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
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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some standing — some kneeling and being
unladen — some twisting round their long
necks, and gently stealing the straw from
out of their own pack-saddles.
In a couple of days I was ready to start.
The way of providing for the passage of
the Desert is this: there is an agent in the
town who keeps himself in communication
with some of the desert Arabs that are
hovering within a day's journey of the place;
a party of these upon being guaranteed
against seizure, or other ill-treatment at the
hands of the Governor, come into the town,
bringing with them the number of camels
which you require, and then they stipulate
for a certain sum to take you to the place
of your destination in a given time; the
agreement which they thus enter into, in-
cludes a safe-conduct, through their country,
as well as the hire of the camels. Accord-
ing to the contract made with me I was
to reach Cairo within ten days from the
commencement of the journey. I had four
camels, one for my baggage, one for each
of my servants, and one for myself. Four
Arabs, the owners of the camels, came
with me on foot. My stores were a small
soldier's tent, two bags of dried bread
brought from the convent at Jerusalem,
and a couple of bottles of wine from the
same source — two goat-skins filled with
water, tea, sugar, a cold tongue, and (of
all things in the world) a jar of Irish butter
which Mysseri had purchased from some
merchant. There was also a small sack of
(Charcoal, for the greater part of the desert,
through which we were to pass, is destitute
of fuel.
The camel kneels to receive her load,
and for a while she will allow the packing
to go on with silent resignation, but when
she begins to suspect that her master is
putting more than a just burthen upon her
poor hump, she turns round her supple
neck, and looks sadly upon the increasing
load, and then gently remonstrates against
the wrong with the sigh of a patient wife;
if sighs will not move you, she can weep;
you soon learn to pity, and soon to love
her for the sake of her gentle, and wo-
manish ways.
You cannot, of course, put an English
or any other riding saddle upon the back
of the camel, but your quilt, or carpet, or
whatever you carry for the purpose of lying
on at night, is folded, and fastened on to
the pack-saddle upon the top of the hump,
and on this you ride, or rather sit. You
sit as a man sits on a chair when he sits
astride, and faces the back of it. I made
an improvement on this plan; I had my
English stirrups strapped on to the cross
bars of the pack-saddle, and thus by gain-
ing rest for my dangling legs, and gaining,
too, the power of varying my position more
easily than Î could otherwise have done, f
added very much to my comfort.
The camel, like the elephant, is one of
the old fashioned sort of animals that still
walk along upon the (now nearly exploded)
plan of the ancient beasts that lived before
the flood: she moves forward both her near
legs at the same time, and then awkwardly
swings round her off shoulder and hauncïi,
so as to repeat the manœuvre on that side ;
her pace therefore, is an odd, disjointed,
and disjoining sort of movement that is
rather disagreeable at first, but you soon
grow reconciled to it ; the height \o which
you are raised is of great advantage to you
in passing the burning sands of the desert,
for the air at such a distance from the
ground is much cooler, and more lively than
that which circulates beneath.
For several miles beyond Gaza, the land
which had been plentiftdly watered by the
rains of the last week, was covered with
rich verdure, and thickly jewelled with
meadow flowers, so fresh and fragrant, that
I began to grow almost uneasy — to fancy
that the very desert was receding before
me, and that the longdesired adventure of
passing its 'burning sands,' was to end in
a mere ride across a field. Butas I ad-
vanced, the true character of the country
began to display itself, with sufficient clear-
ness to dispel my apprehensions, and before
the close of my first day's journey, I had
the gratification of finding that I was sur-
rounded on all sides by a tract of real sand,
and had nothing at all to complain of, ex-
cept that there peeped forth at intervals
a few isolated blades of grass, and many
of those stunted shrubs which are the ac-
customed food of the camel.
Before sunset I came up with an encamp-
ment of Arabs (the encampment from which
my camels had been brought) and my tent
was pitched amongst theirs. I was now
amongst the true Bedouins; almost every
man of this race closely resembles his
brethren; almost every man has large and
finely formed features, but his face is so
thoroughly stripped of flesh, and the white
folds from his head-gear fall down by his
haggard cheeks, so much in the burial
fashion, that he looks quite sad, and ghastly;
his large dark orbs, roll slowly and solemn-
ly over the white of his deep - set eyes —
his countenance shows painful thought and
long suffering — the suffering of one fallen
from a high estate. His gait is strangely