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The Innocents Abroad

By Twain, Mark

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Title: The Innocents Abroad  
Author: Twain, Mark
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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When I last made a memorandum, we were at Ephesus. We are in Syria, now, encamped in the mountains of Lebanon. The interregnum has been long, both as to time and distance. We brought not a relic from Ephesus! After gathering up fragments of sculptured marbles and breaking ornaments from the interior work of the Mosques; and after bringing them at a cost of infinite trouble and fatigue, five miles on muleback to the railway depot, a government officer compelled all who had such things to disgorge! He had an order from Constantinople to look out for our party, and see that we carried nothing off. It was a wise, a just, and a well- deserved rebuke, but it created a sensation. I never resist a temptation to plunder a stranger's premises without feeling insufferably vain about it. This time I felt proud beyond expression. I was serene in the midst of the scoldings that were heaped upon the Ottoman government for its affront offered to a pleasuring party of entirely respectable gentlemen and ladies I said, We that have free souls, it touches us not. The shoe not only pinched our party, but it pinched hard; a principal sufferer discovered that the imperial order was inclosed in an envelop bearing the seal of the British Embassy at Constantinople, and therefore must have been inspired by the representative of the Queen. This was bad- -very bad. Coming solely from the Ottomans, it might have signified only Ottoman hatred of Christians, and a vulgar ignorance as to genteel methods of expressing it; but coming from the Christianized, educated, politic British legation, it simply intimated that we were a sort of gentlemen and ladies who would bear watching! So the party regarded it, and were incensed accordingly. The truth doubtless was, that the same precautions would have been taken against any travelers, because the English Company who have acquired the right to excavate Ephesus, and have paid a great sum for that right, need to be protected, and deserve to be. They can not afford to run the risk of having their hospitality abused by travelers, especially since travelers are such notorious scorners of honest behavior.

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CONTENTS LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS CHAPTER XLI. Vandalism Prohibited--Angry Pilgrims--Approaching Holy Land!--The Shrill Note of Preparation--Distress About Dragomans and Transportation-- The Long Route Adopted--In Syria--Something about Beirout--A Choice Specimen of a Greek Ferguson--Outfits--Hideous Horseflesh--Pilgrim Style--What of Aladdin's Lamp? CHAPTER XLII. Jacksonville, in the Mountains of Lebanon--Breakfasting above a Grand Panorama--The Vanished City-- The Peculiar Steed, Jericho--The Pilgrims Progress--Bible Scenes--Mount Hermon, Joshua's Battle Fields, etc.-- The Tomb of Noah--A Most Unfortunate People CHAPTER XLIII. Patriarchal Customs--Magnificent Baalbec--Description of the Ruins-- Scribbling Smiths and Joneses-- Pilgrim Fidelity to the Letter of the Law --The Revered Fountain of Baalam's Ass CHAPTER XLIV. Extracts from Note-Book--Mahomet's Paradise and the Bible's--Beautiful Damascus the Oldest City on Earth--Oriental Scenes within the Curious Old City--Damascus Street Car--The Story of St. Paul--The Street called Straight--Mahomet's Tomb and St. George's--The Christian Massacre-- Mohammedan Dread of Pollution--The House of Naaman-- The Horrors of Leprosy CHAPTER XLV. The Cholera by way of Variety--Hot--Another Outlandish Procession--Pen and-Ink Photograph of Jonesborough, Syria--Tomb of Nimrod, the Mighty Hunter--The Stateliest Ruin of All--Stepping over the Borders of Holy- Land--Bathing in the Sources of Jordan--More Specimen Hunting--Ruins of Cesarea-- Philippi--On This Rock Will I Build my Church--The People the Disciples Knew--The Noble Steed Baalbec--Sentimental Horse Idolatry of the Arabs CHAPTER XLVI. Dan--Bashan--Genessaret--A Notable Panorama--Smallness of Palestine-- Scraps of History--Character of the Country--Bedouin Shepherds--Glimpses of the Hoary Past--Mr. Grimes's Bedouins--A Battle-- Ground of Joshua-- That Soldier's Manner of Fighting--Barak's Battle--The Necessity of Unlearning Some Things--Desolation CHAPTER XLVII. Jack's Adventure--Joseph's Pit--The Story of Joseph--Joseph's Magnanimity and Esau's--The Sacred Lake of Genessaret--Enthusiasm of the Pilgrims--Why We did not Sail on Galilee--About Capernaum-- Concerning the Saviour's Brothers and Sisters--Journeying toward Magdela CHAPTER XLVIII. Curious Specimens of Art and Architecture--Public Reception of the Pilgrims--Mary Magdalen's House-- Tiberias and its Queer Inhabitants-- The Sacred Sea of Galilee--Galilee by Night


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