Chapter 19 Summary

A week before Shiva will give up his anklet, the family is driving into town. They are forced to the side of the road to allow His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie, and his motorcade to pass. They are near the Emperor’s Palace, which is lit for the Christmas season. It is 1963, the year in which America’s President Kennedy has been assassinated. Everything—pedestrians, cars, and horse-drawn carts—has come to a stop. A Land Rover, part of the Imperial Bodyguard, drives by; sitting on the tailgate are uniformed men with machine guns across their laps. After the Land Rover are eight roaring motorcycles followed by the royal Rolls Royce, green and polished. His Majesty sits inside to see and be seen as he drives past his people...

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