Recollections of Seven Years Residence at the Mauritius

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 66 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1830. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. Description of Shops, Fruits, Vegetables, $c.; -- Of the Champ de Mars; -- The Races;-- The Dress of the Creole Ladies; --Mode of Visiting;--Style of Dancing; -- Theatre at Port Louis;--Quartier, or District of Grande Riviere. I Was surprised to find that Port Louis could produce so gay a display of shops; the jewellers', cutlers', and milliners' in particular, make a great show of brilliant articles. The bazaar, or market, is a very good one, abundantly supplied with every thing;--the meat I think quite equal to that in England; European and tropical vegetables and fruits abound there; peaches and pine-apples, in particular, are very plentiful and very cheap, although certainly inferior in excellence to those raised in this country. The finest fruit in the Island, in my estimation, is the litchi; its external aspect is not at all inviting, as it is covered with a rough, coarse, dusky red skin, but, on that being pulled off, discovers within a snow white pulpy substance, containing a most delicious juice;--the fruit has then much the appearance of a hard boiled egg, and is nearly of that size and shape; its flavour is exquisite, and quite unlike that of any other fruit I ever tasted. A Frenchman of the colony has been so ingenious as to make exact representations of every kind of fruit the island produces, in every state, from the time it first appears on the tree, through all its stages of advancement, until it reaches maturity; he has represented not only the outside, but the internal form and colour; some laid open, with the stones exposed to view; others as if with a slice cut off, and every peculiarity in form and colouring so exactly imitated as to deceive the eye; this ingenious person would not communicate the secret of the composi...

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