The Englishwoman in Egypt: Letters from Cairo, Volume 2

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C. Cox, 1844 - Egypt
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Page 116 - I testify that there is no deity but God, and I testify that Suleyman is the Prophet of God.
Page 212 - Khulkhdl," or anklets, of solid silver, already described, are worn by the wives of some of the richer peasants, and of the Sheykhs of villages ; and small khulkhiils of iron are worn by many children. It was also a common custom among the Arabs, for girls or young women to wear a string of bells on their feet. I have seen many little girls in Cairo with small round bells attached to their anklets. Perhaps it is to the sound of ornaments of this kind, rather than that of the more common anklet, that...
Page 189 - In the centre he poured a little ink, and desired the boy to look into it, and tell him if he could see his face reflected in it; the boy replied that he saw his face clearly. The magician, holding the boy's hand all the while, told him to continue looking intently into the ink; and not raise his head.
Page 100 - Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come ; and send for cunning women that they may come : and let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.
Page 191 - He now addressed himself to me; and asked me if I wished the boy to see any person who was absent or dead. I named Lord Nelson ; of whom the boy had evidently never heard ; for it was with much difficulty that he pronounced the name, after several trials. The magician desired the boy to say to the Sultan — " My master salutes thee, and;desiresthee to bring. Lord Nelson :: bring him before my eyes, that I
Page 208 - Anklets (khoolkha'F), of solid gold or silver, and of the form here sketched, are worn by some ladies ; but are more uncommon than they formerly were. They are of course very heavy, and, knocking together as the wearer walks, make a ringing noise : hence it is said in a song, " The ringing of thine anklets has deprived me of my reason.
Page 230 - That a remarkable indifference to religion is indicated by this innovation is evident ; and the principles of the dominant class will doubtless spread (though they have not yet done so) among the inferior members of the community. The former have begun to undermine the foundations of el-Isla'm : the latter as yet seem to look on with apathy, or at least with resignation to the decrees of Providence ; but they will probably soon assist in the work ; and the overthrow of the whole fabric may reasonably...
Page 191 - The magician then told him to call for the sultan; and the boy having done this, said, ' I see the sultan riding to his tent on a bay horse; and he has on his head a high red cap. He has alighted at his tent, and sat down within it.
Page 192 - My master salutes thee, and desires thee to bring Lord Nelson. Bring him before my eyes, that I may see him speedily." The boy then said so, and almost immediately added : " A messenger is gone, and has returned, and brought a man, dressed in a black* suit of European clothes; the man has lost his left arm.
Page 147 - T,Vi part of the whole; so that, after leaving the contents of every second chamber solid by way of separation, there might be three thousand seven hundred chambers, each equal in size to the sarcophagus chamber, within the pyramid of Cheops. How little then do we yet know of the real state and disposition of the interior of this stupendous edifice! The next operations of Mr. Caviglia were directed to a minute examination of those numerous ruined edifices and tumuli which, when viewed from the top...

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