John Bunyan and the Gipsies

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J. Miller, 1882 - Romanies - 21 pages
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Page 7 - For my descent then, it was, as is well known by many, of a low and inconsiderable generation ; my father's house being of that rank that is meanest and most despised of all the families in the land.
Page 14 - The mind and temper of the slave, though born on the master's estate, or even in his house, imbibing with his first milk affection and gratitude to the family, were always suspected by our ancestors. At present we have in our service whole nations of slaves ; the scum of mankind, collected from all quarters of the globe : a race of men who bring with them foreign rites, and the religion of their country, or, probably, no religion at all.
Page 7 - What is his calling? said Judge Hale. Answer. Then some of the company that stood by said, A tinker, my lord. Worn. Yes, said she, and because he is a tinker, and a poor man, therefore he is despised, and cannot have justice.
Page 12 - West we can not establish. Their language and their name would seem to indicate it ; but then it must be borne in mind that the word Rom, like Dom, is one of wide dissemination, Dum being a Syrian gypsy word for the race. And the very great majority of even English gypsy words are Hindi, with an admixture of Persian, and not belonging to a slang of any kind — as in India, churi is a knife...
Page 17 - No novelist, no writer whatever, has as yet clearly explained the curious fact that our entire nomadic population, excepting tramps, is not, as we thought in our childhood, composed of English people like ourselves. It is leavened with direct Indian blood ; it has, more or less modified, a peculiar morale.
Page 18 - ... chair," by my side, was more to my liking, being the most intelligent and most gypsy, I had good cause to rejoice. I was astonished at the sensible curiosity as to gypsy life in other lands which was displayed, and at the questions asked. I really doubt if I ever met with an English gypsy who cared a farthing to know anything about his race as it exists in foreign countries, or whence it came. Once, and once only, I thought I had...
Page 17 - If there be not descent, there is affinity by marriage, familiarity, knowledge of words and ways, sweethearting and trafficking, so that they know the children of the Rom as the houseworld does riot know them, and they in some sort belong together.
Page 17 - I said. So I called him, and gave him the chisel, and after a while went down. He was grinding away, and touched his hat respectfully as I approached. Now the reader is possibly aware that of all difficult tasks one of the most difficult is to induce a disguised Gipsy, or even a professed one, to utter a word of Rommany to a man not of the blood. Of this all writers on the subject have much to say. For it is so black-swanish, I may say so centenarian in unfrequency, for a gentleman to speak Gipsy,...
Page 17 - Toshers. — Up to Trap. — Barney. — Beebee. — Cull, Culley. — Jomer. — Bloke. — Duffer. — Niggling. — Mug. — Bamboozle, Slang, and Bite. — Rules to be observed in determining the Etymology of Gipsy Words. THOUGH the language of the Gipsies has been kept a great secret for centuries, still a few words have in England oozed out here and there from some unguarded crevice, and become a portion of our tongue.
Page 18 - ... in several European countries they long monopolized them. They made and sold mats, baskets, and small articles of wood. They have shown great skill as dancers, musicians, singers, acrobats ; and it is a rule almost without exception that there is hardly a traveling company of such performers, or a theatre in Europe or America, in which there is not at least one person with some Romany blood. Their hair remains black to advanced age, and they retain it longer than do Europeans or ordinary Orientals....

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