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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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173. THE DESERT.
Gaza is upon the verge of the Desert,
lo which it stands in the same relation as
a sea port to the sea. It is there that you
charter your camels, ('the ships of the
Desert') and lay in your stores for the
voyage.
These preparations kept me in the town
for some days; disliking restraint I declined
making myself the guest of the Governor
(as it is usual and proper to do) but took
up my quarters at the Caravanserai, or
'Khan,' as they call it in that part of
Asia.
Dthemetri had lo make the arrangements
for my journey, and in order to arm him-
self with sufficient authority for doing all
that was required, he found it necessary to
put himself in communication with the Go-
vernor. The result of this diplomatic inter-
course was that the Governor, with his
train of attendants, came to me one day at
my Caravanserai, and formally complained
that Dthemetri had grossly insulted him.
I was shocked at this, for the man was
always attentive and civil to me, and I was
disgusted at the idea of his having been
rewarded with insult. Dthemetri was pre-
sent when the complaint was made, and I
angrily asked him whether it was true that
he had really insulted the Governor, and
what the deuce he meant by it. This I
asked with the full certainty that Dthemetri,
as a matter of course, would deny the charge
— would swear that a 'wrong construction
had been put upon his words, and that
nothing was further from his thoughts,' &c.
&c., but to my surprise, he very plainly
answered that he certainly had insulted the
Governor, and that rather grossly, but, he
said, it was quite necessary to do this, in
order to 'strike terror, and inspire respect.'
'Terror and respect! What on earth do
you mean by that nonsense?' — 'Yes, but
without striking terror, and inspiring respect,
he (Dthemetri) would never be able to force
on the arrangements for my journey, and
Vossignoria would be kept at Gaza for a
month!' This would have been awkward,
and certainly 1 could not deny that poor
Dthemetri had succeeded in his odd plan
of inspiring respect, for al the very time
that this explanation was going on in Italian,
the Governor seemed more than ever, and
more anxiously disposed to overwhelm me
with assurances of good will, and proffers
of his best services. All this kindness, or
promise of kindness, I naturally received
with courtesy — a courtesy that greatly
perturbed Dthemetri, for he evidently feared
that my civility would undo all the good
that his insults had achieved.
You will find, I think, that one of the
greatest drawbacks to the pleasure of travel-
ling in Asia, is the being obliged, more or
less, to make your way by bullying. It is
true that your own lips are not soiled by
the utterance of all the mean words that
are spoken for you, and that you don't
even know of the sham threats, and the
false promises, and the vain-glorious boasts,
put forth by your dragoman; but now and
then, there happens some incident of the
sort which I have just been mentioning,
which forces you to beheve, or suspect, that
your dragoman is habitually fighting your
battles for you in a way that you can hardly
bear to think of.
A Caravanserai is not ill adapted to the
purposes for which it is meant: it forms the
four sides of a large quadrangular court.
The ground floor is used for warehouse,
the first floor for guests, and the open
court for the temporary reception of the
camels, as well as for the loading, and un-
loading of their burthens, and the trans-
action of mercantile business generally. The
apartments used for the guests are small
cells opening into a corridor, which runs
round the four sides of the court.
Whilst I lay near the opening of my cell,
looking down into the court below, there
arrived from the Desert a caravan — that
is, a large assemblage of travellers: it con-
sisted chiefly of Moldavian pilgrims, who,
to make their good work even more than
complete, had begun by visiting the shrine
of the Virgin in Egypt, and were now
going on to Jerusalem. They had been
overtaken in the Desert by a gale of wind,
which so drove the sand, and raised up
such mountains before them, that their
journey had been terribly perplexed, and
obstructed, and their provisions (including
water, the mosi precious of all) had been
exhausted long before they reached the
end of their toilsome march. They were
sadly way-worn. The arrival of the caravan
drew many and various groups into the
court. There was the Moldavian pilgrim
with his sable dress, and cap of fur, and
heavy masses of bushy hair — the Turk
with his various, and brilliant garment —
the Arab superbly stalking under his striped
blanket, that hung like royalty upon his
stately form — the jetty Ethiopian in his
slavish frock —the sleek, smoothfaced scribe
with his comely pelisse, and his silver ink-
box stuck in like a dagger at his girdle.
And mingled with these were the camels —