'Up the Country': Letters Written to Her Sister from the Upper Provinces of India (Google eBook)

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R. Bentley, 1867 - India - 396 pages
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Page 97 - For, oh, if there be an elysium on earth, It is this, it is this ! There's a bliss beyond all that the minstrel has told, When two, that are link'd in one heavenly tie, With heart never changing and brow never cold, Love on through all ills, and love on till they die ; One hour of a passion so sacred is worth Whole ages of heartless and wandering bliss : And oh...
Page 265 - Woe is me, that I am constrained to dwell with Mesech : and to have my habitation among the tents of Kedar!
Page 294 - Masaniello,' and eating salmon from Scotland, and sardines from the Mediterranean, and observing that St. Cloup's potage a la Julienne was perhaps better than his other soups, and that some of the ladies' sleeves were too tight according to the overland fashions for March, &c.
Page 316 - J.,* who has been talked of as a great beauty all the year, and that drives every other woman, with any pretensions in that line, quite distracted, with the exception of Mrs. N., who, I must say, makes no fuss about her own beauty, nor objects to it in other people. Mrs.
Page 65 - You cannot conceive the horrible sights we see, particularly children; perfect skeletons in many cases, their bones through their skin, without a rag of clothing, and utterly unlike human creatures.
Page 98 - Delhi is a very suggestive and moralising place such stupendous remains of power and wealth passed and passing away and somehow I feel that we horrid English have just ' gone and done it,' merchandised it, revenued it, and spoiled it all.
Page 94 - For miles round it," she said, " there is nothing to be seen but gigantic ruins of mosques and palaces, and the actual living city has the finest mosque we have seen yet. It is in such perfect preservation, built entirely of red stone and white marble, with immense flights of marble steps leading up to three sides of it...
Page 62 - Turkish bath of white marble, the arches intersecting each other in all directions and the marble inlaid with cornelian and bloodstone, and in every corner of the palace there were little fountains ; even during the hot winds, they say, it is cool from the quantity of water in the fountains playing ; and in the verandah there were fifty trays of fruits and flowers laid out for us".
Page 227 - Singh said the whole was valued at 37 lacs (370,0007.) ; but all these valuations are fanciful, as nobody knows the worth of these enormous stones ; they are never bought or sold. The next horse was simply attired in diamonds and turquoises, another in pearls, and there was one with trappings of coral and pearl that was very pretty. Their saddle-cloths have stones woven into them. It reduces European magnificence to a very low pitch.
Page 349 - ... either killed or wounded, which is an unusual proportion. They found in the town a great many of our camels and much of the property that had been pillaged from the army. Also there will be a great deal of prize money.

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