Among The Huts In Egypt; Scenes From Real Life

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byM. L. Whately

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII. ON VISITING. We are so occupied with a work, which for various reasons is chiefly among the poorer classes of people, that we know comparatively little about the great families, who are not only few in number, of course, relatively to the less wealthy, but who are much more difficult of access. The sort of mystery and romance hanging around "Hareem life" in European ideas, make some persons wonder that I have not taken more pains to penetrate their closed doors, but the fact is, that a great deal of time and trouble would be expended without doing good, and this being my object, I prefer visiting among the humbler people. The Pashas of rank and wealth in Egypt are (or were till very recently) all Turks, and their families, consisting of a number of slaves purchased usually at Constantinople, though of Circassian and Georgian race, speak scarcely anything but Turkish. Some, indeed, who have been long resident can talk Arabic, but never employ it if they can avoid it, and many do not even know more than sufficient to call about to their servants. I have not leisure to acquire another language, and could not therefore talk to them except in Arabic, unless to the few, and these chiefly among the mere children who have had European teachers and speak French. But, as far as I can learn, Turkish is the only key likely to reach their hearts at all. The great difficulty, next to language, in reaching the wealthiest class of women (I will not call them the higher class, because I reckon a free-born woman, however poor, much higher than a poor thing whose parents sold her for money)--the next great difliculty then is, that of getting their permission to go and see them. They are surrounded by every luxury that money can purchase, and every pleasure exc...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIII. ON VISITING. We are so occupied with a work, which for various reasons is chiefly among the poorer classes of pe...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:64 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217809219

ISBN - 13:9780217809214

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