Going Down From Jerusalem; The Narrative Of A Sentimental Traveller

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byNorman Duncan

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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. 1909. Excerpt: ... XVIII A SHEIK OF ET TIH IT was grown dark; but the rim of the moon was appearing above the black and cloudy rolling outline of the desert--that sandy barren which for these ten days had been a distance whose hot horizon had yet to be achieved. There was a low hill, deep for the horses, a struggle to surmount; then a grove of date-palm, lying in a hollow, with moonlit places--a thin grove, springing from the sand, without a well or any blade of grass. Here was the habitation of the wise Sheik Mirza--a small, square enclosure, in the midst of the grove, walled with palm leaves skilfully woven. The women's quarters were near by, but yet did not intrude upon the masculine importance, so that the sheik dwelt aloof from his wives, in the way of the roosterish men of those parts, who will tolerate no lessening of the majesty of their sex. Sheik Mirza's dwelling was partitioned in two; there was a guest-place by the gate, where the coffee fire was now glowing, and an inner sleeping-chamber: these all open to the sky, save that the couch was sheltered with a black cloth of goat's hair, and some part of the outer room was roofed with a thatch of leaves. It was all swept clean against our coming. I was reminded of a child's play-house by the mud floor and tiny proportions; it seemed, I fancied, that some housewifely little maid had but now swept and put to rights. But this tender fancy was soon dispelled by the sight of Mirza's grave, dark face, bent over the coffee fire, which he was nursing to a blaze. We were then seated in a circle about the fire with the elders; and, presently, for our thirst was coffee, and for our hunger a bowl of crushed dates: whereupon we ate and drank and heavily smoked, and were for a long time silent. No breath of wind was stirring; the...

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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. 1909. Excerpt: ... XVIII A SHEIK OF ET TIH IT was grown dark; but the rim of the moon was appearing above the black and cloudy rolling outline of...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217478204

ISBN - 13:9780217478205

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