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Peeps Abroad

Excerpt from Peeps Abroad: For Folks at Home As we are foreigners, people want to get a look at us as we go, and squat down on their heels to peep in at the window. Some of them have very few Clothes on, but are painted and tattooed with elaborate blue dragons and lions and tigers. Numbers of naked noisy Children, playing buttons perhaps, run after us, or pull their mother's skimpy dress for her to stop. They are rather startling looking, these mothers, for their teeth are stained black, and their lips are daubed red; and their little copper-coloured babies are slung SO loosely in a kind of pocket on their back, that they seem every moment as though they must pitch down and break their necks. But, never fear, the babies know they are safe enough, and they go jogging along, followed by the dogs, which seem to abound here. If we come round by the large deep moats, we shall see thousands of wild fowl, which live here undisturbed. Indeed, it is death to shoot or destroy them, at least within thirty miles of the palace. Look, too, there is the sacred Egyptian ibis, honoured here as he used to be on the great river Nile. Storks (which are often found painted on the lacquer work for which Japan is so famed), cranes, and other birds are safe, and protected by the farmers, and may be seen following them in yonder field of fresh turned earth, looking for food. But here are shops, all front; we can look through the opening into rooms, and see all that the people are doing; eating, washing, reading, sleep ing - nothing is hidden. There is no furniture, no chairs or tables anywhere, no Chests of drawers, or carpets, beds, blankets, or rugs. In the grandest houses, they think there is plenty if they have fine Clean mats made with a Silk border, and a little padded wooden rest for the head. When the people are tired, they just wrap a cotton quilt round them, lie down on a mat, settle their jaw in the rest, and go to sleep as soundly as in a four-poster. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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