A black Somali slave torn from his home

TCD MS 10515 folio 122 recto

TCD MS 10515 folio 122 recto

the marshes, or a betrothed Arab with long locks of hair wildly flowing in indication of his love; or a black Somali slave torn from his home and carried into bondage in the land of Islam. Thus flowed the motley stream of human life with its dark and buried secrets. We passed from stall to stall, exploring, choosing, bargaining, purchasing. Everywhere we were met with the same apparent indifference, the same solid, unperturbed expressions, the same outward back of emotion and interest that hides the glowing feelings and the intrigueing mind of the true followers of the Prophet. I was determined to sample the famous coffee of Arabia. So we sat crosslegged in the coffee-stall, sur-