Because I should so awfully want to pay it.
That’s all I meant.
Does Hussein awfully want to pay it?
Well, no. But he hasn’t seen you yet. He will then, of course.
[Enter Daoud. He goes to the unholy heap.]
Daoud, for the present these gods must stay. Aho-oomlah’s gone, but the rest must stay for the present.
Even so, great master.
Daoud, go once more to the palace of the Lord of the Pass and beat the outer door. Say that the great lady herself would see him. The great lady, Miss Clement, the white traveller’s heiress.
I have sent him for Hussein.
I don’t know their language.
You will see him, and I’ll tell you what he says.
Miralda [to Archie]
Have you been here long?
No. I think he wrote to me by the same mail as he wrote to you (if they have mails here). I came at once.
So did I; but you weren’t on the Empress of Switzerland.
No, I came round more by land.
You know, I hardly like bringing Hussein in here to see you. He’s such a—he’s rather a . . .
What’s the matter with him?
Well, he’s rather of the brigand type, and one doesn’t know what he’ll do.
Well, we must see him first and hear what he has to say before we take any steps.
But what do you propose to do?