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The Dragoman; A Novel
The Dragoman; A Novel
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Excerpt from book: only shrugged supple shoulders, accompanying this with a stroking of their own cheeks, by which these Orientals attempted to express a tickled sense of humor. "Behold, in youth there is all things?even love," declared the chief among them, sententiously, as they began the smoking of dilapidated water- pipes. "It is the dancing - woman he goes to seek in the little house built in the wall," said a flabby, tuberculous individual; "it was she that Asisnopis, the tax-taker, would have seized, having hired two sellers of water, but after all he dared not." "Why talk of those things?" growled the leader; "all here know it was Randall Effendi who sent word the tax-taker would die if he took the girl into his house. So she still dances at the head of her guild." Meanwhile, Randall crossed the market place, facing the public landing. It was empty now, except for the camel porters, asleep in their saddle cloths. Secure in the perfection of his disguise, the searcher in the Oriental undertow had no fear of being unmasked. When he was clear of the official settlement and its cavalry barracks, the false hodja dived into the tangled three-foot streets of the suburbs. He finally entered the town by the ancient water gate with its five-angled and stumpy watch- towers, where the guardians of bygone nights havebeen replaced with much hay for the mounts of the diminutive Anglo-Egyptian River Police. Far back from the normal river-landing, and out of reach of any but the most extraordinary floods, Assorti lies crouched like a handful of mud marbles thrown down by a giant hand. The strides of the white man's domination have made just three imprints in the mud of Assorti: the official settlement, the marine barracks, and the railway stop. In between, around and underneath, the land is...


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  • ISBN-13: 9780217383356
  • Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 4 mm
  • Width: 186 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0217383351
  • Publisher Date: 13 May 2012
  • Height: 242 mm
  • No of Pages: 72
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 145 gr



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