The Land Of The White Helmet; Lights And Shadows Across Africa

Paperback | February 4, 2012

byEdgar Allen Forbes

not yet rated|write a review
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. 1910. Excerpt: ... XXIII AFRICAN GUIDES I HAVE CUSSED ' T SHALL not go trotting around Africa with I a guide tagging at my heels, advertising me as a fool tourist," I said resolutely before I went ashore. Few things in life are certain, but that was one of the few. This was made very clear to an expectant group of Arabs in the lobby of the Grand Hotel, as I came out from breakfast and prepared for my first inspection of Tunis. I was not a tourist, I explained; I did not need a guide. It was gratifying to observe that they received the shock with the calm stoicism of true Mussulmans, and I sauntered carelessly down the Avenue de la France. "This is the way to do the thing," I mused. "Dress like the foreign residents, side-step the guides, and make the natives think that you have lived here half your life." Nothing was easier. Just then a fine-looking, well-dressed Arab stepped in front of me, begged my pardon in French, and handed me a card. This is what I read: Hassin Forga Courrier, Interpreteur et Guide Autorise par le Gouvernement Grand Hotel Tunis "He must have seen me when I arrived," I thought. Then, gently but with much firmness, I explained to Hassin that I was not a tourist, and that I did not need a guide. Very well, but if I should wish for a guide later, I could inquire for him at the Grand Hotel. The concierge knew where to find him. A treacherous memory fails me when I try to recall how often this experience was repeated during that morning walk. My explanation became less and less gracious, but not less firm, until the Bright Idea dawned. Noticing that most of them addressed me either in broken English or guide-book French, I affected absolute ignorance of both languages. "Ich kann es nicht verstehen!" was my stock response. But even this ruse failed to work....

Pricing and Purchase Info

$27.95

Out of stock online

From the Publisher

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. 1910. Excerpt: ... XXIII AFRICAN GUIDES I HAVE CUSSED ' T SHALL not go trotting around Africa with I a guide tagging at my heels, advertising me ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:86 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217954197

ISBN - 13:9780217954198

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of The Land Of The White Helmet; Lights And Shadows Across Africa

Reviews