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

And were the people content with unjust prices?

DAOUD

Some were, master, as men have to be in all countries.  The others went into the mountains and robbed the merchants.

JOHN

I see.

DAOUD

But now, master, a man robs a merchant and he is cast into prison.  Now a man is slain in the market and his son, his own son, master, may not follow after the aggressor and slay him and burn his house.  They are ill-content, master.  No man robs the merchants, no man slays them, and the merchants’ hearts are hardened and they oppress all men.

JOHN

I see.  They don’t like good government?

DAOUD

They sigh for the old times, master.

JOHN

I see; I see.  In spite of all I have done for them, they want their old bad government back again.

DAOUD

It is the old way, master.

JOHN

Yes, yes.  And so they would rebel.  Well, we must watch.  You have warned me once again, Daoud, and I am grateful.  But you are wrong, Daoud, about the gracious lady.  You are mistaken.  It is impossible.  You are mistaken, Daoud.  I know it could not be.

DAOUD

I am mistaken, master.  Indeed, I am mistaken.  Yet, watch.  Watch, master.

JOHN

Well, I will watch.

DAOUD

And, master, if ever I come to you bearing oars, then watch no longer, master, but follow me through the banquet chamber and through the room beyond it.  Move as the wild deer move when there is danger, without pausing, without wondering, without turning round; for in that hour, master, in that hour . . . .

JOHN

Through the room beyond the banquet chamber, Daoud?

DAOUD

Aye, master, following me.

JOHN

But there is no door beyond, Daoud.

DAOUD

Master, I have prepared a door.

JOHN

A door, Daoud?

DAOUD

A door none wots of, master.

JOHN

Whither does it lead?

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