CHAPTER THE ELEVENTH
‘Sweet to dance to violins.’

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WE came out from Adrian’s into a Cairene darkness made of velvet, hung with little red jewels that were the street-lights, and very quiet except for the whoom and clatter of the distant streetcars that held towards Esbekieh. I looked for a taxi, but none was to be found, and we walked the rutty streets towards the garage by Bab el Hadid where Pelagueya had left her automobile. But less than a score of yards from Adrian’s door Pelagueya took my arm and said : “Listen!”

And then, remote to our left through the night, we heard the distance-softened clamour of dance-music. A violin dominated the sound and sank and rose again. A ball was in progress in some place. Pelagueya’s face was a dim red-ochred silhouette.

“I’d love to dance. Where is it, Anton?”

In a moment I was sure. “No public place, I am afraid. It is the Pension Avallaire. The ball of the season for residents. Why———!”

I had suddenly recollected Aslaug Simonssen. Pelagueya threw away her cigarette.

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