Ooh, I can see what Horace Holly means when he says that “She”,
“She-who-must-be-obeyed” is dressed from head to toe in a shimmery
white chiffon type dress, but that the pink tinge of flesh is visible underneath.
He has been specially called to meet She (her) and has just
requested to look at her face under the veils. That’s where we left off.
Are we ready for this? Here we are in the middle of Africa–nobody knows
we’re here. Who could we call if we needed help? Oh, it’ s not us? Oh, good.
Then let’s keep reading.
“She-who-must-be-obeyed” agrees to drop her disguised dressings and
Lo! and Behold!
Horace Holly is smitten beyond words. What a beauty!
And yet almost something evil about her . . .
But he’s a goner—in love with She for keeps. (Gosh, this book makes it
difficult to write correctly in the nominative and objective case.)
The love is not returned, however, for, remember, She is waiting for
her old lover to be reborn and grow up to join her.
Holly begins to wonder if Leo is the boy wonder, and if he will have
competition for the hand of She. Of course he will! He is ugly, remember,
and Leo is the golden Lion. Holly feels guilty about wishing that maybe
Leo won’t recover from his fever . . .
“She” asks if Holly would like a tour of the mountain, he agrees, and they
take an extensive tour. Seems like the whole place is a burial ground for
people who inhabited the place for the last 2ooo years—all mummified and
in perfect condition. (Not of general interest.)
Little does “She” know that Holly accidentally, in the night, observed She
having quite an angry snit over a mummified figure—-but, then, why
Chapters fly by and we are brought to——well, you’ll see. To be continued.