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 Now the men of Egypt are, as a rule, somewhat swarthy and dark of complexion, and rather gloomy-looking, 1 slender and hardy, excitable in all their movements, quarrelsome, and most persistent duns. Any one of them would blush if he did not, in consequence of refusing tribute, show many stripes on his body; and as yet it has been possible to find no torture cruel enough to compel a hardened robber of that region against his will to reveal his own name.
1 Or “gloomier than magi are.”
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