Women On Adventure is a blog by K.L. Webber exploring our rich shared history of women's adventure writing. This curated collection of quotations showcases the opinions and experiences of influential female travellers in their own words.

"See how a false translation spoils a good metaphor!"

Yesterday I saw a camel go through the eye of a needle—i.e. the low arched door of an enclosure; he must kneel and bow his head to creep through—and thus the rich man must humble himself. See how a false translation spoils a good metaphor, and turns a familiar simile into a ferociously communist sentiment.

Cairo, Egypt, 1863

 

Source: Lady Lucie Duff Gordon, Letters from Egypt, McClure, New York: Phillips & Co., 1902 (first pub. 1865)

Further links:

https://archive.org/details/lettersfromegypt00duff

http://www.encyclopedia.com/women/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/duff-gordon-lucie-1821-1869

 

 

 

 

"Beyond the valley appeared Sinai, the holy Mount of God."

WOA Image: Giant Buddha, Gion, Kyoto

WOA Image: Giant Buddha, Gion, Kyoto