Richard F. Burton; His Early, Private and Public Life; With an Account of His Travels and Explorations Volume 1

Richard F. Burton; His Early, Private and Public Life; With an Account of His Travels and Explorations Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...one read from abook a pathetic tale 'The Lady's Life, Sorrows, and Mourning Death, ' whilst the others listened to him with breathless attention. 'Sometimes their emotion was too strong to be repressed: "Ay, Fatimah! Ay, Mazlumah! Way! Way!--'-O Fatimah! O thou wronged one! Alas! Alas!" burst involuntarily from their lips, despite the danger of such exclamations; tears trickled down their hairy cheeks, and their brawny bosoms heaved with sobs. A strange sight it was to see rugged fellows, mountaineers perhaps, or the fierce Ilyat of the plains, sometimes weeping silently like children, sometimes shrieking like hysteric girls, and all utterly careless to conceal a grief, so coarse and grizzly, at the same time so true and real that I knew not how to behold it. Then the Satanic scowls with which they passed by, or pretended to pray at the hated Omar's tomb! With what curses their hearts are belying those mouths full of blessings! How they are internally canonizing Fayruz, the Persian slave who stabbed Omar in the Mosque--and praying for his eternal happiness in the presence of the murdered man! Sticks and s_tones, however, and not unfrequently the knife and the sabre have taught them the hard lesson of disciplining their feelings; and nothing but a furious contraction of the brow, a roll of the eye, intensely vicious, and a twitching of the muscles about the region of the mouth, denotes the wild storm of wrath within. They generally, too, manage to discharge some part of their passion in words. exclaims some fanatic Madani as he passes by the heretic--a demand more outraging than requiring a black north Protestant to bless the Pope. "' O Allah! Hell him!" meekly responds the...show more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 254g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236945972
  • 9781236945976