyes,

they

as

knocked,

she

convey

spoke,
a

been

turned

question?

interpreted that look


had

there

and

last with

almost

the

to

Conscience
as

diamond

lenge.
chalchant.
mer-

i86

ALADDIN

The
smile.

FROM

dervish

smiled.

No

would

one

unnatural

or

say

something about

not

quite
"On

of

sure

foot?"

Then

the

walks

on

It
have
"I

it.

about

BROADWAY

seen

anything strained
the

he

observed,

if

as

drew

brows

stared

She

at

together. "He

him.
never

public streets."

the

"Never?

that

shall say

Who

on

such

night as

Twirling his fingerslightly. "Love

this?"

did

master

point.

Incredulously.

dark

very

believe

going out,"

the

charming

was

upsets

all habits."
"Your

wits

him
a

she

improving,"

are

sharply. "Perhaps

more

commented,
not

are

you

ing
ey-

such

fool""

"No,

indeed."

"The

master,

himself,"

compose

if you
She

knocked

dervish

very

sweet

suggested the

go.

and

"

"Why

such

to

He

smoked

if he

as

shine

brighter.

hurry?"

intended

was

deep breathing exercises.

beginning

little to

stableman, "and

ingratiatingtone.
now

"

quickly, in what

stableman

through

to

smoked

have

may

louder

started

the

the

too,

to

observed

His

were

eyes

said
be

that

going
were

88

ALADDIN

stableman's
and

the

they

now

to

speak of the

thoughts

dervish

it

the

was

picked
had

of

smoke,

recede

to

for

he

as

the
and

had

vanish

the

bluish

it

latter

turning
hardly
tween
be-

was

the

in

last time.

in

"

in his

was

plainly

it

beyond

started

even

He

it

it the

seen

and

in

disposition

girl'sface

Now

came

nearer,

the

darkness.

nebula, the
attention

occasionally attracted

Desert

sunk

seemed

ceiling,then

diaphanous

that

that

distinguished

the

near

up

world.

the

too

bride; how

world

The

ders
shoulnot

"

hear; she, too,

not

now

toward

his young

topsyturvy

He

He

occasion

one

did

stableman

it floated

the

on

them.

Behind

songs

exhibited

he

and

differently.

"

around;

only

Also

his

on

love

had

he

master

gossip

the

cloud

rude

now

maudlinly confidential.

house

saw

that

out.

came

become

But

little

story-tellers.They

to

was

BROADWAY

lips chanted

effusions
of

stands

rolled

head
his

delicate

FROM

of

Star

self
him-

to

by kicking.
"Your
dervish

turn

caught

and

sinews

himself

that

aware

him

!" breathed

the

like

man.

the

dog

up

with

stood

That

whip-cords;

uncertainly. The

voice
a

now

jerk, only

to

come
be-

squarely between

diabolical
its mouth,

It

had

through

the

beast!

MENACING

smoke,
of

seemed

to

steel trap.

The

places.

MOMENTS

stableman

The

man

gripping possibilities

the

possess

intelligence. It watched
he bestowed

when

of
moved

his

regard,

justbeyond

common

as

heads

like

the

fabled

that

as

It

regions.
looked

of

was

no

have

cur

as

of

quadruped

mere

It

super-cur.

almost

gutters,
to

This

boot.

of the iron shod

reach

Even

habit, it only

of

matter

sented
repre-

forcible evidence

another

now

changed

him.

over

heifer, appeared

young

watchful

as

canine

mangy

big

it

upon

it had

and

beast; the beast

the

was

189

as

many
fernal
the in-

longer;

any

inspired an

it

enormous

respect.
The

dervish

clearlyand

more

he

bowed

seemed
one

eye.

In

his

head.

Damascus
It

to

be

flowers

isn't

flowers

little

"

The

fdt

sleepy.

kind

of

The
and

truce

dog
closed

sleep with both

eyes

healthy.
brain

folding
in

slowly passed. Again

He
as

his ideas

marshal

to

dogs seldom

the dervish's

length

think,

the moments

regard this

to

closed.

on

tried to

the

their

came

busy bees

wings

coziest

stableman

puffs of smoke

those

now

they

fashion

"

leaned

seemed

were

settling

bright
back

at

red

while

spasmodically from

his

ALADDIN

I90

lips; then

tube

the

gently

and

feet.

He

in

was

his

disturbinghis
But

too,

thing

life at

his

sued
is-

snores

could

dissipatinghis

have

dreams

or

bliss.

neither
a

The

saw

girl,fair

had

heard

nor

delightfullassitude.

paradise! But
He

of

caravan

Tranquillity! Blissful

him?

fingers,uncoiled

Unseraphic

and

without

experienced

Dreamtime!
of

like

out

mouth

the dervish

storm!

his

Elysium.

him

over

BROADWAY

fell from

stretched

from

passed

FROM

Amad?
seized

as

him

He,

Peace

after

the

senses!

peri, at the portals

what

"

of

lure

him.

become

had

and

^what

"

of
that

was

noise ?

"

In his stall the Star

with
had

to

dog, too, got


Then
it.

opened

him

His
a

pounding

or

the

woman

he

heard

beating

That
servant

from

sound
on

the

might be

again

at

fresh

the

fancy,
the

door

air

house

and
or

and
vived
re-

draughts.

the

floor

ment.
mo-

window

in great

drew

it. The

the other
the

but

He

his feet.

to

at
to

went

reeled

head

little and
he

looked

each

dervish

the

Suddenly

calling out.

and

up

the dervish,

lassitude,to rise above

off that

throw

loudly and

effort, staggered

herculean

kicked

some

it
of

"

like
one

might be
the

man-

MENACING

darah,

knocking
from

come

He

pay

in

barn

In

the

but

suddenly

earnest!

Some

shrilly

calling

this

front.

toward

him,

over

louder

the

turned

MOMENTS

flashed

The

long.

the

grasped
that

afternoon.

had

the

man

to

at

make

iron

The

shouts

first

move.

But

hand

using

been

Certainly
waited

now

the

too

his

had

had

to

stayed

saw.

It

heard

followed.

and

super-cur

to

was

been

had

he

stoop

be

soon

He

shears

instinct.

devil

had

straightened

heavy

the

who

windows.

to

could

surely

wailings,
the

caller!

stableman,
The

have

may

another

case,

woman

"

it

Or

stopped.

dervish

sporting

that

one

Exclamations,

Lights

time.

snoring

the

now

191

it

for

sprang.

it

the

CHAPTER

XIV

CAPTIVE

AT

V.

J,

of

one

Life's

much

less

the

looking

captive

into

her

as

custody.

than

Amad's

again.

!" the

that

one

smoldered,

Light

of

but

Life's
her

Her

face

smoldering
lattice

of

Light

of

Life

she

now

gazing

said

had

The

made

her

opening
from

the

reply.

eyes.

there
She

most

out

be
the

less
girl. "Shamedark

had

eyes

She

received
cerning
con-

indifference.
was

walked
to

looked

192

now

him

envy

scornful

returned

it had

her

invectives

and

sighs

pale, but

was

ordered

charge

other's

with

was

that, it would

to

no

alike

restlessly, then

one

her

while

She

had

trusted

little do

alternate

light in

police

guard

"And

little

of

Light

night.

After

are!"

conduct

guarded
Any

aga

morrow.

you

the

if the

stepmother

of

girl,

into

would

the

turn

windows

young

out

and

ever

closely until

task

latticed

home

later, stood
as

the

it.
into

restricted

still
from

The
the

that
the
creetly
dis-

street.

view

of

r1

V(,(v
)rtt:'er
"/lk\l"i.M

She

was

as

much
captive as if the agha of poh'ce had
ordered her into custody"

ALADDIN

194

FROM

BROADWAY

regarded the girlsourly.


look

to

well!

look

expression in the dark


did

like; it

not

retire,so

That, too, struck the girlas

should

"Why

should

as

for the morrow."

well

Look

"You

was

well?"

asked, with

she
which

eyes

funny.

the elder

that

woman

expressionthat, indeed,

an

furiate
in-

her.
"For

wedding,

your

wants

look

to

"But

well

on

of
her

isn't

to-morrow

course.

girl usually

wedding-day."

going

to

be

wedding-

my

day."
"Isn't
The

to

bend

elder
to

the

"Do

you

was

not

break

to

her

dagger again

now?

that obstinate
will?

as

call that brazen?"


a

me

infectious

gay

right to attempt
marry

to

the

you

What

temper,

not?"

"Why

verse
per-

you

the

hope

before, brazen

did

are!"

that you

it

give

mind

repeated challengingly. "Do


a

feel the

could

handle

to

was

in her

was

other

woman

draw

difficult it

What

she not

she

her, keenly, curiously. Light of

how

minx.
would

silent,though

on

eyes

knew

not?"

Why

girl was

other's
Life

it?

again

to
to

force

me

the

laughed

"You

laugh.
to

that horrible

this.
old

You

man.

girl.But
have

no

can

not

You

de-

CAPTIVE

ceived

me

his

never

^lied to

"

wife;

before, but

me

wife.

still a

am

"Oh,

did,"

yes, he

don't

"We

was

it,because
did

not

said

Light

of Life

sweetly.

it."

believe

affidavits of

the

have

heard

do

mustahall

that

"

"

me."

divorce

*T

That

not

can

you

now?

It is inconceivable

will be.

never

impossible! Besides,

"

195

four

who

persons

him."

"Affidavits!

they would

Lies, you

mean."

that

might

not

reallybe dead, then; he might

There

was

chance

and

these

how

was

difficulty.The

the

overcome

So

dervish
reappear.

people would

take

no

chances.
"Take
honest

Light

of

Friends

little wildly.

if so?"

the

Life

word

of

four

severely.

of Amad,

men?

yours!"
"And

impugn

you

said

men,"

"Honest
of

how

care

no

doubt,

and

Darkly.

"Perjurers !"
"You
Life

do not

answered
I overlook

well

as

have

others to

know
with
it.

headstrong

what
an

accent

You
and

you

are

are

of contempt.
young

reckless.

guide you."

saying,"Light of

and

fore
"There-

foolish,as

Fortunately, you

ALADDIN

196
"You

who

"

"Have

me!"

always hated

why

Unless

"

Christian

in

have

BROADWAY

care!"

"Though
was

FROM

and

I,

it is because

child, was

as

mother

my

brought

up

little mission!"

"Do

of

speak

not

it !

Luckily,

rescued

we

in

you

time."
"Would

had

you

left

there," said

me

girl

the

bitterly.
"This,

to

mother's

will

who

me,

care?

This,

shown

ever

reward?

my

you

Allah

Well,

repay."

"Allah!

You

"Impudent
in

temper

to

jade!" Light of Life

in the

"It

lips.

back

at

dispense with

"To

take

"after

your

is most

those
of

generous

all."
his

generosity," said

you

back

at

Fatma

all,"repeated Light of Life,

shall I say

"

immoral

meeting this shameless

vagabond

Had

your

"Was

struck

tone.

same

you

losing her

was

have

could

she

earnest;

take you

"I will

laughed the girl.

Amad,"

mean

laughing flower-like
him

have

no

regard

he not

my

for

husband

?"

conduct?
alone

Your

like

that!

reputation?"

again laughed

the

girl.

CAPTIVE

red defiant

Oh, those
them

"You

merriment

him

said
of

Light
of

some

I blush

Life

her

shed

looked

how

The

been

on

made

has

pressed

her

thin

two

or

"How

trap.

the

sions,
occa-

subject.
tion.
satisfac-

trouble !"

all the

have

Had

in surreptitious

with

murmured

he

in

one

changed

could

caught

gossiping?

me?"

divorced

lips together.
could

She

they

have

the

elder

By

some

the affidavits ?"

made

"It is sufficient
"He

woman.

native
The

mirth

girl sharply. Had

how

Then

Oh,

"You!"

tone.

condescension

elder

who

beggar

Light of Life
had

had,

her

with
!

nowhere

same

been

is dead," she

"This

"Dead?

she

light of

the

he

Her

you."

the

at

taKen

were

from

the

servants

own

quarters?
"Well,

did."

Amad

you

for

girl in

the

they whispered

was

I believe

vagabond

blush.

"You!"

Or

out.

strange, unnatural.

language!

should

you

him

this handsome

"

Light of Life hated

lips! How

picked

was

"Such

197

he

"

alone

eyes

she

only

not

afterward.

added.
answered.

replied. The

dead, but

them," retorted

killed

was

Christians,"
dark

have

we

Their

mirthless

girlmight well believe he

"afterward."

Again

she

stood

at

the

FROM

ALADDIN

198

heard

and

casement

Again she

waters.

of this

of

rush

the

saw

color

of

How

often

last mad

! But

he had

and

fellow!

Was

left her

paler

brave.

was

eyes

The

were

Below
the

with

can

that

she lived

over

that

paid

glad?

The

"

completely
At

and

color

At

out

that

ceded
re-

least, he

of the dark

they

moment

had

He

"

the

at

the presumptuous

"

poetic eyes.

laugh

knocking

came

eyes

before.

dreamy.

his death

to

Her

paid

than

soulful, young

very

leaped

she

fire died

left them

and

had

"

face.

her

to

came

just before

hers

face

reckless

handsome

suddenly flashed.
moment

seething of dark

sibilant

the

husband

vagabond

sudden

BROADWAY

gate leading into

court.

"Who
Life

turned.

the

interview.
no

the

be,

she

Perhaps

doubt

"Some

not

was

sorry

to

terminate

pertaining

message

I shall

Light of

this late hour?"

at

see," she added

to

and

morrow,
to-

left

room.

The

girl gazed mechanically

before

the

morrow."
have

What

for
the

"A

house.

her?

down

message

interest could

Vaguely

figure of

in

horseman.

the

into

the

pertaining
it,or
dim
His

street
to

the

the messenger,

light she
mount

cerned
dis-

seemed

CAPTIVE

and

nervous

with

his

The

man,

hoofs,

in

again

struck

impatiently

that

so

199

she

saw

also, showed

spark

about

people

unseemly hours, opened the gate.

thrust

out

it and

on

an

light from

; the

arm

which

white

something

fly.

two

or

knocked

fashion, whereupon

sleepy hoivwab, grumbling


at

stones

and

impatience

peremptory

more

the

at

who

The

came

horseman

lattice fell

the

held

he

the

on

the

toward

displeased Abyssinian.
"A

gruffly. "To

horseman

instant's

an

delay!

bowwab

The
and

took

his

horse,

of

his

from

slumber

of Life
"From

of the

She

the

and

coming

Ahl-Masr

his

He

at

to

girl
again

shufflingsteps

had

been
how

care

he disturbed.

the head

Why

portant.
im-

noisy slap, slap

didn't

sleepinghousehold
his

bowwab

the

rather

he

Not

spoke
The

away.

hear

stairs.

rider

the

dashed

the

it is most

the

respectful tones

more

and

said
once!

at

says

which

could

then

himself

awaited
Amad

in

disappear,

slipperson

others

master

and

crossing the court,

delivered

upon

wheeled

the gate.

locked

My

the message,

Ahl-Masr,"

be

answered

him

watched

Amad

from

message

aroused
many

Light

of the stairs.

should

he be writ-

ALADDIN

200

ing

late?

so

heard

her

Nothing

stairs

burlap

the

near

distance,

Then

room.

the

slightest concern

reading

granted.

There

the

door

the

apartment,

again entered

in.

But

was

Something

consternation

this

or

had

opened

other

felt not

hand

and
on

wish

wished
not

was

and

happened.
the

next

Light of

sallow

held

She

while

shook,

paper

her

to

fairly rushed

time, she

had

Silence

She

open

in

paper

rustling in the

thrown

written

was

this

louder

obviously

in her

message

Still the

even

was

"

Life

of

great,

followed.

its contents.

in

the

bed

hard

from

as

of

Light

the message.

be left alone.

to

girl

silence

duration.

was

Life

The

his

to

caught the crackling of

and

be

returned

gate.

now

of considerable

only

girl

descending

slipperswere

bowwab

the

adjoining

the

I trust," the

happened

say.

and

great

has

slap, slap ! The

Then

BROADWAY

FROM

and

possessing
unpre-

countenance.

"Get
The

ready

The

leave

girl looked

"Why?
message

to

at

Read."
before

girl

the
her.

And

house

"Why

at
at

once."
once?"

Light of Life

her.

scanned

it.
,

she
thrust

said.
the

ALADDIN

202

girl'seyes

FROM

lighted with

Light of Life
The

didn't

and
hurried

orders

servant

listened

in

from

horses'

her

to

the

which

below

the house

servants

swore.

The

other

The

and

bowwab

went.

and

had

asses

Bundles

wasted

been

brought

were

jabbered

of

sound

the

came

one

two

or

words

many

; he

the details

of

departure.

That

go

"no

meant

tone

will not
almost

Light of Life

said

now

girl.

"You

fear dominated.

giant child superintending

"Come,"
the

while

great

this hurried

to

gave

Nags, donkeys

from

the

peared,
ap-

house

in the court

service.

like

of

bowed
attentively,

hoofs.

but

hope,

servant

woman

mistress

hurriedlypressed into

was

spark of

gong;

voice

faint

answer.

latter struck

Soon

BROADWAY

and

leave

gently. "I

have

authoritatively

me?"
no

!"

nonsense

the

suggested

fear

of

what

may

Life's

tones

happen here."
"Will
became

or

come,

would

shapely shoulders
she

had

the

hodag,

of

alternative.

no

willy-nilly.If she
her

?"

"

She

menacing.

The
knew

you

or

held
closed

back

Light
waste

the

of
no

girl

They

litter.

The

lifted.
take

would

they would

time.

more

She

her,

provide for

giant

bowwab

CAPTIVE

in

might,
had

that

choice,

no

reached

would

enigmatic

felt

cold

hard

liked

she

and

to

Yet

feel

followed

it.

It

the

elder

played

distinctly
against

she

Yes

them.

expression

lips. She

must

how

reassured

woman

the

from

She

that.

An

fresh

sweet

something

!
"

breast.

young

her,

little.

do

distinctly

warm

"

could

around

"

her

delayed

hand

her

or

go,

she

She

attendant.

personal

She

breast.

with

start

her

indeed.

her

to

be

case,

ao3

and

the

with

room.

She

smile

CHAPTER

CAVALCADE

THE

THEY

rode

forth,

the

toward

in

because

but

there,
this

might

in

get

fairly

distance,
had

so

of
she

to

saw

torches.

incur

of

Light
arrived

these

that

Life
in

people
they

Moreover

She

"

could

they

of

too

shealehs,

carried

the

not

were

breeze

night
204

selected

Gazing
little

some

on

number

of

the

domicil

make

out

far

or

ter,
quar-

risks.

that

vicinity

the

them

Christian

galloped

noted

who

any

had

the

had

the

before

street

unnecessary

they

left.

recently

from

no

to

mistress

remote

desires

her

shout

the

His

ride

to

commanded

to

But

way.

after

however,

back,

had

their

indicated

howwah

prepared

was

well

side,

wished

she

had

dusky

route,
order

in

other

cade,
caval-

enough

stepmother's

because

deserted.

roundabout

her

not

The

and

imposing

an

at

the

regard.

outriders

was

girl

front,

the

XV

sons
per-

they

ures
fig-

the

but

away

"

watchmen's

seemed

to

waft

THE

the

her

to

CAVALCADE

sound

of

excited

205
That

voices.

be

might

only perturbed fancy, but they had certainlystopped


at,

or

her

near,

of

dimensions

These
been
a

been

frenzied

the

by

order

make

to

merchant's

diamond

that

moment!

had

Light of Life

fell back

little.

any

was

knew

she

occasion,

therefore, the

gave,

they

sooner

the

at

were

smiled.

and

heard

being

horse

own

designedly
Light

; she

was

of

too

Life

may

did

quickly shattered.

had

She

that?

not

was

her

"

notice
her
her.

being
well

at

one

poor

around

of

How

to

with

concerned

have

to

seen

quickly the girlglanced

slighthope she

escape

and

apprehensions seemed

Her

fact, however

fears, and

side

other's

puerile the

had

house, the better.

girl by her

The

The

all haste.

young,

quickly dealt with

too

She

been

woman

terrible

and

devotees.

very

elder

The

been

Christians, had

not

some

child,when

memorable

it had

had

mother

girl'sown

"holy massacre,"

last

the

on

moment.

there because

foul heresies.

one

the

Light of Life's

the

at

come

that she, the

the

through

that

the

that

imbibed

assumed
possibility

strong

have

people might

Christian, and

had

too

any

rumored

dire

startlingconclusion.

weren't

nerves

house.

"

"

now

this
own

But

able to

guarded.

ALADDIN

2o6

behind

and

Before

foolish

only

for her

to

pressed closer

according

etiquette,are

her

criminal

as

forbore, nevertheless,
forward

look

at

would

mind

never

again

Furtively

Once

Yet

it had

its contents

the

horse

whether

any

still she

now

of

hesitated,

delicate

held

! She

the

the

guard

to

who

The
her

up

The

low
felof

single motion
make

guard

very

draw

had

How

little
far

were

fingering

perfume.

started

made

breast.

it would

of

to

even

it matter?

now.

and

however,

arm,

difference
near.

close

riding very

was

only

house.

her

sought

this

to

be

would

had

she

Amad's

enter

hand

her

and

over

to

so

did

all, what

be

soon

do

; to

She

treated.

proudly refused

She

After

him.

ride

the

guards

herself.

lower

to

of her

one

treating

were

be

to

the

by

speak reprovingly

to

rather

ride

to

They

might expect

former

the

punctilious code

supposed

not

serving

going

was

the

to

mistresses.

of their young

side

This

side.

of

one

be

would

She

all these

before

Already

her

to

far, for servants,


of Moslem

It would

get away.

ridiculous

others.

the

to

lessly,
doubt-

who,

servants

were

attempt

herself

make
and

men

her

carefully instructed.

been

had

BROADWAY

FROM

the

or

vial.

different

it forth, when

just annoyed

THE

CAVALCADE

by pressing

her

close,

too

207

brushed

now

her

own

mount.

"Pardon,"

the

fellow

in

muttered

low

hoarse

voice.
The
mindful
escort,

Light
his

to

of

Life,

professed to
his careless

Better

was

one

She

could

way

laugh

Light of Life

her

odd

Her

when

hand

bars

at

and

spiritfelt free

that

seemed

the wind.

had

paid for his fealty to

only

that.

toward

her.

the instant, she

him, remembering

Though
her

had

dropped.

and

gave

all.

them

couldn't

locks

and

still

She

deferred

palm

defy

They

Amad,

as

her

could

escape.

exhilaration

At

her

for

be

ued
fingers contin-

the vial.

it she
to

had

was

not

at him.

action

reassuring in

and

With

courage.

An

it,even

look

or

her

served

woman

of his presence.

unaware

yet held

retain

lay hard

speak

of
he

answer

it could

endure;

unmannerly

or

she

purpose,

might

half

was

one

her; that the older

not

seem

She

overzealous

did, he

she did not

long. So

It

if she

only

side.

her

this

reprove

mistress.

to

fell to

girl'shand

chains

horrible

One,

There

old

^and

"

satyr

"

uplift her;

to
a

it.

prevent

and

now

her

poor

beggar,

Well, she regretted

forgot her

only

his

resentment

service.

The

2o8

ALADDIN

FROM

dark

eyes

been

riding through

were

nothing

red

look

her

at

bride !

She

For

lips wore

would

have

once

of

for

the

second

her

hand

and

and

when

purpose

the

again
guard,

presumptuous

from

sounds

it, but

the

at

the

She

dark

no

tance,
dis-

might

have

tention
In-

arm.

loosened

could

one

turbed
dis-

instant

same

fingers were

that

touched

and

spiritless
nag.

fellow's

In the

this

bethought

she

distinctlypressed her

The
moment.

her

own

noticed

grasped

to

one

happy

slightlyunmanageable

scarcely have

"How

thus

unwonted

perhaps by

Any

thinking of the bridegroom."

of

horse

became

said:

The

shadows.

smile.

they rode

more

might have

people around

but

were

young

time

mettlesome

for these

They

be

She

lustrous.

space,

her.

to

must

some

herself

dreamy,

were

curving

BROADWAY

seen

in
the

quick motion.
"Pardon

in the

But
that

!"

over-

came

the low

girl'sface there

familiar, insolent

surprise,had
to the

again

fallen from

it

^nd

turn

was

beyond

gone

back

to

voice.

"pardon."

touch, the

her

been
She

most

At

vial, in her

fingers. It had

recall.

get it. Her

no

was

earth, and, perhaps, had

rate

hoarse

broken.
could

fallen
At

not

any

stop

precious posses-

ALADDIN

2IO

FROM

fellow, then, could


had

drawn

the

party

would

to

for
of

Light
make

his

At
toward

pass

"Do
A

not

did

the

his

over

would

fellow

just when

so

few

at

"

"

he

had

rider
looked
"In

"My

"

beast."

been

had

He

face

to

"

fully

of light

flicker

could

fell from

and

She

it receded

felt

she

darkness

if she

girl's
been
ing
look-

were

helplesslyat
claimed

back.

quietly dropped

had

mood

almost

stared
and

as

the

Light

the

it.

The

of

Life

around.
Allah's
"

"Only
"I

at

whispered.

help it. Her

not

strained

face; then

stayed

his

son
rea-

grudging street-lamps

surprised

seem

ghost.

no

features.

could

and

tense

have

turned

sharp exclamation, however,

lips. She

surely

be

would

if his instructions

the

He

of

one

He

for

messenger

There

he

corner

hasty prenuptial procession.

moment

her.

from

house

of this

that

that.

unless

street

some

Amad's

doing.

so

at

But

done

Life's

one

waited

pass.

have

not

be the messenger,

not

rein and

BROADWAY

^my

name,

horse

that?"

thought

what

is it?"

stumbled."

Doubtingly.
I should

be

thrown.

It is

poor

THE

"Humph
learn
The

The

ride

to

CAVALCADE

horse

better

girlwas

is well

enough. You

that.

Keep with

do

Light

than

obliged to

gazed suspiciouslyback.
unusual.

Her

rudely

escort

of her

members

indistinct

one

and

"

then

party.

She

had

no

lights people riding after


conceived
be

might

the

as

her

so

merchant's

diamond

that

palatialabode

He,
those

as

who

in

had

gave

now

the

or

"

might be

any
was

gaze

appeared
Life
These

paused before

had

intent

the

fellow

alarm.

command

home

her

overtaking

on

Fortunately they

the

safe

she

ever.

near

as

be

among

Light of
for

haved
be-

for mathematical

the road

cause

who

persons

party,
than

faster

just

They might

house.
and

this

ing
noth-

count

her

them.

"

one

the

at

when

down

Farther

now

had

to

he, and

was

him,

beyond

who

time

looked

that

of Life

only

was

pause

arrested.

abruptly

charge
not

outline

me."

noticed

fellow

The

She

should

clattering behind

came

did

calculations.
the

first she

Life

of

Light

many.

her

to

so.

At

numerically reassuring.
so

211

push

to

on

drawing

were

and

her

once

within

Light of Life's party would

be

fortress.
so

startled the young

people coming

after

them.

girl,saw,
He

shared

also,

Light

ALADDIN

212

of Life's

FROM

opinion, too, that they


but

them,

for

not

lady attributed

to

What

his

other

the

and

the

of

of

her

man's

young

before

windows

; the

But

end

was

Nearer

near;
to

looked

floors

upper
as

if

fete

great house
It

come.

soon.

lights

were

all illumined

were

in progress.

separated

them

The

their destination.

"

of

appeared inevitable.

Amad's
toward

who

very

the

see

from

best

might

turn
come

could

shone

them

bobbed

nags

laughs

single intervening street

the

from

now

man

and

was

these

of

some

"He

he

them,

And

faded, however,

if it would

as

dwelling. The

Amad's

smile

she

fashion.

Light of Life's

Indeed, it seemed

Already

features.

And

laughs last."

donkeys

his

lady

How

how

ludicrous
of

ment
amuse-

ed.
pound-

old

steed!

escort,

Asses,

tragicghost

noble

their

survey

grim

of

rear

his heart-beat

occasion

on

her

in most

down

That

be

ribs

whacking!

up

to

of

expression

face, though

could

members

were

back

take
over-

estimable
the

at

now

dear, superlativelycomic

mother-in-law

whacking

that

reasons

looked

An

trying to

were

Riding

man

intently.

came

the

them.

to

the party, the young


pursuers

BROADWAY

house

the

Nearer

girl. He

could

The

young

hardly

see

THE

for the

her

forward,
part of
mouth

drawing
his

who

face.

Life.

the

steady cold
saw

she

said

That

little

looked

he

She

the

saw

or

pressed directly
her

and

she

him;

at

girl,

young

pretext that his

between

then

was

of Amad,

the house

ers-by,
Pass-

by accident

and, under

"

eyes.

the

whether

"

person

lower

air is cold.

behind

again unmanageable,

of

the

protects his

night

close

tell

He

about

up

hardly be told for friend

can

not

of her.

She

the

now

could

was

in front

was

pressed suddenly

Mohammedan

when

fallen back

design, he

cloak

So

muffled,

He

had

horse

his

nostrils

and

foe.

213

interveningfigures,and

thus
or

CAVALCADE

girl,near

Light
but

saw

enough.

reassuringlyclose.

nothing; she only

her

gave

horse

So

another

whack.
Clatter!

clatter!

Behind

them

calling out.
coming

What

after

sang.

Awful

of

the

escort

they saying?

That

donkey

now

some

were

friends

were

"

ody!
melwere

those

by Amad?

sent

possible
Im-

Bewildered, Light of Life looked


same

girl's side,

Again

the

moment,
bent

louder

young

toward
voices

man,

her

from

around.

riding

now

and

said

behind.

At

the

at

the

something.
Confusiop!

ALADDIN

-14

There

had

house?"

FROM

been

What

awful

"no

evil

take

one

More

Did

making?

were

could

power

foremost

The
come

It

party.

of

turbulent

the

evil

and
when

girl.At

that

Light of Life
The

Star

glimpse

the

was

She

waving
may

have

the

formance?
per-

others

its

that

seemed

of

van

meeting of

lung-

Amad's

Light of

Life's

lively,converging

two

contact

they

house, yawning
almost

at

were

with

eager

before

them,

again said something

man

have

to

point of

the

at

to

the

low, tense, yet supplicating command

figure swayed toward

she

moment

the

producing

young

slender

the

following

those

hospitality,loomed

the

show

to

vocal

row

up-tossing eddy. Now

and

street.

cross

the

this

all creation?

like the

was

currents,
a

it desire

mingled with

and

up

of

The

it choose

its stentorian

jealous

dominate

did

the

That

yelHng?

was

Why

for
it

leaving

ear-splittingmusic!

psychological moment
Was

their

Who

beast!

the

for

need

that ?

was

donkey!

BROADWAY

from

swept

was

sped

arms

been

had

of

like

an

and

on

his.

hands.

cross-road.
his

the next

and

horse
her

up

the

down

dervish
her

threw

and

saw

her

him

last

The

mother-in-law

animated

screaming, too, but if

she

scarecrow.

so,

he

did

THE

it

hear

not

of

the

was

for

escort

now

their

head

the

of

for

soul,"

the

friends.

sped

for

on.

The

It

futilely;

Some

the

Star

velocity.

thus

not

muttered

man

young

do

"delight"
was

clatter.

and
but

them,

star

course,

215

noise

other

after

my

of

horse,

and

the

shooting

equine

all

came

"Delight
to

CAVALCADE

"

Arabs

speak

race,

kingly

his

tossed

but

to

away.
walk-

CHAPTER

XVI

VARYING

TO

dervish

the

credit

too

of

deed

of

the

Elf

beast

the

on

and

the
tell

hurtling

gone

turn

the

next

might

on

possess

best

on

thing.
terra

old

He
firma.

speak

to

had

they
of

palace

to

chantment,
en-

mountainside.

quite do

that
He

biplane.

into

quadruped
the

but

the

to

the

story

straightway

air

the

into

quadruped
a

and

fly

couldn't

dervish

transform

didn't

it to

in

horse,

thirty-eight

or

had

some

as

"

astonishing

horse

magical

all been

magical

the

on

that

through

set

But

In

Leyleh.

man

young

youth

magic

tales, eighty-three

magical

the

It had

as

easy

was

could

He

fortune.

as

It

that.

unbehevable.

almost

magical

than

more

was

good

own

was

the

of

one

his

It

easy.

it

unreal,

something
hardly

FORTUNES

wizard's

urged
And
216

the

couldn't

even

He

quadruplane.
art.

Star
for

couldn't

; he

So

along
a

mere,

did

he

as

best

the

he

ordinary,

ALADDIN

2i8

warmth!

FROM

He

had

BROADWAY

back

hold

to

words.

mighty ebullition seething within

Not

to

keep it in

at

all.

And

wish

him

to

dear

to

He

flowers,

He

was

something,

and

real and

moment

seemed

she

"

least, imagine it

she

his,

were

always

"

had

iron

rode

the

as

He

had

that would
on

in

belong
so

was

his head

put
one

to

; he

to

in the

were

while,

stars

was

for

He
it

figure

touched,
"

him.

little

said it to

She

be

and

wished

and

suns

to

near

was

just for

not

long

as

There

whirl.

He

She

"proposition."

was

was

emotion.

real.

either, something hardly

she

She

only just

puppet,

distant

was

was

Similes

could

came

She

star.

amazing

automaton,

an

He

mere

at

this

yield to

longer

no

as

If he

amazed.

it.

was

lovely

as

He

now.

one.

farce.

not

an

the

her

bitter-sweet

moment,

realization

inexpressibly. That

"

as

was

in

He

him

no,

"

lose

The

go.

cult
diffi-

In love ?

this very

to

the

could,
;

but

that
for

continued

himself,

golden yoke,

or

to

anyway.

it

was

chafe?

glamour.

He

was

no

at

felt

was

he.

not

Oh,

want

let her

to

blow

him.

smote

say

didn't

he
ever

like

sweet

as

be.

not

It

him.

was

yet, strangely enough,

didn't

It could

discovered

he

He

check.

He

not

merely

car-

FORTUNES

VARYING

rying her off. He

ride
was

concentrating

one

big emotion,
a

into

one

scorching, too.

now.

All

Amad

He

long lashes

He
have

never

if he

it out,

face

belonged

Nothing could

to

it

make

place. The
"You

right. Nature

"Yes."
angry
and

at

came

He
himself

and

to

isted,
ex-

very

would

all wrong.

was

herself
an

open

cried
ket
mar-

messenger?"

spoke
for

almost

bruskly.

discovering in himself

extraordinary capacity to mix

affairs and

it

But

it. She
It

He

past!

set

knew

the

girl stirred.
that

were

face, with

could.

that other.

against it. Just then they

out

caused

What

became

he

jealous,and

was

touch

scorching

proud lips. That

irrevocably. His
stern.

sunbeams

is sometimes

into the young

sweet

blotted

have

light,the

sweet?

the

looked

and

It
into

emotions

which

felt that

He

This

focus.

the

up

altogether sweet.

not

bitter with

single shaft of inner

or

bright burning disk,

was

of miracle

were.

to

myriad scattered

rather

would

it

as

magnifying-glass gathers

way

kind

certainlybringing matters

was

that

undergoing

was

rediscovering himself,

process,

219

make

them

an

intimate

in other

Was
this

he
new

people's

part of his

own

ALADDIN

220

being?

FROM

he

Was

annoyed

shrug his shoulders,


let it go

and

deringly but

that ?

at

explanations.

standing still,that

were

seemed,
hold

perhaps,

her

She

she

close

ness
busi-

him

at

He

Now

won-

hated

that

they

personal propinquity
He

so

closely,that

we

going?"

Slight

He

started.

Where,

quite

his

further.

stirred.

merely

of

none

looked

marked.

more

couldn't

all

was

explain

not

Again

he

that

it

say

did

he

BROADWAY

it

forgot
hardly

was

not

to

sary
neces-

now.

"Where

are

in

constraint

the

girl'stones!
"Where?"
he

had

just been
would

what

himself;
thorns
bloomed

"We

in his

can't

down
His
down.

soul,

go

spoke half

He

to

thoughts
by

brain,

or

her; half

place
were

were

to

too

and

blossomed

had

breast,

or

many

know

or

the

where.
some-

Star.'*

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himself.

get

consider."

to

in

enjoying

were

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like this.

on

here; good

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that

d'amour

rose

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merely been

had

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on

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whirl,
stalls.

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way

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to

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fastened

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least

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FORTUNES

the

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the

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ring in the wall.

refuge.

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221

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them

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ing
asked, look-

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felt

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constraint.

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at

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situation

was

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to

back

come

having parted forever, eh?"


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still beating fast.

was

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for now."

enough

new

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safe

We're

him

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no

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part. At

her

on

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remarked.

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least, it seemed

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but

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not

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at

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if

and

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did

had

spoken
that

and

or

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being carried

commonplace

back

came

forgot
he

as

all excited

what

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just

irresolution.

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an

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disturbed,

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exultant.

or

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did

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feel.
?" he

asked.

inclined
to

she

her
was

girlsare

her

figure toward

during
going

that
to

ride.

that

him
He

palatial

changeable. Perhaps

ALADDIN

222

become

had

she

That

FROM

"re."
didn't

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reconciled

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he

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resented

despicable little
that's what

she

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that

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"I

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and

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had

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shoot

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himself

merchant's

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back

the

not

bride.

bewildered.

him."

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mandarah

vacant,

peopled with

young

for

in
"

house,

seemed

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up.

picture

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her, his

did ?"

he

"

said.

still that

had

man

man

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able,
miser-

remarried

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was

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young

be

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hated.

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she

the

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good, bargain. Out

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persuaded

itself.

him,"

saw

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moment

insinuated

now

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act

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was

remarriage.
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met

word.

didn't

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best of

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the

been

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to

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hated

dodge the issue.

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that.

BROADWAY

two

at

as

"

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the

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; it

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himself

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ago.

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resented

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"

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her

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voice

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words,

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that

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to

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only

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con-

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monster

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to

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conclusions.

at

having married

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it.

help

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not.

or

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monster

has.

blame,

to

are

the

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monster

in the

sat

and

picture.The

the green

way

monster

of his brain

the

at

223

green

in the back

glowered

monster

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her.

at

little chamber

face

FORTUNES

say

voice

that

such

one

but

was

as

and
had

she

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"

burned.
horrible

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old

man!

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really!

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never

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!"

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"

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she

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word

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think
I

never

that

I""

was!

"

"

be."
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out.

repeated. "It

is preposterous,

in-

ALADDIN

224

She

credible !"
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him.

was

if he

as

daughter had

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voice

died

and

was

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drew
It

"

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her

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"

the

place
"

formality. And

mere

!" he

scoundrel

old

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he.

and

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listened

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be

he

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to

was

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see

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did not

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"

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"

then

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me

away.

him.

at
not

were

lied to

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ceremony

look

did not

both

"They

BROADWAY

FROM

was

think

not

move.

laughed.

even

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preposterous.

so

could

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di-

he

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"

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mind

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make

expressed, he
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ALADDIN

2^

FROM

BROADWAY

"No, no."
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glad of

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all she
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have

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so

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continued

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on

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be

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I.

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than

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to

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as

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to

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get out," he

to

it to himself

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time

no

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of

get out

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got

the reason."

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had

now

said.

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practicallook.

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he

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hilaration
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situation?
at

that

his

dream.
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reconsidered.

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in

gazed

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nor

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no

her

at

emotion.

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precarious. He

"

to

angel

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by this time

almost

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long. There

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this

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it was

gazed
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wife!

was

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dark

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succeeded

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monster

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now.

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pened
hapand

ways

repeated, as
to

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if

her, "but the

can't ride up

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the

VARYING

gate,

or

notice
You

of

one

he

had

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said

to

exit

an

Jove,

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Jove"

Allah

not

by.
look

227

"

will find you.

one

near

I'll have

Anyhow,

exits.

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stay here.

over

FORTUNES

Maybe

and

she

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got it

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moments."

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"Then

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away.

didn't

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back

to

me

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"

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tore

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"Not

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her.

reassured

beauty of

away.

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drove

be left there

that

sake," he added

the sheer

thrill shot

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minutes.

eyes

apprehensive; if

be

"

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immediately

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in

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answered

modesty

course,

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come

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dangerous?"

one," he

him.

through

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danger"

apprehensive.

were

him

on

alone?"

go

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do.

lingered

her

nothing happens
with
eyes

seemed
Amad's

laugh.

held

him,

walking
"

not

on
"
"

low

the

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shadow

herself.
to

time

some

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must

continued
she

to

moved
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few

have

seemed

gaze

in the

For

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found

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on

direction

period

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silence!

Only

that

more

through the doorway


from

exit
be.

veins.

dread

same

the

city,or

smoldering fire
She

could

this time.

Still she

bandit,
dervish, she

was

ventured

or

the stall.

stir.

Behind

of the
did

gate,

whatever

see

he

without.

moved

burn

still.

not

fodder

once

toward

imagined it

to

stand

drew

to

looked

she

seemed

not

again in the direction

She

where

or

him

was,

"

she

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brows

from

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and

as

also.

not

sound

sight.

gone.

quietly at titbits of

ground.

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passed

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did

exit
"

must

in her

now

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the

ventured

farther,

"

^this adventurer,

only

no

holy

sure.

farther ; how

way
door-

in

was

returned

she

like

the

had

he

said.

had

he

munched
the

one

time

long

open

passed.

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the

across

moments

hesitated, then

considerable

her, the

moved

of

motionless

in that direction

moments,"

together. She

she

now

littleway

stood

market

still the deserted

side

that

she

The

better.

see

of

disappear in the shadows

flanking

structures

space.

What

him

girlwatched

The

BROADWAY

FROM

ALADDIN

228

far she did not

know.

FORTUNES

VARYING
Then

suddenly

brought

home

with

and

those

she

didn't

back

to

look

of

It

!"

was

she

and

stem

voice

If

was

only she

her, he

might

rioters,

or

seemed
others

not

He

rather

get

eyes

the

gazed

upon

her

through

His

square.

face

where

when

He

had

gate,
with

gone

he had

by.

and
Arab

one

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of

the

whisky.

a-looting. Amad

was

her

joined her

gone

to

exclamation.

an

returned

had

the

caused

ear

glorious news.

the

probably
no

very

remained

had

overcome

spread the alarm,

He

not

terriblydisappointed on

news,
at

air.

could

she

as

suppress

looters, had

guards

had

her

easily have

bring her good


two

at

could

he

began

near.

leading into
;

steps

torch

into her

came

creature

he, the dervish.


street

almost

but

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wild

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do.

to

now.

people drawing

narrow

to

what

hunted

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turn,

know

her

and, for the moment,

her

saw

and

man's
watch-

or

in the

played

was

behind

retraced

carrying the

of flame

him

the stall

have

fellow

it. Ribbons

wave

these

would

voices

shealeh,

a.

"

the

hurriedly,when

realization

or

heard

spark!

She

torch!

to

She

her.

to

around.

looked

realized,

she

229

count.
ac-

left
these
come

were

two

The
had

doubt,, by this time, but it had

ALADDIN

230

reached

yet

not

FROM

back

as

might

two,

this

by

this

turned

that

to

to

get

he

into

be

he

tell

out

glanced

had

her.

of

tened
has-

They,
the

city
the

toward

others.

indicated

darted

could

now?

those

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and

able

this

could

"

and

"Come!"

he

as

But

All

quarter.

been

have

gate.

watchman

best

soon

BROADWAY

done.

the

the

narrow

side

way.

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street.

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was

the

CHAPTER

THE

HE
it.
a

ended

in

Streets

habit

of

into

after

her

street

GRAVEYARD

turned

soon

here

an

him.

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them

had

the

been

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house

same

as

was

partially destroyed. Its walls, like

many

of

the

of

were

mud

brick, or
been

the

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and

the

leading
would

to

the

low

second

quickly, motioning

her

the

and

he

listening.

closed
There

was

story

up

this

follow.

to

bolted
a

would

door,

possibilitythe

231

as

dervish

She

ly
fair-

stairway

looked
the

as

have

been

had

charred.

woodwork

hard

as

flames

interior,however,

of

those

dwellings,

almost

the

as

and

looted

Damascus

become

hardly stand, but

top

of

from

damage

greater.

gutted

had

that

been

district,had

class

poorer

^had

"

they entered,

well

in that

narrow

expecting

apologies for the

or

"

ing
draw-

doorway,

open

Before

pocket.

doing that.

others

XVII

did
then
man

so.

it

if
went

At
stood
with

ALADDIN

232

the torch

But

those

and

that

possibilitywas

doubt

they

had

they had.
dervish

That

to

some

thought he knew

them.

He

for

the

speculation, however,
now

entered.

that

the

the

wall

not

greatly improved
in

He

room

alone

act

do her
the

he

as

feared

he

strove

what

to

those

to

had

below

him, noting
slit in

narrow

had

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ing
turnchanged
ex-

regarded the girl quickly. He

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fellows

their
do

holy

cost

resentment

little for

him.

he

would

must

it

he

was

He

upon.

henceforth;

her

would

She

must

of his Nemesis,

the presence

speak steadily;
words

words.

them, guaranteed that

vent

could

few

tell her.

would

saddler, among

they desired

fellows

trap.

bodily harm

no

for

apparently been

had

pocket

man

young

ring;

little time

window.

the

desperate situation by

opportunity for only

now

he

had

that

and

for

served

the

for
The

small

caused

familiar

glanced hastilyaround

was

here;

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one

had

tones

he

expressed

one

some

served
ob-

not

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else's voice

one

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start.

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in here ;

turned

had

realized.

not

the entrance.

near

him

accompanying

enter.

voices

had

BROADWAY

them

heard

he

FROM

not

let her

get into

see

com-

ALADDIN

"34
from

the

FROM

unequal

affairs turn

defense

the

intervene

long between

regarded his

He

him

and

began

to

like the

was

feel

with

plaster mingled
breathe.

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little more

enter?

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looked

again, to

of

was

eyes.

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of

hard

to

did

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waited,

then

into

open

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this time

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gaze

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terest.
in-

ing
yield-

mere

girlclosed

the end ?

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was

people

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them.

crack

him.
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crash, disproportionateto the

sound

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now.

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at

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of the door, ensued, and


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at

were

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skeptical at the
of

BROADWAY

an

space.
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karameh,

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dervish

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was

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surrounded

as

perfumed.
had

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of

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poor

they burned

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vapor.

perfumed

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waved

stool instead

dropped it ; she heard

him

miracles

street

But

That

thing
some-

this vapor
And

of

this

wand.

laugh, but rather

GRAVEYARD

THE

fiercely.Then
threshold
and

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some

the

to

saw

(the stairs

that

up

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floor

endeavoring

one

was

on

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ground

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his

features

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rage ; next

dervish

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usefulness,
the less

or

from

the boot.

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foot

used

his

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became

bruises

as

from

noise;

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less

no

upon

for

and

bigotry

but he

vent

and

preferred
of

ings.
his feelfootball

thunderbolt, and
was

it and

suffered

had

the

succeeded
still

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the

few

stairway avenged the


erstwhile

that

by ceasing
these

to

in true

howl

they

scratches, when

functions

Christian

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doubt

peaceful home,

wonted

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not.

him.

indignity heaped
or

heavy stool

back

swung

saddler

made

the

give better

like

silence

with

sphere of

fashion, lunged forward

by

distorted

ignominious, method

more

to

had

some

were

uselessness, forever

sanguinary,if

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below.

his

of

not

howl.

might have
Sadi

removed

so

emitted

and

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the

"

he didn't

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parabola

pull himself

to

stood.

they

in

disappeared)

have

to

the

clinging to

one

to

choosing

one

some

seemed

indulged instead

own

235

active

to

more

perform

its

antagonists of

domesticity.

young

man

was

now

busy

at

the roof

and

the

ALADDIN

236

became

stool

there's
In

Damascus

been

few

fire

his

to

the lower

to

the

and

orchard.

the

the

an

ing,
open-

moments

second

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down

reached

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story

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in

stood
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made

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slanting

peaceful

breathed
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attained

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when

rafters.

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through

of

the

dervish

companion.

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ground

weaken

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descended

having

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especially

house,

to

moments

lifted himself
hands

BROADWAY,

wrecking implement.

wreck

to

FROM

if

as

they

garden that

enchanted

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deeply.

was

cot
pretty apri-

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was

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last

at

the

with

went

magical horse.
He

looked
He

now.

her

if to

as

there.

No

reflected

make

doubt

disregarded

she

sure

from

"

princess with

from

smudge

her

on

the

story

The

tion
injunc-

didn't, he

looked

yes!
"

"

looked
over-

course,

her

at

really and
that

truly
faint

yellowish clouds

sullen

the

He

was

and

it!

his

princess, of

caprices.

slight smudge

variation

if he

about

in his eyes

sternness

stall,or

own

light
a

had

disobedience.

obeys only

was

she

forgot

her

showed

princess,no

left the camel

and

long,

his

at

cheek.
books.

young

man

That, too,
Fancy

chuckled.

THE

He

rather

her

about

or

just

her

to

fine

in

walking
way,

he

feelingof comradeship.

some

one

it behooved

him

was

well,

yes,

Incidentally

it wouldn't, and

was,

to
as

thief."

"horse

for

the

as

For

hug

stately

were

to

They

were

the

good enough

he

up

were

the

stairs?"

you

she

was

the

and

"

tented
fairlycon-

was

hugged

the

fleeting

can't,linguistically

one

"

small

ha'pence and

for

"What

only

what

He

double-, treble-,or

princess!

young

him

They

"

culty
only diffi-

The

abductor,

an

He

moment.

seconds, in lieu of her

enced
experi-

quickly as possible;

as

quadruple-dyed criminal, though,


"

respons
ir-

garden, which, by

leave
well

of

he

couldn't, last.

else's

trespasser

she knew
state

own

an

stand-

away

his

tell

It seemed

wave

nearer

vagabondage.
a

there.

didn't

whether
irresistibly,

shade

He

smudge.

imperiousness,

to

not,

that

237

let it stay

He

offishness,to draw
it

in

gloried
it.

antidote

GRAVEYARD

breast.

one's

to

is to

coin

farthings

of

miser.
bliss

"

beggar.
saying
asked

when

those

suddenly

as

people

they

came

walked

rapidly on.
"Never
at

her.

mind

now,"

he

"Fortunately,it

answered,
doesn't

looking down

matter."

ALADDIN

238
"You

were

"Yes.

With
When

BROADWAY

with

angry

"Angry?

could

FROM

In

you?"
found

you

me?"

little haughtily.

surprise.
left the

I had

stall!

it."

see

"You

be mistaken."

must

the

at

"

"What"

The

smudge.

"

smiled

drew

discover

you

olously
friv-

rather

girl'sbrows

"did

abruptly

"

He

gether.
to-

the

at

exit?"
"Not

much."

"Many

guards?"'

"No"

a."

"Fewer

than

imperious.

expected ?" Her

you

She

voice

divined, perhaps, he

keep something from

was

was

more

trying

to

her.

"Maybe."
"We

could

"Hard

to

have

got out?"

tell what

evasively.
Allah!"

His

"What

were

"

could

well,

have

I'm

no

done," he

swered
an-

prophet.

By

suddenly changed.

is it?"

"Look!"
She

voice

"I

we

quickly.

Hoarsely.

gazed
now

back

in the direction

bursting from

indicated.

Flames

the roof of the house

they

GRAVEYARD

THE

fellows

just left; the

had

in the

girl could
might
look

not

in the

"Devils!"
But
act ?

his

Her

life

the

see

would

The

did

It behooved
Faster
"

now

it. He

they groped

might.

He

realized.

And

urged her

low

helped
and

her

over

stumbled

did not

ask

her

had

manner.

It must

his fall had


But

later?

vestiga
also, probably inthat

his worst

then ?

"

to

from

here.

enchanted

den
gar-

get away
Their

on.

stone

of

have

least.

; that

show

would

have

must

senses.

would,

he

circumstance

ominous

graveyard.

from

closed.

bride-to-be

at

know

of his

them, indeed,
he

he

could

saddler

not

his search

not

were

the

was

in Sadi's eyes,

recover;

and

fears

fists

destroyed in this awful

her

sacred

was

him

temporarily deprived him


He

steely

permitted this diabolical

he

girl with

be, then, the saddler

"

was

His

recognized the dervish

had

desire to

what

eyes.

had

why

"

wealthy relative.

no

shudder, thinking

muttered.

Sadi ?

concluded

bustibles
com-

The

set

fate, but there

man's

young

he

He

their

been

have

heaped

fire to them.

and

repress

have

must

below

room

239

ended

!
"

fence
and

for

forward
if she

abruptly
"

^at

separated them
some

as

were

moments

best
afraid

they
of

ALADDIN

240

iblees,or
haunt

FROM

other

dread

BROADWAY

spiritsthat

the cities of the dead.

that

she

Yet

supernatural.
?

Phantoms

earth

It

not.

was

Some

girl must

frankly glad,

fingers. He,

at

other

Those

One

close
her

on

One

to

or

her
She

arm.

gripping

warm

flesh

ghostly things?

theyf

away.

moved

was

the

right out of the

feel the

rate,

any

of

were

ran

his hand

to

granted

think

to

up

have

to

too,

it for

What

bob

to

them.

companion, for she felt


was

time

no

seemed

stayed. The

two

was

took

yonder?

They

confront

to

He

supposed

are

blood.

and

of

them

now

spoke.
It

rather

or

"

The
was

girl

relief to

had

their
too,

long

They

but

white

from

make

out

beard

and

the

reason

others.

wanted
soon

newcomers

question. The

dervish

laugh;

nervous

the

speaker

seemed

to

now;
resent

Yes, they,

Not

only

from

Grudging phantoms
graveyard

it

it sounded

answered.

become
been

the

tives.
fugi-

were

voice, though

dervish

the

apparently
The

Had

quick

that

could

they, too,

fugitives. Grumblings!

were

the one,

if

gave

The

coming.

asked

"

hear

She

querulous.
he

he

all to

selves.
them-

manifest.

followed,

replied in the

was

the next

affirmative.

ALADDIN

242

FROM

I
inexplicably

or

"

wasted

the

BROADWAY

it seemed

so

precious moments

He

her.

to

in apparently

indulge

to

superfluous conversation-

It

even

certainly

was

mysterious.
"But

surely they will

more

statement

make

it

idly.

It

might
of

But,

than

not

harm

she

he

did

She

would

it

might

quick glance

they had
died

left.

The

He

moment.

at

first.

shoulder

his

over

That

out.

her

to

seem

glow

mad,

or

cast

the house

toward

might be

the others

meant

Again he

the fire had

from

the

see

necessityfor acceding to his plan, however


rash,

not

amenable.

girl were

be.

would

was

in his mind.

framing

was

feasible if the

course,

It

question,and

purpose

prove

you?"

scarcelyheard the old man's

almost

here

any

vehement

answer,

"Not
been
to

harm?"

driven

Had

from

post?

Had

And

their

they

had

have

not

may

will want

from

entertainment
with

their

sessions
pos-

lost their lives,

hastily,

answered

dervish

though reassuringly. "They

Anyhow,"

of

pillar

fled?

not

not," the

more

from

And

lost many

they

strollers,not

poor

lodgings?

not

would

perhaps, if they
"Perhaps

they, the

quick

remember
you

shift of

in the

tone,

they
ture.
fu"as

GRAVEYARD

THE

^4$

I have
fugitivesshould help fugitives,
ask."

to

"A

favor ? From

? God

us

in Israel ! Why

should

grant favors?"

we

it will

"Because

crisply. As
back.
But

he

"They
me

He

"

with

in whose

any

"You

tell

us

yet

He

The

patriarch drew

He

was

youths
both

not

fortified
and

the

"We

and

to

us?"

likes company,

why

do

half wailed

go

hard

The

patriarch

you

it at last.

difficult to

And

looked

and

read

his

at

thought.

effeminate-looking

two

this fellow

appeared

dangerous.
well

stay, and

anywhere else,"the dervish

"But

?"

in his breath

by but

might just as

misery

would

the others.

got

women.

formidable

hang, draw

"

found."

am

"

is nothing

off!"

!"

was

me

fancy, too, it

that, and

condition

It

with

"On

his band.

"There

shrugged.

off!" exclaimed

be

They probably will.

you.

do

answered

gazed quickly

more

company

fairlygasped. "Be
"Yes,

once

like to

quarter! And

and

good policy," he

spare

may
"

for

as

be

spoke he

they wouldn't

as

slightfavor

you

wish

the old

went

on

be

taken

here

coolly."Since

know!"
to
man.

bring misfortune

upon

ALADDIN

244

"I

do

FROM

wish

not

consider.

to

took

on

I have

certain

And

own.

she

that, and

with

closer

he

The

as

only

fervor

antagonistic. He

"What's
him

belongs

The

might

girl started
she?

it

"

"As

if
!"

robbed
"But

we

had

He

raised

this will

hand
was

drew

and
too

prietary
pro-

madman

the

did

think, then, that

he

only chance,"

said

he

The

thoughts.

her

protested mightily.

be

resist.

then, aloud

did.

The

others

"

crowded

of

one

"For

"Look

he

He

See."

ring from

And

heaven.

to

robbery,"

pay.

voce.

sufficiently

already been

his hands

not

surprised to

placed

patriarch regarded

reading

not

"We

livelier tone.

little

clearly,concisely, and

"Our

tone,

patriarch,however,

The

"

madness.
low

slightlyaway.

get rid of

to

What?

now.

ufos

in

her

to

?"

say

quite capable of it.

looked

it

stated

dared

real, stepping

have

even

the condition

dervish

protect his

He

sounded

voice

startled,luminous,

were

sourly. Anything

me."

girl drew

her ; he

on

His

must

man

to

that

The

eyes

hand

"A

folk

women

your

wife!"

My

warmth.

spoke.

wonderful

^you have

"

mine.

she

"

BROADWAY

her

your

at it !"

around.

in

insisted
took

the

girl's

fingers.
sake

The

!"

She

Sotto

patriarch

"Hurry,"

said

GRAVEYARD

THE

"or

dervish,

the

"It

is

short

cemetery

last

be

time

the

time

by

the

stone

later,
main

too

late."

said

As

the

toward

bargain,"

that

meant

the

for

glanced

it will

2.1.5

he

apricot

patriarch.

the

spoke,

he

orchard.

Which

good.

was

an

old

entrance

and

man

on

the

boy
other

left

side.

the

CHAPTER

AT

outward

ON

in

known

and

too

off

the

proud

its

folds

just
the

oval

also

concealed

the

customary

musical

she

supposed

was

attracted

progress
met

stepped

and,
forward

no

arrived

boldly

in

to

Her

especial
at

as

246

the
if

taking

from
the

it

to

Their

kanoon.

attention

gate,

carried
class

the

came

she

of

set

eyes

cloak

hand

belong,

boy,

romantic

instrument

his

at

turban

bright

dark

her

hurry.

handsome

hair.

well
were

looked

man

the

in

if

as

was

her
and

knees

conditions

youth's

and

still

figures

old

Here
A

face

Aboo-Zeydee,

walked

two

disappeared

yet

where

seemingly

handsome.

below

which

they

They

Allah

By

almost

not

were

localities

the

companion.

pupils

his

certain

Occasionally

had

civilization.

unchanging.

most

resembled

they

that

types

Mohammedan

poet-reciter,

GATE

THE

appearance

romantic

from

XVIII

for

old

any
man

granted

THE

AT

be

they would

GATE

permitted

to

247
A

out.

pass

guard,

promptly intervened.

however,
"Have

permit

to

leave?"

you

you

can't," said the guard shortly.

"No."
"Then
"But

have

we

entertain

an

folk.

country

in

engagement

the

must."

We

to

country

The

old

man

spoke vigorously.
"It is

impossible."

"This

is

we

are

to

can

see

who

You

"Yes,
swept

extraordinary in
We

As
The

them.

can't

he

"Of

Why

course.

"Because"
The

and

let you

"Thanks!"

do

the dervish

you

fine-lookingboy

of

out

now

held

ask?"
I'll do."

what

surmised,

expression became

"We'll

with

player?"

I'll tell you

fellow, as
His

"That's

gaze

good

his

eye

back

little in the shadow.


a

disappointthem.

girl bore
she

Is he

ding
wed-

spoke the soldier's

clear-eyedsteadiness, though

yours.

are."

we

see."

can

over

attend.

It is

case.

our

stretch
"
"

Eagerly.

orders

had

somewhat
a

trifle in

Abruptly.
been

ing.
drink-

tured.
good-nayour

case,

FROM

ALADDIN

248

fellow, "if

the

is," added

"That

BROADWAY

you

for the

pay

privilege!"
How

"Pay!
with

with

"And

do

"These

for

out

around.

partaking

of

"Make

it

short

To

shall

look

for

here."

They, too,

enliven

of

the

seemed

us.

guard.

Shall

we

assented,
been

have

to

beverage.
hastily,"thougfi

said

dervish

late if

be

to

others

Arabic

shall

we

Yawning.

enough.
The

song?"

others

harmless

tale,"the

the

insidious

the

one,

piasters. You

little entertainment

say?"

crowding

pay,

It's tiresome

people

two

reciters be able to

in

pay

song!

you

them

let

mean

need

we

What

don't
a

poor

expensive!"

living so

"Oh,
pay

should

delay here

we

long."

too

"No,
you,

old

been
won't
voice

It's the

hard

working
him

for the

boy

all

sing

any

She, sing for


Never!

your

He"

he has

it is late.

might spoil his

It

The

dervish

that

low

It would

of

hear."

is tired.

more.

from

not

any

evening, and

wedding."

soldiery?

want

would

we

Hastily. "He

boy?"

have

don't

We

And

want.

we

song

graybeard.

croakings.
"The

it's

no;

hemently.
protested ve-

riff-raff of

be

key
Tur-

impossible for

FROM

ALADDIN

2SO

of

imitation
that

at

know

an

old man,

and

in

the

refrains.

came

"

it

what

and

rose

him

to

in order
of

be

to

not

he

pretending

exertions, he
in

of

the

grove,

bird

with

received

ought not;

it

unresolved.

But

hit the bird

had

one

The

He

afraid

just

It

and

if

as

was

it

where

minor

some

he

might

not

was

look

didn't

He

to

It

glamour.

him.

sprang

something

or

rock.

off the

was

He

enough.

with

least to

croak,

traditional

end

to

the end.

at

use

occasional

something

on

was

threw

dervish

wonderful,
now.

it

didn't

spots, the

seemed

song

stopped

the

was

own

against its breast,

The

kind.

the

though

impression of moonlight

an

shimmering

thorn

croak

to

his

they seemed

if he

parenthetically, between

but

That

does.

it; what

aboo

an

not

his voice

in it.

what

had

of

left out

did

sometimes

He

was

He
made

he

that's

moment.

imitation

poor

tremolo
it

passion;
"

that

at

wonderful

nightingale!

rather

all about, but

for

pass

with

was

tremble; he put

might

BROADWAY

appear

his feet and

very
at

her

gruff

started

for

the exit.
"And
and

now

waved

you've had
an

your

song

imperious hgtnd

!" he said to them

toward

her.

Thus

'He

felt in

half

dream

aboo-Fashion

as

on

mechanically
the

earth

"

he

squatted

THE

AT

do

services
His

We've

to

got

here !"

He

with

located

by

the

"

on

he,

do

to

man,

And

to

there

to

all of

him

rivers.

old

For

paradise of

sudden.

farcical

horseback.

The

gate, but the girlwas


intervened

Elysium.

indignant, but

He

dervish

her
came

he

Instead, he

Some

of

watered

and

back.

changed
looked

that
He

his
at

he

dashing
out

soldiers

(to him)
was

mind

the

perienced
ex-

dashed

had

almost

The

Eden,

last.

of

was

Think

moment

one

semblance

yet in.

between

the

It didn't

on," said the guard.


a

dom
free-

was

Garden

real actual

dizzy sensation.

given

all intents
them?

with

bona-fide

genuine

the

in the

two

pear
ap-

paradise!

It occurred

same

up.

to

indubitably by the geographers and

"Hold
or

old

had

her!

up"

what

"

ents.
par-

love-throbs

"

peremptorily. Out

Tramps

wanted

^moonlight

More

the Bible.
it!

sea

an

Yes; by Allah,

of

the

the

"Hurry

He

tyrant.
"

purposes

"Come."

boys

fooling around

more

Nightingales

beating of

and

bruskly:

No

like

seemed

so.

like the

said

go.

the

around

purchased from

they have

gesture

251

order

peremptorily

masters

whose

GATE

about
for
newcomer

up

of the

promptly
ble
irrefutato

the

wax

ment.
mo-

and

ALADDIN

252

continued

bolt
it

look

to

for the

FROM

and

Alas!

exit?

they weren't
about

pearl
These

other

enacted

blackguards

for

weapons

would

for

have

later

been

fourteenth

The
the

of

dervish

horseman
sword.

was

The

conversation

and

inconsistent, as

well

with

(or so)

firearms.

to

"

the
dervish
seemed
was

dread

to

far

It

inexpedient,
his

century

himself.

He

not
now

pupil

(or so)

like anachronism.

glanced

paradise.

angel with

from

their

but

and

be

him

Fortuny

"

as

It would

waited,

proper

serviceable.

aboo

twentieth

sighed

quite

them

at

century

century

trivial,
though it
"More

dab

then, sidewise, toward

girl and

rels
bar-

with

nonchalantly and

they appeared

twentieth

brand

guns

mother-of-

with

ornamental;

canvas,

try conclusions

to

had

quite up-to-date. They,

the

enjoyed

were

inlaid

leaned

weapons

themselves,

have

long,

desert

the

picturesquelyupon

would

soldiers

Those

useless,non-sanguinary ingredients.

of

sons

feet

they

might get out, though

he

"

Should

dyer!

blunderbusses, either,

twelve

and

The

him.

at

doubtful, but she

was

BROADWAY

the

at

That

flaming

patiently.

The

inconsequential,

that.

orders, I suppose," grumbled

the

guard.

is

"Everybody

then

is from

dyer, handing
at

deeper

the

of

traces

magistrate," said
oleaginous

placid,

so

of

into

patron's house, without

his

fellow

Truly Allah

was

having

come

from

of

Life

and

gettingthe
at

the

perspiration from
toward

swept

with

the

it is thus

"So

idle

along
others.

of

some

his

the

It is human

minating
cul-

dust

to

on

viper of

the

The

dyer

had

satellite
His

brow.

long

not

between

scene

it, the

ago

Light

latter

was

left. Now,

wiped

grouchy

the

glance

dervish.

keep watch, making

you

vagabonds?"
of

and

thrown

had

he

patron.

of it when

remembrance

the

ingenious audacity. He

and

his revered
worst

not

introduced

new

led him

and

unpleasant

very

this

eyes,

busy night ;

very

had

he

had

he

his

judgment

unparalleled malignity

and

new

spoke his dejected mien.

blinded

had

of his

the heart

whom

Thus

disaster!

if

the

nance,
counte-

reputation already from

in

actions

this

showed

As

worry.

suffered
sufficiently

fortress."

the

at

His

paper.

time

one

general
chief

the

253

First, it is the chief

sending them.

magistrate and
"This

GATE

THE

AT

The

ill-humor
nature

dyer
he

to

had
do

so.

tried
endured

merry
to

pass

from

ALADDIN

254
"What

harm

"Besides,
"You

have

we

has

diamond

Amad

the

of such

bosom
"A
but the

he

the

"And

"The
are

him

smite

guilty

in the background.

pricelesspearl

not

the

to

the

said

to

magistrate
the

letter,"answered

the

to

of

still in the

yourselves !"

the

she

With

whom

city. They

Special orders

have

importantly.

fellow.

must

been

frown

vagabond-reciter
and

will find

you

soldier

out."

are

approvingly,

guard

hear.

to

from

the

carried

they

scoundrel

leave.

the

prayer!" said

look

direction

ther
far-

rightful owner."

the

the message

"To

rich

the

girl stood

the dervish

restore

dyer seemed

that

One

Compassionate

full instructions,"he

"See

of

of

shadow.

"May

good

bride-to-be

?"

scoundrel

Bitterly. The

!" muttered

of

guard.

Ahl-Masr."

crime

read

you

some

off the

true."

in the

"May

that

states

carried

even

back

"In

finger. "Have

merchant,
is

the

to," snapped the other, shaking

paper

Christian

?" retorted

kept good watch."

admonitory

"This

BROADWAY

littlemusic

"

will need

fat and

"It

FROM

he
not

and

has
be

in the

his

boy.

carried
suffered

despatched to

off
to

all

ALADDIN

256
he

was

FROM

frequent visitor

might accidentally
veil their eyes

and

The

musical

the

ground.

very

small

Why

did

The

the

dyer

Suddenly

the

down

and

trailed

small.

or

up

And

not

Joy followed

would
smell

an

dyer struck
a

"

or

"a

tried

old fellow

of Eden!

or

to

"Well, what

lashes

any
are

fingers to

hand;

fine and

it

was

shapely!
Probably

termina
in-

you

in

was

turned

But

out.

It

vanished
once

testy and

appear

Genneh,

name

and, bobbing

nag

accustomed

he

of the country.
El

her

disappeared

put

floweringplace."

paradise,by

with

her

his

not

man

going. As

his

the odors

stole

passed, yet they seemed

two

like

girl. He

from

so

hobgoblin, the dervish


the

not

gotten.
easily for-

something?

say

activities,he

strenuous

be

stood

light touched

too

second

girl. She

instrument

"

do

Women

not

He

attitude stillexpressed indifference.

Her

The

house.

his breath; then

held

the

at

eyes

would

eyes

dervish

sidelong look
down-bent.

her

Amad's

to

those

or

"

but

BROADWAY

in

the

night.

like

an

relevan
ir-

more

to

crusty,

as

fancy he could

Paradise!

according
all the

such

to

to

same.

The

des
Gar-

the Arabic
A

"

waiting for?" he said.

rose,

She

responded with

She

arose

she

said, though with


But

eyes.

them,

and

the

still did

fellows

"Sorry," said the

"Can't, after

passionate

make

not

for

way

is

go," the dervish,

us

the

to

guard.

guard slowly, and

didn't

"

in

demanded

"That

master!"

somewhat

I can't."

sheepishly, "but

but

let

to

exclaimed
testily,

warm,

in dark

that!

"

more

dervish

than

"Coming,

"

mockery

soldiers

"Here, tell your


yet

25Jr

alacrity. More

occasion, and

the

to

GATE

THE

AT

chill

His

just anger.

quite true,

voice

sounded

him.

over

ran

the

song?"

get your

you

if I had

and

got the song,

we

"

my

way

"A

bargain's a bargain!'* Energetically.

"I
dare

"

but

know,

disobey

not

before, but
"What
to

does

conceal

him.

no

one

might

have

El

say?"
the

The

turbulent

Grenneh?

orders

new

made

"

tion
excep-

an

"

dervish

strove

emotions
was

it

that

receding

mirage?
all others

and

city to-night.

This

countermands

shall leave

these

"

now."

of

evidence

order

the paper

them, like

"This

paper

them.
not

surged through
from

this

the

decrees

applies

already been
signed by
the

BROADWAY

Even

only Christians.

all,not

to

FROM

ALADDIN

258

issued
less

no

not

are

be

to

have

recognized, unless

than

person

permits that

the

of

governor

province himself."

"Surely

"

demand

again

it would

is tyranny

that

In

"

voice.

louder

He

avail.

not

quite needless

"

had

dire

But

and

"

knew

he

foreknowledge

that effect.

to

"Spare
for

the

tossed

several

"A

to

will

What
"One
bent

"

act

with

the

not

began

"A
of

said

once

me?

the

of horsemen,
be

mistaken,

yet he had

and

"

his gaze

was

not

one

now,

preceded by

he, of whom

fellows

two

approaching.

comes

to

What?""

guard,

seen

The

engagement?

street, where

narrow

words?

were

broken

Then

more.

drumming,

were

part.

torches, could
am

he

the dervish

But

ground.

avail

what

think

they

number

he

"

Of

moment,"

down

piasters." And

lie there.

his temples

continue

the

on

coppers

his head.

pulses on

few

are

soldier's word

bowed

if I

here

song,

let them

but

breath," said the soldier coolly. "As

your

"Yonder,
we

were

speaking."
The

kanoon

fell from

the

girl'shand

; the

pupils

AT

of

left

her

her

seemed

eyes

one

the

of

"No,

one

be

so

too

Amad!

to

There

259

dilate,

was

not

can

the

dervish

gan
be-

"

don't

"A

guard.
rank

his

word

and

no!"

and

stay

you

in

The

his

dervish

did

"
"

finish

not

bother

He

affairs

great

own

The

hurriedly
heels.

trailed

words

from

the

off

exit,

he

as

with

from

be

we

time?

called

might

should

such

at

him?"

that

you

"Why

and

to

powers

and

position,

illustrious,

"

the

to

Hastily.

concerned

appeal

would

to

the

"

his

it.

of

retreat.

in

at

color

doubt

The

out

get

and

no

"

we

"Why
out

GATE

suddenly

cheek.

"Since

to

THE

started

the

terested
in-

be

tence.
sen-

what
some-

girl

close

CHAPTER

NEAR

HAD

and

guard
in

concerned
could

they
undue

The

two.

of

out

joints

and

outjutting

he

side.

Like
face
more

fury
the

flash

evil
and

need

oiling.

rode

mask

in

diabolical

while

the

r26o

His

had

He

and

the

night,

never

ing
differ-

was

to

of

shadow

up,

an

diamond

by,
girl

mask

glowed

even

to

they

concentrated

persistency

eyes.

rather

and

The

soon.

drawing

expression,

peripatetic

approach.

the

And

somewhat

the

his

back,

past.

approach,

dignity,
of

him,

cially
espe-

precipitancy

reached

with

yellow

of

too

none

quickly
a

that

and

to

he

those

stepped

Amad's
with

house

note

manner

seem

it was,

and

merchant,

the

not

as

man's

to

age

been

great

departure

his

from
did

now

the

displayed

with

keeping

hurry,

the

dervish

decidedly

as

in

celerity

soldiers

the

failed

have

not

CITADEL

THE

the

not

XIX

his

saw

set

ness,
keen-

from

NEAR

The

dervish
cold.

were

her

close

them

THE

felt his

His

arm

whether

only

of

caution

of black

It

along

it now,

From

the

said
of

words
he

"

of

wall

projected

of black.

them,

see

to

the

! He

He

That

and

then

tried

to

he

thoughts

to

to

think, but
not

any

suffered

Amad's

angle

might

it and

tinued
con-

but

was

best, that
almost

"

"

far in any

be

to

him

rude

afar

felt he

walking

seem

on

wall.

the

his

crous
ludi-

given

stop.

purpose.

insufficiencyweighed
had

He

only just so

he had

did

they stole

an

from

eyes

inevitable, at

move

little strip

bon
feet, intersectingthe rib-

ineffectual, and

puny,
could

down-bent,
his

passion,or

disagreeable.Now

sharp

the

per
whis-

low

possibleto

as

Whither?

with

felt her

gate, they heard

several

on.

were

direction

in

of

front

He

they glided quickly around

temporizing
efforts

in

out.

know.

near

Though

move

pressing

only protection and

voice, loud, rasping and


of

shadow

something

not

keeping as

direction

the

if she

as

now,

encouragement,

did

their

was

shiver
her

little way

quick breathing and


"

before

was

but

extended

261

companion

wall, for

the

to

CITADEL

able

shock.

to

of

sense

like

with

now

lead.
It

her

marshal
his
His

own

timism
op-

really mat-

ALADDIN

262

little which

tered
and

gates

Only by

of

means

governor?

BROADWAY,

they

way
all

were

himself,

them

specialpermit from

the

they get
that
them

could

hope

to

attain

was

no

time

them

there

"

In

here.

his

now?

their

How

had

them.

served

found

them.

holy

dervish

have

vanished

But

to

Could

she

eyes?
spy

and

Oh,

no;

and

those

watch
not

to

for

other

her!

of

ameliorated,
have
have

not

would

girl. They

face

Her
go

Light

Not

Life's

of

How

only
She

too

was

well-

long unrecognized.

women?

only for that!


sense

them

air.

to

escape

find
tingency
con-

for

mean

or

fact

failed to locate

have

different.
women

that

togs would

these

young

into thin

as

hope

would

fair

many

faced

it

other.

and

sought would

who

Inquiry

And

Mohammedan

there,

Those

here, it was

known

would

as

was

painful

come,

he

they improved,
Out

prospects?

would

mind

own

squarely. What
"

the

dodging

nor
gover-

the

as

one

now.

dervish

The

the

to

morn

official

moon.

exits

city. The

the

high

the

as

passing; the

was

of

out

fanatical

from

well

the

to

far removed
as

since

went,

absolutely closed

could

Why,

Meanwhile
"

FROM

for

had

propriety, that

venomous

they would
the

reward!

offended

bugaboo

the
as

ALADDIN

264

FROM

BROADWAY]

of his

to the "back
especialeligibility

row"

sweet

temptation with

had

game

and

lost.

husband
a

hero

penetrating

hole

How

"I

try

could

should

made

not

of

some

in it.
it be

the

As

good.

was

the

fizzle.

As

"I

pect
ex-

It

But

was

it, too,

he

rang

counterfeit

those

tempt.
atnow

him?

girlupon

it," she

done

exits,"

other

otherwise, with

have

never

he

played

perforated piaster.

of the

eyes

He

enthusiasm.

attempted

if it had

as

like

better

with

had

convenience,

^he rang

"

we'd
said

He

of

even

reticence.

tempered

said

slowly,

regretfully.
"What?"
"Married

"Very
have

you."
sorry

come

hadn't
dear!"

the

"It'll

; that

"

yes.

"

all

with

what

about

good

that

what

of

Yes, indeed."

^not

worry,

to

he
my

right," with

red

ink.

interjected.

you!"

dyer and

would

"

Lucky

"Don't

"

out

come

you

"

exactly that," she

Awfully

heard

gate?

"Oh,

expectations

stage way

mean

"Thanks!

the

disappointed

business, underscored

didn't

"You

have

your

dialogue.

incidental
"I

to

up

tried

to

"

the

happen

guard
to

said

you?"

at

NEAR

"Don't
"

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"

but he

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shot

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"

'short

look

quick

shift'

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scruples, a

He

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glad he could
that
if

if I'd

"

they

never

ishness
self-

big

"I"

the

guard said," she

or

"

me

was

gaze

zled.
puz-

fine

unsteadily.
that

regarded

her

only steady, deep

and

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her

whatever

get
on

on

mean

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sense.

about

they

you

"

stood
under-

ingly.
quickly, reassur-

this

point. He

was

something. "They'd
by

it
"

They would

me.

be.

person's might

said

he
her

reassure

you

mean

moral

"Why,"

laid eyes

fault that

least

me?"

was

reassure

could

Her

conscientious

very

well.

in the

for

look

her

as

very

was

Rank

interrupted, "You

He

troubled,
had

male!

it's my

that

on,

business

him.

at

think

she went

eagerly, but

make

of the

him, which

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fault ?"

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of

thought

Absently.

like to
"

be

"you/'

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think

of the

musingly.

poseur?

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it,to affix

say

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he?"

may

shift'

almost

on,

She

she

effacement

No

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went

To

what

to

thing. Egotism

same

"

about

Brute

or

265

was

didn't.

moment,

the

mind

you

CITADEL

THE

never

!"

of

me,

have,
Even

way,
anyeven

as

he

ALADDIN

2(^

spoke, that

FROM

dread

tragedy. Never
"I

"

have

to

did

^before

"

passed

They

been

had

to

short

for

bore

oriental
But

indeed, he

by

the

irony of fate, he

into the lion's mouth


was

gaze

directed
of

the

shadow

the

citadel

front

it. How

"

the

An
it

ever

had

walked

taken

big

of

guns

low

her

the

of

the dervish;

that,

unaware

almost

with

straight

It

were

got there, through the

under
any
on

not

was

attention

unexpected object stood

His

him.

building,bearing

held

those

nomenclature!

if there

official shield.
that

fully
fanci-

stretch

quarter, where,
"

consequ
in-

that

concerned

moment

and

however,

man.

which

in another

stood
kind

some

structure,
young

occidental

the

at

was

had

soldiers,or

hence, by

arms;

"citadel"

the

not

city, and

far from

not

It housed

imagination, the

it was

comparatively

series of structures,

or

the citadel.

nondescripts who

his gaze

now;

turbulent

thoroughfare,

structure

termed

her

at

mation.
excla-

sudden

gave

walking through

quiet neighborhood
come

beyond her.

and

over

He

looking

not

was

like

faltered.

she

long.

him

smote

her!

seen

understand,"

He
had

contingency

don't

She

BROADWAY

of

in front
narrow

in
its

this
the

of
and

NEAR

streets, Allah

tortuous

CITADEL

THE

267

only knew, but there it

large, aggressive, self-assertive,


emitting
offensive

doubt,

no

delicate

more

nostrils accustomed

to

of musk

aroma

object itself,though
only

was

else. In

body stood

full

shone

of the

front

his

on

the

mechanism

him

to

face.

of

it revealed

thing
some-

outlines

the

seemed

he

right eye, thereby bringing into play

English,

had

and

customary
from

to

just going

or

was

trunk,

traveling were
a

rest

of the

seat.

affixed

luggage,

The

had

Englishman
he

had

at

found

satisfactory.

in his

wore

around

said eye

middle-aged,

was

he

had

the moment

sundry other

solicitous native

and

whether

not

was

and

rugs

examining

to, and

just come
apparent.

paraphernalia of

deposited in, the

chauffeur

the

popularity reaches

whose

But

peer.

lamp

traveling suit,topped by

little cap

snug

pauper

on

He

be

of the

operation caused

tighter a monocle

little wrinkles.

lightof

to

which

innumerable

the

dervish

and

car

to

for, the

as

man,

only

This

shadowy

He

his

the

squeeze

odor,

an

sandal-wood.

unlooked

so

of, inasmuch

aware

mechanical

or

was,

who

went

placed himself

on

with
the

car,

the

front

parentl
suddenly straightened. Aphis

examination

not

gether
alto-

FROM

ALADDIN

268

"That

in technical

who

somebody

ability. The

perhaps

the

"A

to

seems

have

few

"Eh

?"

The

man

"How

him.

accosted

shall

we

just then

and

Will

not

listen ?"

to

the

at

rather

thus

deuce

lordship

spare.

stared

who

the

lishman
Eng-

do

you

imposing
startlingly
know

that

?"

"It

is

trick

learned," spoke

English. "They
and
It

to

moments

Englishman

figure of the old

fast,

felt.

lordship graciously deign

your

"Perhaps

loudly. "Your

exclaimed
a

were

sounded

now

muttered,

he

his presence

he

They

nearer.

stopped altogether. The

shan't,"

we

tale!"

we'll find

Evidently he did

step in, paused.

to

made

dervish

moved

chug! chug!

though wheezily, then

and

anyhow.

go,

where

something."

dervish

The

about

said

ical
high opinion of his driver's mechan-

then.

again,"he

her

somewhere,

us

knows

entertain

going

of order

out

"

parlance. "Well, let

she'll carry

Maybe

not

that

and

"

BROADWAY

every
works

women."

white

the
the

up

call
woman

well, they

fellows
native
every

of
driver

white

in
man,

class

have

fairlygood
*my lord,'
up

trade.

especiallyamong

the

'milady,'to
say,

this

drum

NEAR

"Indeed?"
him.

I don't

As

otherwise
"But

want

I have

so

ironically,"but

of

that

listen to

I must

so

eh?"

"

This

Whence

bearded

nobleman

looked

around

him.

mistaken, though

It

he

his

Antar

lordship

his

tales,my
a

would

have

his

of

"

called from

^know

the house

toward

slight

"

"

How

whisper,
he

even

been

have
that

which
should

mance-recit
ro-

was

one

strels,
^wandering min-

"

Had

of the

whom

better, had

From

some

one

glanced in that direction

He

the driver

of that person
one

must

name

by name?

him

sworn

deserts

the

word?

position;

he

course,

spoken

vagabonds
truly

some

"

listen."

but

was

manifestly impossible, however.

of

of

your

the

shifted
Of

had

then

'*

many

last with

came

lips?

The

and

are

tone.

white

the

good

"we

so

"

observed

stay,"

must

is not

man,

tales

stay and

must

you

breath.

of

from

tales,my

eagerly. "Romances

"

"Fitzgerald!"
the

aboo

fine sarcasm,

excellent

many

you

"

"Evidently

change

the

occupied."

Delemeh

good

269

of your

any

see," with

you

persistedthe fellow
and

CITADEL

Languidly, and waving

"No,

fellow.

THE

his

car.

The

lordship,for

brought with

him

tenance
coun-

want

from

ALADDIN

270
Cairo

showed

"

fussing
feet.

FROM

at

only

which

of

he had

Obviously,
seemed

heard

from

shrugged, felt in his pocket


to

the aboo, who

had

the

temerity

wished

to

person

between

"And

So

of

like
voice

flies of

the

whisper

the monocle
and

! New
!

Chug

stopped. The

waited

good

my

driver

for his master


he

wondered

why

to

chine.
ma-

behind

the

frosty night.
man!"

my

His

airy but effective

"Don't

wanted

he

of.

to.

But

this

He

lingered

his
you

low
fel-

lordship's
hear

when

"
"

innumerable

chug

and

Egypt
:

eye

when

rid

his

and

you."

on

strident

more

you're spoken to,


Same

waste

easily got

so

became

on

actually

objectionable

visitor

yourself off,

to

something

if he

and

twinkle

may

Fitzgerald

as

dispose in lightand

time

of

one

edge closer,

objectionablepeople

not

was

star

name

lordship'sastonishment,

flash of the clear blue


a

his

spoken

tendered

and

was

near

nowhere.

departing

take

now,

further

"No

the

faint

lordship could
fashion

to

his

He

car.

that

interpose his forward

monocle

to

now,

the

mechanism

the

not

float

to

for

concern

part

some

BROADWAY

! The

tell him
his

again started

motor

threw

around

wrinkles

up

his hands
what

to

do.

; then

haps
Per-

lordship didn't soundly

ALADDIN

272
The

driver

FROM

shrugged inwardly. He

why he should
the

when

could

master's

needed

car

not

But

part.

his

the

now

chuckle

low

and

his

on

why,

sad

he got

so

reproachful

quite oblivious.

still

the door

of

will

Then

the

was

closed

house

answered.

that

suddenly he turned
"

be

you

He

shapely fingerscease

seeming romance-reciter

"And

conduct

that

gentle caressing motion.


on

derstand
un-

primitive mind

reason

not

lordship to which, however,

did his fine

servant

to

with

twirling. Only when


the

His

did

cigarettecase

vagaries of

his not

remained

person

for

attention.

these

grasp

glance toward

on

be sent

contenting himself

out,

BROADWAY

good

"So

enough

to

don't

you

plain?"
ex-

ber
remem-

me?"

"Who

the

The

girlwas
She

of that
he
crazy

dev"

could

with

been

not

understand

turned
crazy

holiness.

the

But

that t3rpe. Besides, crazy


that.

And

he

was

her
men

the

unless

dervish's

before.

brain,

ment.
amaze-

terrors
or

less
un-

dervishes

Some

did

dervish

do

in

both

them

staringat

now

night had
had

?"

not

speaking English
"

not

chuckle
the

go
seem

like

language

NEAR

spoken

she had

THE

"The

last time

"What

the"?"

"We
dishes.
He

"

had

softly,in

saw

began
was

His

lordship

rattle off the

names

of

names

No

viands

one

gether."
to-

of

in this respect.

good

very

over

wines

and

adel
cit-

the

at

frowning fortress might look

That

stood

if

as

iota of

an

smallest, tiniest particle


!" he

"Stanton

"At

your

The

iota

service!"
seemed

to

beyond
time

his

his

is not

there,

dispute this

glance,more

persistentpair.

chuckle.

lordship.

my

firmly,as

lord," the

aggrieved, swept
Not

"How

yet?"

gone

dare

you

lish
estab-

if to

fact.

momentous

"What!

indignantly.

low

!" said

driver, returning, announced

!"

greatly,but just

increase, not

cigarette case

^the

"

"Jack Stanton
that

Again

perceptibly. "By Jove

"The

said.

emotion

surging through

was

"

his brain.

same

dined

joke, but it wasn't.

very

days and

childhood

lordship,we

to

whisper.

tense

273

perfectly.

"

your

French

hear.

must

like

memory

mentioned

in her

school

He

"

His

back

way

later at the mission

CITADEL

At
over

he

continue

the
the
ciferated
vo-

to

274

ALADDIN

annoy

his

FROM

lordship?"

lordship

need

them

pommeling

the

His

only

will make

"It

all

was

the
"No
isn't.
order

the

word

they deserve

I will

and

give

"
"

"Better

reserve

it,"indicatingthe

your
"at

car,

useful.

yourself more

"Your

once.

should

You

it before."

to

seen

his master:

to

lordship yawned.

you

have

Then

say

strength to overhaul
So

BROADWAY

right when
rather

man

doubt!"
How

it

brought

here,"

swered
an-

sullenly.
it

Skeptically. "It always is, only

long

will it take

put the thing in

to

you

?"

"Three-quarters

of

hour,

an

at

least.

Perhaps

an

hour."
"An
As

hour!

for

changed
The

So

you,"

You

longer! Understand?

No

reel off

may

dryly Interrupted. "Come,"


I'm

blowed!"

He
and
Said.

The

had

good
trio

were

said

picked
deal

he

of

up

the
a

sailor

two."

or

yarn

into

flow

the

appreciative Arabic, which

and

"Well,

forth

burst
seeming story-teller

grateful

tale-reciter, "I've

the

regarding

mind.

my

it.

be

of

other

said.
native

few

driver

sailor

knowledge

going into the

house.

plosively.
ex-

sions
expresat

Port

Tales

at

NEAR

that

hour!

H^

are.

Tales,

upon

indeed?

cat-o'-nine-tails

them.

CITADEL

THE

Aw

thought
First

he

The

driver

he

would

master

275

mad.

then

wouldn't,

began
like

Most

to

to

tinker.

have

he

lishmen
Engwould.

It

bestowed

was

CHAPTER

AN

OLD

""CIGARETTE,

two

night

near

was

clock

the

on

"That
a

have

the
"Like
said
track
a

the
of

quick

the

the

sans

in

girl

and

building;

the

fire

the

for

"

shadowy

long white

the

time

right?"

glancing

ner.
cor-

of

beard

restlessly

at

he

asked,

indicating

the

hour

midnight.
as

compute

other,

clock

any

God's

American.

hours,

glance in the

from

this
from

where

town,

Allah's,"

plied
re-

glasses.
centigrade

"But
until

in

time

filling two

reckoning

the

fireplace,

same

right
to

of

comfortable

mantel.

time

near

apartment

removed

the

little after

"As
you

at

in

and

"

Stanton

aboo,

now

open

an

warm

Jack

"

themselves

commodious
men

the

Absently.

found

rather

ACQUAINTANCE

Stanton?"

V_"""Thanks."
They

XX

to

stopped

to-night," he

direction

276

of

the

Fahrenheit,"

trying
went

girl.

to

on

keep
with

AN

The

OLD

noticed

other

with

In

you?"

"No."

277

"Good-looking

look.

that

casually. "Went

observed

he

boy!"

ACQUAINTANCE

lower

to

Mecca

^to

"

tone.

Shortly.

"Recent

acquisition,then ?"

"Yes."

"Helps

Jack

brandy

murmured

all

"Oh,

other

or

front

of

sound

were

waiting for

the

There

the

toward

if

as

car,

was

interested

dentati
in-

an

in

window

occasional

him.
?" he asked

going just now

an

thought, and

indicated

that

the

moments

after

pause.

somewhat

soon.

several

silent.

direction
you

"Lebanon.

warm

for

glanced

stood

that

"Where
that

he

which

from

brow

his

twice

other

absently.

remained

in

refused

to-night. Some

speak, but

to

he

likewise

answer;

him

trot

man.

right." Fitzgerald smoked,

man

younger

elder

the

"Not

soda.

and

time," he

once

did not

Stanton

role, to

present

your

?" remarked

I suppose

along,

the

out

carry

Moslem

upset the
here.

Of

Usually

faithful.

course

does.

troubles

in

Europe

have

Things getting rather

it will

Still,I'm

probably blow
not

so

young

over

and

278

ALADDIN

FROM

adventuresome
of

as

BROADWAY

was

history repeating itself. Result,


not

massacre;

native

Christians'

may

be

I've

begun

You

yourself
the old

"Of

you

don't

do

so?"

his

brows

old

in my

age.

of, except

more

left in

"

superciliously.

boy,

dear

my

anywhere, if

Briton

to

Lifting

imagine,

know

wishes

they

can

be

to

he

could

one

any

didn't

keep

an

want

to

stay,

kept," replied Stanton

interrogation. Stanton, however,


restlesslyat

window,

the

he could

hear

said

shade
a

longer than

American

Fitzgerald regarded

Whereupon

he

However,

I know

white, any

few

To-morrow

etc.

Sunday.

chap

So

you?"
"I

more

fireworks.

leave, then ?" quickly."You

can

specialpermit

course."

"You

he

white

aren't

you

sure

are

the

keep

only

bloody

another

latter,with

prudent

or

chance

burg."

"You
have

the

and

"

Scotch

get bored

to

I'm

see

the

burned,

houses

peaceful as

as

and

vaporizing

mere

far, I imagine, it's only been

do

there's

and

once,

the
of

clock

which

faint metallic

suddenly, "I've

and
was

him

ruefully.

with

only looked
then

toward

drawn.

slight
once

the

Outside,

tapping. "Fitzgerald,"

great favor

to

ask."

ALADDIN

28o

She
to

sittingup

was

gaze

the

upon

the

all the

like

for

total

her

her.

to

stranger

whom

the

mosque

had

the

with

been

not

had

what

seemed, but

he

what

he

more

inexplicablethan

seemed

now

"

imagination fashioned
mood!

forgot

he

actually was?
tale

some

to

that

or

regale
her

different

from

"Thinking
the

of

court

of

Truly

he

should

be

It

"

than

was

the

sical
whim-

sultan's

turban,

the

was

not

lady's sebleh.

something

other's

many

fantasy of

costume,

the

"

of

coat

boy's cloak, though, after all, the last

the
so

She

or

man

him?

of

become

there

sat

in the

found

once

dervish

"

holy

the

at

This

it.

The

had

dyer

what

"

grasping

himself

called

he

supposedly pious Moslem,


patches,

her

haps
Per-

extraordinary,

too

was

pertainingto
as

seemed

and

great distance.

permit of

to

circumstances

from

as

Jack Stanton,

or

"

straightnow

very

two

transition

unexpected,

too

BROADWAY

FROM

words.
?"

the wager

else?"

Fitzgerald

"Something
With

more

peated
re-

portant
im-

faint inflection of

incredulity.
"Infinitelymore
with

strained

smile

important," returned

which

expression of

momentarily
his

countenance.

Stanton,

brightened

the

AN

"Yet

entire

your

"I

beg

risk

Straight.
dollars,I

to

hold

up

he

more

saying

and

wanted

to

their

He

concerned
drew

the
see

jobs,

just right. Don't


"but

"
"

glitterin his

"

tone

if so?

Don't

Street

fifty thousand

served

his country

of the rich, and

as

now

in that
curtain

to

He

broke

long

walked
He

he

was

"Pardon

me.

there.

was

things

as

well

as

in what

than

aside.

Apt

to

don't

go

officious," apologetically

appear

off; there

which

eye

ter
bet-

silence.

was

fellow

"

wrong

and

nervously

arose

wish

isn't

me

here, when

over

men

that

the

if that

was

succeeded

was

end, I thought I might

my

that

"

training with

was

Outside

window.

seemed

jump

left

see

long shot."

the

Just

You

mean.

I couldn't
take

dad

old

Dear

the little brothers

crowd,

it

the

on

in

man's

young

Then

day

every

himself.

than

The

expression, "And

all

their

involved

was

it at the time

formal.

more

franker

!"

pardon

your

momentarily
by

fortune
I known

had

though

wager,

281

ACQUAINTANCE

OLD

rather

was

belied

the

ous
nerv-

chalant
non-

bearing.
"As
was

your

rather

American

lordship remarked
large. But
had

ever

you

done

just

remember
it!"

With

now,

you
an

the

sum

said

no

engaging

ALADDIN

282

"Believe

smile.
American

had
in

Engaged
! We'd

rot

FROM

rather

had

it all seemed

tip from

he ended

"Ah,

after

yes."

born

were

bred

and

in

labored

And

Your

me.

ner
man-

gerald
Fitzother

degree

some

the

"Besides, I

under.

I could

the

turn

trick,"

pause.

nodded.

"Your

Syrian seaport

town

Fitzgerald

consul-general in

was

remember.

regarding the

realized

moment's

trying.
boastful

such

to

was

myself that
a

no

know, old chap."

he

his visitor

while

some

up

English, you

if he

because

was

worth

few, you

nothing, but

strain
a

thought it

having

attentively,as
secret

that

you

bigger things, or

been

said

told

ever

then, somehow,
was

BROADWAY

the

among

father
and

followers

of

you

Allah,

I believe?"

"Exactly.

Knew

He

Was

take

little interest

twelve

prodigy."

twice

Fitzgerald could
of enforced

"Yes;

talked

in

by the clock!

passed, and

Koran

my

his

Only

to

ten

he

words.
a

be

age.

seemed

to

after

Quarter

quarter

of

an

hour

had

elapse before

must

off.

of

years

though

interval

that

hope

at

Half

an

hour

yet

I
inactivity
ran

away

from

bazaars," he muttered, and

school

looked,

to
not

loaf
at

in
his

the

host,

AN

OLD

but

beyond him,

out

now,

what

while

he

fakirs

the

friends

Picked

Just

to

"

broke

of

now

thought, the
clearly

very

It
didn't

too

"

matter,

she, too,

Then

his

He

tales?

dad

called
re-

was

evancy!
irrel-

What

helped

that

one.

He

own

kid's

And

galore.

had

"

in

crew

other
knew

of

course

but

tion.
ac-

that

suddenly

turned

of

quick energetic movement

it

planned

what

abruptly.

clearly

shouldn't.

or

Fitzgerald with

that

serious

more

had

altogether a pleasant one,

not

was

off

perhaps it

Though
train

of

in!

them

He

ers,
all the porters, hawk-

with

rest

283

do, and

to

dialects

up

drink

He

"

the

and

paradise.
used

speaking.
going

was

"Made

do.

must

ACQUAINTANCE

to

the

body.
"That
when

favor

you

leave

spoke of?"

he

"I

said.

to-night, to take

want

passenger

you,

with

you."
"Yourself?"

"We'll"
my

I'll think

assistant
"Your

"My
For

of

that, later.

mean

this"

here."

boy?"
wife!"
the

second

betrayed into

an

time

that

exhibition

night, the nobleman


of emotion.

This

was

time

it

284

ALADDIN

wasn't

FROM

BROADWAY

exhibition

little teeny-weeny

barely perceptiblemovement,

but

; he

Indeed, that involuntary movement

been

characterized

started

And

eye.

The

palpably.

monocle

it hadn't

deliberatelyintending it
a

misbehaved

very

nobleman

affixed it
stared
the

once

it in his
with

more

at

to

him,

owner

It

was

The

occasion.

fingers admonishingly,
firmness,

unusual

persistently,not

speaker, but

this

on

its

for years.

so,

his

fell from

even

do

to

monocle

gathered

Fitzgerald

that, without

done

have

might

Lord

start.

plainlyperceptible

one.

as

not

gave

then

and

aggressively,not

say

her, indicated

or

by

at

the

speaker.
He

girl'sface but for

the

saw

fleetinginstant; the great


concealed

sat

all her

look

deer

venturesome
a

lithe

figure.

woody

like

that

place. The

Then

deer would

semi-gloaming and

But

the

girl could

best

thing

have

very

and

looked

in the

dark

eyes

eyes

of

do

the wild

that.

away.

disconcertingeyes,

So
An

on

have

she

didn't

he

is encountered

into the

not

that

in which

chair

leather

face, but only the profile. The

his with

met

of

the

poignant and

one

the

see

had
a

too

verge

disappeared

fragrant depths.
she did the

next

Englishman

can

especiallywhen

they

AN

are

blue, like

the

corner

Amid

somewhat

of the peer

pink of
not

trembled

but

if so,

the

the universal

she

old

(good

furnisher

part

of

chair

looked

piquant enough,

was

not

in

of the

had

his eye

been
was

betrayed
now

from

her

"

Staple,

any

in that

out

of

evidence
of

austere

due
un-

feelingon
it

was

turban

setting,but

order.

of revenge

into.

like any

calculated

because

was

fact.

the

were

excitation

piquant
"

disturb

sitting-room. The

British

Fitzgerald yawned
he

to

and

moved

globe!) concealed

That

one.

any

seemed

"

breast

English,

ameliorate

British

she

"

depths of leather
or

the

English sitting-rooms provided

"

the

on

cavernous

littleisle.

girl'slips this,

the

enough

sensitiveness, thrill,or
the

the snug

too, her
had

had

chair

hide, conceal

to

yet displayed

quite a positivefact

Maybe,

anywhere
Those

face

from

afterglow,

appear

"

rose-leaves

dragging

supposititious tint, like

an

little unsteady.
she

visible
in-

questioning, critical,wondering,

open,

gaze

that

in

shadowy

definitely,but

part of the pale proud

free,

also, did

be

to

285
too

was

fact

the

seemed

incredulous

tender

It

sea.

establish

to

that

the

to

cold

fingers
across

ACQUAINTANCE

OLD

The

other

for

the

start

window-pane

window-pane,

in

cairn

286

ALADDIN

and

immovable.

FROM

It had

passiveness. It

its outer

attempted

reflections.

big

its wonted

recovered

glassy (ought

was

objects on
into it,or

BROADWAY

do

to

He

surface.

Stanton

ficial
super-

crossed

and

got up

flected
re-

looked

who

only these

saw

so,

and

be!)

to

im-

the

to

chair.

"Mind

waiting

"There's

here

something

?" he

moment

I'd like to

asked

his

to

say

softly.
lordship

privately."
She
back

did
of

though

not

swiftly, the

Still she did

not

sarcophagus,

Stanton

Jack

girl'scloak,
; that

move

seemed

trailed

leather, touched

luxurious

the

hand

his

answer;

returned

swallowed

alone

out.

went

great black

her.

the

to

caressingly,
he

chair, like

have

to

then

the

over

where

room

she

was.

and

hasten, if possible,the operations of the native

Fitzgerald

driver.

The

all

was

man

young

arranged.

beautifully. Couldn't
lordship
his
to

little

lordship had
her

about

cause.

Amad,

had

now

be

better!

something
committed

Mohammedans

superintend

to

spoke cheerfully. It

Everything

Fitzgerald had
and

out

gone

about

turned

had
He

had

her

himself

told

history

his
and

unqualifiedly

expressed
in

out

an

opinion

general,and

it

288

vagabonds of

theirs to be two

Not

sing

their

dance

or

fashion
song,

but he

sorry

she

be for

BROADWAY

FROM

ALADDIN

to

it.

Of

princesses (playfully) had

or

cities,in humble
of the

it would

glad

the

to

entrust

peer

about

to-morrow

His
one

it would

had

way,

"You

"

as

^you,

also," she said.


very

near,

them.

with

Biblical

eyes

give

never

be

after

delightfulcountry,
the

also

had

told her

too

peer

kindly promised
upon

reaching
Those

night.
her

up

She

would
one,

her

now;

have

through

exhilaratingclimb

cedars.

glowed though
he

tist.
den-

second

and

pleasant
fine

fleeingwith

missionaries

would

but

last

at

the

to

assured

was

run,

among

in

Said

town

missionairies

long

was

her

seaport

safety

laugh)

realm.

of

the

well

palaces,

flee with

She, his princess of his thousand

night (with

was

last century

the

to

one

only
as

escaped from

been

had

he

course

but

disguise. Only

former

only

sung

to
mantic
ro-

merry

Besides, empresses

time.

as

one

right

and

servant,

as

go

in

played

remember

short

very

had

She

would

had

along,

way

highway,

the

"

She

It
was

he

did not

feel

glad,

all this.
is

providential for

standing

near

him

you,
now,

AN

ACQUAINTANCE

OLD

His

"Yes, of course."
No

matter-of-fact.
the

the

"

so

the

that

it

communicated
had
him

own

El

had

he

last person

That

and

sons
rea-

bestowed

upon
"

Jack Stanton

wonderful

had

always

to

be too

eyes

and

former

the

sweet

so

Genneh

tained.

as

but
He

sharper

and

healthy

young

waste

madman

other

that

reasons

"

mance-recite
ro-

friendly,unflatteringepithets but

strivingnot

of those

latter

he had

Fitzgerald.

for

account

in

ahead

went

course," he repeated, this time

was

Never

to

to

way.

"Of
He

him

other

mind!

never

his

called

few

Lord

to

With

yet occurred

not

Besides

remain

to

He.

them!

detectingher.

of it had

car.

to

only emphasize by his

might be difficult

wishing

attention

accompanying

their

think

in the

for

of

practicaland

were

callingher

would

danger

things to

many

her

his

romance-reciter

presence

of

use

of
impracticability

tones

289

El

felt

keener,

the

Genseh,
sudden

so

wonderful

than

even,

looked

to

lost, the
heart

may

away.

enticinglips.

sweet

They seemed

pilgrim

places,and

inordinatelycognizant

seemed

now.

absently.

more

or

sing

garden

the

not

of

unat-

hunger, something
that

other

develop

in

appetite a
the

barren

"Mighty lucky !"

he

ALADDIN

290

FROM

in what

murmured

BROADWAY
intended

were

be

to

of

accents

blithe satisfaction.
She

regarding him

was

there any
now?"

she asked

"And

that

who

"Are

way.

know

I do

what

suddenly.

One

thinking of

not

troubled

in Damascus

others

"Maybe.

in

two."

or

them

was

now.

been

have

you

Indifferently. He

Mecca?"

to

"Oh, yes."
She
"You

stood

very

straightand

should

have

told

you

to" leave

him

at

worth

should

have

told

touch

that

rather

it

for

was

gently with

he

murmured

"

of her

what

together slightly. "You

drew
me

realize

course,

you

thinking.

weakly.
brows

of

about!"

bothering

dark

if

necessary

city,"she remonstrated

The

with

how

me

as

length.

"Not

rather

the

still

imperiousness.

old

all it meant
I

did,

hurriedly.

"I

tried to think

of

at

see

repeated,

should," she

^you

"

to

my
now

you,

"I did

all
"

I asked

when

house," she

not,

went

all that

on

it did

mean."
He
one

wasn't

compromised

an

forthcoming.
by saying.

answer.

"Don't

Just the adequate


think

of

it!" he

AN

"You

OLD

even

you

"

ACQUAINTANCE
let

once

me

291

say

might be

you

coward,", she challenged him.


"Did

I?

Maybe, under

certain

circumstances,

might""
"It

brave !

and

lipssaid.

And

was

red

"

and

"

the

!" the flashing

chivalrous
wonderful

seemed

eyes

repeat the words.

to

It

quite took his breath

he

flushed

to

him, but

painfully. And
herself.

to

been

bombarding him
At

least,she

seemed

scarcelyto

and

should

"Why

?"

The

did look at him

dark

Her

afterward

you,
now.

that

ment,
mo-

not

was

crude

flatteryor

if not

as

She

her.

praise.

Indeed,

intending to.

beyond.

yet

from

at

Also,

she

him.

see

"

might have,

open

not

was

"Though why
him

with

shifted.

yet she spoke

He

distant

very

He

away.

stilllooked

eyes

brow

was

?"

She

"

at

perplexed.
paused. She

Disconcertingdepths of

tioning
ques-

eyes!
He

"Why?"
should
He

he

have

might have

least,he might
had

the

understood

what

she meant.

lingered in Damascus,
got
have

out

made

before

Why

afterward?

uprising.

the

the attempt.

Instead, he

lingered,inexplicably,foolishly according
"

point

of

view.

"Why?"

The

At

to

bright turban

ALADDIN

292

FROM

before

danced

Framing
That

not

his

Anomalous

eyes.

boy's but

lad's

BROADWAY

cloak, too!

deceive

scoffingly.Again

he heard

toward

from

echo
he

answered

Honk!

her,

squawk

froze

seventy

horse-power

The
but

close!

the

words

on

like

close!

"

his

"

"Time

^when

Honk!

go," he

looked

"

said

her

"

"

horrible

lips.What

sixty or

alighted in his

his side.

artificial

an

occasions

on

to

"

had

The

He

side-stepped. The

he

told

he

dise?
para-

rather

smiled
archaic

vanished; the irresponsiblenomad

useful

"

ous
thunder-

Almost

had

had

crow

fell to

arms

gentleman

smiled

nightingale's
song

outside.

resounded

feebly. Then

I He

him;

discreetly,circumspectly, but

not

him

to

honk!

His

him

great mountainside.

her

sweeping

mock

reiterated

word

passionately; almost

madly,

dervish

the

"

to

her.

The

"Why?"

him

girl'seyes

"

it seemed

"

to

stepped

girl'slips

futilelyto attempt

he

little turban!

wild

receded.

production, perhaps,
out

of his eyes.

quietly.

honk!

Stanton

get

winced.
one

"Why

of those

the

Gabriel

deuce

doesn't

trumpets?"

he

gerald
Fitztered.
mut-

CHAPTER

XXI

BRAZIER

THE

she

WELL,
did

dervish,

too,
to

why
the

on

the

at

her

the

he

did

other

side

passers-by

start

too,

saw,

the

at

the

as

same

not

of

interested

that

his

the

car,

had

literally leaped

an

of
a

instant
a

white

his
face

the

closed

the

the

and

driver
too

none

gaze

startled

corner.

293

as

have

may

of

one

in

the

the
to

not

dervish

half

she

reached
skilful
She

received
eyes,

then

sons
rea-

too

seem

should
the

the

curred
oc-

shadow

saw

of

doors

the

haps,
Per-

proceedings,

forward.

strained

or

so

the

involuntarily

instant

under

in

approach,

driver

there

walk,

the

alias

them.

Standing

go.

had

moment

accompany

thereof,

reason

whirled

Stanton,

moment

same

last

Jack

to

had

car

the

at

that

intend

not

conspicuously
any

only

realized

suddenly

The

gone.

And

away.

she

was

girl
He

car.

But

arose.

forward,

and

manipulation,
around;

looked
the

the

impression
car

turned

ALADDIN

294
How

long

At

there

standing

should

and

nights
of

tude

nights

the

However,

his

stopped

once

shoulders

she had

Eden,

be

sure

there,

speeding

more,

or

had

He

rang

had

this

unto

slept
soli

the

even

marched

solitu

of

it!

'

i;

Then

on.

he

by something

the

was

^know

"

able to leave

with

the motor

he

"

that

to

the
in

city,that she

have

other

some

of

Garden

the

There

another.

might

certainty,

broken

was

down
fortune
mis-

unforeseen

arisen.
his pace

accelerated

had

know

"

away

or

"

nobleman

There, his half

She

like

this moment,

at

that
possibility

car

But

turned

loneliness

who

man

sands.

and

actuallybeen

out

one

of

in

use

he

slowly

overwhelmed

more,

must

once

no

thought of before.

He

was

to

not

was

was

sensation

one

the

on

desert

the

five minutes?

or

nothing gained by thinking

squared

hadn't

novel

minute,

and

longer

Well,

be

not

rate, there

any

any

Alone!

away.

BROADWAY

that ?

was

ago

ten?

Or

FROM

through

fears

out,

gone

safe!

had

"

the

nearest

said

he

would

at

once

to

were

some

safe!
his brain.

ten

No

or

doubt
Amad

exit, the
leave

alleviated.

fifteen minutes
of it.
could

The
never

by.
The
ago.

words

again

296

ALADDIN

forgot

lo

reimburse

"Gone!"

the

heart

athrill.

that

of the

their

the moment,

His

now

the

was

than

moment

him.
and
the

As

of

Her,

role
A

danger

not

mad

did

rope
(tightposed
sup-

spanning

not

at

question
him,

recognized, but
could

; he

the

should

Why

would

one

know

reckless

sword,

himself.

carry

out

"

misgiving disturbed

enough.

faithful

He

strollingplayers might tell,under


how

quiet before

by faith, are

no

have

successfullyunless?

sudden

to

romance-reciter,

alone, they would

Sirat, that bridge finer

pit.

they might

the

the

than

sharper

conceive
a

of

the

wearied

felt safe

rate, he

Es

cross

Arabian

from

quieter,for

seemed

be but

might

any

the

Gehenna,

he?

and

easy,

darker

were

fanatics

the

heaven) who,

be able to
hair

Had

assurance

into

walkers
to

it

At

storm.

not

quickly

the clouds

city,too,

though

accents.

was

retreated

gone.

The

it

had

voiced

plunging straight into

now,

was

work?

another

He

city. Overhead

sicklyglow

woeful

at

wail, but

to

strove

they

of guests. He

attempt

an

neighborhood

heart

of

He

his

romance-reciters

poor

with

pretext

with

BROADWAYi

for the entertainment

employed
this

FROM

fellow

his

aplomb.

certain
had

The

stances,
circum-

forced

those

THE

tfiem.

from

costumes

bridge wavered
to

more

had

He

He

of

itself,it

thoughts
may

be

the

past

No

the

if

"

for

the past

All

him.

It

was

with

pastry-shop

the

he had

pleasant and

which

and

him

to

did not

seem

like

instinct

had

look
So

held

her

was

too

or

few

not

of the
For

woman

he

the first time

it

was

to

seem

missed
b^ dis-

could

that day in front of

had

thought

oddly and

no

more

forcibly.She

of Mohammedan

one

whispered

into
or

so

fingers.

now,

enter

his

or

But

did

rest

palpitatingseconds

doesn't

take

that claimed

now

the

girl of
he

pondering thereon, though

found

entage.
par-

when

in his

fine, subtle, poetic, romantic

that

able
agree-

future

let the

received

about, recurred

faith.

unpleasant and

forty-eight hours

of the

snap

once

gettingarouiid

and
irrelevant,trifling

impression

make-up

of

He

period of

of

way

for

on.

was

came

dignifiedby the epochal word.

matter.

An

went

he

figurative

shrugged fatalistically

disagreeablecontingencies

care

Then

consideration

reveries, he

his

moment

even

take that risk.

to

Dismissing

it!

For

297

wobbled.

and

balance.

BRAZIER

"

he

country

himself

somewhat

thing
every-

fiber and

coarser

that

She

arms.

too

had

and

actually

laboriously.

ALADDIN

298

FROM

BROADWAY

The

dyer, imbibing impiously and

fall

few

mysterious words

that

night before

treated

the new-found

had

man

the

"wife!"

Nothing
what

the

had

dyer

potations, but

example
scented

of

"

at

once

introducingmere

outlandish

him

future
then.

"

tered,
splut-

succeed

very

^the

"

wart
the stal-

it been

had

or

"

back

bring

mother

girl'sown

he

might

Denmark,

deducting
warak

old

or

mahde,
into

species of viands

the

Sherlock,

or

for
have

Damascus,

deducing, instead
and

other

system.

He,

khiyar
his

Jack Stanton,

alias the

dervish, should

immediately a

romance

and

sounded

occasion, would

that
in

wrong

have

good

"

place,on

something

started

his

to

didn't

he

the

Another

in his

in

Hunger, instead of curiosity,had

when

further.

dyer

was

to

now

ested
inter-

; he

Montenegrins?

it up.

gave

occupied him

and

about

romantic

and

tried

had

young

ambiguously sputtered,or

the Rumanians

"

He

nothing

entage
par-

he

The

not

let

bridegroom-

corner.

and

meant

had

Something

Greeks

the

around

Fancy that ! He

over

well.

half -starved

commestibles,

She

when

wedding,

scarcelylistened,at the time

in

her

concerning

the

and

to-be in the littlecafe

well, had

too

mystery

have

and

divined

proceeded

THE

accordingly with

BRAZIER

Machiavellian

caution.; instead

he

misfortune,

decide.

And,

he

been

moving

had

bent

upon

way

to

it.
he

bazaar,
he

but

he

pious

forgot
words

planted at
he
end

the

less

birth

stitched

The

and

huddled
stitched

and

were

shadow

revered

up

and

small

and
a

great

before

him,

customary

stead
In-

Mohammed.

lane,

historic

certain

waxed

They

in

almost

at

were

busy days

their threads
looked

the

bazaars,

trade,

together. On

unison.
set

sylvan monarch,

the

into

of

the

murmur

sight of

once

if

as

shortest

the

momentarily

and

thoughts,

of fruit stalls ; these

artisans, plying

and

and

him

portion of

covered

well-known

of wearisome

alike

him.

of the

at

were

all the

kind

the

tune,
for-

night would

his

of

going

number

pause

plunged

congregated

they

and

outlines

to
at

of which

where

behind

its black

cast

of

aimlessly, but

not

on,

upon

rapidly left

tree

trend

Passing through
came

game

unlikely.

not

was

destination

some

the

lay before

what

chaotic

rather

of this

and

peculiar gifts of the popular

those

all the

into

football

the events

as

investigator,the latter
For

veritable

considering

of

absence

the

circumlocution

only plunged

had

blindly, haphazardly,
or

299

more

identical

in
or

back-

ALADDIN

300

So

grounds.
or

more,

they had
and

ago,

follow

their

hence.

the

FROM

appeared

they

so

bent,

own

funereal

mysterious abysms
booths.

Maybe

hoodlums

other

would

few

blanks; the

were

Stanton
a

of

number

and

he

had

when

Arabic

with

out

him,

be

to

studied,

course,

the

he

locked.

with

or

the

ited
lim-

the

might,

he

of the

to

entrance

he

was

tried
The

modern

now

the

no

few

place
isfy
sat-

to

looking for.
and

door

lock, though,

tiny pins
expert

to

this

but they seemed


difficulty,

what

latter

apparently

again stopped.

the

over

slidingbolt, with

material.

shops

amid

dozen

Casting burglarious glancesup


way,

the

home.

best

as

and

upon

finallyhe

characters

he made

forth

Half

carefullygazed

purpose,

their

abroad

were

and

into

shop-fronts,particularlythe larger and

of

pretentious ones.

more

of

ill-lighted
neighborhood, Jack

this

scrutinized

more,

workers

ago

yet returned

not

Passing noiselesslyback
confines

long

backs

of them

had

and

or

years,

pervaded the quarter

now

the

at

years,

if left to

appear,

part, receded

most

thousand

thousand

silence

bright backgrounds

had, for the

BROADWAY

set

in

and
was

down

the

row
nar-

it, of

found

and

of wood,

in it,of the

opening

same

doors

"

THE

house,

lock.

that
would
for

safe

or

people?
moral

mere

it

was

not

bolt

back.

Not

and

slid back

way

through

and

some

The

nothing
toward

low

found

hanging

should

not

of the

shop,

upon

small

dim

room

he

began

tered.
en-

and

of

hanging
creaked

In

yellow.

the

to

It

might

turn

up

the

metamorphosed

Drawing
the

so

pass

the wick

brighter

cast

thick
dim

the

in between

entering.

who

of

rear

light,as he looked

ventured

forward

went

more

once

heard

still he

But

paused.

cheap draperies and


and

to

his

make

to

woodwork

the

be visible to any
he

he

the door

closed

he

objects,some

draperies before

hanging lamp.
the

managed

closelytogether after him,

the curtains

small

him

applied

yielded and

Quietly
Then

he

streak

tiny

he

shop

alarm

to

floor,when

again

as

exercise

to

he

but

door

litter of dark

the

and

loudly

it

shop, quietude reigned. He

the bolt.

on

over

But

Stanton

expert,

an

sound

supposed

them.

In the interior of the

listened.

glee

dromedaries.

or

was

effect upon

knife; he
slide the

camels,

our

Perhaps

"

with

antediluvian, paleozoic. True,

was

out

301

chortled

have

^would

"

It

keep

BRAZIER

light

in front

of the

reflections
rugs

in the

shapelessob-

ALADDIN

302

FROM

BROADWAY

jectsinto pistolholders, straps, stirrupsand


highly embroidered, heaped
of

from

wares

The

this fair and


he

of

part
under
of

that

shook

examined
a

all the
and

mattress

pains, he
His

had

rewarded

cushions

Then, having only


and

looked

was

supplemented

the

thing out,

jugs

and

jars;

by

water-bottle; he
unrolled

he

He

tossed

his labor

"

^he would
and

yet

Since

mere

"

eager

concentrate

the

for

his

and

probably

only failure
visual

nimble

productive of results,he tried


to

down.

thoughtful.

now

efforts.

and

felt in out

he

in

every

shelves

part of it.

his

been

swept

on

corners;

part of

as

thoroughly;

chance

not

looked

glanced

another

had

looks

big-mouthed

opportunity
have

only

on

indeed,

(perfume vessel) upside

down

sat

never

He

felt every

aside.

mattress

it

anxious

He

empty

an

merchandise;

saw

peered into

mihkara

it,or

his swift

places.

way

he turned

at

pillagingfinger

of

array

chamber.
he

rugs;

the

He

Yet

lay

not

goodly

hardly glanced

the whole.

flow
over-

without.

did

intruder

hanging, an

or

up,

saddles,

every

tivity,
ac-

fingers,
to

mental

reason

faculty

in the process.

What

he

sought

was

reallyvaluable

only

to

him.

ALADDIN

304

FROM

might bring all


thus
of

of

manner

strongly does
these

murmur

proprietary
akbar!"

When

they

have

in the

on

work

them

them

bad

They

occasions

"

of charms.

score

themselves, they

out

for

out

them.

many

out

minds

evil eye,
to

menaces

words

work

not

work

others

real

are

and

"

do

trouble, for

Iblees, spirits,the

people.

what-not,

Allah

ill-luck,or

superstitionreign

genii and

**

BROADWAY

them

and

for

pay

this task.

Now,

it

keep

to

rub

its

such

But

want

it in his house.

once

started,

that

while,

in the

even

with

possibleproved

child

No,

themselves.

carrying

it

it

his

untoward

Sadi

the

for

sheytans,
not
was

Perhaps

put it in his tiny safe, in that

or

run

be

dled
han-

had

been

black
the

ones,

risk

any

judge of

the

saddler

outer

long

of the devil,

instrument

would

long, if Stanton

English

an

profanation

such

not

events,

city itself,should

veritable
of

precious

would

reason

of

it to

permit

reposed, undetected

That

character.

to

stop, and

to

holiest

same

train

easy

has

tongs.

malicious

is not

prayer-book

the

continue

not

against those of

for

Amad

would

his person,

object on

an

pernicious pages

Koran.

Sadi

be,

might

office ?

of

hammedan
Mo-

would

And

so

BRAZIER

THE

his

cause

gold

altogether?
The

of

to

rest

knew

he

the
on

mankal,

ashes

yet smelled

them

aside.

he

lips and

that

snatched

Charred

the

had

dyed salts,certain
bark, and

that's

all to
the

himself

while

part of

or

it

what

fakir

swept

His

conclusion.

the

few

the

the

was!
brain
The

customary

chips of

little incantation

consigning

dead

grant
frascene

prayer-book

to

coals.

The

man

young

had

once

one

for

reason

had

walked

little volume!

seeds, and

had

and

fell from

something,

from

procured

became

he

at

"

he

and

exclamation

paper

of

remained

hardly

flakes of

few

an

leaped rapidly,irrevocably,to
saddler

he got up

frankincense,

Whereupon

something.
All

suddenly

of

He

consciously,

receptacle.A

the copper

to

over

brazier.

or

it, but subconsciously, his

Then,

of the fact and

aware

at

half-introspective,

man,

young

looking

was

vanish

filthypiasters,or

regard deepened.

his

into

turn

Hardly

eye

chanced

to

305

been
him.
for

so,

and

paper,

He

wanting

the

stared

had
to

blankly
the

little volume

the

moment

lost, and
win

at

now.

would

he

ashes
a

was

had

an

Intact, or
have

that
bitter

especial
ably
reason-

meant

ten

3o6

ALADDIN

thousand
that

pounds

this

he

his

pounds,
hundred

one

"

Nay,

of

his

pilgrimage

be

enough

"

to

lucky

not

shook

his

head

dollars!

It

seemed

out

enough

and

to

woo

to

provide!

very
what

win,
Of

But

wedded

have

nicety, was
Well,

at

the

she

tell himself.
was

done.

well

The

role

in

care

nobleman

of

how

"

fine

tramp.

at

look
that

like

and

tell her
had

he
have

That

duced
re-

would

courtship !
He

He

didn't

him

to

eflforts.

own

would

would

hands,

and

to

It fitted

his

hope

to

easy

it."

now.

good

Fitzgerald

taken

as

heritage of

was

Share
!

hundred

poverty,

"Behold!

before
the

been

had

say:

generous

her

play

to

he

at

be

real

"

Incidentally,

hold.

not

nothing-

to

magnanimous,

had

to

"

wife
that

laughs

if

with,

courage

to

love

ass

little all

myself

and

of

lot

more

it would

confounded

lost his

be

course,

properly.

had

One

sadly.

With

one.

have

to

thousand

ten

find

to

now

practically

housekeeping

start

thousand, he might have

For

was

own

pretended

more!

his

He

thousand

was

one

him.

would
all.

BROADWAY

to

souvenir

destroyed,

money

FROM

least, he

could

it that

she

justice would

be

to

nothing better than

BRA2IER

THE

to

that.

to

see

situation

the

He

influential

praised

this

Stanton

repeated

He
before

as

far

as

she

bally bungler

brazier

and

abruptly

drew
bolt

slide

disturb

great

of

turn

up

and

stood

back,

and

peering between

saddler

the

him.

Abruptly
interest

sudden

entrance

thrill, an
almost

enormous

mild

he
him

so

ought

much
to

shock.
ennui.

the

curtains

not

greatly

Sadi,
as

have

was

heard

the

that

the

Stanton

fact did

realized

denly
sud-

caught

listening. He

The

enter.

world

impulse

Sadi's?

"

such

from

away

the

footsteps

saw

"

had

in the

None

outside, he

From

suffici
in-

become

he

right

What

to

same

there, forever,

and

place, when

the

sound

didn't
Sadi's

about

was

arrested.

himself

saw

he

be

own

prayer-book!

hope ?

he to

as

leave

the

the

concerned.

was

had

off, then

cut

the

at

before, his

humble

so

"

eliminated,

Disgusted,

he

even

lishmen
Eng-

interested,

again, but

never

catastrophe of

the

himself

felt, as

He

sighed.

be

would

peer

of

out

Allah

that.

doing

himself

to

dig

to

pohtical leverage.

genius for

hope

even

of

kind

some

have

time

might

307

how,
some-

formerly.

given him

Instead,
Damascus,

he
the

perienced
ex-

sad-

ALADDIN

3o8
dler

all the

"

him

bored
a

short

had
him

and

speak.

He

would

start

did.

ennui

at

He,

the

his

for Sadi

waited

see

Of

felt

He
had

situation

bulge.
to

to

for

no

him

nothing soporific about

was

to

she

action.

bored.

not

was

The

complexion receded

He

paled;

it;

is, his

that

wilderm
be-

sicklyyellow. Alarm,

enlightenment
his

Because

back.

moment.

seemed

eyes

but

of

excitement

anticipated his

Sadi,

There

yawns.

He

pack, rather

Why?

gone.

that it?

Was

he

He

breathless

was

ago

BROADWAY

them, the whole

The

time

course,

of

rest

now.

gone?

no

FROM

succeeded

another

one

on

eloquent visage.

"The
Mecca!"

he

must

In

He

who
him

smiled, almost

him.

reciter!

"Come

told ;
to

do

that

the

probably jumped

mandarah.

had

he

The

Sadi

romance-

to

sion
conclu-

discovered

Hebrew

they had, perhaps, found

players
it to their

so.

in," said
At

of

costume

merely because

in his humble

advantage

host.

was,

not

So

ingratiatingly.

spite of the

had

he

have

to

went

stammered.

Stanton
knew

who

Christian

masquerading

Stanton, with

moment

he

felt

the
no

manners

of

specialenmity

BRAZIER

THE

against
use

lost

other.

kicking
sometimes

toward

Perhaps
tired

the

the

the

feeling."

The

against

mischief

the

emotion

had

for

even

bears

man

gentle
his

some

been

pricks.

experiences
world,

309

done.

No

who

has

magnanimity

enemies

relation

therein.

to

"that

XXII

CHAPTER

ONE

SADI
but

would

showed

bull

in

wanted

to

toss

Indeed,

he

he

in !

around

The

stifled

Might

saddler

insisted

"

bundles

cheap

such

contained

had

That

weapons.

carelessly;
for

it had

effect

moral

exigency

little

was

in

occurred
certain

310

muss

small

moment,

good
magic

the

of

armament

plaything

For

now.

of

small

for

him

one

at

last

the

at

from

trifle

mere

that

handled
serve

rather,

or

to

bric-a-brac."

the

giving

players

place

of

some

had,

Stanton

suddenly-

then

so,

if he

included.

Stanton

small

him;

at

as

verbial
pro-

yawn.

destroy

the

upon

the

unto

looked

do

to

"Too

looked

glittering object

measure

forward

said.

He

around,

things

Stanton

like

shop.

He

extended.

was

behave

to

china

the

started

"Good!"

it

manner

disposition

stopped.

the

invitation,

other's

the

obeyed

have
in

not

WAY

to

Stanton
him

It

now

might

exigencies.
how

was

Sadi

One
to

ALADDIN

312

did

"Why

The
to

FROM

have

you

tremendous

household

Was

He

the

fellow
of

chain

of mountains

from

the

with

"

stoor,"
with

the

spiritsand
But

fireside,or
was

two

the

in

the

called

Kaf

in the

clothes

will himself
to

to

look

heart-breaker.

Certainly enough

wake

of this mustahall
of those

one

depths who,
and

love

than

human

the

murmured

other
of

did

poor
any

"de-

mystical

them

not

vanish

to

That,

strollers; he

rate.
evapo-

at

did

could

fear

least,

have

pleased, from

saddler

his

from

spiritwouldn't

part he

The

superhuman.

cause

his brazier.
a

wives

always efficacious

are

fail to

to

sensions
dis-

create

men's

other

to

zens
deni-

according

homes, just to

more

never

from

an

might be

he

reassuring. Besides,

borrow

or

syllablesthat

side

flitter in his brain.

to

spiritsthat dwell

is

still the

his

of

black

^yes, make

Instinctively Sadi

result

the

own

the

cavernous

that
felicity

his

on

of

tradition,visits cities
and

proachfull
re-

offshoot

followed

justify the belief

asked

question seemed

the

wares,

began

those

had

he

around

madman,

one

mischief

own

doubts

devil,

to

looked

goods, his

toil,and

own

intrude?"

to

effronteryof

Sadi.

stagger

BROADWAY

to

just
gar
beg-

spirits
;

ONE

in his

having established
one,

"What

do

Of

him.

wanted

knew

he

course

"I don't

But

mind

own

?" he

want

you

demanded
other

the

asked

visitor

savagely.
wanted,

he

"

question, anyhow.

the

anything now,"

want

his

that

rapidly.

now

what

he

313

revived

his courage

not

was

WAY

answered

the visitor

gently.
The

saddler's

couldn't

make

"I did

there's
More

big

something,"
crying

use

shots, half

went

the

what

cheerful

long;

behind

The

other

him

in the
Sadi

the

nor

hesitating;

was

and

opened

closed
that

narrowly.

"Ten

trophizing
apos-

His

distance.

they

But

either!

weapon,

felt it

less
care-

advertisements."

at

his face

his

burglar's antipathy!

"The

yet held

"But

other.

moon!"

the

weapon.

it's called

eyes

wouldn't

on

him.

delivery!" he murmured,

second

reply. He

annoyed

watched

now

his

was

coming

dark
"

as

The
a

dler
sad-

cloud.
thunder-

Sadi

would

now

burst

call

play.

"What
him

for

this

it. That

aggressively. Stanton,

manner,

his

of

mystification! Sadi

fists

That's

juggled with

anything

want

no

brain

have

you

aggressively.

done

with

her ?"

from

ALADDIN

314

"Suppose
And

now"

when

as

shone

real

be

You,
not

with

grieve

brazier

in

want

You've

going

was

"

are

nothing

to

You've
"

or

money

to

as

The

yawn,
but

get you,

to

come

It

me.

old

it.

"jvould

lah.
Methuse-

as

life.

your

toward

Something

property.

"

Sadi

"

All

the
you
denly
sud-

his breast.

voice

surprise. "So

got it.
"

you

Sadi's

pleasure." Stiflinga

little prayer-book

Stanton's
of

me?"

glancing swiftly

"

hand

destroyed it

might

will spare

expecting

lived to be

own

my

of

me

though

sacrifice,I

did not

your

did"

!"

accents

the

if you

me

raised

"What

be,

cunning.

"I

"was

deprived

is it to

incredulity."You

now,

even

the

at

low

or

"

"

And

individual,

an

want

question?

then ?"

me,

expect

I don't
do

"what

"

brutal

weren't

affected.
as

the

decide.

to

you

of

out

good!"

you

did not
or

lady

With

sheep

will

"I

to

friend!

"Perhaps
eyes

Up

were?"

my

slay you
if you

the

get it over!

waiting for

"No,

BROADWAY

came."

you

weren't

well

as

war?

you

"Oh,

leave

we

"

or

peace

FROM

now

out

rang

for

much

actuallygot it.
saddler

did

not

sharply,

deduction!
You

answer.

haven't
"I'll

ONE

trouble
in

man

that

Sadi's

His

heart.
It

different

same

with

accents

did

him

saw

He

weapon.

raised

of

around

Sadi
him

jarred

get

saddler

He

out.

waited

heard

the

him.

Sadi

the

toward
was

front

followed

the

sound

it, striking striking.

Now

comer.

Allah!

joy!

advance

the

"

What

pleasures

of

if

as

and
the

The

futile

on

Sadi ;
Bits
that
That

instant,

an

fellow

to.

Farther

nearer,

the

wall.
in

as

Stanton

darkness

hard

trying

red

overhead.

door; the

expectantly.

other, then

as

with

arm

recovered

he

not

changed

in the

against

up

violently,but

rushed

and
not

came

Those

cloak.

lamp

and

them,

was

prevailed

violently,not

the

it

have

him

his

the

it down

pistolstruck

ensued

out;

mined.
deter-

rush, whipping

from

the property

glass fell

win

upon

made

blade

brought

and

doubt,

acted

once!"

at

brusk

might

no

young

pointed straight

the saddler.

saddler

and

coming

it

would,

long

so,

"And

was

contrary,

bull ; the

manner

the

on

now

weapon

with

not

the

on

flag on
he

but

many,

It

went

tone.

might succeed;

final attempt.

315

book,"

that

held the property

He
at

for

you

WAY

must

the

moment

back

he

now

circlingtoward
toward

sprang

other

saddler

paradise. His

was

in

tasted
turn

in

had

ALADDIN

3i6

FROM

come

at

last.

The

air.

It

came

in

substance.

(or houris)

sharp blade

It sank
Was

palpable but yielding

in.

Elysium!

that

The

groan?

from

strain

sweetest

the

longer fanned

no

with

contact

sang.

like the

was

BROADWAY

For

angels
Sadi, it

harp of the

the

angel, Israfil.
saddler

The

He

did

unable

oM

not

the boot

be

breathing.

Yet

"

"

him

stay!

arose.

He

The

fellow

mercy?

that

yes.

oh,

he

"

plea for
"

for.

of

only that

swishing, as of
floor.

did

catch

spoke
The

Those

in

now

waited.

Sadi

the

Still

no

own

hoarse

swer;
an-

barely

Nor

saddler

the

could

faint

ceptible
per-

would

voice
show

again guided

tones

hand.

flowing through

But

felt the

body dragging itself along

like water

seize him.

was

leg. Injuries,

his

find him.

had

he

exhausted

other, but this time, the dog of

to

be

camel-driving dialect.

sound

no

the other

down.

was

saddler

atoned

taunting voice

vocabulary of

the

on

was

groan

; it must

the

ago

was

would

new,

his

long

The

fellow

The

his weapon

use

Not

Now

and

Then

even

to.

boot.

silence!

Then

repeated.

still to listen.

stood

seemed

Christian

Sadi's

It

the

was

blade

he, steppingswiftlyaside, had

possible
im-

again
evi-

ONE

WAY

for the

saddler

dently located

the

of

suddenly music

air.

Then
if the

was

as

had

been

house

had

latter felt

down,

And

rush

discord.

became

fallen

asunder.

rent

317

in that

world

the

or

general

subsequent proceedings interested

It

clysm
cata-

Sadi

no

more.

appeared

man

shop

few

Stanton
anxious

being
as

walked

soon

as

street, to

obliged

bind

from

snatched

shoulder.
certain

the

Even

faintness

"

as

had

that
a

"

one

dollar

beggars. The

dark

could, with

and

which

diamond.

vagabond

he

was

He
now,

thought buoyed

of

behind

been

this

was

Mecca

to

valuable

his

predominated.

had
as

on

aware

Yet

the

scarf

nasty gash

him.

that

of

angle

of exhilaration

proof

him

ever,
far, how-

gone

he became

so

stealingover

his

wonderful

at

he

as

did

had

he

stop,

well

he

tiny volume,

thousand
of

it

to

quickly,

neighborhood behind

shop, a deep

as

feeling that other


He

the

as

up

behind

door

closing the

possible. Before

felt

he

peering in

uncertainly though

leave

to

saddler's

the

after

later, and

moments

either direction,stepped out,


him.

of

door

the

at

to

hundred

veritable

his

him

king

footsteps; he

ALADDIN

3i8

FROM

forgot weakness,
like

unpleasant

an

himself

whether

he had

Sadi

smote

occurred

to

or

little souvenir

of

the

of

know

He

didn't

much

the pot of brass, the

he

and

might

lay with

survive

day,

some

to

Providence.

triumph
other
An-

abruptly shadowed.

What

service would

be to him, when

He

paused

and

house;

he

realized

he

felt

mockery
now,

he

with

couldn't

get

giddy,

more

of

book

that

out

against the wall

leaned

propitious circumstances,
he

an

dler's
sad-

The

one.

necessary

city?

"Success!"

He

"fireside,"rather

own

That

him.

growing weakness

under

didn't

question, disconcerting,baffling,

or

light-headed. What
to

enade,
prom-

heating apparatus.

or

part became

thought,

found

He

not.

or

though

Christian.

Stanton's

had

way.

not

was

He

nuisance, perhaps,

it

after-midnight

with

his

thick

was

seemed

irresponsiblefeeling of momentary

An
on

with

himself

other

some

jug,

procedure, but

make

of

him

But

contrary.

this

killed Sadi

perfume

skull
to

kind

He

dream.

the

on

"

struck

had

saddler's

ironical

one

wild

strange

He

had

in

actually enjoying
in

care.

fought it down.

or

walking

one

BROADWAY

fate

that

key

right

repeated longingly,

if he

in

the

to

bit

yielded
success,

his

hand.

while

he

ALADDIN

320
with

he

FROM

the saddler, Stanton


in the

might tarry

the garments

upon

that

comforting

had

learned

and

had

Stanton

Confound

He

to

had

nibble
to

sure

be

to

Only

to

same

But
it

protection. But

had

been

dissipated.Sadi
in the

in the

march.

the

No

of

gettingback

to

had

been

diamond

the
Stanton

where

tales

Damascus.

probably
reward

it!

of

doubt

tell many

to

offered.

have

parted
he im-

Had

cafes

They
at

graveyard,

romance-reciter,

now

leave

was

The

town.

long

ago

thing, with

her

It must

nearly

he must

be
not

think

difficult to avoid

realized

how

she

indispensable. That

was

danger, relying

sighed.

he had

been

ago.

hours?

time.

able
un-

for

in the

or

was

ahoo

venture

retrogression. How

two

he

event

others?

strollers!

was

the

the

great

once

to

corners,

glad

time
He

at

hardly

the

seemed

some

that, alone,

the transaction

information

the street

merchant

an

calculated

acquaintance of the

could

too

too

reflection

recognized

his

but

city,in

of

about

former

on

had

leave, without

to

his

BROADWAY

near

and

dear

at

conclusion

his side ?
two

ing
think-

he been

had

An

o'clock

hour,

by this

of that, or

of her

doing

He

she
was

had

so.

become.

the word.

like

was

now.

had

not

Why,
Indis-

ONE

pensable!

had

He

though

the ends

to

his

on

to

only

savage

keep him
so

; he

anger

would

much

have

in any

to

when

ask

he had

The

market

stall?

The

stallion
It
was

was

be

least,he

to-night he

her

to

share

left her

any

way

he

had

still

there, where

started.

he

Was
he

had

efforts
would

that

the

left

The

est
greathim?

likely. Amad

most

even

raKe

have

place.

Desert?

well

of

risks,the

of

very

iteration
re-

not

the exits at present. He

couldn't

childish

did

Star

his

go.

He

Suddenly

probably devoting

would

make.

place?

was

prison,

think

in the market

the

do

to

to

didn't

plans he might

possible. It

guarding
He

at

would

who

risk to himself.

what

at

Helpless, hopeless, almost


But,

now

experienced

of this Moslem
nor

The

enough

strong

"

felt

slightly

was

right to attempt

bars

it must

"

didn't.

city. He

no

how,

care

To-night
Reiteration!

the

he

follow,

longer

no

against those

now

break

He

strong

intolerant

necessary

he would

himself

all, but

the

was

nothing; he

here; they had

he did not

her

she went,

was

was

of

out

get

She

her.

told

or

shoulder

unsteady, that

321

of the world.

physical weakness,
cut

have

to

Where

his existence.

to

WAY

principally to
play "safe."

city of mystery

ALADDIN

322
and

wait

for the

fanatics

have

the native

ready

devote

to

personal
confusion

in the
search

The

only

he

seemed

rather

of

Christian

and

burning
be

more

diamond

chant's
mer-

much

too

was

conducted

very

tematic
sys-

yet.
toward

the market

there, mount

the

started

reach
the

the

He

perhaps

quarter and

There

city to have

Then

of

concerns.

could

one

wearied

dark.

was

that.

to

man

"rush"

it

themselves

as

young

do

to

mom

would

lootingin

If

BROADWAY

myriad hiding-placeswhile

would
the

FROM

exits, or

attempt

place.

Star, and
do

to

expedient, but it might

mad

It

so!

be

not

impossible. Indeed, the things that look hardest, are


sometimes

least difficult.

the

in the

demonstrated

as

his team

unachievable

crisis ; all was


be

as

this

the

was

pulloff
this

trick.

had

stunt,

not

that

seen

The

expected
un-

been

once

lected
se-

seemingly about
been

it had

But

something

of the kind

at

could

he, the lucky half-back, had

That

paradise.
be

one.

lost unless

for

should

himself

He

accomplished. And

turned

who

to

he

great college game?

succeeded.

by

Had

goal
It

was

had

glory;

guarded by soldiers

sleepy by this time.

sleepy,fairlyinebriated!

for

been

They

had

And
had

if not
an

early

ONE

The

anyhow.
manage

Yes;
far.

thoroughfare

get fairlyclose,before

he

would

Even

he

as

with

continued.

do

him

there.

would

before

him

heard

hasten

must

Now

he

the

brushed

whinny

greeted him.

last

of

thoughts

were

did.

he

him

But
some

song!

"

paused

rest.

And

"

he

wall

stood

to

"

with

and

seemed

to
one

the

know.
hand

stall.

of

of

he

It took
!

how

"

garden

pommel

drunkard, he rode

his

"

what

Pegasus
"

low

Eden!

songs"

way

Pegasus.

the

His

groped his

Goal
to

did.

square.

Garden

old

Good

He

prayer.

hardly knew

unfasten

find

and

effort he

the
"

certainly

longer. Soon

an

he

long !

Not

come

of

of

space

had

morning

"song
He

mount.

saddle, swaying like

he

much

before

to

clingingwith

to

him,

Pegasus!

managed

"

open

call to

chaotic.

stillhe stood !

but

this, he stumbled,

be dark

Solomon

time

man

carry

the day would

against the

At

cedars

would

the entrance

at

was

along.

"

and

not

hasten

"

could

he

"

length the

might leave

It would

be

hand

at

saw

bit of blood, and

straight

feelingof surprised impatience and

consciousness

lost

Nerve

told himself

He

market

it.

shoot

dark;

was

to

recovered

"

323

Besides, they probably couldn't

start.

the

WAY

!
"

of the

forth.

CHAPTER

IN

the

the

such

SURPRISE

of the bazaars

street

day, how

next

he

had

they had

told,
story-tellers
It had

out.

Surprised,

swallowed

been

the

got

difficult matter.

guard

XXIII

the

chewing.

aromatic

Others

of

some

barely evaded

the violent

rush

of the great stallion,maddened

his

had

unexpectedly

rider

desultory detonations

had

lashed

enlivened

bride

The

had

narrow

made

an

Damascan
into it

could

as

yet
not

the

and

no

one

one

streets, the
the

they explain the climax?


324

few

situation,
"The

ishing
Vanhim.

mysteriously. She

more

excellent

spice of

story-tellerscalled

the

vanished

simply become

narrative
the

had

when

him.

without, apparently, affectingthe result.

Bridegroom,"

the

cuds

hempen

had

been

not

knew

for the

why. The
listeners

fiction-makers

supernatural. Else

in

fusing
inhow

SURPRISE

How

could

afrit?

an

like to
havoc

in the homes
to

in

was

fool

shape, to
of husbands,

uncanny

ones

people, or

work

notably old gentlemen


This

brides.

young

tin'"

away,

realitya genie

and

mischievous

human

married

whisked

been

bridegroom

These

assume

have

lady

substitute

less the
or

the

;32S

had

genie

the

gift of appearing anyhow, anywhere. First, he

bride
had

set

them
mad

merry

then

the

cross-purposes.

game

of hide-and-seek.

this version

for

theme

His

listened

He
of

her, what
of

Light
Fool
then

ever

gagged

Life
to
to

ever

of

him

what

have

divorced

have

allowed

She

Life

guardian

by the fellow.

argument.

had

played

his

rage

affairs made
to

the

companiment
ac-

of

his

felicit
in-

entertainment,

Light

fine
told

He

story

tolerabl
In-

by the gaping multitude!

to

told

He

The

young

nose.

domestic

kanoon!

fair

of the tale and

street-comer

of

the

to

husband's

former

frightfulto behold.

was

love

all at

heard

handsome

wonderfully

made

had

under

right

Amad

He

man.

young

dervish,

ragged

was

always

She

what

thought

he

And

been.

she

had

she

thought of him.

the

himself
had

did have.

be

to

the

And

minx.

young

better

Amad

and

tied

was

of

the

fool-

ALADDIN

326
ish

in

indulge

to

the

FROM

field of

BROADWAY

recriminations.

battle

with

He

retired

from
in

rumblings

strange

his

chest.
When

he had

authority
street
a

but

corner,

inalienable

tale

accorded

spiritsof
such

the

It

cases.

He

might, in

has

to

was

the

at

not

merchant

judge

of

magic. And

those

evil

interfere

to

the

in

genie.

the habit's home.

One

magic,
every

explained

why,

but

the

incredulously. The

could

that

official and

genie, and

police only listened

If

this

politeto these supernatural beings.

scoffed

genie

of

wise

of

hero

might be displeasing to
haunt

in

they had

years

genie, one

it is not

and

revenge,

be very

Amad
a

air

be

to

the

had
Story-tellers

privileges. Besides, the

supposed

was

induce

police shrugged

six hundred

For

rights.

of

his request.

at

tried to

on
stop the story-teller

sabit

the

manner

little he

step in and

to

lukewarm

been

recovered

magic did exist,and,

there

was

follower

like

rich

magic, the zabit

wasn't

true

of

head

mond
dia-

pearance.
explain the lady'sdisap-

not

and

when

such

no

of

the

lightning,was

anywhere. The

visitor had

the best of it.

Nothing would

better go
be

home

no

was

thing

faith

apt

to

and

as

knew

strike
make

gained by attempt-

ALADDIN

328

FROM

couldn't

again, you

ergo

Thus

horse.
Amad

left,but

sent

horsemen

way

to

the

horsemen

to

not

with

line

Christian

any

him.

Amad

what

purpose

If he did

would

dragged
was

Tied
zone,

Desert

be

sought

forth.

He

the

the

at

these
lites.
satelleast

at

or

after
had

patched
des-

boundary
that

In

zone.

Christian

of the powers,

Mohammedan

harm

may

proceeded farther, but


shake

him.

to

his fist at his enemy


or

powers,

He

could

for, wherever

not

he

gritted his teeth.

escape

and

was,

Then

of

one

there

pillto swallow.

bush

at

diamond

The

shortest

and

he

presides

that, the five

settle with

bitterer
to

to

already

Amad,

those

the consent

have

Just
than

more

them, would
he

with

is safe. No

might

did.

paused

which

chanted
en-

hole.

had

fellow,

the

an

followed

non-Moslem

of

is the

now

with

had

over

appointed

governor,

which

They
up

lies

independent liwa^

He

catch

They

beyond which

home.

stop

of his friends

others

long, long ride, came


earlier.

out

way

of him.

trace

some

to

crawled

himself,

They might yet


find

expected

go

the

He,

sea.

be

they

down

and

BROADWAY

noble

the very
merchant
animal

border
saw

looked

of the accursed
the

Star

of

the

pretty well tuck-

ered

SURPRISE

though the

out,

329
selected

had

man

young

an

cellent
ex-

grazing spot for his equine friend, removed


the saddle

and

As

swung

Amad
in

made

of

as

the

Star

scene

was

seized and

the

be

visually devoured

gaged
en-

the

on

had

two

right enough

fluttered
on

of

bit

diamond

The

paper.

was

or

hastilyscrawled

message
of

saddle

possible.

blades

shot

would

he

doubt,
to

disreputable bit

"To

the

comfortable

holy associations.

Fastened
; it

to

on

grazed him, but, no

white

as

nibbling languidly succulent

mountain

soon.

him

rather

merchant

it.

Ahl-Masr:"
illustrious,etc., etc., Amad
the
could
be
fellow
polite, exquisitely so
"Herewith, I am
property." The
returning your
ble.
The
reader
to nibgroaned.
"property" continued
the

"

"

"Thank
down

well.

you

for

loan.

the

Farewell!

We

I have

meet

acquaintance, though short, has


oh,
enjoyed my
stay in your
I

was

and

stranger
attentions

and

you

took

thousand

Here

he mentioned

one

"Jack Stanton," followed.

or

two

courtesies

For
I

thanks.

forget your hospitality. Remember


friends, Sadi, the dyer, and

I have

sweet.

in.

me

Our

interesting city.

so

"

him

more.

no

been

rubbed

me

shall
to

our

never
tual
mu-

"
"

others.

The

name,

ALADDIN

330
Amad

FROM

regarded

There
the

the note

limitations

are

BROADWAY

signature was

and

he

didn't say

camel

dear

to

more

writing.

mother-in-law

with

I pass

me.

low
Be-

language.

even

"My
regards to dear Light of Life.
her.
Preserve
! Cherish
charming woman
apple of your eye. My one regret is that I
my

word.

What
her

the

as

can't
her

take
to

on

debt.
something and thus pay my
Pardon
little cut.
Don't
bad
a
writing. I have
It doesn't amount
to anything. I am
feeling
worry.
much
better.
You
will be so
pleased to learn this.
mountain
The
air has such
tonic properties. Once
you.

owe

you

affectionate

more

No.

"Postscript
do

What

of

knowledge

reader's

brain.

was

longer

no

he

The
a

cloak

But

saw,

he

desolation
to

of

he

marks

the

the

road.

Ever

hear

on

Rubber?

follow.

fellow.

distant

be

him.

of

Afar

up

the

hazardous

to

be

flutter

sweet

road.

the

tation
temp-

non-Moslem

attempt

"

leaving

was

suppressed
these

mountain

the

on

fellow

the

the

vanishing lady

wayfarer

Amad

would

the

something

Among

Revenge

illumined

suddenly

saw

also, houses;

behind

it would

mystery

mystery.

thought

ragged

the

Note

Automobiles?"

flood

now

they spell for you?

of tires?

salutations, etc.

to

but

ple
peomolest
he

was

SURPRISE

and

old
of

safety for

might be

evil

dogs

of

that

in

prayed inwardly
there

The

cautious.

331
talce that

one

Christians!

old, old

that

general

And

Unfortunately, it did
his wish

would

of

diamond
the

the

or

"

hundred

Several

worst

Amad

look

was

take

was

rested

not

buildings,not
in

an

quest

end.

From

groves

so

"

of

thinking
the walls

on

had

His

ship for anywhere.

but he
gaze

to

come

ment,
mo-

far
danced

The
for

message

discerned
the

to

little seaport

expectant.

eager,

practicallyhad

opportune

distance

hill, some
upon

true

tearing the

and

west,
His

town.

done,

was

had

that.

his

won

His

ening
quick-

of the solid old

around

or

this port he

He

away.

No

yet savagely hoped

days later,he whom


on

of

occasions.

back.

gazed down

oranges

other

on

"

bits,he

and

wager,

case

turned

afar, stood

could

the

merchant, however,

best

into

been

had

if

ing
loot-

all, been

the

at

believers.
un-

riotingand

had, after

arisen

had

his,

as

seem

non-sanguinary character.

and

prophet of blood
as

of

all foul

not

The

pass.

night before

the

desultory

to

come

Amad

town

of

massacre

zone

sion
mis-

Bright spots
them.

"

Stan-

ALADDIN

332

FROM

Hastened

ton

downward

had
it any

and

The

vigorous.

more

BROADWAY

his

patriarchal beard

been

discarded.

of

first persons

the

he

principal winding little street


foot.
"Eh?
young

Stanton

He

the

didn't

in

met

Lord

was

said

mance-reci
ro-

need

the

town's

Fitzgerald,

lordship. This

his

his next

were

The

Englishman

words.
nodded

the

toward

buildings.

"And

well?"

Again

wonderful

Eagerly.

affirmative.

an

kind

where
"Have

Stanton

the town

of the past.
he

any

laughed.

of somnambulistic

haven

vicissitudes

was

perienced
ex-

feeling. What
after

seemed
He

He

walked

on

all the little

hardly

ing
not-

going.

gettinghere?"
difficulty

he asked, after

moments-

"No.

Only

or

once

twice

your

"

the

lady wanted

out."

jump
"You

of

certainlya surprise-maker.

was

is here?"

mission

to

once

joyfully.

him
"

Oh!"

American

"Yes."

few

hailed

What?

"She

was

longer.

One

on

stride

"

did not

let her, I

"Naturally not."

Dryly.

hope ?"

In

quick

alarm.

"But

SURPRISE

should

why

she have

began, then stopped.


Don't
"No

believe

doubt

studying
"The

that

the
has

case

?'*

"

The

"Unaccustomed
she

ever

saw

to

face

of

young
cars,

man

I suppose.

before."

one

it," observed

was

intent

eager

335

Fitzgerald,

his

companion.

quite puzzled the missionaries,"

he

added.
"What

case?"

"Hers."

"My

wife's?"

"Hum

!" said the

Stanton
"Are

turned

"But

lady is

your

was

do

you

say

that?"

wife?"
is

truculent

as

binding

accent

in the

you

are

Christian," said

Fitzgerald

smile.
the

lady isn't""

"Is, too."
"I

beg

as

tone.

"Yes, but
with

"Why

ceremony

There

man's

young

him.

Mohammedan

other."

any

the

sure

you

"The

on

Englishman.

your

"Is, too/'

pardon.*'
repeated Fitzgerald.

"She

has been

"She

never

has

converted

been

?"

Mohammedan,

at

all."

ALADDIN

334

The

FROM

"When

stared

man

young

of the

one

marriage

binding," observed
it is not

real

substitute

husband.

You

imitation-husband.

of

husband.

enjoy his

own

wit

man

stopped.

both

an

tion
imita-

only

was

is

an

only

Fitzgerald seemed

"

"were

"

only

mustahall

You"

ered
consid-

were

never

you

bride

tian,
Chris-

"When

were

Your

imitation-bride.

shadow
to

nobleman.

the

still be

may

binding. Therefore,

are,

imitation

him.

at

contracting parties is

Mohammedan

BROADWAY

but

of

shadow

shadow."
The

young

don't you

"Why
"I don't

like

"Has

it

eyed the other

something?"

say

he

agely.
sav-

growled.

lot of words."
occurred

never

lady might

young

He

not

to

be

yourself,that

you,

Mohammedan?"

the

asked

the other.
"What

do

girl'smother

"Greek?

You

"Positive.
"I
of

"

I don't
new

You

have

heard

thing?
some-

is it?"

What
"The

know?

you

Her

Greek."

was

are

sure?"

father

understand."

chamber

of

was

Bewildered.

English."
Here

mysteries.

was

He

the
strove

opening
to

re*

ALADDIN

336

ragged

was

FROM

and

it.

His

country,
about

face

or

rush

to

of

soiled;

the

desert,
have

arms,

willy-nilly.
And

No,

for

As

her

he

of

had

had

in

he
in his

her

his

with

stained

been

bond
vaga-

garments;

clasping

clothes

been

actually been

that

tian
Chris-

he,

"

for

convention

to

become
had

of

he

pulse?
im-

blood,
low

some

did

so,

He
he

ern
tav-

civilized

been

Before,
to.

he
But

felt

He

being.

back

him

"Not

he

"

world
about

was

wife"

dread

"

and

tion.
premoni-

her;
seized

and

it

on

his

claimed

Uneasiness

past

on,

chill ; the

sudden

experienced
have

laughed.

lordship

his

claimed

might
now

his

man
English-

an

"

turned

more

once

attire

Trust

Stanton

followed

garden.

he

right.

was

proprieties.

change

of

intended

Had

vagabond

the

"

never

and

proved
im-

not

in

was

one,

capable

Fitzgerald

mission

her.

He

scarecrow

those

Mechanically
the

of

it had

"

no

"bawth"

been

with

if the

brawl

dyed.

was

in

irresistiblytoward

even

as

sleeping

segment

might

too,

BROADWAY

he

his

had
soul.

CHAPTER

XXrV

MARY

'*

The

told

in the

now

partly removed
it

the

in

of

the

hotel

the

nobleman

trailed
blood

had

wash

application would
tall

his
he

bathrobe,

from

was

went

"The

Devon

figure

listened

tently
in-

off.

Stanton

wouldn't

Blue

sides, I fancy."

be

too

altogether

blue;
from

337

also, had
blood,

that

the

they

sphere

He

of

his

of

voice

hoped

wouldn't

cellent
ex-

bit

Fitzgerald's

uneasily.

stirred

the

emphasized

lady's mother,

young

family,"

good

"

rather

He

on.

both

on

her

shaved.

had

meantime,

connections--excellent

property

boasted.

chemical

Another

dye.

room

town

He

mild

"English."

"

nobleman's
the

"

host.

his

fact

voluminous

father

"Her

latter

in

"bawth".

entirely. In

enveloped
to

his

had

application

first

the

seated

were

had

remove

impressively

paused

is"

side, she

father's

fairly pretentious

one

Stanton
The

her

on

you,

Fitzgerald
two

CARRUTHERS

the

move
re-

hopes.

ALADDIN

338

FROM

couldn't

They

would

Miss

Awful

"

Those

romance!

belonging

to

He

wonderful

whisked

her

Perhaps he

point

to

specter

to

away

from

them?

in the

habits
mother

trouble.

with

them
an

tificial
ar-

from

he

as

had

Irony of fortune!

Anyway,

would

he

fight the

domains

and

of the

saw

"He

good

small

*sick

man

was

deal

while

beautiful

they

were

of

Europe'. My

woman

happy.

her
"

"

and

Then

she

tinued
con-

The

traveler.

principalitybordering

terest
In-

tary
soli-

of rather

man

of

her, fell in love with


very

good deal of

sanguinary struggles of Greece,"

lived in

even

sibility
pos-

anxious, but something seemed

too

the nobleman.

For

him

eyes

the

grab her

to

father, like Byron, took

poetic

hugged

out

from

daughter of

icy fingersof

the

away

able
Honor-

an

Perish

"

he

or

"

"The

been

legs;

reaching

her

was

Miss"

maybe, she

"

dark

deep

Were

arms.

whisk

to

his

up

civilization

him,

She,

thought!

drew

sinewy

strong

Somebody,

"Honorable

an

story books, unless

might inherit

Lady

of his

princess out

in the

she

be

to

prove

make

do

they

mother

her

through

well

very

"wife", the way

BROADWAY

on

the

man
countrymust

married
business

have
her.

called

MARY

the

husband

befell.
of

CARRUTHERS

home.

The

strife and

Even

Europe.

"In

cynical gesture.
habit.

But

to

"During

localities

some

husband's

They

manner.

spared, on
"But
"Did
and

make

earth

to

"He

Was

taken
are

long

ago.

killed

The

among

girl's mother,

of her

beauty,

half

move?

no

doubt, have

he

Did

the

off.

sparkled.

eyes
not

in

those

carried

was

Stanton's

no

An

London.
to

heaven

move

done

to

He

Outrages

of

get

may

at.

this kind

been

stricken

may

were

reported dead.

Exact

there.

died

Remember

office,too,

tunately,
but, unfor-

himself

was

have

never

so,

trouble, I understand.

old

hospital and

hard

Home

have

becomes

"

his wife.

may

of their periodical

one

just at this time, he


in

made

"

would,

down

war

driven

absence, the Turks,

husband?"

he

are

looted, pillaged and

account

the

still is, and

Fitzgerald

"

seat

return:

the

descents.

It

prophet

"

then

tragedy

long been

of the

brigands, half soldiers,made

usual

absence,

turmoil.

will be, until the followers


of

his

During

little principality
had

intermittent

out

339

learned
never

this

happened

what
have

frequent. The

tails
de-

befell
known.

mother

ALADDIN

340
"As
to

lost to

FROM

of

matter

fanatical

Moslem

child.

He

her

then, the mother

kind.

enough

to

fine house

and

so

as

he

bad

in Damascus,

don't

know.

birth

gave

Mussulman.

of

tive
posi-

existed

know,

Presented

his

for

chap

been

have

generous
her

with

know."

you

I've been

"Yes;

interested.

into the

of

sort

to

seems

wife.

did

the wife

his Christian

Stanton

sold

and

was

in that."

mother

being

ried
car-

thereafter

intensely

you

not

was

slain,but

uncommon

was

became

Anyhow

center

avoid

to

slavery which,

he

not

the
captivity,

Later,

Apparently

was

Nothing

nodded.

"Shortly after
to

fact, she

the world.

Stanton

BROADWAY

He

there."

spoke absently.
"Have,

eh ?"

man's

young

window.

It

lordship eyed him

attention, for

an

instant,was

Moslem

fellows

do

Fitzgerald. "The

of

was

India, for example,


the time

child,by

Just

how

the

of the

marriage,

came

conjecture. Perhaps

about
the

or

how

big Mogul
of his.

shortly after, the

placed in

is somewhat

mother

of the

"Odd

inordinately fond

English father, was

this

out

take to their Chris-

tiari wives," resumed

About

sharply. The

immediately recalled.

was

of those

some

His

mission.

of

matter

stipulatedit

as

MARY

condition
him

and

mother,

this reminder

welcomed

member

of

preacher

the mission, thinks

that vouched

for

will, though

you

heart

distance.

far,

There's

for

"

places, the

situation

^he could

flake
"

on

on

of those
was

breast, beneath

"

now

great

on

"

the

lispingbeneath
trees

whereof

builded, heedless

of

the

per
pa-

prisoner, if
paper

"

"

across

winding

the

man,

the

making

was

great
as

venerable

child,

sandy

over

nestling,perhaps,

one

rhythmically

"

beautiful

broad

of

shadows

long

some

prayers

mind

camel

them

see

camel

you."

Stanton's

white-bearded

beasts, the little

on

for

away,

wafting

old

delivery. One

torn, yet thankful,

pictures. The
camels

far

old

an

wife, waiting for that

Fitzgerald paused.

the

remembers

the child's safe

fancy the mother,

can

An

connected

then

"

rate,

any

here.

her

to-day
he

the child

restore

white-bearded, venerable, asking

man,

her

to

belonged. At

him

saw

The

inevitable, herself,

brought

caravan

^you

"

with

she

of the past.

the

to

the chance

civilization where

341

agreed. Possibly it secretlypleased

though yielding

have

to

he

dispense with

to

may

CARRUTHERS

ungainly
a

snow-

beard

"

child, wonderful,
the

somber

shadow

temple of Solomon

destination

"

minding

not

ALADDIN

342

whither, the how,

the

caravan

in

mite

"

great

"

"After

the mother

died"

again into the narrative


took

himself

unto

life. The

in the child's

presenting
very

very

long!

give

her

paper

"the

Now

old

for

"

wanted

"

"Her

should

doesn't

He

she

so

very,

satisfied

not

was

sent-min
ab-

and

missions

member
re-

was

to

removed

"

away

they

"

"

Life

of

Light

have

began Stanton.

back?

may

There
The

conjecture!

"May

some

getting old

later

and

"

why

is

missionary

surreptitiously smuggled
"But

child.

the

in many

however,

epoch

preacher remembers

Has

old

pal
princi-

another

comes

he

worked

band
hus-

favorite, or

second

plunged

Mohammedan

vividly, for

The

up,

Fitzgerald had

"

"

wife, Light of Life.

one

the where

smiling confidentlyinto swarthy


^big-eyed,

"

faces

BROADWAY

FROM

have

have

girl
been

been!"

several

are

beautiful.

was

avaricious
From

the

More

reasons.

The

mother
step-

"
"

young

man,

sotto

voce.

"She
some

"No

may

have

benign

old

doubt

that

planned
Mussulman
was

it!"

to

sell her

in

of means."

marriage

to

ALADDIN

344

FROM

ruptible friend.
discovered
old

on

Had

one

tracings of

very

well.

is

caretaker

who

wonder.

happen

know,
at

the

had

might,

might

or

bribe

not

chafing aside, she

and,

Didn't

folks.
added.
1"

"She

No

want

danger of
can

that

zling
siz-

result.

of

marriage,

the

jewelry?

luck

something

now,"

the

wires

about

burden

to

of

Not

is,well,
the

you

wolf

else that

Damascus,

at

impelled

be

to

began

the

Truth

happened

felt
to

the

such

ideas

about

have

me

me

No

vague

ideas

them,

to

record

me.

there

latter,just

know

show

to

some

door, between

the

You

incorruptible.

so

lady

to

to

Kept

Traced

it

themselves,

something

say.

"

they faithfullyperformed.

them

cable.

facts.

she

I'd be

sure

Knew

The

know

to

Americans

Oh, she didn't try


so

English.

lady. Seems

service

Used

family.

How'd

marks

old trinkets

showed

have

certain

mother.

This

she

all the

"

the young

these

Happened

you

them

arms

her

gave

When

too.

of

of

to

keep for the child.

Verified

two

would

so, you

his wife. Christians

and

died,

she

as

done

coat

devoted

father's

you

Questioned

were

before

or

BROADWAY

to

"

on

you

derstand
un-

sion
the mis-

the nobleman

deed
get along nicely ^yery nicely,in"

MARY

The

other

CARRUTHERS

did not

all this ?" he asked


"She

"

name?"
once

"Mary

Stanton

she

was

not

spared

he

Maybe,

child

fact it

one

wife!

your

was

he

that.
it.

"

nice

very

would

have

might

meddlers

these

talk

desirable?

he

new

relatives

might

He

before, only

feeling.
for

somebody

lot of

was

Some

of that

fanciful

have

doubts.

There

her

tives
rela-

times
Some-

advise.

That

had

He

however.

way

who

it

praised

"grand matches,"

"Desirable?"

matches.

Was

of

be

brand-new

people

and

people

again.

over

mixed-up

ask

to

appear

the

ing
say-

But

name.

Anybody.

felt that

had

grade

Allah

felt confused,

peated
re-

It wasn't

all

her

Miss

variety of

new

first

"

brightened.

He

He

Stanton

in the

Carruthers

Honorable

an

There
and

was

her

of

name

Carruthers."

"Mary

Then

help

was

the

getting acquainted with

sighed.

hand.

like

In

He

this

Miss

name

name.

couldn't

"What's

Carruthers."

letters.

like

ask

to

fondly imagined

you

the
his

swallowed"

having

"Carruthers?

been

knows

abruptly.

Fancy

whom

was

subject. "She

does."

"What'""

bad

the

pursue

345

or

sirable
de-

the word.
batch

of

might be

ALADDIN

346

FROM

Anglo-Saxon Light

an

His

terror.

obstacles

many

"Sure

the

"I

the

the

to

job

He

could

boy

"

imagine
bogy

sees

as

faces

time.
he

said

that person.

"I

romance-reciter?"

ular
reg-

nobleman.

haven't

leave

sank.

them

among

forest at dusk

aren't

you

grufflyto

of Life

timorous

as

in

trunks

tree

on

heart

BROADWAY

talent," answered

you."

"Humph!"
Fitzgerald eyed

be.

did

man

young

seem

Perhaps because

"Here's
at

not

him

the

with

mild

so

pleased

as

lost that

had

he

inquiry.
he

wager

prayer-book," Stanton

said

The

ought

to

"

bruskly,

that moment.
"The

turn

little Mecca

to

be

Indifferently.

**But I

thought

"Did."

you

said you
"But

Laconically.

"Thanks."

"Do

"

congratulate you."

"You

It

was

Fitzgerald's

surprised.

"Yes."

"I

?"

souvenir

With

no

The

lost it."

got it again."
nobleman

was

erous.
gen-

enthusiasm.

win."
I?"

Stanton

knew

well

enough

he

had

won

MARY

the

But

wager.

win

CARRUTHERS

he

347

if

wondered

would

he

ever

?
"

"You

deserve

man,"

old

success,

Fitzgerald

said

warmly.
"Thanks

!"

and

shoulders.

He

would

would

have

ovated.

indoors

to

He

you

thank

get

you,"

"Patience,
Stanton's

couldn't

on

It

works

at

this

nor

little

his

on

go

thing

one

it

put

?"

skinned

he

he

now

bing
rub-

face

slowly."
rate.

out

half

the

other.

stronger?"

He

reii-

gested
sug-

sympathetically.

Fitzgerald
"And

time

"

neither

was

if

"Maybe

in

stay

more

stuff!

long

was

man

once

this

"Hang
be

young

"wash"

chemical

the

The

Again.

scoffed

the

young

grumbled.
counseled

then,"

reply

was

inaudible.

the

other.

man.

"No,

CHAPTER

THE

they

clothes.

had

had

After

garb

the

were

the

the

he

live

real

He

felt

He

he
He

duds.

different
else
He

his

at

the

all

invaded

she

and

again

through

of

wasn't
had

was

well,

procured.

He

for

out

get

her

different.

land
to

with

which

cut,

impart.

can

himself

in

these

groom
bride-

picturesque

Would

ried
car-

himself

to

He

courtyard.

ments
gar-

he

touch

subtle

that

the

in

said

native

like

these

But

he

justice

them.

disreputable,
long,

so

could

for

longed

doing

different

be

only

wasn't

who

to

wore

fit very

if sometimes

tailor!"

"artists"

the

send

He

uncomfortable.

American

yearningly.
only

"If

be

could

proprietor

stiff and

forth.

didn't

accustomed

well.

them

that

flowing,

been

seemed

strode

They

best

hotel

loose

had

GARDENS

later, he

European
but

MISSION

time

SOME

XXV

was

everything

reached

gate.

the
But

mission
he

348

gardens
walked

and

slower

walked
now.

THE

What

MISSION

? Timid

? Like

himself

to

fancy.

Stanton

as

lion.

him

call upon

It

been

cut

And

that hat?

by

One

time,

he

He

"

^hadn't

didn't
He

He?
he

have

her
at

No

wasn't

in

the

in

the

den.
gar-

He

had

furiously.

stiff shirt

His

and

creaked

"

his

arms

flushed
could

one

up

yes,

"

and

have

Those

to

them

and

his

in

hadn't

he

hadn't

been

he?

bolder.

confounded

on

that

"

yes,

"

he

hesitated
But

He

this

walls

mission

conventional!
knock

arms

hadn't

slightly. He

solid-lookingand
go

this

enough for deep breathing.

room

casement,

"

to

far

All

readjust himself.

quite like
so

very

before.

of

towns

seaport
exiles!

months!

for

one

have

so

up

ported
im-

are

"

Stanton

then.

cut

that

poor

pounding

was

himself.

to

unsophisticated? hesitating?Why,

"

evening

were

to

and

have

must

fully.
surveyed it scorn-

the

to

progressed

it to

to

taken

had.

They

bold

as

bothered

that

English lids

natives

worn

paused

felt

he

course

it off and

hundreds

heart

seem

took
those

for

known

never

his bashful

sheep-shearer,he grumbled

hadn't

His

Of

feel strange.

him

has to force

object of

only these clothes

of

world,

349

who

man

the adored

was

by the
the

young

frowned.

^that made

"

GARDENS

would

the door.

He

350

ALADDIN

would

say:

FROM

"Is

Miss

asking for

seem

almost

like

once

inside

with

Carruthers

his

glad

to

which

soul

You

would

maybe

instructive,perhaps

"

But

the

Creak!
hard

creak!
as

And

That

board

had

situation

the hat

all

caressing folds

of

be

shirt

was

was

turban.

going
to

now

he

to

He

bit

He

her.

see

else.

going
Yes

to

see

; now

praised,she

her
!

For

was

"

she

alone.

now

had
She

very

sprightly,

went

on.

laundries!
soft

the

wild

the

light without

light-headed. He
it.

Doubts

filled his

and

soon

"

felt

The

suddenly evaporated.
expanded

lowing
Fol-

the

missed

reiterated

forget everything

fact

He

native

head

was

say

certainly starched

Hang

His

Perhaps

less

or

head-covering of

the

people of the desert.


the

would

to

met.

his head.

pinched

four

"

to

over.

then

nice conventional

platitudinous,more

"

And

I trust?"

introductions

worthy people, her friends, and


conversation

she

or

well,

are

come

It would

pinched by

walls, he

you!

see

In?"

stranger.

very

eminently conventional
"So

BROADWAY

He

began

and

givings
mis-

single,bald,
being. He

portant
imwas

"

come

came

out

toward

be

Allah
him

she
_

saw

him.

The

dimming day

softened

any

differences

ALADDIN

352

FROM

BROADWAY

"Yes, got in to-day/* He


in the most

spoke

conventional

if he had

as

manner.

In

managed

to

rived
ar-

man,
Pull-

perhaps.
"He

told me,

too, how

you

out

get

of Damascus."
"No

trick at all,"he answered.

She

looked

down

?"

constraint

between
into the house
"I

him.

at

would

"Won't

"Or, would

them.

rather

not

And

much

easy

to

He

looked

with

well

no

better

here?"

in

to

much

to

answer

pleasant out
say !"

to

He

least,to put it

at

the bench, but

on

say, he

European

it,though.

So

sweetly delicate

to

the

say.

"You

"

one

conditions.

new

She

dress.

graceful!
"

curves

you

so

certainly
slender!

"

trick at all!" he said, for want


to

for

strangelyquiet. It

was

adjust himself
the

at

those

"Yes,

so

last,or,

themselves

so

not

"

that

in

"

turned
re-

way.

was

looked

have

we

quite meant

had

go

house," he

"it is very

"

They found
who

rather

you

into the

go

surprisedglance

just that

scended
de-

have

?"

here, isn't it?


hadn't

sit

you

abruptly to

seemed

emphatically. "I mean"


somewhat

won't

"

are

of

thing
some-

comfortable

THE

MISSION

GARDENS

353

"Most."
"Looks

like

nice

place."

"It is."

They

had

inevitable

any

other

He

didn't

sighed.

like it.

ensued.

stars

in the

think

even

liked

What

of

to

"I suppose

you

"I suppose

so.

He

will be
We

"

Of

period of silence
joke! Doubts
as

many

self-possessedshe
sol

He

had

going

couldn't

He

if she

asked

else

What

around.

looked

I have

he

denying that.

comfortable.

was

said?

Had

end?

How

platitudesnow.

be

half

he

mind, numerically as

heavens.

it here, if she

remained

tranquil. Ominously

and

"

into his

Then

No

very.

say!"

to

her.

in his breast?

while
furtively,

"Much

just like

call upon

^the very

mirage

ing,
readjust-

was

might

"

"

her

pop

He

frowned.

friendly

was

regarded

was

He

nourishing

she

to

who

It seemed

of

process

anew.

this the end

Was

course,

the

that

man

young

only been

began

of

part

"

finding themselves

or

He

lapsed into the conventional.

to

England

hardly made

any

soon

?"

plans

yet."
"Permit
turn
"

me

of your

very

glad."

to

congratulateyou

on

fortunes," he observed.

the

"I

felicitous
am

glad

ALADDIN

354

"Thank
thank

FROM

you."

!"

"Don't

He

for

done

was

not

He

for

her

"We

to

be

"That

was

"We

Was

there
He

more

to

hear

of

seemed

conversation

with

long

silences.
caravansaries

the

to

"

fingers,looking

his strong

day

more

"

to

interval.

an

you."

from

of

some

camel

the

men

heard

we

nothing

Mary

The

be mistaken.

must

nothing

"

in

slight catch

!
"
"

Carruthers'

wish

was

father

thought

"Yes;
observed

hungy feeling. It

very

little he

very

perfunctory acknowledgment
then

the

the

"

to

safe."

"And

voice?

kind

very

were

Another

to

punctuated

hoped

you

had

Their

every

do

going

was

you," the girlsaid after

inquireabout

that

him.

I went

"

little bit

the

unclasped

straight before
doomed

She

gratitude he wanted, but

clasped and

"I~I

"

his hand.

He

her.

then"

"

all

waved

profess gratitude for


had

And

Simply.

much

so

you

BROADWAY

doesn't

news

the young

man.

travel

very

Then

he

fast

here,"

over

crossed

the other

leg.
She
somber.

looked
He

at
was

him.

His

face

reflecting.That

was

handsome,

but

lion-like boldness

THE

he had

MISSION

attempted
In her

him.

the

to

had

air.

He

didn't

jump

and

run.

the

as

the

him.

have

be

might
strange

side!

to

say

world

then

and

propitious,
He
He

awry.

with

almost

an

This

Regents' Park.

ancestry

on

drifting farther

seemed

They

in

in the

weren't.
was

Park

her

to

to be

only they

Or

lady.

hands

flashed

something
ought

The

when

now

menacing

daggers

say

"

leg.

concession

No

sitting in Central

young

as

No

how
some-

irony of

an

feel thus,

to

conditions

The

other

What

himself.

astrologers

crossed

last

be made

toward

out

deserted

more

modesty seemed

presence

all to

355

once

fittinggarment.

more

her

reached

had

assume

actual

fate that he should

he

GARDENS

her

father's

and

farther

away.

It

talk

brief

"

silence

the

was

remarks.

tranquillitynow
if she
as

if

she

didn't

deep, dark
those

eyes
"

to

which

feel.
eyes

would

when
she

she

shine
had

moody,

Carruthers'!

Mary
feel

punctuated with

was

became

He

was

could

that

now

anything.
What

given
on

taken

belonged. He

to

some

her
would

her

what

He

dered
won-

looked

she

Yet

were

but

those

ful
wonder-

for?

Perhaps

other

place

fellow

where
some-

in the

world

be but

an

incident

FROM

ALADDIN

356
in that

which

one

life of

other

be able to

would

gradually and
mist, until

And

fade

away

like

name?"

weird

she

his

down

his

met

Fitzgerald. And

heard

twice

since

"Prove

it!"
of

wanted

dissolving

jocularityas

of

she

that

"

lover's

No

been

gloomy,

had

foolish.

rather
when

probably

She

soul.

Damascus

at

name

spoke.

he

strange.

depths

perienced
ex-

slight surprise.
rather

the

He

they

had

it once

heard

"

He

experienced

unreasonable
hear

to

of

question had

had

sensation

would

he

suddenly.

manner

into

His

course

asked

with

Again

thought

see

he

sensation

She

or

forget. Perhaps she

to

him.

dark, black de profundis


Of

disagreeable

more

forget it,and

course!"

couldn't

like

gradually

my
a

doubt,

that

"

"

"Know

"Of

hers

would

she

BROADWAY

her

anew

that

abrupt

frivolity.Maybe, he just

say

it.

"Prove

it!" he

lenged
chal-

her.
"Mr.

Jack Stanton,"

"Mister?"
friends ?

by first

he
In my

names.

'Jack'."

said

scoffed

country,

the

girlreadily.
old

recklessly. "Among
old

It's Tom,

friends

other

call each

Dick, Harry,

or

"

Say

THE

She did

MISSION

let the word

He

lips. He

gazed
and

once

sink

of his

the sound

hear

gazed

Then

more.

He

own

it

tone

hardly tender.

one

was

say

longer

silence

^brimming

"

look

did not

him

at

"

tragedy
He

The

very

for

him.

himself.

"

He

when

poise of

most

portentous

Miss

Carruthers

head

seemed

impression grew

of that

girl turns

or

woman

her

his

Why,

only part

saw

hadn't

He

like that

or

ever

now.

The

pectedly:
unex-

you."

catastrophes!

with

membered
re-

at her

quite abruptly and

than

lovely profile. Now


away?

looked

just then,

to

Then

I love

expected

he

Then

said

her

on

"

rapturously.
he

like to

to

immensely

quite surprised at

was

seemed

name

away.

he

"Mary,

He

in.

her

at

357

willingly. "J^ck."

at once,

so

GARDENS

spell

to

and

grew.

arose.

"You
There

was

"No,"
second
would

you

"

he
he

never

going?"

are

catch
said

had

in her

leave

her

the

now.

For
look
Of

girl quickly.

the

voice, by

suddenly.
caught

said

Allah-!

the
in

fraction

her

that, he

of
He

eyes.
was

sure.

"Mary!"
She, too, had

"Mary!"

arisen, and

he

caught

her

to

him.

ALADDIN

358

FROM

in

breeze,

The

the

BROADWAY

trees,

orange

of

sang

orange-

flowers.
"We'll

have

"And

of

princess

ring!"

wedding
his

wedding,

time."

the

laughed

"That

dreams.

this

is, if

dark

pale

beggar

can

a"?"

afford

"Rather.

And

And

real

thought

the
"A

Ecstatically.

The

Christian

bride'll

there.

with

wedding

the

almost

present!

bride

exhilarating.

too

that!"

Fancy

afterward.

honeymoon
was

be

real
He

one!"
turned

her.

to

And

what

followed

was

just

scene.

THE

END

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any

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