THE THIEF WHO LAUGHED AND WEPT
Vikram and the Vampire
in virtue of your majesty's unintelligent
reply, I may remark that men may laugh
and cry, or may cry and laugh, about everything in this world, from their neighbours' deaths, which, as a general rule,
in no wise concern them, to their own
latter ends, which do concern them exceedingly.
For my part, I am in the habit of laughing
at everything, because it animates the
brain, stimulates the lungs, beautifies
the countenance, and—for the moment,
good-bye, Raja Vikram!
The warrior king, being forewarned this
time, shifted the bundle containing the
Baital from his back to under his arm,
where he pressed it with all his might.
This proceeding, however, did not prevent the Vampire from slipping back to
his tree, and leaving an empty cloth with
Presently the demon was trussed up as
usual; a voice sounded behind Vikram,
and the loquacious thing again began to
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