Sixteen Years of an Artist's Life in Morocco, Spain, and the Canary Islands Volume 2

Sixteen Years of an Artist's Life in Morocco, Spain, and the Canary Islands Volume 2

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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. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...had again to listen to the monotonous query: "Como se dice cavallo, perro, cochino?" until the host himself was exhausted by so unusual an amount of intellectual labour, and with many kind wishes bade his guest good night. Our exhausted friend now fondly thought that all interruption to the enjoyment of quiet and repose was removed, and that he might reckon on a good night's sleep. He was still doomed to disappointment, however, for, after a short interval, just when he believed himself falling into the land of forgetfulness, a man and a boy, having entered the room, proceeded to attach a goat-skin bag, filled with milk, to a rope suspended from the roof, and commenced swinging it to and fro from one to the other, keeping time to the sound of a mono-tonous kind of sing-song. Our friend now felt himself in the condition of a persecuted man, a martyr to his love of science. If his patience had been sorely tried before, it was now fairly exhausted, and he expostulated with his two tormentors, telling them how impossible it was for him to sleep while they made such a horrible noise. Listening to his complaints, however, with great composure, they only answered; " Duerma, su merced, que nosotros no le molestamos, --and we must continue our work, or else you will have no butter for your breakfast." At daybreak, after having partaken of the fare provided for himas breakfast, the botanist took his leave. Wishing, however, to recompense his hospitable host for the reception with which he had met, he offered him some money, which the latter absolutely refused, saying that in his "pueblo" he was " caballero," and that he felt proud of having had the honour to entertain the foreign gentleman in his...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236827031
  • 9781236827036