To light the way, coolies carried long iron tridents tipped with balls of tow soaked in oil. The mass moved slowly forward through the people, suddenly soothed to silence. The procession paused at the wayside altars, and then, in the middle of a circle formed by the torch-bearers and coloured lights, the sacred bayad猫res appeared鈥攖hree girls with bare heads, dressed in stiff new sarongs heavy with tinkling trinkets, and an old woman crowned with a sort of very tall cylindrical tiara of red velvet embroidered with gold. Very sweet-toned bagpipes and some darboukhas played a slow tune, and the dancers began to move; they spun slowly round, their arms held out, their bodies kept rigid, [Pg 137]excepting when they bowed to the shrine. The crude light of the red fire or the sulphurous flare of the torches fell on their glittering ornaments, alternately festive and mysterious, shedding over the performance an atmosphere at once dreamy and magically gorgeous. 七星彩13115开奖结果 It was this kind of strong customer demand in the small towns that made it possible for Wal-Mart to getstarted in the first place, that enabled our stores to thrive immediately, and that eventually made itpossible to spread the idea pretty much all over the country. For many years, we lived entirely off theprinciple that customers in the country and in small towns are, just like their relatives who left the farmand moved to the city: they want a good deal as much as anybody. When we arrived in these little townsoffering low prices every day, satisfaction guaranteed, and hours that were realistic for the way peoplewanted to shop, we passed right by that old variety store competition, with its 45 percent markups,limited selection, and limited hours. and at ten I was sent to bed and here I am, writing to you. could be like inside. I never expected to see with my own eyes-- That's why I come in every Saturday morning usually around two or three, and go through all the weeklynumbers. I steal a march on everybody else for the Saturday morning meeting. I can go through thosesheets and look at a store, and even though I haven't been there in a while, I can remind myself ofsomething about it, the manager "maybe, and then I can remember later that they are doing this muchbusiness this week and that their wage cost is such and such. I do this with each store every Saturdaymorning. It usually takes about three hours, but when I'm done I have as good a feel for what's going onin the company as anybody heremaybe better on some days. I met her through the McBrides, and she is a very charming woman. On the stone ceiling of almost every temple four large women's faces and certain crouching[Pg 75] gnomes appear in fresh red paint. In the very dim twilight that comes in through the narrow windows hung with blue gauze, the idols are visible behind lattices: white Buddhas blazing with sparkling gems that hang on their wrists and ankles, or form a perfect breastplate; and every one, without exception, has an enormous glittering imitation diamond in his forehead. Obviously, everybody who went to work in a Wal-Mart didn't get rich. But there've been many storiesover the years of associates who've made enough at least to buy their first car, or own their first home,and we've had several associates who've retired with over a million dollars in profit sharing. We've beenable to help our associates to a greater degree than most companies because of what you'd have to callenlightened self-interest; we were selfish enough to see in the beginning the value to the company ofletting them share the profits.