By Thomas Wright
From Ptolemy downwards writers and visitors had prayed for the disclosing of Isis, that's to claim, the invention of the assets of the Nile; yet for 2 thousand years each attempt had proved fruitless. Burning to immortalize himself via wresting from the mysterious river its immemorial mystery, Burton now deliberate an excursion for that objective.
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They smoked together the forbidden weed hashish, and grew confidential. Following Haji Wali's advice, Burton, having changed his dress, now posed as an Afghan doctor, and by giving his patients plenty for their money and by prescribing rough measures which acted beneficially upon their imaginations, he gained a coveted reputation. " According to his wont, he never lost an opportunity of learning the ways and customs of the various people among whom he was thrown, or of foisting himself on any company in which he thought he could increase his knowledge.
The Sanctuary! O the Sanctuary! Labbayk! "[FN#128] the voices being not infrequently broken by sobs. On entering the gates, Burton and Nur crossed the famous hill Safa and took up their abode with the lad Mohammed. Early next morning they rose, bathed, and made their way with the crowd to the Prophet's Mosque in order to worship at the huge bier−like erection called the Kaaba, and the adjacent semi−circular Hatim's wall. The famous Kaaba, which is in the middle of the great court−yard, looked at a distance like an enormous cube, covered with a black curtain, but its plan is really trapeziform.
After a long and toilsome march, weary of the way, he drops into the nearest place of rest to become the most domestic of men. For a while he smokes the pipe of permanence with an infinite zest, he delights in various siestas during the day, relishing withal a long sleep at night; he enjoys dining at a fixed dinner hour, and wonders at the demoralisation of the mind which cannot find means of excitement in chit−chat or small talk, in a novel or a newspaper. But soon the passive fit has passed away; again a paroxysm on ennui coming on by slow degrees, viator loses appetite, he walks bout his room all night, he yawns at conversations, and a book acts upon his as a narcotic.
The Life Of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wright