With this idea I pressed him to read the beginning, and doing so, turning the Arabic
offhand into Castilian, he told me it meant, "History of Don Quixote of La Mancha, written by Cide Hamete Benengeli, an Arab historian.
When he regains his senses he will kill me," she said, in Arabic
Always the same impassible member of the Reform Club, whom no incident could surprise, as unvarying as the ship's chronometers, and seldom having the curiosity even to go upon the deck, he passed through the memorable scenes of the Red Sea with cold indifference; did not care to recognise the historic towns and villages which, along its borders, raised their picturesque outlines against the sky; and betrayed no fear of the dangers of the Arabic
Gulf, which the old historians always spoke of with horror, and upon which the ancient navigators never ventured without propitiating the gods by ample sacrifices.
Without having been in the school of the Abbe Faria, the worthy master of The Young Amelia (the name of the Genoese tartan) knew a smattering of all the tongues spoken on the shores of that large lake called the Mediterranean, from the Arabic
to the Provencal, and this, while it spared him interpreters, persons always troublesome and frequently indiscreet, gave him great facilities of communication, either with the vessels he met at sea, with the small boats sailing along the coast, or with the people without name, country, or occupation, who are always seen on the quays of seaports, and who live by hidden and mysterious means which we must suppose to be a direct gift of providence, as they have no visible means of support.
It sounds a little strangely, here in the Valley of Lebanon, but it has the merit of being easier to remember than the Arabic
In its centre is the district of Unyanembe--a delicious region, where some families of Omani, who are of very pure Arabic
origin, live in luxurious idleness.
Air, that medium of sound, was wanting to transmit the groanings of that moon which the Arabic
legends call "a man already half granite, and still breathing.