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“Yes, cheap nike air max trainers and he then said Heaven had sent me to take her place. Would I be his Lael? I answered I would, if Uel consented. He took me in his arms, carried me across the street and talked so Uel could not have refused had he wanted to.”
The manner of the telling was irresistible. At the conclusion, she turned to him and said, with emotion: “Th nike blazers ere, now. You see I really have two fathers, and you know how I came by them: and were I to recount their goodness to me, and how they both love me, and how happy each one of them is in believing me the object of the other’s affection, you would understand just as well how I know no difference between them.”
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“Yes, I see it–I see it, and congratulate you upon being so doubly blessed. Tell me next who the Prince of India is.”
She looked now here, now there, he watching her narrowly.
“Oh! I never thought of asking him about himself.”
She was merely puzzled by an unexpected question.
“But you know something of him?”
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“I cannot say how long he has been a family acquaintance. Of my knowledge he is very learned in everything. He speaks all the languages I ever heard of; he passes the nights alone on the roof of his house”–
“Alone on the roof of his house!”
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“An astronomer,” said Sergius.
“And an astrologer,” she added; “and besides these things he is a doctor, but goes only amongst the poor, taking nothing from them. He is also a chemist; and he has tables of the plants curative and deadly, and can extract their qualities, and reduce them from fluids to solids, and proportionate them. He is also a master of figures, a science, he always terms it, the first of creative principles without which God could not be God. So, too, he is a traveller–indeed I think he has been over the known world. You cannot speak of a capital or of an island, or a tribe which he has not visited. He has servants from the farthest East. One of h cheap nike blazers is attendants is an African King; and what is the strangest to me, Sergius, his domestics are all deaf and dumb.”
“Nothing appears impossible to him.”
“How does he communicate with them?”
“They catch his meaning from the motion of his lips. He says signs are too slow and uncertain for close explanations.”
“Still he must resort to some language.”
“Oh, yes, the Greek.”
“But if they have somewhat to impart to him?”
“It is theirs to obey, and pantomime seems sufficient to convey the little they have to return to him, for it is seldom more than, ‘My Lord, I have done the thing you gave me to do.’ If the matter be complex, he too resorts to the lip-speech, which he could not teach without first being proficient in it himself. Thus, for instance, to Nilo”–
“The black giant who defended you against the Greek?”
“Yes– blazers a wonderful man–an ally, not a servant. On the journey to Constantinople, the Prince turned aside into an African Kingdom called Kash-Cush. I cannot tell where it is. Nilo was the King, and a mighty hunter and warrior. His trappings hang in his room now–shields, spears, knives, bows and arrows, and among them a net of linen threads. When he took the field for lions, his favorite game, the net and a short sword were all he cared for. His throne room, I have heard my father the Prince say, was carpeted with skins taken by him in single combats.”
“What could he do with the net, little Princess?”
“I will give you his account; perhaps you can see it clearly–I cannot. When the monster makes his leap, the corners of the net are tossed up in the air, and he is in some way caught and tangled… Well, as I was saying, Nilo, though cheap nike air max deaf and dumb, of choice left his people and throne to follow the Prince, he knew not where.”
“Oh, little friend! Do you know you are talking the incredible to me? Who ever heard of such thing before?”
Sergius’ blue eyes were astare with wonder.
“I only speak what I have heard recounted by my father, the Prince, to my other father, Uel…. What I intended saying was that directly the Prince established himself at home he began teaching Nilo to converse. The work was slow at first; but there is no end to the master’s skill and patience; he and the King now talk without hindrance. He has even made him a believer in God.”
“A Christian, you mean.”
“No. In my father’s opinion the mind of a wild man cannot comprehend modern Christianity; nobody can explain the Trinity; yet a child can be taught the almightiness of God, and won t o faith in him.”
“Do you speak for yourself or the Prince?”
“The Prince,” she replied.
Sergius was struck with the idea, and wished to go further with it, but they were at the foot of the hill, and Lael 8

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