Travels to Discover the Source of the Nile: In the Years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, & 1773

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J. Ballantyne, 1813 - Egypt

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Page 465 - It was in vain to think of flying ; the swiftest horse, or fastest sailing ship, could be of no use to carry us out of this danger; and the full persuasion of this rivetted me as if to the spot where I stood.
Page 466 - Halboub, only they seemed to be more in number and less in size. They came several times in a direction close upon us, that is, I believe, within less than two miles.
Page 445 - The poisonous simoom blew likewise as if it came from an oven. Our eyes were dim, our lips cracked, our knees tottering, our throats perfectly dry, and no relief was found from drinking an immoderate quantity of water. The people advised me to dip a sponge in vinegar and water, and hold it before my mouth and nose, and this greatly relieved me.
Page 369 - I was musing whether or not these all might be queens, or whether there was any queen among them, one of them took me by the hand and led me rudely enough into another apartment. This was much better lighted than the first. Upon a large bench, or sofa, covered with blue Surat cloth, sat three persons clothed from the neck to the feet with blue cotton shirts. One of these, who, I found, was the favourite, was about six feet high, and corpulent beyond all proportion. She seemed to me, next to the elephant...
Page 468 - I saw from the southeast a haze come, in colour like the purple part of the rainbow, but not so compressed or thick. It did not occupy twenty yards in breadth, and was about twelve feet high from the ground. It was a kind of blush upon the air, and it moved very rapidly, for I...
Page 464 - ... us. Again they would retreat so as to be almost out of sight, their tops reaching to the very clouds. There the tops often separated from the bodies, and these, once disjoined, dispersed in the air, and did not appear more. Sometimes they were broken near the middle, as if struck with a large cannon shot.
Page 479 - Icse time was to die, because, with the utmost exertion our camels could make, we scarce could carry along with us a scanty provision of bread and water sufficient to keep us alive. That desert, which did not afford inhabitants for the assistance or relief of travellers, had greatly more than sufficient for destroying them. Large tribes of Arabs, two or three thousand, encamped together, were cantoned, as it were, in different places of this...
Page 446 - ... very thin, and hung round with sequins ; with a variety of gold chains, solitaires, and necklaces of the same metal about her neck. Her hair was plaited in ten or twelve small divisions, like tails, which hung down below her waist, and over her was thrown a common cotton white garment. She had a purple silk stole, or scarf, hung very gracefully upon her back, brought again round her waist, without covering her shoulders or arms. Upon her wrists she...
Page 229 - As soon as the elephant is found feeding, the horseman rides before him as near his face as possible ; or, if he flies, crosses him in all directions, crying out, ' I am such a man and such a man ; this is my horse, that has such a name ; I killed your father in such a place, and your grandfather in such another place ; and I am now come to kill you ; you are but an ass in comparison of them.
Page 465 - SE leaving an impression upon my mind to which I can give no name, though surely one ingredient in it was fear, with a considerable deal of wonder and astonishment It was in vain to think of flying ; the swiftest horse, or fastest sailing ship, could be of no use to carry us out of this danger, and the full persuasion of this...

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