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Abercromby, John / A trip through the eastern Caucasus

A trip through the eastern Caucasus: chapter I: from Tiflis to Nukha,   pp. [1]-29

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return to Tiflis. Up to the present David had been 
rather an encumbrance than otherwise. He was a 
good-natured, lazy, helpless sort of being, without 
any backbone, though his prognathous jaw seemed 
to give him an air of bull-dog resolution. His pre- 
tended knowledge of Tatar and Lesgian was so limited 
as to be well-nigh useless, and for the next four or 
five weeks we should be travelling in parts where 
Georgian is of no avail; so I felt no great regret 
at the thought of parting with him. But he took it 
very much to heart indeed, and moped and cried for 
the rest of the day. In the evening he went into the 
town and came back very late, after having drunk 
more than was good for him. Next morning he was 
still more depressed, and said there was nothing left 
for him but to hang himself. In the afternoon he 
took his departure, and I never beard of him again. 
I applied to M. Selefko to find me a substitute, and 
he recommended a Tatar of the name of Abdul Mejid 
Kerim ogli, who spoke French and Russian. He was 
accustomed to travelling, having been as far as.Merv 
and Bokhara, and turned out a first-rate interpreter, 
and a most reliable man in every way. Through his 
knowledge of Russian I was eventually able to rid 
myself of an incubus in the shape of the little 
comnis voyageur, and then everything went smoothly. 
The incubus was complacency itself when speaking to 
a superior, but was very irascible with those he con- 
sidered his inferiors He was constantly squabbling 
with and abusing David for the few days he was 
with me, and greatly disliked Mejid, though afraid of 
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