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Memoirs of an Arabian Princess

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Author: Emily Ruete (Salamah bint Saïd)
Published: 1888
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,113 / 154 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.1
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 3,216
Added to site: 2006.08.31 14483

Translated by Lionel Strachey. A picture of the education and life of an Arabian woman, which is most interesting and unusual. The author's career during her younger days in the royal harem at Zanzibar, the subsequent escape from her country, and later marriage to a German merchant, makes a wonderful story and a real romance.

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zelles, peacocks, flamingoes, guinea fowl, ducks, and geese strayed about at their pleasure, and were fed and petted by old and young. A great delight for us little ones was to gather up the eggs lying on the ground, especially the enormous ostrich eggs, and to convey them to the head-cook, who would reward us for our pains with choice sweetmeats.

Twice a day, early in the morning and again in the evening, we children - those of us who were over five years old - were given riding lessons by a eunuch in this courtyard, without at all disturbing the tranquillity of our animal friends. As soon as we had attained sufficient skill in the equestrian art, our father presented us with beasts of our own. A boy would be allowed to pick out a horse from the Sultan's stables, while the girls received handsome, white Muscat mules, richly caparisoned. Riding is a favourite amusement in a country where theatres and concerts are unknown, and frequently races were held out in the open, which but too often would end wit



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