Having led him about ten paces, Willarski stopped.
The shrine of Imam Reza is the most venerated spot in Persia, and yearly visited by more than 100,000 pilgrims. Eastwick thus describes it (Journal of a Diplomat's Three Years' Residence in Persia, London, 1864) "The quadrangle of the shrine seemed to be about 150 paces square.
The fog had grown so dense that though it was growing light they could not see ten paces ahead.
The two of us took breaks and walked together, six paces, turn, six paces, turn, six paces, turn.
Five paces from him, a cannon ball tore up the dry earth and disappeared.