He said, “I have found a way to see the great prostitutes in the city of kwu city today. I have never had any clue.”I, no.” It was so empty that he was in the bath when his mother suddenly came in and didn’t know she had seen her.But the pseudonym which I have employed is so transparent, and the history of the great house in question so well known, that all who have any acquaintance of the inner ring of European society will have no difficulty in recognizing its identity.[Pg 39]At the same moment he heard the sound of heavy steps hurrying to the spot where he was, and, forgetting everything except that his life was at stake, he leaped over the alabaster balustrade of the terrace, and fled through the gardens without looking behind him.CHAPTER XIV. SUICIDE.
He noticed that on two or three occasions the colonel—for such Clery had now become—fixed his piercing blue eyes somewhat inquiringly on him, as if trying to place him. It was evident that he was rather puzzled.On the following day, meeting Lord Arthur in the Row, Colonel Clery questioned him about Frederick.Meanwhile both of the men had been smoking some exceedingly [Pg 197] fine Manilla cheroots, which it is well known are slightly washed with opium, and which the grocer had offered to his new acquaintance. By and by they both dropped off into a deep sleep, the slumbers of the alleged staff officer being far more heavy than those of his companion, as it was easy to perceive by his stertorous breathing. Indeed, it almost sounded as if he was under the influence of some particularly strong narcotic.Howard meditated: “I never noticed her looks. She keeps you hustling so to know what she’s talking about, that looks don’t count. She says things that make you sit up—but lots of girls do that.””I want to show it to you,” he said; and, digging it up out of his pocket, dropped it into her extended hand. “I’m going to have it set in a—a ring,” he explained, as it lay, round and shimmering, in Fred’s palm. “Of course,[Pg 202] I could buy a bigger one, and more perfect. But there’s a kind of association in a pearl you pick up yourself—don’t you think?”Howard, looking dreamily at the “soldiers,” said, absently, “You bet you have!””Nomad jewelry,” she said. “I’ve seen them make it. Theymelt the coins people throw at them and make jewelry. Let’ssee him bring you gold next time, your precious father. Let’ssee him.”When it was time for Jalil to leave, Mariam always stood inthe doorway and watched him exit the clearing, deflated at thethought of the week that stood, like an immense, immovableobject, between her and his next visit. Mariam always held herbreath as she watched him go. She held her breath and, inher head, counted seconds. She pretended that for each secondthat she didn’t breathe, God would grant her another day withJalil.”A stamp,” he said.”And who failed math? Who do you come to for help withyour math homework even though you’re a grade ahead?””I’d be two grades ahead if math didn’t bore me.””I suppose geography bores you too.””How did you know? Now, shut up. So are we going to thezoo or not?”Laila smiled. “We’re going.””Good.””I missed you.”There was a pause. Then Tariq turned to her with ahalf-grinning, half-grimacing look of distaste. “What’s thematterwith you?”How many times had she, Hasina, and Giti said those samethree words to each other, Laila wondered, said it withouthesitation, after only two or three days of not seeing eachother? /missed you, Hasina Oh, I missed you too. In Tariq’sgrimace, Laila learned that boys differed from girls in thisregard. They didn’t make a show of friendship. They felt nourge, no need, for this sort of talk. Laila imagined it had beenthis way for her brothers too. Boys, Laila came to see, treatedfriendship the way they treated the sun: its existenceundisputed; its radiance best enjoyed, not beheld directly.Almost two-thirds of the students at Kabul University werewomen now, Babi said, women who were studying law,medicine, engineering.”I’d just as soon-” Laila began.”God help me, I think I love you,” he said-Through chatteringteeth, she asked him to turn out the lights.Herface was grimacing with effort. She looked up and sawMariam.From a toy kiosk, betweenapoosieen coat vendor and afake-flower stand, Zalmai picked out a rubber basketball withyellow and blue swirls.In the toolshed, Mariam grabbed the shovel.Zalmai, who has recently watchedSuperman on tape, is puzzledas to why an Afghan boy cannot be named Clark. Aziza iscampaigning hard for Aman. Laila likes Omar.”Somebody go for the police—ze constable, what you call him! I would gif five dollare if I had my pistol viz me here. Somebody bring one little laddare—zen I go up ze hole an’ drag down ze diable. I show you vat I do, you bring me ze laddare!”Jack was silent.It was a long bar, a glittering, loathsome, noxious place where, behind a long counter, six barmaids were serving all sorts of men with all sorts of drinks.”Never felt better in my life,” replied the other. “Never felt better in my life. How did you manage to get home?””Get him back first,” said Mudd. “Get him back alive with all that money in his pocket. He’ll be murdered before night, that’s my opinion, I know London; or gaoled—and he’ll give his right name.””Trailing after him?””I understand,” said Julia. Then she went off and Tozer lit a pipe. 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