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CHAPTER IV. THE HAREM.”Is there anything in this world duller than the pronunciamento of a dull woman!” he said to himself. On the street, for sheer relief of feeling the cool air against his face, instead of the warm stillness of Mrs. Payton’s sitting-room, he did not hail the approaching car, but strolled aimlessly along the pavement, sticky with fog.”I wonder when you’ll earn the cost of that desk?” he mused, and looked about the office, with its one big window that muffled the roar of the city ten stories below, and framed, black against a lowering sky, the far-off circle of the hills. It was a gaunt little room, with its desk and straight chairs, and its walls hung with real-estate maps. A vision of Mrs. Payton’s fire-lit upholstery flashed into his mind, and made him smile. What a contrast! “But this interests Fred,” he thought; “and the petticoated easy-chairs don’t. And the only thing that makes life endurable is an interest.” He wondered, vaguely, what interests he had himself. Certainly his trustee accounts were not very vital interests! It occurred to him, watching Fred thrust some long and vicious pins through a very rakish hat, that when she settled down and married Maitland he would lose a distinct interest. “I’ll have to transfer it to her infants,” he thought, cynically; “I suppose I’ll be godfather to the lot of ’em, and she and Howard, in[Pg 60] the privacy of connubial bliss, will speculate as to how much I’ll leave ’em— Damned if I leave them anything!” he ended, with a flare of temper.CHAPTER VIII”Well, don’t be nervous. He won’t stir.”[Pg 181]”Tomorrow. At noon. I’ll meet you at this very spot. All right?* * *Mariam had never before touched a car. She ran her fingersalong the hood of Jalil’s car, which was black, shiny, withglittering wheels in which Mariam saw a flattened, widenedversion of herself. The seats were made of white leather.She became intensely aware of her heart thumping, of theblood thudding in her ears, of the shape of Tariq beside her,tightening up, becoming still. The kiss dragged on. It seemed ofutmost urgency to Laila, suddenly, that she not stir or make anoise. She sensed that Tariq was observing her-one eye on thekiss, the other on her-as she was observinghim. Was helistening to the air whooshing in and out of her nose, shewondered, waiting for a subtle faltering, a revealing irregularity,that would betray her thoughts? Nike LeBron XII (Instinct) Tariq smiled at the women’s good-humored shooing. Heseemed to take pleasure in not being welcome here, in infectingthis female atmosphere with his half-grinning, masculineirreverence.”God help me, I think I love you,” he said-Through chatteringteeth, she asked him to turn out the lights.Mariam sighed. She sat down and let her finger be grabbed,looked on as the baby squeaked, as she flexed her plump legsat the hips and kicked air. Mariam sat there, watching, untilthe baby stopped moving and began snoring softly.The loudspeaker voice belonged to a slender, bearded youngman who wore a black turban. He was standing on some sortof makeshift scaffolding. In his free hand, he held a rocketlauncher. Beside him, two bloodied men hung from ropes tiedto traffic-light posts. Their clothes had been shredded. Theirbloated faces had turned purple-blue.Mariam cleared her throat.”Salaam, brother, I am looking forsomeone who lives in Herat. Or he did, many years ago. Hisname is Jalil Khan. He lived in Shar-e-Nau and owned thecinema. Do you have any information as to his whereabouts?”The irritation was audible in the man’s voice. “This is whyyoucall the mayor’s office?”Mariam said she didn’t know who else to call. “Forgive me,brother. I know you have important things to tend to, but it islife and death, a question of life and death I am calling about.””I don’t know him. The cinema’s been closed for many years.””Maybe there’s someone there who might know him,someone-“”There is no one.”Mariam closed her eyes. “Please, brother. There are childreninvolved. Small children.”A long sigh.Ithink you look like a queen.apartment rent.”The shopkeeper gave him a bus ticket, Tariq said, and theaddress of a street corner near the Lahore Rail Station wherehe was to deliver the coat to a friend of the shopkeeper’s.”I know you’re a married woman and a mother now. Andhere I am, after all these years, after all that’s happened,showing up at your doorstep. Probably, it isn’t proper, or fair,but I’ve come such a long way to see you, and… Oh, Laila, Iwish I’d never left you.””Don’t,” she croaked.What harmful thing had she willfully done to this man towarrant his malice, his continual assaults, the relish with whichhe tormented her? 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“Come, Zippy, we must go home,” she said, and extended a careless hand to Arthur Weston, as if to help him rise. He pretended not to see it.”Fred, you’ll discover the Ten Commandments next. It’s the same old result, only you call it by a different name. But go ahead; run the universe! I don’t care what kind of oil you use, so long as the gears don’t stick.”Something in the next room fell with a thud against the door; Frederica fled. Mrs. Payton sighed and shut her eyes, pressing the fresh fragrance of the violets against her hot face.”What about Zalmai?” he said. “It’s a good Pashtun name.””What if it’s a girl?” Mariam said.Where is Tariq?Somewhere, an accordion playing.* * *Laila would remember the muted ceremony in bits andfragments. The cream-colored stripes of Rasheed’s suit. Thesharp smell of his hair spray. The small shaving nick justabove his Adam’s apple. The rough pads of his tobacco-stainedfingers when he slid the ring on her. The pen. Its not working.In Kabul, particularly in western Kabul, fires raged, and blackpalls of smoke mushroomed over snow-clad buildings.It wasn’t roosters orazan that woke her up again but thesound of something heavy being dragged. She heard a rattling-Suddenly, the room was flooded with light. Her eyes screamedin protest. Laila raised her head, winced, and shielded her eyes.Laila remembered all the times she and Tariq had sat in thosetheaters and watched Hindi films, all those melodramatic tales oflovers separated by some tragic turn of fate, one adrift in somefaraway land, the other forced into marriage, the weeping, thesinging in fields of marigolds, the longing for reunions. Sheremembered how Tariq would laugh at her for crying at thosefilms.Mariam concentrated on these things, these landmarks. Shefeared she might lose her nerve if she let her mind wander.”Who will take care of them then? The Taliban? Think like amother, Laila jo. Think like a mother. I am.””I can’t.””You have to.””It isn’t fair,” Laila croaked.Neither did 1.Isuppose it was God’s will that it be you.”* * *Back at the hotel, Tariq and the children are not back yet.The End”You’re the worst boy in town!” Discount Nike Air Max 2013 Leather Men’s Sports Shoes – Black Red TT182790 “Cut off the suspender buttons on our trowsers,” suggested the Pinkshaw twin. “Neither of you fellows wear galluses, do you?””Why did you get drunk?” Discount Nike Air Max 2013 Leather Men’s Sports Shoes – Black Red TT182790 “I suppose so.””Well, what is it now?””It’s my stomach,” said Mudd.”Novel-writing.”Now Simon, spendthrift in front of pleasure and heedless of money as the wind, in front of Mudd seemed cautious and a bit suspicious. It was as though his subliminal mind recognised in Mudd restraint and guardianship and common sense.