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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 64 pages of information about If.

He is buried on land near no river.

HUSSEIN

Therefore I will go to a bronze god of earth, very holy, having the soil in his care and the things of earth.  I will take unto him the greater pieces of gold due up to the year when the white traveller died, and will melt them in fire at his feet by night on the mountains, saying, " O, Lruru-onn (this is his name) take this by the way of earth to the grave of Hinnard.”  And so I shall be free of my debt before all gods.

JOHN BEAL

But not before me.  I am English.  And we are greater than gods.

ARCHIE BEAL

What’s that, Johnny?

JOHN BEAL

He won’t pay, but I told him we’re English and that they’re greater than all his bronze gods.

ARCHIE BEAL

That’s right, Johnny.

[Hussein looks fiercely at Archie.  He sees ARCHIE’s hat lying before a big idol.  He points at the hat and looks in the face of the idol.]

Hussein [to the idol]
Drink!  Drink!

[He bows.  Exit.]

ARCHIE BEAL

What’s that he’s saying?

John Beal [meditatively]
O, nothing—­nothing.

ARCHIE BEAL

He won’t pay, oh?

JOHN BEAL

No, not to Miss Miralda.

ARCHIE BEAL

Who to?

JOHN BEAL

To one of his gods.

ARCHIE BEAL

That won’t do.

JOHN BEAL

No.

ARCHIE BEAL

What’ll we do?

JOHN BEAL

I don’t quite know.  It isn’t as if we were in
England.

ARCHIE BEAL

No, it isn’t.

JOHN BEAL

If we were in England . . .

ARCHIE BEAL

I know; if we were in England you could call a policeman.  I tell you what it is, Johnny.

JOHN BEAL

Yes?

ARCHIE BEAL

I tell you what; you want to see more of Miss Clement.

JOHN BEAL

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