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Title: The Turquoise Cup, and, The Desert Author: Arthur Cosslett Smith Release Date: January 5, 2004 [eBook #10608] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 ***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE TURQUOISE CUP, AND, THE DESERT*** E-text prepared by Juliet Sutherland, Jeff Wigley, and Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreaders The Turquoise Cup, and, The Desert By Arthur Cosslett Smith 1903 -KHADIJA BELIEVES IN ME- CONTENTS I II The Turquoise Cup The Desert THE TURQUOISE CUP Tue Apr 04 21:34:17 2017 2 The Cardinal Archbishop sat on his shaded balcony, his well-kept hands clasped upon his breast, his feet stretched out so straight before him that the pigeon, perched on the rail of the balcony, might have seen fully six inches of scarlet silk stocking. The cardinal was a small man, but very neatly made.
His hair was as white as spun glass.
Perhaps he was sixty; perhaps he was seventy; perhaps he was fifty.
His red biretta lay upon a near-by chair.
His head bore no tonsure.
The razor of the barber and the scythe of Time had passed him by.
There was that faint tinge upon his cheeks that comes to those who, having once had black beards, shave twice daily.
His features were clearly cut.
His skin would have been pallid had it not been olive. A rebellious lock of hair curved upon his forehead.
He resembled the first Napoleon, before the latter became famous and fat. The pigeon’s mate came floating through the blue sky that silhouetted the trees in the garden.
She made a pretence of alighting upon the balcony railing, sheered off, coquetted among the treetops, came back again, retr...


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