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CHAPTER X Algeria " Nous ne

rdvons

pas

d'un Eldorado.

Nous ne sommes

pas

les

dternels

emigrants qui dessinent au bord de la mer mystcrieuse et sur le sable d'un Nous sommes des rivage dcteste les cpures d'un vaisseau de fuite. Les Am'itih Frajicaises.

traditionalistes."

"Pays de

Barres.

Lune," the French call it, for every undulation of mountain, plain and valley, of desert or oasis, are found in it the extremes of fertility and barren waste, of cold and intense One might almost add that the heat, of town or Homeric life. la

;

extremes of suggestive beauty or disappointing landscape are here as well. The south is as beautiful, the mountainous districts are as varied and grand as Algiers itself is unsatisfying and barren of the poetry of sentiment. However fair the day, the stretches of deep, green hillside clothed with the forestry which

marks the

coloniser's

hand

;

the distant sea so dark against the

Gardens of white buildings, remain curiously unresponsive. luxuriant verdure smile above the busy town, but no Muse has ever

cast her

shadow beneath the

leafage.

There

are

Moorish

gardens about the slopes where a breath other than of sun-warmed flowers and perfumed air is sought in vain, for echo and zephyr

have passed them over. Algiers is no city of poetic past or present, and it might safely be affirmed that its future belongs alike

still is,

There to the sphere of the useful than to the ideal. about the atmosphere of Algiers itself that most un-

more

too,

of

characteristics

— provincialism —

a

provincialism of the very ghost of producing incapable uninspired, profoundly any such psychological study as of a Madame Bovary.

pardonable

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