Life does not seem as pleasant as it did this morning. A new ailment, O my Amrah; and you who know me so well, who never failed me, may think of the things now that answer for food and medicine. Bring me what you choose." Amrah's questions, and the voice in which she put them low, sympathetic, and solicitous were significant of an endeared relation between the two.
Amrah's steps were then heard returning. "Hist!" he said. "Do not let her know of what I am thinking." The faithful slave came in with breakfast, and placed the waiter holding it upon a stool before them; then, with white napkins upon her arm, she remained to serve them. They dipped their fingers in a bowl of water, and were rinsing them, when a noise arrested their attention.
Thus encouraged Tirzah took Amrah's hand and arose; but as they were going, Amrah said, "Stay; the man is returning." And they waited for him. "I pray your grace, woman," he said, upon overtaking them. "Remembering that the sun will be hot before the Nazarene arrives, and that the city is near by to give me refreshment should I need it, I thought this water would do thee better than it will me.
"Our father's mother wore it I do not know how many Sabbaths in her life. It has cured I do not know how many people more than three anyhow. It is approved look, here is the mark of the rabbis." "I have no faith in amulets." She raised her eyes to his in astonishment. "What would Amrah say?" "Amrah's father and mother tended sakiyeh for a garden on the Nile." "But Gamaliel!"