Scenes from Life in Cairo; a Glimpse Behind the Curtain

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 132 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1883. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... quiet, honest fellow, I do not believe there is a chance of his having been engaged in this wickedness." "But how," exclaimed her sister-in-law, "can they take him up without some reason however bad, for implicating him?" "Dear Esther, have you lived here nearly ten years and do not know the circle within circle which complicates all transactions? There is some spite against him probably. His wife thinks the sheikh of the village is his enemy, because he was so late in paying his taxes last year. His wife had been ill, and there was a bad Nile; and then he was foolish, and would spend money on the wedding of his little girl--so ridiculous, for she was only twelve, and I told him to wait at least a year or two; but he was like them all--must do as the neighbours did, or be laughed at. So the money went, and the taxes had to wait; and I am much mistaken if the sheikh's grudge is not at the bottom of it." "Money seems to be at the bottom of everything in Egypt," observed Esther. "Unless it is at the top," said her husband, laughing. "Well, sister, we will go when you like; but I am afraid it will be a hard matter to get the poor fellow set free, if you have not witnesses to prove an alibi." "I have three, Edmund, two of my tenants and the lad who is my own servant; all know that he was selling corn at Calioub on that day, and returned at least two hours before the murder happened. But if the sheikh chooses to say he was not in the village at such a time, these witnesses will be looked on as liars, merely speaking to save a friend, and one is his own brother, certainly--but if it is true, I know the trouble is, how to prove it. The aga proved the innocence of his servants by paying a good sum of money, for being a busy time of year, it was inconvenient to have...

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