Tuesday. Christmas day

December 25th, 1849, 11am

Tuesday. Christmas day. Visit to M. Delaporte. Mrs. Delaporte, small, blond, long curls, lower part of the face like my Muse. Lambert is not at home. At Mougel Bey. Lengthy walk in Esbekieh gardens with Lubbert and Bekir. These gentlemen are afraid of compromising themselves; what a sad and witless life! The son of the Sharif of Mecca with all his people - on horseback, cashmere turban, green caftan, skin the color of coffee. Dinner: more than a little racy conversation, then social-philosophical; probably did not amuse the company very much.

Cassie, Craig and David Wade said thanks.

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Gustave Flaubert

"Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world." [extracts from Flaubert's travel diary written in 1849-1851]

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