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She asks her grandmother

how the lamp was so

impressively made and if it

was with any ambition that

it came into her possession.  Her

grandmother sipped her

warm chai and

denied that it was difficult and

said that the men from the next village

found the rubies in a deserted

madame’s bedroom and that

she was friends of those men, and

that the denial of ambition

is a thing to praised with

rubies, so they gave

her this prized fixture

that they made over the evenings

of many weeks, after the revolution

stabilized and the work

came in better supply.  The grandmother

told her child that it

was a wonderful thing

for bringing light

unto the world and making

her rooms most filled

with something

of a spirit of righteous labour.