Conversations and Journals in Egypt and Malta, Volume 1

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S. Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882 - 313 pagine
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Pagina 184 - I took her," said M. Bonfort, "into my house a widow. The husband was a soldier, and had sailed with the Turkish contingent to Constantinople, leaving her the mother of an infant; and was supposed to be dead. When she came into my family her infant was left with her aunt, and died. A few months ago her husband returned, found his child dead, and his wife in my service, and came to my house in great wrath to claim her. She was exceedingly frightened, clung to me for protection, and implored to be...
Pagina 162 - Cairo. The more I see of Cairo the more I am inclined to hate all its living inhabitants except my own friends and acquaintances. I hate the shopkeepers, with whom every transaction is a negotiation in which you lose your time or your money ; I hate the half-naked oneeyed men, and the black or white veiled female spectres that jostle and dirty you in the muddy passages called streets...
Pagina 184 - If I give you five guineas will you divorce her ? ' ' With the utmost pleasure,' he answered. So I sent for witnesses ; he repeated in their presence the formal words, ' I divorce thee once, I divorce thee twice, I divorce thee thrice,' and she has remained with me ever since.
Pagina 181 - Said Pasha is rash and flighty and conceited, and is spoilt by the flattery of the foreigners who surround him. They tell him, and he believes them, that he is a universal genius.
Pagina 224 - Niyhts are a specimen, turn on malevolence. Malevolence, not attributed, as it would be in European fiction, to some insult or injury inflicted by the person who is its object, but to mere envy: envy of wealth, or of the other means of enjoyment, honourably acquired and liberally used...
Pagina 162 - I hate the shopkeepers, with whom every transaction is a negotiation in which you lose your time or your money; I hate the half-naked, one-eyed men, and the black or white veiled female spectres that jostle and dirty you in the muddy passages called streets ; I hate the children covered with flies, the ungainly complaining camels, the stumbling donkeys, the teasing donkey-boys, the importunate beggars, the dogs, the flies, the mosquitos, and the fleas. In short, I hate everything in or about Cairo...
Pagina 12 - either to erect for him a steam-mill which would perform the same service much better, at half the expense, or to erect one myself if he would contract to let me grind for him at half the cost at which he grinds for himself. But so many interests are opposed to my plan that it has not yet been adopted. In the first place, there are about...
Pagina 12 - ... there are about 500 persons employed about the mills, well paid and with little to do, whom the change would deprive of their business; and, secondly, there are a few persons of great influence to whom the present system is convenient. Not more than three-fourths of the wheat that is sent to...
Pagina 44 - Lesseps.—It is not as a Mussulman, but as a Turk that he sympathises with Turkey. The rulers of Egypt are Turks. The Fellahs are excluded from all posts of power or of confidence. Soon after his accession, when we were in the desert, I found him one evening in his tent in an agony of tears; I was retiring, but he called me back. " I will not," he said,
Pagina 32 - Hotel d'Orient, and should enjoy their quiet after the miseries of the boat and the bustle of Alexandria, if the irritation of our mosquito-bites did not keep us in a state of demi-fever. I have been trying during the last three or four days to ascertain something about the statistics of Egypt, but with imperfect success. Mougil Bey estimates the population at six millions.

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