Nile Notes of a "Howadji" Or, the American in Egypt

Nile Notes of a "Howadji" Or, the American in Egypt

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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. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ... But unconcerned puffed the Captain of the Cataract, smoking as serenely as Vesuvius during a Norway gale--and unconcerned puffed all the lieutenants and majors and under-scrubbery of the Cataract, as if the world were not about to end. Innocent Howadji! It was only part of the play. The Commander's face and manner said plainly enough all the time, "If you think I came hither as a lion it were pity of my life," and presently he sat down again with a fresh pipe, and another fingan of mocha, calmly as any other actor who has made a point, but will waive your approbation. Mildy smoking, he suggested pleasantly, "We don't pay six hundred piastres." Smoky silence "We pay about four hundred and fifty." Smoky silence--"Taib----good," said the Captain of the Cataract, that being the preconceived price of both parties. A general commotion ensued, --an universal shaking as after sermon in Christian churches-when this word was said. Followed much monosyllabic discourse, also grave grunting, and a little more salaaming among the belated sinners. Chibouques were refilled, fingans freely circulated, and the resonance of satisfactory smacks clearly excited the wonder and envy of the unfavoured pedlars who still stood along the beach. The Reis of Reises looked about him with a great deal of expectation and anxiety, of which no notice was taken, until he made bold to suggest interrogatively, "A little something else?"--meaning brandy, which the Commander brought, and of which the Reis emptied two such mighty measures, that if there be virtue in Cognac, he was undonkeyed before that hour of night when the serpent-magician glares glorious over Syene. Suddenly the Congress rose. The Reis of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 72 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 145g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236558952
  • 9781236558954