The Travels and Adventures of Thomas Trotter, as Told by Himself [Or Rather, by S.G. Goodrich] Ed. by Peter Parley

The Travels and Adventures of Thomas Trotter, as Told by Himself [Or Rather, by S.G. Goodrich] Ed. by Peter Parley

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: A steep and lofty hill rises immediately behind the city, on the top of which stands an old castle. I climbed to the top of the hill by a zig-zag road. From this spot I had a most enchanting view of the city and bay. The domes of many of the churches covered with glazed tiles of variegated colour, sparkled in the bright sun; and the blue waters of the bay spread beautifully out beyond, bounded by the majestic pile of Vesuvius, and the romantic shores of Sorrento. But what struck me as the most novel, was the remarkable hum of the city. It was not the ordinary clatter and roar of carriage wheels, but the audible murmur of human voices, which broke on my ear. The city is like a great beehive where the inhabitants keep up a constant hum. To describe the amusements, the lively THE NEAPOLITANS. 105 and comical manners of the Neapolitans, which render the streets of the city a perpetual spectacle, night and day, would require a volume. The ordinary manners of the people, when engaged in the common transactions of life, are full of action, grimace, and theatrical flourish. Two fellows, making a bargain, will chatter, exclaim, roll up their eyes, shrug their shoulders, flourish their arms, stamp their feet, cut capers, and practise the most extravagant grimaces; you would think they were going to claw each other's eyes out, while they are only higgling about the value of a sixpence. If you ask the price of an article, in the street, and you are tola that it is five dollars, you may often get it for half a dollar. They think it not at all disreputable to impose on a stranger, and make him pay ten times the value of a thing. When they are reproached with these transactions, they smile in your face, and ask you how you can expect a poor man to more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123649928X
  • 9781236499288