Narrative of the residence of the Persian princes in London, in 1835 and 1836. With an account of their journey from Persia, and subsequent adventures

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1838
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Page 312 - Robert was rather worse than I, I think, on Sunday evening, when we had our tea together, Wilson shaking her head behind the curtain. In the first moment of his readmission into this room he threw himself down on the bed in a passion of tears, sobbing like a child . . . he who has not the eyes of a ready-weeper.
Page 138 - Tell these ladies," said he to me, " that our Persian women are not like those of England, — educated, accomplished, fitted to be companions to their husbands ; they can do little except embroider and look after their slaves, or cook a dinner. Now, your English ladies are as well educated as yourselves, and are full of accomplishments ; they retain their beauty so well, that, after having had a large family, they are still lovely and blooming; — Wullah! they are fresher and more lovely after...
Page 19 - He is now about thirty-two years of age, tall, and of a very pleasing countenance; a man of very amiable dispositions, gentlemanly feelings and manners; a great deal of innate dignity of character, which evinces itself in his general deportment and conduct, and a shrinking and almost morbid sensitiveness to all that, in his opinion, may tend to affect his good name, or lessen him in public estimation : in fact, a repugnance to public exposure of any sort.
Page 110 - What sungers!' (fortified stockades or bulwarks) said they, when the infantry formed their impregnable squares, and stood prepared to receive cavalry. 'One would say that each sunger was a solid mass — not a foot nor an arm is out of place. See ! it is a white line and a red line, with the steel glittering above. Ah, look ! they kneel — they fire...
Page 25 - ... whence beaters were sent to drive him ; whilst the Shah and most of the princes awaited his appearance without, to shoot him as he should pass. Timour, however, was too much excited to remain inactive, • — he dashed into the jungle with the beaters ; and the consequence was that the lion sprang out upon him ; — one claw fastening upon the flank of his horse, and another on his own thigh ; tearing them both in a desperate manner. But the young man, instead of being dismayed, with equal coolness...
Page 20 - Meerza, probably by courtesy and tacit consent. He had been made governor, too, at an early age, of the distant and important district of Bebahan, or Koh-e-Geeloo, an office of trust, which increased his personal consequence, and for which, according to the fashion of Persian governors, his natural abilities appear to qualify him well. He is of a small and slender person : his light hair, blue eyes, and peculiar features, announce his Georgian blood; while the disadvantage of extreme short-sightedness,...
Page 112 - The elder prince was more collected, and confined himself, for the most part, to moderate exclamations of praise ; or, if questioned as to his opinion of the beauty of such or such an evolution, he would say " it was perfection, — could not be better.
Page 202 - The lion turned round in a great passion, whisked his tail out of my hand, and tried to get a hold of me with his teeth. I got him by the throat to preserve myself, and then we began a wrestling match. He got me under, and I began to think it was all over with me, but I still kept my gripe of his throat, and that began to tell ; for, when he was half strangled, he fell, and I got on the top of him, and began to kick and beat him as well as I could. There was luckily a stick within reach, and, getting...
Page 24 - Shahpore, an ancient city in the south of Persia, now a howling wilderness, overrun with jungle, and abounding in all sorts of game and wild animals, lions and tigers among the rest. It so happened that one of the former animals, having been started, took shelter in a thick covert, from whence beaters were sent to drive him, whilst the Shah and most of the princes awaited his appearance without, to shoot him as he should pass. Timour...
Page 26 - ... bringing his gun to bear upon the beast, fired with such effect that it fell to the ground ; on which, dismounting with equal rapidity, he cut off its head with his sword, and laid it, dripping like himself with blood, at the feet of the Shah. Soon after this he was made governor of Bushire and VOL.

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