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The spectacle they presented as they marched into San Francisco, labeled in this fashion, from the highest mandarin down to the humblest coolie, was ludicrous beyond description, and was greeted with many a hearty laugh.One evening Frederick called toward 10 o’clock at the mansion in Park lane, and was ushered by the groom of the chambers into the drawing-room. The ladies had not yet left the dining-room, and he sat down on an ottoman to wait for them, taking up an album to while away the time.”Come on,” said Fred. Discount Nike Air Max 2013 Mesh Cloth Men’s Sports Shoes – Deep Gray Pink YN753941 “I am sure female influence is not only more refining, but more effective than the ballot could possibly be,” she said.[Pg 101]Frederica laughed and got up; then hesitated. There was a little droop in Laura’s face that she didn’t like. “Lolly,” she said, “you’re bothered. Is it—Jack?”As for Fred, she listened listlessly to the jangle of [Pg 275]criticism, looking at her critics with curious eyes. How silly they all were! So long as the experience of being arrested had not injured Laura, what difference did it make? With her conception of the values of life, the momentary unpleasantness of newspaper notoriety was not worth thinking of. Fred was very listless now. Something had touched the garment of life, and energy and hope had gone out of it.For a while, Mariam stood by an oval-shaped pool in thecenter of a big park where pebble paths crisscrossed. Withwonder, she ran her fingers over the beautiful marble horsesthat stood along the edge of the pool and gazed down at thewater with opaque eyes. She spied on a cluster of boys whowere setting sail to paper ships. Mariam saw flowerseverywhere, tulips, lilies, petunias, their petals awash in sunlight.”He is a friend of a business acquaintance of your father’s.Rasheed and she took to the streets. Mariam had neverwalked amid such liveliness. Undaunted by the chilly weather,families had flooded the city on their frenetic rounds to visitrelatives. On their own street, Mariam saw Fariba and her sonNoor, who was dressed in a suit. Fariba, wearing a white scarf,walked beside a small-boned, shy-looking man with eyeglasses.”At first, you see, at first I didn’t think you even existed,” hewas saying now. “I thought it was the morphine talking. MaybeI evenhopedyou didn’t exist; I’ve always dreaded bearing badnews. But I promised him. And, like I said, I’d become ratherfond of him. So I came by here a few days ago. I askedaround for you, talked to some neighbors. They pointed to thishouse. They also told me what had happened to your parents.But it was inevitable that they would run into each other.These clothes, like other things about the baby, became a pointof contention.Sometimes she caught Rasheed looking at Aziza in the mostpeculiar way. 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