Don’t, Archie. There’s no saying. And I feel responsible for you.
Well, they can have my hat. It looks silly, somehow. I don’t know why. What are we going to do?
Well, now that you’ve come we can go ahead.
Righto. What at?
We’ve got to see Hussein’s accounts, and get everything clear in black and white, and see just what he owes to Miss Miralda Clement.
But they don’t keep accounts here.
How do you know?
Why, of course they don’t. One can see that.
But they must.
Well, you haven’t changed a bit for your six months here.
No. Just quietly thinking of business. You’ll be a great business man, Johnny.
But we must do business; that’s what I came here for.
You’ll never make these people do it.
Well, what do you suggest?
Let’s have a look at old Hussein.
Yes, that’s what I have been waiting for. Daoud!
Go to the palace of the Lord of the pass and beat on the outer door. Say that I desire to see him. Pray him to come to my tent.
[Daoud bows and Exit.]
[To Archie.] I’ve sent him to the palace to ask Hussein to come.
Lives in a palace, does he?
Yes, it’s a palace, it’s a wonderful place. It’s bigger than the Mansion House, much.
And you’re going to teach him to keep accounts.