Tent and Harem
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. 1859 Excerpt: ...simultaneously dropped, and the light and beautiful dahabiah went dancing and bounding over the foaming and roaring water, curveting gracefully, and suddenly, like a thing of life, when she recovered from the plunge, amidst the wildest shouts and cheers of her numerous boatmen. There she waited fbr us, and we returned to be conveyed through a less formidable portion of the rapids. That omnipotent personage, the rais of the 'Cataract, manifested his superiority by screaming and shouting in a voice that might have drowned the roar of Niagara. He did nothing, -that I could see, but gesv ticulate furiously, and as, in spite of it all, the boat went with some force against a rock, he became almost frantic, and redoubled the violence of his screams and wild gestures. The rudder, which was broken by this concussion, was soon repaired; Scylla was passed without farther accident, and the captain's tranquillity was restored. Now came a demand from the captain of the Cataract for something to revive and cheer his spirits, after this exhausting performance, which had occupied about two hours. There was nothing singular in the demand, for many a Mussulman is as well aware of the restorative nature of gin as his Christian brethren. But the reason assigned for taking it at this time was quite novel to us, and shows a different state of society from any that we are accustomed to. He said that he especially wished for some gin, because he was in the presence of ladies. We were glad to get to Assuan, that we might be relieved of this troublesome people, and have our boat go through with a process of ablution. We received a visit from our old friend, the governor of Derr, at Philse, and another at Assuan. The governor of Assuan, a respectable-looking old Turk, called also. Amo...
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