China, in a Series of Views, Displaying the Scenery, Architecture, and Social Habits of that Ancient Empire, Volume 227

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Page 72 - The place which the wisdom or policy of antiquity had destined for the residence of the Abyssinian princes, was a spacious valley in the kingdom of Amhara, surrounded on every side by mountains, of which the summits overhang the middle part.
Page 72 - That never set a squadron in the field, Nor the division of a battle knows More than a spinster...
Page 72 - ... them the unhappy little morsel which I coveted. It is true that the master of the house came to the relief of my inexperience (by which he was much entertained) with his two instruments, the extremities of which, a few moments before, had touched a mouth whence age, and the use of snuff and tobacco, had cruelly chased its good looks. I could very well have dispensed with such an auxiliary, for my stomach had already much...
Page 72 - I recognised to be soy, made from a Japan bean, and long since adopted by the wine-drinkers of Europe to revive their faded appetites or tastes, were used as seasoning to a great number of stews which were contained in bowls, and succeeded each other uninterruptedly. All the dishes without exception swam in soup. On one side figured pigeons...
Page 105 - s more sure at moments to take hold Of the best feelings of mankind, which grow More tender, as we every day behold, Than that all-softening, over-powering knell, The tocsin of the soul — the dinner-bell.
Page 72 - ... forward to it as our pole star. We scrambled up the steps, and with much trouble and fatigue arrived at the landing-place. Here an ancient bald-headed Bonze issued from his den, and offered himself as our conductor through this subterraneous labyrinth. The first place he led us to was the grand hall or refectory of the convent. It is an excavation forming nearly a cube of twenty-five feet, through one face of which is a considerable opening that looks over the water and is barricaded with a rail.
Page 72 - However, I contrived to eat, with tolerable propriety, a soup prepared with the famous birds' nests, in which the Chinese are such epicures. The substance thus served up is reduced into very thin filaments, transparent as isinglass, and resembling vermicelli, with little or no taste. At first I was much puzzled to find out how, with our chop-sticks, we should be able to taste of the various soups which composed the greater part of the dinner, and had already called to mind the fable of the fox and...
Page 72 - Even manufactured silk was little known in Europe before the reign of Augustus ; and it is mentioned as a wanton extravagance of the prodigal Heliogabalus that he had a garment made wholly of silk. For six hundred years the culture of the silk-worm in Europe was...
Page 72 - ... fins, eggs prepared by heat (of which both the smell and taste seemed to us equally repulsive), immense grubs, a peculiar kind of sea-fish, crabs, and pounded shrimps.

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