Scenes and Characteristics of Hindostan, with Sketches of Anglo-Indian Society, Том 3

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Сторінка 321 - Yet, amid a very credulous and ignorant population, it is astonishing what success may be attained by an impostor, who is, at the same time, an enthusiast. It is such as to remind us of the couplet which assures us that " The pleasure is as great In being cheated as to cheat.
Сторінка 188 - European to procure a sight of these animadversions upon the conduct of himself or his friends ; some artifice is requisite to obtain samples of the method employed to amuse the reading portion of the native community at the expense of persons differing so widely in the habits of their public and private life. As the writers are not very scrupulous in the language they use, there is not a little difficulty in making an extract, which will display the spirit of their comments, without shocking the...
Сторінка 136 - P and flung himself down, an abyss of some forty or fifty feet deep. None were inclined to follow him, but guns were fired, and an alarm sounded in the town. He recovered his feet, and making for the river, plunged into it ; after swimming for some distance, finding that his pursuers gained upon him, he took shelter in a friendly covert, and with merely his mouth above the water, waited until they had passed; he then landed on the opposite side, and proceeded by unfrequented paths to a town in the...
Сторінка 9 - Calcutta ; and, considering the cost of freight and insurance, the perishable nature of the commodity, and the very great care requisite to secure both leaves and binding from being injured by damp, or devoured by insects, the price cannot be considered high. Books intended for sale must be carefully taken down from the shelf and wiped every day, and not only the outside, but the interior also, must be examined ; a work of time which, in a large establishment, will occupy a great number of servants....
Сторінка 86 - Want of urbanity, a too common trait in the English character, will, it is to be feared, retard the good understanding which ought to exist between natives of rank and the servants of their foreign rulers ; but there can be little doubt that our retaining the possession of India will mainly depend upon the conciliation of a class of persons whom it appears to have been hitherto the policy to depress and neglect, if not to insult. Natives of rank, property, and influence must speedily acquire a knowledge...
Сторінка 267 - Emerging from these drearyilooking fragments, we come to some splendid building still entire, and while passing through immense quadrangles, watered by fountains and adorned with flowers, we can scarcely believe they are situated amid a wide waste of ruins. The fort is garrisoned by a few Mahratta soldiers, who keep the guns in tolerable order; and every season increases the number of visitants, attracted by the report of the architectural wonders of the place. There are several fine tanks and reservoirs...
Сторінка 13 - ... displayed in these ware-rooms, which would have formed an appropriate decoration for the most recherche cabinet of the fairest queen in the world. It consisted of a work, sofa, and circular table, six chairs, and a couch of the beautiful black lacker, which even Chinese art cannot imitate. The landscapes were of the richest and most splendid enamel, and the cushions and draperies of pale green damask. They had been made in Japan, to order, from drawings or models sent from Calcutta, and were...
Сторінка 189 - ... women ate of it. In their language, a pig is called ham. Having stuffed themselves with the unclean food, and many sorts of flesh, taking plenty of wine, they made for some time a great noise, which doubtless arose from drunkenness. They all stood up two or four times, crying ' hip ! hip !' and roared before they drank more wine. After dinner, they danced in their licentious manner, pulling about each other's wives.

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