The Most Remarkable Year in the Life of Augustus Von Kotzebue: Containing an Account of His Exile Into Siberia, and of the Other Extraordinary Events which Happened to Him in Russia, Volume 2

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R. Phillips, 1802 - Siberia (Russia) - 278 pages
 

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Page 94 - the company are going home to take their naps, and at five o'clock they will be here again.
Page 92 - Kürgan manners. As he enters the house he is stunned by the noise of five men, who are called singers. "These men, turning their backs to the company, apply their right hands to their mouths to improve the sound of their voices, and make as loud a noise as possible in one corner of the room. This was the salutation given to every guest on entering. An immense table groaned beneath the weight of twenty dishes, principally preparations of fish ; but I could see neither plates nor chairs for the accommodation...
Page 95 - ... sweetmeats, and a dry conserve of apples cut into slices. The mistress of the house, a young and charming woman, now made her appearance, and with her the ladies and daughters of the guests. Tea, French brandy, and punch, were handed round to the company.
Page 256 - That the Emperor of Russia, finding that the powers of Europe cannot agree among themselves, and being desirous to put an end to a war which has desolated it for eleven years, intends to point out a spot to which he will invite all the other sovereigns to...
Page 154 - Angara. At others she saw troops of emigrants, who were destined to people the new city which was building, by the Emperor's order, on the confines of China; some on foot, and others on the cars which conveyed the animals, poultry, and baggage. Notwithstanding these were criminals, who had been sentenced to a milder doom for offences which might justly have been punished with death, they did not fail to excite compassion...
Page 92 - An immense table groaned under the weight of twenty dishes ; but I could see neither plates nor chairs for the accommodation of the company. The whole had the appearance of a breakfast. The principal dishes were of different kinds of fish, it being the season of Lent. The master of the house carried a huge brandy bottle in his hand, eager to serve his guests, who frequently drank to his health without any signs of intoxication. There was no wine, but instead of it our host presented...
Page 255 - You" know the world too well," said the Emperor, "to be a stranger to the political events of the day, and therefore you must know in what manner I have figured in them. I have often acted like a fool, and it is just I should be punished, therefore I have imposed a chastisement upon myself.
Page 153 - Then there were companies of robbers chained in couples, among which were several women, marching on foot to the mines. These were escorted by parties of armed peasants, who were relieved from village to village. Some of them had forked pieces of wood fastened about their necks, the handles of which hung over their breasts and fell down to their knees. In these handles were two holes, through which their hands were thrust. His first experiences of the dreaded Siberia, however, were agreeable surprises....
Page 153 - Kazan was the sole cause of his exile. Then there were companies of robbers chained in couples, among which were several women, marching on foot to the mines. These were escorted by parties of armed peasants, who were relieved from village to village. Some of them had forked pieces of wood fastened about their necks, the handles of which hung over their breasts and fell down to their knees. In these handles were two holes, through which their hands were thrust. His first experiences of the dreaded...
Page 61 - ... generally drank tea with me, over which we repeated the story of our misfortunes, imparted to each other our hopes, or combated each other's fears. After his departure I again read Seneca, and ate a slice of bread and butter for my supper; I then played alone at grande patience,* and went to bed more or less sorrowful (I am almost ashamed to own it) as the game had proved more or less successful. Whoever has undergone a series of misfortunes, * A kind of fortune-telling game at cards.

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