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83 Wherever you go, wherever you stay, offer the poor and the traveller food and drink, and above all,. honour the stranger whencesoever he comes, whether he be simple, or of good family, or ambassador. 84 Turkey One fine day, people say: ‘A stranger, alone, without kith or kin, is dead . . ‘... Then they wash him with cold water. That is what happens to any exile like myself. My tongue speaks, my eyes weep . . my heart burns at the thought of the many exiles, without kith or kin. My star in the sky, is it perhaps as lonely, as abandoned as I am?

Khan-Djangar and his followers set off at a gallop. Pagnka then said to Kabiboula: ‘See where thy thefts have brought thee! Thou art strong and brave, but thou hast used thy strength to do evil instead of good. ’ ‘No time? Why? The main thing is to desire sincerely to mend one’s ways, the rest will come of its own accord. ’ Khabiboula could not believe his ears, but Pagnka smiled kindly upon him and said: ‘I am not jesting; I am telling the truth. Khan-Djangar enjoined me to guard thee “as I would my soul”; and dost thou know how one should guard one’s soul?

She began chasing them. The woman knew the area well and ran straight towards the ditches and banks of Hhargega. As she chased them Dheg-Dheer muttered to herself: ‘Look how fat she is. Look at her buttocks. The way they shake as she runs. Look at the little boy she carries. How plump he is. I must catch them. How delicious they will be. ’ The woman reached the ditches and banks and crossed them before Dheg-Dheer. The beast then got very angry. She threw sand on her body, scratched herself and plucked her hair..

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