Excerpt from Ministers of Grace: A Novelette
The Syrian peddler wore a black skull-cap heavily braided. About his spare waist was buttoned a sort of cloth skirt, the wide flare of which accented the slightness of his figure. He had, indeed, so Wade decided, the lines of an ancient Egyptian, as shown in the vivacious mural sketches of Theban times. His finely impressed features were of a rich bronze tone, his mellow, appealing eyes very dark. As he lifted from his linen pack and flung before the women on the hotel steps a strip of crimson silk, or a gold-wrought tissue of white, a kind of alien grace and distinction disclosed themselves in his motions.
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