The Temptress: Page 10 of 35

temper, Which always kept his servants complaining and g rumbling against him. He was an ambitious youth and laboured to be Great and popular (of course on the strength of wealth) It was for this purpose that his secretary Mr Mathews was engaged and he helped him to achieve this object to a great extent. When the Exchange Market showed signs of going down, Bawla got aal his wealth counted and found Forty Lakhs Rupees Cash in his possession. It is reported that out of this, 20 lakhs of Rupees were lavishly wasted by him for the sake of this notorious strumpet Mumtaz. Several of his sincere friends constantly urged upon him to get rid of that dragon; but all their entreaties proved of no avail

 Ah !   What a nice specimen of gentalman ! Surely a worthy Corporator worth the worth of his voters. It he Corporation to ba proud of such is a units and it is a hunded times disgraceful for journals like the Bombay chronicle to herald him as one of the brightest Stars, who when viewed in a merciless but right perspective cuts such a sorry figure, as to force all the saner element of the country to cast their heads down in shame and disgust. Opulence, thy name down is shame.

         There is another pioint worth considering On what principle did Bawla welcome Mumtaz? a paragon, a ‘pari’ of  paradise ? An unparalelled specimen of earthly beauty? A fountain of unquestioned Faith? Or did he entertain her as a helpless and forsaken woman pure innocence? To say that he welcomed her to his doors without the least knowledge of her past life fully gone into the details of her past life and the treachery she played against time faith of the Maharaja Holkarz before he condescended to offer his hand and evan life to her. One Allabux, a motor-drive was once giving motor-drive to this Temptress, when the pleasure-hunting Bawla happened to get a glimpse of her, and Him. “Love at first sight” was the only excuse which dragged Bawla to Mumtaz. It was quite in consonance with his nature, described above, that in the 'flush of his just impressions as a pleasurista He did not at all give a ray of thought to what mortal. evil he was clasping in the person of a beautiful woman, whose conspiring and adventurous nature was. surely an open book to him. Probably he thought that he was a match for all the effects of the conspiring and adventures of Mumtaz. Or was he revelling in a sort of boasting it was to his honer and dignity that he patronised a prostitute who was once the concubine of a great Indian Prince? Or, was he of the same conspiring and adventurous spirit as that of Mumtaz? Since, he disregarded all probable and improbable consequences arising from his union with this notorious strumpet, it is evident that he determined to stake his all on his “all” --the fairfaced and foul-hearted dragon Mumtaz. It is reported