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PART II - CHAPTER XX

Great? One only may kneel there whose heritage is pure, and in whose flesh is the blood of the Ancients unadulterated.'
" Your father is generous. He sends you a thousand pieces of silver. When the child is born, pay her, and let her return to her own country. Long enough you have played. Now resume your duties. Hear the Command! Marry the one chosen for you. The daughter of Li becomes impatient at this long delay. The family of Li have been patient, preferring to allow the marriage to wait until your madness-known throughout the city, so that it is a scandal and a disgrace to the clan-is past. But now they will wait no longer; they demand their rights. The marriage can no longer be postponed. Youth is passing, and the sons begot and borne in youth are best."
And he handed to my brother a heavy bag of silver.
But my brother took the silver and threw it upon the ground. He bent forward, and his eyes were like double-edged knives, seeking the other's heart. His anger had been mounting under his icy face, and now it burst forth as terrible as lightning, unforeseen out of a clear sky.
" Return to that one! " he shouted. "Bid him

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