Scinde (Volume 2); Or, the Unhappy Valley

 
9780217547406: Scinde (Volume 2); Or, the Unhappy Valley

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1851. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXVIII. THE SONG OF THE BUNGALOW.--DOWN THE INDUS "HOME." 1st May, 184--Here we are, Mr. Bull, still sitting within our sundried brick box, on high backed armchairs of reed, with our feet more Indico upon the table, and glasses of pale ale more Scindico (it is 10 A.m.) placed within reach, on a floor freshly composted with one of the five venerable proceeds of the cow.* We have assumed a third variety of attire : this time we are neither European nor orientals, but an artful, though mongrel mixture of the two. Embroidered velvet skull caps surmount our shaven polls; shaven, because the happiness of life now consists in pouring cold water over them once an hour: instead of silk sheets and cotton coats, we wear muslin blouses--muslin, yet wet with transpiration. Wide Shalwars--wide to admit the air, and slippers without * The Panjagaviya, as the Hindoos call them; if you want to know what they are, consult a Hindostanee dictionary. socks--socks would make our feet feel as if they were being baked,--conclude our warm-weather toilette. Pray sir, do in the name of Nostalgia leave off humming " dulce domum." If you wish for a song, let us spend one of our valueless hours in composing one expressly for the occasion, set it to a most original melody, and if you aire that way inclined, sing it by fits and starts, with an interval for tiffin, all day. This is the season for fixity of idea. Many a man supports his mind through half a summer by means of a meagre pun, or some bare bit of slang, as " fin," for old fellow, and " peg," signifying a glass of pale brandy and soda-water. We both begin with the refrain:-- We're sitting in our Bungalow Lor how the Scindian sun does glow! Then, Mr. Bull, as you especially are in the mood reminiscent, you will be plea...

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