Travels Through France and Spain to Morocoo

Travels Through France and Spain to Morocoo

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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. 1817 edition. Excerpt: ... rendering men either abject or desperate. As to the summit of the pyramid of power here, a European gentleman lately remarked to a Moor of distinction, that his Sultan was a personage of ability and knowledge: Doubtless, was the Moor s reply, - or God would not have made him Sultan. How-ever the head may beafiected, here was no symptom of a vilified 2 R _ mind. It is the misfortune of strangers, and perhaps more particularly of-such as come in a public situation, that they must be chiefly conversant with the worst samples of the nations they visit; the dignified and respectable characters reserve themselves in the back ground, the worthless protrude themselves. How unjust, then, to judge a nation under such circumstances! Such as present themselves for hire and reward, it may be supposed, have very few scruples. It is their business to crave and to ask. They can have neither pride nor shame on these points. A gift to them is only an incitement to a new demand. The circuitous or decorous way of asking a present is to send one. This is usually abouquet. But the return must be more substantial; of less transient value; more commodious too to conveyance, and perhaps, for reasons that may be guessed, concealment, than that of the Jews "before mentioned. A hundred oxen roaring at the levee of a Moorish courtier would excitea degree of attention that he could well dispense with. All decorum, however, on such points is occasionallythrown away. Thus, an English gentleman unadvisedly showed a pen-. knife of curious workmanship to a Moor in rather a conspicuous situation of life, who immediately, on a slight inspection, pocketed it. After several delicate hints for the article to be returned, such, for...show more

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  • Paperback | 178 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 327g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123660556X
  • 9781236605566