A rattling laugh broke from hsien Sgam, a laugh that was punctuated by a crash.
"hsien Sgam was the first to show me where the jewels were hidden," she resumed.
hsien Sgam's vermilion-lacquered sedan-chair swayed along at his side, and in front and rear was a file of leather-helmeted men.
To Trent it seemed the essence of hsien Sgam's story—his tragedy.
To one of these cardinals hsien Sgam spoke, and the former parted lacquered sliding-doors and disappeared.
The doors parted and he stepped out, motioning to hsien Sgam.
Realizing it would be unwise to offend hsien Sgam at the outset, the Englishman accepted the proffered hand.
Immediately hsien Sgam got to his feet, instructing Trent to do the same.
Trent drew the revolver from beneath his garments; passed it to hsien Sgam.
As Trent watched hsien Sgam, an emotion almost of pity smote him.