The Empire of the Nairs: Or, The Rights of Women. An Utopian Romance ... (Google eBook)

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T. Hookham, Jun. and E.T. Hookham, 1811
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Page ii - SAMORIN and the other princes have no other heirs than the children of their sisters, that, having no family, they may be always ready to march against an enemy. When the nephews are of an age to bear arms, they follow their uncle. The name of a father is unknown to a Nair child ; he speaks of the lovers of his mother, and of his uncles, but never of his father.
Page xliii - Nair system nothing could be so advantageous. A union of two strangers would not have the same prospects of stability as one between a couple who have had every opportunity of knowing each other. Would not friendship, habit, and the pleasing recollection of every event which occurred in the days of childhood and innocence, unite them without chains, and promise a perpetual constancy? What are so lasting as the friendships commenced at school or college ? Such are the advantages of the Nair system....
Page xxxi - If every just man that now pines with want Had but a moderate and beseeming share Of that which lewdly-pampered Luxury Now heaps upon some few with vast excess. Nature's full blessings would be well -dispensed In unsuperfluous even proportion, And she no whit encumbered with her store...
Page xlii - He usually arrived in time for morning service, which he constantly attended, after which he escorted his Dulcinea home to the house of her master, by whose permission they as constantly passed the succeeding hour in bed, according to the custom of the country. These tender sabbatical...
Page ii - The mother only has the charge of the children ; and even the SAMORIN and the other princes have no other heirs than the children of their sisters, that, having no family, they may be always ready to march against an enemy. When the nephews are of an age to bear arms, they follow their uncle. The name of...
Page i - ... marriage, in insuring an indubitable birth, and being favourable to population, to the rights of women, and to the active genius of men. THE NAIRS. THE Nairs are the nobility of the Malabar Coast, and affirm that they are the oldest in the world. They are mentioned in the most ancient writers of Indostan. It is the privilege of the Nair lady to choose and change her lover. When he visits her, he walks round the house, and strikes with his sabre on his buckler, as a signal of his approach. To...
Page 131 - ... nations. Strike out from the list of constant couples in your country, or any other country, where marriage is tolerated, all those who are constant from hypocrisy, avarice, fear of shame or death, ignorance (for there are countries where the wife never saw the face of any other man than of her husband...
Page 26 - Samora's] subjects crowded to her banner (it was the standard of the phoenix), numberless as the stars of heaven, as the pebbles of the shore, or the waves of the ocean; and as they passed over Persia, their thousands increased, as the swelling rivers increase from the mountain torrent. Yes, they came like the crowded waves of the ocean, when the dark wind blows from the deep, and rolls the foaming billows over the shore.
Page vi - Weary of the yoke, which prevents his forming any honourable connection, he endeavours to forget his chagrin in the arms of some mercenary Lais. His spouse retaliates, by casting an eye of invitation ou some new favourite. Thus the children of a stranger succeed to his paternal inheritance, while his own offspring must eat the bread of misery, and perhaps end a life of wickedness by a death of infamy. How wretched is that person, who, being blinded by youthful passion, has made a sacrifice of liberty...
Page xlii - ... bracing spirit of a more invigorating atmosphere. I really took some pains to investigate this curious custom, and after being assured by many, of its veracity, had an opportunity of attesting its existence with my own eyes. The servant maid of the family I visited in Caernarvonshire...

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