The Governess in Egypt Harem Life in Egypt and Constantinople

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 136 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1865. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE LAUNDRY. 79 ated as the dormitory of the German laundrymaid and needlewoman. Thence we passed along a stone passage which leads to Her Highness's bath-room, a small apartment entered by a red-baize covered door, studded with brass nails. The marble bath is both long and wide, with taps for cold and hot water. The water used for bathing actually boils, into which their Highnesses enter when taking their baths. This only occurs when they have cohabited with the Viceroy, and not daily, or even at any other time, as so many authors have so erroneously stated. The bath of the poets is a myth. They are attended by two white slaves, who soap their persons all over before they enter the bath, on retiring from which they are shampooed and highly perfumed. Leading out of the bath-room is a small dressingroom, having a divan around it covered with red velvet. Here a slave holds a toilet-glass in her hand, while Her Highness, seated on the divan, dresses herself. Proceeding along a stone passage we passed into another pile of buildings, the basement of which, was used as the laundry, in which stood numerous wooden tanks placed on the stones, as the slaves, who wash every thing in cold water, perform that operation squatting on the floor. After the clothes have been rinsed, but without blue being mixed in the water, they are hung up on lines in a large stone yard. On Sundays H. H. the Viceroy's clothes are washed. Mondays are appropriated for Her Highness the first wife's linen. Tuesday for that of Her Highness the Princess Epouse (the second wife). Wednesday for Her Highness the third wife's. Thursday for that of H. H. the Grand Pacha Ibrahim. Friday, being the Turkish and Egyptian Sabbath, because their prophet Mahomet was conceived on that day, is kept holy. On Saturd...

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