an—he was a tall fellahîn—by the shoulder, and sent him spinning across the mosaic floor of the mandarah. The air was heavy with the perfume of ambergris.
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He turned the handle—the door proved to be unlocked—and entered the darkened room.
In the grate a huge fire glowed redly; the temperature of the place was almost unbearable. On the table the light from the silver lamp shed a patch of radiance, but the rest of the study was veiled in shadow.
A black-robed figure was seated in a high-backed, carved chair; one corner of the cowl-like garment was
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Dr. Cairn walked forward, until he stood over the other.
“Uncover what you have on the table,” he said succinctly.
Ferrara’s strange eyes were uplifted to the speaker’s with an expression in their depths which, in the Middle Ages, alone would have sent a man to the stake.
The husky voice had lost something of its suavity.
“You heard my order!”
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“Uncover what you have on the table. Or must I do so for you!”
Antony Ferrara placed his hand upon the end of the black robe which lay across the table.
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A faint smell—a smell of corruption, of ancient rottenness—arose on the superheated air.
A square of faded linen lay on the table, figured with all but indecipherable Egyptian characters, and upon it, in rows which formed a definite geometrical design, were arranged a great number of little, black insects.
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“Dermestes beetles! from the skull of a mummy! You filthy, obscene beast!”
Ferrara spoke, with a calm suddenly regained:
“Is there anything obscene in the study of beetles?”
“My son saw these things here yesterday; and last night, and again to-night, you cast magnified doubles—glamours—of the horrible creatures into 滨江哪里足浴是荤的 his rooms! By means which you know of, but which I know of,
too, you sought to bring your thought-things down to the material plane.”
“Dr. Cairn, my respect for you is great; but I fear that much study has made you mad.”
Ferrara reached out his hand towards an ebony box; he was smiling.
“Don’t dare to touch that box!”
He paused, glancing up.
“More orders, doctor?”
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