This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ... The guest-house--AMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ... The guest-house--A Circassian dinner--Impression created by my arrival--Odd notions--Condition of the sex--Circassian beauty--Presents.
Our Konag Bey stood ready to receive nie, and leading my horse opposite to the guest-house, assisted me to alight. He then ushered me into the house, and with his own hands relieved me of my arms, and hung them against the wall. A silken couch had been spread for me in a corner of the room, on one side of the hearth- at the head of this was a pile of cushions: with the exception of these, and a mat and cushion laid down for the Hadji, there was no other furniture in the room- but the walls, gleaming with the weapons of the guests, presented anything but a naked appear THE GUEST-HOUSE.
43 ancc. For some time, everybody remained standing but myself- after a short silence, the words of welcome were exchanged, when another pause took place. Our host then desired the principal guests to sit down, but at first on no account would he be seated himself- after repeated pressing, however, he crouched himself down at a respectful distance on the floor. I have been thus minute in detailing these ceremonies, as they mark the reception of a stranger in every house in Circassia. The room itself was of an oblong shape, eight yards by four- the walls were constructed of stakes and hurdles, plaistered on each side with a coat of light-coloured earth- the floor was of hard earth, which I observed was every now and then carefully watered.
and swept. The thatch above, supported by rafters in a triangular form, descended from the roof over the walls in large projecting caves, serving in summer for verandahs. Extending from the walls almost to the middle of the room in a semicircle of about two yards in diameter, and at three...