Journal of a Tour in the Levant, Volume 1

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John Murray, 1820 - Middle East - 480 pages
 

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Page 81 - Turks, have no other shelter than they can find under gateways and benches in the streets, whence at intervals they send forth such repeated bowlings, that it requires practice to be able to sleep in spite of their noise. — This silence is occasionally and frequently disturbed by a fire, which is announced by the patrole striking on the pavement with their iron-shod staves, and calling loudly Yangenvar,
Page 78 - ... pace. The only sounds he hears by day, are the cries of bread, fruits, sweetmeats, or sherbet, carried in a large wooden tray on the head of an itinerant vender, and at intervals, the barking of dogs disturbed by the foot of the passenger, — lazy, ugly curs, of a...
Page 176 - ... government.", to whom, indeed, the selling of impunity or of pardon was a common source of emolument. A Zantiotc nobleman not long ago, on his deathbed, pistolled his own brother; another administered a slow poison to the only son of a rival, as the most bitter vengeance he could take on the father. The poor boy survived, but is to this day a wretched object from its effect. In short it would be equally impossible and needless to enumerate their crimes. There are only two classes, the very rich...
Page 41 - ... a little northerly of the castles) against such a current; and higher up or lower down, the strait widens so considerably, that he would save little labour by changing his place of starting. I therefore treat the tale of Leander's swimming across both ways, as one of those fables, to which the Greeks were so ready to give the name of history.
Page 82 - He must not even smoke or take snuff'. This injunction falls easy on the rich, who pass nearly all the day in bed or in idleness, and thus ward off the assaults of hunger and thirst. Yet even these look very wretched, sitting on their divan or at their doors without their favourite pipe in their mouths, and having no other occupation than turning with their fingers a chaplet of beads, which almost every inhabitant of the country, in easy circumstances, carries in his hand to amuse himself, by passing...
Page 82 - I have seen the boatmen," says Mr. Turner, "lean on their oars almost fainting ; but I never saw, never met with any one who professed to have seen, an instance in which they yielded to the temptation of violating the fast.
Page 77 - G carriages rattling through the streets, for there are* no wheeled vehicles in the city, except a very few painted carts — called arabahs — drawn by buffaloes, in which women occasionally take the air in the suburbs, and which go only a foot's pace. The only sounds he hears by day, are the cries of bread, fruits, sweetmeats, or sherbet, carried in a large wooden tray on the head of an itinerant vender, and at intervals the barking of dogs disturbed by the foot of the passenger.
Page 77 - Amid the novelties that strike the European on his arrival, nothing surprises him more than the silence that pervades so large a capital. He hears no noise of carts or...
Page 81 - The contrast between Constantinople and a European city is still more strongly marked at night. By ten o'clock every human voice is hushed...
Page 81 - ... on which the firemen assemble, and all the inhabitants in the neighborhood arc immediately on the alert. If it be not quickly subdued, all the ministers of state are obliged to attend ; and if it threaten extensive ravages, the sultan himself must appear to encourage the efforts of the firemen.

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