The evil sorcerer Gargamel—and his cat Azrael—always hover nearby, in the hopes of kidnapping them.
Azrael began merrily putting on her garments, and helped Mariska also to dress; then she sent the duenna with a message to Hassan.
Hath not Azrael (the Angel of Death) stamped her with his signet?
Azrael returned to the kiosk, where Hassan Pasha was still sleeping the deep sleep of opium.
I saw that she must die—and I struggled desperately in spirit with the grim Azrael.
This he said speaking as a fool, because the only last chapter in life is that in which Azrael crosses the threshold.
Thus, ordinarily, should it have appeared, only after long pressure from Azrael's hand.
Azrael regarded the smiling Beg with sparkling eyes, anxiously awaiting what he would be bold enough to betray.
I took good note of it, Azrael, and there it is sitting on that poplar.
Azrael drew a pearl necklace from her arm and casting it into the water, pointed at the place where it fell.