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He was rewarded by a giggle from the other side of the screen. Encouraged, he went on. "I passed between her tent ropes, though her guardians slept near in the dark, thirsty for my blood . " The sensual imagery soon brought gasps and little squeals of delighted outrage from the other side of the screen. Hamid-Jones stole a glance at his watchdogs, but they were all looking the other way. The requirements of muharram had been satis-fied, technically at least, and who was to say that the visitor was talking to Lalla?
Hamid-Jones sweated. What had he gotten him-self into? " The colonel leaned across his portable desk and spoke almost kindly. "The girl is a flirt, ya Abdul. We know all about her. Quite a few young men have stood in the Street of the Peacock mooning up at the window of the women's quarters, and we have located most of them. No blame attaches to them, do you understand that? We only want to question them about what they may have seen. If you know of such a person, you'll be doing him a favor by telling us his name.
When they were finished, they tossed him his clothes and told him he could get dressed. In due course, a Palace official came for him, accompanied by two hulking bruisers in the Vizier's livery: corkscrew turbans, broad pantaloons, and green brocade tunics. The official was a fleshy man with a large jaw and a bulging dome of forehead, his robe trimmed at collar, cuffs, and hem with silver fur. "Hurry, you mustn't keep him waiting," the official said. " The official pursed his lips. " Hamid-Jones exclaimed, un-able to hide his astonishment.