The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5

The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5
The Romance of a Mummy and Egypt

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The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5 by Théophile Gautier

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The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5
The Romance of a Mummy and Egypt

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ve had recourse to the services of the polyglot dragomans--who end by not knowing any language--are well acquainted with. Fortunately, both Lord Evandale and his learned companion knew the various tongues from which Argyropoulos borrowed. "I can place at your disposal," he went on, "some hundred energetic fellahs who, under the spur of whip and bakshîsh, would dig with their finger-nails to the very centre of the earth. We may try, if it pleases your lordship, to clear away a buried sphinx or a shrine, or to open up a hypogeum."

On seeing that his lordship remained unmoved by this tempting enumeration, and that a sceptical smile flitted across the doctor's face, Argyropoulos understood that he had not to deal with easy dupes, and he was confirmed in his intention to sell to the Englishman the discovery on which he reckoned to complete his fortune and to give a dowry to his daughter.

"I can see that you are scholars, not ordinary tourists, and that vulgar curiosity does not bring you here,"

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