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And he felt a nameless fear creep into his heart, making him shiver again.
"Was that Abdulla here?"
Almayer looked after her, astonished. He did not seek the repose of his hammock. He walked the floor Coach Outlet Online absently, sometimes stopping by the balustrade to think. The lamp went out. The first streak of dawn broke over the forest; Almayer shivered in the damp air. "I give it up," he muttered to himself, lying down wearily. "Damn those women! Well! If the girl did not look as if she wanted to be kidnapped!"
"Be careful, Nina," said Cheap Louis Vuitton Almayer, after a short silence and rising from his Christian Louboutin Wedges chair, "when you go paddling alone into the creeks in your canoe. That Reshid is a violent scoundrel, and there is no saying what he may do. Do you hear me?"
man Reshid, she would be the mistress of all the splendours of Reshid's house, and first wife of the first Arab in the Islands, when he--Abdulla--was called to the joys of Paradise by Allah the All-merciful. "You know, Tuan," he said, in conclusion, "the other women Louis Vuitton Sale would be her slaves, and Reshid's house Hermes Bags is great. From Bombay he has brought great divans, and costly carpets, and European furniture. There is also a great looking-glass in a frame shining like gold. What could a girl want more?" And while Almayer looked upon him in silent dismay Abdulla spoke in a more confidential tone, waving his attendants away, and finished his speech by pointing out the material advantages of such an alliance, and offering to settle upon Almayer three thousand dollars as a sign of his sincere friendship and the price of the girl.
"He wanted to buy you for Reshid," answered Almayer, brutally, his anger getting the better of him, and looking at the girl as if in expectation of some outbreak of feeling. But Nina remained apparently unmoved, Discount Michael Kors Bags gazing dreamily into the black night outside.
"Do you think he would dare?" she asked, quickly, and then turned again to go in, adding in a lower tone, http://www.christianlouboutinshoeswm.com "He would not dare. Arabs are all cowards."
"Yes," said Almayer--"just gone."
Poor Almayer was nearly having a fit. Burning with the desire of taking Abdulla by the throat, he had but to think of his helpless position in the midst of lawless men to comprehend the necessity of diplomatic conciliation. He mastered his impulses, and spoke politely and coldly, saying the girl was young and as the apple of his eye. Tuan Reshid, a Faithful and Coach Outlet Store a Hadji, would not want an infidel woman in his harem; and, seeing Abdulla smile sceptically at Louis Vuitton Outlet that last objection, he remained silent, not trusting himself to speak more, not daring to refuse point-blank, nor yet to say anything compromising. Abdulla understood the meaning of that silence, and rose to Discount Michael Kors Handbags take leave with a grave salaam. Hermes Outlet He wished his friend Almayer "a thousand years," and moved down the steps, helped dutifully by Reshid. The torch- bearers shook their torches, scattering a shower of sparks into the river, and the cortege Chrisian Louboutin Shoes moved off, leaving Almayer agitated but greatly relieved by their departure. He dropped into a chair and watched the glimmer of the lights amongst the tree trunks till they disappeared and complete silence succeeded the tramp of feet and the murmur of voices. He did not move till the curtain rustled and Nina came out on the verandah and sat in the rocking-chair, where she used to spend many hours every day. She gave a slight rocking motion to her seat, leaning back with half-closed eyes, her long hair shading her face from the smoky light of the lamp on the table. Almayer looked at her furtively, but the face was as impassible as ever. She turned her head slightly towards her father, and, speaking, to his great surprise, in English, asked--
She was standing now, ready to go in, one hand grasping the curtain in the doorway. She turned round, throwing her heavy tresses back by a sudden gesture.
CHAPTER IV.
"And what did he want, father?"
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