In the Tail of the Peacock

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Author: Isabel Savory
Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 100,771 / 295 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 49.6
LoC Categories: DT, GV
Downloads: 541
Added to site: 2009.02.08
mnybks.net#: 23373
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Travel, History

If to live is to know more, and to know more only to love more, the least eventful day may possess a minimum of value, and even quiet monotones and grey vistas be found and lost in a glamour born of themselves.In this loud and insistent world the silent places are often overlooked, and yet they are never empty.

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More donkeys passed us, carrying vegetables to market, driven by countrywomen in yellowish-white haiks, vast straw hats, and the inevitable veil. Two men passed us with an immense open box containing thousands of eggs, hung between them by a pole on the shoulder of each--export for England: forty-eight millions were sent off in 1902, and this morning's omelette might not be our first Morocco egg. A Moor of some means came by, riding at a hard-held ambling walk his star-gazing white mule: the high-peaked saddle and bridle were of scarlet cloth, the stirrup-leathers of scarlet twisted wool; he wore a creamy woollen haik, falling in soft folds down to his yellow slippers, a turban whose snowy disc of enormous size framed his cinnamon-coloured face in symmetrical folds of spotless white, and the top of a scarlet fez showed in the centre of it.

Almost opposite us a beggar had sat himself down at the edge of the road, under the shelter of the high cane fence--a grimy old greybeard, tanned and worn like a wa

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