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The romance of the harem. By Miss Pardoe. v.2
Pardoe, Mss (|ua), 1806-1862.
London : H. Coburn, 1839.
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Dgt ed by the lnternet rchve
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TH
M C TH H M.
Ml P D ,
UTH TH ClT TH ULT ,
TH l D TH D T, C.
Md many thngs most new to ear and eye,
The pgrm rested here hs weary feet,
nd ga ed around on Mosem u ury.
yron.
l TH LUM .
L. 11.
L D :
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TH C D LUM .
P f
Part the rst 1
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Part the econd 212
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P T l.
CH PT l.
e odou what has happened demanded
afua Pasha, as hs chbouque-bash handed to
hm hs fourth ppe, whe the Cad of the town
was devouty kssng the hem of hs robe lf
my head were as arge as the mountan of
Caf, whch surrounds the habtabe gobe, t
woud scarcey suffce for a ts dutes and f
my arm were ong enough to reach from tam-
bou to candera, t woud st be too short to
grasp a that t s requred to hod. ut speak.
Cad madhafer what has happened n the
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2 TH M C TH H M.
May the condescenson of my ord n-
crease sad the |ustce, as he fted hs head
from the earth, and obeyng a moton of the
Pasha s hand, assumed a sttng posture l
beeve that the lbn hetan the son of atan,
has arrved among us.
Mn ah Heaven forbd e|acuated
the atrap, fngng out a ong thread of smoke
nd yet, he added wth a fant sme, as he
ooked down upon the pumpkn-headed, un-
wedy tte coward at hs feet ou are a
wse man. Cad madhafer, and moreover a
awyer you are, therefore, fuy competent to
form a |udgment on such a pont. nd how
comes he to our quet provnce ls he a saka-
s a no-beard, ke the natves of rangstan
or s he n the true keness of bs, horned
and taed peak, good Cad, Mashaah l
sten.
May my ord s p never want a |est was
the repy : but truy ths s no theme for mer-
rment. The baseborn stranger, who s now
brawng under the very paace-was of your
ceency, s, as l hear, (for l have never
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TH M C TH H M. 3
ooked upon hm mysef,) handsome enough to
be the hgh prest of nran. He waks the
ba ar ke my ord hmsef fngs hs pastres
from hm as freey as a padshah feeds a the
ragged pe evenks -f n the cty and has gven to
a back-eyed ame | a cachemre rch enough for
a e r s harem. nd as he concuded ths
cataogue of vces, the corpuent Cad paused for
breath.
Chok chay that s much sad the Pasha
compacenty : he w eave money n the
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l sent to hs house, pursued the Cad, to
earn who he was, and whence he came, as s my
wont wth a strangers and hs repy was ths
Te hm who sent you, u bash for to do
hm honour l ntrusted the nqury to the cap-
tan of your ceency s guard that, when l
put my beard nto hs hand, he sha be free to
puck t out and so he turned upon hs hee,
and eft the chamber.
madhafer, sad the Pasha, you are an
ass an , havng devered hmsef of ths op-
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4 TH M C TH H M.
non, he smoked on for a tme n sence. Have
you never heard, f endm he resumed at
ength, for the Cad had not ventured to contro-
vert the asserton of hs superor have you
never heard that the spur s for the steed, the
koorbash for the buffao, the capdg-bash for
the trator, and the hand-mrror for the young
beauty Cad madhafer, do you mean to be
a dog a your days
To whch queston the obsequous |udge ony
reped by an emphatc |Mn ah Heaven
forbd
Lsten to me then sad the atrap et
ths gddy-braned stranger aone send no mes-
senger to hs house, ask no questons of hmsef
t s unseemy : but. Cad fod your feet upon
the carpet of watchfuness f hs servants ove
rakee, et t be poured nto ther cups the fery
sherbet of the ranks unocks the ps of a
men, and ays ther hearts upon your hand,
where you may read them at your esure Let
hm gve hs feasts n peace, but be carefu that
some of your own spes st down to every re-
past et hm be fooed and fattered, and made
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TH M C TH H M. o
merry wth songs and dances and he w surey
fa nto our power by some act of nadvertence,
whch he w be gad to buy off wth god.
hekur ah we wsh hm no harm and we
have need |ust now of such as can pay ther
avanas wth an open hand
en bUrsen you know best sad the
obedent Cad, whose dsappontment at the
camness wth whch the atrap receved hs
ntegence of the arrva of a weathy stranger
at the quet cty of the pashak was beyond hs
power of conceament : lnshaah my ord
knows best bakaum we sha see.
The hour at whch the atrap was accustomed
to gve audence had arrved and the Cad,
havng once more attempted to kss the e -
tremty of hs garment, and beng condescend-
ngy prevented from so dong, passed at once
from the presence of the Pasha who foowed
sowy, supported on ether sde by a chaoush,-f
who hed hm up under the arms, as though he
had been a crppe, as s usua wth a hgh
personages n the ast to whom ocomoton, on
nes. f ffcer.
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occasons of soemnty, s apparenty supposed to
be consdered pecuary n|urous. The great
man was foowed by two chokhadars, or coak-
bearers, hs keeper of the purse, hs chbouque-
bash, hs cafe|he-bash, and four soders of hs
guard.
s he made hs way across the wde ha of
audence to the dvan at the upper end, a the
appcants who thronged the doorway prostrated
themseves to the earth, whe the offcers and
ndvduas of suffcent rank to approach hs
person, bent down, and ad hs hand upon ther
heads,
hemduah a are sure of |ustce
whe afua Pasha s atrap of the provnce
commenced the Pasha hmsef, as he took hs
gorgeous ppe, wth ts pae emon-cooured
amber mouth-pece, enameed wth bue and
god, from hs chbouque-bash whe a second
attendant sd a sma bra en dsh under the
boudaka ho has anythng to ask from the
favourte of the Padshah, the Lght of the
arth, and the Lord of the Three eas Let
hm speak l sten.
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The words were yet upon hs ps when an
aged |ew detached hmsef from the crowd at the
bottom of the ha, and, snkng upon hs knees,
made hs way thus to the centre of the foor,
where he fung hmsef wth hs face upon the
earth. The appearance of the grey-bearded
Hebrew was by no means cacuated to pre|udce
the spectators n hs favour hs turban was of
coarse cotton, of whch the orgna coour had
ong been a mystery hs brow was deepy and
cosey wrnked, hs quck restess eyes were
partay hdden by a par of thck and wry eye-
brows, hs promnent nose was pnched and
sharp, and hs thn ps were pressed cosey to-
gether, as though he coud not part gratutousy
even wth hs breath, wthout an effort to retan
t. Hs gr ed beard hung to hs grde,
whch was of back wooen, and bound above an
outer dress of bue and whte cotton, much worn
and dscooured hs feet were bare, for the
ragged papoushes whch he had eft at the door
had been ther ony coverng and atogether
acob the |ew was as unprepossessng an nd-
vdua as coud we have been seected to open
the dvan.
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ut, ungany as he was, he was not unknown
to the Pasha, who stroked down hs beard, as he
saw the Hebrew perform hs prostraton and
e camed, wthout removng the chbouque from
hs ps :
hoshgedn you are wecome, acob: t
s some tme snce we have seen you here. How
are your affars, Hebrew ls your god n
bars, or n con and do you come to make us
your treasurers, est the meta shoud not be
secure under your own roof
Heaven hep me houd l venture to
troube my ord f t were thus , a aas
aas l come to the mrror of |ustce ony when
1 am wronged, that the ght of my ord s coun-
tenance may be turned upon me, and the tears
may be dred n my aged eyes l am here to
put up a compant aganst my neghbour
tephanak the serud|he, who has defrauded
me of my |ust rghts.
tephanak, shouted a chaoush cose besde
the atrap come forth, and knee n the
shadow of my ord the Pasha, whose attrbute
s |ustce.
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The ca was nstanty obeyed, and a fne-
ookng young Greek, wearng the pcturesque
and becomng costume of the sands, knet be-
sde hs accuser. tephanak was n the frst
boom of manhood, wth a aughng eye, and a
sunshny e presson of countenance, whch even
the dread presence of the Pasha coud not whoy
overcoud.
Mashaah murmured the atrap to the
kho|a or secretary who was squatted at hs feet,
wth hs nk-botte n hs grde, and a huge strp
of parchment restng upon hs knee ready to be
made use of, whe he dpped hs caam or reed-
pen nto the nk n order to commence hs dutes:
Mashaah ths s as t shoud be a dervsh
aganst a woman, and a Greek aganst a |ew
akaum we sha see.
moton of the Pasha s hand ntmated to
acob that he was to speak : and he at once com-
menced hs compant.
ls not my ord as one who has sat on the
rght hand of the Padshah, and whose mouth
has been fed wth the god of truth ln my
soreness of sprt l sad l w away to thp
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gver of heath, the promoter of |oy, the great
and |ust afua Pasha, for does he not hod the
rens of fe and death and s he not ke the
sun at noonday, wthout whch the earth woud
be dark
Tab we sad, |ew nodded the atrap,
as he toyed wth hs perfumed beard and there
was a sudden chorus of voces n the apartment,
a murmurng Tab tab
t the ast mahak, pursued the |ew, n
the same humbe and submssve tone, and wth-
out sufferng the sghtest token of eaton to
escape hm at the approbaton whch hs words
had ected, came tephanak to my poor hut
to purchase dhourra )- l was at meat, and l
bade hm rest awhe unt my mea was fnshed,
when l woud wash, and come forth to the store-
house wheren l had housed the gran but he
peaded haste, and thus l was obged to eave
the food amost untasted, est he shoud go ese-
where, whch mght have been nconvenent to
the poor youth.
Had you not done better to have asked hm
to share t wth you demanded the Pasha.
Decne of the moon. f lndan corn.
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TH M C TH H M. 1 1
ow, by our father braham e camed
the shrnkng lsraeUte : woud my ord desre
me o eat wth a Chrstan to st at tabe wth
a fthy Greek
True: sad the Pasha wth a quet sme
l had forgotten that the two nfde drnkers
of wne, the Tchfout and the Gaour, v.ere un-
cean even to each other ah kerm n
wth your tae, Hebrew.
e were ong ere we concuded the bar-
gan contnued acob and l fnshed by
seng my gran some pastres too cheap
ut he dd buy of you at ast say you not
so P demanded the atrap.
He dd reped the |ew but he shoud
have pad me at the very east
ho|a r sad the Pasha, sowy removng
the chbouque from hs mouth, and ookng to-
wards the secretary wrte that acob the
|ew sha, before sunset, pay an avana to the
Pasha of one hundred pastres, for seng
dhourra wthn the was of the cty, wthout
authorty now, Hebrew, once more we sten.
|ew.
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ut f the |ew had successfuy conceaed hs
trumph when he was envroned by paudts, he
was by no means so fortunate when he found
hmsef betrayed by hs own foy he pucked
hs beard unt the hars remaned n hs grasp,
he thrust hs turban awry, and wrung hs hands
as though he were runed for ever. Hs pa-
ro ysm gave the Pasha tme to refect and that
he had done so, he very soon gave proof, by
agan addressng the scrbe. rte, kewse,
that tephanak the Greek raah sha aso pay
to the Pasha, by the same perod, hs avana of
ffty pastres, for havng purchased wthn the
cty was certan bags of dhourra from a
cheater of the revenue.
The kho|a was |ust about to record ths se-
cond refecton of the mrror of |ustce, when the
Greek, prostratng hmsef n the most approved
manner, e camed The words of my ord the
Pasha are as the damonds of amarcand fung
forth upon the path of fe. urey my ord w
suffer even a vassa to gather up some of these
precous |ewes, and to e amne ther ustre. lt
s true, oh. Lght of the ord that l pur-
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chased the dhourra of ths rascay Tchfout
but l made hm dehver t to me on the medan
beyond the cty gates. He s ndeed guty, and
deserves the fne whch your hghness has n
mercy made very dsproportonate to the crme
but l have commtted no offence, as my ord
w earn, when the kupek the cur, has tod
hs tae.
upek n your teeth, dog of a gaour re-
torted the enraged |ew, gad to have secured an
ob|ect on whch to vent hs wrath, wthout
danger to the soes of hs feet ho are you
that you shoud fng drt upon my head hat
are you but a Greek re you not a raah ke
mysef and are you not, moreover, ke the rest
of your degraded race, a ar and a cheat
havan der you are an anma.
|ab wonderfu e|acuated the Pasha
acob has found hs tongue, and s now head-
brawer of the cty Peace, l say, od man. ls
the dvan become a Therak-tcharch,-f- or a
Pan,
t esort for opum-eaters, where nght-braws and heavy
bows are frequent.
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Tmerha e, that l am to have my ears rent by
your camour Take care of your own and
meanwhe, l have heard enough. tephanak,
you have ganed your cause. l am satsfed that
you are a bash-pe evenk a great rogue for,
athough every oumf rasca can tak of the
deeds of hs ancestors, Mashaah there are few
among you who dare venture to speak of hs
own. evertheess, l say, your cause s ganed,
for you have kept your temper, and the |ew has
ost hs by whch l know that he s n the
wrong. rte, kho|a, that the Hebrew acob
s fned ffty pastres for brngng before the
Dvan a cause whch he coud not support.
nd whe the unhappy lsraete was once
more gvng way to a burst of gref, the mrror
of |ustce murmured to the Cad, who was
seated near hm The rascay |ew can we
afford to pay hs avana but l queston f the
gd mascara the young scaramouch, n the em-
brodered eggngs, does not carry a hs pastres
on hs back.
To whch sagacous deducton, the Cad re-
Lunatc svum. f Greek.
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TH M C TH H M. 15
ped b hs usua Tab e ceent my ord sees
through the darkness of mdnght who sha
dspute hs wsdom ut as he agan setted
hmsef upon hs carpet, he muttered between
hs cosed teeth : Curse on the unbeevng
|ew . he shoud have preferred hs compant to
me l woud not have mucted hm n more
than a hundred pastres n a and moreover,
he shoud have ganed hs cause.
The ne t appcant was a woman, who, takng
off her .spper, turned the soe upwards, and
demanded |ustce on her husband, who had put
her forth from hs harem, and refused to aow
her a decent mantenance n the house of her
father.
s her own statement went to show that she
was nether young nor pretty, and that she had
moreover ed the unhappy man a fe whch had
by no means tended to ncrease hs attachment
to ths word, her case was soon dsmssed and
she was fned twenty pastres for vague and
frvoous accusatons aganst a good Mosem,
who had been carefu, before the dvan sat that
mornng, to forward to the atrap a packet
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of rare and costy gebe, whose aroma was
actuay escapng from the chbouque of the
Pasha, whe he Hstened to the tae of the
wfe.
ln ths nstance, as the vrtuous wrath of the
atrap was more than commony e cted, he
ordaned that the fne shoud be pad before the
companant eft the court and remarked, more-
over, that f any rumour reached hm of a new
appcaton of the spper of the mserabe woman
before hm to the ears of her husband or hs
young wfe, the consequences woud be serous
after whch, he decared hmsef e hausted and,
deputng the Cad to the seat of |ustce, retred
from the sght of the crowd of appcants who
st thronged the ha of audence and, sup-
ported by hs attendants, wthdrew sowy and
gravey to the women s apartments, to forget n
the socety of the beautfu Carmf and her
Greek frend the tos of the mornng.
Co|ffee and sweetmeats were served when he
had taken up hs poston on the sofa, and re-
ceved the sautatons and condoences of hs
companons after whch atnka sang to her
Tobacco.
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TH M TH H M. l|
ebec, unt the atrap gave a few ndcatons of
drowsness, by no means fatterng to her mn-
stresy when, an ous that he shoud not have
cause to compan of ennu whe she possessed
the means of dvertng hs deness, she ad
asde her nstrument and e camed suddeny :
Let not my ord s eyes cose before he has
heard the tae whch l have been ponderng for
hs amusement. lt may be that t w possess
the power of reevng hs sprt from the fatgues
of the dvan and the affars of the cty. nd,
as the Pasha smed hs assent, she at once com-
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ld| e a was the son of a rch merchant of
Damascus and, beng the ony chd of hs
father, to whose prayers the prophet had ong
been deaf, by refusng to hs wves the honour
and advantage of gvng hm an her to hs m-
mense weath, the boy necessary became the
pet and paythng of the saemek, and the
do of the whoe harem.
Hs beautfu Georgan mother, proud of the
supremacy whch the brth of her son gave her
over the mnd of her husband, grew haughty
and mperous and the uyuk Hanoum of
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had been the daughter of a dstngushed mr,
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retred n dsgust to her father s house, and
refused to return beneath the roof of her hus-
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made to recam her.
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ther supreme mstress of the harem and the
fact of ths ascendency, derved from her son,
ony produced st greater and more -|udged
ndugence towards the boy hmsef: every whm
however senseess, every caprce however e -
travagant, was not ony nduged, but appauded
and he accordngy grew up a perfect mp of
bs, both n beauty and mschef.
l say n beauty for the e perence of every
day tends to convnce us that the popuar pre-
|udce whch peopes |ehanum wth ghous and
afrts, s as fase as that the tattered coak of a
Dervsh aways covers a sant. More than haf
the ev whch s wrought upon earth s the
work of ndvduas whose beards are gossy and
we-combed, and whose turbans are seated upon
brows as smooth as the Prophet s pam and he
who asserts to the contrary eats drt, or has
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waked from tambou to Mecca wth hs fngers
n hs eyes, and the skrts of hs robe defed by
the abomnaton of gnorance.
th regard to hs other attrbute of mschef,
l beeve no one ever dened that to be the son
of a burnt father, so l sha not nsst on the
proprety of my descrpton.
Had e d been as rch as ng aroon, the
youngster grew up n a sprt we cacuated to
decrease hs weath. The hours whch hs father
beheved to be spent n study n the medresh of
the Mosque of utan Daoud, were passed among
the most profgate of the youth of the cty
and as a the saves found t to ther advantage
to be sent for ld| e a was as generous as
he was profuse and as the worthy Merchant
was descendng the h of fe, and greasng the
beard of years wth the pauf of dotage, he
pursued hs career unfettered whe such was
the fascnaton of hs beauty, and the nfuence
of hs mother, that there was not a woman n
the harem of e d the hawa|, who woud
not have sod her |ewes to mnster to hs
caprces.
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ut the most serous e travagance was yet to
come. uddeny there appeared n the cty a
deaer n horses, who brought wth hm anmas
of such surpassng beauty, that a the young
men of Damascus who had ever tugged at any
thng more e ctng than a mahar we ngh
ost ther wts. Day by day the deaer and hs
horses traversed the prncpa streets of the cty
and so beautfu were many of these creatures,
that more than one harem-attce was thrown
back further than t shoud have been, ether n
admraton of the gorous anmas, or of the
gaant young ffends who foowed n ther
wake. The deaer was a shrewd man : he had
gathered up hs feet on the mat of cacuaton,
and spced hs sherbet wth avarce : he was the
very hawa| to brng hs beasts to a good
market but for a few days he affected un-
wngness to part from them he oved them
as hs fe caed them |anum, gu um my ove,
my eyes, my sou fegned to whsper fatteres
n ther ears, whe by some subte art he taught
them to ook as though they comprehended and
Came s brde.
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apprecated hs genteness and showed so much
ove for hs aready temptng merchandse, that
every person who had god to avsh on a whm,
was convnced that never horses were worth so
many purses as the horses of the Toorko-
man.
hen he at ength suffered hmsef to be
prevaed on to e change them for pastres,
t need not be tod that they were counted up to
a good sum : and many tmes had ld| e a
been among the bdders for the dfferent anmas
whch were paraded one by one through the
great thoroughfares of the cty but on each
occason the Toorkoman had set hm asde wth
a ow avash, yavash soft , softy your
tme s not yet come. The came who hods hs
head hgh s guded by the ass that eads the
strng so et my ord be ed n ths matter by
hs save and, fodng the skrts of patence
under the feet of reason, wat yet awhe unt
the bt s n the mouth of the beast whch s
aone worthy to bear hm.
Perpe ed as he was by ths unaccountabe
conduct on the part of the Merchant, ld| e a
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comped n sence but when a score of nobe
horses, each more beautfu than the ast, had
found owners among the young gaants of Da-
mascus, the Toorkoman dsappeared, much to
the chagrn of the son of e d, who day saw
hs assocates gaopng aong upon anmas to
whch hs own, whch had nevertheess been
purchased at a heavy prce, and gven to hm by
hs father, was but as a buffao.
o |aundced, ndeed, was hs sprt, by ths
unooked-for dsappontment, that ever, as hs
acquantances greeted hm, he seemed to see the
aughter of mockery n ther sme and when
they |ested wth hm on hs deay, or condoed
wth hm on hs annoyance, he fet that they
were now revengng themseves for a host of
petty mortfcatons entaed on them by hs un-
cacuatng profuson.
The young man s heart burnt wthn hs
bosom, and he we ngh fe sck wth ve aton
when one day, as he was wakng moody aong,
he was overtaken near the eastern gate of the
cty by a bectachy, or mountan-dervsh, who
sauted hm as he passed wth a courteous
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greetng whch broke n upon hs revere and,
rasng hs head to repy to the sautaton, ld|
e a on hs sde was at once attracted by the
tone and ook of the devotee.
He appeared to be about s ty years of age,
but tme had nether furrowed hs brow, thnned
hs cheek, nor dmmed the ustre of hs arge
cear grey eye. Hs gance was keen, fery, and
searchng : hs step frm and assured and hs
voce as fu and meodous as though he were
yet a strpng. He wore a tunc and khrkheh,
or coak of came s har, grt about hs wast
wth a eathern grde, over whch fowed hs
snow-whte beard whe a conca cap edged
wth fur, crmson papooshes, and a prayer chapet
hung round hs neck, competed hs costume,
and procamed hs sanctty.
Ts a far day, father sad the young
man respectfuy are you ong from the moun-
tans
l traveed to the cty, my son reped
the dervsh some tweve weeks back, n com-
pany wth a Toorkoman rab, who sought to
dspose of a strng of horses and when l
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parted from hm at the khan where he had taken
up hs abode, l hastened to the dwehng of a
knsman, besde whose bed stood rae and hs
attendant sprts: there dd l watch and pray
unt yesterday : and l am now on my way
home, prasng the power whch has removed a
sufferer from a word of care and mserv.
Can you reay re|oce that the wngs of
death have foded themseves about the sou of
one whose bood eaps n your own vens and
that a warm and sentent sprt s now dark n
the darkness of the tomb
nd why not asked the dervsh Do
we show our ove for our dear ones, by wshng
to protract ther perod of wretchedness vaah
l trust that no fond heart w put up such a
prayer for me.
Dd you not te me, father, that you
traveed to Damascus n company wth a kupek
a dog of a horse-deaer, who atey traded n
the cty asked the young man, for whom so
meanchoy a dscourse possessed no attracton
and who suddeny conceved a hope that, through
the medum of ths hoy man, he mght obtan
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some nformaton, enabng hm to dscover the
abode of the Toorkoman know you what has
snce become of hm and where he s now
throwng drt on the beards of true beevers
e brm what can l say reped the
bectachy : Have l not tod you that l have
been the tenant of a sck room, whence the word
s ever shut out How, then, can l gve you
tdngs of the ba ar, or of the merchants who
frequent t
s he spoke, the catter of horses hoofs
sounded n the dstance and soon a horseman
appeared mounted on a coa-back steed of such
ncomparabe symmetry and beauty, that even
the bectachy, unused as he mght be supposed to
be to fee any nterest n so purey wordy an
ob|ect, uttered an e camaton of astonshment,
and stroked down hs whte beard wth a
|ab as fervent as t was proonged.
lf the Dervsh were thus affected by the ap-
pearance of the anma, t may be magned that
ld| e a was transf ed : and as the rder few
past hm, seemng to be traversng the word on
the wngs of the wnd, or mounted on one of the
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fyng horses of Perstan, he amost shouted n
the e cess of hs rapture.
aah bah by the Prophet to be the
owner of that steed, l woud /
hat woud you do, my son asked the
bectachy.
ny thng that may be awfu for a good
Mussemaun was the repy : and ld| e a
heard, or fanced he heard, a ow chucke whch
came unpeasanty to hs ear Long have
l coveted a steed whch shoud have no peer.
hemduah prase be to ah here he
comes agan l
nd t was so: the horseman had returned
upon hs path and, dvergng to the rght and
eft, and vautng hs hgh-booded rab over
every mpedment, he at ength checked hm
cose besde the young man and the dervsh,
wth a suddenness that brought the fery anma
on hs haunches, whe the smoke ssued from hs
transparent nostrs, and the foam few from hs
mouth.
hosh buduk we found shouted the
rder, whom ld| e a at once recogn ed as the
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Toorkoman deaer How says my ord now
Dd l not we to hod back hs hand unt
l brought to Damascus a horse such as had
never yet been seen n the cty streets avash,
yavash quet, quet, Thunderbot : he added,
addressng the anma, who was mpatenty
pawng the earth wth hs sma hoof: see you
not that l woud tak wth the bey adeh and
the creature quaed beneath the rebuke, and
stood ke a statue hewn n back marbe besde
the path.
hat means ths, khawa| e camed the
young man eagery hence are you and
why have you been so ong absent from Da-
mascus How many purses do you demand for
ths brave beast nd how became you possessed
of an anma worthy to have carred the Pro-
phet
Chok chay that s much smed the
rab but l w answer my ord as l best
may. lt means that l have brought for hm the
horse of whch he aone shoud be the owner
l am even now from the desart l have de-
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ayed my return unt l deemed the anma matc-
ess ake n speed and docty l demand for
my merchandse a prce whch must be pad ere
l consent to make hm the property of another
and l have possessed hm snce he sported a
gracefu foa besde hs mother, n a green oass,
near whch we had ptched our tents. ls my ord
answered
ld| e smed n hs turn , mascara
scaramouch he sad gay : for the ast moon
l have been smokng the chbouque of btterness,
for l beeved that you had cast ashes upon my
beard and not a moment ago l asked tdngs of
you from ths hoy man, who traveed wth you
many weeks back, from the mountans
hosh buduk, father: sad the Toorko-
man, ookng for the frst tme towards the der-
vsh : l must have eaten drt that l dd not see
you when l frst stopped besde the f end.
Down, Thunderbot, and make your saam to the
hoy man. nd the obedent anma once more
obeyed by snkng genty upon hs knees, and
ayng hs nose n the dust.
Mashaah ts a beast whch mght we
shame many a True eUever sad ld| e a
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ashustun on my head be t the horse
s mne.
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aughed the Toorkoman My ord has not yet
earnt that the pety of a dervsh and the qua-
tes of a horse shoud never be taken upon
trust.
ay, hawa|, you are uncv sad the
young man : but our good father must pardon
you, for you have not foded your feet upon the
cushon of cauton nor have you made saves of
your words. ou shoud have more reverence
for the khrkheh
Heed hm not, ffendmou my master
nterposed the bectachy : hs cang s one of
ght mood and free speech, and he means me no
ev hs words are ke the sands of the desart,
they pass by, and no man nqures whence they
come.
ah by ah ts we put e -
camed the Toorkoman : when the boudaka
s fu, l smoke t but when once the ashes are
knocked out, l forget the favour of the gebe.
Phrases savourng of the sosun and the ban-
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nuffshah are for the use of the harem : they
are not for the wanderng merchant, whose
medresch f s the way-sde.
They fa you not, however, hawa|
sad ld| e a, as he hung over the coa-back
rab, and passed portons of ts fowng and
sky mane through hs fngers, as though they
had been the ove-ocks of a young beauty
ut we wander from our purpose : te me the
prce of ths wnd-wnged steed, that l may
count you the purses, and make t mne/
Lsten to me, f endm sad the Toorko-
man emphatcay ths anma has been to me
as a chd t has shared ake my tent
and my repast my voce has become musc n
ts ears, and my w the mpuse of ts beng. l
cannot se t for god a the purses of a the
padshahs of the ast shoud not buy t
l w ony part from t to secure what s yet
more dear to me.
nd what, n the name of the Prophet, may
that be asked the young man n some surprse
Can there be aught on earth that a man whose
oet. t Coege,
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beard s back, woud vaue beyond an anma
ke ths ffet oah much good may t do
you. lf t be n my possesson, or n that of
e d my father, t s your s.
Tab we sad r e camed the bectachy :
the words of the bey adeh are precous as the
gems of raby he wastes them not dy.
you swear ths asked the hawa|
camy.
ld| e a hestated for a moment: and then,
gancng at the dervsh, and percevng that he
was ookng towards hm wth a pacd sme, he
answered body That w l, by the sou of
the Prophet
ay, we w not make the Prophet a party
n the compact sad the Toorkoman swear
by your own hopes of Paradse, and by the beard
of your father, and l am satsfed.
Chok chay that s much sad the young
man but so be t. May the hours never re-
ceve me nto Paradse, and may the beard of
my father be eternay defed, f l fa you.
Tab tab l say agan e camed the
dervsh l ove the darng of a free sprt
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and now, hawa|, to your share of the contract
as l have accdentay been a wtness to the
bargan, l w not proceed on my way unt l
see the brde of the anma n the hand of the
bey adeh.
The horse s hs, father : sad the Toorko-
man ready l am whng to fuf the pedge
that l have gven and he paced the ren of
the coveted steed n the grasp of ld| e a
who, bewdered wth dehght, woud have vauted
nto the sadde and gaoped off, had not the
hawa| ad hs hand upon hs arm, and detaned
hm.
My ord s as yet but my mr akhor he
sad, wth a sme whch amost wthered nto a
sneer : l have satsfed hm but he has, as
yet, gven me naught save promses, strength-
ened, however, by a vow whch he dare not vo-
ate. lt s now hs turn. My demand w
nether e haust the coffers of the worthy mer-
chant hs father, nor cost hmsef a pastre.
Durng my so|ourn n Damascus, l chanced
t avas not how to ook nto the brght eyes
Chef of the tabes.
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of the daughter of assm ey the peeress
Desase Hanoum. ay, turn not on me wth
that wtherng frown, f endm the heart of the
maden s as pure as the waters of the fountan n
whch she was aughngy contempatng her own
beauty when she knew not that any ga e was on
her. rom that hour l oved her n that hour
l strove to wn her ut how s l wandered
goomy through an obscure street, l foowed
unobserved two porty ffends, who were ev-
denty on ther way from some coffee-kosque to
ther own dwengs. Twght had faen upon the
cty, and they beeved themseves unobserved
and thus, as they moved sowy aong, they threw
ther words out rght and eft, as the mmosa-
bush throws out ts thorns. They were the
Merchant e d, and hs powerfu frend assm
ey : and then and there l earnt that the beau-
tfu and ga ee-eyed Desase was the promsed
brde of the hawa| s ony son. Does my ord
read the wrtng on the parchment.
ou woud have the maden for your wfe
s t not so asked ld| e a.
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lf that be a aughed the young man
br chey yok t s nothng. lf you can wn
her father to consent, et her be your s l am no
woman-wooer, and l have renounced my cam.
l woud rather have ths peeress rab n my
stabe, than the farest maden of Damascus n
my harem.
Pek ah t s we retorted the Toorko-
man but that s not enough. ha l strew
drt upon my head, by askng the daughter of a
ey for my wfe ha l e pose mysef to the
gbes and |eers of every der ke a spnnng
anton, by teng my condton and the wd ob-
|ect of my desres l w eat sour pauf wth
no man. ou must become for once an ear-
nest over you must repent your frst decson
and not content wth watng the peasure of
a caprcous mstress, and a cautous father, you
must put every art n practce to wn the young
beauty ere the ne t moon wanes and, havng
won her, you must nstanty mount your trusty
steed, and enveopng the maden n her mante,
and pacng her before you, eave the cty by the
southern gate and never draw your ren unt
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you arrve under the shadow of the rock-seated
tower whch overhangs the rver. l w be
wthn the was awatng you and there l w
reeve you of your burthen. you agan
swear
nd once more the nfatuated ld| e a,
drven to destructon by hs feech, answered
gay and ready l w.
Ltte more passed that day. The son of
e d uttered a hasty partng sautaton to the
hawa| and the Dervsh, who remaned toge-
ther and sprngng upon the nobe rab, sped,
ke an arrow shot by a strong arm, towards the
cty whe the catter of hs horse s hoofs
drowned the aughter whch foowed hm upon
the wnd.
n the south-westery sde of the cty, a sma budng s
erected on the crest of a steep precpce, beneath whch fows
the arrady.
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CH PT lll.
TH T D contnued.
Geeat was the e utaton of the young man
when he remarked that every eye was turned
upon hs steed as he hurred aong. ln the
prde of hs sprt he commtted a thousand e -
travagances, and drew upon hmsef the ga e
and the envy of the whoe cty. He passed not the
habtaton of one of hs acquantance wthout n-
dugng hs fery horse n as many caprces and
caracoes as brought a the far nhabtants of
the harem to ther attces and t was not unt
he reached hs father s house, and wth hs usua
mpetuosty was hmsef provdng for the com-
fort of hs new acquston, that hs thoughts re-
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curred to the snguar contract nto whch he
had so reckessy entered and then the dffcu-
tes that opposed themseves on a sdes at once
fashed upon hm. ut t was now too ate to
retract he was fettered by a vow and he had
no aternatve but to breast the stream as best he
mght.
hen he entered the house, he accordngy
shut hmsef nto hs apartment to rumnate on
the most feasbe method of commencng hs
operatons 3 and after mature deberaton, or
what approached as near to t as ld| e a was
abe to bestow on any sub|ect, he eft hs cham-
ber, aud |oned e d the merchant, n hs own
room, where he was quety smokng hs ch-
bouque on a corner of the sofa.
aam ekum 5 sad the son, as he passed
the threshod wth a respectfu sautaton.
ekum aam reped the Merchant,
wthout wthdrawng the ppe from hs mouth
you are eary from the coffee-kosque ths
evenng, ld| e a whther are you now
bound .
l woud ask to share your sofa, ffendra,
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f your thoughts are not so dfferenty engaged
that my words w sound harshy to your ears.
The deghted e d stroked down hs beard
wth a happy sme, as he summoned a save
wth a chbouque for hs une pected guest
marveng, as he dd so, what such an unusua
proceedng mght portend.
Ppes havng been supped, and the saves
wthdrawn, the father and son sat for a tme en-
veoped n the vapours of the decatey-scented
gebe e d gancng from tme to tme at the
handsome youth by hs sde, wth a fond prde
whch bnded hm to the wfuness of hs ds-
poston and wth, perhaps, a pardonabe va-
nty, endeavourng to trace n the hgh smooth
brow, the arge wd dark eye, the rch curved
p, and the short, thck, curng beard, a re-
newed pcture of hs own youth whe ld|
e a hmsef was turnng over n hs mnd how
he mght best ntroduce the sub|ect whch was
now uppermost n hs thoughts.
ffendm he sad at ength you may re-
member that some months back you taked to
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me of brngng home a wfe to my harem and
that l made no wng repy to your suggeston,
because l had never ad my head upon the
cushon of quet, and desred st to be eft free
to foow the dctates of my own w. hat
sha l say l have snce dwet upon your
words and l have heard from my mother that
the maden whom you had seected for me s as
beautfu as a moonbeam, and as gracefu as a
ga ee. hat s wrtten, s wrtten l w marry
her
hemduah prase be to ah sad
the Merchant : the sun s at ength rsng n
the ast. My son, fe has htherto been to you
ke the fery sherbets of the ranks, peasant
and posonous : but you are now recoverng from
the parta nsanty under whch you have
aboured : and fngng away the husks of the
dhourra, you w at ast begn to hoard the
gran. ut what say l The bey s angered by
your re|ecton of the maden, and may perchance
not sten to a renewa of our sut. ou were
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the words on your open pam, and seen that they
were good and fttng.
The young man cast down hs eyes, and re-
maned sent.
The wfe whom l had chosen for you,
contnued hs father had been descrbed to
me as a mrror of beauty a y whose eaves
were scarcey yet unfoded a voet whch
had grown so secrety amd the secuson of
the harem, that she woud have been as a
|ewe, whch you woud have dug from the mne
ere another eye had rested on t. ut yet forget
not, my son, shoud ray words yet preva wth
the father of the maden, that you are a man,
and that your beard has grown : do not, n the
contempaton of her beauty, forget that your
days must not be spent n the harem of your
wfe hat are the oveest madens that they
shoud be suffered to hod an undue empre
Lke the far-seemng fower of Caramna whch
posons the wnd as t sweeps over t, the un-
natura domnon of a wfe enervates the mnd,
and weakens the energes of her husband. ever
forget, ld| e a, that young and beautfu
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though they be, they are yet women and
that n short, my son, they are a bosh no-
thng
The hstener nodded hs concurrence to ths
sentment.
Te no treason to a courter no heresy to
a mouah and no secret to your wfe : pur-
sued the l lerchant, percevng that the attenton
of hs son was poured out upon hs words : The
tongue of a woman s more dangerous than the
scmtar of a warror, for you can never te
where ts bows may fa | and a wse man
wastes not hs words upon chdren. ether
put too much trust n your saves but ever be
vgant yoursef to protect your own honour.
hy dd the Prophet, who overran the word
wth a sword n one hand, and a hour n the
other, put a ve before her face, and a attce
before her casement as t not to pont out
how tde dependance shoud be paced upon her
own dscreton.
e sad, f endm : broke forth the
young man earnesty : t was. ut fear not
for me no keb w dare to augh at my
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beard no amparak for the mouths of
the massad|hes w ever ssue from my ha-
rem lnshaah, few know better than l
the |ust vaue of every ga aba-f n Damas-
cus.
nd yet, my son, many have been wounded
by the bade of whch they we knew the temper
l have spoken.
aah bah by the Prophet and you
have spoken wsey reped hs son.
nd f l warn you not to bud up your
fath on the fdety of an eunuch foowed up
e d so do l aso counse you never to et
the foy of a woman ruffe your beard. Patence,
my son, under the nfcton of a wfe s foy, s
ke the red earth of our own pans, whch
deadens the stng of the no ous repte that has
fastened on us. |
orkma fear not : returned the young
man : your esson sha not be ost upon me
and now, l pray you, to hasten my sut wth the
t of canda. f Chef of the Harem Guard.
l ln the pan beyond the cty s found a red earth whch
cures the stngs of venomous nsects.
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bey, that when l cose the door of my harem, l
may no onger fnd t empty.
ah buyuk der was the ony repy of
the Merchant, as ld| e a descended from the
sofa, pressed the hand of hs father to hs ps
and forehead, and hasty qutted the apart-
ment.
rom the presence of e d the young man
passed at once nto the harem, and made hs way
to the chamber of hs mother.
mde Hanoum was st a handsome woman
and the sme wth whch she receved her son
ht up her nobe features, and gave a ustre to her
eye, that for the moment amost renewed her
youth.
hosh gedn, ld| e a she sad fondy,
as she fung back the heavy seeve of her god-
embrodered antery, and e tended to hm her
sma whte hand, whch he mmedatey rased
to hs heart and ps ou are wecome
and what news brng you from the cty, my
son for to-day l have receved no guests,
and my saves are as du as an empty ch-
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vaah Damascus, far mother, s scarcey
more fu of kef than your own harem ts
antquty,t ke that of a mouah, has done no
servce to ts beard. caravan passed out at
sunrse on ts way to eppo, numberng among
ts merchants two rank eys, whose dnars
were more pentfu than ther garments, w hch
made good sport for the de youths who were
congregated at the great coffee-kosque but
the tran soon dsappeared aong the banks of
the Goden ver and the streets are agan
quet.
nd what errand brngs ld| e a, the
prt.
f Damascus s sad to be the most venerabe cty n the
word havng been but by U , the son of braham, and
grandson of hem, the son of oah. lt was, moreover, the
brthpace of braham s steward, e ar.
ln the cty of Damascus s a coffee-ho|se capabe of con-
tanng wth convenence fve hundred ndvduas. The
budng s dvded nto two equa portons one beng appro-
prated to the hot summer months, for whch ts arrangements
are admraby cacuated and the other to those of wnter,
where no ess attenton has been pad to the comfort of the
vstors.
The rver arrady formery caed by the Greeks the
Chryssrrhoas, or Goden ver.
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prde of Damascus, to the sofa of hs mother
asked the Georgan fondy , ls hs purse
empty, or hs head heavy from ast nght s
reve
steferaah heaven forbd aughed her
son for those are two evs whch have not
even the charm of novety to recommend them.
, a and he wrung hs hands as f n an-
gush, whe a mockng ght danced n hs eye :
l have been converted, and nstead of god, l
am now comng to crave a wfe.
aah e camed mde Hanoum ths
s an hour for whch l have ong ooked. How
w the hawa| ffend re|oce, when, on hs
ne t vst to the harem, l read to hm ths new
page n the voume of deght nd the wfe
whom l have wooed for you, ld| e a, gu um,
s far as the snow-fake upon the mountan
pausng on the threshod of her oveness, wth
the heart of a gr, and the beauty of a woman
the ey her father of the best bood n the
empre, and the Hanoum ffend her mother a
very mode of proprety and poteness ay,
more : contnued the Georgan, as she remarked
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the ndfference wth whch her son stened to
these advantages t must not be breathed
save between ourseves but as you are now
prepared to regard her wth the eyes of affecton,
l may venture to whsper t n your ear she
oves you, ld| e a he has seen you from
her attce as you passed aong the street she
has watched you from her araba as you gaoped
aong the pan she was tod that you were to
be her husband and now when she s restess,
and her saves woud soothe her to seep, they
te her taes of ld| e a, for she w sten to
none other.
or the frst tme the young man s breath
came quck, and hs p quvered nd she s
far, you te me, mother he sad, fau-
terngy.
s a per answered mde Hanoum :
and when l wsh to awaken her nto brghter
beauty, l tak to her of my son
nd w she sten
s a had| stens to the oran at the
Prophets tomb wth casped hands, and bowed-
down head. Her sou s as a mrror whch
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refects but one mage, and that one s ld|
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The young man wth dffcuty suppressed the
groan that rose to hs |ps: never unt that
moment had he fet how btter t must be to
sacrfce one who oves you : Ts at the best
a mere grsh fancy he sad, endeavourng to
suppress hs emoton were she tod to-morrow
that she must marry Mansoor ga my frend,
the mrror woud receve a new shadow, and
l shoud be forgotten
My son sad the Georgan, earnesty :
Ts not gven to man to read a woman s
heart Do you beeve that the same power
whch fetters our actons has domnon over our
sous as you w not be convnced and
every day of your e perence you eat the btter
appe of regret, when you mght be en|oyng
the pomegranate of contentment. The frst
character nscrbed upon a woman s heart s
ndebe others may foow, whch for a tme
appear as astng, but they are wrtten ony by
her fancy or her vanty, and they are effaced by
tme.
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ut has she not been tod that when
the ey her father offered her to the son of
e d n marrage, he foded hs hands n the
seeves of hs garment, and turned away
asked the young man : Can she ove one who
was nsensbe to her beauty and her tender-
ness
My son sad the Georgan earnesty :
affecton never reasons the heart s not ogca
t s content to fee.
nd the ey Thnk you that he w yed
her up to one by whom she had been sghted
He, at east, w have no advocate whsperng n
hs heart.
ld|, my son 3 sad mde Hanoum,
as she hed her feather-framed hand-mrror
towards hs gowng countenance, and hs eye
rested upon hs own u urant beauty : the
nghtngae turns not asde from the rose-garden
of shapor, when he may fod hs wng n
peace amd the bossoms. The ey oves hs
chd, and he knows that thou art beoved
by her the eye of beaut s too brght to be
dmmed by tears, sat and btter enough to
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mnge wth the waves of the great sea beyond
the desart.
nd woud she reay weep for me agan
demanded the young man, touched to the heart
by the words of hs mother.
The Georgan, for a answer, agan rased
the mrror, and ponted wth a sme, haf
archness, and haf prde, towards ts surface,
whch once more refected the mage of the
questoner.
ld| e a sghed and a strange curosty
grew upon hm to see ths ovey woman, who,
amd hs negect, and hs rreguartes, had ven-
tured to ove hm. Htherto he had hed hs
mother as a thng apart, whch had, by some
ne pcabe good fortune, escaped from the po-
uton that had been poured forth on her se :
for the son of e d knew nothng of women
save ther vces but he now began to beeve
that there mght yet be others, pure, and beau-
tfu, and ovng, whose smes woud be as a
foretaste of paradse. Hs father had tod hm
that hs promsed brde was ovey as a daugter
of Perstan, and hs mother dwet upon her n-
nocence, her ove, and her devoton.
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ld| e a fe nto a deghtfu dream and
when he at ength eft the harem, he was an
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CH PT l .
TH T D contnued.
Thp: son of e d frst bent hs steps to the
medan, resoved to restore to the mysterous
hs -omened rab but none knew to
whom he auded. numerous caravan was
preparng to depart at daybreak on the morrow
for agdad, and a save hmsef were actve and
preoccuped.
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was heaped wth merchandse there were sc-
mtars, carefuy packed n wooen wrappers,
est the weather shoud destroy ther brghtness
sword bades, knves, curous brde-bts, and
arge fed near the cty, n whch stands a caravansera
for pgrms and strangers, who are mantaned durng ther
so|ourn there at the e pense of the utan.
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ther artces skfuy wrought n ron and stee,
for whch the cty had ong been famous whe
a few baes of merchandse, of a more costy and
pershabe nature, were carefuy heaped together
a tte space apart, and guarded by back saves.
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or three hundred, whose credt was nvoved n
the safe transport of ther handcraft, were
shoutng, cavng, and drectng, at the ptch of
ther ungs and competed the confuson of the
scene.
trngs of cames hudded together, some
standng snuffng the ar, and others yng pa-
cdy on the earth ther ong thn necks out-
stretched, and ther soft, seepy back eyes, sowy
rong from one sde to the other as any sudden
outburst of tongues roused them sghty from
ther ethargy, were aso conspcuous whe n
the mdst of them reposed the asses M hch ed
the tran. Here and there the horse of a
weathy merchant, wth ts softy padded sadde,
and tasseed brow-band and breastpate, was ed
through the space by a groom whe crowds of
hungry and yeng dogs were seen n every
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drecton, quarreng and fghtng over the gar-
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the caravansera.
group of had|s stood ookng on from a
dstance and a few buffoons, santons, and der-
vshes, were gdng among the crowd but the
merchants and ther foowers were too busy to
heed them and ld| e a, convnced that he
shoud obtan no nformaton at so busthng a
moment, sowy past out of the encosure, and
entered the cty gate.
re he eft the medan, the sun was rapdy
snkng n the est and as hs road ay past the
paace of assm ey, he nvountary sackened
hs pace when he emerged from the covered
street. n hs rght hand the fortress-caste,
wth ts gracefu ova, fanked wth four square
towers, was castng ong shadows across the
earth, but he heeded them not: hs thoughts
were occuped for the frst tme by a woman
lt was strange that snce e d the Merchant
had asked for hs son the daughter of assm
ey, the young man, regardess of the honour
of such an aance, had never spent a moment
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n specuatng upon the probabe change whch
t woud work n hs fortunes : but now when
he was conscous that to satsfy a sefsh vanty,
he had sacrfced a the advantages whch mght
accrue from t, even shoud he yet succeed n hs
sut, he had worked hmsef nto a beef that he
was mady n ove wth the maden and, come
what mght, he was determned to |udge wth
hs own eyes whether she were worthy of a the
panegyrcs whch had been avshed upon her
beneath the roof of hs father.
Couped wth ths resouton grew a regret that
he had spoken to hs parents of hs change of
temper. houd they at once wn the young
beauty to hs harem, he coud have no oppor-
tunty of estmatng her attractons through the
medum of hs own ngenuty, but must yed
her up on the nstant to hs arch tempter, the
Toorkoman. egrets were, however, unavang,
and he at once resoved to spare nether subtety
nor danger to acheve hs purpose.
ln the frst rush of ths new fancy, ld| e a
thought of the ga aba of the ey, who, as
he |udged from many a past e perence, woud
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scarcey be proof aganst hs god but when he
dwet upon the dea of the far gr who oved
hm, he resoved not to be ndebted to so gross a
nnedum for hs success : and forgettng, n the
energy of ths new pursut, the fearfu penaty
by whch t was to be accompaned, he paused
under the shadow of the ey s dweng, and
sent a searchng gance aong the whoe facade
of the budng. ut the harem, as s generay
the case, overooked the gardens of the paace,
and had no communcaton wth the street, save
by casements too hgh and too we guarded to
admt of any ngress and one door, whch was
watched day and nght by an eunuch. Ths
dffcuty, however, to the e cted magnaton of
the young man, ony added another charm to
those whch aready encompassed hs mstress
and from ga ng on the ong dreary was of the
budng, he turned away to foow those of the
e tensve peasure grounds of the harem.
Tracng them as they combe the gente ascent
behnd the cty, he noted wth an e perenced
eye, every pont whch mght promse advantage
and remarked that severa ta cedar trees fung
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tsfed of the practcabty of securng an entrance
nto the forbdden terrtory, he returned sowy
homeward, and fung hmsef upon the sofa of
repose.
ut dawn had scarcey fooded the ast, when
ld| e a, who had passed the nght n dreams
whch seemed to have been steeped n the sher-
bet of paradse whose cushons had been
smoothed by hours and whose brows had been
fanned by the bree es that breathe of Perstan
sprang from hs sofa, hs bran throbbng, and hs
puses eapng ke those of a chamos, and pro-
ceeded to the stabe where he had eft, haf bured
among the fe be eaves of the dhourra, hs n-
comparabe raban. lf the creature were to
be the engne of hs msery, t mght, at east,
ere the dark hour came, be the nstrument of hs
trumph but as he approached t, and stened
whe t neghed out wth deght when he drew
near, as though, among so many strangers, t had
recognsed a famar face, he haf forgot hs
fears, hs doubts, and hs msgvngs, n hs ad-
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mraton of an anma, such as he had never be-
fore behed.
prngng to the sadde, the e cted young man
passed out through one of the eght gates of the
cty, and foowng the banks of the Goden rver,
gaoped for awhe about the pan, fanned by
the perfume-aden wnd, and seemng to foow
t n ts course hs brde-ren hung oose upon
the neck of the gaant horse, but t needed not
the gudance of ts rder and ld| e fet a
proud convcton, that never before had morta
steed obeyed the unuttered wshes of hm who
shoud have ponted out ts path, ke the anma
that he bestrode.
s he returted to the cty, and passed the pa-
ace of assm ey, an ous to afford to the at-
tced nmates of the harem a vew of hs skfu
horsemanshp, he rrtated the creature both n
the mouth and fank, to make hm prance and
caracoe and he was conscous that he was ds-
payed to the greatest advantage, though hs seat
upon the sadde contnued to be as safe and as
easy as though he had been upon hs sofa
whe a fant scream whch came to hs ear from
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behnd the guarded casement of the women s
apartments, convnced hm that, however secure
he mght hmsef fee, hs stuaton appeared by
no means equay so to the ookers-on. The
voce of fear had been that of a young person,
for t was musca even n ts terror and ld|
e a forgot to specuate on the e traordnary
propertes of hs horse, n the beef that t
coud have been none other than that of the
far Desase hersef.
There s a charm n the voce of woman, even
athough t may be fted n terror there s a
meowness, a depth, whch seem to have been
drawn from the recesses of the sou a musc,
whch nether fear nor angush can totay over-
power and ld| e a fet t even to the re-
motest corners of hs sou. he oved hm she
feared for hm for Mm nd what part was
he about to pay n ths strange drama
was yet n the hands of fate but hs word was
pedged he was vowed to the run of oveness
and nnocence and he must abde by the
pedge that he had gven.
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thng that the young man coud have done woud
have been to avod every opportunty of dwe-
ng on the beauty and perfectons of hs pro-
msed brde and the sacrfce, when he was
caed upon to make t, woud thus have been
rendered ess btter but by that e traordnary
perversty of |udgment whch consttutes the
weakness of human nature, he not ony drew
from hs mother, aready too wng on her sde
to e patate on so peasant a theme, every part-
cuar reatng to the maden but, hour by hour,
the ncnaton to ook upon her grew more
strong and, hour by hour, hs reason made
fanter efforts aganst the nfatuaton.
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TH T D C tnued.
Day agan waned and, as the many-cooured
couds dat custered n homage round the set-
tng-sun, payng back n gory the Hght whch
he shed over them, were repeated n fanter
tnts on the rppe of the nobe rver, ld| e a
eft hs home and aone, and on foot, bent hs
way to the paace of the ey.
s he passed the door of the harem, a fe-
mae save cosey veed, and muffed n a dark
coak, ssued forth, and cosed t hasty behnd
her and the young man fet at the moment
as though the unconscous woman had shut
aganst hm the gate of paradse. ln the ne t
nstant he resoved to foow her he coud
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not have accounted for the mpuse he dd
not seek to do so and, for a consderabe
tme, he contented hmsef wth trackng her
up one of the covered streets, and down an-
other unt, at ength, when she arrved n
the ba ar, and he observed from the nature of
her purchases, and the readness wth whch
she pad the prce demanded, wthout hesta-
ton or cav, that they must be ntended for
the use of some one of very superor rank to
hersef, a hope grew upon hm that she mght
even be the confdenta attendant of Desase
Hanoum and, no sooner had the dea sug-
gested tsef, than he waked quety up to the
carpet of the deaer of whom she was pur-
chasng an embrodered handkerchef of great
beauty, whose musn centre was rchy bordered
wth a wreath of fowers, e qustey wrought
n neede-work, wth cooured sks and god
and, affectng to be aso n search of a smar
artce, he turned courteousy towards the fe-
mae, and requested her to assst hm n the
seecton. Thus addressed, the save ganced
from beneath her ve at the speaker, and m-
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medatey sauted hm wth respectfu defer-
ence.
ls not my ord s w mne she asked,
as she turned a onger and more earnest ook
upon the young man and sha t not be
even as he commands May hs days be many,
and hs shadow never decrease f and she be-
gan to turn over the handkerchefs wth re-
newed energy ut how may l te the
taste of my ord were l st purchasng for
my mstress, l woud take ths and she
hed towards hm one whch was wrought nto
a garand of mnute rose-buds but t tes
a tae of happy ove, and my ord may not
seek to make so soft a gft.
ere l sure that t woud be wecome,
that s the very present whch l shoud wsh
to offer reped ld| e a, ookng earnesty
towards her but f t were returned to me
wth a sprg of rue among ts fods, l cannot
te to what my feech mght drve me n my
despar.
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the save, addressng hersef to the green-tur-
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baned deaer does my ord ook ke one
whose ove-gft s key to be returned upon hs
hands
Mashaah retorted the crafty deaer
strokng down hs beard, qute satsfed by the
manner of both hs customers, that there was a
mystery n the afar, be t what t mght, whch
he coud not fathom, and resoved, f possbe, to
turn t to hs own advantage Mashaah l
woud per my whoe stock of merchandse on
the chance but f my ord reay wshes to
make a ove-gft, sha l not show hm a scarf of
cacherare, of the coour of the eaf that the rose
shuts cosest to her heart havng a border of
goden threads, wrought nto a passonate baad
of the Persan poet Haf
e stersn what do you want to do
asked the save n affected anger woud you
pay the |ew wth the ey adeh, Had| Do l not
know the scarf nd am l not aware that my
own mstress, the beautfu daughter of assm
These beautfu and costy scarfs are by no means uncom-
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sages from the oren : and at others, as n the present case,
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ey (may hs weapon never rust ) woud her-
sef have purchased t, had you not cast ashes
upon your beard, by askng a prce that woud
frghten any one but an nfde rank
nd have l not a rght to do so de-
manded erhat n hs turn, wth consderabe
asperty : ls there such another scarf to be
found n Damascus ak, ffendm he con-
tnued, as he drew the decate drapery from ts
case of cedar wood, and ad t before ld| e a :
s that a thng to be cast before dogs
lnshaah no reped the young man,
as he Hfted a corner of the beautfu scarf and
wth gowng cheek perused a coupet How
many purses do you ask for ths pretty
toy r
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e a scarcey heeded ts amount, as he drew
forth the embrodered bag contanng hs money,
and pad down the god wthout a remark : the
pgrm-merchant ookng meanwhe as grave
and coected as though he had ony competed
an honest bargan, nstead of payng the
knave as none but a had| knows how to
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pay t and rngng every pece of con sepa-
ratey est he mght be duped n hs turn.
The save, meanwhe, remaned quety ook-
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peted her share of the adventure but when
ld| e a had foded the scarf n the scarcey
ess beautfu musn handkerchef, she pad for
her own purchase, and after a courteous aam
aekam, sowy moved away.
The young man was ess tardy n foowng
and was by no means surprsed to observe that
when she qutted the ba ar she took a totay
dfferent road home from that by whch she had
come avodng the cose and covered streets,
where at every nstant she was abe to be
ebowed by some passer-by and seectng the
more open path that wound among the orchards
and gardens by whch the cty s so thcky n-
tersected. or dd ld| e a requre to be n-
formed of her reason for thus preferrng a cr-
cutous route, to that more drect one whch
woud n haf the tme have conducted her to the
door of the ey s harem but he at once gave
her credt for the tact t dspayed as most of
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the gardens were encosed by hgh was, ren-
derng the road as prvate as the crcumstances
requred whe at the same tme she avoded
the appearance of e pectng that he woud agan
address her.
Havng at ength reached a spot more secuded
than any whch they had yet passed, the young
man quckened hs pace, and overtook the at-
tendant of hs mstress, who at once understood
hs purpose and after as much hestaton as she
consdered necessary to enhance the vaue of her
concesson, and sundry assurances of the rsk
whch she ran of her ady s dspeasure, the scarf
was transferred to her care, accompaned by a
thousand hyperbohca asseveratons, and a broad
pece of god, whch was no ess gracousy re-
ceved.
s they parted, twght was fang over the
earth and ld| e a, n order to escape from
hs own thoughts, sauntered nto the great
coffee-house, and |oned a party of hs assocates,
who were smokng ther chbouques, and sppng
ther coffee, to the musc of a coupe of man-
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dons, and as many sma rab drums, payed
upon by |ews whe two fne youths, the sons
of one of the muscans, sang n aternate stan as
some of those engthy and monotonous baads n
whch the Turks deght.
hosh gedn, ld| e a : shouted the
frst der who perceved hs entrance you are
so ate that we feared you had been se ed by
the a but ge, ge come, come here s
room for you besde me and these dogs of
Hebrews are n fu voce to-nght. aah
l have been tryng to persuade arn to shave
hs beard, and e pose t for sae n the ba ar : t
woud fetch a good prce, were t ony because he
has a pretty daughter.
My ord s merry to-nght sad the patent
|ew, as he forced a sme at the ptfu pea-
santry, and ganced down upon the ong,
gr ed beard whch depended to hs grde
and what am l that l shoud restran hs
mrth.
Tab we sad, nfde aughed the
young ga s t not much that we suffer
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such dogs, and fathers of dogs as you are, to
wear beards, and to ock up ther daughters
nd hs companons e camed smutaneousy,
Chok chay t s much.
May t pease your hghnesses fautered
out the trembng |ew, whose very ps became
vd at ths second menton of hs daughter :
My chd ara departed for eppo by the
caravan that eft the cty yestermorn at sunrse.
Hast thou dared, eb asked Hussen
ga, removng the chbouque from hs ps, and
f ng hs eyes sterny on the wretched od man :
y whose permsson dd she pass the gate
hast thou forgotten we have aready taught thee
that the soes of thy feet are not made of camePs
hde hy went she to eppo
The mserabe am quaed beneath the
queston s the Prophet s n Paradse he
began, but he was nstanty senced by a cry of
Unbeever lnfde whose dog art thou that
thou shoud st dare to tak of the Prophet of the
athfu herefore went thy daughter to
eppo
The aged Hebrew wrung hs hands n agony
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he s gone, your hghnesses, to nurse a
sck knsman, who s on the bed of death.
hepcduUah sneered another of the
party : l have aso a knsman at eppo.
How say you, ga, sha we overtake the ca-
ravan, and protect the pretty ara by the
way
The handsome young ga nodded smngy,
and was about to repy, when ld| e a e -
camed, |ew, thou est n thy beard, for l
saw the caravan pass out, and even watched
the women as they mounted, and not one of thy
spawn was among them.
More threats were uttered, rather n sport
than anger, by the party of young men and
then the sub|ect was suffered to de away and
the Hebrews resumed ther dscordant mnstresy,
for whch they were utmatey rewarded wth
qute as many curses as cons. Tme, mean-
whe, wore on and t grew deep nto the nght
nor was t unt every good Mussemaun had
ong dropped hs head upon the cushon of rest,
that the de and dssoute young men, who, after
the departure of the |ews, had e changed ther
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coffee and sherbets for the more potent be-
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dweng, wth quckened puses and throbbng
brans.
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CH PT l.
TH T D contnued.
ae dfferenty had the young and nnocent
Desase passed the eary hours of the nght.
The save ba no sooner parted from the son of
e d, than she hastened to the harem of her
master, and havng devered to the wfe of the
ey the varous purchases whch she had made
n the cty, she eft the apartment n search of
her beautfu young mstress. he ost no tme
n the paace, for she knew that at ths hour the
far gr was ever to be found n a garden-kosque
contanng a fountan of whte marbe, and over-
ookng a sma parterre, of whch the fower-
beds were fashoned nto ntrcate and peasant
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forms, and fed wth a varety of sweet-
scented and gay-cooured bossoms. Thther
she accordngy bent her steps, but even accus-
tomed as she was to ga e upon the ovey De-
sase at a hours, she yet paused a moment n
admraton ere she entered.
The tapestry curtan was drawn asde, and the
moonght streamed nto the kosque where,
after turnng the waters of the basn nto qud
damonds, t fe on the far form of the young
beauty, who ay, wrapped n a fowng robe of
soft whte mushn, on a dvan of sver tssue.
Her ong dark tresses, pated wth arge pears,
fe over her bosom a crmson turban cnctured
her brow her head was powed upon her hand,
and her arge eyes were bent earthward her
papooshes of purpe vevet sprnked wth gems
ay on the carpet near the edge of the fountan
and one of her sma feet, da ng n ts whte-
ness, hung ghty over the front of the dvan.
The step of the save aroused her from her
revere, and, as ba prepared to enter the
kosque, she started and ooked up : ou are
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wecome, bamou she sad, wth a sweet
sme you have ngered ater than usua n
the cty, and l have weared for you. Te me
have you seen hm
The save seated hersef upon the carpet at
the feet of her young mstress, and ooked up
nto her eyes ou have then thought of hm,
f endm, durng my absence and yet, of what
ava to thnk of one who has sghted you,
scorned you, and shaken the dust from hs feet
as he passed your threshod ut turn not
away n anger. l have never bamed hm when
other tongues n the ey s harem have been oud
and btter l am not about even to chde you
for your queston but rather to te you that
you have done we, for l have taked wth hm
n the ba ar.
ba my own ba e camed the beau-
tfu gr, caspng her far hands together n an
e tacy of deght ths day must be marked
as the happest of my fe nd dd he speak
of me Dd he ask f l oved hm. nd,
above a, ba, my dear ba, dd he say that
he oved me
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Mashaah cred the aughng save here
are a hundred questons n a breath : why t
woud requre the ungs of a mouah to answer
them Lsten, and l w te my tae but frst,
oh utana, he s as handsome as the day. He
has eyes no, never, never, dd l behod such
eyes teeth tak to me of pears, l say ouf
pears are as henna besde them hands ke the
water-y and a beard steferaah there
s not such another beard n Damascus.
ut what dd he say, ba nterposed the
an ous gr : l know that he s handsome enough
to turn the heads of the hours l have seen
hm from my attce Te me rather, therefore,
what he sad
ou have seen hm, f endm, say you
echoed the save, n an accent of scorn. ou
cannot even guess what he s ke Have you
eyes that w ook wthout wnkng on the sun
en brsen you know best but f you have
not, you have never seen ld| e a.
ut what sad he, bamou agan urged
the maden.
He sad, at ength commenced the save
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that he ved but for you that hs thoughts
a few to you wth the force of a stone hured
by an eephant that he dreamt of you on hs
sofa that hs bood turned to fre when a fear
of your dspeasure grew upon hm that n
short, sutana mou, f l undertake to repeat to you
a he sad, we sha get no further by day-dawn
enough that he e torted from me a promse that
l woud meet hm agan to-morrow.
Happy, happy ba murmured out the
e cted gr.
ay, for that matter, aughed the hand-
maden t s even as t maybe do l not go to
hear hm tak of you ay rather, happy Desase
Hanoum, who w be the brde of the hand-
somest youth n the cty for hs brde you w
be, n spte of a that s past, as surey as though
t had been foretod by the sagest arabash of
Damascus. Thnk, my sutana dd not the
pretty daughter of the a marry a hunchback
Dd not lsau ga gve the ony chd he had to
Daoud ffend, whose odous squnt ever re-
mnds one of the v ye Has not D|am
Hanoum thrown away your favourte payfeow,
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hereen, upon od mn the Cad, whose beard
s as whte as your own hand h, vah who
s the happy one here answer me that.
nd the young beauty sghed out n her de-
ght : ou are rght, ba t s ndeed l.
Gu e good : sad the attendant: but
do you beUeve that nothng more passed be-
tween us steferaah ld| e a s no saka-
s ee and she drew from beneath her
coak the costy present of the son of e d,
whch the maden se ed wth a scream of rap-
ture. lt w te ts own tae, and needs no
words from me. ut hearken, ffend mou
my mstress you were to have been the wfe of
ths young man, or l woud have undertaken no
such msson.
The prudence, tardy as t was, of her compa-
non, was, however, ost upon the beautfu gr,
who, fu of the deght of beng beoved for
the frst tme, had aready pressed the offer-
ng of her over to her heart and ps, and was
now busy empoyed n decypherng the charac-
ters of the embrodered border. hen she had
read the whoe, she agan embraced the spendd
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token of ld| e a s affecton and then, bend-
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a cear whsper the words of the baad, whch
many a Persan maden, amost as far and as
fond as hersef, has sung to her mandon :
L D TH L TU .
M H l .
hen, n the east, the goden sun
Has rsen from hs ocean bed,
nd o er the earth, so atey dark.
The gores of hs brghtness shed
The Lotus, on the rver s breast.
Lfts, wth deep ove, her dewy eye,
nd thanks hm for the fe and ght
He sheds upon her from the sky.
t noon her ovng ga e pursues
Hs proud career, untred, unturned
nd when at ength he sowy sets.
he watches every beam that burned.
Unt the ast s ost and then
he downward bends her gente head,
nd eans n sadness o er the stream.
To weep t morn hs brghtness fed. .
o, ady, do l turn to thee,
Through every change, n every hour
Heedess of a on earth besde.
ave thy pure beauty s thrang power
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ln thy oved ght l ve but when
l ose the gory of ts ray,
Lke to the Lotus, bowed and brused.
My sprt weeps tsef away
Mashaah e camed ba, as the mur-
rnr of the sweet voce ceased ts the ove-
song of a per nd even so, utana, does the
f end tak. lf many of the far messages wth
whch he entrusted me were to be put nto verse,
they woud make |ust such baads as that
aah what sha l say to hm to-morrow n
repy
hat ought you to say, dear ba asked
the nnocent gr you sha te hm what you
w ony forget not to assure hm that l ove
hw as the otus oved the sun and that even so
have l watched hm when he has passed under
the wndows of the harem for the rest, you
know best say to hm what you w.
Tab, ffend mou we sad, my mstress
but have you nothng to send hm as a token
that l am an honest nterpreter of your heart
Desase hestated for a moment young and
unpractsed as she was n ove, she yet shrank
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wth nstnctve decacy from so decded a mea-
sure but the encouragng words and fatteres of
ba soon won her to consent, and she utmatey
severed from her head one of ts gossy brads
wreathed wth pears, and, havng entwned t
about a bunch of |asmn fowers whch ay besde
her on the sofa, she devered t nto the keepng
of her attendant. My heart goes wth t
she sad, as a tear sweed n her arge dark eye
but there can be no ev n the gft to one
who, you assure me, w one day be my hus-
band.
v l e camed the save : who dreams
of ev ven f you had gven t to the
ffend wth your own hand, where coud ev
e st as he not chosen for you by the ey
your father and mght he not have marred
you, f he had wshed t, months ago ls he
not now eager to do so ou owe hm at east
a return for the grace that he has done you.
ay, chde me not, ba smed her ms-
tress, whom the energy of the attendant had
served to reassure l am so happy that l can-
not sten to any words save those of affecton
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and genteness. How sha l repay you, dear,
knd ba, for the nterest that you have shewn
n my happness My heart eaps as f t had
but newy sprung nto fe and l coud amost
chde the darkness that w ast so many hours,
before you can agan see hm and she bured
her face among the cushons of the dvan, and
shed a food of those passonate tears whch
scad the sprt from whence they sprng, and
destroy for ever the boomness of ts frst per-
fect purty : tears wrung by the mpuses of
earth from the htherto untouched sou wther-
ng as they fa, and bghtng n ther hot fow
the very sources of ther beng.
rom ths u ury of gref she was aroused by
the rustng of eaves mmedatey outsde the
kosque t was not the sghng of the wnd, for
the nght was cam and st, and not a breath
bent the starry |asmne fowers, whose shadows
were refected on the marbe foor. The ear of
ba aso caught the sound, but murmurng to
hersef Here comes that lbn hetan that son
of atan, the ga aba may hs pauf be
made of green rce she quety dropped her
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head once more upon her knees, regardess of the
nterrupton.
ut the far Desase was not of the same
opnon and she st contnued to ga e through
the open door, fearng she knew not what, and
ashamed to confess her panc to her attendant,
unt the cear moonght was shut out by
the dark fgure of a man, who stood on the
threshod.
The maden uttered a fant scream, and drew
coser to the save whe the ntruder, cearng
the marbe basn at a bound, fung hmsef at
her feet, and, rasng hs eyes to her s, dscosed
the countenance of ld| e a
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CH PT lT.
TH T D contnued,
l H sad that, ere the young men vho
were congregated at the great co ee-house sepa-
rated for the nght, they had drunk deep, and
become e cted wth nose and camour but l
have yet to te you that when the son of e d
once more found hmsef aone, hs bran burn-
ng, and hs brow fevered, he turned asde from
the street eadng to hs father s house, and fo-
owed the same sotary path that the save had
seected some hours before. or a tme he
waked sowy, bured n thought, and ndugng
n a hacyon dream, rendered ony the more
brant by hs parta e ataton but as he
pursued the sub|ect, hs step grew hurred and
rreguar, hs breath came quck, and the bood
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receded to hs heart. uddeny he stopped, he-
stated, and then wth the speed of desperaton
rushed down a narrow road eadng to the pa-
ace-gardens of the ey. hen he had reached
them, he waked for a short tme to and fro
beneath the wa, ga ng upwards upon the over-
hangng trees unt, havng seected that whch
best suted hs purpose, he unwound hs turban,
and, fastenng a heavy stone nto the ong scarf
of whch t was formed, fung t skfuy across
a pro|ectng bough, and thus securng hs ascent,
soon found hmsef upon the wa, ookng down
upon what to hs e cted magnaton appeared
to be the entrance of the eventh Heaven
was ndeed cam and beautfu n that
sweet spot the nghtngae was pourng forth
hs ove-song to the rose and the moon was
foodng the earth wth sver the fowers were
payng back her ght n fragrance and the
otus bossoms were mrrored n the sparkng
water, as they bent ther heads beneath the da-
mond shower that fe upon them.
or a moment the heart of ld| e a quaed
wthn hm. The stness and purty of the
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scene had schooed and sobered hs wd and
phren ed feengs and he fet ke a guty sou
hoverng on the confnes of Paradse. ut ths
nvountary compuncton endured not ong:
another rush of reckess emoton foowed and
he fung hmsef amd the branches of the cedar-
tree, and descended nto the garden.
Hasty he read|usted hs turban and then
he stoe aong under the shadow of the wa, n
the drecton of the paace when suddeny he
came upon the kosque of the fountan. Hs
path beng undetermned, he bent hs steps
thther and he had arrved neary at the
threshod, ere the possbty of ts beng te-
nanted suddeny occurred to hm, w hen he
hasty conceaed hmsef among the shrubs by
whch t was surrounded : unt he dstncty
dstngushed two femae fgures wthn. ln the
ne t moment, he became satsfed that one of
these was the save ba and as he ga ed upon
the younger and farer creature on the dvan,
hs heart at once assured hm that ths coud be
none other than Desa se, hs promsed brde.
or a whe he ga ed entranced, drnkng n her
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pure moonghted beauty unt, no onger abe
to contro the feengs whch overwhemed hm,
he rushed forward, and fung hmsef at her
feet.
The e camaton whch had rsen to the ps
of the young beauty ded away, and the ques-
ton arose n her mnd Had he heard her ast
words as he conscous that the tears whch
yet gstened n her eyes had been shed for hm
he ganced towards her attendant, but there
was nothng to reassure her n the aspect of the
paray ed ba mprudent as she had been, the
affectonate woman had never dreaded such a
catastrophe as ths
or a whe there was sence : the tmd gr
remaned wth averted head and heavng heart,
ncapabe of utterng a sentence and the en-
tranced and happy ld| e a hestated for the
frst few moments to break so e quste a pause
whe ba, panfuy aware that she was not
atogether bameess n the affar, hd her burnng
brow upon the ap of her mstress, and sobbed
aoud.
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ength whspered the enraptured over, as he
possessed hmsef of her sma whte hand
Hour, whom the Prophet has sent on earth to
show man n what moud the shapes of Paradse
are made tar of the summer-nght, before
whose ght the moon hersef grows pae u-
tana, at whose feet the w ord mght bow n
homage, and yet fa to render thee thy due
t thou not speak to me, that l may sten
to the musc of the bubu t thou not
sme on me, that l may see the day dawn n
the east, whe to a beyond thne nfuence the
earth s wrapped n darkness The owest of
thy saves s at thy feet hs fe s n thy hands
he asks t of thee as a boon.
He paused, and a sme, ke the dawn to
whch he had hkened t, stoe over the far fea-
tures of the bewdered gr but she had not
power to artcuate a syabe.
Take that forfet fe pursued the young
man, conscous of hs advantage that fe
whch my entrance here has paced at your
mercy. l sha yet be happy, for l sha de at
your feet
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steferaah Heaven forbd murmured
the ow soft voce.
l sha ve, then e camed ld| e a,
as he fung hs arm about the shrnkng gr, and
drew her to hs bosom My ove my sou
my brde
h, vah whspered ba, rousng hersef
from her paro ysm of terror: hat s ths,
ffendm re you a man, that you stea thus
upon our prvacy, and per our ves Have
we deserved ths at your hands .
ut ld| e a heeded her not the farest crea-
ture whom the earth ever hed was n hs arms
upon hs heart her ong har swept across hs
hand her breath came to hs cheek. he oved
hm hs mage aone occuped her and how
coud he thnk of aught save her
re they parted, the dawn, veed n her
dusky mante, was sowy ascendng the sky
and the awakenng brds were twtterng n the
boughs, and shakng from the eaves, among
whch they had been nested, the damond-drops
that they had worn throughout the nght : the
overs had even taked of future meetngs and
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the far cheek of the maden had fushed crmson
as she promsed to hod the vst of her m-
prudent sutor a secret from a save ba.
ften dd they murmur a ow farewe, and as
often dd ld| e a deay yet another moment
to press the decate fngers of hs mstress to hs
ps, and to hear her breathe out another partng
word. ut the save, as she marked a few
streaks spread across the sky, red as the banner
of the Prophet, woud brook no further venture
and, whe the weepng and bewdered gr
waved her ast adeu to a over whose rashness
had not ony pered hs own fe, but her s,
ba hurred hm to a pont of the wa where
a decayed buttress afforded a safe and easy
mean of escape from the garden and, as he
faed not at the same moment to remark, secured
to hm as commodous a mode of ngress.
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CH PT lll.
TH T D contnued.
The new moon sprang to the brow of nght,
and crowned t wth a crescent of sver and
the beautfu daughter of assm ey, and the
son of e d the hawa|, sat hand n hand n
the kosque of the fountan, and ooked upon ts
pae and feebe ght. lt grew arger, unt t
saed ke a bark formed of one vast damond
upon the wavy couds of the cam star-ghted
heavens and st they ga ed on t together :
changed ony n havng fet ther ove brghten
and ncrease ke the orb on whch they ooked
st he was at her feet, and hed her hand, and
begued the hours of nght wth gente words :
and the nnocent and unsuspectng gr oved the
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growng ght, for she knew not that to her t
portended ev. nd ne t t rose to ts hgh
pace ke a burnng word, posed n md-ar,
and ruddy wth the fame whch fed upon ts
heart t, as t reached ts throne of sapphre
sprnked wth damonds, t grew cearer and
purer n ts brghtness, and fooded a the earth
wth sver. nd the overs were yet together
tracng ts quverng ght upon the eaves, and
weavng sweet fances worthy of such an hour.
ut the mahak came at ast and, as the
young man watched the outne of the far orb
dmnsh, he suddeny remembered hs vow, and
quet departed from hm the far cheek of hs
beoved ooked vd n the cear ght, and a sad-
ness seemed to dwe n her deep eyes. He re-
membered hs vow, and hs sprt meted wthn
hm. n that nght he tore hmsef from hs
beautfu mstress wth agony n hs sou. There
mght yet be tme to save her he bounded aong
the garden path he combe the wa ke a cha-
mos he ooked nether to the rght nor the eft
to mark f he were observed, but ran mady down
Decne of the moon.
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the road n the drecton of the cty conscous,
even amd hs angush, that the shout of detec-
ton foowed at hs hees.
Lke a hunted anma, he doubed upon hs
pursuers he crouched aong under the shadows
of the budngs he rushed ke a manac across
the open spaces whch ntervened upon hs path.
nd st he few on n the drecton of the
Medan, unt, n the broad moonght mme-
datey confrontng hm, he saw the ectachy
who had wtnessed hs unhoy vow.
e found shouted the Dervsh a
few bounds more, and you are saved Haste,
haste the bood-hounds are at your hees
lnstnctvey he obeyed and, graspng the hand
that was e tended to hm, foowed ke a chd.
He heard the shouts, whch had so atey grown
wth terrbe rapdty upon hs ear, de away n
the dstance and then he fung hmsef down
upon the earth n a paro ysm of agony and
wrthed ke one n the death-spasm,
nd whther were you bound so fast, my
son asked the Dervsh as ld| e a, sowy
recoverng hs sef-possesson, rased hmsef on
hs ebow, and ganced wdy round the tomb
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nto whch hs companon had dragged hm :
hat has the ow of affcton screamed nto the
hoow of your ears, to move you thus ou
struck the fery hoof of speed on the stony path
of fght, hke one who escaped from the pestence
what may ths storm of passon sgnfy
ather: gasped the fugtve: l am ac-
cursed l have become an lbn hetan a son
of atan touch me not wth the hem of your
garment : but pass on, and et me de.
e odou what has happened agan
urged the ectachy : when we ast met, you
seemed to soa above the power of your feech,
and to have e panded the wngs of prde n the
akash of happness hy do you now grove
n the dust of dsappontment
here s the trator asked the young
man n repy where s the Toorkoman fend
who bought from me the strngs of my heart,
and the puses of my beng lf you cannot
brng me to hm then once more l say et
me de.
astern Phosophers nsst on a ffth eement, whch
they desgnate akash and whch they nvest wth perfect
purty.
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Pouff pouff pshaw pshaw oung
bood chs not so soon retorted the Dervsh
tak not of the dues of srae whe you have
the power to defraud hm of them. hy do
you despar Has your gaant steed foundered
or has he spurned the bt hy sea the
troube of your heart wth the sgnet of secrecy
The physcan who has not earnt the nature of
the maady can never save the patent. Te
me your gref and who knows but l may fnd
ts cure. Have l not aready saved you from
the negro hounds who were yepng at your
hees, attracted thther no doubt by some mpru-
dence of your own hy then shoud you
hestate to confde n me
hat can l say, oh father e camed
ld| e a passonatey : l have strewed the
path of vanty wth the pears of happness, and
they have been trodden underfoot. h, that l
coud grasp the skrts of the future wth the fn-
gers of repentance : and that t were yet my fate
to ca Desase my own
re these tears, these pangs, then for a wo-
man asked the ectachy scornfuy : and s
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t ndeed the son of e d, who so atey aughed
the se to scorn, who now mostens the marbe
foor wth the drops of unavang and unmany
passon Have you not the steed n your stabe
whom you coveted more than a the beautes of
the lmpera harem and do you pay the saka-
s for a puny gr
ou chde n van, father sad the young
man, recoverng hs sef-possesson by a voent
effort rather assst me to fnd the wretch who
has cheated me nto run my vow must be can-
ceed, though l pave the foor of hs tent wth
god Let hm take back the horse, and restore
to me my sou and then et us part, never to
breathe the same ar agan.
ou tak wdy, my son. the- hawa|
has eft the cty. ou cannot now puck the
rngs of obedence from the ears of destny
ou have sworn, and you must abde by your
oath.
nd when when gasped out the
vctm.
The Dervsh ponted to the moon : The
mahak has commenced | he sad soemny :
you remember the compact.
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ld| e a smote upon hs brow wth hs
cenched hand, and ground hs teeth ke a
manac.
hen w man earn hs error murmured
the ectachy, communng wth hs own thoughts :
, Thus s t ever that the shaow cup of youth
overfows wth the froth of foy : and that tme
brngs ony repentance as ts dowry.
Can you not save us both urged the
young man oh, father coud you but ma-
gne haf her beauty, her genteness, her truth,
you woud fee that such a fate must destroy
her, as that whch my own madness has drawn
down Do you ask god l w pour nto your
ap the pure ore of umatra whch s current
over the -whoe earth. Do you ove power l
w be your save, and make my aws of the de-
sres of your ps our days sha fow ke the
sacred waters of m m and your nghts
sha be nghts of peace. ut save us, father,
or we persh. ead the stars for us, and teach
me how we may escape.
on of e d : reped the Dervsh why
fountan near Mecca,
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do you thus st down n the sepuchre of sorrow,
and heap ashes upon your own head, when you
shoud arouse the man wthn you, and shake off
the woman-weakness that bows your sprt. Love
s the very moon of madness, aughng amd the
darkness over the terrors of ts power a ghou,
whose food s the heart of ts vctm, and whose
wne s ts tears whose bonds are the chans of
foy, and whose musc s the howng of those who
wear them. arth s fu of ts btterness and
the very hours who have dared ts sway, have
bowed beneath the curse |oy dwes not wth
them even n the paradse of the fathfu, and
ts fowery paths are strown for them wth burn-
ng sand. Up then, son of e d, and fng of
ths dadem of serpents, whch you have woven
about your brow.
Dervsh, you preach n van sad the
mournfu ld| e a hep me f you can to
chde me s useess he who has once ooked on
the hght cannot dwe n darkness wth a merry
heart.
e apaum what can l do, my son asked
the ectachy Lsten to me the mahak has
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but commenced you have yet tme for refec-
ton. ut beware of repeatng the foy of to-
nght. ou have been seen and pursued : and,
had l not been upon your path, to gude the
foot of fght nto the way of safety, you woud
ere now have been sacrfced to the offfended
honour of the ey. e thankfu therefore for
your escape La aha aah there s but one
ah and you are yet n a whoe skn. est
quety here for to-nght. ou are safe under
the shadow of a hoy name and you w not
be the frst snner who has owed fe and mb to
the same protecton. Here s food: and he
produced from beneath hs khrkheh a handfu
of dates and a fap of bread: and here:
and as he spoke he dsodged a stone wthn the
tomb, and drew forth a sma skn fed wth
qud : here s wne wne from Cyprus as
sweet and amost as thck as honey. ou ook
ama ed, young man, but you have yet much to
earn, even n the good cty of Damascus.
nd now, eat and refresh yoursef whe l
go forth and strve to earn whether you were
recogn ed n your fght. lf the lbn hetan
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the sons of atan who pursued you, know no
more than that they gave chase to a man, wth-
out suspectng hs dentty, then may you go
body to the house of your father, and recom-
mence your career of foy but f the cry was
rased at the hees of the son of e d, you
must gather up the skrts of speed, and pass the
cty was whe there s yet tme. arewe then
for a whe. hen you have eaten and drank,
you can repace the skn n ts hdng-pace and
shoud l tarry on my msson, you must ay
your head on the pow of patence, and seep or
dream t ray return.
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CH PT l .
TH T D contnued.
ld| e a sat for a tme wth hs head bowed
upon hs casped hands, ke a fgure hewn n
stone but after a whe the fant sckness of e -
hauston stoe upon hm, and he fted the wne-
skn to hs ps, and draned a deep draught.
gan and agan he rased t and at ength
seep stoe upon hm, and, stretchng hmsef
aong behnd one of the pars whch supported
the dome of the budng, he was soon bured n
sumber.
How ong he mght have sept he knew not,
when he was suddeny aroused by a hoarse pea
of aughter mmedatey n hs vcnty and,
rasng hmsef genty on hs ebow, he dscovered
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TH T D. 101
that the nght was spent and that, to use the
fguratve e presson of a Persan poet, morn-
ng, n her mante of dun edged wth saffron,
was, ke a shepherdess of the pans, drvng
her far fock of stars before her to the
shade,
The chy dawn was peerng nto the bud-
ng and as hs eye became famarsed wth the
fant ght, ld| e a dscovered that he had
sept n company wth the very outcasts of
the cty. There were two fthy had|s, covered
wth rags, and oud wth rbadry : a coupe of
those convenent wayfarers who receve the wages
of weathy ndoence, and save at once ther own
sous and those of ther empoyers whe they
drve a ucratve trade by vendng to the
home-stayng devotees shreds of rag, morses of
panted gass, and spnters of marbe, coected
at the Prophet s Tomb. lt beng part of the
system of these money-makng pgrms to en-
hance n the eyes of ther patrons the fatgues
and dffcutes of ther undertakng, they are
aways carefd to appear before them both ragged
and fthy and those who now attracted the
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102 TH M C TH H M.
attenton of ld| e a were masters of ther
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lt was from the throat of one of these had|s
that the augh had proceeded whch roused the
young man from hs sumber and t had scarcey
ded away when a how, deep, proonged, and
ferce, as though t had been uttered by a wd
beast n the recesses of the desert, formed ts
hdeous answer and as the son of e d
grasped hs hand|ar, and bent forward to earn
ts cause, he saw, crouchng near the base
of a par, a mserabe wretch whose ef-ocks
fe over hs ank and haggard countenance, and
whose gr ed beard, dank wth the nght dew,
and matted nto thck ropes from negect, hung
to hs wast hs egs were bare from the knees,
and covered wth scars, as though hs path
through fe had been among brars hs rament
was scarce, and coarse, and worn and hs ong
thn fngers were casped n the mass of har
that hung over hs wd ferce eyes, draggng t
asde, as he gared upon a santon, or professona
sant, who was squatted on an od rug besde
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Peace father of asses sad the eder
had|, shakng hs casped hand at the wretched
manac ths s what thy van foy has done
for thee. Do you remember ths howng dot,
Had| Latf he asked of hs companon:
there were none ke hm at the Tek of
cutar, when he frst |oned the brotherhood
but hs ea was stronger than hs head and
though, as you may see by hs scarred mbs
and the seams upon hs chest, he tred to keep
t coo by bood-ettng, t grew too hot for hm
at ast
lt bums t burns howed the mserabe
manac, catchng a gmpse of the had| s mean-
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passed hs ps, he fe fat upon the earth, wth
cosed eyes and rgd mbs.
lt was a spectace of horror and sprngng
to hs feet, ld| e a bounded across the foor,
and rushed through the porta of the tomb.
spy a spy shouted the santon Let
us away, my frends, or we sha have the cty-
guard upon us.
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seasonabe, for, tghtenng ther grdes, and re-
pacng ther turbans wth a speed, they eft
the budng beng probaby too we acquanted
wth the tender merces of the Cad of Damascus,
to be desrous of pacng ether ther feet or
ther throats at hs dsposa.
ld| e a stood for a whe n the ch morn-
ng ar, pantng for breath, and sck at heart,
ere he remembered the wretched manac n the
tomb when, shakng off the dsgust that had
grown on hm, he sowy retraced hs steps, and
found the mserabe man st yng e tended on
the marbe foor ke a corpse hs vd ps
parted, and drawn tghty back from hs arge
and dscooured teeth : every mb nfe be and
rgd, and hs ong wd ocks scattered over the
pavement.
To fng over hm water from a fountan
whch was near at hand, and to force down hs
throat a draught of the wne whch the ectachy
had eft for hs own use, was the work of a mo-
ment to ld| e a and, as the madman wrthed
and strugged wth returnng conscousness, he
soothed hm wth words and accents of gente-
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TH T D. 105
ness, such as had probaby not met the ears of
the -fated man for years.
Ge, ge, gardash mou come, come, my
brother he sad kndy rouse yoursef, or l
must eave you n your msery, for l ook to
be summoned ere ong and the manac turned
hs deep hoow eyes upon hm n wonder as he
asked,
ho are you Monker and akr have
eft me, the mst ros back, and the bue sky
once more foods my sou here am l Ths
cannot be Paradse, for l have not trodden the
terna rdge and the earth on whch l e
chs me as though l were powed on a ser-
pent.
ou are safe, qute safe was the repy
t up, ean on me, and swaow some of ths
corda here are none to harm you.
Harm me echoed the manac, as he
draned a deep draught of the refreshng wne
of Cyprus my day of fear s past and he
casped hs ong bony hands together, and hs
head drooped upon hs breast as he murmured
y sea and by and by storm and by cam
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106 TH M C TH H M.
n the crowded cty on the wde waste of
waters above me, beneath me, about me on
every sde they are ever there ever nd
she, my own one, my beoved Comadeve, she
for whom l bore a, she aone s absent
The ow desparng tone of the Dervsh struck
to the heart of ld| e a : he knew that t was
the mere wang of a madman but he fet, as he
stened, that t must have been a btng msery
whch had shattered the nteect of the wretched
man besde hm and agan he soothed, encou-
raged, and condoed, unt hs accents meted the
sprt of the strcken one, and he wept tears n
whch there was no btterness.
uddeny he grasped the arm of the young
man, and sad eagery : l know not what you
have gven me l care not but, though l am
mad mad wth a burstng puse and a burn-
ng bran, l can thank you and you sha hear
a a l have not tod the tae for years
l never thought to te t agan but a sudden
strength s come upon me and, ere l de, l w
cear my breast of the frghtfu secret. ah
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TH T D. 107
kerm the vuture that gnaws my heart w
soon mss ts mea the worm that has coed
tsef n the ces of my bran w ere ong un-
wreathe ts fods nd fngng hs arms
frantcy n the ar, he yeed out Hke a wounded
anma, ere, by another transton of feeng, he
cowered coser nto the corner of the budng,
and n a rapd voce commenced hs wd dream
of the past.
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108 TH M C TH H M.
CH PT .
TH T D contnued.
l not what crme l had commtted
l am gnorant f l was even accused of any but
at mdnght men stood besde my bed, and around
t and my narrow chamber was fed wth dusky
forms, seen dmy athwart the darkness. hapes
of fear they were armed, and strong, and ta
n the shadow and ther heavy weapons struck
dscordanty and harshy on the marbe foor as
they moved senty about the chamber.
l strove to speak, but l coud not ah
knows the terror whch fro e up my sou my
tongue seemed parched, and cave to my fevered
paate : fear had paray ed my energes, and l
coud not move a mb.
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TH T D. 109
l had tte tme to struo|o e wth the dread
that pressed upon my sprts a strong grasp
rased me from my mat, and busy hands were
soon fodng my garments round me. They put
my turban on my head, and fastened t beneath
my chn wth the chan whch had sustaned my
dagger my arms were pnoned tghty behnd
my back, and secured by my own costy shaw
that shaw whch l had bound n prde about me
when l ast behed Comadeve, the per of my
sprt. hat a vson dd that memory con|ure
up l was about to be borne l knew not whther
the hour woud come when she woud ook for
me agan when she woud have renewed the
henna on her decate hands, and scattered per-
fumes n her har when she woud hsten near
her attced casement for my comng step, and
hear ony the breath of the evenng wnd sghng
over the roses and the otus-fowers her ebec
woud be sent, and her heart heavy for her
oved one mght not stand beneath her wndow
n the starght, nor ook wth her upon the
moon.
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sou ke the wnged steed of Mahomet through
a stormy sky. l strugged, but the effort came
too ate l was fted from the earth a coarse
beneesh was foded round me, and l was fung
rudey across a war-horse guded by a strong
hand. way we few ke the wnd and,
shrouded as l was, l dstngushed the hoof-
cang of many steeds, and the hoarse tones of
ther rders, urgng them to yet greater speed.
n, on, we sped and, as l ay pantng
across the anma whch bore me, the coarse
coverng pressed rudey upon my mouth and
nostrs, and l sckened for ar. or a whe l
became senseess, and when at ength 1 agan
breathed freey, the wnd of an autumna evenng
was fannng my brow ke the wng of a per. l
thought that l had wakened n Paradse and l
hasty ooked up to meet the dark eyes whch
were to wecome me to the everastng bowers.
l gave but one gance, ere l agan cosed my
achng ds : l was surrounded by dark forms
they pressed cosey about me and a crowd of
turbaned heads were turned towards me, as f
awatng my restoraton to conscousness.
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deep murmur ran through the throng as l ooked
up agan a strong hand fted me from the
earth, and l nvountary ga ed once more
around.
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rock and the wde sea, n a ts mght and ts
ma|esty, was beneath us. l gave one fren ed
shrek t was the voce of my agony, as l hung
n ar for an nstant, n the grasp of that ron
hand
s the scream ded away, a deep voce
sounded n my ear the words were seared nto
my heart How often snce that moment have l
uttered them wth the augh of parta nsanty,
or the hoow tone of reckess despar, when
none were near to sten :
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ong years shat thou foat on, and on arth
sha fv from thee and the nhabtants of the
earth sha re|ect thy feowshp Thou shat
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shat ook and sten, and t sha ava thee
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hoarse augh from the assembed crowd
foowed cosey on the awfu words and, ere
the dscordant mrth had whoy subsded, he
who hed me strode yet nearer to the edge of the
dark rock. lnstnctvey l cosed my eyes : a
sckness as of death came over me there was
another ye of fendsh |oy another hesh
mockery of mrth a sudden fa a oud pash
and l was foatng ke a corse upon the
waters.
h the agony of that moment l wrthed
l strugged l strove to wrench away the
bonds whch bound my arms ut, at every
heave of my tortured body, at every spasm
of my fettered strength, l ony sank deeper
nto the wave and as l rose agan e hausted
and pantng to the surface, l threw back the sat
water from my mouth and nostrs n nauseous
streams.
s the bree e swept over me, l caught the
breath of fowers, the scents of earth ut l
heard aso the catterng hoof-strokes of the de-
mon tran who had borne me to the coast ra-
pdy returnng to the cty. My heart sweed
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amost to burstng and, had not my bran been
scorched, l coud have wept. l ooked up
the gray twght was deepenng around me
retch as l was, ths aone was wantng to com-
pete my msery
ght was gatherng n the sky, the ong,
dark, fearfu nght and l turned my eyes de-
sparngy on ether sde. ln one drecton the
ta rock from whch l had been hured rose beak
and frownng, whe the waters chafed and be-
owed at ts base and the ght spray fe back,
far across the waves, hke ran. s l ga ed,
dstant and twnkng ghts appeared n many a
chasm, and l knew that they betokened the ha-
btatons of men. l coud see n my mnd s eye
the Harrow hearth of the fsherman, peoped by
hs chdren and ther mother and agan l
buffeted the waters, and fet haf a manac as l
strugged wth my bonds.
The nght thckened around me, and the
murky couds gathered ke the sabe wngs of
the ange srae not a star was n the sky, and
the moon ooked not upon the earth, nor across
the sea, where l ay ke a og upon the waters.
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The wnd freshened and l fet that l was ra-
pdy borne away from the and. There was a
mghter heavng n the bows, and a deeper
murmur from the depths of ocean whe the sea-
brds shreked out as they dpped for an nstant
ther -omened bosoms n the wave, and then
pursued ther way to ther rocky restng-paces
t the morrow. as l had no restng-pace
l prayed to the Prophet that l mght de but,
from the depths of hs amaranth bowers, he
heard me not and l ved on.
nd now a fresh agony grew upon me. The
fods of my turban became weghty as the mos-
ture penetrated even to my har-roots and l was
bowed back heavy nto the waters.
ashustun on my head be t, f endm
ou have never dreamt of hours so ong as those
of that dark weary nght wth ts shr wnds,
ts angry sky, and ts deep dreamy sotude.
re mornng dawned l had wrthed so voenty
n my bonds that the bood gushed from my
ears and nostrs, and trcked down my beard.
l was weak and sprtess and at ength l wept
ke a chd. They were the frst tears of my
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manhood, and they were wrung from my heart
n agony and btterness.
s the ght broke, a huge sea swept over
me and though but a moment before l had
prayed for death, yet now l panted and strug-
ged wth the suffocatng eement, and fet a-
most |oy when the mghty bow was overpast.
The day came the gorous day reaths
of couds, beautfu n ther bended tnts of
god and gray, foated n the east, ke herads
of the rsng sun. gan l heard the shr
shrek of the water-fow, and saw the geamng
wngs of the sea-gu and the cormorant as they
few over my head. ounds of unearthy musc
rose from the ocean-ces, ke the wecome
of the water-gods to the dayght whspers
swept aong the wave as the bree e rpped t
and the goden tnts of the mornng sky danced n
brghtness on the waters. Crowds of fyng fsh
darted hgh nto the ar, and fe back one by
one as the mosture dred upon ther wngs.
Many a shark n pursut of prey darted aong so
cose besde me as to heave the very bow by
whch l was upborne, yet t saw me not. l was
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punged deep, deep nto the waters by the heavy
fn-stroke of the mghty whae as t passed me
by and the fary nautus hosted ts trans-
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wthn my very grasp.
Hunger came upon me, and thrst and the
sun, as t rose n the heavens, beat maddenngy
upon my uncovered face. l had prayed for
day-ght: l had watched and panted for t
throughout the ong, ong nght, and t had
come at ength, ony to brng wth t an acces-
son of msery, for l sckened beneath the ferce
heat and the bndng ght.
Durng the darkness l had drfted far out to
sea the wderness of waters was around me:
not a vestge of man, nor of that earth whch s
hs nhertance, was eft to cheat me nto hope.
The spectra abatross cave the ar wth whte
and motoness wng, and cast ts ong, dark,
sotary shadow far across the wave.
Then came evenng, wth ts softened ght
and ts subdued bree e and my achng eyes
were cooed by ts approach though l shud-
dered as l remembered that nght woud foow
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e mght l shudder wth prophetc dread
for that nght taught me that l was never,
durng my ocean- pgrmage, to cose my eyes
n seep l spent t hke the ast at tmes l
was furous, and strugged and shreked n my
despar and at others l ay beedng, e hausted,
and amost reckess, on my bowy bed.
ears passed over me thus, chequered ony
by an occasona accesson of msery, by storm,
and hurrcane, and tempest. amne and thrst
were st gnawng at my heart, and yet l coud
pot de
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CH PT l.
TH T D contnued.
Men say that l am mad and t may we
be so t was n truth a maddenng thng to
e year after year n my hepessness, storm-
worn, seepess, hopeess lnshaah there s
another word for the True eever, where the
tempest-breath and the bow w never come
nd dd you st ve on aone demanded
ld| e a, nterested despte hmsef n the
strange tae of the manac Had you no com-
panon n msery no occupaton to begue the
dreary days
Companon echoed the Dervsh, wth a
wd augh : hat companon woud you have
gven to me not a morta no no he coud
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have hed no communon wth me l was no
onger an nhabtant of earth, but a oathed and
unnatura beng, vng a charmed fe breathng
upon an eement whch woud have brought
death to my feow-men fore-doomed to years
of unhoy e stence where coud l hope to fnd
a companon ccupaton he pursued st
more earnesty Can you not guess my occu-
paton l earnt to note the hours by the ap-
pearance of the sunbeams on the water, or the
poston of the stars and l coected the ashes
of madness, whch, after smouderng for a tme,
at ength burst nto a fame, and seared my
bran.
t tmes l ay quety upon the surface of
the ocean, and, f ng my eye upon a partcuar
wave afar off, l watched ts progress, and aughed
ong and oudy when at ength t broke over me
and at others l shreked an echo to the shr cry
of the sea-fow, and fet a cunnng e utaton as
l found how fuy l had caught the dscordant
note and heard the brd, mocked nto a beef
that t was the ca of one of hs own speces,
answer n hs turn.
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ut not aways dd l thus sport wth my un-
haowed wretchedness these were my hours
of reve, and the started sprt soon shrank back
nto tsef nto ts dot vanty or ts madden-
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How often, durng these mserabe years,
dd l ook on and : aye, even watched the fsh-
erman whe he drew hs nets and caught the
sound of aughter as t came shry aong the
waves then, even athough l fet the mpo-
tence of my efforts, l agan strove to burst my
bonds panted yeed n the agony of my hep-
essness, as l sank nto deep water and wrthed
ke a bated anma when l once more rose to
the surface.
day l have foated past the and at
tmes dashed furousy aganst pro|ectng ponts
of rock, and then cast back, mamed and b|eed-
ng, on the retrng breakers at others gdng
sowy and smoothy aong a smng shore
breathng the breath of fowers, cooed by the
ong shadows of statey trees, stenng to the
owng of catte, the song of brds, the sounds of
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musc, the voce of chdren unseen, unheard,
unpted
Thus sped my days : my nghts brought no
menta rest, for seep was dened to me ffen-
dm. Mn ah Heaven forbd that you
shoud ever know how the bran grows cra ed
under the unwnkng watchfuness of years
the ong, ong wakefuness whch knows no
rest the vg that s unbroken nd yet l
onged for nght for ts darkness, weary and
wtherng as t was, offered me at east a respte
from the tedous monotony of the ocean and
the burnng fury of the sun. ometmes, too,
the pae moon rode hgh n heaven, and the sea
geamed ke a sheet of moten sver, whe l
ay there, the ony dark speck to mar the gory
of the scene.
n such nghts l was ever sad and resgned
to my destny l dd not strugge l dd not
shrek l ay camy, and wept ke an nfant
or, after ga ng awhe on the far moon, l f ed
on a brght star above my head, and fanced a
word of happness for Comadeve and mysef n
such a sphere of ght and, as l ga ed, the
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hour of my sou woud stand upon the vapour
that swept across the moon and pont to
the star on whch l oved to ook and o t
changed and l saw the damond key that
opens the porta of the Prophet s paradse whe
she beckoned me to a death of bessedness whch
l coud not de That vson brought madness
wth t and then l hed dscourse wth the sky,
and wth the sea, and agan payed the manac.
ne evenng, after a day of ferce heat, as
l ay nhang wth avdty the coo bree e whch
swept aong the wave, and feathered t wth ts
refreshng breath, a dstant ob|ect caught my
eye, and l ga ed upon t wth derous |oy
earer t came n ts prde: the dark mass
assumed a form : t was t was a shp y
on she came, wth her sas set, and her bow-
sprt bendng at ntervas even nto the very
rppe as the fresh bree e sped her on. l coud
see her ta masts, her whte canvass, her com-
pcated cordage and, more than a, l coud
see many of her crew men my feow men
my brothers
They came not from my own and, for ther
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unturbaned heads were bare, and the wnd
payed among ther ong and curng ocks
they were not of my own fath, for the Chrstan
symbo streamed from the mast of the statey
shp but what cared l for ths They woud
save me l shoud once more be restored to the
word, to Comadeve, and to mysef. Can you
not beeve that my |oy was maddenng
ne among them stood ke the sprt of the
huge shp and ooked and spoke wth the gance
and the tone of prde. ln the ntervas of my
strugges and of my cres, l watched hm nar-
rowy once l thought that he ponted towards
me, and my heart eaped wth transport but he
turned suddeny away, and l saw hm no more.
t, however, the fu and ordy voce met my
ear aas had l known the mport of the words
t uttered, the peang of the mdnght thunder
had been more wecome.
s l straned my eyes to ook on the gaant
shp, her sas shvered for an nstant n the wnd
l heard the myrad ropes beat heavy aganst
the deck, as f cast down suddeny from many
hands and, ere l coud draw another breath,
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the vast canvass once more opened to the bree e
and away few the swft vesse ke a mghty brd,
and eft ne wrthng and wretched an aen,
and an outcast
How l watched that shp as she receded
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masts, and sas, and cordage grew nto one con-
fused but wondrous mass and, fnay, she
dwnded to a mere speck upon the ocean.
et st l watched her ah how my
eyes grew to that fadng ob|ect as t sowy
meted nto thn ar n the dstance l hoped
no onger but l had ooked on men and
stened to the human voce and when even the
dark speck uttery dsappeared n the hor on, l
buffeted the waves anew, and e hausted my
strength n strugges wth my unyedng bonds.
hen the ght came agan, l searched
around, as though l coud yet ook upon the
gorous vson but l saw t no more. l ved
upon the memory of that shp for months. l
coud have descrbed her, as though she had been
st before my eyes. l remembered every ook
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and gesture of the proud sprt who governed
her. l saw once more the gracefu bound wth
whch, after the temporary check, she agan
darted on her way t was nscrbed upon my
heart and n my bran
The manac paused and, graspng hs broad
forehead wth hs bony hands, seemed as though
he sought to st the pang hs vson had caed
up whe ld| e a sat besde hm, marveng
how great a share memory coud cam of a nar-
ratve n whch madness was bent wth sufferng.
d as t was, there was yet a connectng prn-
cpe n the tae to whch he had been stenng,
that seemed too mghty an effort for a mnd
shattered ke that of the wretched ob|ect on
whom he ooked and the young man remem-
bered that, ere the amp of fe s e tngushed,
ts fame sometmes ghts up for a short perod
the ong-vacated sepuchre of the bran and
thus he remaned senty besde the Dervsh,
awatng, wth the reverence whch s ever pad
to madness by hs countrymen, the termnaton
of a recta whch was evdenty e haustng the
strength of the narrator.
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kh katet there s somethng somethng
that we nether see nor understand, hawa|
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n the ar we breathe, about, above, and around
us l was the prey of that power, be t what t
may l am so st there are moments when l
am mad mad when the subte enemy has
drunk up the |uces of my beng, wthered the
marrow of my bones, and turned the stream of
my bood to fre but to-day the casp s
sackened from my heart the demon seeps
and l am agan one of those to whom the word
was gven as a hertage. et l am not aways
so and, east of a, when l was foatng over
that endess, endess sea. Do you dream that l
saw none but peasant scenes whe l rode the
wave, and mated wth monsters , a woe
s me ou are young, and the word has used
you genty you are strong, and your mbs
have never wrthed n bonds. ou and he
aughed the shr mockng augh of fren y
how can you guess at a l saw when the whr-
wnd and the tempest had done ther work
ften, after a nght of storm, dd a pae boated
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corse pass cose besde me the wdey-opened
eyes garng, ga ed, and ghasty, upon mne,
souess and sghtess the ps parted as f n
the death agony and the work of corrupton
begun. Horrbe most horrbe nd yet,
aah bah by the Prophet ths was but the
natura effect of an eement on whch man mght
not ve, save by demonac means and l ony
oathed mysef the more, as the fou corse was
borne beyond my ken, that my ot was not even
as that of hm who had pershed n the deep
waters. He at east, had buffeted the bows
wth unshacked mbs had strven manfuy
wth the fate whch threatened hm and, when
the btter agony was overpast, had ded. l had
been bound had strven strugged suffocated
suffered a the pangs, the awfuness of dsso-
uton, and yet ved. The tde- wave bore away
ts dead, and l enved the cod and oathsome
corse
ut my cup of agony had not yet over-
fowed. The sun had set gorousy, and ts
goden beams st gowed and gstened on the
ocean-wave, when agan ray ear was fed wth
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sounds whch had ong been strangers to t r
sounds of mrth and musc and, ke a thng of
ght, a gay bark swept gracefuy aong, wth a
gded crescent at her mast. es she came
from my own and he came to brng me fe
and happness There were reveers on the
deck of that far shp her sken sas were
ooped wth fowers and sver vases, fed wth
perfumed ncense, were sheddng ther costy
breath upon the ar l heard the shr tones of
the ffe, the rngng notes of the ebec, and the
cangour of the marta cymba for a whe
l spoke not strred not my ga e was rveted
on one brght form, whch moved ke a sprt of
beauty among the reveers. Msery, madness,
famne, had faed to bot that mage from the
records of my bran l ga ed ke one who
woud e haust hmsef n a ong, ast ook, for l
et that t was Comadeve she whom l had
oved, whom 1 had amost won. es, she was
there Her ong har was foatng to the bree e
her eyes were fashng ke meteors her whte
arms were bare, and geamed ke sea-foam she
was dancng on that vesse s deck, to the sound of
the cashng cymbas
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ow, ndeed, l wrthed and strugged to
free my mbs from the bonds whch fettered
them wth the voence of my frantc efforts, l
sank deep nto the waters, and the waves cosed
above my head but t was ony for a whe and
ere ong l rose agan, pantng and suffocatng,
to the surface. s my breath returned, l strove
to speak, to utter the name of my beoved, to
ca on Comadeve to succour and to save me
but l gave voce ony to a shr scream, ke
those of the aquatc fow whose cres l had
mocked n my madness speech had departed
from me
an were t for me to te you a ah
kerm ah s mercfu l was cose besde
the vesse, and they saw me not. l shreked
aoud n my agony, but they dd not heed me.
s the bark swept aong, the tde carred me for-
ward n ts wake and when the moon rose, and
the bree e freshened, l saw Comadeve ean pen-
svey over the vessePs sde and, as she rased
her eye to heaven, a tear fe from t he stood
not ong aone a ta fgure approached her 5 a
|eweed crescent gttered n hs turban, and
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there were gems n the ht of the hand|ar n hs
grde. s he reached her sde, he murmured
a few words n her ear he breathed them softy
and fondy, but / heard them, whspered though
they were ln an nstant hs arm encrced her,
and her head rested tendery upon hs shouder
agan he spoke, and, as the voce ceased, he
ooked up. ah needed there ths as l
not yet a wretch lt was my brother that
brother whom l had oved even as my own sou
he was besde my betrothed brde hs arm
was twned around her wast hs voce mur-
mured the words of passon and l l was
near them borne on the same ocean breathed
on by the same wnd ghted by the same
moon and they heeded, they heard me not.
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CH PT ll.
TH T D contnued.
ah esmaradek ah have you n hs
hoy keepng murmured ld| e a, carred
away, n spte of hs reason, by the phren ed
energy of the Dervsh Ths was ndeed a
gref.
ut l survved even that aughed out
the manac and a new troube grew upon me
as l ooked upon the overs l fet that myste-
rous sghng stea aong the surface of the sea,
whch l had earnt to be the wang of the wa-
ter-gods over the comng run of the tempest-
wrath murmurs arose from the ocean-depths,
the awakenng of the storm-breath among the
bows the huge porposes roed over uneasy
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and the hungry sharks congregated round the
goody shp. Too we l knew these sgns
they foreboded death death, hawa| the
sckenng, struggng death of the angry bow
and the shrekng wnd l knew them a, for l
had watched them for years, and they had never
faed
or mysef l feared not what coud l
fear They dd not even promse me the death
for whch l prayed but for her for Coma-
deve for my sou s do the water-y over
whch the tde of sorrow never shoud have
passed for her l trembed wth a dread for
whch the pangs of death had been a rch e -
change and l yeed forth n my terror sounds
of fearfu warnng. he heard them, and started
convusvey. Lke the bossom of the nrgs
bent she over the murmurng bows but not
as she was wont to ook when she stened to my
voce, ooked she at that moment. Gardash
brother have you ever ga ed nto the eye of a
per who had foded the wngs of her affecton
upon your bosom, and forsaken the fowery paths
arcssus.
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of peasure for the shady home of peace Ha
ha she ooked, down, down, deep nto the
heavng sea not wth ove not wdth tender-
ness not wth trust t was wd, maddenng,
phrensed terror that gave a ferce ght to her
eye, and threw a shadow over her pae brow :
an ousy she searched among the bows for the
fearfu creature whch had uttered a sound so
dread but though her ga e seemed f ed on ray
very brow, she saw me not and, after a whe,
she agan rased her brght ooks to the evenng
sky.
y ooked camy on an hor on whch to me
was fraught wth terrbe warnng dark couds
were fttng rapdy over the face of the heavens,
and congregatng n one dense mass, so back
and heavy that t seemed to oppress my breath-
ng the moon had rsen, not n beauty, but red
as bood whe the ower frnges of the huge
back coud caught the refecton, and fung back
far upon the waves ther ensanguned shadow.
t ntervas, a fery vapour payed n fearfu
ght round the gded crescent at the mast of
the doomed shp, and ran aong t from pont to
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pont then came a deep hoow pea, whch
was commenced by the dark coud, and echoed
from every cave of ocean and agan the deep
waters sweed and heaved n ther mght, ke
the fettered mbs of a gant though the surface
of the sea was yet cam, and the vesse rode as
smoothy as though t had been gdng over the
bosom of a ake.
ut the storm came at ength : a sudden
fash struck on the crescent once more, and ran
down the mast, caspng t round and round ke
a fery grde, cast by some avengng sprt from
hs ons the huge coud parted n twan and
the storm-god howed forth hs summons to the
tempest lnstanty was t answered the gant
bows burst ther bonds at once, and rose hgh
nto the ar, crowned wth foam.
ah ts a rare sght to see the fury of
the waves when they are ashed to madness by
the storm-wnd when the surf fes hgh
aganst the heavens, as though t mocked the va-
pours drftng over head and the sea opens
wde ts yawnng sepuchres, and gapes for the
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these are the young, the beautfu, the beoved
the treasured of your sprt, the chershed of
your sou Ha ha ha can you not fee the
wd derum, the btter e ctaton, the madden-
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l saw the ght shp tossed ke a ba aganst
the sky, and then thrown back nto the deep
trough of the sea, ke a strcken brd. gan l
saw t rased on hgh unt the hoy crescent
the symbo of the Prophet seemed to have
grown nto the dark, threatenng, mysterous
coud, and |et t agan fa back for, as t came,
a porton of ts rent mast fe over the sde, and
struck me heavy as t touched the waves
down l sank down down struggng wth
that mghty mass of run, unt t agan rose
buoyanty to the surface, carryng me wth t
once more above the bows.
The shp and her proud crew had parted
for ever fragments of the wreck were rdng
on the foamng waters l caught the breath of
the scattered ncense and fowers, and costy
turbans foated past me, as l panted to regan
my breath. hat cared l for these gauds .
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They were of the word, and to me they were
bosh nothng. l thought ony, ooked ony,
for Comadeve and l saw her Her dark
har foated ke a coud upon the wave whch
bore her up her ve had escaped, and her be-
oved countenance was reveaed n the moonhght
she was wthn my reach, and my arms were
pnoned l coud not grasp her
l uttered one cry n my agony and then,
wth frantc voence, l hured mysef aganst a
porton of the wreck. La aha aah there
s but one ah the effort, the strugge, the at-
tempt to brave the death whch had so ong
evaded me, brought parta freedom l had
burst my bonds or a moment l coud but
rase my arms hgh nto the ar, strke the pams
of my spread hands forcby together, and scream
out a wtherno shrek of haf-maddened deght
but soon came the remembrance of Coma-
deve she was aready carred far, far beyond
my reach but what was space abour tme l
was free free l cast my heavy turban from my
head l parted the waves wth a powerfu stroke,
and l ganed rapdy upon my mstress earer
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nearer l grasped her mante l drew her
forcby towards me her pae cheek touched
my hand my breath was n her har one
more effort one more and l shoud hod her
to my heart l, who for ong years had been
aone aone, upon the waste of waters one
more effort, and she woud be mne. |ab
wonderfu my Comadeve the bossom of my
sou l made t l strove to beat back a
mghty bow, but t overwhemed me a huge
fragment of the wreck passed over us, and l ost
my hod Comadeve was gone gone for
ever
wd shrek broke from the ps of the
Dervsh as he bured hs head upon hs knees,
and cowered under the vson whch hs own
dstempered fancy had con|ured up whe
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bearance, sprang to hs feet, and hurredy
whspered : ghour oa Heaven speed you
but te me, what more what more
ana bak ook at me: sad the wretched
man can you not read the characters that the
fou fend burnt nto my brow when he fed
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howng before the fury of my despar e
met face to face there on the wd waves |ust
subsdng after the tempest we met, and
strugged as demons ony strugge we wrested
together but l shouted aoud the name of the
Prophet and as he cowered before me, he
grasped my bran, and seared t wth hs fery
touch.
fter ths l sept ay, sept l had
dreams too dreams of sunshne, and brds, and
fowers, and coo green eaves, and gushng
streams and l wandered among them wth
Comadeve but at ength l awoke awoke to
fnd mysef stretched aong the earth The sea
was near me, but the tde dd not touch me
where l ay brght shes were scattered aong
the strand, and the mornng sun was gtterng
gay on the waters. l beat the earth wth my
hand, and the bood fowed from t l rose to
my feet the dark rocks heaved under my
weght, and l staggered, and amost fe but l
fet the earth l was once more ke my feow
men and l crawed aong amd the hgh grass,
and the panted fowers, t l found that whch
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l sought t was not the hour of Paradse t
was not the rose-garden of shapor t was a
human beng a creature of my own knd a
hoy man a santon of the desert. Mashaah
how l yeed forth my |oy when l saw hm ean-
ng upon hs staff but he repused me wth
scorn and oathng he the frst human beng
whom l had approached for years Lahnet be
hetan Curse on the dev he struck me wth
hs staff spurned me wth hs foot and turned
away to te hs chapet, whe l fanted wth
famne.
hawa|, my sou s sck. ght has
fckered to-day about my bran whch had been
ong put out. They say that l am hoy, for l
can perce my sde and my breast wth sharp
weapons, and torture my mbs wth searng
ron, and nppng bonds they know not that
the fre and the knfe had done ther work ere
they foded the khrkheh of a Dervsh about me,
and gave me a pace n the Teke. ut a s
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eyes, and the dayhght grows dm and dusky
yet the fm has passed from my sou l have
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been caed lbn aah the on of Prayer none
knew the curses whch had wthered me for
years nd to-day now come nearer to
me, stranger though you be, to-day l can pray
the cry of my sprt s no onger vras, vras
k, k but l say to you, ah esmaradek
ah take you nto hs hoy keepng, for the
btterness of fe s amost past.
ah buyuk der ah s great sad
ld| e a rouse yoursef, and a w yet be
we but f you fod your feet upon the carpet
of despar, Monker and akr w soon seat
themseves upon ts border, and the shadow of
ther dark wngs w obscure your sou.
The mountan of Caf s hgh, and encoses
the word reped the dyng man but t
cannot shut out srae the Destroyer. The
brdge of rat s steep and narrow : the
footng s but a har s breadth, yet t must be
trodden by every True ehever who woud
reach Paradse. l am content l do not de the
howng manac that l have atey ved l see
my wretchedness, l fee my desoaton ha-
wa|, pass on, and eave me ah kerm
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ah s mercfu your charty has reconced
me wth my knd, and l sha go n peace.
ay, not so commenced ld| e a, as a
swft but steathy step approached the tomb-
house, and the ectachy passed the threshod
chance has fung us together on the way-sde
of fe, and l w not forsake you n your e -
tremty : Mn ah Heaven forbd
m boo who s that demanded the new
comer hasty, as he stopped besde the son of
e d aah ths s no tme, ld| e a,
to pay the nurse, when you shoud be under
your father s roof, to answer to the voces of
those who ca you vs ay then wth the speed of
thesmorg you are as yet unsuspected de-
ay, and ashustun on my head be t, f some
babbhng foo do not whsper somewhat of the
tae ere noon.
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vsh nature had e hausted hersef n the effort
whch he had made to retrace the troubed
vson of the past and fe was ebbng fast.
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Man s care coud ava no onger and wth a
deep-breathed ghour oa Heaven speed
you he turned away, and prepared to qut the
tomb.
ffet oah much peasure attend you :
smed the ectachy but forget not, young
man, that l cannot be ever upon your path wth
a strong grasp and a skn of Cyprus wne. e
wary, therefore and the Prophet be proptous
to your prayers.
nd ths poor sufferer sad the son of
e d, pontng towards the dyng wretch, who
had now fung hmsef aong the cod pavement
of the tomb : you w not eave hm n hs
msery .f
way l w abde here whe he needs
me : was the repy l sha not be ong de-
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nd wthout further parey, ld| e a waked
forth nto the cear cam ar of mornng, wth the
feeng of one who has awakened from a horrd
dream.
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dews were droppng from the branches beneath
whch he passed. The ncense, offered up by
ature to the terna, was ascendng on a
sdes and the gorous sun, the vsbe presence
of the Dety, was cang nto fe a anmate
ob|ects, gdng the eaves and the rver-rppe,
and sheddng warmth, and brghtness, and beauty
over the whoe creaton.
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CH PT lll.
TH T D contnued.
ln the cty a was aready astr. The owng
of the cames, and the barkng of the watch-
dogs of the Medan the shoutng of the saves
at the caravanseras, and the cry of the mue n
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camed that the sun had rsen and many a
pous Mussemaun was on hs way towards the
statey tempe whch was but by Heracus, n
honour of echarah, the father of |ohn the
aptst, but whch t s now death to any
Chrstan to enter.
ld| eaa waked swfty through the streets
and steppng over the two saves who were yet
yng seepng n the outer ha of hs father s
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house, hastened to hs own apartment. hen
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dants had prepared for hs repose, he began to
revew more esurey the events of the past
nght and eager as he was once more to sun
hmsef n the eyes of the beautfu Desase, he
coud not concea from hs own reason that a
future attempts to nvade the garden pavon
must prove abortve as we as perous, when
the vgance of the ey s househod had been
once aroused. or coud he whoy dvest hm-
sef of a feeng of e treme and an ous terror,
as he remembered that suspcon mght have at-
tached tsef to hs far and gente mstress and
that athough he had ndvduay escaped the
penaty of hs rash adventure, t mght be vsted
n tenfod severty upon her
n on progressed thought one dark me-
mory nkng tsef to another, and formng a
btter chan of wretchedness. The Toorkoman
the steed the mahak the deady vow by
whch he was fettered that vow from whch
there was no appea, and no reease by whch
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Desase woud be sacrfced and he hmsef de
ten thousand deaths
To ook back upon the past was madness
and wth the natura buoyancy of youth, he
turned after awhe to the future and began to
devse new stratagems, whch were each ds-
carded n turn as unfeasbe, or key to be un-
productve of success, unt he at ength resoved
to trust to hs feech and after havng swa-
owed hs coffee, to repar to the ham mam, and
take advantage of any good fortune or ucky
chance that mght betde hm.
Havng decded on ths very smpe mode of
acton, ld| e a, after a short rest, rose from
hs couch, and havng smoked a chbouque, has-
tened to the shop of the rmenan barber who
was wont to operate upon the heads and chns
of a the handsome youths of Damascus.
hosh gedn, ffendm sad the opera-
tor, as ld| e entered the spacous paved
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congregated, even at ths eary hour, haf a score
of the gay young gaants of the cty ou
are wecome, my master and the rather that l
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ast nght receved a packet of soap from tam-
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not yet been rubbed upon the beard of any
f end who frequents my shop. nd sooth to
say, hawa|, you have need of them, for your
chn s n a dsarray whch woud go ngh to
run my reputaton f you were to wak through
the tcharch uncombed, as you have entered
here. There s news, too, n the cty the harem
of assm ey has been attempted : some de
mascara (scaramouch) wth better egs than
wts, was seen to eap the wa of the women s
gardens and such screechng and screamng
have not been heard under that roof snce t was
rased as the ga aba hmsef tod me, when
he came n |ust at sunrse, n order that l mght
repar the ravages of the nocturna chase n
whch he had been encrac ed
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nd, as usua, aughed out Latf fPend,
throwng forth a voume of smoke n whch he
was neary enveoped : the odest and the ugest
of the women made the uproar, whe the young
ones ran to strve for a partng gmpse of the
ntruder.
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Ha, Ha true, true on my head be t :
sad ld| e a, forcng a mrth whch he was
far from feeng hat s wrtten, s wrtten
and the ovey are never the mercess. ut who
was the Dehbash the prnce of madmen
who attempted so rash an e pot
ome say t was shref the umdan
meon-merchant, who had become enamoured of
the negress Gada, the dusky handmaden of
that queen-y, the far Desase, the ey s ony
chd f agan broke n the waggsh Latf but
others affrm that t was none other than our
worthy host here, pc ugou, who had
dreamt a dream of the young Hanoum fend
hersef, whe beatng up the suds destned to
ave the thck head of the Cad (may hs beard
prosper ) and who
Me steferaah Me e camed the
aarmed barber : Heaven forbd ls t for me
to dream dreams of a ey s daughter, and to put
my neck nto the bowstrng t. George, t.
choas, and t. Lawrence preserve me from
such mad presumpton
pea of ow chuckng aughter foowed
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cose on the barber s deprecatory e camaton
whe, wthdrawng hs turban, ld| e a seated
hmsef, and ran hs fngers compacenty through
hs u urant and gossy beard.
Gu e, pek gu e sad the rmenan ad-
mrngy, as he aso passed hs hand over t
handsome, very handsome ashustun on
my head be t, there are not haf a do en such
beards as ths n Damascus
ay haf a hundred, pc, my frend, say
haf a hundred smed Latf ffend or you
w ose your practce, seeng that we are a
more or ess touched by your decson for my-
sef l care not l am beyond your mace but
arm the ynbash, ene er the araf, and Ma -
ouk the ho|a of Hs ceency san Pasha,
w one and a fee themseves aggreved : as
l hear that they have been wckedy caed sa-
ka-s (no-beards) by the de boys of the cty :
and that they have not re|oced n the name.
Mn ah Heaven forbd that l shoud
anger the ffends b a ght word sad the
md rmenan but even as the u bash
(the captan of a hundred) oves to hande a
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good weapon, so do l |oy to comb out a fne
beard/
s the barber spoke he threw around ld|
e a a frnged and embrodered napkn, and
prepared hs ra ors, by tryng ther temper on
the pam of hs hand and whe he was thus
engaged, one of the tnerant perfume-merchants
so common n the ast, an od and wthered
woman, whose feebe steps were supported by a
staff, stopped on the threshod, and nvted the
f ends to e amne her wares.
o, no see you not that ther e ceences
are engaged sad the rmenan, motonng her
away pass on we need you not
en ektar der you are the master re-
ped the od crone quety but surey these
handsome gaants must want somethng to send
to the young beautes whom they worshp and
you w not spo my market, l trust, pc
gou, you whom l have known for so many
years, and to whom l have not been qute
useess.
vaah to be sure, to be sure : hasty
nterposed the barber l owe you no -w.
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atra but to-day you w ose your tae by
oterng at my threshod.
atra e camed ld| e a an ousy :
dd you ca her atra ls she the worthy
woman who has been thrce before the Cad, and
once bastnadoed, for ntroducng nto the hdden
chambers of the harem certan mssves, where
words ofv passon were nscrbed wth god dust
upon the eaves of roses ls she
lt s mysef, ffendraou, my master sad
the od woman, noddng her veed head, and
turnng her dm eyes towards the enqurer, as
she advanced nto the apartment, and deposted
her essence-case on the p of the marbe fountan
lt s mysef, hatoun, my darng : and, aged
as l am, l care nether for the cad nor the
thong. hat sha l show to the ey adeh
l have dyes, and soaps, and unguents essences,
and spces, and pastes made of a the precous
gums of raby, and sparkUng wth god-dust
l have caams for tracng gente words and a
the ove baads of Haf , wrtten n characters
of many coours. l have amuets, and charms,
and spes : bouquets of spces and garc, to pre-
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serve the young mother and her nfant from the
nfuence of the v ye and
Have you any charm to preserve us from
the nfuence of the back and brght ones whch
fash upon us as we wak the ba ar, from beneath
the |eaous yashmacs of our young beautes
asked Latf : for the v ye, we of Damas-
cus fear t not and care not though
avash, yavash softy, softy, ff endm
broke n the od woman ah buyuk der
et us utter no words that we have not thrce
turned n the pams of our hands, est we wsh
to gather them up agan when t s too ate.
nd a murmur of Tab tab we sad,
we sad| from the groups around the apart-
ment, bore testmony that the feeng of defance
towards the v ye was not so common n the
good cty of Damascus, as Latf ffend, n hs
ghtness of sprt, woud fan have had t be-
eved.
ut you ask f l have spes aganst brght
lt s a common custom n Turkey to send these bofquets
as presents to the mothers of new-born nfants, who have the
most perfect fath n ther effcacy.
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eyes, f endmou Mn ah Heaven forbd:
How shoud l vend my wares, and to whom, f
the pers of paradse were to fod ther wngs,
and wther nto afrts nd how shoud l pass
away my hours, were t not that l aways carry
home the merchandse that l se, and deUver
wth the gft the ghour oa the ah speed
you, of the gver
Mashaah she speaks we aughed her
steners.
nd w ho see l there, on the sofa beyond
suddeny e camed the crone Can t reay be
my ord boudahab hmsef, the ght of my
eyes, and the hope of my sou a to ne
there t s l sought you a yesterday, agam,
and found you not and to-day, when l ooked
no onger, thnkng that my ord had eft the cty,
l encounter you here, and may do mne errand.
nd what errand can atra, the dscreet
perfume-merchant, have wth the stad and pous
boudahab shouted one of the young men :
peak, ffendm, what can be the busness of
ths veed hour wth you
ah br ah aone knows sad the
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handsome young u bash of the Pasha s guard,
who had been thus unceremonousy addressed
endeavourng, as he spoke, to assume an e -
presson of unconcern, whch, however, sat but
awkwardy upon hm : Have you yet to earn
that she s the mother of es, and that she s as
key to hatch one for me as for any other of
ths goody company Mashaah, the wonder
s nether a pague nor an earthquake.
akaum we sha see | was the aughng
re|onder ay your errand body, atra,
my sou, for you fnd that the brave Captan
defes you.
ok, yok no, no : perssted the od wo-
man: The u bash |ests, for he has more
dscreton than to make the brow of a pretty
hanoum wear the tnt of the Prophet s banner.
ak, ffendm see, sr she pursued, takng
from her grde a decate ro of parchment,
fastened wth a ock of sky har does ths
deserve no better wecome from the u bash
boudahab than fou words, and the shame that
s worse than words man mercy but
l ooked for other con when l ran the rsk of
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the ash, to convey ths wrtten voet to s own
hands.
Peace, peace, atra, |aqur benum my
guardan ange e camed the young soder,
forgettng hs confuson n hs eagerness to ob-
tan possesson of the bet dou and drawng
forth at the same tme hs embrodered purse
l w ransom the pr e bravey : woud that
l coud pay every word wth a pece of god,
l shoud not grudge the prce
nd regardess of the merrment around
hm, the deghted over thrust a handfu of
sver cons nto the ready pam of the od crone
and hastened to detach the brght tress whch
bound up the scro.
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CH PT l .
TH T D contnued.
ld| e a had been no nattentve spectator
of the scene and when the decrepd messenger
of ove had transferred the money wth a ow
chuckng augh to the bag whch she carred n
her grde, he dsengaged hmsef from the hands
of the rmenan, and proceeded to pour upon
hs beard the contents of one of the essence-
bottes.
hemduah prases be to the Prophet
muttered atra, as she marked the reckess pro-
fuson of the son of e d : what can he have
to ask of me ekh katet there s somethng
hat a ey adeh s ths, who emptes at one
effort as much perfume as he must pay wth a
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broad pece of god l sha have to run my od
neck nto the bowstrng for ths
Then, affectng not to remark hs occupaton,
she turned towards one of the groups, and
demanded : hat can l do for your e -
ceences l have charms for a evs beng
and hashsh for the seepess, perfumes for the
u urous, and enameed boudakas- - for the
harem. e apaum what can l do.
ou may gve ve some beng, k em, my
daughter sad Mansoor ga, the du-wtted
araf of the Pashak, as he ung down a pece
of money ts the best charm l know aganst
a the s of fe better even than the sherbet
of the ranks, for t eaves no head-ache behnd
t.
ttar-gu for me, mother, sad Latf f-
fend: uness, ndeed, you have another ove-
mssve to dspose of, and then l am wng to
become a purchaser though, for a prestess of
nran.| methnks you are somewhat du n
your offce.
y, ay, ove-tokens are the ra kaah
arcotcs. f Ppe-bows. Hymen.
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the day bread, of you gay young f ends you
never weary of them. ut s t the handsome
son of eamrah the |eweer, who asks me for
such ware , a, there s no truth eft wthn
the barrer of Caf
aah t s we sad: e camed ld|
e a, as he took up a packet of the powder of
the sweet-scented voet, and a sma bo of the
paste of the whte y, a decate and costy pre-
paraton for the hands : and now, count up
my debt, good mother, and et me cance t.
ah mouteyemmn eeye agam ah
grant that t be of good omen to you, my ord :
sad the od woman, for t w cost you some
con. e hey v/hat s ths a whoe botte of
essence, of whch every drop s worth
Lsten, mother sad ld| e a n a ow
voce l am not yet content wth my pur-
chase. l covet a your wares but l w not
purchase them here. Meet me an hour hence
n the great cemetery and meanwhe, here s
what w suppy you wth a pauf at your
md-day mea and he fung nto her basket a
arge god con whch she greedy secured.
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ad my ord one hour hence.
l dd.
Pek ah t s we. l w be there.
Ths short daogue dd not pass unobserved
and the |ests were numerous wth whch ld|
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room of the rmenan barber. ut hs heart
was too deepy engaged for hm to heed them
and a gbe was yet upon the ps of the ncor-
rgbe Latf when he took eave of the aughng
company, and bent hs way towards the ceme-
tery of the cty.
There, among the ta cypresses, seated upon
a grave, and eanng aganst the turban-crested
headstone, he found the od woman aready
awatng hm. Her basket and essence-case
were besde her, and she was quety smokng
her chbouque whch, however, as soon as he
approached, she hasty put away n order to
rearrange her yashmac.
hat s wrtten, s wrtten she sad as he
stopped besde her lt requres no caam to
nscrbe the truth on the surface of my under-
standng on of e d, you are n ove and
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you want me to per fe and mb n your
cause.
Mn ah Heaven forbd l have not
such desperate vsons e camed the young
man gay ou, atra, khatoun, have trodden
the harem-foor too often wth a feather from
the bu-bu s throat n your keepng, to run
much rsk of mschef n obgng me. ou
have been young n your tme, mother, and
perhaps beautfu and now
nd what now hasty broke n the aged
woman : now, you woud te me that l am od,
and wrnked, and pased and that such as l am
are not numbered among the hour l know t
l know t l requre no assurance that l am
changed from the days when a sme from my p
made the crown of the oved one s head touch the
cupoa of heaven. on of e d, were t not so,
l shoud not be here and thus. Then the god
of umatra was on my neck, and the damonds
of the farthest ast upon my brow the cache-
mres of Thbet bound a wast as sender as the
cypress and the sks of thuana were foded
about a form as gracefu as that of the smorg
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ves of musn, as fne as the gossamer that fts
across the settng sun, sheded my face from the
beam that woud have marred ts beauty a face
that ooked ke the moon at ts fu, n the sea-
son when the vnes are eafess, and the stars
hod ther pace about her sver throne, amost
as radant as hersef now, my yashmac s coarse
and heavy, the god and the gems have passed
away l sme, but t s n btterness, for no
fond eye hangs upon my ooks : and l fod my
coak about as one a heart as any n Damascus.
eeded there words then, ffendm, from the
gay and the handsome ke yoursef, to remnd
me of the change P
ay, nay, you mstook me nterposed
ld| e a, as the btter sme passed from the
p of hs companon l woud have sad that
none better than yoursef coud fee and act for
me. Let us waste no more words l ove
Desase Hanoum, the daughter of assm
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Love who e camed the essence-mer-
chant e hey hat s ths . oud none
other do for the son of e d the Merchant than
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the ony chd of the ferce assm ey Thnk,
thnk, f endm you are too young and too
gaant to offer your neck to the bowstrng
l w dp my hand n no pauf ke ths
ah br ah aone knows how t mght
end
Have you then never heard that she was
offered to me n marrage, and that 1 refused to
brng a wfe nto my harem ou ook sur-
prsed, moder, but l te you the truth. lt
matters not wherefore, but l have changed my
humour, and now l woud make her ove me
ere she enters the house of my father, that she
may forget my past codness.
lt w be no heavy task sad the od wo-
man, as she ga ed admrngy on the hand-
some youth you have but to gaop past
her wndow, or to saunter beneath t, or, n
short, to show yoursef by any means n
your power, and your ob|ect w be accom-
pshed.
l woud do more sad ld| e a l
cannot be content wth the mere eye-worshp,
that may be won by every handsome carna n the
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cty l woud penetrate nto the harem, and
ook upon her, and commune wt her, and pour
out my sou n passonate words, whch shoud
fa genty on her ear, as the eaves of the gum-
cstus on the earth at twHght.
nd what furtherance seek you from me n
ths wd scheme asked the od woman.
The oan of a dsguse. our coak, your
ve, and your essence-bo . Go to the ba ar,
mother, and purchase for me toys and gauds
such as may f the eye of a young beauty
teach me the quverng tone, the unsteady step,
and the cant and craft of your cang nay, no
dena l w pay you back n god enough to
enabe you to smoke the chbouque of your age
n peace.
ut shoud ray share n ths mad attempt be
dscovered
orkma fear not sad ld| e a l
w per nether your neck nor my own beard.
hat s wrtten, s wrtten. l have resoved on
ths venture, and l w not be turned from my
purpose.
ah buyuk der apostrophsed the es-
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sence-merchant the har grows fast upon
young heads, and some one must pay the
barber l am ready, ffendm l w trust
both to your prudence and your generosty.
nd now, gve me god that l may hasten to
the ba ar to my frend Ma ouk, the honestest
Merchant who ever dropped attar-gu nto an
vory bo for l w trade for you, gam, as
for mysef. Deovetn sta may your pros-
perty ncrease she added, as ld| e a
paced a we-fed purse n her ready hand :
l aways ove to trade wth such as you the
women, aye, even the youngest, the handsomest,
and the weathest, w cav wth me for a dnar,
and backen my face to obtan a bargan whe
the gaants of the cty are as ready wth ther
god as wth ther |ests. To-morrow then, ffen-
dm, l w return and brng to you on ths very
spot a that you have asked of me.
lt s we farewe then t to-morrow
sad the young man, as he turned away.
Dehbash Prnce of Madmen mut-
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wth her eyes : He sha pay me a, a//, ere he
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rsks the venture for,f hetan does not ad hm,
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CH PT .
TH T D contnued.
owy, and absorbed n thought, ld| e a
qutted the cemetery, and turned hs steps to-
wards hs father s house. The tapestry door of
the Merchant s chamber was hed asde by a save,
for e d was about to pass out and the young
man met hm on the threshod at a moment
when he woud gady have avoded a notce.
ut ths was not to be for, when a greetng had
passed between them, ld| e a found hmsef
nvted by a grave and sent gesture to foow
the hawa| back nto the apartment whence he
had but a moment before been about to depart
and, as he entered, a feeng of mpatent rrta-
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ton grew upon hm, on percevng upon the sofa
of e d a coupe of carefuy foded parces,
covered by fney-wrought bokshas or handker-
chefs, such as are ony wrapped about the most
vauabe merchandse.
aah bah by the Prophet mut-
tered the young man beneath hs breath here
has my unhappy feech ed me nto a dscusson
on the reatve vaue of musns and tssues, when
l woud have shut mysef nto my chamber to
arrange my pans for to-morrow. ut patence,
ld| e a, thou must fuf thy destny.
The phosophy of the son of e d seemed
ndeed about to be put to the test for the door
of the apartment was scarcey cosed behnd them,
and the Merchant had barey reached the centre
of the foor, when he ponted to the packages on
the sofa, and asked n a tone of btterness and
.wounded prde : ld| e a, do you see those
bokshas
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Perhaps musns from Hndostan perhaps
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sks from roussa or, t may be, |ewes
from
They contan a of these nterposed
e d hasty : and each the most costy of ts
knd and yet sten to me, ld| e a l
swear that they are more oathsome n my sght
than f they were the dscarded rags of some
fthy |ew. They were the brda gfts of the
son of e d to the daughter of assm ey
from the reentng over to the negected mstress
and you see how they have sped. The pro-
fgate her of the poor hawa| s no onger a
fttng sutor for the ony chd of the haughty
ey. ou have payed the foo so we, ld|
e a, that you have transferred the motey to
me, and l sha be ponted at as l wak the cty
streets.
ow, by the sou of the Prophet burst
forth the young man.
avash, yavash softy, softy sad the
Merchant n the cam accent of concentrated
passon anger s unavang, and hot words
were made for women. e are no onger hed
worthy to dp our spoon nto the same tchorba
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(soup) wth a nobe we have put our beards
nto hs hand, and we have no rght to compan
that he has pucked them out. ou now know
a, ld| e a, and must henceforward be con-
tent to seek a wfe among the merchants of the
ct|.
s e d ceased speakng, he capped hs
hands, and a save reappeared on the threshod
wth hs sppers. ld| e a was aware that the
outward show of camness whch hs father had
mantaned durng ther bref ntervew, was as
decetfu as the stness of a vocano ere the ava-
food bursts forth and he dd not dare to detan
hm : whe a rush of confctng feengs rooted
hm for a tme to the spot, and kept hm mo-
toness.
was then over, as regarded hs recognsed
marrage wth the beautfu Desase houd
he wn her by stratagem, he must fy wth her to
another and and t mght even be and n
that thought there was madness that she had
been accessory to hs nsutng dsmssa the no-
vety of hs affecton had worn away the mys-
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marrage sanctoned by her father, and her wo-
man-fancy, thwarted n ts fu fow, had degene-
rated nto dsapponted ndfference. ut, no,
no ths coud not, cotd not be He remem-
bered a thousand whspered words whch had
pedged her to hm n every change of fortune
and he woud not beeve that her prde coud
pay the trator to her peace.
He woud trust to her affecton he must
trust to t, not ony hs happness, but hs fe,
or she was ost to hm for ever for he fet as-
sured that hs dsguse, carefuy as t mght be
ad|usted, woud soon fa to nsure hs safety be-
neath the eyes of suspcon and nqury.
ut what cared ld| e a for the rsk hat
was fe to hm, f ts best prncpe were wantng
He w as content to abde hs fate and, for a
whe, he abandoned hmsef to happy dreams of
the sweet e stence, whch far, far from Damas-
cus, and from the frown of a proud father, he
woud ead wth Desase wth the oved one,
whom he woud rescue from her cheeress thra-
dom to be the wfe of hs bosom, and the do of
hs heart but suddeny a dark shadow crossed
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the mrror of hs mnd he remembered the
Toorkoman, and a was agan despar and re-
morse
Thus dd ld| e a pass the nght : some-
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reased ony n the paradse of Mahomet and
at others sunk n unavang regret, and trem-
bng apprehenson. ut the morrow came at
ength : and the young man, rousng hmsef by
a voent effort, prepared to keep hs adventu-
rous appontment wth the essence-merchant.
hen he reached the spot where he had eft
atra on the prevous day, he found her aready
at her post but, as he approached, she moved
senty on unt she stood amd a custer of
thcky-panted trees, and besde a tomb of un-
usua s e here she paused, and drawng from
beneath her coak a parce of consderabe buk,
she fung t at the feet of ld| e a.
ou are obeyed, my son : she sad, as she
deposted her essence-bo on the ground besde
her : and fear not, for though the garments be
coarse and worn, they came not from the quarter
where the khan yr (hogs) of |ews nurse the
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172 TH M C TH H M.
pague that t may scatter the True eevers
before ts oathsome breath. lt s true that l
have pad a heaver sum for them, than f l had
purchased them of the dogs of lnfdes but l
preferred the pauf of safety to the pomegra-
nate of god, and heeded not the prce. ak
agam ook, my ord she contnued, as she
unfoded the squad rament n whch the h-
therto fastdous ld| e a was about, athough
not wthout a dsgustfu shudder, to enveope
hmsef Here are an antery and schawar
whch the f end, who sod them to me, vaued
at two purses, though, at ength, by dnt of
cav, l pad for them both wth one and here
s a ferd|he (mante) of green coth you w
be for a tme descended from our hoy Prophet
see that your deeds do no dshonour to the
aance t s somewhat short for you, of a
truth but these capta boots of yeow morocco
(scarcey soed, by the way, save that they have
been sghty dscooured by the mud of the cty
streets) w render that nconvenence of tte
account. nd now, seat yoursef, that l may
arrange your yashmac the musn s rent n
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paces, and t w requre some sk to fod t to
the best advantage. Pek ah very we she
sad e utngy, as she conceaed the handsome
face of the son of e d beneath the tattered
ve of coarse whte musn ut you must re-
member that your eyes are vsbe, and that no
od merchant-pedar suffers her gances to go
rovng far and wde, as your s are wont to do
drop your eyeds heavy over them, or you w
be betrayed ere the ga aba has accepted your
brbe, and suffered you to pass nto the harem.
ear n mnd too, that your ferd|he s some-
thng of the shortest ean, therefore, upon your
staff, and bend your knees snk your head be-
tween your shouders, and gve a curve to your
back the years whch can be fung off at w,
may be aowed to press hard for a few hours.
ld| e a stened n sence, for hs heart
was too fu for de cooquy and when he was
fary nvested wth hs new character, and that
hs own garments were foded and devered to
the safe keepng of hs garruous companon, he
fung to her a purse, whch she deemed t e pe-
dent to secure wthout comment, and ftng the
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essence-bo from the earth, and se ng the staff
whch she hed towards hm, he took eave of the
od woman and whe she seated hersef on the
tomb, and prepared to recrut her e hausted
energes wth a chbouque, he quety passed out
of the cemetery.
ot an eye turned on hm n enqury as he
traversed the cty streets 5 hs dsguse and hs
cauton were ake perfect and he had ganed
a consderabe porton of sef-confdence when he
at ength paused at the harem-door of assm
ey.
e dd he know that on the resut of the
ne t few hours depended hs future wefare
that on the soundng of ths partcuar chord
on the mysterous nstrument of fate, hung the
harmony or dscord of hs after-fe and he re-
soved to meet t manfuy.
Two sharp strokes wth the head of hs staff
brought a negro save to the threshod, who,
hodng the door carefuy n hs hand, uttered a
quck and angry enqury as to the dentty of
the stranger.
lt s me, |anum my sou t s me reped
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the mposter body surey you have not
forgotten me so soon, f endm, n the fumes of
my own gebe ana bak ook at me, l am
atra the essence-merchant wth a fresh cargo
of perfumes for the far Hanoums of the ey s
harem, and a stock of the fnest aonca tobacco
for my own frends. pen the door, agam, open
the door, and et me pass n, for l am weary.
ou must rest awhe n the ha, mother,
unt l summon the ga aba | sad the save
l am but newy arrved, and you are a
stranger to me. ou can unpack the tobacco
whe you wat.
Tab we sad : retorted the vster : t
s gebe for a Pasha, and you sha taste of the
best and for my ord the ga aba (may hs
power ncrease ) s not my fe and a that l
have at hs command for has he not ever
turned the ght of hs countenance upon me,
and brghtened my sou
The concudng porton of ths rhapsody was
uttered wth great emphass, for the wy ld|
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hdeous umdan at the ower end of the ha,
whence he was stenng to the conversaton.
The wfe of san Pasha has quarreed
wth the chef of her harem-guard pursued the
speaker, affectng to ay bare hs merchandse to
the admraton of the save by whom he had
been admtted : and she swore to me by the
sou of the Prophet, that f her husband oved
her, her enemy shoud never pass another
aram n the paace of the Pashak, where
hs dutes are ght, and hs gans heavy and
she s one who w keep her word. ut where
sha we fnd another to suppy hs pace n Da-
mascus she asked one worthy to watch over
the heaven-gfted beautes of san Pasha s ha-
rem ear not, farest of the daughters of
Perstan : answered l body the Prnce of
ga abas, the most renowned of negroes, s
wthn the reach of your e ceency s summons
the nmtabe afoor f end, the trusted
frend of assm ey.
m boo who s that .- growed a hoarse
voce, soundng ke the roar of a bear from
amd the underwood of a forest, as the redoubt-
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abe afoor hmsef came forward, attemptng
to appear unconscous of the compments whch
had |ust been avshed on hm ho s that
and what does she here
re ld| e a coud frame a repy, the ga
aba had wadded across the ha, and stood
besde hm he was of mmense s e and heght
hs head was dsproportonaby arge, and fat-
tened as though t had n hs youth supported
some overpowerng weght : hs eyes were arge
and boodshot, and overhung by ong and
shaggy brows whch met across hs broad and
brdgeess nose hs nether p hung ow upon
hs chn and the bet whch supported hs
scymetar was bured between two rdges of fat
whch grded hm wth obesty.
ut ld| e a wasted no tme on the e -
terna quates of the ga aba as, makng a
ow and respectfu obesance, he besought that
hs favour mght overshadow hm, and hs sme
brng hm happness.
Have l done , my ord he asked that
before l sub|ected my wares to the eyes and
fngers of haf the cty, l have brought them
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here to peasure you wth ther novety Has
the chbouque of sweet savour ceased to pease
or may l hope agan to suppy the boudaka of
the far-farmed afoor end from ths fresh
bag of the fragrant gebe of aonca Have l
angered my ord, or w he condescend to m
hs sherbet from these decate cakes of preserved
sugar r to dp hs fngers nto ths |ar of
tchava, or hs hand nto ths dsh of kubeh
and the son of e d, movng between the ga
aba and the attendant save, so as qute to m-
pede the vew of the atter, e tended towards
the umdan a chna saucer, where, n the
mdst of the dantes he had mentoned, ay a
purse of god cons whch were dstncty vsbe
through the transparent musn that contaned
them.
nd why not agan growed the worthy
guardan of assm ey s harem, as he cutched
wth the same grasp the purse and the kubeh :
ls t because our own cooks are crafty, that
there shoud be none other such n Damascus
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TH T D. 179
Mn ah ah forbd the food s good,
mother, and we favoured and f you desre
to dspose of your wares to the ades of the
ey, l w mysef conduct you to the harem.
ld| e a s breath came quck, for athough
hs errand appeared to speed we, there was a
keen macous e presson n the arge unsghty
eye of the umdan whch made hs puses
quver, and redoubed hs cauton.
lt s strange that l have forgotten your
name, mother : foowed up the formdabe ga
aba, wth st encreasng scrutny of ook and
manner for t woud seem that you and l
shoud be we acquanted.
My ord surey |ests wth hs save sad
ld| e a hurredy for how shoud such as
he remember poor atra the essence-merchant,
save by the e cess of hs condescenson
Ha, ha true, true was the repy as a
ow chuckng augh escaped the functonary
l shoud have remembered you, for l saw you
bastnadoed n the ba ar by the a s offcer for
carryng ove-tokens nto the harem of a f the
|eweer ashustun on mv head be t but
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the cow s thong dd ts offce generousy that day,
mother.
nd dd my ord beeve that l was guty
asked ld| e a deprecatngy, as he shpped
another purse nto the pam of the ga aba
coud my ord thnk that l was such a cast-
away .
ay, nay l sad not that you had done
the deed : was the quck repy, as the hand of
the umdan was hasty punged amd the
fods of hs grde, and then drawn back empty :
That was the a s affar, not mne but we
waste tme and truy l am not sorry to see you
here, mother for the ady Desase, who has
done nothng but weep for the ast two days,
may perhaps fnd amusement for a few moments
n wastng the ey s money on your toys and
trumpery.
Ltte dd the umdan magne the effect of
hs words upon the eager and mpatent stener.
Desase wept then and he aone coud dry her
tears, for t was for hm that they were shed.
He woud have rushed to her presence, have
fung hmsef at her feet, and have poured out
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TH T D. 181
hs transport ke a ava-food before her but
agan the harsh voce of the ga aba fe
upon hs ear, and he fet the necessty of cau-
ton.
ou spoke of the harem of the Pasha,
mother and of some msunderstandng whch
had arsen between the chef of the guard and
hs far mstress the uyuk Hanoum re you
sure of the fact
s sure as that there are stars n heaven
durng a summer nght. Dd not the beautfu
Gu ara, the rose-garden of deght, te me the
tae wth her own cora-tnted ps nd dd l
not n return
nough, enough, good mother l know the
rest but thnk you that you have nfuence to
procure the post for me lf you can do t,
you sha pass to and fro unquestoned : aye,
even athough you were the hgh prestess of
nran hersef. l desre to serve the Pasha:
he s ndoent and generous and so ong as he
can fod hs feet upon the carpet of quet, cares
not who counts out the pastres of proft.
My ord says we, and my face s backened
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before hs wsdom reped ld| e a : so
sure as l am an essence-merchant, sha afoor
ffend, f such be hs peasure, become the
guardan of the ey s harem.
ou w swear ths
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nough we w tak further of ths pre-
senty but you must not breathe a syabe of
the compact under ths roof.
l sha be sent as the dead vaah l
have ong earnt when to be mute, and when to
trust mysef wth words.
ou are dscreet and wse sad ths pnk
of ga abas, as he preceded the mpostor to
the prncpa apartment of the harem : ah
buyuk der ah s great. ortune s not
aways overtaken by the swft some men gather
her up under the roofs of ther own dwengs,
whe others wander the streets, and fnd no-
thng.
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as f n ama ement at the wsdom of hs com-
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herefore, contnued the umdan wth
ncreased sententousness ook not for nor-
dnate and e ceedng proft n the vendng of
your wares rapacousness s unseemy 5 the
Prophet favours the rght-mnded, and the |ust
are aways the happy.
The son of e d stened, haf wonderng
and haf amused, to ths trade from the ps of
an ndvdua who had |ust receved a brbe to
betray hs trust but chancng to gance around,
he dscovered that they were watched by a young
save, bound on some errand n the harem and
he at once understood the pot of the comedy.
Hanah Desa se Hanoum here s the
ady Desase nqured the ga aba, affect-
ng suddeny to perceve the maden. Here s
atra the essence-merchant, who woud fan
tempt her wth toys and perfumes.
fern we done was the repy you
are we met, mother for we have scarce a pas-
te eft n the paace and the wfe of Tmsah
the mr akhor (head-groom) s the mother of a
fne boy, and we have no spe aganst the v
ye to offer her.
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Leave t a to me, k em my daughter :
returned ld| e a, dreadng est the brght-
eyed damse shoud detan hm eave t a to
me pretter trnkets, chocer scents, or stronger
spes l have never vended than those n my
present stock .
s he spoke, the ga aba put asde the
frnged and embrodered screen whch veed the
door of an apartment at the e tremty of the
nner ha or saoon n whch they stood and,
wth a owy prostraton, ld| e a paused at
the threshod.
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CH PT l.
TH T D contnued.
The ow cushoned dvan whch stretched
aong three sdes of the spacous room was of
crmson vevet fowered wth god, and from the
seat to the foor a rch frnge of the same costy
matera fe gUtterng n the ght. The apart-
ment was covered wth a brght-cooured Persan
carpet gt cages, contanng gay pumed brds,
were hung aganst the was, and nstruments
of musc were scattered about n every drec-
ton.
n one corner of the sofa sat the beautfu
Desase she was as pae as a otus under the
moonbeams and about her wast she wore the
gorgeous scarf whch had been the ove-gft of
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ld| e a. custer of tube-roses ay near
her, but she appeared to have fung them asde
n wearness of sprt. t her feet recned the
fathfu hs, seemng scarcey ess sorrowfu
than hersef and a pang smote on the heart of
ld| e a as he remarked the ar of angud n-
dfference wth whch hs ovey mstress turned
to note the entrance of a stranger ever an event
of nterest n a Turksh harem.
Here s a vstor, ffendm sad the ga
aba atra the pedar, who s come to
ease you of your god, shoud your humour
serve.
he s wecome was the unmoved repy.
May your days be many, and your beauty
never decrease commenced the mpostor n a
ess assured tone than he had yet spoken, for
the spe of her oveness was on hm : deov-
etn stat may you ncrease n prosperty and
may every wnd waft to your brow the tnt of
the y, and the breath of the voet.
The ady started as the voce met her ear, for,
dsgused though t was, t awoke an echo n
her bosom, and a brght bush manted upon
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her cheek, as she bent forward to sten more
freey.
re you pensve, queen of the pers l
have ove-baads wrought n threads of pure
god, on musns fne enough to foat upon the
summer wnd. re you sck l have perfumes
whch woud reca the fantng sprt about to
escape the boundary of Caf. Have you been
smtten by the v ye though that can
scarcey be, when your cheek s a beauty, and
your brow a ght l have charms, and spes,
and amuets to overcome the vstaton.
Gve me those gve me those e camed
the far gr eagery y heart s sad and
l woud fan fnd a spe by whch t may be
ghtened.
Heaven grant that t be of good omen
to you r sad the dsgused merchant, as he ad-
vanced to the sofa, and spread hs wares upon
the carpet : or the v ye, spces, and
garc, and beads, and crescents of bone ava
much when propery prepared but for a heavy
heart there are other spes more smpe, such as
wthered fowers, gathered when the sun of |oy
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had opened wde ther petas, and preserved
where no eye coud see them fade. ak, ffen-
dm ee, ady and ld| e a hed towards
her a spray of wthered |asmn, bound about
wth a ong ock of |etty har.
La aha aah there s but one ah
murmured the beautfu daughter of the ey,
as she recogn ed her own offerng to ld| e a
and at once, wth the natura penetraton of
woman, fet assured of hs secret : ut how,
good mother, can these faded bossoms essen my
gref
y teachng you. utana, that a s not
dark when a coud comes upon the sky : that
when t s nght n one and, the sun s shnng
n another and that when the goom s the
most dense, the brghtness s ofttmes at hand.
The Lady Desase hung eagery upon hs
words and even ba was roused by a strange
suspcon whe the ga aba ost n dreams
of ambton, and rung n dea the harem of san
Pasha wth a rod of ron forcng the women to
buy hs forbearance wth brbes and wrngng
from the wretches who sought the favour and
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protecton of the atrap and hs satetes, even
to ther ast dnar the ga aba was atogether
unconscousness of the danger to whch hs
cupdty had afforded such factes.
ay, you need not retan the charm con-
tnued the son of e d, as, after ga ng earnesty
at the faded fowers, the agtated gr was about
to depost them on the cushon besde her :
ou need ony press them for a moment to
your ps, and the spe w be compete.
Desase obeyed, and the wthered |asmn was
then restored to ts owner, who receved t wth
as much fervour as though t had been a reque
from the Prophet s tomb.
Here s another and a more powerfu
charm contnued ld| e a emphatcay :
but t can ony be wrought at mdnght, besde
a fountan, and under the shadow of ta and
eafy trees. nd he f ed hs eyes earnesty on
the maden, to earn f she had read hs meanng.
Pek ah, dostoum very we, my frend :
she reped wth as much composure as she coud
assume ut may l not brng a companon
wth me
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ot one sad ld| e a decsvey ou
must st besde the fountan wth your face
turned Mecca-ward, |ust where the shadows of
the boughs are deepest and dp ths mrror
three tmes nto the pure water. t the thrd
mmerson oosen your hod, and your grefs
w snk to the bottom of the basn wth the
ana : then cast over yoursef a dark-cooured
coak, and reman an hour motoness. Do ths,
and when ne t l bask beneath the gory of your
sme, t w be as brght as daybreak n the
ast.
The far Desase e tended her hand to receve
the pr e, and, as he resgned t, the son of e d
ponted to the frame-work n whch t was set
and the deghted gr saw that t was wrtten
entrey over n a sma and dstnct character.
Hasty ayng t asde, she bused hersef among
the toys and perfumes and havng seected a
few of the most costy, she fung a purse of god
nto the bo , for the eye of the ga aba
chanced to be upon her and bade ba carry
them to her mother, whe she seected a few
trfes, to dstrbute among her attendants.
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Many a covert hnt, and many a passonate
pedge veed n metaphor, passed between the
happy overs, ere ld| e a obeyed the mandate
of the ga aba, and prepared to qut the
harem. He arranged hs merchandse wth a
care whch rendered the ceremony most wear-
some to the umdan and, had t not been
that the worthy functonary was yet e pectng
an offerng of tobacco from the pedar, the son of
e d woud assuredy have been e|ected wth
more speed than courtesy. was, however, at
ength repaced : the cases were cosed, the
bokshas foded, and havng pressed the hem of
the ady s garment to hs ps, ld| e a found
hmsef compeed to depart.
ut the magc mrror was n her hands hs
mage was yet n her heart that very nght, f
she stened to hs prayer, they woud meet to
part no more to fy together to be happy
ld| e a scarcey fet the earth on whch he
trod hs sprt foated n the pure akash he
was an atered man and he had stoen to the
squad hove of atra, and cast asde the rags n
whch he had been dsgused, ere one memory of
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the Toorkoman and hs own rash oath had
marred the brghtness of hs vsons.
hen he reached hs father s house, he pad
no vst to the harem, for he knew that the
proud sprt of hs mother must be strcken
to the earth by the ndgnty whch had been
offered to her ony and dosed son but, passng
quety to hs own apartment, he cosed the door
aganst a ntruders, and spent the hours whch
must ntervene unt mdnght, n endeavourng
to pcture to hmsef the resut of hs appea
to the ey s daughter. Much dd he trust to
the ove she bore hm but aas as ld| e a,
n sotude, esurey contempated the e tent of
the sacrfce whch, n ther comng ntervew, he
was about to requre of her, he found hmsef
ess at ease, and by no means so confdent of
success as he had been when he frst formed the
pro|ect.
He had asked her to fy wth hm to abandon
her father s roof, to forego her mother s affecton,
and to qut her brthpace wth a ts assocatons
of ove and u ury, to share the fortunes of a
wanderer, who must carve out hs destny n a
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dstant and and among strangers, wth the edge
of hs weapon : and ld| e a quaed, even n
hs sotude, when he remembered that ths was
not a That, before he coud secure to her
the mere doubtfu beneft of such an e stence,
a st more terrbe tra awated her ut
shoud he tamey suffer her to ncur t he,
n whom he had earned to garner up hs sou
whose ove was hs fe, whose presence raace hs
paradse ever never He woud eave a
heavy sum n the hands of the ectachy, to
satsfy the rab deaer for hs accursed horse
and on that very anma woud he bear away hs
brde. The thought deghted hm and he
hurredy counted out a heap of god, and secured
t n a seaed bag, whch he superscrbed wth
the name of the Toorkoman and as soon as
the twght fe, he hastened wth t to the tomb
where he had on the prevous nght been secreted
by the Dervsh.
was sent and as no voce reped to
hs cautous whsper, he entered and gropng
hs way to the spot whence the ectachy had
taken the cypress wne, he removed the stone,
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and deposted the god besde the amost e -
hausted qud: and ths done, he eft the
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TH T D. 195
CH PT lL
TH T D contnued.
carcey had the ga aba qutted the
room wth the son of e d, to secure hs por-
ton of the spo yet to be obtaned from the
supposed pedar, n the shape of tobacco and
sweetmeats than the far Desa se, bendng over
her fathfu ba, murmured, n a ow happy
voce, the name of ld| e a.
hat of hm, ffendmou my mstress
she asked : ashaah can t be that my
wd suspcon was ndeed true Has he reay
desecrated the harem cf assm ey by hs
presence
ot so, not so smed the fond gr|,
trembhng wth e ctement and deght ay,
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1 6 TH M C TH H M.
rather, can t be that he has rsked hs hfe to
gadden the wretched Desas wth the assurance
of a ove that can survve even nsut es,
ba, yes t was ndeed the son of e d who
knet besde me but a moment back who made
the sunbeams of |oy penetrate through the
attces of my bosom who has rased me from
the depths of wretchedness to a bss worthy of
the hours Gu um my eyes the ght of
my beng |anum my sou my utan
and my Lord or am l even yet desoate,
athough the day-beam has departed, for l have
st ths precous ana, whch sha be to me as
a companon unt we agan meet
nd fngng hersef back among her cushons
ke one who brooked no further converse
heedess of the pteous h vah eh vah
Mercy on us of the terrfed and conscence-
strcken ba, the young beauty commenced the
perusa of ld| e a s communcaton on the
frame-work of the hand-mrror.
s she read, her breath came quck, and her
cheek crmsoned to fy wth hm from her
home, wthout the soace of a mother s partng
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kss, -and, t mght be, pursued by a father s
curse t was a fearfu prospect ut to fy
wth hm whom she oved to be hs for ever
whe fe warmed her puses to see hm, hear
hm, and devote to hm the best energes of her
heart to know that for her, and for her ove,
he had thus become an e e and a wanderer
there was soace for a her sufferng n the
thought: and she had many hours yet eft to
her n whch to decde whe she shoud at east
see hm once more that very nght where they
had frst met, and hear from hs own ps a that
he had to urge n favour of a pro|ect to whch
her trustng woman-heart aready ncned.
The mrror had wrought ts spe and when
the fond gr had pressed agan and agan to her
ps the precous characters whch had been n-
scrbed upon t, she punged t nto a vesse of
rose-water whch stood besde her, and smed as
she saw the wrtng fade beneath the mosture.
nd then, how she sghed for the twght and
when the twght fe, how earnesty she prayed
for nght The cam, soft, perfume-aden nght,
wth ts myrad stars, and ts fadng moon, on
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198 TH M C TH H M.
whch she guessed not that her young fate was
hnged
nd the mdnght came at ength, and soon
the harem of the ey was hushed n seep. The
cheek of beauty rested on the embrodered
cushons of u ury the musc of the ebec, and
the voces of the sngng women were at rest
the sou, freed from the heavy prson of the
fesh, n whch by day t was pent up, stood n
a ts spendour on the threshod of the sprt-
and and ancy, unockng wth a |eweed
key the goden barrer of the cty of dreams,
et oose a troop of rs-habted vsons whch
danced ghty through the reams of sumber
and cheated many a doomed and strcken wretch
nto a temporary gory that ent new btterness
to hs wakng.
Mdnght ln whch prow forth the outcast
snner, and the beast of prey, the terror of the
cty and of the forest the feon, yet unwhpped
of |ustce, whose deeds shun the ght and the
wretched, to whom that ght s oathsome.
ut one kept vg at that st hour who was
none of these: one to whom fe had htherto
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offered more of sunshne than of shade none of
whose thoughts were ev and she stood stenngy
for a whe at the garden-porta of her proud fa-
ther s paace, wth her whte garments geamng n
the moonght, and her sma hand pressed upon
her heart to st ts beatngs, ke the far sprt of
another word, wanderng by some strange spe
among the den ens of ths
There was not a sound to be heard n the harem
even the watchfu ga aba sept no voce
came from the sumberng cty she heard ony the
whsperng of the eaves to the summer wnd, and
the fa of the fountan, as the waters pashed
on the arge petas of the decate ac otus
and the far Desase rased her brght young
brow to the bue sky, and smed as she fed
across the open space whch ntervened between
the arge basn and the acaca-grove, where she
was to meet her over.
He was aready there awatng her and, as he
straned her to hs heart, and stened to her
murmured words of tenderness and trust, he
was strcken to the very sou and coud have
groveed n the dust at her feet, as he remem-
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200 TH M C TH H M.
bered the fate to whch, n hs gnorance and
vanty, he had mady doomed her. lt may
not yet be too ate he whspered to hmsef:
l w redeem my honour whe l have yet
tme : l w te her a l w ay bare my un-
worthness, and eave her for ever he s so
young, so beautfu, so tte ftted to a fe of
strugge ah be thanked, t s not yet too
ate
Desase he sad at ength, as he ed her
deeper nto the shadow of the trees utana
of my sou, wthout whom the sky of fe w
know no sun Per, who wert sent on earth to
shew manknd the feowshp that awats them n
Paradse : snce l saw thee ast n the few feet-
ng hours whch have eapsed snce l taked to
thee of ove, and fght, and asked of thee the
sacrfce of home, and parents, and country
my sprt has sckened at ts own sefshness
and now l am here to say that l cannot that l
w not so wrong thy trust, so repay thy
tenderness.
nd wherefore demanded the far gr n
astonshment Dd l shrnk from the tra
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Mn ah Heaven forbd That s not ove
whch basks n the sunshne, and cowers under
the tempest that s not ove whch ves on ony
n the mdst of u ury and ease, and e pres n
the hour of tra and of tears Tak not thus,
|anum my sou Do you abandon nothng
when you ask of me the sacrfce of home and
frends Does not our fght enta on you aso
the oss of both nd sha l murmur where
you do not repne
Desase fautered ld| e a, as he drew
a dagger from hs grde punge ths hand|ar
nto my breast t w be ess panfu than
words ke these ou know not haf my un-
worthness haf my crme but a better feeng
s come upon me, and you sha no onger be
deceved. lnshaah l trust n Heaven, that
you w pardon, and forget me.
orget you echoed the fond gr wth
pae and quverng ps hat words are
these lf you eave me l sha nger for ever
about your memory, as a ghou wanders among
the graves of the dead for me there w be no
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202 TH M C TH H M.
onger stars n heaven, nor fowers upon earth
ld| e a, you sha not eave me
e brm what can l say retorted the
angushed over t east, ere you abandon
yoursef to certan hardshp, and probabe per,
et me te you a and they seated themseves
sde by sde n that eafy sotude, and the son of
e d poured nto the ear of the trembng gr
the fata secret of hs mad oath.
nd you woud have gven me to another
was the tender reproach whch frst rose to her
woman-p.
as l had never then behed you never
ooked upon the brghtness of a beauty, com-
pared wth whch that of other maden s s but as
the ray of the fre-fy besde the sunbeam.
nd when sad you that ths fearfu compact
was to be kept
ven at the mahak gasped out ld|
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| he wretched gr ganced at the fadng moon
t was her ast nght the fata hour was come.
aha es maradek Heaven preserve me
she murmured.
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TH T D. 203
He w l he w e camed the son of
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sase, wth the curse of a broken vow upon me, a
per|ured man : and l go for ever the brand
s on my brow the ron n my sou but bet-
ter thus, far better, than f your wretchedness
were wrtten there for l go aone.
ot so not so sad the brave gr, as
she stood besde hm, and frmy grasped hs
arm Hence you go not, uness we go together
nay, hear me out n my turn f you persst, l
w arouse the harem, and l w cng to you,
and fetter your motons, so that every attempt
at escape sha be useess eed l te you what
w be the resut and she rased her arge
eyes n horror to hs: death, death a btter
and a degradng death but we sha at east de
together.
Desa se ths must not sha not be to
see you n the power of that fend woud be to
me worse than ten thousand deaths.
ut we w escape hm/
l dare not brave the venture.
ld| e a: sad the ey s daughter l
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204 TH M C TH H M.
am a woman, and yet l say to you, we w dare
the danger, and overcome t.
y what means P was the goomy nqury.
lnshaah l trust n Heaven answered
Desase, as she casped her hands together, and
bowed her head meeky upon her bosom.
et sten to me commenced ld| e u
deprecatngy.
The vountary vctm ony reped by pontng
to the moon, whose scky ght was wa ng
fanter n the dstance and ere she had wth-
drawn her hand, both were started by the oud
neghng of a steed cose under the wa of the
garden. ld| e a smote hs brow passonatey,
and fung hmsef aong the earth.
e are summoned, my sou sad De-
sase, n a ow shr whsper whch made the
bood curde n hs vens lt s our ony
chance of escape f we part, we de and you
are ost here and hereafter.
l dare not w not
ut agan the maden ponted towards the
moon, and the son of e d sprang from the
earth Uke a manac: e t so, then he e -
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camed frantcy : we w fy we w es-
cape we w yet be happy. nd he aughed
wdy as he fted the undaunted gr n hs
arms, and mountng the mouderng wa at the
spot whch ba had formery ndcated, eapt
fearessy from the summt nto the road beyond.
ear the tree besde whch they stood, the
fata raban was made fast to a buttress of the
wa, beneath the thck branches of a hangng
cedar, by whch t was neary conceaed n an
nstant ts brde-ren was n the hand of ld|
e a, and he n the sadde, wth hs precous
burthen n hs arms. ut n van dd the fran-
tc young man attempt to drect the course of
the -omened steed. eemngy affrghted by
ts unaccustomed oad, the anma few reckessy
aong, as though drven forward by some nv-
sbe sprt and, heedess ake of bt and
strrup, punged headong towards the hgh pre-
cpce ndcated by the Toorkoman, beneath
whch fowed the rapd arrady.
The bran of ld| e a reeed, and hs
strength forsook hm he fung the brde from
hs hand, and casped the sender form of De-
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sase coser to hs heart, whe she hd her face
upon hs shouder, and nether wept nor spoke.
n, on they few, unt borne upon the wnd came
the trumphant shout of the e pectant Toorko-
man and then once more the heart of the son
of e d grew bg wth the advancng per
and when they ganed the base of the rock, and
that the hated form of the rab Merchant
emerged from beneath the shadow of the bud-
ng by whch t was crested, he drew hs hand|ar
from hs grde, and cutched t ke one who
hods to hs ast hope of fe.
ut the mad anma paused not beneath the
precpce wth dated nostrs, e panded eyes,
and outstretched neck, he toed and scrambed
up the frghtfu ascent, eapng ke a wd cat
over every ceft and chasm, and dashng frag-
ments of the rock from beneath hs feet, whch
fe rattng and pashng nto the stream unt,
upon the narrow tabe-and on whch the tower
was but, stood the horse and hs owner sde by
sde, not many nches from the brnk of the pre-
cpce.
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hated besde the l lerchant, a heavy hand was
ad upon ts ren, and t reared voenty to es-
cape the pressure when t rose on ts haunches,
ld| e u sackened hs grasp of the maden to
strke at the Toorkoman wth hshand|ar and as
t suddeny recovered ts poston, mpeed earth-
ward by the weght of hs bendng fgure, the
abruptness of the moton fung the -fated
gr from the sadde ne wd shrek rang
out on the cear ar, as a mass of whte drapery
fe headong from the summt of the precpce,
and was succeeded by a heavy pash, and the
dashng of the severed waters aganst the base of
the rock : and then came a ye, scarng the
wnds of heaven ke the uttered asonv of a tor-
tured sprt and the son of e d vauted from
the sadde to the earth, and stood face to face
wth hs enemy There was no waste of words
nothng to earn, nothng to te as ld|
e a ponted downward to the death-freghted
waters of the rver, and sprang to the throat of
the Toorkoman ke a manac
carcey a foot s space was between them and
a crue death, whose horrbe presence had been
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wth them but a moment back and yet they
strugged ke men who had the wde earth for
ther arena. The Merchant was armed as we
as hs antagonst wth a sharp dagger, but for
some seconds ther weapons were useess they
grapped ke men n the ast agony they
wound about each other hke serpents they
cung together as though unted by some nv-
sbe nk t was a wrestng of sprts, where
the body bent to the mpuses of a mghter n-
fuence : but ths coud not ast ere ong there
was a deep gaspng groan a heavy fa and
the Toorkoman was standng over hs vctm,
pantng wth hatred and e erton hs teeth
cenched, hs turban oosened, and hs hand
boody : whe the frst fant ray of dawn |ust
rested on the shnng ht of the weapon whch
was bured n the heart of ld| e a, and re-
veaed hs severed ps and gtterng teeth : the
hand whch st grasped hs dagger hung over
the precpce and as the e utng vctor
spurned hm wth hs foot, t seemed as though
the ne t touch must hur hm from the brnk
but the Toorkoman, after havng by that ndg-
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nty satated hs hate, bent cahny down, and
wthdrew hs hand|ar from the breast of hs vc-
tm, wpng t carefuy wth the hem of hs
garment, ere he returned t to the scabbard
ths done, he gave one ong shr whste, and
forth from beneath the shadow of the budng
came the ectachy.
Gdeem et us go sad hoarsey
the kavashr w scent the carron, and
some fou chance may put them upon my track
Cursed be the strpng arm that coud not
keep a frmer hod l have ost my brde l
am for Masr when you ne t hear of me l
sha be snuffng the sea-bree e at ouac.
Meanwhe, there s your god, and wth t ths
screed of counse : when you woud agan se
yoursef to hetan, see that you earn your
wages more manfuy, or you may chance to be
pad n another con and havng struck hs
hand contemptuousy on the ht of hs weapon,
and fung a purse at the feet of the Dervsh,
the Toorkoman se ed the brde-ren of hs
horse, and ed hm to the base of the rock, when,
Cty poce.
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sprngng ghty to the sadde, he gaoped
away across the pan.
lt was a ectachy who some hours subse-
quenty carred to the house of e d the ha-
wa| the dark tdngs of hs son s murder, and
ed the agon ed father to the spot where
ay hs chd : and who shorty afterwards went
on hs way re|ocng, for he had earned god by
hs dscovery, and escaped suspcon.
The arrady ere sunset gave up ts dead
and many were the surmses whch were ha arded
throughout Damascus, at the e traordnary co-
ncdence whch on the same day had punged
two fames n tears and amentatons, that were
to have been unted n bonds of reatonshp.
Dark hnts, and mysterous whspers were busy
n the ba ars and even Latf f end hmsef
forebore to |est on an occurrence apparenty
ne pcabe | whe, as nether the Toorkoraan
deaer nor the wanderng Dervsh ever agan
appeared n Damascus, the truth woud never
have come to ght, had not the hawa|
tod the tae when he was yng on hs death-bed
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at candera, watng wth the Hvey fath of a
True eever to be wafted on the dark wngs
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P T ll.
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y the ack stone at Mecca he was
a more fttng companon for the Ghous and
frts of |ehanum yawned the Pasha, as the
ow voce of atnka ceased not atogether con-
scous whether he had reay heard or ony
dreamed the termnaton of the Merchant s ad-
ventures: nesseny skdam - - was he not a dog,
and the father of dogs nd was the paradse
of the athfu ever meant to be an abdng-pace
for the uncean aah bah by the Pro-
phet you mght as we peope t wth franks
and gaours hat say you, |anum my sou
The famous stone n the hoy sepuchre, whch s kssed
by every Mosem on hs arrva,
f n e presson of contempt.
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TH M C TH H M. 213
he added, turnng to hs far wfe, down whose
pae cheeks the arge tears were coursng each
other n streams : Do you beheve that h the
Toorkoman ever bathed n rvers of mk, and
drank hs sherbet n Paradse
ah forbd murmured Carmf Hanoum
pousy : such as he were strange company for
the hour of Corkam.
s to ld| e a pursued the atrap, who
was ncned to be crtca under the gente ap-
probaton of hs wfe the man had no wt n
hm he backened hs own face, and deserved
hs fate though t was hard that the poor gr
shoud suffer ut what sad l what s wrtten,
s wrtten and she merted her destny for had
she not desecrated the harem by aowng the
foot of a stranger to tread ts carpets y the
head of the mperor had l been assm
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hat the atrap woud have added s un-
known, as the threat termnated n a voume of
smoke whch cured down hs beard, and eft the
remander of the sentence unuttered but the
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cheek of the Crcassan fushed panfuy for an
nstant, and then became pae as the eaf of
the rver-otus : and her heart heaved as though
t woud have burst the shaw that cnctured her
wast.
The Greek, meanwhe, sat apart deep
thought was on her brow, and somethng ke
contempt wreathed her p as she marked the
emoton of her frend, and the obtuse sef-compa-
cency of the Pasha. To her more wy sprt the
vctm seemed scarce worthy to be deceved and
yet, even amd that convcton, strange specua-
atons and wd vsons grew upon her The
Crcassan oved another her brother the ast
reatve whom she now possessed on earth
hen they fed together and fy together they
woud, she fet and knew f they agan met she
shoud be aone they woud be everythng to
each other and she shoud have no hod on the
great chan of socety f she fashoned not the nk
hersef he ganced at the Pasha he was od
but what avaed t to count hs years he
was du and van but these were quates whch
nsured a wfe s supremacy he mght be weghed
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n the hoy we n wth haf the atraps n the
pay of the Padshah, and not kck the beam he
was n short a Turk and the p of the beau-
tfu Greek cured agan nto deeper dsdan than
before.
ut the eectrc spark had been struck and
atnka, wth the quck taent of her naton,
possessed aso ts craft and sefshness and
sowy, by amost mperceptbe degrees, her
manner towards the Pasha changed. ven
Carmf fdt that t dd so but t was m-
possbe to say n what the change conssted
perhaps the voce was a shade softer than before
the brght eye shadowed the ght step ess
eastc: but,bet what t mght, the young wfe was
satsfed, as t harmonsed wth her own pensve
mood, and dreamy tendences for now atnka
sghed where she used to ray, and sympathsed
where she had formery chdden.
The atrap hmsef was the ast to perceve
the revouton whch had taken pace n the beau-
tfu Greek but he was conscous, durng hs
vsts to the harem, that the fe be form of the
young save ftted more frequenty before hm
The baance of the Prophet.
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that the courteous offces whch she rendered to
hm were more, gracousy and more gracefuy
performed : and, at ength, he even detected her
eyes restng upon hm wth an e presson of
meanchoy tenderness and abstracton that he
coud not fa to remark.
The Pasha smoked and wondered and ga ed
aternatey at hs wfe and her frend, unt the
deep gowng beauty of the Greek grew upon hs
fancy, and threw the pae oveness of the Cr-
cassan nto the shade and then he pondered
wthn hmsef whether atnka ndeed oved
hm, and began to note wth ncreasng nterest
every acton of the wy save. He sept no
more when she swept the chords of her ebec,
though ts musc had become more subdued and
mournfu and when she sang, he stened yet
more compacenty, for her words tod of hope-
ess passon, and ove whch fed upon tsef, and
cung to ts own run. The sherbet offered by
her hand had more sweetness, and the chbouque
more perfume and, n short, the vsts of the
Pasha to the harem became more frequent and
more engthened as he graduay yeded to the
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convcton that he was beoved. Carmf, beau-
tfu and nduged as she was, had never oved
hm : yet here besde her was a young creature
to the fu as far, gowng wth taent and enthu-
sasm, gracefu as a smorg, and musca as a
bubu, whose ooks betrayed to hm the secret of
her heart
The dea was fascnatng and the atrap
dwet upon t wth ncreased satsfacton from
day to day carefuy abstanng from a word or
a gesture whch mght awaken the |eaousy of
hs wfe and t was reserved for the breath of
song to break the spe, and to afford to atnka
the frst assurance that she was understood.
The far Carmf was, on one occason, more
meanchoy even than her wont, the Pasha more
sent and more tedous and the crafty Greek
fet her power to chase ths goom, and to render
the atrap conscous of the vaue of her acqure-
ments: wthout a word, therefore, and regard-
ess of any bddng, she struck a few wd chords
upon her nstrument, and wth bowed head, and
eyes bent to the earth, she murmured out her
song.
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My chdhood s home was md the ses
That gem the brght gean sea
here summer n ts beauty smes,
nd song-brds hod ther |ubee.
here sunshne wth the ocean bent,
nd rested on ts ovng breast
nd every hour, n passng, ent
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l never dreamed l coud forget
That bssfu home but ah the heart
hen ts warm fow wth ove s met
Can make ts own brght word apart
Ts ony when unoved aone
nd bghted that l sgh to be
ln the dear se where once l dwet
md the brght gean ea
s the song ceased, the dark eyes of atnka
sought those of the Pasha, and she read there
an assurance that thenceforward her sand-home
mght be forgotten.
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muned the atrap wth hmsef but he ony gave
utterance to a ow grunt of approva, and a
Pek ah, eya very we as he drew a
|eweed rng from hs fnger, and tendered t to
the songstress : our voce s peasant as the
south wnd, and we owe you some requta for
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the en|oyment. nd as the Greek prostrated
hersef before hm, the Pasha hed her hand a
moment onger than was necessary, whe he gave
the gem nto her possesson.
here the nghtngae harbours, there s no
need to wecome the thrush sad the Pasha,
when atnka had made her prostraton, and
returned to her pace and where the far
eya dwes, the awa (sngng- women) are
needess.
The angud Crcassan smed her thoughts
were wth Manoopoo and t was a reef to her
when the Pasha at ength qutted the harem,
and she coud throw hersef upon the bosom of
her frend, to tak of the over of her youth, and
weep over hs absence.
kfuy dd atnka fan the fame she
caed up memores whch made the heart of the
unhappy wfe beat hgh wth tenderness and
regret she specuated on the future unt the
pae cheek burned, and the sght form quvered
wth emoton she mocked at the Pasha s bnd-
ness, and made merry at the e pence of hs
compacent vanty : and then she dgressed to
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her brother that brother who had ong been
every thng to both of them she remnded the
fond Crcassan, who requred no promptng to
do fu |ustce to the memory of hs perfectons,
of a the nobe quates of hs nature and how
adversty, ke the te on the acanthus, had at
once subdued and beautfed hs free and haughty
sprt.
The twght stoe on them ere the sub|ect
was yet haf e hausted and then they wandered
forth nto the dm gardens, wth ther whte
arms wreathed about each other s necks, and
whspered of hm to the stars, and to the eaves,
by the ow murmurng of the fountans and
fnay they sank to rest, each wth her own brght
vson ready to met tsef nto a dream, and
charm the hours of the ong summer nght.
Manoopoo had, meanwhe, reached the
cty, but had htherto faed n every attempt to
make hs vcnty known to the nmates of the
Pasha s harem. ln van he traversed the streets,
and ga ed steathy at every yashmac that he
encountered, he met nether the far Carmf
nor hs sster: and after hours and days spent
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n hauntng the paace of the atrap, he became
at ength convnced that uness he dscovered
some e pedent by whch he mght penetrate
under hs very roof, he was as far dstant from
the accompshment of hs wshes, as though he
had remaned n Crcassa.
e ed to the sou, Manoopoo, on the s th
evenng of hs unproftabe watchng, turned
away from the was whch separated hm from
the brght ob|ect of hs thoughts and, careess
of hs path, sauntered on unt he reached the
Therak Tcharch, whence the sounds of
musc came foatng peasanty on the st ar.
ou are wecome, f endm sad a porty
personage who was gravey smokng hs ch-
bouque on a rased wooden patform overarched
wth vnes, wthout the door of the budng
caravan has |ust arrved, on ts way to
assora, and among the traveers are some
ceebrated ame (dancng grs), whom one of the
had|s, who s my frend, has prevaed upon to
odge n my house durng ther stay n the cty
esort for pum-eaters.
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they are about to dance, and agan 1 say that
you are wecome.
Manoopoo hestated : he was we aware of
the scenes of voence whch occasonay take
pace among the opum-eaters durng ther
paro ysms of temporary madness but ere ong,
as the master of the Tcharch enarged upon
the grace and beauty of one of the far band, hs
reuctance vanshed and he suffered hmsef to
be ushered nto the spacous apartment, around
whch, on ow and u urous dvans, sat about a
score of the most dssoute youths of the cty
whe the centre of the foor was overspread wth
a Persan carpet, on whch stood a groupe of
young and spenddy-habted women, about to
commence ther performance.
Manoopoo had never before wtnessed a
smar e hbton, and he ooked on wth as
much curosty as amusement occasonay |on-
ng n the ow chorus of approbaton, whch from
tme to tme broke from the other spectators.
ever had he seen so much rak and kakab
swaowed n the same space of tme, nor so
rdent sprts.
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much khaf, and beng, and hashsh, and afou
devoured and t was consequenty wthout sur-
prse that, as the hours grew nto nght, he found
the voce of revery rapdy deepenng nto ds-
cord nor coud he forbear a sme when he
heard the roters reproachng each other wth
the very vces to whch they were themseves
addcted Therakee opum-eater shouted
one dost thou, maddened by the poson that
thou hast swaowed, dare to argue wth me
Dog of a wne-drnker e camed a se-
cond s t when thou art drunk wth the
qud fre of the lnfdes, that thou takest to a
Mahommedan of hs duty
ows foowed fast on words and throwng
down a con whch offered ampe payment for
the entertanment of the Tcharch, Manoopoo
hastened to escape from the pouton of the
scene eavng haf-a-do en unturbaned heads
rong on the foor, amd a chorus of e petves
more energetc than courteous and the shr
shreks of the women, who, hudded together n
a corner, were trembng wth affrght.
lnto catng drugs,
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ut hs vst to the Therakee Tcharch had
not been atogether unproftabe to the young
Greek and he an ousy awated the morrow n
order to carry nto effect the pot whch he had
been contempatng durng the performances of
the ame.
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CH PT l .
l H dreamt a dream sad afua Pasha
on hs ne t vst to the harem of hs wfe: a
dream whch asted me the whoe nght. a-
shustun on my head be t l w gve a purse
to whomsoever can read t to me arght.
l have been sad to have some ore on the
sub|ect of vsons sad atnka eagery my
mother read them ke a book t pease
your ceency to descrbe t to me
nd why not was the repy Lsten,
and you sha hear. l was at tambou, n the
brght Cty of the Three eas, but peace was
not wthn her was : there were fames, and
shouts, and sounds of warfare and the streets
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ran bood and then, u ah l thought that
l was deposed from my pashak, and that a
my weath was swept away, and l was a runed
man and there came a season of famne and
you, gu um and he turned, and ooked
fondy towards hs wfe you were besde me,
and we both hungered when suddeny the Pa-
dshah (may hs beard foursh ) sent us a tray
of tchava and a dsh of pauf. ut even as we
ate, the cry came to us of those who famshed
and. aah our repast was bttery seasoned
by the angush of those whom we coud not suc-
cour Twas a dark dream, and l am troubed
by t peak, eya can you te what t sg-
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our hghness dd we to termnate the fast
by a feast sad the Greek gr wth assumed
gravty your dream bodes you nothng but
good uncertanty for a tme, but utmate suc-
cess n a your pro|ects. l sha ook ere ong
to see you summoned to tambou by the Lord
of the Three eas, and to hear you sauted as
Muschr afua Pasha.
ah br ah aone knows answered
Pasha of Three Tas.
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the atrap wth a compacent sme : y the
sou of my father, shoud you be a true prophet,
you sha fnd that l am not unmndfu of your
prophecy Chok chay that s much. nd
the Pasha ooked as magnanmous on the fath
of hs promse, as though he had rewarded the
beautfu soothsayer for her vague souton wth
a hundred purses.
The dream of my ord has brought to my
own mnd a memory of the past sad atnka,
as a ve of sadness fe over her deep eyes l
have a tae whose gref w teach a vsonary
sorrow to pass away before t, as the msts of
mornng dsperse before the sun-break or as
the desart-sands are scattered by the smoom
l w te t now, f my ord stens. nd
havng receved an encouragng nod from the
Pasha, whose chbouque had |ust been repe-
nshed, and whose cushons were arranged wth
a care to whch no u ury coud be added, she
seated hersef at hs feet and shakng back the
ong har whch fe over her brow and bosom,
and assumng as f unconscousy the stern e -
presson, and mpressve atttude of a Pythoness,
she commenced her recta.
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CH PT .
TH L T TH | l l .
The day of bood that wtnessed the destruc-
ton of the |anssares was at an end. The sun-
ght had faded upon the mountans the stars
were mutped upon the rppe of the sea of
Marmora the ftfu wnd sghed through the
forest-boughs and, save n the e cted cty of
tambou, a was peace, as a ta and shrouded
fgure emerged from among the tombs n the
necropos of youb. He paused for a moment
when he stood upon the crest of the h above
the vage, and shook hs cenched hand pas-
sonatey n the drecton of the smouderng pe
whch had so atey been the funera-pyre of
hundreds of hs comrades of scores of hs
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townsmen and assocates Hs breast heaved
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cty, he had been an ga of |anssares hat
was he now He had seen the strong mbs of
hs brother of mar the feet-footed quver,
as he hung suspended from the fata cord to the
Tree of Groans n the tmedan, one of a
thousand of the same hour s vctms he had
seen t, and he fet that hs heart was broken.
mar was the ast son of hs mother the pet
amb of the fod n the prde of hs sprt he
had eft hs paterna roof to carry arms besde
hs brother usuf and he had ded the death
of bood before that brother s eyes.
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after wadng n carnage, and fghtng ke a de-
monac under the shadow of mar s corpse, the
ga was borne away by the stream of fugtves,
who, hopeess at ength of vctory, sought safety
n a fght as unpromsng as ther resstance.
The band, fghtng as they retreated, grew
weaker every nstant ong pent-up hate was
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oosed, and the fury of the nhabtants of the
pouted cty seconded the more organsed at-
tacks of the sodery. The wretched |anssares,
maddened by ther despar, fought furousy to
the ast and the streets, aong whch they
passed, were choked wth dead.
The scymtar of usuf geamed above hs
head, and he had |ust amed a stroke at a new
opponent when the earth gave way beneath hs
feet, and he fe heavy for a consderabe depth,
pressed upon n hs descent by the body of the
man whom he had san. He heard a shout as
he dsappeared, but the ye endured ony for a
moment the ferce crowd hurred on, and ere
ong he coud dstngush a hoarse murmur
whch tod hm that the tde of bood was fow-
ng n a dstant part of the cty.
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around, and he was mmedatey conscous of a
fant ght streamng through a cavty n the
roof of the subterranean nto whch he had been
so opportuney ntroduced. ot a sound be-
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shp and usuf ne t hured from above hm
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the body of hs enemy, whch yet ay heavy
across hs own. Ths done, he sowy stretched
forth mb after mb, to assure hmsef that he
was unn|ured by the fa and, havng satsfed
hmsef of the fact, he was not ong n ascertan-
ng the nature of hs compusatory retreat.
usuf, as he rose from the earth, stood n a
spacous vaut, surrounded on a sdes by statey
coumns of marbe, and dmy ghted by narrow
grated wndows eve wth the roof and at once
understood that he tenanted, n company wth
the dead man at hs feet, the mmense cstern of
en- ebr-Dreg the aut of the Thousand-
and- ne Coumns. He shuddered as the truth
burst upon hm for he remembered that, a-
though, durng the hours of dayght, a crowd
of mserabe wretches congregated there to spn
sk, and thus earn amd ts no ous vapours a
scanty and nsuffcent e stence, t was a pace
of ev repute by nght and sad to be peoped
by bengs whose demonac nature shut them out
from the gmpses of the moon.
ut usuf was brave by nature, nor was ths
a moment to yed to weak and chdsh terrors :
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death was about hm everywhere, and he was
ready to bess ah and the Prophet that he
had found even ths temporary haven durng a
nght of terror.
The secret of hs persona mpunty after so
great a fa was smpe the water-courses of the
cstern havng been turned dunng the erecton
of t. opha, and the vaut used as a receptace
for the so dug out from the foundatons the
earth upon whch he aghted was suffcenty
eastc to secure hm from greater n|ury than a
few shght bruses but the wd egends whch now
ocased ther supersttons at en- br-Dreg
rendered the ocaty any thng but hoy n the
eyes of the Mosem : a thousand dark and fear-
fu memores of the subterranean rushed across
the bran of the fugtve strange, and wd, and
fearfu shapes a ocated by popuar rumour n
ths goomy spot 5 and thus, bod as he was,
athough preoccuped by other and more cer-
tan evs, had usuf- ga been free to seect
hs hdng-pace, he woud assuredy not have
chosen the haunted subterranean.
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repeated every sound and as the wretched fug-
tve sowy paced among the coumns, searchng
for some pont of escape, of whch he mght ava
hmsef under sheter of the darkness, the hoow
reverberatons of hs own footsteps made hs
brow burn, and hs heart throb, as he mstook
them n hs terror for the tramp of approachng
enemes.
He soon dscovered that hs ony hope of egress
was by the very spot of hs entrance a narrow
openng, formed by the decay of a mass of ma-
sonry, whch had partay yeded to the unusua
weght of the contendng crowd and for an n-
stant hs sprt quaed, as hs eye, accustomed to
the darkness, betrayed, to hm the nsecure and
threatenng state of that secton of the roof
whch touched upon the aperture. et to stay
n ths goomy vaut, to ncur the certan penaty
of starvaton or dscovery, was yet more frght-
fu and usuf havng resoved upon at east
attemptng hs escape, when nght shoud have
faen upon the cty, and e amned wth care
the dangerous accessores by whose means t was
to be accompshed, utmatey turned hs atten-
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Hs supersttous tremors were not essened on
dscoverng, from certan mysterous-ookng ar-
tces carefuy conceaed about the person of the
stranger, that he was a karabash, or wse man
a descrpton of person wth whom no good
Mussemaun ever desres to medde n a hoste
manner. ah n the name of the Pro-
phet ls ths my work murmured the ga to
hmsef: Harem adeh -born that l am
as t not enough that l shoud see my brother
hung ke a dog, and swngng n the wnd and
be hunted through the streets of the cty ke
a wd beast by the yeng cowards who once
kssed the dust from my sppers but l must
mysef throw drt upon the grave of my father,
and say a karabash
nd he rocked hmsef to and fro for severa
mnutes, as he sat besde the body of hs vctm,
utterng the ow man aman aas aas
of a strcken sprt whe at ntervas he
started n affrght, as the echoes of the vaut
fung back the amentaton ke the mockng
of fends
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panc, wth the eterna ksmet of hs fath and
he then proceeded to strp the body of the
karabash, and to attre hmsef n the dead
man s garments after whch he carefuy dressed
the corpse n hs own, ere he nduged hmsef
wth a more detaed survey of hs newy appro-
prated possessons.
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the karabash was coarse n te ture, and unn-
vtng n appearance but as the ga wthdrew
t, and began to wnd t about hs own head,
severa peces of arge god con fe from amd
ts fods, to the e treme gratfcaton of usuf,
who saw n them a possbe mean of escape from
the terrors of the bood-drenched cty. ln a
few moments the dsguse was perfect and
havng squared hs beard wth a knfe whch he
carred n hs grde, the ga of the |anssares
was conscous that to the eye of a stranger he
mght pass unsuspected.
few papers, whch usuf was unabe to
decypher, but whch, prudenty rememberng
that shoud he eave them n the vaut they
mght ead to hs own detecton, he resoved on
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carryng away and, save these, a tobacco-purse
of the most common descrpton, and a chapet
of cedar wood, a few paras carefuy ted up n a
tte bag, and a sma bo of back dye, con-
sttuted a the persona effects of the dead man
and pousy e camng ah buyuk der -
God s great usuf had soon empted the
bo of dye over hs beard and mustachoes.
These arrangements made, the ga had no
other occupaton for the remanng hours of day-
ght than sttng on the damp earth, and com-
mendng the sous of the utan, hs Pashas,
and hs u bashs (captans) to the keepng of
atan spttng upon the graves of ther ances-
tors and brandng themseves and ther rea-
tves wth a the opprobrous epthets wth
whch hs anguage s rfe unt, as tme wore
on, hs btterness sowy yeded pace to
genter and fonder feengs and hs thoughts
recurred to mar to hs brother and then,
buryng hs face n hs hands, the ferce |ans-
sary, the bood-thrsty ga, the remorseess
Mosem, wept
ah ah lt s hard to bear : he
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murmured but who am l that l shoud rebe
aganst the Prophet of the athfu en etkar
der you are the master en brsen you
know best. ecause l st down besde the dred-
up fountan, sha the sprng we out afresh
lf l say that my caque sha trave westward,
w the wnd bow from Mecca to f her
sas nd agan the strong man wept but
ths tme t was n a sadder and a camer
sprt.
ther vsons grew upon hm as he ngered
there. Hs mother had wooed a far young
brde to hs home: yet another week, and she was
to have been hs the ght of hs eyes, and the
day-beam of hs e stence. here was she
now and by whom woud she be won
shadow fe upon hs brow whch danger had
never caed there, for a was over he had no
onger a home shoud he even escape, he must
ve an e e, and de a stranger to hs own and
the Captan of a Hundred was a crouchng
fugtve, for whom the brand and the bowstrng
were ake ready. The edest-born of hs house
was proscrbed and pursued usuf ga
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was no more there remaned ony the trem-
bng and torture- menaced vctm of a new
creed.
ot a ray broke across the murky sky of hs
fortunes not a hope geamed upon hs future
he was a doomed man and for a moment the
bod ga resoved to reman and abde hs fate
but as the deep darkness suddeny fe around
hm, after that bref and amost mperceptbe
twght whch n the ast endures but for a
moment, other thoughts and fears grew upon
hm postve danger and supersttous terrors
became bended n hs magnaton he dreaded
dscovery, and shrank appaed at every gust of
wnd whch penetrated nto the vaut : whe a
moment after, the deep stness we ngh mad-
dened hm and he peoped the fearfu space
wth shadowess forms, and the ta coumns
wore to hs overheated fancy the sembance of
gaunt and deathke phantoms.
lt was after one of these ntervas of ntense
and soemn terror that he sprang hurredy from
the earth, and resoved to ncur any rsk, rather
than endure a recurrence of such maddenng
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emotons. ven n the darkness he turned awa|
from the spot whereon he knew that the dead
karabash was stretched and foowng the wa
wth hs hands, he fet the fresh ar breathng
upon hs brow from above, and at once com-
menced hs perous ascent.
La aha aah there s but one ah
whspered the wretched man between hs cenched
teeth, as he endeavoured to secure a footng n
the nterstces of the masonry : an ob|ect n
whch he was repeatedy baffed by the dark-
ness.
hemduah Prases be to ah he at
ength e camed, wpng the drops from hs brow
wth the seeve of hs vest, as he baanced hmsef
on the rough edge of a pro|ectng mass. ut
hs pous sef-gratuaton was ony momentary,
for, wth a crash whch was echoed wth frghtfu
dstnctness from the nnermost recesses of the
subterranean, the totterng stone gave way,
and, n ts fa, fung usuf voenty to the
earth.
Lahnet be hetan curse on the dev
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transton of feeng whch among the Turks
forms so snguar a contrast from ther pacd
equanmty of manner : ah bea versn
Heaven send t msfortunes Do the very
stones wage war for the boody-mnded Mah-
moud m l to be bauked by a mass of
marbe nd, wth renewed energy, he rose
from the earth, and once more groped hs way
to the aperture through whch he dstngushed
a sotary star hangng n the heavens ke a amp
of sver. The ga haed t as a good omen
agan he put forth a hs strength, and, after the
strugge of a moment, he secured a safe footng
n the chasm whence the ast stone had faen.
th hs eye f ed steady upon the frendy
star, he put forth hs arms n every drecton
unt hs hand came n contact wth an ron
stape, whence a porton of the marbe fre e that
had once adorned the roof of the vaut had been
detached by tme. few voent efforts suffced
10 convnce hm of ts frm hod upon the stone
nto whch t had been drven and hs ne t
attempt was to swng hmsef suddeny upward,
n order to se e the edge of the masonry pro-
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|ectng over the openng. Twce dd he essay
ths dangerous e pot, and fa whe the
bood spouted from hs nostrs wth the shock,
and hs hands cung mamed and smartng to
the rusted ron but a the energy of hs nature
was now aroused, and he dd not suffer hmsef
to pause.
orkma fear not, usuf he amost
shouted n a ft of temporary derum ah
ws not that you shoud de the death of an
earth-worm n on a brght star beckons
you you may yet ve to revenge the death of
the murdered mar.
s the words escaped hm, a wd bast swept
through the vaut, and the e cted usuf be-
hevng that he heard the voce of the karabash,
aroused from the seep of death by hs own me-
nace of revenge, swung hmsef once more mady
upward, and fe on the rude pavement of the
deserted street.
or awhe he ay stunned and motoness
but as the nght-ar swept ovngy across hs
forehead he sowy revved : and wth returnng
conscousness grew the memory of hs |eopardy.
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Panfuy and wth dffcuty he arose from the
earth brused ake n body and n sprt and
carefuy avodng the more frequented streets
whence the ye of bood yet came to hs ear, he
steathy made hs way to the sacred cemetery of
youb.
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CH PT l.
TH L T TH | l l contnued.
lt was a gorous nght as he stood there, on
the h-top, among the quet graves : but a was
rot n the bosom of the dsgused |anssary.
He was aone : far as hs eye coud wander n
the cear starght he coud dstngush no human
beng save hmsef and he moved sowy down-
ward among the ta tombs, and crossed the wde
and deserted street, unt he paused by the
water s edge upon the p of the and-ocked
port, whose rppe was ruddy wth the ftfu re-
fecton of the burnng pe whch had once been
to hm as a home.
ah buyuk der God s great he sad
passonatey : lt must be even as he ws.
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The couds are for the wng of the wd brd
the bows for the monsters of the deep and
bood for the great ones of the earth and he
smed bttery as he turned away, and under
the shadow of the ta trees whch over-canopy
the vage, stoe hasty once more nto the
street.
The door of a house, about mdway of the
hamet, stood partay open and after the pause
of a moment, the dsgused ga passed the
threshod, and then cosed the gate, and secured
t by a rude bar on the nsde. was sence
throughout the dweng, and the wanderer
moved onward ke one to whom the ocaty
was famar, unt he reached a chamber n
whch a dm ght was burnng n a amp upon
the foor.
The room had but one tenant an aged wo-
man, haf bured amd cushons on a ow sofa,
and so absorbed n gref as to be unconscous of
the ntruder s presence.
h vah deh der they are madmen l
broke at ntervas from her ps : as t for
ths that a son was born to me n my od age.
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and that my frst-born became strong n batte,
and great n power ana bak ook at me
what am l, that T shoud be chdess n my weak
years, when the grave s dug for me among the
athfu h vah why dd l not de before
ths sorrow fe on my gray hars r nd agan
she bured her face n her spread hands, and the
deep aman of utter wretchedness burst from
her quverng ps.
are not gone sad a deep voce at the
threshod of the apartment and the mourner
wdy thrust back the dsheveed har from her
brow, and ganced hurredy towards the speaker :
The youngest and the farest has passed away,
and hs bood s on the head of hs murderers
but usuf, the sprt-broken usuf, the ds-
honoured, yet ves hs beard s pucked out,
and the grave of hs father s defed He who
was an ga of |anssares, s now a sak-s a
no-beard but he s st the son of hs mother
and o he s here.
s the du eye of the od woman detected
under the dsguse of the karabash the features
of her son, and her ear drank n hs accents, she
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tottered towards hm wth a fant scream, and
n the ne t moment she was casped fondy to
hs breast.
My son : she murmured my frst and
farest you are restored to me l am no onger
aone ah has preserved for me my brave
usuf, the sun of my evenng sky my ga
Hush, mother : whspered the fugtve
ca me no onger by a name whch s but an-
other term for bood we are swept from the
face of the earth the strong men of power are
no more
Chok chay that s much: sad the od
woman wth frghtfu camness but you are
here, and to me bosh der t s nothng.
Lsten to me, mother urged usuf, as
he reeased hmsef from her casp, and ed her
genty to the sofa. lf l do not escape from
the cty before the sun rses over the mountan
of ugurhu, l sha never agan ook upon t
my fe s forfet ah es maradek ah
preserve you l have come but to say my fare-
we to you for ever ere l depart : l have yet
tme to fy.
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nd whther asked hs mother earnesty
are not the bood-hounds abroad Do you
hope to escape from the Padshah who has
vowed your run re you maddened by your
msery when you forget that the ght of hs
power stretches aong the earth from the east
even to the west, and that the shadow of hs
greatness es upon the deep waters en chok
adam you are much of a man, usuf ga
but there s no safety for you save n the arms
of your mother.
The smtten |anssary shook hs head bttery.
l am od and poor pursued the an ous
parent : l am hepess and theren w e
my strength who woud seek the man of mght
n the dweng of the feebe and gray-hared
wdow of bdu the shaw-mender
e apaum what can we do asked
usuf despondngy.
hat can we not do, f ah spare us to
each other retorted hs mother, encouraged by
hs parta acquescence. usuf, my son,
what may yet happen we know not ah br
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tempt ev. etter to ve n darkness that to
de the death of bood better to crouch be-
neath a waysde brar than to e unshetered
from the storm. tay wth me, my son : the
coud may pass away from the and the bash
pe evenk the ve wretch, who has brought ths
ev upon the chdren of the Prophet, may yet
fa before the fre of vengeance and then
s over sad usuf, wth the camness
of despar: the rest s but a dream. Haf
haf shame shame that they who have so
ong uphed the gory of the athfu, and the
banner of the Prophet, shoud be trodden be-
neath the feet of dogs n the cty streets a by-
word for gaours and nfdes nd as he
ceased speakng, hs aged mother caught hs n-
dgnant tone, and echoed back Haf haf
hame shame
The |oy of meetng once more her frst-born
son had for a bref tme cf aced from the me-
mory of the aged atma the oss of the brght-
eyed mar : but when the burst of deght had
spent tsef, and that she had tme to reca the
words of usuf as he entered, the fear of death
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grew upon her, and a sckness of the heart bent
her even to the earth.
nd the absent one she gasped out
the chd of my age where s he
Gardash gardash rother brother
e camed usuf, caspng hs hands forcby
together Thou of the feet foot and the eage-
eye thou of the knd sme and the soft voce
thy race s run thy ga e s dmmed vd s
thy p n death and thne accents w be no
more heard, save by the hours of Paradse.
La aha aah there s but one ah
groaned the bereaved woman The great and
the mghty of the earth are beyond the ven-
geance of a mother s arm, but they are not be-
yond her curse lt w cng usuf, t w
cng fe and heavy s ever the curse of a
broken heart, when the grey head and the dm
eye are bowed over the grave of the beautfu
and the young, murdered n ther beauty and
ther youth : but feer and heaver st s the
mason of a mother poured out upon the ferce
heart and the boody hand whch have bereft her
of her fond ones. h vah l w st down be-
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sde the grave of my brave boy, and the btter-
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y the grave of mar, of your ast-born,
w you never st, my mother : was the sow
repy: the dead of to-day have not passed
from earth upon ther cushons : the brand and
the cord have done ther work mar s among
those whose grave no man sha ever fnd.
nd as he ceased speakng, usuf cast hmsef
npon the earth, and covered hs face wth hs
robe.
ls t so sad atma, whe a ferce geam
t up her du eye Then w l ony thnk
of hm when my heart mets at the gref of
another, that l may stee mysef aganst that
mercy whch has been wthhed from me and
mne nd for he who has wrought ths run
may the v ye smte hm on the thresh-
od of the mosque, and bght hs prayers
may he never know sumber by nght, nor
peace by day may every breath of ar whch
fans hs brow be poutng as the pague-wnd
and may hs chdren wther, and e pre be-
fore hs eyes at the moment when they are most
dear to hm
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nd the strcken man who ay at her feet
rased hs head from the earth for a moment,
and responded to her maUson wth a hoarse
men
lt was agan the od woman whose voce
broke upon ths second and frghtfu sence as
from mournng for her ost son, she turned to
fears for the one who was yet eft to her : wear
to me, my chd, my brave and nobe boy she
sad wth startng suddenness, as her thoughts
panted n coours too terrbe for her to bear
the probabe consequences of hs dscovery :
wear to me you who are now my ony te
to earth that you w not attempt to escape
that you w reman here beneath the roof of
your dead father that you w never agan
venture forth nto the streets of ths accursed
cty, whose mnarets pont to heaven as f to d-
rect the vengeance whch w not fa. The
men of bood are ever abroad et me not have
to weep over my ast chd.
Mother sad usuf as he rose from the
earth, and seated hmsef at her feet e b-
rm what can l say ou ask for water
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durng a drought when no ran fas and for
pomegranates when the word s wrapped n
snow. e apaum what can l do l am yet
young, and my years may be many can l pass
them n darkness, and wth a chan upon my
sprt ou are od and feebe and snce
ah took my father to hmsef, l have fed
your dsh wth pauf, and your cup wth
sherbet how am l to buy rce, or to earn bread
to support you and mysef, save by escapng to
a far provnce where l am unknown, and seng
my sword to the Pasha ah buyuk der
God s great l have yet some god whch l
can eave wth you unt l may summon you
hence, and offer you a roof n my pace of e e.
nd what w be god to me asked
atma when l am bereft of both my ch-
dren Can god dry the tears of angush, or
buy a ght heart when gref has bowed down
the sprt god gve me back the days
when my sons sat at my feet, and l bessed them
n the funess of my |oy, as l saw them ta and
statey as two cedar trees, and beautfu as the
ght of mornng ne s gone gone wth a
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hs gory about hm, to the grave and when the
other eaves me -to brave the death hs brother
ded, he taks to me of god ana bak ook
at me am l not too feebe to outve the oss of
my ast hope
Ha, ha true, true t s ndeed hard that
n your od age and your btter angush you
shoud be caed upon to su er another gref
sad usuf soothngy : but, aas my mother,
there s no aternatve. lnshaah l trust n
ah l am dsgused and under the shadow
of the darkness, f l am prompt and cautous, l
may escape. Hnder me not then et me go
forth wth your bessng upon me the word s
wde, and a strong arm and a bod heart w
never ack a weapon. ashustun on my head
be t l w yet make the name of usuf rng
n the ears of the men of strength.
Chok chay that s much reped the od
woman, catchng a porton of hs momentary
enthusasm you are a man, and you have the
heart of a man as for your enemes, havan der
they are anmas dogs, and the fathers of
dogs, and l spt upon ther beards
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l w go forth then, mother sad the ga,
attemptng to rse.
hat sha l say e camed the agon ed
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as you pass the threshod and yet, no not
so l have no rght to hod you back why
shoud you ve n darkness and n dread, when
you mght be foot-free upon the mountans, and
bathng your brow n the cear waters of the
vaey Go then snce t s better so go
oghour oa God speed you etter that l
shoud pne n my sotude than that l shoud
see your bod heart breakng from day to day
en ektar der you are the master : l am but a
woman, and your s must be the words of ws-
dom : but nger not ong, my son, ere you send
me tdngs of your e stence, or l sha be as a
fountan that s dred up, and as a cypress that
s wthered.
n ous to ava hmsef of the remanng
darkness, and re|oced to fnd hs mother n so
resgned a frame of mnd, usuf hasty poured
nto her ap the god whch he had found n the
turban of the karabash and then, fodng her
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to hs heart, and breathng above her a devout
prayer to ah that they mght once more meet
n happness, he ad her genty back upon her
cushons, and rushed out of the house.
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CH PT ll.
TH L T TH | l l contnued.
ot an hour after the wretched usuf qutted
the roof of hs mother, a oud outcry arose n
one of the most squahd streets of the cty,
abuttng on an obscure quay frequented prncr-
pay by fshermen. There were sounds of pur-
sut shouts of ferce threatenng, mnged wth
curses of baffed hate and as the trembng-
tenants of the neghbourng houses rose on ther
sofas to sten, they coud dstngush at ntervas
the name of usuf. The dsgused fugtve had
been detected and he was now trustng to hs
good speed to escape once more from hs enemes.
The darkness favoured hm, for the chase was
ong contnued, and st the cres were heard :
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Lahnet be hetan Curse on the dev lt s
usuf the |anssary lt s the boody-mnded
ga kupek keb dog cur ash
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epthet was n turn apped to the mserabe man,
as he fed before hs pursuers savng the breath
whch they were e haustng n nvectve, for the
mghty effort at sef-preservaton to whch hs
nstnct rather than hs reason mpeed hm.
gan usuf escaped agan he stood besde
hs mother, and her hot tears fe on hs an-
gushed brow and ths tme, n hs agony of
heart, he vowed upon the oran that he woud
never eave her more.
lt was a fearfu vow The young strong man
vountary resgnng hmsef to a ong fe of
mprsonment, and the never-seepng dread of
detecton : couped wth the certanty of poverty,
and the probabUty of actua want. ut usuf
was heart-broken he had faen suddeny from
a post of responsbty and power to a poston
the most crue : he coud no onger ft hs head
among hs feow men, for he had been hunted
ke a no ous anma by hs knd he stood
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aone fatheress brotheress hs very name
must no onger e st hs presence beneath the
squad roof of hs mother be unsuspected, est
the run whch had overtaken hm shoud be
drawn down on her head aso He had been a
|anssary, and the name had suddeny become
a death-warrant t avaed hm nothng that
there was no bood upon hs hand the popuar
hatred had been seconded by the power and w
of the utan, enforced by hs new myrmdons,
and the cry of destructon was on the wnd.
othng remaned to hm save hs mother
the wdowed woman who smed amd the btter-
ness of the hour as she receved hs vow, and
fet that she was never agan to part from hm.
They were yet sttng sde by sde n sence,
wrapped n goomy magnngs, when a voent
knockng upon the outer door of the dweng
aroused them from ther ethargy of gref.
o soon e camed usuf fercey Have
they tracked the wof to hs ar so soon ut the
bod ga of the |anssares w not de the death
of a ve anma wthout revenge nd he
drew from beneath hs vest a geamng yataghan,
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and sprang towards the door of the apart-
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usuf ga, sad the od woman n an
accent of sudden camness what woud you
do Can you war aganst a score or woud
you poute your mother s foor wth bood en
chok adam you are much of a man but you
cannot do batte aganst a host.
l can at east se my fe deary was the
repy Mother, mother, you fee as a woman
but my heart s the heart of a desperate man.
Loose me and et me at east de the death of a
brave soder
usuf ga, once more l te you that you
are mad urged the aged atma, whose nerves
had become suddeny strung by the great per
of her son : re you not taught by the oran
to ove and to obey the mother of your youth
Do you ove me, usuf do you obey me, when
you gve yoursef up to the boodhounds, and
sacrfce my gray hars to foster your own prde .
Thnk you that they w spare the aged woman,
when the strong man s beaten down lf you
can bear to gve up the bosom upon whch you
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ay n your nfancy to the knves of the butchers,
go on, usuf ga and we sha de the death of
bood and shame together.
ah buyuk der God s great was the
repy of the crushed and mserabe man, as he
e tended hs hand to hs mother, and. foowed
her bddng as passvey as an nfant Do wth
me as you w.
The an ous atma wated no second bddhg
and n the ne t moment usuf was skfuy, and
wthout further resstance, conceaed beneath the
cushons upon whch she had been sttng.
The uproar wthout had meanwhe become
ouder and more voent and authortatve cres
of tch tch open open mngng
wth hoarser shouts of our our strke
break hep that we may force ths cra y door,
and make our own entrance to the den of the
bood-hound rang through the desoate dwe-
ng and the trembng atma had scarcey
tme, after she had secreted her son, to fng a
shaw over her head, before her chamber was
crowded wth strange men.
ah n the name of the Prophet
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she shreked out, wthout rsng from the
cushons upon whch she had fung hersef on
ther approach, at once to screen her chd, and
to deceve hs pursuers hat s ths ho
am l that men shoud break n upon me and f
my house, wthout eavng me tme to cover mv
face m l a rank woman, that l am to be
seen unveed by every dog who wshes to eat
drt, and to show hs prowess by wrongng the
wdow and the affcted hat seek ye here
ana bak ook at me what fnd ye to repay
you for the shame of commttng voence on a
woman whose har s gray, and whose step s
feebe.
avash, yavash softy, softy, mother
sad one of the party, as by the dm ght of the
sotary and untrmmed amp, hs companons
were hurredy searchng every nook of the
wretched habtaton : e mean you no harm.
hat coud your bood proft us though we
mght n truth put the bowstrng about your
neck, were t ony to sence your howHng. ut
we have seen that bash pe evenk that wretch,
usuf ga the ron-handed |anssary, enter a
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dweng hereabout, and t may chance to be
your s : so te the truth, mother, and we w not
ony eave you n peace, but we w pay the
servce n pastres.
Hoarsey dd the od woman augh : The
Prophet has not so favoured me she sad
quety or gady woud l earn so easy that
whch l need so much. ut no no no |a-
nssary w ever enter here- hat have l to do
wth the men of bood upek der they are
dogs Deh der they are madmen ther faces
are backened ok, yok, dostcum no, no,
my frends you do but waste the tme whch
you may need for your pursut stay here as
ong as you w affet oah much good may
t do you but you w fnd nothng more
boody-mnded than yourseves under the roof
of od bdu s wdow.
fern we done aughed her audtor
n hs turn ou at east take your revenge
on us n words : but we sha soon eave you,
mother, for l hear the tread of feet upon your
cra y stars my comrades are returnng from
ther search. efore l go, however, ths much
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by way of warnng when ne t there s an out-
cry at your door, open more qucky, f you
woud avod suspcon
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atma : you scarce aow me tme to waken
from my seep, and to wrap a shaw about my
head, before you burst nto my house. Mas-
aah you are provded f you have not more
wt than patence and w be bauked of your
errand f you |udge not more surey when you
have eft my house than when you entered t.
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for the ntruders, conscous that n the eagerness
of ther pursut, they had voated one of the
most sacred aws of ther regon, whch en|ons
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ther women and an ous, f possbe, to reco-
ver traces of the fugtve were satsfed wth the
scrutny whch they had bestowed on the narrow
dweng of atma, and dd not attempt to push
ther nvestgaton further, and to rouse the
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ceared but t was not unt after a much onger
nterva that atma rose, and takng the amp n
her hand, |eaousy searched every recess through-
out the whoe budng n order to assure hersef
that no spy yet ngered beneath her roof ere
she fung back the coverngs from the face of
usuf, and removed the cushons among whch
he had been bured.
hekur ah prased be Hs name she
sad devouty my son s yet besde me the
Prophet has heard my prayer. ut you ook not
upon me, usuf, my we-beoved my ga
my heart beats quck, and my breath s troubed
l am choked wth |oy even amd my msery
and w you not pay me wth one sme for the
fe that l have saved
Mother, you know that l ove you : was
the cod and desparng answer : lt was my
duty to obey you, and t s done but a s now
over l am no onger usuf ga a brave man,
and the assocate of warrors l am dsgraced
th a weapon n my hand, l have crouched
ke a dog before my enemes and ov/ed my
safety to the sheterng garments of a woman.
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he l ve, l must hde my head that my
shame may not be read upon my brow and
when l de, the hours of Paradse w turn
asde, that they may not wecome a craven to
ther arms.
uf uf e camed the mother gu-
um my eyes tak not n a tone that breaks
your mother s heart f the Prophet wats at the
door of the seventh heaven to wecome the sous
of the brave and the beautfu, sha the good
son be shut out nd now, to our task, my
ga we may agan be vsted we must make
for you a reader and a surer pace of refuge,
where you may defy the pursut of the ferce-
mnded and the revengefu.
ven as you w, my mother sad usuf,
as he pressed the hand of the od woman to hs
ps and forehead henceforward a sha be
even as you st.
nd atma was worthy of ths trustfuness
for months wore on, and athough more than
once her home was nvaded hy the feet of
strangers searchng for her son, he escaped de-
tecton and utmatey, f hs e stence were not
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forgotten, he was at east suffered to ve n
peace n hs pace of conceament. ften dd he
yearn for berty, and suggest to atma hs de-
sre to attempt once more to escape nto the
mountans, but she ever dscountenanced the
rsk and when he at ength found hmsef un-
abe to gan her concurrence, he made a second
vow that unt hs fortunes changed a crcum-
stance that coud ony be acheved by a new
revouton n the mpre, and whch was conse-
quenty amost beyond hope or that he was
carred away to hs dshonoured grave, he woud
never agan trm hs beard nor shave hs head.
atma heard the vow wth thankfuness, for she
fet that he had at east bent hs heart whoy to
hs fortunes and a geam of |oy passed over
her wasted features as she remembered that she
mght yet possess the power of makng those
fortunes a shade ess goomy.
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CH PT llT.
TH L T TH | l l contmed.
lt was an hour before noon, three months
subsequenty to the fata day whch had runed
her son, that atma Hanoum havng occason to
vst the ba ar n order to buy bread, and to co-
ect the news wth whch she was wont to hghten
the tedous hours of usu s captvty, turned
the key n the door of her dweng and wth
a sow and measured step moved asde from the
drect road whch ed to tambou, and foowed
a narrow street of some ength, stretchng steepy
up the sde of one of the seven hs on whch the
cty s but.
rrved before a house of sma but ceany
and comfortabe appearance, she paused for a
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moment and had she not been cosey veed,
traces of great and voent agtaton woud have
been dscernbe on her countenance. lt was
ndeed a terrbe moment for the heart of atma,
whch owned no do but usuf, for n t she
mght perhaps be seang hs run and she pan-
fuy fet that she was at a events weanng ts
best affectons from hersef. ut the mother
hestated not from sefsh motves f she coud
shed a ray of ght over the prson-chamber of
her chd, t was cheapy purchased at the prce
of her own regret : sterner and more terrbe
mgvngs assaed her, when she found hersef
actuay on the pont of e ecutng a purpose on
whch she had pondered from the frst week of
usuf s domestcaton beneath her roof.
lnshaah l trust n Heaven she mur-
mured to hersef when she at ength rased the
knocker and beat upon the door ah w
have mercy on a broken-hearted mother l w
not fear.
The door fe back, and as she crossed the
threshod, she was greeted wth the courteous
ouroum of the save who opened t.
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atma was a we-known and a wecome
guest beneath the roof of Hade Hanoum and
the dark eyes of her pretty daughter ever turned
ovngy upon the wdow of bdu. lt was ong
snce they had ooked upon her for, durng the
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feared to traverse the streets and t was more-
over known to the frends of atma that she had
ost her two brave boys on the day of massacre.
n ths occason therefore she was douby we-
come and she had scarcey reached the door of
the harem when ts nmates uttered the kndy
hosh gedn you are wecome to whch
she as prompty reped hosh buduk we-
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sofa besde her hostess, whe the far aryn
seated hersef at ther feet, wth her meanchoy
ga e f ed an ousy on the vstor.
ln the ne t nstant the eder ady capped her
hands, and as the attendant entered, she sad
softy Chbouque cahveh getr rng ppes
and coffee. nd when her guest had partaken
of the sweet scented mocha from the far hands
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of the young aryn, and that she had apped
her own Hps to the vory mouth-pece of the
chbouque, and presented t to her guest, the
save wthdrew, and the three frends were eft
aone.
hemduUah prases be to ah the
wfe of bdu s once more under my roof, and
upon my sofa : commenced the hostess v
days have faen upon us, f endm the sun has
been hdden beneath a coud but ah buyuk
der God s great t may agan shne out.
or me t can geam ony on graves sad
atma sady : the days that are gone cannot
be recaed ho sha gve back the dead
nd her two steners bowed ther heads upon
ther hands, and echoed : ho sha gve them
back
My youngest was as the ga ee upon the
mountan contnued the wdow feet of
foot, and gracefu as the bossom that bends to
the south wnd : he was as a bey adeh the son
of a ord. tarabou hed not one of nober
bearng he has ded the death of bood, and
there are none to avenge hm. nd agan her
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companons bent down, and murmured Chok
chay t s hard to bear
or my frst-born : pursued atma Ha-
noum, encouraged by the voce of sympathy :
ut why shoud l tak of hm as he not
as a star durng tempest a ght at mdnght
a sprng n the desart as not hs name
mghty, and hs arm strong
man aman aas aas sghed forth
her audtors.
He was far to ook upon, and they who
knew hm stened to hs words, for they were
the words of wsdom agan burst forth the od
woman to her whom he oved he woud have
been as the wd vne that cngs even to the
death. Thnk, a ryn she sad suddeny, as
she turned towards the far gr who sat at her
feet, thnk how dear the Hanoum your mother
must have been to me, and how my aged eyes
must have |oyed to ook upon your own beauty,
when l sought you for hs wfe the wfe of my
best and bravest of my son usuf.
smothered sob burst from the gente gr
as she stened Haf, haf shame, shame
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she whspered, that he too shoud be taken
from you.
nd yet, better so sad atraa better
that he shoud de n the prde of hs beauty and
of hs strength, when he fet that hs ksmet
hs fate, was brght, and that he was beoved
than nger n dsgrace and poverty to be a bye-
word and a scof the re|ected of those to whom
hs ove was once a trumph and a boast.
Can there ve one so ve l e camed
aryn n an accent of generous ndgnaton, as
she rased her head proudy, and swept back the
ong tresses from her brow : Lves there one
whom usuf ga coud once have oved, who
woud desert hm now . |ab wonderfu
Dd ah peope the word wth reptes .
Gu e, gu e good, good : sad atma
Hanoum : you speak ke one who has never
known fasehood, and never suffered wrong
your heart s pure, k em my daughter
and your words are peasant. h, that usuf,
that my son, coud rse from hs grave to hear
them
Lsten to me, my mother sad the far
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gr l was taught to ove the ga : l ooked
upon hm when he knew not that my eye was at
the attce and T needed thenceforth no further
teachng. l am worthy to be your daughter, for
l sha never ove another.
The gance was keen and searchng that atma
Hanoum turned on the young beauty as she
ceased speakng but the betrothed of usuf dd
not shrnk beneath her eye. hekur ah
prase be to Heaven she sad at ength as she
averted her ga e l am then not aone n my
gref my ga has not faen unwept.
burst of tears from the meanchoy aryn
was her ony answer 3 and t was a reef to both
when Hade Hanoum was summoned from the
apartment on some househod busness, and they
were eft together.
Come hther, aryn come hther, my u-
tana | sad the od woman, as the tapestry cur-
tan fe behnd her hostess, and the echo of her
sppered feet ded away n the gaery beyond
ou are w se wth the wsdom of rper age,
and your heart s as the heart of a per l
woud share wth you my |oys and my sorrows,
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for the sake of hm who shoud have been your
husband.
peak e camed the far gr torture
me not wth cauton speak kh katet there
s somethng Te me a, as you hope for a
pace n paradse.
ou are young as a sprng bossom, pur-
sued the cautous mother, regardess of the
emoton of her stener and beautfu as a
hour our feech your consteaton may be
a proud one. ho sha forete your fate
Coud any cunnng gve me back my ga,
the ght of my eyes, and the puse of my heart,
l woud augh a other gref to scorn broke
n aryn my heart s n hs grave, and the
sky of my youth s couded. Tak not to me of
my own beauty, but te me of your son though
the tae drown me n tears t w be wecome,
for t w be of hm.
Lsten then, chd of my hope, and star of
my evenng sky 3 sad atma Hanoum n a
shr whsper, bendng as she spoke towards her
stener : Utter no cry te t not to any not
even to the mother who gave you brth, est the
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wnd of heaven bear away the tae to those who
thrst for the bood of the mghty usuf ga
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The warnng was unnecessary for, as the
startng truth broke upon her, the gente aryn
fe back senseess upon her cushons. et dd
not atma Hanoum yed to the terror whch
se ed upon her as she wtnessed the effect of her
ntegence she rather haed t as a proof of
the deep and undyng affecton whch she coveted
for her son and wth her accustomed sef-pos-
sesson she bathed the ps and brow of the happy
gr wth water, and soon saw her recover from
her swoon.
e brm what can l say were the
frst words that she gasped out l am hs,
heart and sou, as when l was frst vowed to hm
ut we must not whsper ths, f endmou
et us be |eaous of our secret say but that you
w take me to your bosom, and l w fy to share
hs grefs. ay, deny me not she added pas-
sonatey, as the aged woman was about to speak :
l can understand a that you woud te me
usuf s a prsoner shut out from a commerce
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vth hs knd debarred from the hght of day
wastng away hs strength n tears and darkness.
ls t not so, my mother l am prepared for
a ths ony say that you have room for me n
your heart, and l w escape hence, and dwe
beneath the same roof as my promsed ord l
w be the ght to cheer hs darkness, and the
comfort that sha dry hs tears. lf my own
heart does not deceve me, ove can overmaster
destny and usuf ga may yet be happy.
ny te me that he w not re|ect me, mother
ony promse that he w not spurn my affecton
and, from the hour that l enter your dweng, he
sha be my word, and l w never nurse a wsh
of whch he s not the ob|ect.
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sef at the feet of her companon, stenng for
the permsson to bght her youth and her ove-
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ah buyuk der ah s great r sad the
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eyes : t sha be even as you w, my
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so desperate an act. e are poor, very poor
day by day msery and want are creepng on us,
and we know not how to stay ther steps
et, f you w share our poverty f your ove
for usuf, and the power of your feech
ndeed urge you to the sacrfce, come to me,
and be to me as a daughter for none save
usuf can ove you as l sha do nd
she foded her arms about the generous gr, and
they mnged ther tears together.
week eapsed from the vst of atma to
the harem of Had Hanoum, when, as she sat
one evenng n the apartment whch touched
upon the prson-chamber of usuf, her eager
eyes gancng at ntervas towards the casement,
and her head bent forward n the atttude of
stenng, a ow sgna, for whch she had ev-
denty been prepared, sounded from beow, and
she hurredy rose from her sofa to obey t. ot
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accustomed staton and then a ow burst of pas-
sonate |oy escaped her, as she threw hersef on
the neck of a shrouded fgure by whch she had
been foowed.
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ls a we, mother asked a sweet and tre-
muous voce Does the ga ffend know of
my comng and may l meet hm wthout fear
Te me truy, est l de of shame beneath hs
frown
He knows not of your resove answered
the mother How coud l dare to make hs
heart eap wth |oy ere l was assured that you
woud not repent ut, hekur ah prase
be to ah, you are here and he w share the
|oy of paradse when he earns the greatness of
your ove.
The trembng gr heard no more. he sank
upon the foor wth her face bured n her coak,
and her breath came thck and fast as she sobbed
out : h vah was ths we done ha l
not be ess than nothng n hs sght when he frst
ooks upon me
aha es maradek Heaven preserve you,
my daughter was the soothng repy The
earth hods nothng so dear as you w be to
usuf. Have you not resgned every thng for
hs sake and, as she spoke, she wthdrew the
mante of the weepng gr, and seated her genty
upon .the sofa.
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hosh gedn you are yecome a thou-
sand tmes wecome and were ths poor hove
the sera of a utan, st shoud you be ts
mstress. nd now, hearken, my daughter
usuf s not far dstant : he can even hear the
murmur of our voces and l w speak to hm
and approachng the wa of the apartment, she
sad n a ouder tone : orkma fear not,
my son, athough l am not aone for the frst
tme t s the voce of a frend whch comes to
you n your prson even of one who oves
you.
m boo who s that was the btter
and ncreduous re|onder ho s there on
earth save yoursef who now wastes a thought on
the wretched usuf.
hom woud you that t shoud be
asked the od woman, as camy as her |oy woud
permt her to put the queston.
as l know not sad the desparng
prsoner. Those whom l oved have faen
from rae, or have been murdered before my eyes
there ves not one on earth whom l now de-
sre to see save, ndeed, the maden who shoud
have been my brde, and that can never be
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Tchabouk, tchabouk quck, quck et me
fy to your feet gamou my ga amost
shreked the e cted aryn, as the words reached
her ear ay not that t can never be, for l am
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CH PT l .
TH L T TH | l l contnued.
Two years passed sowy by : and a wretched
group sat together on the foor of a narrow room,
dvested of every sgn and appance of comfort.
The ragged sofa whch was ts ony furnture,
stretched aong three sdes of the apartment, and
reveaed no onger the orgna pattern of ts
coverng a battered and dscooured bra er
contaned a few smouderng ashes, totay nade-
quate to ther purpose and a coarse earthen
ptcher and cup stood a few paces dstant, the
ony vsbe mean of refreshment for ts mean-
choy occupants.
The most remarkabe ndvdua of the party
was a man n the prme of fe, but wasted by
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famne and wth a thck and tanged beard
faUng to hs grde, whch had evdenty once
been of the deepest back, but whch now, ke
the ef-ocks that escaped from beneath hs dngy
and we-worn turban was chequered wth grey.
esde hm sat a woman on whom tme and
sorrow had ake wrought ther btter w. Her
brow was deepy furrowed, and her ong sharp
features gave ndcaton of a cravng whch had
been often unappeased whe the coud that
dued her arge dm eye spoke a despar n
whch words woud have been ess eoquent.
ut there was yet another n ths mserabe
company the strong man and the aged woman
had not pad the penaty of famne and msery
aone. There was yet another, whose unearthy
and transparent beauty mght we have charmed
the gaunt demon from hs prey lt was a
young far woman so young, and so far, that
she seemed rather ke a dream-born vson than
a den en of earth. Her dress was scanty and
squad and on her knee she powed a dead n-
fant a mnature of her own oveness for
whom the fountans of fe had been dred up by
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the gnawng want of the mother. Her dark
wd eyes, fashng wth a ferce and unnatura
ght, ganced rapdy from her cod burthen to
the face of her wretched husband, and thence
back agan upon her chd : but ony by that
quck and fren ed ook dd she venture to ask f
a were ndeed over for she feared the answer
that hs quverng ps woud utter. uddeny a
thought a memory a dream of past days,
fashed across the mnd of usuf for t was n-
deed usuf who sat besde hs chdess wfe
and a scky sme geamed for a moment over
hs pad face.
Mother he sad, n a ow hoow voce
the Prophet has gven me a gmpse of the
past we may yet save my wfe ray beoved
one a whe onger. e do l know that t
s not for yoursef that you mourn, but for her
for the sef-sacrfcng woman, who has bessed me
at the e pence of her own msery. ln the years
when l was free, and a brave man among the
warrors, a ey of the paace came to me one day
for god l ent hm a that l had : they were
but two purses, but they avaed hm much and
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he swore by hs beard that he woud repay
them when l camed the debt. How say you
you go to the house of Tasn ey, and say
to hm My ord, l am the mother of usuf
ga, whom, whe he ved, you oved l am
od and poor l ack bread, and can fnd none
my son ent you two purses w you not pay
them back to her for whom he had hoarded
them .
usuf |anum my sou fautered out the
od woman : t s so ong snce you have had
deangs wth the great ones of the earth, that
you have forgotten of what cay the Prophet
made them. Lsten to me : to-morrow l w
enter beneath the roof of Tasn ey, and l w
te hm that l am the mother of the ga, who
was hs frend : f he wecome me to hs home,
and put bread before me, then w l remnd
hm of the debt but, f hs brow be cod, and
hs words few, l w not per your prde when
the avowa woud ava nothng. The debtor
wears hs conscence upon hs face and even as
you read there, so w t be.
ou are wse, and l am as nothng before
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you : conceded the heart-worn usuf et
as you have sad/
He may perchance greet me kndy re-
sumed atma, her hope growng more strong,
as she recaed the frendshp whch once e sted
between the young nobe and her son nd
shoud he do so, the rest w be sure and we
may yet have rce wherewth to make the pauf
of penty for our precous aryn or the
babe : she added more sady, t s aready a
sprt sportng n the gardens of Paradse, and
seepng n the hearts of the ever-boomng roses
watered by the hours.
peak you of my chd murmured out a
ow voce He s a-hungered, and l have no
food brng hm bread, and a w yet be
we.
The wretched man bured hs face n hs
hand , and groaned aoud.
eep not, gamou my ga : sad the
far young mother, ayng her dead chd softy
on the foor besde her, and approachng her
husband : l have no hunger, and he has now
ceased to pne : why, then, do you greve e
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have suffered much, but, for me, l sha soon fa
aseep, for l fee my eyeds heavy and you
w not awaken me, save to st the wangs of
my babe f he shoud seek for me.
nd as usuf foded her to hs heart, she
sank nto the deep dreamess sumber whch so
often precedes the death of famne,
ah buyuk der God s great: sad
usuf: but ths s amost more than l can
bear. ears have passed over me n pan and
terror, and for mysef l woud not murmur even
now : but to see her thus hat can be done,
my mother thnk for me for my bran
wanders, and l am as a chd, not knowng how
to gude my steps.
ear up yet ths nght : urged the aged
woman n repy to-morrow the sun may rse
uncouded ho sha say
nd he dd bear t and eary on the ensung
mornng atma Hanoum foded her tattered
coak about her, and sped to the dweng of
Tasn ey and, despte the |ests of the de
attendants who thronged the entrance-ha, and
who |eered ake at her age and at her rament,
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she wated patenty unt the ey passed through
the apartment, on hs way to the caque whch
was watng to convey hm to the paace of the
utan.
e stersn what do you want, woman
he asked mpatenty, as she paced hersef upon
hs path Do you not see that l am n haste
nd do you not see on your sde that l am
n want sterny demanded the od woman n
her turn : l sha hod my ord back but an
nstant n hs errand of prde. y the memory
of usuf ga, whom you once oved, l come to
con|ure you to ook upon my msery.
usuf ga ded the death of a trator
sad the ey wth a dark frown, and l w
not that my dweng be pouted by hs name
but you are od and needy, and hs treason
shoud not be vsted upon your grey hars by
one who oved hm ere he fe. tep asde, f-
fendn l have yet a moment to spare and you
sha te me the story of your gref.
The ndgnant atma had we ngh vented her
dsapponted wrath n reproaches when the ey
commenced hs address but, as she rased her
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eye to hs, she dd not read there the same stern
e presson whch sat upon hs brow and she
restraned her anger. beyng the moton of
hs hand, she passed senty from the ha to an
nner room and was shorty foowed by the
young courter, who cast down the tapestry cur-
tan of the door behnd m as he entered, ere
he sad hurredy
hat s ths re you ndeed the mother
of usuf ga, my frend hy do l see you
n the garb of utter want, when he must have
tod you that l owe hm god Dd you fear
that l shoud deny the debt
ah n the name of the Prophet, no,
my ord : reped the deghted atma : but
the ear of the rch s heavy, and the heart of the
happy, shut ou ask rae why l have been dumb
so ong l have no other answer na to ne
there t s.
ou have done me wrong pursued the
ey : nor have you |udged more wsey n be-
trayng your errand to my saves. now you
not that the name of usuf ga s to be botted
from the memory of men l may doubt n my
turn, f you be ndeed hs mother.
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lnshaah the debt s two purses, was
the aconc repy of the od woman.
Ha, H true, true : sad the ey
ready and frst l w dever to you
the pastres : and takng an embrodered purse
from hs grde, he counted the con nto the
trembng hand of the over|oyed atma.
nd now he contnued, as she hd the
treasure among her rags te me of your ga-
ant son. ften have l wept over hs memory
but, lnshaah l trust n ah, l sha yet
meet hm n Paradse.
May the hours be ong n pourng forth
the sherbet of my ord sad the aged woman :
May hs days on earth be many, and hs sor-
rows few, for usuf oved hm as a brother
and nober heart bed not on that day of murder
than that of my nobe boy
Dd you ook on hm n death demanded
the ey : or was he ost among the many
who were seen no more
l watched over hm beneath my own poor
roof reped the mother : l saw hs brght
eye dm, and hs bod heart weak and yet l ve.
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Her stener paused for a moment, and a
strange e presson swept across hs brow : Ln-
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uphed hm t t faed.
gan there was a momentary sence, whch
was broken by the ow tones of the courter :
Mother, he sad : you are poor, and need
god a wd fancy has come upon me l coud
amost dream that your son yet ves lf t be
so, deceve me not for thus he must, ke your-
sef, be n want and msery. hat do you
fear Dd l not ove hm we and s not my
hand open hy shoud you cheat me wth
fase words, as though l had been one of those
who wrought hm ev ay, he added, more
peremptory : t s too ate to throw the
mante of fasehood over the garb of truth you
trembe, and your mbs fa you tour, otour
st, st, mother my frend usuf ves
hat sha l say e camed atma :
my ord s as one who has stood behnd the
curtan of knowedge, and read the characters of
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the wse men t s even as he has sad usuf
ga ves.
nd where . eagery enqured the young
nobe : Te me where l may once more ook
upon, and sten to hm my heart yearns to my
frend.
La aha aah there s but one ah :
murmured the mother beneath her breath:
usuf s saved aryn s saved and l may
go down to the pace of tombs n peace. man,
aman aas, aas why came not ths hep from
heaven n tme to turn asde the hand of the
destroyng ange from ther precous babe
Te me, mother repeated the ey ear-
nesty : te me ony the retreat of usuf,
that l may hasten to mnge my tears wth
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ay, not so, agam my ord sad atma
gravey, as a ch crept over her heart : l have
aready betrayed to you a secret whch was
scarce mne own : more l dare not do but
l w pour nto the ear of my wretched son
the gad story of your kndness and t sha
then be even as he ws.
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To-morrow, then sad the nobe, as he
moved towards the door l w urge you no
further now : the heart of usuf sha decde
the rest. l am hgh n favour wth the Padshah,
and who sha say that the pardon of your son
may not be won by hs eary frend.
ah es maradek Heaven take you nto
ts hoy keepng: sobbed out the transported
mother: There s but one God, and Mahomet s
hs Prophet.
arewe, f endm : smed the ey l
can deay my departure no onger but l pray
you eave not my house unt you have dpped
your spoon nto my pauf. nd cappng hs
hands, he summoned a save, and bade hm ead
the aged atma to the door of the harem and
commend her to the care of the women, that
she mght not depart from beneath hs roof
fastng. Te not your errand to any : he
added, as he turned to depart there s yet
much to be done ere the tae be bruted n the
cty streets. nd he hurred to hs boat,
foowed by a bessng such as few have ever
breathed.
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atma Hanoum feasted wthstood the thou-
sand questons whch assaed her on a sdes
from the women of the ey and fnay set
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ng, aden wth food, and brg-ht wth hope.
nce more there was |oy n the prson -chamber
of the wasted ga once more and how crue
a proof was ths of the utterness of ther pre-
vous despar they taked to each other of the
future htherto they had not dared to do t
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perty and happness, he had been unforgotten,
for what mght usuf not hope ven the
chdess mother, mbbng a porton of the
dehght whch beamed upon the brow of her
husband, pressed her stffened nfant to her
breast, and smed a scky sme. as none
coud gve her back her dead
Mother sad usuf earnesty: can t
ndeed be true that l sha agan ook upon one
of the frends of my happy days lt s as a pro-
msed cfht from heaven lt s so ong snce l
have stened to the voce of sympathy, save from
the ps of those who were sufferng for my sake.
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that l know not f l sha outve the |oy
Deay hm not, my mother, est my heart burst
wth the suspense : ead hm here to-morrow,
that 1 may commence a new e stence, and fee
that l have yet a te to the brght word on
whch l have not ooked for ong and weary
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Have you no fear, my son ventured
the od woman : lt s a mghty trust
Does he not deserve t at my hands asked
usuf n repy l were base, ve, f l coud
doubt hm. o, my mother the Prophet s
weary of our tears, and we sha yet be happy.
nd you, my aryn, my beautfu betrothed,
who have avshed on the captve and dshonoured
usuf a the ove that you had vowed ony to
the bod and favoured ga, you sha be as the
ght of my eyes, and as the puse of my heart,
when the beam of heaven once more shnes
upon my brow, and the bessng of ah s
upon my fortunes. Te me. utana of my
sou, sha t not be thus .
nd the beautfu gr hd her face upon hs
shouder, and murmured out : o sha t be,
f the Prophet hear my prayer/
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The eyes of usuf dd not cose n seep
durng that ong, ong nght : but he ay upon
hs rude cushons, bured n sweet and retro-
spectve thought. the proudest days of hs
strong youth passed n array before hm, and
he remembered the hgh asprngs and ambtous
hopes wth whch he had been used to coour hs
e stence. Hasty he revewed the hour whch
prostrated hs fortunes he coud not bear the
memory and nth a sme, mnged wth a tear
whch woud not be suppressed, the pcture ter-
mnated wth the far creature who was powed
on hs bosom the vctm of her hoy and ear-
nest ove
The mornng dawned at ength the bessed
day was come whch was to restore to the heart
and arms of usuf the frend of hs manhood
and the hour was yet eary at whch the aged
atma started on her an ous e pedton. he
tarred ong or t seemed ong to the weary
watcher whom she had eft : but when she
came, the tae she had to te repad hm for a
hs sufferng.
ndy and courteousy had the ey receved
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her: agan she had eaten of hs pauf, and
drank of hs cup : he had stened to a the
story of usufs sufferngs and vowed on the
oran to termnate them, ready had he asked
a boon of the utan, who had smed upon hs
sut and atma fet that the boon coud be no
other than the pardon of hs frend. ffars of
state detaned hm but, hs duty done, he
woud hasten to the presence of the captve,
soon to be so no onger and meanwhe a save
had foowed the footsteps of the od woman,
and then returned to hs master, to serve hm as
hs gude.
gan and agan dd the happy atma te
her tae and the theme was st unchanged
when a heavy stroke on the door of the house
summoned her to receve the e pected guest
and, hasty snatchng a shaw from the sofa,
and fodng t about her face, she descended to
draw the bot.
There was the sence of a moment : and the
heart of usuf beat hgh as he sprang from the
foor to meet hs frend He s here, aryn
|anum my sou, he s here he e camed
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wth a burst of hs former |oyousness but hs
transport was short-ved. percng shrek
rang from beow t was the voce of atma
and n another moment the tramp of many feet
sounded upon the stars
ln an nstant the vatao|han of utuf was n
hs hand, and he stood garng ke a roused
tger n the drecton of the sound. Too ate
he shouted n hs despar : h, that you had
not tarred, my frend my frend Had you
speeded, you mght yet have saved me
ut as the agon ed cry escaped from the
ps of the doomed man, the generous dream
was at an end for, on the threshod of the cham-
ber stood Tasn ey, surrounded by a band of
armed attendants. or a moment the arch-trator
paused, n doubt that the wretched ob|ect before
hm coud ndeed be usuf ga or a moment
he remaned paray ed wth horror as he ga ed
upon the gaunt and haggard wretch, who, wth
ef-ocks hangng matted upon hs shouders,
and a tanged and oathsome beard dependng
to hs grde, hs cheeks sunk and hoow, and
hs eyes brght wth a f erce and bndng ght.
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met hm mdway of the apartment hs weapon
rased over hs head, and hs bue and Uvd hps
parted above hs fast-cenched teeth
re he had recovered hs horror, usuf
struck th a ye ke that of a hunted savage
hs weapon was bured to the ht n the heart
of one of the party who had advanced a step n
front of hs comrades and t seemed as though
the bow had oosed the spe whch had bound
the senses of ther eader for ere the desperate
ga coud wthdraw hs weapon, the ey had
pronounced the fata word, and nstanty a score
of hs foowers rushed upon ther vctm. ut
the sou of usuf appeared to have caed back
ts strength n hs ast moment of tra, and he
strugged ke a demonac uddeny there was
a frghtfu gushng groan a heavy fa and he
ay senseess at the feet of hs persecutors yet
no stee had touched no cord had pouted hm
he ay bathed n bood, but t had gushed
from hs mouth and nostrs ature, so ong
negected, had been overta ed n ths hour of
passon, and he had burst an artery.
hen they rased hm up, he was beyond
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