Anglo-Indian Domestic Life: A Letter from an Artist in India to His Mother in England

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W. Thacker, 1862 - India - 188 pages

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Page 1 - Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast, Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round, And while the bubbling and loud hissing urn Throws up a steamy column, and the cups That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each, So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
Page 143 - And following slower, in explosion vast, The thunder raises his tremendous voice. At first, heard solemn o'er the verge of heaven, The tempest growls ; but as it nearer comes, And rolls its awful burden on the wind, The lightnings flash a larger curve, and more The noise astounds : till overhead a sheet Of livid flame discloses wide ; then shuts, And opens wider : shuts and opens still Expansive, wrapping ether in a blaze. Follows the loosen'd aggravated roar, Enlarging, deepening, mingling ; peal...
Page 154 - I seem to have lived my childhood o'er again ; To have renewed the joys that once were mine, Without the sin of violating thine : And, while the wings of Fancy still are free, And I can view this mimic show of thee, Time has but half succeeded in his theft — Thyself removed, thy power to soothe me left.
Page 68 - The Sanskrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all...
Page 129 - The fig-tree, not that kind for fruit renown'd, But such as, at this day, to Indians known, In Malabar or Decan spreads her arms, Branching so broad and long, that in the ground The bended twigs take root, and daughters grow About the mother tree, a pillar'd shade, High overarch'd, and echoing walks between...
Page 119 - This girl was of a yellow colour: had a nose like the flower of the sesamum ; her legs were taper like the plantain tree ; her eyes large like the principal leaf of the lotus ; her eye-brows extended to her ears ; her lips were red like the young leaves of the mango tree ; her face was like the full moon ; her voice like the sound of...
Page 136 - ... hours. The pith or farinaceous part of the trunk of old trees, is said to be equal to the best Sago ; the natives make it into bread, and boil it into thick gruel ; these form a great part of the diet of those people ; and during the late famine, they suffered little while those trees lasted.
Page 124 - Gentlemen who have been long resident in the West Indies speak of the employment of the juice for such a purpose as of quite general occurrence ; and more, that old hogs and old poultry which are fed upon the leaves and fruit, however tough the meat they afford might otherwise be, are thus rendered perfectly tender, and good too, if eaten as soon as killed ; but that the flesh very soon passes into a state of putridity.
Page 20 - In short, the nearer we approach to a perfectly aqueous regimen in drink, during the first year at least, so much the better chance have we of avoiding sickness ; and the more slowly and gradually we deviate from this afterwards, so much the more retentive will we be of that invaluable blessing — HEALTH...
Page 24 - Let me give you a bit of advice — that is, don't drink. I know young men do not think much about advice from old men. They put their tongue in their cheek, and think that they know a good deal better than the old cove that is giving them advice.

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