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CHAPTER XX - Marriage by Quetzalcoatl

dark fingers, quickly adjusting his setting needle, quick as lightning threading his pattern, then bringing down the beam heavily to press it tight. The serape was woven on a black warp, long fine threads of black, like a harp. But beautiful beyond words the perfect, delicate scarlet weaving in.
`For whom is that?' said Kate to Cipriano. `For you?'
`Yes,' he said. `For me!'
The other weaver was weaving a plain white serape with blue and natural-black ends, throwing the spool of yarn from side to side, between the white harp-strings, pressing down each thread of his woof heavily, with the wooden bar, then treddling to change the long, fine threads of the warp.
In the shadow of the mud shed, the pure colours of the lustrous wool looked mystical, the cardinal scarlet, the pure, silky white, the lovely blue, and the black, gleaming in the shadow of the blackish walls.
The fat man with the one eye brought serapes, and two boys opened them one by one. There was a new one, white, with close flowers of blue on black stalks, and with green leaves, forming the borders, and at the boca, the mouth, where the head went through, a whole lot of little, rainbow-coloured flowers, in a coiling blue circle.
`I love that!' said Kate. `What is that for?'
`It is one of Ramon's; they are Quetzalcoatl's colours, the blue and white and natural black. But this one is for the day of the opening of the flowers, when he brings in the goddess who will come,' said Cipriano.
Kate was silent with fear.
There were two scarlet serape.r with a diamond at the centre, all black, and a border-pattern of black diamonds.
`Are these yours?'
`Well, they are for the messengers of Huitzilopochtli. Those are my colours: scarlet and black. But I myself have white as well, just as Ramon has a fringe of my scarlet.'
`Doesn't it make you afraid?' she said to him, looking at him rather blenched.
`How make me afraid?'
`To do this. To be the living Huitzilopochtli,' she said.
`I am the living Huitzilopochtli,' he said. `When Ramon

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