I Do Not Think The
Pine-Apples Are So Sweet, Or Possessed Of That Aromatic Fragrance
Which Distinguishes Those Raised In Our European Greenhouses,
Although They Are Much Larger.
Portuguese wines and English beer are the usual drinks - ice, broken
into small pieces, and covered up with a cloth, is offered with
The ice is rather a costly article, as it has to be brought
from North America. In the evening, tea is served up.
During meal-times, a large punkah is employed to diffuse an
agreeable degree of coolness through the apartment. The punkah is a
large frame, from eight to ten feet long, and three feet high,
covered with white Indian cloth, and fastened to the ceiling. A
rope communicates, through the wall, like a bell-pull, with the next
room, or the ground floor, where a servant is stationed to keep it
constantly in motion, and thus maintain a pleasing draught.
As may be seen from what I have said, the living here is very dear
for Europeans. The expense of keeping a house may be reckoned at
30,000 francs (6,000 dollars - 1,200 pounds) at the lowest; a very
considerable sum, when we reflect how little it procures, neither
including a carriage nor horses. There is nothing in the way of
amusement, or places of public recreation; the only pleasure many
gentlemen indulge in, is keeping a boat, for which they pay 28s. a-
month, or they walk in the evenings in a small garden, which the
European inhabitants have laid out at their own cost.
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