Mari

Suddenly from out of the reeds rush twenty men. They are all dressed in the same red cloaks and are carrying axes. A boy shouts, 'Soldiers' and everybody starts to run. The four smugglers hide behind the donkeys but are soon surrounded by the soldiers. A few people manage to hide in the marshes, but you are arrested along with the other smugglers. It will be many years before you are allowed home to Sippar.

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