A Journey Into Siberia: Made by Order of the King of France

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T. Jefferys, 1770 - Physical geography - 395 pages
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Page 311 - ... rank. This perfon rifes from his feat, as well as his righthand neighbour, to whom he gives the head of the bottle, and pouring fome wine into the cup, gives out the Emperor's health, bowing to the whole company. As foon as he has drunk, he gives the bottle to his neighbour, who pafles the top to the perfon fitting next to him. All the company...
Page 338 - This lady, therefore, being suspected to be concerned in it, was condemned by the empress Elizabeth, to undergo the punishment of the knout. She appeared at the place of execution in a genteel undress, which contributed still to heighten her beauty.
Page 312 - Ruffian, who was a very ftrict obferver of rules ; he had acquired by his exa&nefs a right of prefiding over the police of the table, and was very much out of temper, whenever any one was deficient in this point. This gentleman was fo obliging as to fet me right frequently ; but on one occafion he was as much puzzled as myfelf, when two crufts of bread were prefented to me from each fide, one of which had fell feveral times, contrary to order, into the plates, and into the bottle. Not knowing whom...
Page 341 - They have all chains to their feet; and are kept for a very triffing expence, being generally allowed nothing but bread and water, or, according to the place they are in, fome other food inftead of bread. They are guarded by a certain number of foldiers, who lead them to the mines, or other public labours; where they are treated with the utmoft feverity. This punifhment in many...
Page 309 - ... who is not one of the family. At the great entertainments, both men and women are invited together, but they neither fit at the fame table, nor in the fame room. The miftrefs of the houfe does not appear in the mens apartments, till they are...
Page 311 - It is reckoned a qualification to catch the opportunity fo feafonably as to drink to every perfon's health, without defcending from one's dignity, or meeting with any accident. The firft health being over, every body fits down, and is at liberty to eat for a few moments. Glafs tumblers of a cylindrical form, fix inches high, and four wide, are placed in different parts of the table. Every gueft within reach of one of thefe tumblers, takes it up and drinks out of it: it would be thought very unpolite,...
Page 302 - Tobolfky: their {kin is exceedingly f;i', and their countenance agreeable : their eyes are black, languifhing and down-cart j for they never dare look a man full in the face : they wear no caps, but ufe coloured handkerchiefs, which they interweave fo curioufly among their hair, generally black and unpowdered, that " this kind of head-drefs gives them a very bewitching look. They all ufe paint, young girls as well as married women ; and this cuftom prevails even among the fervant maids, and fome...
Page 312 - This ceremony is carried on with the utmoft gravity, and one muft be very exact in the whole detail, which extends all round the table. However defirous I was of being exact, yet I was always puzzled when the toaft came to me. I ufed to forget the number of faints named to me, moft of which were never inrolled in our lift. I was however very much mortified at this. Befides, I had ufually for my neighbour a Ruffian, who was a very...
Page 314 - The whole afternoon is thus fpent in vifiting, and every man generally goes home drunk. There is no other kind of focial amufement in ufe throughout the whole nation from Mofco to Tobolfky; they dance fometimes, but that is very rare, except at weddings. It is about fifty years fmce the women at Mofco and St.
Page 308 - Ruffia ; becaufe they are not conformable to the defpotifm. of the government: they have neverthelefs introduced luxury, and brought on a communication between Ruffians and foreigners ; which has only contributed to make the Ruffians more unhappy, by giving them opportunity of comparing their ftate of flavery, with that of a free people.

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