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Syama returned.
“Thou art a faithful man, Syama, and I love thee. Get me a cup of the Cipango leaves–no bread, the cup alone.”
While waiting, the Prince continued his silent walk; but when the tea was brought, he said: “Good! It shall go after the meat of the poppies”–adding to Syama–“While I drink, do thou seek Uel, and bring him to me.”
When the son of Jahdai entered, the Prince looked at him a moment, and asked: “Hast thou word of her?”
“Not a word, not one word,” and with the reply the merchant’s face sunk until the chin rested on his breast. The hopelessness observable in the voice, joined to the signs of nike dunks ebay suffering apparent in the manner, was irresistibly touching. Another instant, then the elder advanced to him, and took his hand.
“We are brothers,” he said, with exceeding gentleness. “She was our child–ours–thine, yet nike dunks high mine. She loved us both. We loved her, thou not more, I not less. She went not willingly from us; we know that much, because we know she loved us, me not less, thee not more. A pitfall was digged for her. Let us find it. She is calling for us from the bottom–I hear her–now thy name, now mine–and there is no time to be lost. Wilt thou do as I say?”
“You are strong, and I weak; be it entirely as you say,” Uel answered, without looking up, for there were tears in his eyes, and a great groan growing in his throat.
“Well, see thou now. We will find the child, be the pit ever so deep; but–it is well bethinking–we may not find her the undefiled she was, or we may find her dead. I believe she had a spirit to prefer death to dishonor–but dead or dishonored, wilt thou merge thy interest in her into mine?”
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“Yes–such faith have I in you.”
“Oh, but understand thee, son of Jahdai! I speak not merely as a father, but as an Israelite.”
Uel looked at the speaker’s face, and was startled. The calm voice, low and evenly toned, to which he had been listening, had not prepared him for the livid pursing he saw under the eyes, and the pupils lurid and unnaturally dilated–effects we know, good reader, of the meat of the poppies assisted by the friendly Cipango leaves. Yet the merchant replied, strong in the other’s strength: “Am not I, too, an Israelite?–Only do not take her from me.”
“Fear not. Now, son of Jahdai, let us to work. Let us first find our pretty child.”
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“Go now, my brother Uel, and bring hither all the clerks in the market.”
“All of them–all? Consider the expense.”
“Nay, son of Jahdai, be thou a true Israelite. In trade, this for that, consider the profits and stand on them closely, getting all thou canst. But here is no trade–here is honor–our honor–thine, mine. Shall a Christian beat us, and wear the virtue of our daughter as it were a leman’s favor? No, by Abraham–by the mother of Israel”–a returning surge of passion blackened his face again, and quickened his speech–“by Rachael and Sarah, and all the God-loving asleep in Hebron, in this cause our money shall flow like water–even as the Euphrates in swollen tide goes bellowing to the sea, it shall flow. I will fill the mouths and eyes as well as the pockets of this Byzantium with it, until there shall not be a dune on the beach, a cranny in the wall, a rathole in its accursed seven hills unexamined. Yes, the say is mine–so thou didst agree–deny it not! Bid the clerks come, and quickly–only see to it cheap nike dunks that each brings his writing material, and a piece of paper large as his two hands. This house for their assemblage. Haste. Time flies–and from the pit, out of the shadows in the bottom of the pit, I hear the voice of Lael calling now to thee, now to me.”
Uel was not deficient in strength of purpose, nor for that matter in judgment; he went and in haste; and the clerks flocked to the Prince, and wrote at his d nike dunks high tops ictation. Before half the breakfasts in the city were eaten, vacant places at the church doors, the cheeks of all the gates, and the fronts of houses blazed with handbills, each with a reader before it proclaiming to listening groups:
“Last evening the daughter of Uel the merchant, a child of sixteen, small in stature, with dark hair and eyes, and fair to see, was set upon in the garden of the Bucoleon, and stolen out of her sedan chair. Neither she, nor the Bulgarians carrying her have been heard of since.
“Out of love of the child, whose name was Lael, I will pay him who returns her to me living or dead
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Thus the Jew began his campaign of discovery, meaning to follow it up with punishment first, and then vengeance, the latter in conditional mood.
Let us not stop to ask about motives. This much is certain, the city arose with one mind. Such a running here and there had never been known, except possibly the times enemies in force sat down before the gates. The walls landwardly by the sea and harbor, and the towers of the walls above and below; old houses whose solitariness and decay were suspicious; new houses and their cellars; churches from crypt to pulpit and gallery; barracks and magazines, even the baker’s ovens attached to them; the wharves and vessels tied up and the ships at anchor–all underwent a search. Hunting parties invaded the woods. Scorpions we nike dunks low re unnested, and bats and owls made unhappy by daylight where daylight had never been before. Convents and monasteries were not exempt. The sea was dragged, and the great moat from the Golden Gate to the Cynegion raked for traces of a new-made grave. Nor less were the cemete nike dunks high uk ries overhauled, and tombs and sarcophagi opened, and Saints’ Rests dug into and profaned. In short, but one property in Byzantium was respected–that of the Emperor. By noon the excitement had crossed to Galata, and was at high tide in the Isles of the Princes. Such power was there in the offer of bezants in gold–six thousand for the girl, five thousand for one of her captors–singly, a fortune to stir the cupidity of a Duke–together, enough to enlist a King in the work. And everywhere the two questions–Has she been found? and who is the Prince o cheap nike dunks f India? Poor Uel had not space to think of his loss or yield to sorrow; the questions kept him so busy.8

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