By Anthony Smith
This booklet offers an account of a small Oxford collage excursion to Persia in 1950 to deliver again specimens of a fish, allegedly white and sightless, which was once acknowledged to inhabit the underground water-courses of Iran. although the 4 younger males that made up the day trip failed of their quest, they found rural Persia the place villagers nonetheless led medieval lives. the tale comprises an account of the qanats - the underground irrigation and tunnels applying old know-how which nonetheless criss-cross the rustic making lifestyles within the wasteland attainable.
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With Louis continuing to denounce its reality, we drove up to it and paddled in the to talk skeptically, for he said they GENOA TO PERSIA 39 was definitely strange that a lake should salty water. It still how near that have been in place; but it was stranger we had to be to the water before we became convinced of existence. its However, it is not everyday that virtual of such images suddenly transform themselves into images pertinent reality. That evening we had tea at a Syrian frontier post. It a small collection of buildings with a well beneath was and a with no common language bethe conversation never faltered; for great effort flag above.
This did not make for convenience, but it was forced upon us by the bond arrangement in the back. It was regretted because the plausibility decreased in that imminent confinement. of companionship Two-hour shifts were taken in driving; this sake of the man sitting in the central position For two uncomfortable hours he sat there was for the on the battery. doing nothing and holes and then experience the except watch the ruts of the driver to evade them. attempts, to his mind feeble, in that cab; for, through sown were The seeds of discontent themselves.
Around each of them was the fascinating turmoil associated with a ship in a dock and with its departure. The sudden shouts as a rope begins to tighten; the ebullience of the porters, cries as a crane swings its load; the sound and their A warning of the derricks, of orders coming through megaphones and the agitation of the sea gulls are all shown in greater con- the quiet, stolid complacence of the ship. Nothing is heard from its huge bulk save for the preparatory and it sheds itself from all the ungainly the final hoot.