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Basharat Peer's strong memoir approximately starting to be up in war-torn Kashmir.

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Lieutenant Harry Fitzgerald was passing not a hundred feet away, on a gray gelding Mariana recognized from two years earlier. How could she have missed that distinctive uniform with its black, shiny helmet and long, scarlet horsehair plume? How could she have missed Fitzgerald's handsome Roman profile or his strong, stocky body, so different from Hassan's long slim form in its flowing Eastern clothes? Panic overtook her. She looked away, unable to speak. Aunt Claire pinched her leg. ” fluted Lady Macnaghten.

He asked, inclining his head toward the paper on the table. “I have, Munshi Sahib,” she replied, frowning up at him, “but today is not a day for mystic poetry. ” Her dread returned as she told him of her dream. While she spoke, he shifted his gaze to the doorway and looked outside, as if he were imagining the same column of black-clad mourners marching noiselessly past her tent. ” she asked, when she had finished. He looked into her questioning face, his expression unreadable. ” “Please, Munshi Sahib,” she begged.

Charles Mott offered Mariana a longing glance. Aunt Claire beamed with pleasure at such public recognition, then bent toward Mariana as a tall, plain-looking woman strode in, escorted by an army major and followed by a young, sour-faced version of herself. “That is Lady Sale and her daughter, Mrs. Sturt,” Aunt Claire murmured, as the two women were handed to front-row seats. Mariana studied the new arrival's angular profile. No one could have been less like the manicured Lady Macnaghten than the wife of the Hero of Ghazni, with her thin-lipped face and unbecoming gown.

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