Travels in the Ionian Isles, Albania, Thessaly, Macedonia, &c. During the Years 1812 and 1813

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, Paternoster-Row., 1815 - 551 pages
 

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Page 160 - Upon the sofas are spread their cotton or woollen mattrasses, cotton sheets, sometimes with worked muslin trimmings, and ornamented quilts. Neither men nor women take off more than a small part of their dress; and the lower classes seldom make any change whatever before throwing themselves down among the coarse woollen cloaks which form their nightly covering.
Page 126 - Turks, and his general appearance does not indicate more than his actual age, of sixty or sixty-one years, except, perhaps, that his beard is whiter than is customary at this time of life. The neck is short and thick, the figure corpulent and unwieldy ; his stature I had afterwards the means of ascertaining to be about five feet nine inches. The general character and expression of the countenance are unquestionably fine, and the forehead especially is a very striking feature.
Page 159 - A broad gallery passes along two sides of the area, open in front, and shaded overhead by the roof of the building. To this gallery you ascend by a flight of stairs, the doors of which conduct to the different living rooms of the house, all going from it. In this country, it is uncommon, except with the lower classes, to live upon the ground-floor, which is therefore generally occupied as out-buildings, the first floor being that always inhabited by the family.
Page 149 - The active spirit of the Greeks, deprived in great measure of political or national objects, has taken a general direction towards commerce. But, fettered in this respect also, by their condition on the continent of Greece, they emigrate in' considerable numbers to the adjacent countries, where their activity can have more scope.
Page 160 - ... trimmings, and ornamented quilts. Neither men nor women take off more than a small part of their dress; and the lower classes seldom make any change whatever before throwing themselves down among the coarse woollen cloaks which form their nightly covering. In this point the oriental customs are much more simple than those of civilized Europe. ' The separate communication of the rooms with an open gallery renders the Greek houses very cold in winter, of which I had reason to be convinced during...
Page 180 - Hiť attitude was also .very uniform, according to the Turkish habit. I seldom saw him rise from his couch, though once he did so, while explaining to me the decline of his bodily powers, striding firmly at the same time across the chamber, as if to show that still much of energy was left. His manner of reception was always polite and dignified. There was evidently more form intended when many persons were present ; and his manner became easy and familiar when we were alone.
Page 193 - ... villages on the plain of Arta. Truth compels the addition of other features of less pleasing kind ; and to the general picture of eastern despotism must be annexed some traits peculiar to the man. The most striking of these are, a habit of perpetual artifice, shewn in every circumstance of his life ; and a degree of vindictive feeling, producing actsofthe most unqualified ferocity.
Page 152 - The literature of this place is intimately connected with, and depending upon its commercial character. The wealth acquired by many of the inhabitants gives them the means of adopting such pursuits themselves, or encouraging them in others. Their connections in Germany and Italy, and frequent residence in these countries, tend further to create habits of this kind, and at the same time furnish those materials for literary progress, which would be wanting in their own country.
Page 410 - Cephissus, the hills of Colonos, and the ridge of Hymettus ; can look on one side upon the sea of Salamis, on the other upon the heights of Phyle : and can tread upon the spots which have acquired sanctity from the genius and philosophy of which they were once the seats. The hill of the Areopagus, the Academy, the...

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