the next day:
she came into the room to shut the windows while i were still in bed and I
saw she still looked ill. she was shivering, her face was white, and she walked
slowly as though it ached to move.
"What's the matter, atenra?''
''I've got a headache.''
''You better go back to bed.''
''No, I'm all right.''
''You go to bed. I'll see you when I'm dressed.''
But when I came to her room, she was dressed, sitting by the window,staring out at the city of egypt, looking a
very sick and miserable girl of 13 years. When I put my hand on her
forehead I knew she had a fever.
''You go up to bed,'' I said, ''you're sick.''
'I'm all right,' she said.
When the doctor came again, she took the temperature.
"what is it?" I asked her.
''One hundred and two.''
the doctor left three different medicines in different colored
capsules with instructions for giving them. One was to bring down the fever,
another a purgative, the third to overcome an acid condition. The germs of
a fever can only exist in an acid condition, she explained.
she said there was nothing to worry about if the
fever did not go above one hundred and four degrees. This was a light
epidemic of flu.
Back in the room I wrote the my sister's temperature down and made a note of the time to give the various capsules.
''Do you want me to stay with you?''
''All right. If you want to,'' she said . Her face was very white and there
were dark areas under her eyes. she lay still in bed and seemed very
detached from what was going on.
i told her that on one passed the test, but I could see she was not
following what I was reading.
''How do you feel, atenra?'' I asked her.
''Just the same, so far,'' she said.
I sat at the foot of the bed ,staring at her,
It would have been natural for her to go to sleep,
but she was looking at the foot of the bed, looking very
"Why don't you try to go to sleep? I'll wake you up for the medicine.''
''I'd rather stay awake.''
After a while she said to me, ''You don't have to stay here with me, atem, if it
''It doesn't bother me.''
''No, I mean you don't have to stay if it's going to bother you.''
I thought perhaps she was a little light-headed and after giving her the
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