Goa, and the Blue Mountains: or, Six months of sick leave

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R. Bentley, 1851 - 368페이지
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251 페이지 - After a day or two you will hesitate which to hate the most, your bearers' monotonous, melancholy, grunting, groaning chaunt, when fresh, or their jolting, jerking, shambling, staggering gait, when tired. In a perpetual state of low fever you cannot eat, drink, or sleep ; your mouth burns, your head throbs, your back aches, and your temper borders upon the ferocious. At night, when sinking into a temporary oblivion of your ills, the wretches are sure to...
103 페이지 - ... little less dark than a negro, which seems natural to the climate. The Portuguese natives form unions among themselves alone, or if they can, with Europeans. Yet the Portuguese have, during a three hundred years' residence in India, become as black as Caffres. Surely this goes far to disprove the assertion, which is sometimes made, that climate alone is insufficient to account for the difference between the negro and the European.
59 페이지 - ... down the wharf, a long and broad road, lined with double rows of trees, and faced with stone, opposite the sea. A more suggestive scene could not be conceived than the utter desolation which lay before us. Everything that met the eye or ear seemed teeming with melancholy associations ; the very rustling of the trees and the murmur of the waves sounded like a dirge for the departed grandeur of the city. A few minutes' walk led us to a conspicuous * He calls it the
340 페이지 - ... observation sprang theories, theories grew into systems. The earliest observer, remarking the Roman noses, fine eyes, and stalwart frames of the savages, drew their origin from Italy, . . . Another gentleman argued from their high Arab features, that they are probably immigrants from the Shatel Arab, .... Captain Harkness discovered that they were aborigines. Captain Congreve determined to prove that the Todas are the remnants of the Celto-Scythian race, which selon lui, inhabited the plains,...
235 페이지 - Hindu superstition and love of the marvellous, he considers their bravery something preternatural, and connected with certain fiendish influences. In former days, the Moplahs played a conspicuous part among the pirates who infested the Malabar coast. Marco Polo mentions that there issued annually " a body of upwards of one hundred vessels.^ who captured other ships and plundered the merchants." He alludes to their forming what they called a ladder on the sea, by stationing themselves in squadrons...
291 페이지 - ... was not too much for your robust digestion. You praised the vegetables, and fell into ecstasy at the sight of peaches, apples, strawberries and raspberries, after years of plantains, guavas, and sweet limes. You, who could scarcely walk a mile in the low country . . . wandered for hours over hill and dale without being fatigued. With what strange sensations of pleasure you threw yourself upon the soft turf bank, and plucked the first daisy which you ever saw out of England ! And how you enjoyed...
100 페이지 - Goa cannot boast of ever having produced a single eminent literato, or even a second-rate poet. To sum up in a few words, the mental and bodily development of this class are remarkable only as being a strange melange of European and Asiatic peculiarities, of antiquated civilization and modern barbarism. We before alluded to the deep-rooted antipathy between the black and the white population : the feeling of the former towards an Englishman is one of dislike not unmingled with fear. Should Portugal...
73 페이지 - Rgt. was a very clever gentleman, who knew everything. He could talk to each man of a multitude in his own language, and all of them would appear equally surprised by, and delighted with him. Besides, his faith was every man's faith.
198 페이지 - ... a person wished to place himself under the safeguard of a man of consequence, he paid from four to sixty-four fanams annually for the privilege. He might also make an assignment on particular lands for the payment. The sum was devoted to the maintenance of a kind of sentinel, similar to the belted peon of the Anglo-Indian settlements, furnished by the protector to his dependent. In cases of necessity, however, the former was bound to aid and assist the other with a stronger force'' (Goat and...
340 페이지 - ... their high Arab features, that they are probably immigrants from the Shat el Arab, but it is apparent that he used the subject only to inform the world of the length and breadth of his wanderings.... Captain Congreve determined to prove that the Todas are the remnants of the Celto-Sythian race .... He has treated the subject with remarkable acuteness, and displayed much curious antiquarian lore; by systematically magnifying every mote of resemblance, and, by pertinaciously neglecting or despising...

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