The Viceroy's Protégé
"Now," he said, "as you have seen my collection, will you like to explore the Palace?"
To this proposition I gladly assented, and we set off together. An hour later, satiated with the beauty of what I had seen, and feeling as if I had known the man beside me all my life, I bade him good-bye upon the steps, and prepared to return to the spot where my horse was waiting for me.
"One of my servants will accompany you," he said, "and will conduct you to the city."
"I am greatly indebted to you," I answered. "Should I not see you before, I hope you will not forget your promise to call upon me either in Calcutta, before we leave, or in London next year."
He smiled in a peculiar way.
"You must not think me so blind to my own interests