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care of them , as of tlie stepping * stone which serves to attain the _^ favor strangers of their to them lord . , but On all their thoug side hts the of children maternal have love as and little duty real are
affection for their mothers ; the boys , consider them as servants , give them ordersrebuke them if ligentand I do not know if they
always confine , themselves to neg words . , The children despise their mothers , and the habit of living all together , makes them lose
filial respect , and often communicates to them the deplorable passions which agitate themselves . The rivalry of power among the
mothers is a source of animosity , envy , spite , ; pride , and . anger , the children" Mmother is richerhandsomeryounger ,
among . y , , or born at Constantinople ! " This is what these children boast , _; when they desire to humiliate those whom they term , brothers /
The family of the rich and noble Turk of Constantinople , who has frequented Franh society or travelled in Europedoes not
pre-, sent the same aspect : but , alas ! save some rare exceptions , the silk and brocade cover but a hideous skeleton . The ladies of these
firstrate harems do not wear a whole week or month the same crumpled and soiled costume . Every morning , on leaving their sumptuous
couches , they quit the garments of the day before , and replace them bnew adornments . Their robestrousers , and scarfs are of
_lujonese y fabric , and though the Eur , opean manufacturers only send their worst goods to the East , still they have a very striking effect
when they envelop * the magnificent forms of one of the Georgians or Circassians who people the harems .
One word here about these two races which represent to the inexperienced imagination the type of all female heeuaty . Tall , large ,
well made , a brilliant complexion , masses of black and shining hair , forehead hih and prominentaquiline noseimmense widely opened
black eyes , g vermilion lips formed , like those , of Grecian statues , pearlteethround chinoval face—such is the Georgian . I
admire y the women , of this , racebut , once admired I tarn away and look at them no more , for I , am sure to find them again , when it
pleases me to look , exactly the same as I left them ., without one smile raore or less , or the slightest variation of expression . If a
child be born or die , if her master adore or detest her , her rival be triumphant or banishedthe Georgian countenance " gives no sign . "
I do not know if time evex , brings any change to this statue-like beauty , the soulless brilliancy of which is perfectly irksome .
The Circassian has neither the same advantages , nor their opposite defects . It is a beauty of the Northrecalling that of Germany ,
, but this resemblance goes no further than outward forra . The Circassians are mostly blondes ; their complexion is of a lovely freshness ,
their are irregular eyes blue . or The grey Circassian , their features is as false , thoug and h cunning delicate 1 as and the Georg pleasing ian ,
is foolish and haughty . The one is capable of deceiving her lord , but the other would bore him to death . The great occupation of
these ladies is dress . They are to be found at all hours , clad in
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