As to the porter, she requested him to come and help her and her sister.
She next went over to the door of a closet and signed to the porter to follow her.
The porter did as he was bid, but as he led the dog to Zobeida it uttered piercing howls, and gazed up at her with looks of entreaty.
They then turned to the porter to see if he could explain the mystery, but the porter was no wiser than they were themselves.
Madam," answered the porter, "these gentlemen entreat you to explain to them why you should first whip the dogs and then cry over them, and also how it happens that the fainting lady is covered with scars.
But they made up their minds to die bravely, all except the porter, who loudly inquired of Zobeida why he was to suffer for other people's faults, and declared that these misfortunes would never have happened if it had not been for the Calenders, who always brought ill-luck.
In spite of her anger, there was something so comic in the groans of the porter that Zobeida could not refrain from laughing.
Those that will tell us their histories and their reasons for coming here shall be allowed to leave unhurt; those who refuse--" And she paused, but in a moment the porter, who understood that he had only to relate his story to set himself free from this terrible danger, immediately broke in,
I recall one family from your own city, Miss Strong, whom I liked particularly--Professor Porter and his daughter.
He had never seen a white man or woman until Professor Porter and his party were marooned on the coast right at the threshold of his tiny cabin.
whispered Jane Porter, and the young man turned to see her standing, wide-eyed and wondering, close beside him.
Porter firmly by the arm and hurried the weakly protesting old gentleman off in the direction of Cape Town, fifteen hundred miles to the south.