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Notes on a Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo - William Makepeace Thackeray

Notes on a Journey from Cornhill to Grand Cairo

Paperback Published: 22nd April 2010
ISBN: 9781438594415
Number Of Pages: 164

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...atmosphere in which they lived. We went down to an old mosque by the seashore, with a cluster of ancient domes hard by it, blazing in the sunshine, and carved all over with names of Allah, and titles of old pirates and generals who reposed there. The guardian of the mosque sat in the garden-court, upon a high wooden pulpit, lazily wagging his body to and fro, and singing the praises of the prophet gently A FINE DAY. 147 through his nose, as the breeze stirred through the trees over head, and cast chequered and changing shadows over the paved court, and the little fountains, and the nasal psalmist on his perch. On one side was the mosque, into which you could see, with its white walls and cool matted floor, and quaint carved pulpit and ornaments, and nobody at prayers. In the middle distance rose up the noble towers and battlements of the knightly town, with the deep sea-line behind them. It really seemed as if everybody was to have a sort of sober cheerfulness, and must yield to indolence under this charming atmosphere. I went into the court-yard by the sea-shore (where a few lazy ships were lying, with no one on board), and found it was the prison of the place. The door was as wide open as Westminster Hall. Some prisoners, one or two soldiers and functionaries, and some prisoners' wives, were lolling under an arcade by a fountain; other criminals were strolling about here and there, their chains clinking quite cheerfully: and they and the guards and officials came up chatting quite friendly together, and gazed languidly over the portfolio, as I was endeavouring to get the likeness of one or two of these comfortable malefactors. One old and wrinkled shecriminal, whom I had selected on account of the peculiar hideousness of her countenance, ...

ISBN: 9781438594415
ISBN-10: 1438594410
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 22nd April 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.1  x 0.89
Weight (kg): 0.3

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