The Kohen alone landed; the rest remained on board, and almah and I with them.
He said something, whereupon almah arose and beckoned to me to follow.
Each bird carried two men, but for almah and me there was a bird apiece.
almah had spoken these words and stood looking at me with a face of woe.
She never noticed her, she never spoke of her, and she always made her visits to me after almah had gone.
As for almah, she stood pale and trembling, with a face of horror.
There was but one thought in my mind—it was not of myself, but of almah.
almah was with me, and so long as she was spared to me I could endure this life.
You and almah are victims and the State has given you the matchless honor of death.
This, too, seemed probable to almah, who was quite anxious to go.
Egyptian dancing-girl, belly-dancer, 1814, perhaps from Arabic almah (fem. adjective), "learned, knowing," from alama "to know." Or perhaps from a Semitic root meaning "girl" (cf. Hebrew alma "a young girl, a damsel").