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“A British private, his uniform unrecognisable, being railed at by an old mem-sahib as he helped her into a cart, until she was settled, when she said, "Thank you, my good man, thank you very much," and began searching her reticule for a tip.”
“And Skene mem-sahib said to Faiz Ali, 'If it pleases you, you may burn me alive, or do what you will, if you will spare the children.”
“Han, mem-sahib," says I, thrusting away respectfully, and she gave a contented little squeal and grappled me like a wrestler.”
“We are not Indian at all, mem-sahib," says I. "We are descended from the people of Ibrahim, Ishak and Yakub, who were led from the Khedive's country by one Moses.”
“His bungalow was a pretty big establishment, you see, just off the east end of the Mall, near the British infantry lines, with about thirty servants, and since there was no proper mem-sahib, and his khansamah* (* Butler.) was almost senile, there was no order about the place at all.”
“And I cried out: ` Shabash, mem-sahib! 'and ` Heep-heep-heep-hoora', as the sahibs do, to comfort her.”
“Believe it or not as you like, she dropped her hand-kerchief by my chair as she sailed out of the dining-room that evening (a thing I thought they did only in comic skits on the halls), so I told a bearer to take it after the mem-sahib, satisfied myself that her husband was improving his gout with port in company with other dodderers, and sauntered up to her rooms on the first floor.”
“A threadbare Persian carpet lay on the floor like an exhausted mem-sahib.”
“He watched Justine's form through this aqueous lens like a primitive peeping through the foliage at an intruding mem-sahib.”
“And Skene mem-sahib said to Faiz Ali, ‘If it pleases you, you may burn me alive, or do what you will, if you will spare the children.’”
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