Manners and Customs of the Principal Nations of the Globe, Volume 1

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Bradbury, Soden, 1845 - 352 pagina's
 

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Pagina 304 - As the serpent seeks the darkest place in which to hide himself, the charmer has, in most cases, to exercise his skill in an obscure chamber, where he might easily take a serpent from his bosom, bring it to the people without the door, and affirm that he had found it in the apartment, for no one would venture to enter with him, after having been assured of the presence of one of these reptiles within.
Pagina 72 - ... flowing riding-dress and flaunting feather dashed into sight upon her fleet blood-palfrey, and was lost the next moment in the woods, or a boy put his pony to its mettle up the ascent, or a gamekeeper idled into sight with his gun in the hollow of his arm, and his hounds at his heels — and all this little world of enjoyment and luxury and beauty lay in the hand of one man, and was created by his wealth in these northern wilds of Scotland, a day's journey almost from the possession of another...
Pagina 73 - The duchess, a very tall and very handsome woman, with a smile of the most winning sweetness, received me at the door, and I was presented successively to every person present. Dinner was announced immediately, and the difficult question of precedence being sooner settled than I had ever seen it before in so large a party, we passed through files of servants to the dining-room.
Pagina 74 - Heaven's image double-stamped as man, and noble," so unequivocally clear. There were two young men and four or five young ladies of rank — and five or six people of more decided personal attractions could scarcely be found; the style of form and face at the same time being of that cast of superiority which goes by the expressive name of " thorough-bred." There is a striking difference in this respect between England and the countries of the Continent — the paysans of France, and the contadini...
Pagina 76 - The ten or twelve noblemen present were engrossed with their letters or newspapers over tea and toast ; and in them, perhaps, the transformation was still greater. The soigne man of fashion of the night before; faultless in costume, and distinguished in his appearance — in the full force of the term — was enveloped now in a coat of fustian, with a coarse waistcoat of plaid, a gingham cravat, and...
Pagina 217 - Achmet-Beg did not own to me that he was of this opinion; but made no scruple of deviating from some part of Mahomet's law, by drinking wine with the same freedom we did. When I asked him how he came to allow himself that liberty ? he made answer...
Pagina 224 - The performance of the pilgrimage to Mecca. The five prayers are to be repeated daily: one before sunrise, one at the dawn, one at noon, one at four in the afternoon, and one at sunset. Their posture during prayer is erect, with their arms folded over their breasts, and apparently in serious contemplation of the duty they are performing. Their faces are turned to the East; nothing is heard but a short ejaculation, as they place themselves cross-legged on the ground, and then salute the ground with...
Pagina 150 - ... is studiously made to represent a wedding. The unconscious victim, generally in her fifteenth year, finds herself, for some time previous to her taking the veil, the queen — aay, the idol of the whole community which has obtained her preference. She is constantly addressed by the name of bride, and sees nothing but gay preparations for the expected day of her spiritual nuptials. Attired in a splendid dress, and decked with all the jewels of her family and friends, she takes public leave of...
Pagina 72 - ... as was the expanse taken in by the eye, it was evidently one princely possession. A mile from the Castle wall, the shaven sward extended in a carpet of velvet softness, as bright as emerald, studded by clumps of shrubbery, like flowers wrought elegantly on tapestry ; and across it bounded occasionally a hare, and the pheasants fed undisturbed near the thickets, or a lady with flowing riding-dress and flaunting feather dashed into sight upon her fleet blood-palfrey, and was lost the next moment...
Pagina 104 - The seer knows neither the object, time, nor place of a vision, before it appears ; and the same object is often seen by different persons living at a considerable distance from one another.

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