THE AFGHAN QUEEN AND A NICE GESTURE OF ATATÜRK
About the middle of the party, we also started to play. After one or two
songs Atatürk and Queen came near to us, apparently the Queen plays Kanun (a
zithar-like instrument) she listened to Vedat playing admirably while she showed
her admiration the long skirts of her evening dress, which she smoothed with her
fingers. There was a silk mass on the ground. The king must have been irritated
by this so touched the Queen’s foot with the tip of his boot, when Atatürk bowed
down politely and took the skirts dropped down and gave them back to the Queen.
I have never forgot the significance I saw in the Queen’s eyes when she was
looking at Atatürk and the King despite many yearshave passed.