Excerpt from Things Seen in Egypt
Dictions, of bewildering surprises, of grim tragedy, and farcical humour which reminds one of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic Operas. But, looking at the outer aspect of the country, we may say that Egypt is pre-eminently a land of light. One do... es not realize at first how much the charm of Egyptian scenery depends on the transparent sunlight which we are now doing so much to destroy with the fogs and smoke of Western civilization. A tourist who for the first time thunders across the Delta in his corridor express on a winter day may find little beauty in the long monotonous lines of the mud-coloured plain with patches of dull green crops. But the sun shines out, and straightway the whole scene is transformed. The little canals shine like ribbons of silver on the purple earth, the field of half-grown clover becomes a shimmer of.
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