Only you say, Dramana, that the priests have been tothe shed. As I said, the
Baas has grown quite clever all of asudden. That is quite a good plan,
especially as itwill save us trouble with her afterwards.
I think alsothat I am
to be sacrificed with you.
Then find out, for I want to learn if your
conclusions agree with myown, I answered. We cannot get into theplace where the
stone gate is which you would destroy.
You little wretch, I said; you infernal,
clever little wretch! So we went away, but I, lingering behind, examined the
hole and thepin very carefully. In short, the Tree of Illusions was a
monopolyof the priests. This explained everything, and really the details did
notmatter. Therefore, so far as we were concerned thetask was impossible; that
idea must be dismissed. As I have told you, the priests ofHeu-Heu are masters
of magic, Lord. Then they are bad masters, for they have found out nothing,
My father, I presume, Hans, I replied airily. This
clay we stuck all over theflasks and the stones to a thickness of several
inches. I repeated to myself with inward sarcasm as Ilay down and shut my eyes.
However, I risked it and spoke to her, though doubtfully, for Idid not like the
look of her.
Windlasses had notoccurred to the Walloos. Come on, Hans, while
the mist still lies thick; it may lift at anymoment, I added. I was the lastof
our party, and as I was sliding into the hollow I took a good lookround.
to save that unfortunate woman, or to die in theattempt.
He sprang at the
fellowas a leopard springs. Is it a timeto laugh when all our plans have come
to nothing? We shall not leave her, Hans, that is if things go as I hope;
weshall leave someone else.
Never, I think, did twotragically separated
relations have a stranger meeting.
Aminute later Sabeela was free and I had cut
the lashings which boundher arms. The lake might come over the crest of the
wall, I suggested.
Hans, you are a brute to think that I mean anything of the
sort, Isaid indignantly. Come on, Hans, while the mist still lies thick; it may
lift at anymoment, I added.