Life in the mission, the camp, and the zenáná, or, Six years in India, Volume 2

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Richard Bentley, 1854 - India
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Page 288 - If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Page 183 - ... her dress, some of the women holding up the cotton rezai (wadded quilt) in which her majesty had been wrapped, as a screen. She came back dressed in red muslin spotted with gold, and sat down, huqa in hand, with two female servants with peacock fans, or rather clubs, behind her. When I looked closer at her, I saw that she could not be old, but she is very fat, with large though unmeaning eyes, and a sweet mouth. Her hair, like that of all the other women, of whom there must have been about fifty...
Page 198 - In the later season of its maturity, and through a long course of time, the steadiness, the gravity, and the immovable rigour, which often mark the temper of man from the moment when his activity declines, and until infirmity is confessed, belonged to Islamism, both western and eastern. And now, is it necessary to prove that every symptom characteristic of the last stage of human life, attaches to it ? Mahometan empire is decrepit ; Mahometan faith is decrepit : and both are so by confession of the...
Page 316 - In other words, corruption has been from the beginning, and it has extended to all, even to the appointed teachers of the law. When the prophet Jeremiah declares that " the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked...
Page 183 - ... or aigrette of jewels, in his gold cap. The noise and chattering of the assembled crowd was deafening : but the chief eunuch occasionally brought them to order, and made them sit down. Her Majesty laughed very loud, as loud as she could, with her mouth wide open, at some jest which passed. Not one of all these women were doing anything, or looked as if they ever did do anything, except three, who were cracking nutmegs. What a life ! The old king came...
Page 114 - THE Lord will come, the earth shall quake, The hills their fixed seat forsake ; And, withering, from the vault of night The stars withdraw their feeble light. The...
Page 183 - They led me into the balcony, but that would not do; so they took me to a terrace, where I put it up. The old king seemed pleased, and asked me to draw the queen, to which I willingly agreed. She was so long in adorning herself that it was dark soon after I began. They brought out boxes full of jewels; she put on about five pair of ear-rings, besides necklaces, a nose-ring with a string of pearls connecting it with the ear, rings for the fingers, besides ornaments for the head. Then she retired to...
Page 319 - Christ. These doctrines I illustrated in every way I thought adapted to reach the consciences of the people. One day, after addressing them on these subjects, and exhorting them to weep on account of their past sins, I asked, " Do any of you weep on account of your sins?
Page 182 - However, they sent a message to the king on the subject, who said I might have a stool but not a chair, and accordingly sent me a very rude little bench. Some of HM's guard marched in ; most of them were boys, almost children. When I had finished, I desired some of the numerous bystanders to look into the camera, with which they were greatly delighted, and as we were going, a message came from the king, asking me to show it to him. We accordingly turned back, and three or four black slaves came to...
Page 346 - Take for instance an oriental joke: — Our kind hostess, Mrs. G., has a very nice Ayah, who is a learned woman, and reads the Koran daily, without understanding a word of it. The Aga said, she reminded him of a devout kinswoman of his, who got a Munshi to read to her the " Martyrdom of Hasan and Hoseyn.

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