Travels in the Equatorial Regions of South America, in 1832

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Cooke & Company, 1834 - 290 páginas
 

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Página 262 - O Woman ! in our hours of ease Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, And variable as the shade By the light quivering aspen made; When pain and anguish wring the brow, A ministering angel thou!
Página 227 - But who the melodies of morn can tell ? The wild brook babbling down the mountain side ; The lowing herd ; the sheepfold's simple bell; The pipe of early shepherd dim descried In the lone valley...
Página 11 - ... alone in hiring them. Unfortunately these wretched creatures are for the most part so barbarous, that it has been found almost impossible to induce them to engage in any regular work ; and so profligate, that they universally import disorder and vice into every plantation where they may be.
Página 60 - I have never been in a community that rivals Monterey in its spirit of hospitality and generous regard. Such is the welcome to the privileges of the private hearth, that a public hotel has never been able to maintain itself. You are not expected to wait for a particular invitation, but to come without the slightest ceremony, make yourself entirely at home, and tarry as long as it suits your inclination, be it for a day or for a month. You create no flutter in the family, awaken no apologies, and...
Página 11 - Africa, who have been captured by our cruisers on board unlawful bota toms, and landed at St. John's. It has been the intention of government to bind out these persons as apprentices for seven years under the ordinary incidents of that species of service, and to declare them absolutely free at the expiration of the term. This plan does not at present succeed.
Página 58 - ... flair. They certainly knew that for many of their problems there was no way out, and yet they still seemed glad to be living free in the city. Every Sunday they annoyed the best families by appearing in fine clothes. One traveler — whose opinions were probably influenced by his elite hosts — wrote: "On holidays, troops of women, displaying satin shoes, silk stockings, golden and pearl ornaments . . . issue from holes and corners fitter for the residence of the mole, earthworm and bat, than...
Página 128 - I was told that it rained more or less, every day in the year ; and at La Tacunga, somewhat more than that distance to the northward, there is a stated rainy season, as in most parts of the Ecuador. Such a total diversity of climate in places so near each other, and the first and last not differing materially in elevation, is a curious meteorological phemomenon.
Página 128 - The variety of the productions of this extraordinary spot, is such as might be expected from its climate and situation. Elevated about six thousand feet above the level of the sea, enjoying almost continual sunshine, and supplied with abundance of water...
Página 68 - ... domestic work she had done for a lover who had now abandoned her — and the judge found in her favor (AHG, document 3561, 1825). During Carnaval the women often informally meted out their own brand of retribution on men whom it was no use taking to court. A foreign observer (Terry, 1834: 80) wrote: I saw one unfortunate fellow who had fallen into the clutches of about a dozen women. They had pinioned his arms, and plastered him from head to foot with paint, flour, soot, and mud, and were driving...

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