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My God! What I skilled at that second! I shall always remember it. i used to be seized with violent trembling, which was once all of the extra violent simply because i used to be inwardly attempting to restrain myself and never express my pleasure. What I saw—was it no longer accurately what I had spent lengthy months of sleepless nights brooding about! It was once a map of what's known as ‘pre-sand Egypt’. With nice attempt, I persevered attempting to glance as if I weren't relatively drawn to this factor and pointed out whatever else. The priest rolled up the parchment and positioned it again within the chest. i used to be no Russian prince to pay 200 kilos for creating a replica, but this map used to be maybe no much less essential to me than to him. I hence made up our minds, then and there, that at any rate i have to have a replica, and instantaneously started to imagine the way it might be received. via this time Pogossian used to be feeling quite a bit higher that we used to take him out at the terrace, the place he may sit down for lengthy hours within the solar. I prepared that he could allow me recognize while the priest went out on his enterprise and the following day, on listening to from him that the priest had left the home, I went stealthily into his room to slot a key to his heirloom chest. the 1st time i used to be unable to notice all of the information of the most important, and it was once now not until eventually the 3rd try, after a number of filings, that I succeeded in making one healthy. One night, days earlier than our departure, whereas the priest used to be absent, I bought into his room back and took the parchment from the chest. I took it to our room and during the evening Pogossian and that i traced the entire info of the map, after having coated it with oiled paper. tomorrow I placed the parchment again as an alternative. From the instant I had this treasure—so choked with secret and promise—securely and unnoticeably sewn within the lining of my outfits, it used to be as though all my different pursuits and intentions evaporated. a zeal which was once to not be confined arose in me to arrive at any price and at once the areas the place, using this treasure, i'll ultimately appease that hope for wisdom which prior to now or 3 years had given me no relaxation, gnawing me inside of like a malicious program. After this might be justifiable, yet nevertheless—whatever approach one regards it—culpable therapy of the hospitality of the Armenian priest, I talked issues over with my nonetheless half-sick comrade Pogossian. I persuaded him to not spare his lean monetary assets yet to shop for strong neighborhood saddle-horses, of the sort we had spotted in the course of our remain there and whose abnormal, quickly, ambling trot we had famous, in order that lets trigger once attainable towards Syria. The gait of the horses bred in that locality is certainly so tender that you can actually experience on them virtually on the velocity of the flight of a giant chook, maintaining in one’s hand a glassfull of water with no spilling a unmarried drop. i can't describe the following all of the ups and downs of our trip, nor the unexpected situations which compelled us usually to alter our path. i'm going to purely say that precisely 4 months once we took depart of that hospitable and kindly Armenian priest, we reached town of Smyrna, the place, at the night of our arrival, we had an event which occurred to be a turning-point within the next future of Pogossian.

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