Harker and the Count: Chapter II

David Bowles
8 min readApr 23

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23 April 1893. Exeter.

Against my better judgment, it appears I will be going abroad soon, though not to broker a land deal in India as I have done before.

My mother, encouraging me to learn English and other languages spoken around us in East London, was wont to cite a Romani adage:

“Mashkar le Gazhende lêski shib si le Rromêski zor.” Amongst white strangers, the Rom’s best defence is his tongue.

David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. VP of the Texas Institute of Letters.