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Examples of Scene
Dark faces grinned over the steaming pot at the door of the cafes, idlers on the benches smoked hasheesh, female street-dancers bared their faces shamelessly to the men, and indolent musicians beat on their tiny drums, and sang the song of "O Seyyid," or of "Antar"; and the reciter gave his sing-song tale from a bench above his fellows.
The fellah gave labour and taxes and backsheesh and life to the State, and the long line of tyrants above him, under the sting of the kourbash; the high officials gave backsheesh to the Prince Pasha, or to his Mouffetish, or to his Chief Eunuch, or to his barber, or to some slave who had his ear.
Yet he appeared to be casually doing a trivial and necessary act.
He got up and replaced it with an attentive air.
He made a gesture so cruelly, so darkly, suggestive that Nahoum turned his head away.
First, Nahoum told the story of David's coming, and Kaid's treatment of himself, the foreshadowing of his own doom.