Conversations and Journals in Egypt and Malta
by Nassau William Senior (9780217462198)

Conversations and Journals in Egypt and Malta
 
Nassau William Senior
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 62
Category: History
ISBN: 9780217462198
ISBN-10: 0217462197



Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Defence of Abbas. time to time, but I was one of the few foreigners with whom he was at his ease. It is not true that he was cruel?that is to say, that he had a pleasure in simply inflicting1' pain, or was even indifferent to it. But he was irritable, and affected to be so still more than he really was. I have known him send for people, fly into an apparent passion, and threaten to behead or beat them to death, and as soon as they were gone, confess that it was a farce. There never was a Mussulman country?there have been few Christian ones?in which the proportion of capital punishments to the population has been smaller than it was in Egypt during his reign. He sent away many persons, of whom he was afraid, to the Soodan. It was said that they were all poisoned or drowned on their road. But on Said's accession they all returned except one or two, who were proved to have died a natural death. The most marked feature in his character was timidity. He had all the other faults to which that great fault is a predisposing cause. One of them is excessive severity, which looks like cruelty, but differs from it in not being wanton, in being prompted by an undue desire for safety?and of this he was guilty. Another is suspicion?and he was suspicious, as indeed are all his family. He was exceedinglysensitive to European opinion, but was too ignorant to know how to conciliate it. His great amusement was palace-building, which he carried on with the recklessness and caprice of a child, as if he was building and pulling down and rebuilding by means of slaves of the lamp, instead of the labour and money of the Fellahs. His constant fear?and, as the event showed, a just one ?was assassination. Senior.?You believe then that he was murdered ? Walne.?Certainly I do. A friend of mine, who has...

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