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    Aug 26, Pages download. Aug 26, Pages. Cornelius von Baerle lives only to cultivate the elusive black tulip and win a magnificent prize for its creation. But when his powerful godfather is assassinated, the unwitting Cornelius becomes caught up in a deadly political intrigue. Falsely accused of high treason by a bitter rival, Cornelius is condemned to life in prison. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. Join Reader Rewards and earn your way to a free book! Join Reader Rewards and earn points when you download this book from your favorite retailer. Paperback —.

    Laleena has trouble sleeping, again. She says good-bye to her flower bed, but quickly digs up several bulbs Cengiz and Laleena were experimenting with.

    Laleena also brings some clothes, paintbrushes, herbal remedies, and a solider. She writes a letter to her mother, saying not to worry. When the sun starts appearing, Laleena goes to where her mother sleeps and places the coins near her. She cries, and says good-bye to her family, but leaves. Laleena is taken over the Caucasus Mountains, and finds she is the only girl from her village.

    The men would stop at other villages in their journey and pick up other girls, but all the girls were too timid to talk to each other. Laleena remembers earlier in the trip, traveling by camels and carts.

    Days later, the girls start seeing trees and flowers and start smelling a wet, salty smell, which Laleena hears other girls calling the sea and the other smells were from palm, orange, and lemon trees. The girls and Laleena are so taken into the largest and most magnificent city Laleena has ever seen, and she exclaims that this must be İstanbul.

    One of the brothers laughs, and comments to Cafer Efendi, the tall man. Cafer Efendi says nothing, and Laleena notices that he speaks less often, but when he does, he speaks with authority. Laleena asks about the city, Batum, and the Black Sea. She asks about the ships and Cafer Efendi says that if she is not well-behaved she will be thrown overboard, and never see the palace and the minarets.

    This leads Laleena to ask about minarets, which are towers on mosques, and the man answers, but delivers a warning as well. Laleena, apparently, asked too many questions and must learn to keep quiet, to avoid trouble. Later in the day, the girls sail out of the harbor on one of the ships. Even more girls join the group, ages ranging from seventeen to three or four years old.

    The girls are confined in a small storage room, with little to no light, and no space. Laleena becomes sea sick, and some girls faint from the lack of air.

    Towards the beginning, the girls had screamed and cried, but one of the men would come in with a whip, and though the screams would crescendo, they would soon die down. Many days in the voyage, Cafer Efendi opens the door and calls for Laleena, who stumbles out into the fresh air.

    She is led into a cabin with the brothers and other men. Cafe Efundi asks to see Laleena's hands and shows them to the men, commenting, "They are lovely, but I doubt they could do much hard work even though they are a bit rough. Laleena is enraged at being treated like an animal at the market, so she bites his hand hand really hard. The man slaps her and the men laugh. Laleena receives no food for two days, and Cafer Efendi leads her back to the room, and whispers to Laleena, "I told you to behave yourself.

    Must we throw you over board? The little girl is hurt and starts crying, but has no tears to cry with. Laleena reaches out and holds her, and the little girl stops crying and falls to sleep. Laleena's face is swollen, and she longs for her little twin brothers.

    But, she forges a bond with Lena, the little five-year-old girl.

    The two girls would talk and sing softly, and "taking care of her keeps [Laleena's] spirit alive. Lena has long, wavy white hair and Laleena thinks she looks like an angel.

    She is appalled that someone could marry off Lena, who is so young, and tells another older girl about her thoughts. The girl looks at Laleena in something like disgust and says, "Don't you know they are not taking us to husbands? We are slaves. They will sell us at the slave markets. A few start to cry, but are shushed by the older girl, in fear of the whip.

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    Laleena is in slight shock, barely being able to believe it. But, reflecting, she realizes had the girls going to be sold as brides, then the men would have taken better care of them so they would look well. Laleena closes her eyes and thinks about her fate. She is reminded of the words, Follow your destiny. Laleena wonders why her destiny led her here. She thinks it would have been better if she stayed with her family.

    Even if they had been poor, they would have been together. Laleena misses Cengiz, and her mother. Eventually the ship docks, and the girls hurry out onto the deck.

    Laleena tries to hold Lena's hand. Laleena looks at the city, filled with towers, and, once again, thinks this is İstanbul. However, Caferr Efendi says they still have a long way to go to İstanbul, and that the group will split. Some girls shall travel to İzmir, some to Salonica, and even more to Cairo. Laleena recognizes the name İzmir, but hasn't heard of the other places, and asks where she will go.

    Cafer Efendi says she will go to İstanbul, but when Laleena asks about Lena, he replies, "I cannot promise anything.

    And its not your business to know. In Trabzon, the city the girls arrived at, the girls went fifty to each slave boat, and, holding hands, Lena and Laleena boarded a boat headed for İstanbul. This boat is even worse than the first, and the girls suffer from thirst and seasickness. Storms make the voyage worst, and Laleena almost wishes the boat would hit rocks and end the nightmare. Many days later, the ships stops and the doors open.

    The brothers herd the girls onto the deck. Some girls are so weak from sitting in one position for such a long time, they must be carried or they will collapse. The brothers snap and say to hurry, and the girls breathe in the fresh air and look over the side rails at the water. It is evening, and the light is beautiful, filtering through light fog. Laleena gets her first look at İstanbul and is awed by the pure vastness of it. Forests, mansions, hills, spires, all exist under the protection of a giant wall.

    The girls disembark the ship, and Laleena holds Lena's hand tightly. They clamber into oxen carts and drive away, each girl competing for a seat near the edge so as to look at the amazing city.

    The sounds are completely different from the ones Laleena is used to hearing at home - loud horns and men's voices singing a lullaby from a minaret. Laleena and a few other girls are taken into one of the largest houses. Several elderly women took the girls into a hamam , which is a public bathroom. The girls are examined for lice, and scrubbed clean. Some girls were deloused and some had their hair cut, and Laleena pleads a woman to leave Lena's white hair alone - saying she is special being.

    The women thinks about this for a minute and leaves Lena undisturbed. Each girl is given a clean, simple cotton gown, and Laleena dresses and then helps Lena with hers.

    When going back to the giant house, Laleena sees other girls with dark, dark skin. She is told these girls are from a continent called Africa. The girls all eat a filling meal and sleep in clean beds. Laleena is so tired, she immeadiatley falls to sleep.

    Before the meal, the older girls and younger girls were separated, and Lena cried. Laleena's upset, but is afraid to point out their relationship, lest the two girls be separated on purpose continually. Come morning, the group travels down some stairs to a large room. An extremely well-dressed, rich woman comes into the room. The woman is very strong and muscular, but removes her veil to show a beautiful face.

    She eyes the girls and nods pleasantly. She speaks in Turkish. Now, I know you are simple girls with no manners, girls form all over the Ottoman Empire and or from even farther away.

    Over the next few days, I will show each of you how to walk like a willow and how to speak politely.

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    I will teach you how to use your eyes to express yourselves. You are pretty girls, and I will polish you. You must work hard, and you must obey. Laleena is very grateful she already knows Turkish, and feels for the girls who don't. Soon, the girls, on the outside, become girls from İstanbul. On the inside, each girl still longs for her homeland, though no one dares to speak of it. Laleena learns that the children are kept in a separate part of the house, and Laleena hopes to see Lena, and hopes she won't get into trouble because she is crying for Laleena.

    Days later, Madam Siranush arrives, looking nicer than normal. Today is market day and downloaders will examine the girls. She says to treat them nicely and smile.

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    All the downloaders were men, and they came and went all day. Laleena is surprised at how segregated the women and the men are. Her heart is stabbed when she hears a man carelessly say, "Give us a dozen," like the girls are chickens or livestock. But, that is how it is, and Madam Siranush crisply counts out twelve girls for him. More girls are sold, and Laleena is fascinated by the different types of payment - everything from gold to sacks of wheat to suits of armor to horses.

    Laleena isn't sold, and thinks it is because the men can sense her hate for them. But she worries wha tis to become of her if she is not sold.

    The next day is the same, and Laleena starts to become restless. But she notices a man looking at her, wearing clothes with embroidered flowers in golden thread. Laleena thinks this is an outfit for a woman, but the man comes up to her and hands her a coin, saying, "It has the Padishah's turah. You might need it someday. And I am repaying a debt. Laleena asks who the Padishah is, and learns he is the king and has a great empire, though Laleena has never heard of places like Italy, Persia, Morocco and Europe.

    You have no idea how vast this world is.

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    How many different creatures inhabit it. And how many different kinds of people live in it - people who harm each other unnecessarily. I support neither slavery nor war. Those misfortunes should be removed from our destiny. Life is too short and precious. The man stops trying to explain, and bless Laleena, giving her the coin. Laleena is touched by the man's kindness and gives him a tulip bulb in thanks.

    The man is floored by her generosity, and asks where she got it. Laleena admits she grew them before she came here with her brother. The man thanks her profusley and generously.

    He wishes to download Laleena, but doesn't support the slave trade. He promises to plant it and write a poem for it. I'll see what I can accomplish. But it was a small price to pay for what he had given me in a moment of kindness. Laleena overhears Madam Siranush saying to a man that if they are not bought the first day, they probably never will.

    The man inquires as to what will happen if a girl is not sold, and finds they will be turned into a beggar or a thief. Laleena knows what a beggar is - They are crippled on purpose so as to gain people's sympathy. Laleena prays someone will take her so she won't have to be hurt and forced to beg. She promises to act friendly tomorrow, and fears that tomorrow might be her only chance. Laleena prays for Lena. Earlier, another girl had told her Lena was sold to a man in İstanbul.

    Laleena hopes to see her again and is reminded of everything she had lost. More customers come the next day. An richly-dressed man arrived. Laleena is not sure where he is from, but understands from the way he dressed, moved, and how Madam Siranush acted, that he was someone important. Nor does Cornelius realize that he has inadvertently made an enemy of his next door neighbor, rival tulip breeder Isaac Boxtel.

    How is he ever to create the black tulip now? Despite their relative closeness on the map, most Frenchmen of the Nineteenth Century considered the Netherlands an exotic foreign land, preferring to travel to the south for their vacations and education. Dumas draws heavily on the fine tradition of Dutch painters both thematically and as an aid to the reader in imagining the events.

    Dumas was of mixed ancestry his paternal grandmother had been an Afro-Caribbean slave and his grandfather a French nobleman and his father, a general, had fallen out of favor with Napoleon when Alexandre was very young, impoverishing the family.

    Back to the novel. Cornelius shares that he managed to save three offsets from a bulb that very likely blossom into the black tulip. Rosa agrees to help him attempt to grow the tulip, and their affection for each other grows as well, also helped by Cornelius secretly teaching Rosa to read and write.

    Unfortunately, Isaac Boxtel has realized that Cornelius must still have the offsets. He begins a campaign to obtain the black tulip by any means necessary. Boxtel makes an interesting villain for the book, because he never confronts Cornelius directly, and Cornelius only vaguely recognizes him at the end of the book, never learning about his motives. Boxtel loves tulips as much as Cornelius, and has had a small success.

    Resentment and envy lead him to ever more openly criminal tactics in order to claim the prestige of presenting the black tulip and the prize money would be good too. Cornelius is good-hearted, but often puts his passion for tulips ahead of other considerations. For example, he first plans donating the entire prize to the poor, then a few minutes later switches that to half the prize so he can fund more tulip research. It takes Rosa to show Cornelius that some things are more important to him even than tulips…but not by much.

    Rosa realizes that her illiteracy is a weakness, and takes the initiative to ask Cornelius to teach her to read and write, which helps her immensely towards the end of the narrative. The narrator describes her as the sort of woman who is fearful over trifles, but has great courage in an actual crisis, which comes out towards the end. Both are believing Christians, and their prayers seem to be answered, but not without suffering along the way.

    The narrator flat out states that God is behind some of the coincidences that move the story along.