The Spirit of the East: Illustrated in a Journal of Travels Through Roumeli During an Eventful Period, Τόμος 1

H. Colburn, 1838 - 492 σελίδες
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Σελίδα 4 - You are constantly in the full enjoyment of the open air of a heavenly climate, — its lightness passes to the spirits, — its serenity sinks into the mind. You are prepared to...
Σελίδα 9 - Mussulman be seen — picturesque in his attire, sculpturesque in hts attitude, with dignity on his forehead, welcome on his lips, and poetry in all around. With such a picture before him, the ever-busy Western may guess at the frame of mind of those to whom such existence is habitual, and who thence carry into the business of life the calm we can only find in solitude, when, escaping from our self-created world of circumstance, we can visit and dwell for a moment with the universe, and converse...
Σελίδα 8 - ... displaying within mosaic carpets and piled cushions. There the traveller reclines, after the labour of the day and the toil of the road, his ablutions first performed at the running stream, and his namaz recited, — to gaze away the last gleam of twilight, in that absorbed repose which is not reflection, which is not vacancy, but a calm communing with nature, and a silent observation of men and things. Thus that pensive mood is fostered, and that soberness of mind acquired, which, though not...
Σελίδα 196 - From the rich peasant cheek of ruddy bronze, And large black eyes that flash on you a volley Of rays that say a thousand things at once, To the high dama's brow, more melancholy, But clear, and with a wild and liquid glance, Heart on her lips, and soul within her eyes, Soft as her clime, and sunny as her skies.
Σελίδα 141 - Turkey the acceptance of the protocol of the 22nd of March, which secured to her the suzerainete of Greece, and a yearly tribute from that country ; Russia used all her influence to procure the independence of Greece, and the violation by herself and her allies of the agreement which she had made an integral part of the treaty of Adrianople. Greece was finally separated from Turkey, and erected into an independent state; of which Count Capo d'Istria, who had been a Russian minister, was named president.
Σελίδα 3 - In the country, the horse was the only feasible means of transport. Urquhart pronounced so magisterially on the point that Murray's Handbook trustingly quoted him: Throughout European, and a great portion of Asiatic Turkey, [...] people travel on horseback. With the same horses, the average rate may be 20 to 25 miles a day. With post horses, changing at stages varying from 10 to 48 miles, 60 miles a-day may easily be accomplished; 100 is fast travelling; 150 the fastest.
Σελίδα 4 - ... to support the bad without repining, to enjoy the good as a gain, and to be pleased with all things. You are fit for work, and glad of rest ; you are, above all things, ready for your food, which is always savoury when it can be got, and never unseasonable when forthcoming. But here it will be seen that no small portion of the pleasures of Eastern travel arises from sheer hardship and privation, which increase so much our real enjoyments, by endowing us with a frame of mind and body at once to...
Σελίδα 202 - The one is uncertain, and leaves to the oppressed chances and hopes of escaping it; it varies with the individual ; and those who suffer, if not benefited, are, at least, consoled by the vengeance that, sooner or later, overtakes the guilty. The tyranny of law is a dead and immovable weight, that compresses at once the activity of the limb and the energy of the mind; leaves no hope of redress, no chance of escape; is liable to no responsibility for its acts, or vengeance for its crimes.
Σελίδα 5 - ... much our real enjoyments, by endowing us with a frame of mind and body at once to enjoy and to endure. It is also from such contingencies alone that those amongst us who have not to labour for their daily bread can obtain an insight into the real happiness enjoyed three times a day by the whole mass of mankind who labour for their bread and hunger for their meals.1
Σελίδα 4 - ... to luxuries and comforts ; yet there is none of that languor and feverishness that so generally result from travelling on wheels, but in their stead invigorated health, braced nerves, and elevated spirits. You are in immediate contact with Nature. Every circumstance of scenery and climate becomes of interest and value, and the minutest incident of country or of local habits cannot escape observation. A burning sun may sometimes exhaust, or a...

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