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e; there t▓ortuous paths and channels of ●running water where the slim bird●-forms of river-craft moved about their ta●sk of loading tibbin (cor

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n); they were ne●aring the village now.A bridge rose high up▓on mudbanks, crowned by a magni●ficent grove of palms, with a row of● coloured boat

windows a

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s waiting for the boom to lift.H▓ere on the rise one glimpsed for a ●moment the blue magnetic haze of ●a desert horizon lying beyond this hoard●

nd shatter

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ed strip of plenty, of green plantations● and water.Round a corner they came upo●n a k

not of villagers waiting for ●them who set up cries of ‘What▓ honour to the village!’ and ‘You bring b▓lessings!’ walking beside them as they rode s▓m

ed doors.T

iling onwards.Some advanced on them, ●the notables, catching a hand to kiss, a▓nd some even kissing

Nessim’●s stirrup-irons.So they passed through ▓the village against its patch of emerald w▓ater and dominated by the gracefu●l fig-shaped minaret, and the cl▓uster of dazzling beehive domes which distingui●shed the Coptic church of their foref

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ather▓s.From here, the road turned back

a●gain across the fields to the gr●eat house within its weather-stained

oute●r walls, ruined and crumblin▓g with damp in many places, and in ▓others c

overed by such graffiti as the su▓p

erstitious leave to charm the ▓afreet — black talismanic handp●rints,

or the legend ‘B’ism’▓illah ma’sha’llah’ (may God avert evil▓).It was for

these pious villagers that i▓ts te

nants had raised on the corne▓rs of the wall tiny wooden windmills● in

the shape of men with rev▓olving arms, to scare the afreet awa▓y.This was the m

anor-house of ●Karm Abu Girg which belo

nged to ▓them.Emin, the chief stewar▓d, was waiting at the outer gate wi

t▓h the usual gruff greetings which▓ custom demanded, surrounded by a gr●oup of

shy boys to hold the horses ●and help

their riders dismount.T●he great folding doors of the courtyard▓ with th

eir pistol bolts and inscribed pane▓ls were set back so that they could wa●lk di

rectly into the courtyard against wh

ich ▓the house itself was built, tilted up●on two levels — the ceremo

nial first ●floor looking down sideways ▓along the vaulted arches below — a cou

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