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CHAPTER

IX

<3Iorocco " The Power of Destiny rocks one

to dreams, while another

Aboffl-Ala

profound slumber."

"I LOVE

it '

awakens from

Al-Ma

'arrt.

have never seen," once said a child eager to travel. Men, too, sometimes feel the same odd sentiment, a attraction towards what may elude them or may still be peculiar too strange to decipher. Such is Morocco still to many, but the that

all

I

traveller, the explorer

who

cuts the

steps in a rock, or the

first

who

gives the practical summary of his uphill work, is In Morocco, nature and native character disadvantage here.

historian at a

alike are as feet,

no

wind-swept sands that keep no trace of or for European with history, no tangible touch with Europe past

treaties

or present.

Men

learn the language

till

they talk

it

as natives

themselves, penetrate a dangerous country clothed in rags, fevers, are kidnapped (though, in truth, this is no longer

endure looked

upon misfortune), profound sympathy with the Berbers and their ways of life, write books, theorise passionately, knowas a

feel

were, things too well to judge dispassionately any longer, and yet arrive at no goal, till in time the very vagueness of the profit of devotion to a strange soil affects the men themselves. ing, as

it

Morocco seems always to consume away the labour expended upon it, rendering it as ungrateful as the weather-chart entries of a diary, the traveller's unfortunate prerogative, as the following lines from an artistic journey through Morocco help to illustrate :

January ,,

â&#x20AC;&#x17E;

8.

A white

frost covers the stiffened vegetation. . start in cloudy

13.

The

14.

damp weather. The morning is bright with

rain has ceased.

.

.

We

'37

and

sunshine, a fresh breeze,

and the weather continues Âť

â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

fine.

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