The parrot of Isfahan by Friedrich Feld

By Friedrich Feld

TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN by means of W. KERSLEY HOLMES
Title web page of unique edition
DER PAPAGEI VON ISFAHAN
Copyright 1960 via Verlag Jungbrunnen, Vienna
First released within the United States
By Albert Whitman & corporation

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61 Having asked Duhuk if he understood and still received no answer, the Secretary laid tht document on the table and left with his escort. Ningal had seen the riders approaching and hidden herself. Now she came to her father with questioning eyes. 'The Governor says we must leave the country,' he told her. 'But why, father? ' ~. • . ,. ' she cried, 'and he told us he was a friend of the Governor's! ' Duhuk shook his head doubtfully. ' 'The other children will help. I can write, father. I'll write little notes saying "Mansur, help!

I know what you're thinking, that riches incite envy, and envy starts malicioµs thoughts. But what does that matter? Everybody knows how my wealth has come. I've cheated nobody. ' Just then Kasim called up to the roof. ' laughed Kelat. ' . One evening the following week, after the door had been closed, he told Kasim to take the bay horse-Kelat now had a pair of white ones for the carriage-and ride to Duhuk's house. The house was worth little, and the land around it was poor, but Kelat wanted to buy them.

He refused to eat and, going up to the roof, stood there in the afternoon heat gazing over the roofs and minarets of the town in the direction of Duhuk's farm. ' He forgot everything except that farm. When evening drew near, he descended to make himself ready to receive Nigudar, the Governor. He was standing at the door when the Governor's carriage with its two white horses, accompanied by four out-riders mounted on black horses, drew up. After a deep bow, he led the way through the hall into the garden, where 56 many lights were burning around Girmail'~ cage.

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