The Story of a Diamond

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 132 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1867. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXIII. CONCLUSION., BOUT two months after my transfer to the "great man" as a hribe, he died of apoplexy suddenly, and I was appropriated by a dishonest negro attendant, who was the first to find his master. This man sold me at once to a merchant, who took me back to Cairo, and there I was again established in a shop not very unlike the one where I first appeared in public; but, though containing less of actual wealth than my former abode, this was a more showy place. Many articles from Constantinople were sold by my owner, and the cases of goods beside him, as he sat and smoked, or read his Koran, were glittering with gold and silver embroidery and filigree work. One cold January day-- cold, that is, for Egypt--with a strong wind and heavy dark clouds, my owner was muffled in his fur-lined kaftan, and looked half asleep, as no business was doing, when a woman wrapped in abundant blue and black drapery came up to his shop. Like all able to afford it among Eastern females of the humbler class, she had put on two or three suits of clothes--the old ones covered by the better--this being their only protection against cold; and all being of thin cotton it was not too much, though the effect was to make her look unnaturally stout. She began inquiring the price of some headkerchiefs of delicate printed muslin, much worn by women, and of various hues and patterns. While looking over them, another woman similarly clad came up, and they recognised each other in spite of the disguising black face-veil, and a shower of greetings ensued. "Why, Khudra!" "Why, Hosna! My sister, how are you? Peace be to you." After two or three minutes had been devoted to compliments, the news began-- "My daughter is to be married very soon, and I came to the town to stay with my brothe...

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