Excerpt from In the Levant, Vol. 2
But the East is a region of contrasts as Well as of luxury, and it is difficult to say how much of their reputation the celebrated mansions of Damas cus owe to the wretchedness of the ordinary dwell ings, and also to the raggedness of their ... surround ings. We spent a day in visiting several of the richest dwellings, and steeping ourselves in the dazzling luxury they offer.
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