Letters from Madras: During the Years 1836-1839

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J. Murray, 1846 - 145 pagina's
 

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Pagina 19 - ... put off upon him without being found out by the master and mistress. Notwithstanding their numbers, they are dreadfully slow. I often tire myself with doing things for myself rather than wait for their dawdling ; but Mrs. Staunton laughs at me, and calls me a 'griffin,' and says I must learn to have patience and save my strength.
Pagina 26 - I asked one lady what she had seen of the country and the natives since she had been in India. " Oh, nothing ! " said she : " thank goodness, I know nothing at all about them, nor I don't wish to : really I think the less one sees and knows of them the better...
Pagina 19 - Every horse has a man and a maid to himself; the maid cuts grass for him : and every dog has a boy. I inquired whether the cat had any servants, but I found she was allowed to wait upon herself; and as she seemed the only person in the establishment capable of so doing, I respected her accordingly.
Pagina 25 - After dinner the company all sit round in the middle of the great gallery-like rooms, talk in whispers, and scratch their musquito-bites. Sometimes there is a little music, as languid as everything else. Concerning the company themselves, the ladies are all young and wizen, and the gentlemen are all old and wizen. Somebody says France is the paradise of married women, and England of girls : I am sure India is the paradise of middle-aged gentlemen. While they are young, they are thought nothing of...
Pagina 18 - The %e.iv&iAs find for themselves in the most curious way. They seem to me to sleep nowhere* and to eat nothing — that is to say, not in our houses, nor of our goods. They have mats on the steps, and live upon rice. But they do very little, and every one has his separate work. I have an ayah (or lady's maid) and a tailor, for the ayahs can't work ; and A. has a boy, also two muddles (how charmingly expressive!), one to sweep our room, and another to bring water.
Pagina 27 - Vina, an instrument like a large mandolin, very pretty, graceful, and antique to look at, but not much to hear. His music was miserable, just a mixture of twang and whine, and quite monotonous, without even a pretence to a tune. When we were quite tired of him, he was dismissed, and the Nabob's dancing-girls came in : most graceful creatures, walking, or rather sailing about like queens, with long muslin robes from their throats to their feet.
Pagina 72 - I advised her not to trouble herself with the grammar, but only to try and learn to speak the language so as to converse with the natives — to learn it, in short, as a child learns to talk. At her age, and without any education, it was next to impossible for her to learn the grammar of an Oriental language ; but I do not suppose she will follow my advice, as she had a great notion of studying, reading with Moonshees, and so on.
Pagina 28 - ... and showered down among us, with the leaves, five or six great live scorpions ; not little things like Italian scorpions, but formidable animals almost as long as my hand : I did not admire their company, creeping about the room, so he crumpled them up in his hand, and they disappeared : then he waved his bare arms in the air, and threw a live cobra into the midst of us. Most of his other tricks were juggling with cups and balls Etc., like any English conjurer, but the scorpions and cobra were...
Pagina 83 - the Regiment ;" and when the gentlemen come into the drawing-room, they invariably flirt with them most furiously. The military and civilians do not generally get on very well together. There is a great deal of very foolish envy and jealousy between them, and they are often downright ill-bred to each other, though in general the civilians behave much the best of the two. One day an officer who was dining here said to me, " Now I know very well, Mrs. , you despise us all from the bottom of your heart...
Pagina 52 - When she had cleared the coast with her pishashi-ing, her own people crept out from their hiding-holes, and brought her rack and bang (that is, spirits and opium). You ask what shops we have. None at all : the butler buys everything in the bazaar or market, and brings in his bill every day. One of the Court native writers translates it into English, and very queer articles they concoct together ! such as, " one beef of rump for biled ;" — " one mutton of line beef for alamo&r estoo" meaning a-la-mode...

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