The heave and the halt and the hurl and the crash of the comber wind-hounded?
The sleek-barrelled swell before storm grey, foamless, enormous, and growing?
Stark calm on the lap of the Line or the crazy-eyed hurricane blowing?
His Sea in no showing the same his Sea and the same neath all showing His Sea that his being fulfils?
So and no otherwise so and no otherwise hill-men desire their Hills!
The Sea and the Hills.
I have found my heart again, said E23, under cover of the platforms tumult. Hunger and fear make men dazed, or I might have thought of this escape before. I was right. They come to hunt for me. Thou hast saved my head.
A group of yellow-trousered Punjab policemen, headed by a hot and perspiring young Englishman, parted the crowd about the carriages. Behind them, inconspicuous as a cat, ambled a small fat person who looked like a lawyers tout.
See the young Sahib reading from a paper. My description is in his hand, said E23. They go carriage by carriage, like fisher-folk netting a pool.
When the procession reached their compartment, E23 was counting his beads with a steady jerk of the wrist; while Kim jeered at him for being so drugged as to have lost the ringed fire-tongs which are the Saddhus distinguishing mark. The lama, deep in meditation, stared straight before him; and the farmer, glancing furtively, gathered up his belongings.
Nothing here but a parcel of holy-bolies, said the Englishman aloud, and passed on amid a ripple of uneasiness; for native police mean extortion to the native all India over.
The trouble now, whispered E23, lies in sending a wire as to the place where I hid that letter I was sent to find. I cannot go to the tar-office in this guise.
Is it not enough I have saved thy neck?
Not if the work be left unfinished. Did never the healer of sick pearls tell thee so? Comes another Sahib! Ah!
This was a tallish, sallowish District Superintendent of Police belt, helmet, polished spurs and all strutting and twirling his dark moustache.
What fools are these Police Sahibs! said Kim genially.
E23 glanced up under his eyelids. It is well said, he muttered in a changed voice. I go to drink water. Keep my place.
He blundered out almost into the Englishmans arms, and was bad-worded in clumsy Urdu.
Tum mut? You drunk? You mustnt bang about as though Delhi station belonged to you, my friend.
E23, not moving a muscle of his countenance, answered with a stream of the filthiest abuse, at which Kim naturally rejoiced. It reminded him of the drummer-boys and the barrack-sweepers at Umballa in the terrible time of his first schooling.
My good fool, the Englishman drawled. Nickle-jao! Go back to your carriage.
Step by step, withdrawing deferentially, and dropping his voice, the yellow Saddhu clomb back to the carriage, cursing the D.S.P. to remotest posterity by here Kim almost jumped by the curse of the
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