Five Years in the East Volume 2

Five Years in the East Volume 2

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...when we once more felt a firm deck under our feet, instead of the yielding sand upon which we had been walking for the last two or three days; for although our detention had after all been for only six days, still there were so many circumstances all tending to make it the more tedious, and our impatience consequently the greater. In the first place we were on our road home; and as we reckoned the distance, not by the miles, but by the number of days which must elapse before Toi. n. M we reached it, every one passed here was so much actual loss; the next source of annoyance was the wretchedness of the place itself; and, finally, we were occasionally being tantalized by false reports, --sometimes a grinning face would appear in the doorway, and inform us with great glee that "Him steamar come sar--berry big ateamar;" and upon asking for his source of information, he would reply, "I see my eye sar." There was no disputing this, and we accordingly went up to the top of a neighbouring hill, and much to our annoyance found that we had been hoaxed. It was little use, however, to put ourselves in a passion; for the vagabonds tumbled about in the sand, and laughed as if they were delighted at the success of their joke; and the very one who had played us the trick, was the first to accost us with, "Donkey sar, ride sar, him steamar come to-morrow," and such like exclamations, which were sufficient to have tried the temper of even Job himself. We were now, however, safe on board the longdesired subject of our expectations, and glad enough were we to shake the sand of Arabia from off our feet. Our first care was to find the purser, who is a person of considerably more importance to the passenger in these steamers than the...
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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236581903
  • 9781236581907