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Oriental Encounters Palestine and Syria, 1894-6   By: (1875-1936)

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Transcriber's note: Inconsistent hyphenation in the original document has been preserved. Inconsistent spellings of Arabic terms have been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected in this text. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

ORIENTAL ENCOUNTERS

Palestine And Syria (1894 5 6)

by

MARMADUKE PICKTHALL

London: 48 Pall Mall W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. Glasgow Melbourne Auckland Copyright 1918

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE.

INTRODUCTION 1

I. RASHÎD THE FAIR 11

II. A MOUNTAIN GARRISON 20

III. THE RHINOCEROS WHIP 28

IV. THE COURTEOUS JUDGE 36

V. NAWÂDIR 45

VI. NAWÂDIR ( continued ) 54

VII. THE SACK WHICH CLANKED 68

VIII. POLICE WORK 77

IX. MY COUNTRYMAN 87

X. THE PARTING OF THE WAYS 96

XI. THE KNIGHT ERRANT 106

XII. THE FANATIC 117

XIII. RASHÎD'S REVENGE 125

XIV. THE HANGING DOG 134

XV. TIGERS 142

XVI. PRIDE AND A FALL 151

XVII. TRAGEDY 161

XVIII. BASTIRMA 171

XIX. THE ARTIST DRAGOMAN 181

XX. LOVE AND THE PATRIARCH 188

XXI. THE UNPOPULAR LANDOWNER 198

XXII. THE CAÏMMACÂM 209

XXIII. CONCERNING BRIBES 218

XXIV. THE BATTLEFIELD 226

XXV. MURDERERS 237

XXVI. THE TREES ON THE LAND 245

XXVII. BUYING A HOUSE 255

XXVIII. A DISAPPOINTMENT 264

XXIX. CONCERNING CRIME AND PUNISHMENT 273

XXX. THE UNWALLED VINEYARD 282

XXXI. THE ATHEIST 291

XXXII. THE SELLING OF OUR GUN 302

XXXIII. MY BENEFACTOR 311

INTRODUCTION

Early in the year 1894 I was a candidate for one of two vacancies in the Consular Service for Turkey, Persia, and the Levant, but failed to gain the necessary place in the competitive examination. I was in despair. All my hopes for months had been turned towards sunny countries and old civilisations, away from the drab monotone of London fog, which seemed a nightmare when the prospect of escape eluded me. I was eighteen years old, and, having failed in one or two adventures, I thought myself an all round failure, and was much depressed. I dreamed of Eastern sunshine, palm trees, camels, desert sand, as of a Paradise which I had lost by my shortcomings. What was my rapture when my mother one fine day suggested that it might be good for me to travel in the East, because my longing for it seemed to indicate a natural instinct, with which she herself, possessing Eastern memories, was in full sympathy!

I fancy there was some idea at the time that if I learnt the languages and studied life upon the spot I might eventually find some backstairs way into the service of the Foreign Office; but that idea, though cherished by my elders as some excuse for the expenses of my expedition, had never, from the first, appealed to me; and from the moment when I got to Egypt, my first destination, it lost whatever lustre it had had at home... Continue reading book >>




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